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Pandex eSports versus MaRu Writers -- a MaRu Raw Challenge

Pandex eSport challenged the MaRu writers to honorable combat -- five decks, five pilots per team, last pilot standing!

Today we saw yet another MaRu Raw confrontation -- similar to Wombats versus Writers last Sunday, and Pros versus Writers the week before that -- this time pitching Pandex eSports against the Mastering Runeterra wordsmiths.

Preparations

Rules for this honorable five-versus-five were similar to previous challenges, although a simple Riot Lock was now enforced (rather than requiring new Champions to be included, as it was the case in preceding confrontations):

The pilot-scribes decided to field:

  • Sirturmund with Fizz Yuumi Frozen City,
  • Shadawx with Peak Aurelion Zoe
  • MonteXristo with Gnarlines,
  • Leer with Ahri Lulu, and
  • Maybenextime with Darkness

While Pandex's roster and decks were:

  • Rogio with Swain Gnar Bandle City,
  • Horu with Heimer Jayce Ionia,
  • Veltax with Karma Kindred,
  • Tako with Pantheon Yuumi Demacia, and
  • Foreto with Ezreal Caitlyn Bandle City.

As usual for these challenges, action took place live (no delay) on Discord, with one channel per team:

The Confrontation

First Game

As previously agreed, Horu would be Pandex's first fighter, piloting Heimer Jayce Ionia:

Regions

Piltover & Zaun
31 cards

Ionia
9 cards
Rarities
29 000
champion

6

epic

4

rare

16

common

14

eternal

Mana cost
5
0

5
1

6
2

6
3

9
4

3
5

4
6

2
7+


Champions
6

4
Jayce
3

Jayce

5
Heimerdinger
3

Heimerdinger


Landmarks
1

3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
1

The Forge Of Tomorrow


Followers
9

1
Adaptatron 3000
2

Adaptatron 3000

1
Forge Chief
3

Forge Chief

3
Hextech Handler
3

Hextech Handler

7
Albus Ferros
1

Albus Ferros


Spells
24

0
Production Surge
3

Production Surge

0
Thermogenic Beam
2

Thermogenic Beam

2
Mystic Shot
3

Mystic Shot

2
Nopeify!
1

Nopeify!

2
Twin Disciplines
2

Twin Disciplines

3
Flash of Brilliance
2

Flash of Brilliance

4
Concussive Palm
2

Concussive Palm

4
Deny
2

Deny

4
Will of Ionia
2

Will of Ionia

6
Assembly Line
2

Assembly Line

6
Shock Blast
2

Shock Blast

8
Progress Day!
1

Progress Day!



Open deck in builder


On their part, the Writers had chosen Star Spring Specialist Sirturmund, on Fizz Yuumi Frozen City, to initiate the challenge.

Regions

Freljord
15 cards

Bandlecity
25 cards
Rarities
24 600
champion

6

epic

0

rare

16

common

18

eternal

Mana cost
0
0

17
1

19
2

4
3

0
4

0
5

0
6

0
7+


Champions
6

1
Fizz
3

Fizz

3
Yuumi
3

Yuumi


Followers
13

2
Bandle Commando
3

Bandle Commando

2
Conchologist
3

Conchologist

2
Ruthless Raider
3

Ruthless Raider

2
Starlit Seer
3

Starlit Seer

3
Loping Telescope
1

Loping Telescope


Spells
21

1
Elixir of Iron
3

Elixir of Iron

1
Fae Sprout
3

Fae Sprout

1
Group Shot
2

Group Shot

1
Three Sisters
3

Three Sisters

1
Trinket Trade
3

Trinket Trade

2
Flamespitter
1

Flamespitter

2
Pokey Stick
3

Pokey Stick

2
Troll Chant
3

Troll Chant



Open deck in builder


The first fight, short and brutal, saw Pandex emerging victorious and putting the score 1:0 in their favor.


Second Game

Pandex then chose Tako with Yuumi Pantheon Demacia for the second duel:

Regions

Demacia
14 cards

Mount Targon
26 cards
Rarities
20 500
champion

5

epic

0

rare

10

common

25

eternal

Mana cost
0
0

3
1

19
2

9
3

5
4

4
5

0
6

0
7+


Champions
5

3
Yuumi
2

Yuumi

4
Pantheon
3

Pantheon


Followers
13

1
Saga Seeker
3

Saga Seeker

2
Brightsteel Protector
3

Brightsteel Protector

2
Mountain Goat
3

Mountain Goat

3
Wounded Whiteflame
3

Wounded Whiteflame

4
Blinded Mystic
1

Blinded Mystic


Spells
22

2
Guiding Touch
3

Guiding Touch

2
Hush
1

Hush

2
Pale Cascade
3

Pale Cascade

2
Sharpsight
3

Sharpsight

2
Single Combat
3

Single Combat

3
Cataclysm
1

Cataclysm

3
Zenith Blade
3

Zenith Blade

4
Bastion
1

Bastion

5
Concerted Strike
2

Concerted Strike

5
Golden Aegis
2

Golden Aegis



Open deck in builder


… which caused hectic deliberations among the wordsmiths about who to send forth.

MonteXristo was confident than his Gnarlines tech would prove superior in this encounter, in spite of matchup data stating otherwise:

Monte's confidence finally swayed the scribes, and he met Tako with:

Regions

Piltover & Zaun
23 cards

Freljord
17 cards
Rarities
28 700
champion

6

epic

5

rare

9

common

20

eternal

Mana cost
2
0

5
1

14
2

6
3

6
4

3
5

0
6

4
7+


Champions
6

4
Gnar
3

Gnar

5
Trundle
3

Trundle


Followers
16

1
Zaunite Urchin
3

Zaunite Urchin

2
Avarosan Sentry
1

Avarosan Sentry

2
Ferros Financier
3

Ferros Financier

2
Icevale Archer
1

Icevale Archer

2
Vulpine Wanderer
1

Vulpine Wanderer

3
Station Archivist
2

Station Archivist

4
Aloof Travelers
3

Aloof Travelers

8
It That Stares
2

It That Stares


Spells
18

0
Thermogenic Beam
2

Thermogenic Beam

1
Three Sisters
2

Three Sisters

2
Concurrent Timelines
3

Concurrent Timelines

2
Iterative Improvement
1

Iterative Improvement

2
Mystic Shot
2

Mystic Shot

2
Troll Chant
2

Troll Chant

3
Aftershock
1

Aftershock

3
Get Excited!
1

Get Excited!

3
Sump Fumes
2

Sump Fumes

9
Buried in Ice
2

Buried in Ice



Open deck in builder


After a grindy back and forth, which included Tako's leveled-up PantheonPantheon being scorched by Monte's massive Thermogenic BeamThermogenic Beam, the wordsmith's trust in Timelines proved well placed, and Trundle Gnar evened the score to 1:1.


Third Game

With the second match in their pocket, the Writers chose Maybenextime, piloting Darkness, as their third challenger.

Regions

Shadow Isles
16 cards

Bandlecity
24 cards
Rarities
24 700
champion

6

epic

1

rare

11

common

22

eternal

Mana cost
0
0

2
1

15
2

3
3

7
4

3
5

8
6

2
7+


Champions
6

4
Veigar
3

Veigar

5
Senna
3

Senna


Followers
17

1
Otterpus
1

Otterpus

2
Conchologist
3

Conchologist

2
Darkbulb Acolyte
3

Darkbulb Acolyte

2
Twisted Catalyzer
3

Twisted Catalyzer

4
Stilted Robemaker
3

Stilted Robemaker

6
Ixtali Sentinel
3

Ixtali Sentinel

7
The Rekindler
1

The Rekindler


Spells
17

1
Group Shot
1

Group Shot

2
Pokey Stick
3

Pokey Stick

2
Vile Feast
3

Vile Feast

3
Wallop
3

Wallop

4
Transposition
1

Transposition

6
Piercing Darkness
2

Piercing Darkness

6
Vengeance
3

Vengeance

9
The Ruination
1

The Ruination



Open deck in builder


Pandex replied with Foreto, who brought a spicy Caitlyn Ezreal Bandle City to the clash.

Regions

Piltover & Zaun
22 cards

Bandlecity
18 cards
Rarities
29 300
champion

6

epic

5

rare

12

common

17

eternal

Mana cost
2
0

0
1

11
2

20
3

0
4

3
5

2
6

2
7+


Champions
6

3
Caitlyn
3

Caitlyn

3
Ezreal
3

Ezreal


Followers
12

2
Conchologist
3

Conchologist

2
Minion
2

Minion

3
Loping Telescope
3

Loping Telescope

3
Station Archivist
2

Station Archivist

7
Minitee
2

Minitee


Spells
22

0
Thermogenic Beam
2

Thermogenic Beam

2
Mystic Shot
3

Mystic Shot

2
Pokey Stick
3

Pokey Stick

3
Aftershock
1

Aftershock

3
Piltover Peacemaker
2

Piltover Peacemaker

3
Sump Fumes
3

Sump Fumes

3
Wallop
3

Wallop

5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3

Tri-beam Improbulator

6
Minimorph
2

Minimorph



Open deck in builder


Another grindy back-and-forth ensued, which extended from the board to the stack…

… but even manifesting a Catalogue of RegretsCatalogue of Regrets was not enough for Foreto to push back the Darkness, and the tally went 1:2 in the Writer's favor.


Fourth Game

It was Shadawx's turn, the Writers decided, with Aurelion Zoe in tow…

Regions

Freljord
20 cards

Mount Targon
20 cards
Rarities
34 400
champion

6

epic

10

rare

10

common

14

eternal

Mana cost
0
0

5
1

4
2

4
3

5
4

6
5

3
6

13
7+


Champions
6

1
Zoe
3

Zoe

10
Aurelion Sol
3

Aurelion Sol


Landmarks
6

4
Blighted Ravine
3

Blighted Ravine

6
Targon's Peak
3

Targon's Peak


Followers
13

1
Spacey Sketcher
2

Spacey Sketcher

2
Faces of the Old Ones
3

Faces of the Old Ones

2
Solari Sunhawk
1

Solari Sunhawk

3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2

Kindly Tavernkeeper

8
It That Stares
1

It That Stares

8
The Infinite Mindsplitter
3

The Infinite Mindsplitter

10
She Who Wanders
1

She Who Wanders


Spells
15

3
Divergent Paths
1

Divergent Paths

3
Dragon's Clutch
1

Dragon's Clutch

4
Avalanche
2

Avalanche

5
Catalyst of Aeons
3

Catalyst of Aeons

5
Starshaping
2

Starshaping

5
Sunburst
1

Sunburst

8
Voices of the Old Ones
2

Voices of the Old Ones

12
Feel The Rush
3

Feel The Rush



Open deck in builder


… versus Veltax on Kindred Karma for the fourth encounter…

Regions

Shadow Isles
22 cards

Ionia
18 cards
Rarities
27 100
champion

6

epic

3

rare

12

common

19

eternal

Mana cost
0
0

3
1

14
2

4
3

10
4

5
5

3
6

1
7+


Champions
6

4
Kindred
3

Kindred

5
Karma
3

Karma


Followers
9

2
Fading Icon
3

Fading Icon

3
Shadow Assassin
2

Shadow Assassin

3
Tasty Faefolk
2

Tasty Faefolk

6
Cloud Drinker
1

Cloud Drinker

7
The Rekindler
1

The Rekindler


Spells
25

1
Go Hard
3

Go Hard

2
Glimpse Beyond
3

Glimpse Beyond

2
Nopeify!
2

Nopeify!

2
Twin Disciplines
3

Twin Disciplines

2
Vile Feast
3

Vile Feast

4
Concussive Palm
2

Concussive Palm

4
Deny
2

Deny

4
The Box
2

The Box

4
Withering Wail
1

Withering Wail

5
Deep Meditation
1

Deep Meditation

5
Withering Mist
1

Withering Mist

6
Vengeance
2

Vengeance



Open deck in builder


… which included some of the spiciest spice ever: Cloud DrinkerCloud Drinker. 😶

It was to be a champless row, which Shadawx managed to wrestle for the Writers.


Fifth Game

The last Writer to enter the fray, renowned reporter Leer, was to pilot Ahri Lulu:

Regions

Ionia
18 cards

Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Rarities
28 700
champion

6

epic

5

rare

9

common

20

eternal

Mana cost
0
0

6
1

14
2

9
3

6
4

0
5

3
6

2
7+


Champions
6

2
Ahri
3

Ahri

3
Lulu
3

Lulu


Followers
17

1
Zaunite Urchin
3

Zaunite Urchin

2
Boom Baboon
3

Boom Baboon

2
Flame Chompers!
3

Flame Chompers!

3
Sump Dredger
3

Sump Dredger

6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3

Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed

7
Windfarer Hatchling
2

Windfarer Hatchling


Spells
17

1
Poro Cannon
3

Poro Cannon

2
Mystic Shot
2

Mystic Shot

2
Twin Disciplines
3

Twin Disciplines

3
Get Excited!
3

Get Excited!

4
Concussive Palm
2

Concussive Palm

4
Deny
2

Deny

4
Suit Up!
2

Suit Up!



Open deck in builder


The fifth Pandex pugilist, Rogio, was nowhere to be found -- it was quickly and amicably agreed between both teams that one Pandex would get an extra "life", and Veltax took the steering wheel of Rogio's deck, Gnar Swain:

Regions

Noxus
21 cards

Bandlecity
19 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion

6

epic

3

rare

17

common

14

eternal

Mana cost
0
0

5
1

7
2

12
3

6
4

5
5

2
6

3
7+


Champions
6

4
Gnar
3

Gnar

5
Swain
3

Swain


Followers
17

2
Conchologist
3

Conchologist

2
House Spider
1

House Spider

3
Arachnoid Sentry
2

Arachnoid Sentry

3
Loping Telescope
3

Loping Telescope

4
Teenydactyl
3

Teenydactyl

5
Spotted Toad
2

Spotted Toad

7
The Leviathan
3

The Leviathan


Spells
17

1
Blade's Edge
2

Blade's Edge

1
Ravenous Flock
3

Ravenous Flock

2
Pokey Stick
3

Pokey Stick

3
Culling Strike
2

Culling Strike

3
Death's Hand
3

Death's Hand

3
Noxian Guillotine
2

Noxian Guillotine

6
Minimorph
2

Minimorph



Open deck in builder


It was perhaps the most tense game of the day, both pilots racing the other's health down…

… ultimately reaching a Mexican stand-off in which any bit of Burn could spell victory -- as long as it was not answered by an opposing Burn spell that, triggering first on the Stack, would turn the tables.

At that point Leer -- who, being German, maintains his main LoR account in the EU server, and has grinded an Alt account in the Americas shard solely for this confrontation -- finally fully embraced the NA way and, yelling: "Was für eine gottverdammte Scheiße, wenn er den einen Hurensohnpunkt an Schaden hat, dann hat er ihn eben,"(*) casted the Get Excited!Get Excited! that would bring the score 1:4 for the Writers.

(*) "Curses! If they have it, so be it!"


Sixth Game

With all pilots having played at least once, only Horu was still standing on Pandex's side.

Steering his Heimer Jayce Ionia deck, he fearlessly came forth into the field…

… to be faced by Shadawx, with Peak Aurelion Zoe…

… and even though Horu's Heimer secured him a huge board at one point in the game, it was thoroughly minced by twin Blighted RavineBlighted Ravines first…

… then The Skies DescendThe Skies Descend, to end the duel, and this MaRu Raw Challenge.


1:5 for the Writers!

The brave Pandex brawlers gave their best, but this Sunday was not to be theirs.

Perhaps next time?

At any rate, well played, Pandex. Well played!! =)