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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
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
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
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
18
2
10
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
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
2
Single Combat
3
Single Combat
3
Cataclysm
1
Cataclysm
3
Hush
1
Hush
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
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 Pantheon being scorched by Monte's massive Thermogenic 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
19 cards
Bandlecity
24 cards
Rarities
24 700
champion
6
epic
1
rare
11
common
22
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
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 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
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
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
14
2
4
3
9
4
6
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
5
Deep Meditation
1
Deep Meditation
5
Withering Mist
1
Withering Mist
5
Withering Wail
1
Withering Wail
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
Open deck in builder

… which included some of the spiciest spice ever: Cloud 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
Piltover & Zaun
22 cards
Ionia
18 cards
Rarities
28 700
champion
6
epic
5
rare
9
common
20
Mana cost
3
0
3
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
0
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
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! 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 Ravines first…

… then The 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!! =)



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