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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
5
Heimerdinger
3
Landmarks
1
3
The Forge Of Tomorrow
1
Followers
9
1
Adaptatron 3000
2
1
Forge Chief
3
3
Hextech Handler
3
7
Albus Ferros
1
Spells
24
0
Production Surge
3
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Nopeify!
1
2
Twin Disciplines
2
3
Flash of Brilliance
2
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
2
4
Will of Ionia
2
6
Assembly Line
2
6
Shock Blast
2
8
Progress Day!
1

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
3
Yuumi
3
Followers
13
2
Bandle Commando
3
2
Conchologist
3
2
Ruthless Raider
3
2
Starlit Seer
3
3
Loping Telescope
1
Spells
21
1
Elixir of Iron
3
1
Fae Sprout
3
1
Group Shot
2
1
Three Sisters
3
1
Trinket Trade
3
2
Flamespitter
1
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Troll Chant
3

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
7
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
5
3
Yuumi
2
4
Pantheon
3
Followers
13
1
Saga Seeker
3
2
Brightsteel Protector
3
2
Mountain Goat
3
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
4
Blinded Mystic
1
Spells
22
2
Guiding Touch
3
2
Pale Cascade
3
2
Sharpsight
3
2
Single Combat
3
3
Cataclysm
1
3
Hush
1
3
Zenith Blade
3
4
Bastion
1
4
Golden Aegis
2
5
Concerted Strike
2

… 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
8
1
11
2
5
3
7
4
3
5
0
6
4
7+
Champions
6
4
Gnar
3
5
Trundle
3
Followers
16
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Avarosan Sentry
1
2
Ferros Financier
3
2
Icevale Archer
1
2
Vulpine Wanderer
1
3
Station Archivist
2
4
Aloof Travelers
3
8
It That Stares
2
Spells
18
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
1
Concurrent Timelines
3
1
Three Sisters
2
2
Iterative Improvement
1
2
Mystic Shot
2
2
Troll Chant
2
3
Get Excited!
1
3
Sump Fumes
2
4
Aftershock
1
9
Buried in Ice
2

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
5
Senna
3
Followers
17
1
Otterpus
1
2
Conchologist
3
2
Darkbulb Acolyte
3
2
Twisted Catalyzer
3
4
Stilted Robemaker
3
6
Ixtali Sentinel
3
7
The Rekindler
1
Spells
17
1
Group Shot
1
2
Pokey Stick
3
2
Vile Feast
3
3
Wallop
3
4
Transposition
1
6
Piercing Darkness
2
6
Vengeance
3
9
The Ruination
1

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
19
3
1
4
3
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Caitlyn
3
3
Ezreal
3
Followers
12
2
Conchologist
3
2
Minion
2
3
Loping Telescope
3
3
Station Archivist
2
7
Minitee
2
Spells
22
0
Thermogenic Beam
2
2
Mystic Shot
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Piltover Peacemaker
2
3
Sump Fumes
3
3
Wallop
3
4
Aftershock
1
5
Tri-beam Improbulator
3
6
Minimorph
2

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
8
5
1
6
13
7+
Champions
6
1
Zoe
3
10
Aurelion Sol
3
Landmarks
6
4
Blighted Ravine
3
5
Targon's Peak
3
Followers
13
1
Spacey Sketcher
2
2
Faces of the Old Ones
3
2
Solari Sunhawk
1
3
Kindly Tavernkeeper
2
8
It That Stares
1
8
The Infinite Mindsplitter
3
10
She Who Wanders
1
Spells
15
3
Divergent Paths
1
3
Dragon's Clutch
1
4
Avalanche
2
5
Catalyst of Aeons
3
5
Starshaping
2
6
Sunburst
1
8
Voices of the Old Ones
2
12
Feel The Rush
3

… 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
5
Karma
3
Followers
9
2
Fading Icon
3
3
Shadow Assassin
2
3
Tasty Faefolk
2
6
Cloud Drinker
1
7
The Rekindler
1
Spells
25
1
Go Hard
3
2
Glimpse Beyond
3
2
Nopeify!
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
2
Vile Feast
3
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
2
4
The Box
2
5
Deep Meditation
1
5
Withering Mist
1
5
Withering Wail
1
6
Vengeance
2

… 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
Ionia
18 cards
Piltover & Zaun
22 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
3
Lulu
3
Followers
17
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
2
Boom Baboon
3
2
Flame Chompers!
3
3
Sump Dredger
3
6
Sai'nen Thousand-Tailed
3
7
Windfarer Hatchling
2
Spells
17
0
Poro Cannon
3
2
Mystic Shot
2
2
Twin Disciplines
3
3
Get Excited!
3
4
Concussive Palm
2
4
Deny
2
4
Suit Up!
2

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
5
Swain
3
Followers
17
2
Conchologist
3
2
House Spider
1
3
Arachnoid Sentry
2
3
Loping Telescope
3
4
Teenydactyl
3
5
Spotted Toad
2
8
The Leviathan
3
Spells
17
1
Blade's Edge
2
1
Ravenous Flock
3
2
Pokey Stick
3
3
Culling Strike
2
3
Death's Hand
3
3
Noxian Guillotine
2
6
Minimorph
2

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!! =)