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PATCH 3.10: Decks for Day One (and a Half)

Shadawx shares his ideas for decks to try on Day One (or, well, One and a Half) of the patch!

Surprise surprise!

Welcome to DAY 2 of patch 3.10!

After Riot pushed the update a day early…

… everyone got to enjoy the patch alongside reading the patch notes. All over the ladder, we’ve seen a drop in some of the popular decks like Bard Demacia and Thralls, and a rise in some old decks, such as Ashe Noxus and Hecarim Kalista.

So let's take a look at a few decks that can make good use of the new balance changes!


HecarimHecarim KalistaKalista Ionia

With HecarimHecarim level 2 being buffed to act like ZoeZoe level 2 and provide an Everywhere buff, and KalistaKalista swapping her stats to give her more survivability, the Ephemeral archetype has gotten a lot better.

Regions
Ionia
13 cards
Shadow Isles
27 cards
Rarities
28 500
champion
6
epic
5
rare
8
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
2
1
14
2
9
3
4
4
3
5
5
6
3
7+
Champions
6
3
Kalista
3
Kalista
6
Hecarim
3
Hecarim
Followers
13
1
Oblivious Islander
2
Oblivious Islander
2
Shark Chariot
3
Shark Chariot
2
The Stagehand
3
The Stagehand
3
Darkwater Scourge
3
Darkwater Scourge
4
Field Musicians
2
Field Musicians
Spells
21
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Haunted Relic
3
Haunted Relic
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Death Mark
3
Death Mark
4
Deny
2
Deny
5
Dragon Ambush
3
Dragon Ambush
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
10
The Harrowing
3
The Harrowing
Open deck in builder

I’ve paired it with Ionia to get access to Death MarkDeath Mark, DenyDeny, The StagehandThe Stagehand, Field MusiciansField Musicians, and Dragon AmbushDragon Ambush.

Death Mark is great, cheap removal.

Field Musicians is good for refilling, and is easily activated with Haunted RelicHaunted Relic or for attacking with Ephemeral units + Shark ChariotShark Chariot.

The Stagehand is a really good Ephemeral unit, it’s cheap, stuns a unit, and has a solid statline.

Last, we have Dragon Ambush: provides healing, starts a free attack with Ephemerals to progress Hecarim's level-up and spawn Shark ChariotShark Chariots, and puts good pressure on the opponent.

Overall I think this deck can be a force to be reckoned with – while Ionia is the first region pairing that comes to mind, perhaps another region will be the right pairing for Hecarim, like Noxus or Shurima. 


AsheAshe LeBlancLeBlanc

AsheAshe Noxus got a few huge buffs with Trifarian AssessorTrifarian Assessor, Avarosan Hearthguard Avarosan Hearthguard , and the Ashe bug fix…

… and Ashe LeBlanc is looking pretty solid in terms of power level now.

Regions
Freljord
22 cards
Noxus
18 cards
Rarities
29 000
champion
6
epic
4
rare
16
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
4
1
9
2
12
3
8
4
4
5
1
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
LeBlanc
3
LeBlanc
4
Ashe
3
Ashe
Followers
20
1
Omen Hawk
2
Omen Hawk
2
Icevale Archer
3
Icevale Archer
2
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Trifarian Gloryseeker
3
Avarosan Trapper
3
Avarosan Trapper
3
Thorn of the Rose
1
Thorn of the Rose
4
Trifarian Assessor
3
Trifarian Assessor
5
Avarosan Hearthguard
3
Avarosan Hearthguard
8
Incisive Tactician
2
Incisive Tactician
Spells
14
1
Brittle Steel
2
Brittle Steel
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Culling Strike
3
Culling Strike
3
Flash Freeze
2
Flash Freeze
4
Whispered Words
2
Whispered Words
5
Harsh Winds
1
Harsh Winds
6
Reckoning
1
Reckoning
Open deck in builder

The buff to Assessor is one of the biggest buffs in this patch. With a cost reduction you now have a better round four play than either dropping Ashe, or playing cheaper and floating mana.

Ideally, if you drop Assessor on four you’d have at least one 5+ power unit: LeBlancLeBlanc, Thorn of the RoseThorn of the Rose, or Trifarian GloryseekerTrifarian Gloryseeker. And later on, she also fits those clunky turns a bit better being one mana cheaper.

The buff to [[Hearthguard] is a small +1 to his health, but still it can be impactful because it will allow for more favorable trades.

Overall, I think Ashe Nox has always been an okay deck, but never over that edge of a good deck like in its glory days. With this Assessor buff, I think it can really pick up steam again and become something good to play.


SejuaniSejuani GnarGnar TeemoTeemo

Okay: this one I’m not sure if it’s good, but it sure seems fun.

Regions
Freljord
19 cards
Bandlecity
23 cards
Rarities
23 000
champion
6
epic
0
rare
8
common
26
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
12
2
7
3
7
4
0
5
6
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Teemo
1
Teemo
4
Gnar
2
Gnar
6
Sejuani
3
Sejuani
Followers
19
1
Inventive Chemist
3
Inventive Chemist
2
Stone Stackers
3
Stone Stackers
2
Tusk Speaker
3
Tusk Speaker
3
Chief Nakotak
3
Chief Nakotak
4
Murkwolf Shaman
2
Murkwolf Shaman
4
Teenydactyl
3
Teenydactyl
6
Mammoth Shaman
2
Mammoth Shaman
Spells
15
1
Poison Dart
2
Poison Dart
1
Three Sisters
2
Three Sisters
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Troll Chant
3
Troll Chant
3
Ice Shard
2
Ice Shard
3
Wallop
2
Wallop
6
Minimorph
1
Minimorph
Open deck in builder

Chief NakotakChief Nakotak now has an extra point of health at the cost of a point of attack, and also grants Impact to the unit transforming. One of your backline units being harder to remove is always a plus, and the Impact it can grant can be quite useful.

I’ve paired Nakotak with the Freljord transform package of Mammoth ShamanMammoth Shaman and Murkwolf ShamanMurkwolf Shaman, and from the Bandle side brought TeenydactylTeenydactyl and GnarGnar (and to some extent MinimorphMinimorph, technically).

It’s also worth noting that leveling-up a champion counts as transforming, so your SejuaniSejuani or TeemoTeemo will fully heal and get +1/+1 and Impact with Nakotak on board. Although Bitsy LizardBitsy Lizard / Lava LizardLava Lizard got a small buff, I’m not sure if it makes the cut, but it’s something to think about.

Overall this deck plays sort of like Plunder: you do what little damage you can each turn to ensure you have a leveled Sejuani since she is the main control tool of this deck, and you beat down with Mammoth Shaman or Gnar while getting little damage in with TerrordactylTerrordactyl.

If there seems to be a problem with threats, it may be worth adding in some Stance SwapStance Swap generators like Vulpine WandererVulpine Wanderer or Inner BeastInner Beast.


Bonus: ZileanZilean GnarGnar

Not sure what to write for this but I saw the idea from someone on ladder and this is what I landed on! =)

Regions
Bandlecity
12 cards
Shurima
28 cards
Rarities
28 800
champion
6
epic
4
rare
15
common
15
Mana cost
3
0
12
1
12
2
3
3
4
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
3
Zilean
4
Gnar
3
Gnar
Landmarks
3
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
Followers
12
1
Otterpus
3
Otterpus
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Aspiring Chronomancer
5
Khahiri the Returned
3
Khahiri the Returned
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
Spells
19
0
Feral Prescience
3
Feral Prescience
1
Scrying Sands
3
Scrying Sands
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Careful Preparation
3
Careful Preparation
2
Time in a Bottle
3
Time in a Bottle
3
Ancient Hourglass
3
Ancient Hourglass
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

Sorta like haha funny infinite Curious ShellfolkCurious Shellfolk nonsense with Predicts and having giant Khahiri the ReturnedKhahiri the Returneds and Scrying SandsScrying Sands over and over so your opponent has no Fearsome blockers. Don’t know how it is, but it seems fun if anything.


In closing

Just a few decks this time, as most of the cards that got buffed already fit into previous popular decks and it’s just a matter of adding them in, like Tri-beam ImprobulatorTri-beam Improbulator decks got AftershockAftershock (but aggro decks lost it),  Bilgewater decks like Plunder or Annie TF got the Riptide RexRiptide Rex buff, and Azir Irelia is still the same with potential to add Inspiring MarshalInspiring Marshal back in.

It was nice that the patch came out the same time as the notes though – I think it should always be like that because I find it’s just a waste to read notes, then be done with the game for the day most of the time. Anyways, I think the nerfs were significant enough to change the meta a bit, and we’ll have to see how the buffs fit in here. This is the Seasonals patch too, so I guess we’ll see how things shape up.

Happy climbing!


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