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Patch 3.11: Day One Decks – Scissors and Succubuses and Star Guardians, oh my!

Shadawx shares ideas for Decks to try on Day One of the new patch!

This is an article from a previous patch -- here is the lastest Day One Decks article!!

Another day, another Expansion!

This time we got Forces From Beyond, the newest Legends of Runeterra set that introduces three new Champions: Shurima’s Kai'SaKai, Shadow Isles’ GwenGwen, and Runeterra’s EvelynnEvelynn

They come with new keywords – Evolve and Hallowed – and Evelynn, as a Runeterran champ, has her unique Origin that affects deck-building rules.

Will they shape the meta, or fall just short?

Only time will tell, but let's see some new decks we can brew!


Kai'SaKai EvelynnEvelynn

Two new champions that seem to go together?

EvelynnEvelynn and her Origin package create different Husks, which have 10 different keywords, and Kai'SaKai wants to see many different keywords to help her Evolve, or to copy with Second SkinSecond Skin

Regions
Runeterra
14 cards
Shurima
26 cards
Rarities
31 100
champion
6
epic
7
rare
10
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
6
1
9
2
12
3
5
4
4
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
4
Evelynn
3
Evelynn
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Landmarks
1
2
Preservarium
1
Preservarium
Followers
20
1
Treasure Seeker
3
Treasure Seeker
2
Rock Hopper
3
Rock Hopper
2
Sultur
3
Sultur
3
Domination
3
Domination
3
Merciless Hunter
3
Merciless Hunter
5
Solitude
1
Solitude
6
Steem
2
Steem
9
Void Abomination
2
Void Abomination
Spells
13
1
Scrying Sands
3
Scrying Sands
2
Hate Spike
2
Hate Spike
3
Ancient Hourglass
3
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
Open deck in builder

I think the better Husk generators are SulturSultur and DominationDomination. Hate SpikeHate Spike is pretty decent as well, but the rest are kinda meh. I included a copy of SolitudeSolitude just for the potential keyword high-roll, and added SteemSteem because he’s actually not too bad if he gets a good keyword from a Husk, and he has Scout for Kai’sa to copy.

Otherwise the deck just kinda plays itself: slam your cards, buff 'em with Husks, and get Evelyn/Kai’sa to stick and level.

You have Void AbominationVoid Abomination to help with some late-game rounds if things go on – it should ideally have a ton of keywords by the time you play it.

And, finally, Scrying SandsScrying Sands could be anything really, I felt that it might be a good inclusion to protect your units and find champs.


GwenGwen KalistaKalista Noxus

This is a concept that I talked about with Yangzera when we were going over cards, and which he plans to further refine.

Regions
Noxus
9 cards
Shadow Isles
31 cards
Rarities
32 000
champion
6
epic
8
rare
9
common
17
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
8
2
8
3
14
4
0
5
5
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Kalista
3
Kalista
4
Gwen
3
Gwen
Landmarks
3
4
Trifarian Training Pits
3
Trifarian Training Pits
Followers
14
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Phantom Butler
3
Phantom Butler
4
Ghostly Paramour
2
Ghostly Paramour
4
Ruined Reckoner
3
Ruined Reckoner
6
Eternal Dancers
3
Eternal Dancers
Spells
17
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Black Spear
2
Black Spear
3
Strike Up The Band
3
Strike Up The Band
4
Whispered Words
3
Whispered Words
6
Vengeance
2
Vengeance
10
The Harrowing
2
The Harrowing
Open deck in builder

GwenGwen and her Hallowed units seem quite strong. Hallowed is a buff that you will always receive when attacking, which means that as soon as you stack up the Hallowed counters, you’ll always be attacking with at least one big unit.

That also means you’ll be able to trigger something like…

Trifarian Training PitsTrifarian Training Pits, to rally each time!

The idea behind this deck is to attack with Gwen over and over with Training Pits and Ruined ReckonerRuined Reckoner. Gwen draining 2 or more as she attacks can set up some massive swings, and as long as you have about two Hallowed counters, most of your units will trigger the Pits.

There’s also a funny little infinite rally you can do if Ruined Reckoner is your strongest dead unit, and you revive it with Eternal DancersEternal Dancers. When Reckoner is resummoned, she’ll create a Midnight RaidMidnight Raid over and over which you just use on Eternal Dancers again and again. 


FizzFizz LuluLulu P&Z

Here we are with FizzFizz LuluLulu again!

A dominant deck a few metas ago, and might be back once again now that we have a new (better!??) Yordles in Arms Yordles in Arms -type card.

Regions
Piltover & Zaun
21 cards
Bandlecity
19 cards
Rarities
26 700
champion
6
epic
3
rare
10
common
21
Mana cost
3
0
6
1
17
2
6
3
6
4
2
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
1
Fizz
3
Fizz
3
Lulu
3
Lulu
Followers
14
1
Zaunite Urchin
3
Zaunite Urchin
2
Boom Baboon
3
Boom Baboon
2
Flame Chompers!
3
Flame Chompers!
2
Grandfather Fae
2
Grandfather Fae
4
Yordle Captain
3
Yordle Captain
Spells
20
0
Poro Cannon
3
Poro Cannon
2
Mystic Shot
3
Mystic Shot
2
Pokey Stick
3
Pokey Stick
2
Salvaged Scrap
3
Salvaged Scrap
3
Get Excited!
3
Get Excited!
4
Sneezy Biggledust!
3
Sneezy Biggledust!
5
Yordles in Arms
2
Yordles in Arms
Open deck in builder

Sneezy Biggledust!Sneezy Biggledust! looks quite strong right off the bat. Giving your board +1/+1 at Focus speed is ok… but giving Created units +2/+2 instead is quite good.

Especially when your board consists of Created, Elusive Daring PoroDaring Poros and Challenging Flame Chompers!Flame Chompers!.

On top of the new mini YiA, Salvaged ScrapSalvaged Scrap is a nice addition to the deck, allowing you to discard cards and generate more units in hand. While RummageRummage draws you 2 new cards from your deck, Scrap guarantees you get units to fill the board with, and at a discounted price.

Aside from that, the deck is still pretty standard – I think it’s mostly the number of copies that need to be tweaked.

Or maybe even a different champ besides FizzFizz?

And Yordles in Arms Yordles in Arms might also not be needed too much since Biggledust is possibly better?

Only time will tell!


XerathXerath ZileanZilean Bandle City

Rite of PassageRite of Passage is a card that has been talked about a lot since it was revealed, mostly about being used with Blighted RavineBlighted Ravine, and a bit in conjunction with Time BombTime Bomb.

It’s also important to note that it’s a Manifest, so it works with Curious ShellfolkCurious Shellfolk.

In other words, you can spam Time Bombs quite a bit if you can get to play Shellfolk + Rite of Passage.

Regions
Shurima
30 cards
Bandlecity
10 cards
Rarities
30 900
champion
6
epic
5
rare
20
common
9
Mana cost
0
0
9
1
15
2
6
3
4
4
0
5
5
6
1
7+
Champions
6
2
Zilean
3
Zilean
4
Xerath
3
Xerath
Landmarks
6
1
Ancient Preparations
3
Ancient Preparations
2
Preservarium
3
Preservarium
Followers
10
2
Aspiring Chronomancer
3
Aspiring Chronomancer
2
Conchologist
3
Conchologist
6
Curious Shellfolk
3
Curious Shellfolk
8
The Arsenal
1
The Arsenal
Spells
18
1
Scrying Sands
3
Scrying Sands
1
Trinket Trade
3
Trinket Trade
2
Rite of Passage
3
Rite of Passage
3
Ancient Hourglass
3
Ancient Hourglass
3
Rite of the Arcane
3
Rite of the Arcane
4
Rite of Negation
1
Rite of Negation
6
Glory's Call
2
Glory's Call
Open deck in builder

I’m going with XerathXerath, since he should level-up quite quickly, and on top of that the control he offers with Time Bombs is crazy. He also discounts Glory's Call by 2 which helps a little bit.

Speaking of Glory’s Call, that’s another new Manifest effect that can net you a crazy card from the Emperor's Deck. Most of the cards in there are very good depending on the situation, and most also draw you another card when played.


EvelynnEvelynn MaokaiMaokai

This one seems… interesting.

Good?

Who knows!

Regions
Shadow Isles
26 cards
Runeterra
14 cards
Rarities
28 100
champion
6
epic
3
rare
17
common
14
Mana cost
0
0
3
1
14
2
11
3
6
4
3
5
3
6
0
7+
Champions
6
4
Evelynn
3
Evelynn
4
Maokai
3
Maokai
Followers
20
1
Boisterous Host
3
Boisterous Host
2
Sea Scarab
3
Sea Scarab
2
Sultur
3
Sultur
3
Conductor Of The Mists
3
Conductor Of The Mists
3
Domination
3
Domination
3
Vora
2
Vora
5
Neverglade Collector
3
Neverglade Collector
Spells
14
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Glimpse Beyond
2
Hate Spike
3
Hate Spike
2
Vile Feast
3
Vile Feast
3
Undergrowth
3
Undergrowth
6
Vengeance
3
Vengeance
Open deck in builder

EvelynnEvelynn and MaokaiMaokai work together through the Husks – their deaths count towards Maokai’s level-up, and also trigger Sea ScarabSea Scarab which in turn contributes to Maokai's progress as well.

DominationDomination is also a great card for this since she not only buffs the Husks, but SaplingSapling too.

I threw in Neverglade CollectorNeverglade Collector to help us stay healthy and apply pressure: since our board is constantly dying and replacing units, the Collector's drain should work well.

And Maokai getting a keyword like Spellshield or Tough from a Husk should help him survive in the backline, which is a nice plus.

This is definitely worth a try.


Kai'SaKai ApheliosAphelios PantheonPantheon

I want to try this one out because I think Kai’sa will work well with a lot of the Targon cards, ApheliosAphelios and PantheonPantheon specifically.

The Fated units also work well with Shuriman cards like Lucky FindLucky Find and SuperchargeSupercharge.

Regions
Shurima
15 cards
Mount Targon
25 cards
Rarities
27 600
champion
6
epic
4
rare
9
common
21
Mana cost
0
0
7
1
9
2
10
3
5
4
5
5
2
6
2
7+
Champions
6
3
Aphelios
2
Aphelios
4
Pantheon
1
Pantheon
5
Kai'Sa
3
Kai'Sa
Followers
20
1
Lunari Duskbringer
3
Lunari Duskbringer
1
Saga Seeker
3
Saga Seeker
1
Treasure Seeker
1
Treasure Seeker
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Esmus, Breath of the World
2
Mountain Goat
2
Mountain Goat
3
Wounded Whiteflame
3
Wounded Whiteflame
5
Vekauran Bruiser
2
Vekauran Bruiser
6
Camphor, the Doubt
2
Camphor, the Doubt
7
The Winding Light
2
The Winding Light
Spells
14
2
Guiding Touch
1
Guiding Touch
2
Pale Cascade
3
Pale Cascade
2
Sunblessed Vigor
1
Sunblessed Vigor
3
Ancient Hourglass
2
Ancient Hourglass
3
Quicksand
3
Quicksand
4
Rite of Negation
2
Rite of Negation
4
Supercharge
2
Supercharge
Open deck in builder

I think the way this will play is like a little slower Pantheon deck. You play your Fated units like Saga SeekerSaga Seeker or Wounded WhiteflameWounded Whiteflame, you buff them when you can with GemGems, or Lucky Finds, or Moon Weapons, and you make yourself some big, bad units with big, good Keywords.

You also have the added benefit of going a bit wide and dropping The Winding LightThe Winding Light on your board to push through a lot of damage – it might be overkill, and I can see it being taken out, but it seems okay as a one- or two-of in theory.

You have quite a bit of protection for your champs as well here, with Ancient HourglassAncient Hourglass, Pale CascadePale Cascade, Rite of NegationRite of Negation and more.

Targon will, I think, be one of the better region pairings for Kai'sa – we just need to find the right build.


LucianLucian EvelynnEvelynn

Finally we have EvelynnEvelynn Demacia!

The champion I went for is LucianLucian – I was between him and PoppyPoppy, and I think either one could work, but I like the added synergy of Husks counting towards leveling-up Lucian.

Regions
Demacia
29 cards
Runeterra
11 cards
Rarities
27 900
champion
6
epic
3
rare
16
common
15
Mana cost
0
0
8
1
15
2
10
3
3
4
4
5
0
6
0
7+
Champions
6
2
Lucian
3
Lucian
4
Evelynn
3
Evelynn
Followers
25
1
Fleetfeather Tracker
3
Fleetfeather Tracker
1
Petricite Hound
3
Petricite Hound
2
Durand Sculptor
3
Durand Sculptor
2
Petricite Broadwing
3
Petricite Broadwing
2
Sultur
3
Sultur
3
Domination
3
Domination
3
Senna, Sentinel of Light
2
Senna, Sentinel of Light
3
Vora
2
Vora
5
Radiant Guardian
3
Radiant Guardian
Spells
9
1
Ranger's Resolve
2
Ranger's Resolve
2
Sharpsight
3
Sharpsight
3
Royal Decree
3
Royal Decree
5
Golden Aegis
1
Golden Aegis
Open deck in builder

Giving Lucian or Senna, Sentinel of LightSenna, Sentinel of Light a good keyword from a Husk like Overwhelm, Elusive, or Fearsome will make them a huge threat. And even Challenger, Spellshield or Tough is a decent hit.

We also have the usual Demacian Challengers, Fleetfeather TrackerFleetfeather Tracker and Petricite BroadwingPetricite Broadwing, that can make use of the Husk keywords. And your Formidable units will make extra use of the health they receive.

Royal DecreeRoyal Decree is another new card that is quite decent, by giving a unit Challenger and +2/+2 or just giving you an Honored LordHonored Lord. I’ve seen some people fitting DawnspeakersDawnspeakers into this concept, and I think it could finally find a home again here in this new deck.


Final thoughts

Lots of different decks to try out, but we’ll have to see how they stand up to last meta’s winners, like Papercraft Renekton, Aphelios Winding Light, and Heimerdinger Jayce.

I think there’s a lot of potential to find a place in the meta for these new cards, especially Gwen – I think Hallowed is a really strong keyword, but we’ll see in the coming days.

I hope you enjoyed these brews, or at least got some ideas on what you want to try yourselves. Enjoy the new expansion!


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