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    Best decks in STD (february 2015)

    Hey guys. Just thought I will post my private top list for You to use and/or discuss. I could also use Your help to make this list more objective as I can add only decks that I played with recently. The list will mostly involve Invokers and Seekers (because thats what I play usually). So, without further ado, I present the list:

    last update: 30th march 2015


    1. Kal-Azaar 4/6/0
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    Kal-Azaar, Invoker of Agony

    Events (8)
    4x Week of Knowledge
    4x Week of the Dead

    Creatures (29)
    4x Succubus
    4x Hellfire Bloater
    4x Lurker in the Dark
    1x Moon Phoenix
    4x Hatching Breeder
    2x Swelling Breeder
    2x Ur-Jubaal's Minion
    2x Osmotic Breeder
    1x Hasafah, Chosen of the Shadows
    4x Spell Stealer Heretic
    1x Ariana, Chosen of the Void

    Spells (21)
    3x Fire Bolt
    2x Forked Firebolt
    4x Soulreaver
    2x Magic Steal
    4x Arkath's Wrath
    3x Time Jump
    3x Enthrall


    2. Kal-Azaar 3/3/2
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    Kal-Azaar, Invoker of Agony

    Events (8)
    4x The Great Hunt
    4x Week of the Elder Races

    Creatures (35)
    4x Maniac
    4x Succubus
    4x Lurker in the Dark
    3x Moon Phoenix
    4x Hatching Breeder
    4x Juggernaut
    4x Caller of the Void
    4x Thrall of Hatred
    4x Bound Succubus

    Spells (15)
    4x Fire Bolt
    3x Cheap Death
    4x Town Portal
    4x Forked Firebolt



    3. Kiril 3/2/2
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    Kiril

    Events (8)
    4x The Great Hunt
    4x Week of the Mercenaries

    Creatures (36)
    4x Maniac
    4x Lava Spawn
    2x Succubus
    4x Hellfire Imp
    4x Lurker in the Dark
    4x Hatching Breeder
    3x Juggernaut
    4x Caller of the Void
    3x Blazing Succubus
    4x Bound Succubus

    Spells (7)
    4x Fire Bolt
    3x Forked Firebolt

    Fortunes (4)
    4x Hall of Torment

    Buildings (3)
    3x Free Mage Altar


    4. Nahla 5/6/1
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    Nahla

    Events (8)
    4x Week of Knowledge
    4x Night of the Rising Moon

    Creatures (26)
    4x Rakshasa Skirmisher
    4x Gargoyle
    4x Arcane Sharpshooter
    4x Makeshift Golem
    2x Djinn
    1x Nur, Spellweaver
    2x Time-Bender Djinn
    1x Ariana, Chosen of the Void
    4x Djinn Cloudshaper

    Spells (14)
    3x Town Portal
    3x Magic Steal
    4x Arkath's Wrath
    4x Time Jump

    Fortunes (6)
    4x Void Trap
    2x Memory Lapse

    Buildings (4)
    4x Altar of Elemental Affinity


    5. Dhamiria 6/5/3
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    Dhamiria, Caller of Madness

    Events (8)
    4x Week of Knowledge
    4x Night of the Rising Moon

    Creatures (18)
    4x Hellfire Bloater
    3x Moon Phoenix
    4x Hatching Breeder
    2x Swelling Breeder
    4x Spell Stealer Heretic
    1x Shi-No-Shi

    Spells (44)
    4x Fire Bolt
    4x Fire Splash
    4x Stone Shield
    4x Insect Swarm
    4x Fire Blast
    4x Mass Rage
    4x Landslide
    4x Forked Firebolt
    4x Immolation
    4x Fire Rain
    4x Arkath's Wrath

    Fortunes (33)
    1x Maws of Chaos
    4x Delve into Madness
    1x Garant's Purge
    4x Broken Bridge
    4x Campfire
    4x Arcane Academy
    4x Observatory
    4x Golden Horseshoe
    4x Empowered Spell
    3x Void Rift


    6. Deleb 3/2/2
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    Deleb, Princess of Pain

    Events (8)
    4x Week of the Dead
    4x Week of the Mercenaries

    Creatures (39)
    4x Maniac
    4x Succubus
    4x Chaos Lacerator
    4x Lurker in the Dark
    4x Hatching Breeder
    4x Juggernaut
    3x Caller of the Void
    4x Thrall of Hatred
    4x Maniac Taskmaster
    4x Bound Succubus

    Spells (6)
    4x Fire Bolt
    3x Storm Rage

    Fortunes (2)
    2x Hall of Torment

    Buildings (2)
    2x Sacrificial Pit


    7. Shaar 5/2/0
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    Shaar, Invoker of the Skies

    Events (8)
    4x The Great Hunt
    4x Week of the Mercenaries

    Creatures (37)
    4x Goblin Scout
    4x Ranaar Harpy
    4x Goblin Hunter
    2x Moon Phoenix
    4x Goblin Mentor
    4x Centaur Archer
    4x War Oliphant
    4x Cyclops Brawler
    4x Blackskull Shredder
    1x Zefiria, Windchaser
    2x Gust Harpy

    Spells (10)
    4x Fire Bolt
    3x Forked Firebolt
    3x Storm Rage

    Buildings (3)
    3x War Tent


    8. Cassandra 4/4/4
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    Cassandra, Seeker of Light

    Events (8)
    2x Rise of the Nethermancer
    2x Night of the Rising Moon
    4x Fiery Sunrise

    Creatures (24)
    4x Tithe Collector
    2x Elite Squire
    3x Crusader Watchman
    4x Griffin Crossbowman
    3x Crusader Vanguard
    2x Devout Priest
    1x Wolf Priest
    1x Anael, Angel of Redemption
    1x Cleansing Priestess
    2x Warding Inquisitor
    1x Zefiria, Chosen of the Winds

    Spells (8)
    1x Martyr
    4x Storm Rage
    3x Blinding Light

    Fortunes (15)
    1x Revised Tactics
    2x Broken Bridge
    4x Campfire
    2x Golden Horseshoe
    4x Construction
    1x Cassandra's Imperial Devotion
    1x Altar of Asha

    Buildings (3)
    3x Barracks


    9. Kat 5/4/4
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    Kat, Seeker of Freedom

    Events (8)
    4x Day of the Sanctuary
    3x Rise of the Nethermancer
    1x Cosmic Balance

    Creatures (32)
    4x Goblin Scout
    4x Ranaar Harpy
    1x Moon Phoenix
    4x Stormrage Hunter
    4x War Oliphant
    4x Bloodclaw Shaman
    4x Blackskull Shredder
    3x Bloodsnake Shaman
    1x Blackskull Crusher
    1x Zefiria, Windchaser
    1x Damran, Chosen of the Thorns
    1x Zefiria, Chosen of the Winds

    Spells (4)
    4x Insect Swarm

    Fortunes (12)
    3x Sacrificial Altar
    1x Broken Bridge
    4x Campfire
    2x Golden Horseshoe
    1x Altar of Asha
    1x Time of Need

    Buildings (2)
    2x War Tent


    10. Mother Namtaru, Asha's Nightmare 4/6/1
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    Mother Namtaru, Asha's Nightmare

    Events (8)
    4x Week of Knowledge
    2x A Tear in the Veil
    1x Day of Fortune
    1x Cosmic Balance

    Creatures (26)
    4x Neophyte Lich
    4x Moonsilk Skeleton
    4x Hangman Tree
    1x Moon Phoenix
    4x Vampire Knight
    4x Spider Guard
    1x Atropos, Weaver of the Dead
    2x Death Lord
    1x Damran, Chosen of the Thorns
    1x Ariana, Chosen of the Void

    Spells (21)
    4x Geyser
    3x Stone Shield
    4x Insect Swarm
    4x Frozen Wave
    3x Time Jump
    3x Ice Meteor

    Buildings (3)
    3x Boneyard



    11. Myranda 4/6/0
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    Myranda, Blademage Champion

    Events (8)
    4x Week of the Elementals
    3x Rise of the Nethermancer
    1x Cosmic Balance

    Creatures (33)
    4x Scholar
    4x Spirit-Bound Djinn
    1x Moon Phoenix
    4x Arcane Sharpshooter
    4x Embers Elemental
    4x Lesser Light Elemental
    3x Surging Djinn
    4x Bursting Fire Elemental
    3x Arcane Eagle
    1x Zefiria, Chosen of the Winds
    1x Ariana, Chosen of the Void

    Spells (13)
    4x Town Portal
    3x Storm Rage
    3x Lightning Bolt
    3x Time Jump

    Buildings (4)
    4x Free Mage Altar


    12. Mother Namtaru, Invoker of Death 2/6/0
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    Mother Namtaru, Invoker of Death

    Events (8)
    4x Week of Knowledge
    4x The Great Hunt

    Creatures (26)
    4x Wretched Ghoul
    2x Newborn Vampire
    4x Lingering Ghost
    4x Neophyte Lich
    4x Moonsilk Skeleton
    4x Namtaru Channeler
    4x Scavenger Ratkin

    Spells (24)
    3x Cheap Death
    2x Ice Spear
    4x Geyser
    4x Town Portal
    4x Soulreaver
    4x Time Jump
    3x Ice Meteor


    13. Hakeem 5/6/3
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    Hakeem, Seeker of Mysteries

    Events (8)
    3x Rise of the Nethermancer
    4x Night of the Rising Moon
    1x Cosmic Balance

    Creatures (25)
    3x Scholar
    3x Rakshasa Skirmisher
    3x Wizard Tutor
    1x Moon Phoenix
    3x Arcane Sharpshooter
    3x Rakshasa
    1x Hasafah, Chosen of the Shadows
    2x Arcane Master Djinn
    1x Nur, Spellweaver
    1x Damran, Chosen of the Thorns
    4x Djinn Cloudshaper

    Spells (12)
    2x Stone Shield
    4x Insect Swarm
    3x Soulreaver
    3x Enthrall

    Fortunes (13)
    1x Revised Tactics
    2x Shifting Fates
    4x Campfire
    4x Circle of Nine
    1x Golden Horseshoe
    1x Arcane Intuition


    14. Garant 5/4/4
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    Garant, Seeker of Discord

    Events (8)
    4x Week of the Dead
    3x Rise of the Nethermancer
    1x Cosmic Balance

    Creatures (36)
    4x Hellfire Bloater
    4x Chaos Lacerator
    4x Lurker in the Dark
    1x Moon Phoenix
    4x Hatching Breeder
    2x Swelling Breeder
    2x Fate Bender
    4x Maniac Taskmaster
    4x Osmotic Breeder
    1x Doom Bringer
    4x Hellfire Maniac
    1x Hikyu, Chosen of the Flames
    1x Ariana, Chosen of the Void

    Spells (5)
    2x Fire Bolt
    3x Forked Firebolt

    Fortunes (9)
    1x Garant's Purge
    4x Campfire
    2x Golden Horseshoe
    1x Altar of Asha
    1x Time of Need


    15. Yukiko 4/5/3
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    Yukiko, Seeker of Honor

    Events (8)
    3x Rise of the Nethermancer
    2x Night of the Rising Moon
    3x Cosmic Balance

    Creatures (31)
    1x Moon Phoenix
    3x Shark Protector
    4x Kabuki Sentry
    2x Blessed Lake Spirit
    4x Fountain Spirit
    4x Coral Priestess
    4x Sayama Champion
    2x Kabuki Seductress
    1x Raya, Chosen of the Waves
    2x Shark Bodyguard
    1x Raya, Sibilant Seductress
    1x Zefiria, Chosen of the Winds
    2x Shogun

    Spells (9)
    1x Focused Mind
    4x Geyser
    4x Ice Meteor

    Fortunes (9)
    1x Revised Tactics
    4x Campfire
    2x Golden Horseshoe
    1x Dark Lotus Pond
    1x Time of Need

    Buildings (1)
    1x Torii of the Eternal Empress


    16. Ignatius 3/1/5
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    Ignatius

    Events (8)
    4x The Great Hunt
    4x Week of the Dead

    Creatures (33)
    4x Maniac
    4x Chaos Lacerator
    4x Lurker in the Dark
    4x Hatching Breeder
    3x Juggernaut
    2x Caller of the Void
    4x Thrall of Hatred
    4x Maniac Taskmaster
    4x Bound Succubus

    Spells (4)
    4x Fire Bolt

    Fortunes (13)
    3x Halls of Amnesia
    1x Revised Tactics
    1x Garant's Purge
    3x Broken Bridge
    4x Campfire
    1x Altar of Asha




    Sidenote:
    I know that Seekers are not that popular as they used to be (for example You will more often encounter Mukao than Yukiko etc), but it is my personal view that Seekers are currently underestimated. They are still strong. Even Yukiko isnt that bad. Also, I wouldnt care about order that much as I didnt played nearly enough for it to be accurate, but it kinda reflects what I believe to be strong and viable in current meta. Obviously Kal-Azaar on the two first places is not by an accident
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    Thanks for the lists - very interesting to see it. It always amazes me how many decks you can master.

    I was surprised by two threes in the Shaar the 3 Phoenixes and the 3rd place. I'm not sure if Shaar is really that great although i think he has the best ability in STD.

    About Kat - since i'm playing her the most i feel like IS aren't that great vs Kal so i limited them to 3 and put 2 Storm Rages - dunno if this is the correct approach. Also i have to question Tear in the Veil in the build since i rarely encounter Yukiko.

    I know that you prefer Deleb over Kiril but i will just show Gamdur's deck because it's surprisingly effective:

    Kiril 3/2/2
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    Hero (3/2/2)
    1x Kiril

    Events (8)
    4x The Great Hunt
    4x Week of the Mercenaries

    Creatures (36)
    4x Maniac
    4x Lava Spawn
    2x Succubus
    4x Hellfire Imp
    4x Lurker in the Dark
    4x Hatching Breeder
    3x Juggernaut
    4x Caller of the Void
    3x Blazing Succubus
    4x Bound Succubus

    Spells (7)
    4x Fire Bolt
    3x Forked Firebolt

    Fortunes (4)
    4x Hall of Torment

    Buildings (3)
    3x Free Mage Altar

    deck by Gamdur - 4 Halls of Torment seems excessive for me but it works for him
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    Thanks for the kind words

    I know Gamdur's Kiril, we kinda invented this deck Kiril 3/2/2 together. But it was long time ago. Since then I much more encounter 3/2/0 version w/o Bound Succubus. It was Thoutmosis deck and it got really popular for some time. I always thought 3/2/2 version to be the best for Kiril as I always prefer more aggro approach than pure creature rush. I do agree that Kiril 3/2/2 is very good, its just that I didnt played this deck recently so I was more comfortable to include Deleb in the list instead as I have more fresh experience with her. But I do believe that both this aggro versions of Kiril and Deleb are outshined by Kal-Azaar 3/3/2 version which is the most tempo based deck in the game. (That s also a reason why I post Deleb and Ignatius that low, as I dont see them as good opponents against Kal).

    As for the Kat deck, in my last version (that I did not play with yet, so it was not in my Replay Manager to copy decklist from) I do play with 2 Bloodsnake Shamans. I saw that almost everyone returned to using them. At least I saw Brunt to use them and also You. You and Brunt are the best Kat players currently I think. I played only maybe 20 games with Kat in the new meta.

    And Shaar. I consider her nearly as good as 3/3/2 version of Kal-Azaar. Those are both very good tempo decks, only that Shaar is less consistent in turn 2 department. But I couldnt put her lower simply cause my results with her was so good. I did try some other versions (as You know already I did play with Sacrificial Altars too) so my deck evolved and I dont know which version is the best as every single one worked for me pretty well. The key is to build it as a tempo deck. 3 Moon Phoenixes? There are 3 of them in the Kal-Azaar tempo deck so why not here? Believe me, as surprising as it looks, it works. You can spam the abillity very much and discard Moon Phoenix if U cant keep up with 3 of them, but it is cause U want your 1st Moon Phoenix very early in the game and if U draw second one, usually U can afford to play both of them every turn. (The 3rd one U discard).
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    This is an incredibly useful resource, thanks for posting! I didn't know a Shaar tempo deck existed.

    I've been seeing a lot of a slightly different version of Kal as well, maybe your thoughts to its viability?

    Kal-Azaar 5/6/0

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    1x Kal-Azaar, Invoker of Agony

    Events (8)
    4x Week of Knowledge
    4x Week of the Dead

    Creatures (32)
    4x Succubus
    4x Hellfire Bloater
    4x Lurker in the Dark
    1x Moon Phoenix
    4x Hatching Breeder
    4x Caller of the Void
    2x Ur-Jubaal's Minion
    2x Osmotic Breeder
    1x Hasafah, Chosen of the Shadows
    1x Doom Bringer
    4x Spell Stealer Heretic
    1x Ariana, Chosen of the Void

    Spells (20)
    3x Fire Bolt
    2x Forked Firebolt
    4x Soulreaver
    2x Magic Steal
    4x Arkath's Wrath
    3x Time Jump
    2x Enthrall


    The doombringer and caller of the void are the different cards which IMO are really strong, especially against cards like warding inquisitor and blackskull crusher the db acts as a panic button (with wotd). CotV also applies much more guaranteed pressure unlike for example juggernauts which can sometimes be denied by cheap blockers or evade. Just my thoughts and contribution, take it all with a grain of salt since I lack the experience to make proper judgement or analyses.
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    Where is Akane lock 4-5-2?
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    Originally Posted by zontik777 Go to original post
    Where is Akane lock 4-5-2?
    It's not as strong as you think. It's just "funny" to trick people with that, but a good player know how to deal with that.
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    Thank you Jkk this is really helpful

    I know you enjoyed playing Mass Rage decks as well, did you try it in the current meta and find it noncompetitive?

    I have been playing giko.Kopev's 6/4/1 Kenage deck quite a lot and I find it rather good for the current meta at 1600elo at least. Kal is a difficult matchup and you need to plan your game very carefully, but it can be won (in my limited experience). My biggest threat has been the Deleb you posted since I can't handle the mass indirect damage.
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    Originally Posted by zontik777 Go to original post
    Where is Akane lock 4-5-2?
    I thought it was totally out of the meta. You are among two guys that I encounter to still play this deck. I always believed it to be worse version of Namtaru frozen wave deck (which is on my list). Lack of Insect Swarms and Stone Shields make this deck overly dependant on Frozen Wave. And agains aggro it may be too late to save You. Akane lock supposed to be at least very good against other control decks, but it is usually 50:50 at best. Necro has lot of flyers to finish of with Time Jumps even when Frozen Wave on board. And even Kal-Azaar can deal with Frozen Wave by enthralling Your flyers, playing his Moon Phoenix and finishing with Ariana and TJ. The same thing I did to You I did to the other guy I played against. So if I can beat this deck with Kal-Azaar that plays 0 flyers, then what is the point?
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    @MintzPanda

    Its almost the same deck as I posted. There is lot of different builds for Kal-Azaar control 4/6/0 deck and I find almost all of them viable. It is a matter of prefference. For example I dont play with Alone in the Dark, but everyone else do. I never try to play with Doom Bringer, maybe it can work too.

    @StoneofHelp

    I didnt try mass rage decks. I would figure that they cant win against Inferno burn decks and there is so many of them. Kal-Azaar 3/3/2, Deleb 3/2/2, Kiril 3/2/2, Garant 3/3/3. Al those decks are insta losses. But there is still plenty of mass rage players who dont mind.
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    jkkk89 is back with his favourite trick: setup a list of best decks of meta to get everybody playing those decks, then come with a new meta breaking deck the week after!

    Jokes aside, thanks for doing this, should be really helpful for new comers!

    Myranda spirits is BAD vs Kal, average vs Namtaru and favourable in other matchups. She is not unstable at all, playing 4 t1 drops and 12 t2 drops (4 being false t2 if you did not play sholar 1st) gives her really stable and strong start to close most of your games at turn 6 or 7. I played like 200 games with her at 1800+ elo, she has more than 70% winrate.

    Shaar tempo can go to 5 might for BS crusher and/or Gust Harpy.

    Other missing decks in your list:
    -Kieran barracks (4/4/0 or 4/6/0 versions, Lurifaxb is doing fine with him)
    -like Stoneofhelp said, Kenage fatties is really consistent too, you should try Giko 6/4/1 version
    -Seria Tokens played by a capable player wrecks Kal Azaar and is more consistent than what people may think
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