1.26 Gravebella Beatdown v5
***Please Note: This deck has been severely edited since its first release. It is now also updated for the eventual 40 card minimum if you'd like to use it. Check the latest posts for relevant information about this build.***
1 - Gravebone
4 - Brute
3 - Medusil
3 - Infernal Gargoyle
4 - Belladonna
4 - Fireball
4 - Lightning Blast
3 - Portal
2 - Research
2 - Shriek
Total: 30 Cards
To make 40 cards(tournament rules) max out all slots and add 3 bloodlust.
Ok, so I'll show an optimal start going first, then on to the explanations.
T1 - Hold
T2 - Brute
T3 - Gargoyle/Medusil Opponent depending.
T4 - Research+Search/LB/Ally Stall
T5 - 3cc+search/Bella Stall
T6 - Portal+Brute/Research/search
T7 - Bella+3cc
T8 - Bella+Bella!
Anyway, the turns vary slightly according to opponents drops but as you can see, Belladonna is the star. She's very cheap and hits very hard. Her low health is almost a help to the deck, letting me cast her over and over and keeping dmg off my hero. Sometimes I have to shriek a Bazaar/Research which slows my turns, sometimes I have to fight for control against heavy aggro. Whatever comes, I'm ready for it. This deck going first has a supreme upper hand. Going second it can reclaim control rather quickly. This might not be seen as T1, at least not until I have some more cards to work with, but this dog is always in the fight.
"Medusil vs Badwolf vs Keldor vs Deathbone" - Medusil hits hard and has a nice ability. Paying for Keldor over and over is a hindrance since I need my resources for recursion and casting my ever growing hand. Badwolf is just average. Deathbone wants to be useful, he tries so hard. In the end though, he's a wasted card.
Gargoyle reasoning: Card advantage. He dodges all DD abilities besides Nova, including Nishaven and fireballs. If left unattended he will strengthen my burn and do significant chip damage.
Brute Reasoning: Board Presence. Quick use of late resources. His 4 health is nothing to laugh at, sticking around long enough to tag team with LB to become a mini fireball.
Where's Big Boy Behemoth?! - The bench. Regardless of his awesome power, I can't focus on a single creature for my win. It's why so many people lose after building around aeon and can't understand why they cant win. Behemoth is resource intense. Turn 8 before his full potential can be unleashed. Meanwhile turn 8 I double drop Bella for +1 dmg. Or one Bella one 3cc ally for equal output. And i get no card draw with Behemoth. Simple math. Bella+Recursion+Portal=Insane.
Where's lust? - Without pure weenie (snakes) LB is much more useful in 30 cards. It was a hard switch I fought tooth and nail. It's present in the 40 card variant.
No Nova?! - No Nova. The dmg it did to me plus Raven AND Aeon surviving it PLUS losing the turn likely by passing after using it is just bad. Portal and some decent strategy can win you more control albiet slower.
40 Cards?! - Yeah. I think it's high time we all get ready to play with 40 card decks. Since I was having so much success in quickmatches with my tournament build, I decided to make the jump.
Tough Matchups - Ter Adun and Majiya are this decks toughest opponents. Coming in next is human Warriors who go heavy aggro with blood frenzy. Don't feel bad if these guys give you trouble. You can't win them all. Remember to always shriek card draw engines your opponents put out and keep the board clear when possible. Late game card advantage WILL pull you out of trouble most all times.
Gravebella in action
Questions? Comments? Let's hear them.