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    Gravebella 3.5 - Return of the King

    Gravebella 3.5 Return of the King

    ĒI heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts and I looked, and behold a pale horse and his name that sat on him was death, and hell followed with him"

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    Itís been a long time since 1.7. A lot has changed and a lot of people have came and went. For those of you that donít know me, Iím Killtrend aka The Ed Man. I specialize in lost and forgotten heroes, flavor decks and the like. My most popular post is me designing a deck for a bad hero that no one used with a whole new concept of how he should work. Now, my first order of business after looking over all the new cards is to bring back what I made a name with:


    Gravebella

    45 cards

    Hero

    1 x Gravebone

    Allies

    4 x Frostmare
    4 x Death Mage Thaddeus
    4 x Eternal Troll
    4 x Slingblade Demon
    4 x Belladonna
    4 x Brutal Minotaur

    Spells

    2 x Tome of Knowledge
    4 x Sacrificial Lamb
    4 x Fireball
    4 x Lightning Strike
    4 x Portal

    Weapons

    2 x Dagger of Unmaking

    Sideboard

    2 x Shriek of Vengeance
    2 x Supernova
    2 x Ley Line Nexus
    2 x Bloodlust

    How To Play

    ďGravebella 3.5Ē has seen a big overhaul moving away from survivability some and towards more synergy. -4 Brutalis, -4 Ironhide Karash, -4 Infernal Gargoyle -3 Bloodlust and -2 Tome of Knowledge for +4 Frostmare, +4 Slingblade Demon +4 Eternal Troll, and +4 Sacrificial Lamb. People tell me ďPortal decks are too slow.Ē ďBelladonna is even worse now than she was before when no one played her.Ē Well, Iíd like to have a word with you.

    The way it plays now: Hunting for combos. Slingblade Demon is the redeemer of Portal Gravebella. Slingblade single handedly turns this into a pre-nerf Gravebone of sorts by packing an onboard Snap from Magic the Gathering. Anything pulled from my graveyard can be Slung out and replayed with a 2cc discount. Whether itís Frostmare chip and cycle, Bella recursion cycle or late game dead or at risk Brutal Minotaur through a portal. Slingblade also of course helps me clear status affects for which I previously had no answer to. The addition of Sac Lamb and Tome was tough but I feel itíll pay off to get the cycle moving too. Itíll also help me cycle Eternal Trolls for free cards and kill less useful allies to lose the ally advantage so I can play free Frostmares.

    T1 Hold
    T2 Frostmare/Tome of Knowledge/Hold Frost for burn assist.
    T3 Slingblade+Frostmare/Troll/DMT/Fireball ally
    T4 Portal/Lightning allies
    T5 Bella/Brutal depending on what you need to kill
    T6 Start the Troll+Sac Lamb hilarity/Slingblade a 5cc ally back through the portal.
    T7 Repeat.

    Perfect Turn 4, 5 and 6: 4: Portal>>5: Brutal Minotaur>>6: Slingblade the minotaur after attacking and play him again for a 15 dmg turn 6!!

    Sac Choices: Any duplicates are a priority early, especially ďuniquesĒ, also anything that puts you at a disadvantage early depending on what Hero you are facing. Play smart if you have a portal and plan what you may need to send through it; Iíve dropped Portal on T4 and then Lightning Strike on T5 because it was the smarter play. Although my old deck held on to portal for late game this one can drop it immediately because of the heavier ally pool and especially if you canít get an ally advantage down first and Bella is at risk. If all else fails try the Dagger and get an ally on the board from the graveyard without being pestered. It also stops these ďsuper combosĒ people are doing to a single ally because you can just slap it away.

    Pro Tip:

    Donít just throw Frostmare out there to do damage and get rekt. Save him for when he can be played for free and help the burn spells kill big allies.

    The sideboard is there to swap in and out with Dagger and or Tome. Those 2 for 2 trades are the only ones I recommend.

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    Notes for my sanity:

    Please. For the love of god. Cut your decks down from 60+, 80+ Etc. It tilts me to no end. Second: stop doing anything that solely is meant to stall the inevitable. Either let me kill you or kill me and we can move on with our day. 15-20+ min games are not fun outside of the tournament setting.


    Iím back, baby. If you see me in game (apparently a lot of you have already) and watch I hope you enjoy and Iím not too much of a newb after being gone so long. If ya wanna talk to me make sure you pm or post here.
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    Welcome back! Gravebone is def not one of trash tier heroes anymore. Maybe not tier 0 but good enough so people can quilify to WC using him. He is probably best with Undead tribe. Something like this: http://www.shadowera.com/showthread....avebone-(300-) Although you can see some aggro stuff with trolls and Urigons or Homunculus deck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veles View Post
    Welcome back! Gravebone is def not one of trash tier heroes anymore. Maybe not tier 0 but good enough so people can quilify to WC using him. He is probably best with Undead tribe. Something like this: http://www.shadowera.com/showthread....avebone-(300-) Although you can see some aggro stuff with trolls and Urigons or Homunculus deck.
    Not sure Iím going to go undead, seeing as Bella is not an undead card, but Iíll keep this comment just in case. Will probably go the Slingblade route and make room by going -1 brute, -1 Karash, -1 gargoyle +3 slingblade.


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    I would recommend then you start by replacing Brutalis with Masked Bandit. He is not strictly better since potential of him being shuffled away but in most scenarios it is a better ally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veles View Post
    I would recommend then you start by replacing Brutalis with Masked Bandit. He is not strictly better since potential of him being shuffled away but in most scenarios it is a better ally.
    Odds are Iíll look and switch him with Slingblade. Iíll have a weaker turn 2 but I need to play more games to see.


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    Welcome back! I was only talking about you and Gravebella a couple of weeks ago and I rewatched one of your youtube videos. I hope you will stick around.

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    Welcome back Killtrend! Looking forward to seeing how you will progress this deck. Certainly was nostalgic to see it.
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    Good to see veterans active once again. Welcome back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gondorian View Post
    Welcome back! I was only talking about you and Gravebella a couple of weeks ago and I rewatched one of your youtube videos. I hope you will stick around.
    Thanks for the welcome everyone. And Gon, youíre all 200 of those views huh? Lol.


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    Gravebella 3.5 - Return of the King

    Havenít been playing PvP much, just getting some coins and dipping my toes in. 4-0 in PvP so far. When I get a new iPhone in a month or so Iíll be uploading live/recap commentaries again.

    -edit- The streak ends next game to an 80 Cards Gravebone deck because I accidentally sacrificed my shriek, he had an annoying eternal troll and then I drew dead. Smh

    Oh well. Onwards.
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