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    Day 3

    Serena's campaign completed. It was very fun! Reminds me of old Mtg "chessboard" challenges

    I managed to grind enough to buy Zhanna's "Enduring Devotion" premium deck (275 Crystals).

    It gets me 4 retreats which are needed to clear a couple of difficult Serena campaign AI opponents. (Covert Operative does not work well in some specific challenges)

    "Enduring Devotion" also got me 3 Tainted Oracles and Ravens.

    Clearing Serena's campaign wasn't easy, especially the last few stops.

    For new F2P players, these are some critical cards needed in some decks to clear Serena's campaign:

    (I do not go beyond 30 cards in a deck)

    Kris, Retreats, Raven, Armored Sandworm, Spirit Shuriken (I have 2). Of course, you will need to tech your deck accordingly to beat a specific AI opponent.

    Clearing Serena's campaign does require her premium deck cards.

    I am doing Boris's campaign now. Once again, the "Enduring Devotion" is very helpful with Tainted Oracles (vs Jericho) and Nathans.

    I intend to clear Zhanna's campaign after I finish Boris's.

    So, for ranked matches, I will eventually end up with fairly good Boris/Serena/Zhanna decks. (Zhanna is needed for the "Win 2 games with Mage or Priest" daily challenge)

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    Day 4

    I must be the biggest noob around.

    I didn't know the daily rewards can be achieved by playing vs AI too. Doh!

    Very generous of Kyle to provide the players with 25 crystals everyday. Kudos!

    Completed Boris and Tala's campaigns - I must say, Tala's very last challenge vs AI Amber is significantly much harder than all the other challenges. Including Serana and Boris's campaigns.

    For new players, to clear Boris and Tala's campaigns, U will need Kris, Retreats and the very important Yari Marksman (I used 3 for Boris and 4 for Tala, found it much easier to clear campaign challenges with 4)

    Lastly, after 8+ years, Raven is still pleasing me.

    (Survives Nova, leaves AI enemy allies on board instead of letting them go to the graveyard causes much pain to AI's Wrath of the forest and Shadow Knight cycling and AI gravebone.)

    Doing Zhanna tomorrow.

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    Day 4 Rated Games Update

    I knew I needed 1 x Kion for my Zhanna deck eventually so I bought him. (3200 gold)

    I realized that it may be possible to build a competitive Lance deck so I did a check. Wow! All I need was a few more cards since I already bought Deadly Dealings Premium deck.

    "Expensive" Cards for Lance

    - Kion (Almost human decks need 1)
    - Eriss

    Cheap cards

    - Road less traveled
    - Coercion
    - Assassination
    - rabble rouser

    Hero: Lance Shadowstalker (42 cards)

    Ally (25):
    4x Skilled Ironmonger
    4x Covert Operative
    4x Night Owl
    3x Sword Thief
    3x Rabble Rouser
    1x Raven Wildheart
    1x Braxnorian Soldier
    1x Viska, The Scarlet Blade
    1x Eriss Fateweaver
    1x Nathanias, People's Champion
    1x Oliver Fagin
    1x Kion the Magnificent

    Ability (9):
    1x Assassination
    3x Road Less Traveled
    4x Stop, Thief!
    1x Coercion

    Item (7):
    1x Hit List
    2x Ill-Gotten Gains
    1x Spirit Shuriken
    2x Anklebreaker
    1x Crimson Vest

    Deck Code: 934077B

    And then I used my Hasty Boris in Rated games and wasn't winning too well. Then it dawned on me. Tala is a better driver for Hasty decks so with a few tweaks and not buying any new cards:

    Hero: Tala Pureheart (40 cards)

    Ally (17):
    4x Kristoffer Wyld
    1x Blake Windrunner
    2x Layarian Knight
    1x Aldon the Brave
    1x Gaderi Barbarian
    4x Yari Marksman
    1x Braxnorian Soldier
    1x Viska, The Scarlet Blade
    1x Nathanias, People's Champion
    1x Kion the Magnificent

    Ability (17):
    4x Crippling Blow
    1x Retreat!
    4x Bad Santa
    2x Smashing Blow
    4x Blood Frenzy
    1x Enrage
    1x Rampage

    Item (5):
    1x War Banner
    1x Spectral Sabre
    1x Gemstone Javelin
    2x The King's Pride

    Deck Code: 1192847B

    So the current count: 4 tuned decks for Rated. Serena, Lance, Boris and Tala. I think Garth should be easy too. Zhanna deck is ok, and en route to complete it.

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    Well try Gwenneth next she's easy to build and very good in campaign and multiplayer, I'll leave the deck building for u

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    Quote Originally Posted by MOHAMOON View Post
    Well try Gwenneth next she's easy to build and very good in campaign and multiplayer, I'll leave the deck building for u

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    much thanks! Bought the Victor Premium deck and got the weapons for Gwen .

    does anyone happen to have a decklist for me for a competitive gwen for rated games?
    Last edited by Raphael Majere; 09-12-2020 at 04:25 AM.

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    Day 5!

    Completed Zhanna campaign, it was easy due to Tidal Wave, so yeah, get the Enduring Devotion Deck!

    My competitive Zhanna deck is as below, while I am doing the campaign, I bought the 5 cc Knights (3 for now) and they helped make games vs Mages a breeze. For campaign, Ravens are still the top 5 cc ally.

    Hero: Zhanna Mist (44 cards)

    Ally (21):
    4x Devoted Knight
    4x Tainted Oracle
    1x Elizabeth Winterborn
    4x Knight of the Crimson Dusk
    2x Viska, The Scarlet Blade
    2x Nathanias, People's Champion
    2x Adlard the Just
    2x Kion the Magnificent

    Ability (14):
    1x Retreat!
    4x Focused Prayer
    4x Zail's Hymn
    1x Banish
    4x Tidal Wave

    Item (8):
    1x Glass Chalice of Knowing
    1x Scriptures of the Righteous
    4x Wizent's Staff
    2x The King's Pride

    Deck Code: 1144046B

    My campaign Zhanna deck is already very close to this list *thanks to Enduring Devotion deck, of cos, so I look forward to completing the deck.

    Expensive notable cards

    - Adlard x 2
    - I already have 1 Kion since I bought him to be used by almost all human heroes for campaign.

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    Hero: Gwenneth Truesight (48 cards)

    Ally (25):
    4x Kristoffer Wyld
    4x Layarian Knight
    3x Aldon the Brave
    3x Priest of the Light
    4x Layarian Seductress
    4x Snowland Spotter
    3x Viska, The Scarlet Blade

    Ability (10):
    3x Bad Santa
    4x Hunter's Gambit
    1x Rapid Fire
    2x Ley Line Nexus

    Item (12):
    2x Decoy Trap
    2x Death Trap
    4x Weevil-tipped Crossbow
    4x Soul Seeker

    Deck Code: 1703868B

    Try my little deck named easy kill XD
    Head for the face and use allies wisely to stall the board or weapons if u must.
    Another tip is the combo decoy with spotter works like a charm.
    Have fun and face is the target from turn 1


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    Quote Originally Posted by MOHAMOON View Post
    Hero: Gwenneth Truesight (48 cards)

    Ally (25):
    4x Kristoffer Wyld
    4x Layarian Knight
    3x Aldon the Brave
    3x Priest of the Light
    4x Layarian Seductress
    4x Snowland Spotter
    3x Viska, The Scarlet Blade

    Ability (10):
    3x Bad Santa
    4x Hunter's Gambit
    1x Rapid Fire
    2x Ley Line Nexus

    Item (12):
    2x Decoy Trap
    2x Death Trap
    4x Weevil-tipped Crossbow
    4x Soul Seeker

    Deck Code: 1703868B

    Try my little deck named easy kill XD
    Head for the face and use allies wisely to stall the board or weapons if u must.
    Another tip is the combo decoy with spotter works like a charm.
    Have fun and face is the target from turn 1


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    Love this! Thanks much for sharing!

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    Day 6

    *Challenge for everyone* - try beating Victor Campaign node 1-10. It's incredibly difficult. Post your solution here.

    I cleared Victor's campaign. Two nodes was hard. 1-10 is the obvious one. The other is 1-5.

    Anyways, I started the campaign with Premium Victor deck with a few tweaks (duh), along the way I had enough crystals for Ythan's Premium deck, got it and it made Victor's campaign a breeze EXCEPT node 1-10.

    (Also, I had 2 spirit shuriken from Serena premium so that helped a few games)

    So now, I have a lot of good cards to play Gwen's campaign. (Including 4 SS and 4 Weevil Bow)

    AND I have enough good cards to build a good rated games deck:

    Raph's F2P Toolbox Victor

    Hero: Victor Heartstriker (40 cards)

    Ally (17):
    2x Layarian Knight
    1x Aldon the Brave
    1x Venomflame Archer
    1x Artful Squire
    4x Deepwood Bobcat
    2x Raven Wildheart
    1x Braxnorian Soldier
    1x Aeon Stormcaller
    1x Viska, The Scarlet Blade
    1x Eriss Fateweaver
    1x Nathanias, People's Champion
    1x Kion the Magnificent

    Ability (6):
    1x Poison Arrow
    1x Retreat!
    4x Hunter's Gambit

    Item (16):
    4x Snare Trap
    4x Weevil-tipped Crossbow
    4x Camouflaged Foe
    1x Wrath of the Forest
    1x Spirit Shuriken
    1x Soul Seeker
    1x Crimson Vest

    Deck Code: 1513268B

    See my Victor gain Victory over another F2P Victor in rated games. IGN: F2P Raph Majere. It's possible to build very good and fun decks.

    I am having a lot of fun! big props to devs.

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    Day 8

    Into the Shadows

    Grinded enough to get 2 x Premium Midnight Feast. Yes, Two, so that I can get 4 copies of a few key cards. Sold off the extras and bought a few more cards to make a competitive DarkClaw deck.


    Hero: Darkclaw (40 cards)

    Ally (11):
    4x Wulven Prophet
    1x Insolent Pup - Shaman or any other card if you don't want to spend gold
    4x Wulven Tinker
    2x Crusher of the Weak

    Ability (20):
    2x Midnight Howl
    2x Now You're Mine
    3x Sacrificial Lamb
    1x Bad Santa
    4x Blood Moon
    2x Captured Prey
    4x Speedstrike
    2x Acid Jet

    Item (8):
    3x Jeweler's Dream
    1x Spiked Shield - another JD here if you don't want to spend gold
    4x Lythian Sledgehammer

    Deck Code: 525024B

    Enjoying the Campaigns a lot. The dialogues give it an old school RPG feel. The AI plays very well (With some improvements needed), overall am very impressed.

    My key feedback regarding how the AI uses some heroes abilities:

    I am going to assume that the game WANTS to feature each heroes's abilities so that a new player would WANT to buy those heroes.

    Key notable improvements needed (IMHO):

    1. Lance uses ability on summoned ally, but the said ally does not utilize the haste for attack. It just acts like a regular ally (gains Stealth, yes)
    2. Logan always uses the enhanced weapon to hit the player instead of killing the most dangerous ally.

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