Portrait of the Eternal power base as first-place
Saturday Challenge finisher Nishava took
first place at the inaugural Kaelari's Saturday Challenge event
with an aggressive Combrei list entitled Rakano's weapons are outmatched!
Let's take a look at the power base using the Eternal
One of the first things you might notice is that Nishava has included
a lot of extra sources to help ensure that they will draw enough Power
and Influence to play their early units on Turns 1,
2 and 3.
For many decks, "extra power" means including an additional power card
beyond the minimum of 25. But here Nishava has included no fewer than
A full playset of Initiate of the Sands brings the total
number of Power sources in the deck to 32. Time
QuickensThe Influence Chart tells us that the pilot of
this deck has a 91% chance of holding in
their opening hand when going first, enough Influence to play Initiate of
the Sands on Turn 1.
This conveniently sets the table for playing one of the deck's twelve powerful 3-drops: Kosul
Battlemage, Unseen Commando, and Valkyrie
Enforcer each have an influence cost of .
We can see that even at this early stage, the odds of drawing
are quite good: 77% after two draws. After three draws the chances are
even better - up to 83%.
If Nishava is fortunate enough to draw undepleted power in the form of Seat of Progress it means that these units can be played as early as Turn 2.
And by surviving for at least one turn, Intiate enables even more powerful follow-up plays in the form of Vanquisher's Blade and Copperhall Elite
Over Body A 3-drop on Turn 2 makes for a
strong start, but what if Initiate of the Sands or Seat of Progress don't
show up within the first couple of draws?
Nishava still has plenty of options even without them.
Crownwatch Paladin () or Awakened
on Turn 2 are just as likely to frustrate your
opponent, if not more so.
The chart shows us that the odds of drawing enough Influence
to play either of these units on curve are in Nishava's favor:
Note that the chances of playing Crownwatch Paladin are
slightly better than for Awakened Student, and the Power
Odds Table tells us why.
To play Awakened Student you need to draw at least two
Power and also two different Influence
sources: both and .
For Nishava's first-place build, the combined odds of meeting each of
these requirements after two draws are a healthy 87%.
Although Crownwatch Paladin requires the same amount of Power
as Awakened Student - her Influence cost
is less demanding, at a single . By consulting
the table again we learn that the combined odds drawing enough Power
and Influence to play Crownwatch
Paladin after two draws are an even more comfortable 91%.
of HumilityAn aggressive deck like this one needs to be
dropping units right out of the gate, and for the most part Nishava
has a very good chance of doing just that on Turns 1,
2 and 3 .
The exception is Teacher of Humility, a powerful 2-cost
unit that has made quite an impression in the early Fall of
Argenport meta. Nishava has chosen to prioritize their
units over Teacher by including Time and
Justice sources at a ratio of 21
to 23 .
The odds of drawing enough Influence to play Teacher
on curve trail behind the other 1 and 2-cost units by as much as 22%.
Although this is a sizable gap, it makes sense because there are three
times as many units requiring at least a single Justice
Teacher of Humility is an especially valuable tool in matchups
where your opponent relies on a lot of extra card draw. But she
doesn't necessarily need to be played on Turn 2 in
order to be effective for this deck's aggressive strategy. In this
case, it is more important to make sure you have the resources needed
to take an early lead in controlling the board.
Unmatched! Nishava has constructed a very reliable,
low-risk power base for Rakano's weapons are outmatched!, and
this undoubtedly contributed to their success in Kaelari's