With the inaugural HEX Bash tomorrow, I thought it worth discussing one of the preeminent decks of the current meta – Diamond/Sapphire Control.
The majority of successful Diamond/Sapphire Dreaming Fox Control decks are built on the core list below popularized by Enyma.
When discussing a control deck, I like to start with the win conditions since the rest of the deck is generally meant to support them. This deck has two primary win conditions – Dark Heart of Nulzann and Psychic Ascension. Ascension is often the secondary plan for the deck since it takes a while to set up. Dark Heart, however, is incredibly powerful removal with a body that can end the game. Major Sapphire of Clarity bears the brunt of the blame for Dark Heart’s resurgence in the Frostheart meta as a four cost Dark Heart can quickly take over. The deck can also win by taking control of the board and beating down a few turns with Eldurathan’s Glory and Silver Talon Adjudicator. Oddly, Dreamcall can also fish a random win condition in a pinch.
Dreamcall is an especially interesting card that is worth further discussion. I was skeptical of the full four copies at first, but the card has grown on me the more I’ve played it. Most often it acts as a Quick, scalable Oracle Song. While drawing cards from the deck is frequently better than randomly generated cards, the fact that Dreamcall is guaranteed to make a resource and gives you a selection is huge. Most often I play the card for three and pick the resource and the best of the other four cards. A resource has a pretty high floor on effectiveness as it enables you to hit your shard drops each turn regardless of thresholds or other abilities. Often the random constant, action, troop, or artifact is as good as or better than cards in our deck with the upside that our opponent will have difficulty predicting it and playing around it. Late in the game, you can fire off six cost Dreamcalls to drown your opponent in card advantage. Guidance and Arcane Focus round out our card selection, giving the deck immense acceleration to find the threats and answers you need.
The rest of the deck is built to mitigate your opponent’s threats. Runebind is especially noteworthy both due to its flexibility and synergy with Dark Heart. Since it transforms a card into a rune, you can often permanently rid yourself of troublesome actions like Culmination of Blood. Speaking of Culmination of Blood, I’m expecting to see a fair bit of the card in the HEX Bash. It fits especially well into aggressive decks like Redlings, and Deathcry and is often a free win against big control decks. In short – be ready with your Runebind! It’s also worth noting that Clash of Steel and Eldurathan’s Glory are particularly powerful right now due to the prevalence of aggressive decks which want to go wide and often sport a large number of Deathcries.
I think Diamond/Sapphire Control is a strong, albeit expected, pick for tomorrow’s event. It runs some of the game’s most powerful cards and is one of the most “complete” decks in the current meta.
While Dreaming Fox is sure to be a healthy chunk of the meta in the HEX Bash, there are many other decks vying for viability in the Frostheart meta. Other decks I expect to be out in force are Blood/Wild Deathcry, Mono Ruby Aggro, Diamond/Sapphire Sockets, and Redlings. I expect Redlings or Ruby to be the most popular deck of the event, so prepare for aggro!
Be sure to tune in to my stream tonight at 3:30 PM PST. I will be piloting today’s Primordial Brew on the Constructed Ladder. As always, there will be Primal Pack and free Draft, Sealed, and Evolving Gauntlet code giveaways.
See you on the ladder,
Varranis is an analyst for professional gaming organization Fade 2 Karma. He has played countless TCGs over the last eighteen years and brings a unique lens to HEX theory crafting and deck building based on his historical experience. Varranis has numerous tournament wins and top finishes to his name across several popular TCGs and has coached and supported players in world championship level events.
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