The meta appears to be coalescing around Kagulichu and Dreaming Fox as the decks of choice with a myriad of other contenders filling in the rings. Since we covered Kagulichu last time, I thought it only fitting to take a look at Dreaming Fox next.
Below is the Diamond/Sapphire Dreaming Fox Control deck Heaton piloted to a first place Swiss finish in the last HEX Bash.
Loregoyle Curator almost completely shuts down one of Kagulichu’s best weapons – Rotten Rancor. The Kagulichu player often relies on Rancor to provide significant card advantage and swing back from losing board states. Having a cheap answer to Rancor which doubles as a threat is invaluable.
Clash of Steel is also excellent against Kagulichu since it punishes the Blood/Wild deck for going wide, a position it oft prefers, and removes any Deathcry worries by voiding the troops. Clash of Steel is common in Diamond/Sapphire, but the best builds in the recent past have rarely played three copies. The uptick for the card is indicative of Kagulichu’s dominant place in the meta.
The real kicker in Heaton’s deck is the second Psychic Ascension. While all the above may make it sound like the world is all roses for Dreaming Fox in the Kagulichu match-up, this isn’t really true. Dreaming Fox often struggles to generate real card advantage, which can be a real game breaker against a value oriented deck like Kagulichu. Sapphire removal usually doesn’t even trade one for one. Dreaming Fox often relies on specific scenarios wherein Clash of Steel or Silver Talon Adjudicator can gain card advantage. Psychic Ascension changes the whole equation. It is the ultimate win condition is a mid to long game and is supremely difficult for Kagulichu to overcome. Ascension essentially provides an extra draw every turn in addition to one or two extra troops per turn. Ascension nearly single handedly turns the match up favorable for Diamond/Sapphire. Running a second copy is far more feasible when aggro has taken a back seat in the meta, and is a great choice for the current Kagulichu heavy meta.
Kagulichu and Dreaming Fox are what everyone expects nowadays. What are you playing to shake it up and subvert the meta? What do you think is the go to aggro deck now? I’m excited to see how the meta continues to develop and what you bring to tomorrow’s Bash.
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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