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Prophets & Babylonians
« on: December 05, 2018, 04:22:25 PM »
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Inspired by the cool recent LoR PoC deck article: http://landofredemption.com/?p=9143. These are always great articles because building decks is fun when a new set comes out (and in general). I've had a list like this in my head for awhile but haven't put it down until now; mostly due to not doing a lot of Redemption anything for awhile, and partly due to the fact that it will most definitely be reworked once PoC phase 2 is released.  ;)

Lost Souls: 7
Darkness
Wanderer
Imitate
Dull
Lawless
Awake
Prosperity

Dominants: 7
Chariot of Fire
TSC
AotL
Grapes
DoN
3 Woes
CM

Arts/Forts/Sites: 5
Unknown Nation
You Will Remain
I am Creator
Babel
Ends

Heroes: 9
The Angel of the Winds
Moses, Friend of God
Isaiah
The Watchman
Ezekiel
Zechariah, the Renewer
Hosea
Habakkuk
Jonah

GE: 6
The Emmaus Road
The Suffering Servant
Righteous Judge
Faith of Samuel
Provisions
Two Bears

DAC: 3
Forest Fire
Drawn Sword
The Great Fish

EC: 8
Nebuchadnezzar
The Babylonian Merchants
Babylonian Siege Army
Mounted Forces
Nimrod, the Mighty
Astrologers
Conjurers
The Deceiver

EE: 5
Lurking
Scattered
The Wages of Sin
Seized by Babylon
Swift Horses


Reserve: 10
Elisha
Malachi
His Name
The Coming Prince
God’s Mercy/Jonah’s Anger
Uzzah
Nerg
Belshazzar’s Banquet or Regrets
Anthropophobia
Betrayal


I envisioned a deck with Emmaus Road and Wages and this is what I came up with. Whenever I want to use green, I want to use Watchman, and whenever I want to use Watchman, I want to use Ezekiel. And when I want to use Ezekiel, I want to use Babylonians. So, crimson instead of pale green. :P

But is there anything obvious I've missed? I wanted Nergalsharazzer in here but I couldn't quite fit him in. Same with Hypocrisy. Any thoughts?
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Re: Prophets & Babylonians
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2018, 05:36:31 PM »
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Nice, I like this build a lot. I would definitely run Grapes over Mayhem and I think running Humble/Prosperity/Covet just makes every deck strictly better than with NT souls. Also, Mourn & Weep seems kind of underwhelming compared to something like Anthropophobia or Nebby's Pride.

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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2018, 10:41:23 PM »
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I would definitely run Grapes over Mayhem and I think running Humble/Prosperity/Covet just makes every deck strictly better than with NT souls. Also, Mourn & Weep seems kind of underwhelming compared to something like Anthropophobia or Nebby's Pride.

I could see Grapes over Mayhem easy.

The OT souls are a staple for my main deck but the NT souls are still quite good. Of course souls are more of a preference than anything, but I'd almost say NT should be for decks with more defense (to make the most of Dull, Imitate, and Lawless) while OT goes for everything else (balanced, speed, etc). This deck falls into balanced but has enough defense and DAC that stuff like Dull and Lawless just make sense. Given a lot of my main attacks are CBN and the defense isn't straight chumps, Humble doesn't do much that I'm seeing. Prosperity might be better than the hand look (Jim) though.

M&W is a guaranteed block for the turn after you play it, with little window for response by the opponent, which seems stupidly good. M&W followed by a dom block is nuts. Nebby's Pride is ok, and I'd probably run it with Nerg and/or Behemoth, but since I have neither (and since YWR is still everywhere) I didn't include it. Anthrop is a card I forgot about because I think of it as blue most of the time, but that could be pretty good (maybe in Reserve in place of Swift Horses or something). I also really want to get Betrayal and/or Regrets in here, but am not sure how to do that...
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Re: Prophets & Babylonians
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2018, 08:30:58 AM »
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Given a lot of my main attacks are CBN and the defense isn't straight chumps

Your defense is fairly chumpy though.  2 drawing EEs, Mourn/Weep, Great Image, Bel's Banquet.

Drawn Sword, Seized By Babylon, IT, and Scattered are your only non-chumpy EEs, and DS will probably get played on offense close to half the time.  And all but Scattered are going to get negated in battle if you don't run Nerg.

I think Anthro is an upgrade over Invoking Terror in Reserve, since IT can't be grabbed by wages and is only spammable on 2 of your characters.  Based on running Zeke/Babs Teams decks at OH States this year, I can confirm that Anthro is legit for the flexibility of Negate + Battlewinner, especially with Nerg.

Since I've mentioned him twice, I really think Nerg needs squeezed in here.  If you are going to take the risk of Charms + two magicians, I think the threat of Nerg in the deck is so much more powerful.  Your opponent will often have to decide between playing AotL on the Charms holder in territory or saving it for Nerg.  (Or they make the decision with incomplete info and you punish them later for it.)  Plus SBB and SH are both simply awesome on Nerg. 

Do you think that either IaC or AotW could be removed to make room?
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Re: Prophets & Babylonians
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2018, 11:24:25 AM »
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I would have thought that New Covenant would be nearly autoinclude in a Zeke deck. I suppose that space is a bit tight and that convert is generally less good than other types of battlewinners, but I might swap His Name for it (and then probably swap Righteous Judge to Reserve to keep more stars over there).

I also might try to squeeze Micah in. He miiiiight be better than Zech here, although you can make arguments either way.
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Re: Prophets & Babylonians
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2018, 11:27:43 AM »
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Given a lot of my main attacks are CBN and the defense isn't straight chumps

Your defense is fairly chumpy though.  2 drawing EEs, Mourn/Weep, Great Image, Bel's Banquet.

Drawn Sword, Seized By Babylon, IT, and Scattered are your only non-chumpy EEs, and DS will probably get played on offense close to half the time.  And all but Scattered are going to get negated in battle if you don't run Nerg.

I think Anthro is an upgrade over Invoking Terror in Reserve, since IT can't be grabbed by wages and is only spammable on 2 of your characters.  Based on running Zeke/Babs Teams decks at OH States this year, I can confirm that Anthro is legit for the flexibility of Negate + Battlewinner, especially with Nerg.

Since I've mentioned him twice, I really think Nerg needs squeezed in here.  If you are going to take the risk of Charms + two magicians, I think the threat of Nerg in the deck is so much more powerful.  Your opponent will often have to decide between playing AotL on the Charms holder in territory or saving it for Nerg.  (Or they make the decision with incomplete info and you punish them later for it.)  Plus SBB and SH are both simply awesome on Nerg. 

Do you think that either IaC or AotW could be removed to make room?
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Re: Prophets & Babylonians
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2018, 11:29:25 AM »
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Do you think that either IaC or AotW could be removed to make room?

I'd not do that unless I had no other choice, given that 10 ECs seems exorbitant (I count The Great Fish as EC 9, but it's obviously flexible) and getting Watchman going ASAP is priority #1. However, I have some other ideas. What if:

I swapped out Magic Charms for Unknown Nation.

Swap M&W for Lurking (I forgot about Lurking; so good with negate ECs like BSA and Great Fish).

Swap Dream for Swift Horses.

Swap Invoking Terror for Nerg.

Swap Great Image for Anthro.

Swap Swift Horses in Reserve for Betrayal.

Swap Bel's Banquet for Regrets (or keep Bel's Banquet).

That sacrifices some of the safer "chump" blocks for more punch. Do I lose a lot without Charms, or is the trade-off for a better match-up against Angels (and a battle-extender in Unknown Nation) worth it? I would say the trade-off is worth it for better consistency and it also justifies having Nerg in Reserve, but it is Charms.
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Re: Prophets & Babylonians
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2018, 11:40:08 AM »
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IaC and AotW are both strictly better than every non-wages defensive card in ANY deck.

Except Angel Party  ;)

Cards that can be described this way need to not be available in the card pool (except for Legacy formats).  T1 is so boring, seeing "different decks" that still are 30% exactly the same.  IaC, SoG, 3Woes, TSC, AotL, Humble, YWR, CM, etc. 

(I count The Great Fish as EC 9, but it's obviously flexible)

Great Fish is awesome for sure, but so is Bab Merchants, and their Unity clause is not as forgiving as Bab Siege Army's   :(
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Re: Prophets & Babylonians
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2018, 11:40:50 AM »
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I would have thought that New Covenant would be nearly autoinclude in a Zeke deck. I suppose that space is a bit tight and that convert is generally less good than other types of battlewinners, but I might swap His Name for it (and then probably swap Righteous Judge to Reserve to keep more stars over there).

I also might try to squeeze Micah in. He miiiiight be better than Zech here, although you can make arguments either way.

The New Covenant is definitely good, but:

A. It doesn't do anything against many popular blocks (demons and animals) and I don't want to convert my own guys

B. It isn't DA like Drawn Sword and Forest Fire, so it can't be played by my defense

C. It underdecks itself. I'll usually not want that thanks to Astrologers.

D. It is not a Star card.


Micah was in and out, but I chose out because:

A. His star ability does nothing for me

B. His draw is negatable

C. He's a worse attack than any of my preferred other ones

And Zech, much like Moses, is great for a big body. The fact that he can negate stuff is great in and of itself, but being an 11/12 is almost better in my mind if I want to play a negate war.

(I count The Great Fish as EC 9, but it's obviously flexible)

Great Fish is awesome for sure, but so is Bab Merchants, and their Unity clause is not as forgiving as Bab Siege Army's   :(

That's why it will be a GE most of the time. But Bab Merchants doesn't do much against Angels/Demons, so I'm not zealously committed to his unity. Just 90% ;)
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Re: Prophets & Babylonians
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2018, 12:08:23 PM »
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IaC and AotW are both strictly better than every non-wages defensive card in ANY deck.

Except Angel Party  ;)

Cards that can be described this way need to not be available in the card pool (except for Legacy formats).  T1 is so boring, seeing "different decks" that still are 30% exactly the same.  IaC, SoG, 3Woes, TSC, AotL, Humble, YWR, CM, etc. 

I fundamentally disagree, I like my Redemption when both decks happen to fire off. Cards that reduce luck make that 70% difference more fun than an 85% or 90% difference but both decks horrendously misfire 10% of the time.
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Re: Prophets & Babylonians
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2018, 12:29:32 PM »
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I fundamentally disagree, I like my Redemption when both decks happen to fire off. Cards that reduce luck make that 70% difference more fun than an 85% or 90% difference but both decks horrendously misfire 10% of the time.

I respect that.  I think I even agree with you to an extent, although that might sound contradictory to my earlier stance.

Ideally, the Redemption meta would have 3-4 decks that no one knows which is the best deck, AND those 3-4 decks would have a lot less overlap than decks currently do now.  Including maybe a deck that maybe doesn't play SoG (but which also isn't a turtley troll deck).  Or maybe that doesn't play Doms at all.  Or that maybe has all no-SA LS.  Something to break up the monotony of seeing SoG/TSC/AotL account for 3-6 of the 5-9 rescues a T1 game has.
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Re: Prophets & Babylonians
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2018, 12:53:59 PM »
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Ideally, the Redemption meta would have 3-4 decks that no one knows which is the best deck, AND those 3-4 decks would have a lot less overlap than decks currently do now.  Including maybe a deck that maybe doesn't play SoG (but which also isn't a turtley troll deck).  Or maybe that doesn't play Doms at all.  Or that maybe has all no-SA LS.  Something to break up the monotony of seeing SoG/TSC/AotL account for 3-6 of the 5-9 rescues a T1 game has.

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Re: Prophets & Babylonians
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2018, 10:29:56 PM »
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I like what your deck is doing overall. Seems really solid. I expect to see some like this at top tables for the foreseeable future.

One trick that a I enjoyed in my play test decks that ran Wages was to play Carcasses in the Reserve for its CBN battle winning utility against so many of the meta Heroes. Your deck is really tight already so maybe it doesn’t fit but it’s worth consideration.
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« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2018, 01:49:35 PM »
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One trick that a I enjoyed in my play test decks that ran Wages was to play Carcasses in the Reserve for its CBN battle winning utility against so many of the meta Heroes. Your deck is really tight already so maybe it doesn’t fit but it’s worth consideration.

I thought about Carcasses but yeah, there really isn't room that I'm seeing for it. Crimson is so stacked that it's harder than ever to choose just a handful of its Enhancements to use in a 50-57 card deck.

One of the reasons I ran Fall of Man so much last year was that it was great as both an Art (what I usually played it as) or an EE (amazing against Throne and Flood Survivors). If the Artifact side of Carcasses benefitted me it would be more tempting, but right now Anthro is all-around better for the negate.
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