Category Archives: Deckbuilding

New World, Old Strategies

Tomorrow heralds a new era as love it or hate it, Reflect / Refrain is banned from New Frontiers. At the same time, the Grimm Cluster is rotating out in few a days, so that leaves us somewhat stuck in an Alice Cluster format with the ban in effect at the moment (unless of course, your local gaming store insists that they milk every last ounce of Grimm goodness, in which case, be prepared for the worst deck ever), which is exactly what’s happening at our local shores.

This leaves the big question: where do we go from here? Here are some decks for the Alice cluster that either thrived even during the dominance of R/R, or are made relevant once again in its absence, and are great starting points heading into the next cluster as they have proven themselves competitively.

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2016 Philippine Area Grand Prix Top 8 Decklists

Reflect who? Southeast Asian Rulers continue to baffle their Western counterparts as only one Reflect deck out of five managed to break through the 28-man melee that happened last weekend. Meanwhile, the World Tree sneaked in and took half of the Top 8 spots as the breakout deck of the event, with three players having similar lists.

In the end however, true to his name and just like in the lore, the Primogenitor won the whole competition, piloted by probably the best new player in the local scene this year, Kenneth Navarro.

Congratulations to everyone!

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New Frontiers: The Worst Deck Ever

If you’ve been following the Australia Grand Prix, the main buzz going into the tournament was the Yggdrasil OTK combo. Admittedly, I wasn’t aware that there’s already a list circulating around by the time I made this deck – I thought it was only mentioned in hush whispers within the US Facebook group. Regardless, I thought the upcoming Masters Cup Qualifier tournament during the weekend was a good field to test it on – it’s the first New Frontiers tournament we’ve had in a while, and it might catch a few players unawares.

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2016 Indonesia National Grand Prix Top 8 Decklists

Indonesia’s NGP marks the end of the local competitive season in Southeast Asia, and what an ending it was as R/R takes a step back to make way for the new rising Rulers: Gill Lapis, Machina, and of course, everyone’s favorite songstress Shion, take the top spots out of the 71 competitors that day.

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2016 Philippine National Grand Prix Top 8 Decklists

Thirty-five competitors from all corners of the land waded through the unknown waters of the post-Battle for Attoractia Alice Cluster metagame, yet only eight managed to make their way to the shores of the playoffs. To whose Ruler’s hands have they entrusted their victory? Let’s find out:

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