SolForge Draft Deck 2-1 Alloyin and Uterra 2/20/2014

I forced Uterra by first picking Lifeblood Dryad with no Alloyin options in the first pack. My second pack had a Forcefield in it to grab the Alloyin faction. I was not very happy with the way this draft turned out. I turned down solid Nekrium and Tempys cards in those first two packs and I may have been able to draft a better deck. I am familiar with these two factions the most and forced the draft. My creatures are weak, but the Weirwood Patriarch is a machine when combined with the creatures I selected. Mossbeard Patriarch was fun to play and buff along with the Aegis Conscripts. 

In my first match I had a Mossbeard in Lane One, a Tower Vanguard in the middle, and a Aegis Conscript in 5. All of which got buffed by the Weirwood and stayed on the board for the rank 2 version to hit the field. In my second match, my cards were underleveled and I made some poor leveling decisions for favorable rank 1 trades when I should have focused on better rank 2 options for the later turns. My third match was extremely close taking me down to 15 health, but a solid 3.2 hand of Rank 3 Scrapforge Titan and Grove Huntress solidified the victory. 

I’m extremely happy to have gotten to two wins with this draft as I was expecting to only manage one victory. A third win was within my grasp, but I learned from those mistakes and I’ll take the 5 tickets and Normal booster and be happy!

The list:

1 x Mossbeard Patriarch
1 x Weirwood Patriarch
1 x Lifeblood Dryad
1 x Natural Selection
1 x Oxidon Spitter
2 x Grove Matriarch
1 x Toxic Spores
1 x Bramblewood Guardian
2 x Glowstride Stag
2 x Grove Huntress
1 x Hunting Pack
1 x Feral Instinct
1 x Scrapforge Titan
1 x Energy Surge
1 x Steelshaper Savant
1 x Forge Guardian Beta
1 x Tower Vanguard
1 x Lightshield Patrol
1 x Jet Pack
1 x Forcefield
1 x Vault Technician
1 x Metamind Adept
1 x Ionic Warcharger
1 x Metasight
1 x Aegis Pulse
2 x Aegis Conscript

22 Creatures and 8 Spells

More spells than I like! I did have a turn in game two where I used the Metasight, but would have benefited greater by playing a creature instead! Forcefield was useless and Toxic Spores did take down a Spring Dryad Rank 2 that was trouble! 

SolForge Draft Deck 3-0 with Alloyin/Uterra 2/18/2014

The List

1 x Gemhide Basher
1 x Spring Dryad
1 x Feral Instinct
3 x Grove Matriarch
1 x Toxic Spores
1 x Bramblewood Guardian
1 x Hunting Pack
1 x Soothing Radiance
1 x Grove Huntress
1 x Enrage
1 x Ether Hounds
1 x Strength in Numbers
1 x Metasculpt
1 x Cypien Augmentation
1 x Cypien Infiltrator
1 x Munitions Drone
2 x Steelshaper Savant
3 x Sparkblade Assassin
1 x Vault Technician
1 x Matrix Warden
1 x Metamind Adept
1 x Lightshield Patrol
2 x Aegis Pulse
1 x Aegis Conscript

23 Creatures and 7 Spells

I believe that Alloyin is the best faction currently in draft. So much so that in this draft my first pick was a Metasculpt to put me in that faction. My third pick was Enrage to add Uterra to my pool. If you’ve read any of my other draft posts, you’ll notice that I draft these two factions as often as I can. Uterra and Nekrium also perform well together, but I tend to 1-2 and 2-1 more often with that grouping.

This was a close draft for me in all of my matches and I was behind in all three rounds until player level 3. I had more spells than I wanted and too many hands I found myself with one creature option and 4 spells. Not what you want to see during player level 2. I drafted my ‘core’ set of cards that I try to get for draft: Matrix Warden, Sparkblade Assassin, and Grove Huntress. I wasn’t given the option to draft Swamposs Lurker and I passed on a Bear Rider to pick up a Matrix Warden. Drafting 3 Sparkblade Assassins made me feel better at the end.

I had some surprise picks that were amazing late in the draft: Steelshaper Savant and Grove Matriarch. I usually skip on Savants unless it’s the Uterra pick because I don’t like being forced to drop lower rank creatures to get the buff. In two of my games however, the savants really pulled through the games for me usually granting armor to my buffed Spring Dryad. Enrage and Strength in Numbers also helped keep my Dryad and Savants alive and kept my little guys free to push through damage. The treefolk in my screenshot went untouched for 4 rounds and got in 20 points of damage.

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Some cards were dead picks: Cypien Augmentation, Toxic Spores, and Hunting Pack. Augmentation can be good, but it forces you to play into the center row. Maybe with movement creatures I would have played the card, but I would have given up too much to drop a creature into the center. The only time I played Toxic Spores was when I had those hands with 1 creature and 4 spells. I grabbed a Hunting Pack because of the Spring Dryad hoping for multiple triggers, but the RNG gods hate my account and I don’t spawn multiple packs. I’ll pick a Druid’s Chant next time over Hunting Pack.

The best part of draft is that chance to go 3-0 and get that premium pack. This is the first premium pack that has contained two Legendary cards for me and they were good ones! I will now have a Phoenix to trade since I picked up three when it was the card of the day this week. Just my luck! This pack also gave me my first Woebringer which is pretty exciting!

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On a side note, it was announced this week that the Forgepost site is coming down which is what I’ve been using to simplify my deck lists into these posts. Hopefully someone picks up the source code and carries it on. I enjoy seeing my deck when it’s entered on the website. The site is also a great resource for a listing of all the cards.

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Alloyin/Uterra

Nekrium/Uterra

SolForge Draft 3-0 Nekrium and Uterra x2 02/15/2014

The title is correct! I drafted something other than Uterra and Alloyin. The cards just led me into Nekrium and Uterra yesterday. They tend to go well together in draft also, but it was difficult to put together a solid draft.

The List

1 x Lifeblood Dryad
1 x Oxidon Spitter
1 x Shardplate Delver
1 x Wildwood Sower
1 x Feral Instinct
2 x Swampmoss Lurker
1 x Cavern Hydra
2 x Enrage
2 x Grove Matriarch
1 x Bramblewood Guardian
1 x Deepwood Bear Rider
1 x Ether Hounds
1 x Strength in Numbers
1 x Brighttusk Sower
1 x Grimgaunt Predator
2 x Ghastly Touch
2 x Grave Ghast
1 x Zombie Infantry
2 x Scavenger Scorpion
1 x Grimgaunt Spectre
2 x Marrow Fiend
1 x Vengeful Spirit
1 x Charnel Titan

24 Creatures and 6 spells

I’ve discussed previously about some of these Uterra cards being great at rank 2. Swampmoss Lurker and the Deepwood Bear Rider trade up great in ranks 2 and 3 and force your opponent to answer them when you have board presence. The Shardplate Delver did better than expected, mostly I believe to the lack of consistent removal in draft. Ghastly Touch worked extremely well especially with the Charnel Titan that got the extra buff every time I played the creature. Six spells in this draft is in line with my previous drafts and Enrage was solid in all the games. 

Some of the dead cards in this draft were Vengeful Spirit, Lifeblood Dryad, Wildwood Sower. I picked the Dryad early because I had picked up the Ether Hounds, the two Sower creatures, and the Matriarch thinking I might get a good use out of it. It was just too difficult to try to fill the board without making unsavory trades on the board. All the games went relatively smooth once progressing through Rank 2 into 3 by ensuring I leveled the powerful rank 2 creatures.

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I don’t understand why Pre-constructed deck legendary cards are available in Premium packs. It’s truly a bummer to see these cards time and time again instead of other premium cards.

Draft Two

This draft was exciting because I finally had 7 tickets on my free to play account. Do you only get event tickets from the first online win now? It took a week to get the opportunity to draft for free. This seems high when compared to Hearthstone where you can draft consistently every 2 days. I would expect 3-4 days for SolForge to be more appropriate since you keep the cards you draft in this game. Either way…

The List

1 x Venomfang
1 x Oxidon Spitter
1 x Toxic Spores
1 x Bramblewood Guardian
1 x Soothing Radiance
1 x Deepbranch Prowler
1 x Grove Matriarch
1 x Fangwood Ravager
2 x Deepwood Bear Rider
1 x Ether Hounds
1 x Strength in Numbers
1 x Grove Huntress
1 x Grimgaunt Predator
1 x Tarsus Deathweaver
2 x Necroslime
2 x Grave Ghast
1 x Zombie Infantry
1 x Gloomreaper Witch
2 x Necrovive
1 x Cull the Weak
1 x Grimgaunt Spectre
1 x Ghastly Touch
1 x Marrow Fiend
1 x Xithian Hulk
2 x Scavenger Scorpion

23 Creatures and 7 spells

This was the first draft that I didn’t get any Swampmoss Lurkers and I was worried that Rank 2 would be hard to get through. I had some surprises with a few of these picks. Necroslime was amazing at Rank 3 and after one activation almost always required two cards from the opponent to answer. This allowed me to fill the board and push damage through. Then we added Necrovive to Necroslime and the card just stayed on the field. Soothing Radiance saved my field during Rank 2 in most of my games allowing my creatures to trade wtih two to three creatures on the field. Grove Huntress pushed my Necroslime even higher and in one game buffed it out of range of a rank 3 Matrix Warden with +10 attack.

I played more spells than usual in this draft mostly due to Necroslime and pushing to keep it alive. The three bold spells definitely helped in that aspect of the draft. Toxic Spores and Cull the Weak never had a good opportunity to be played and I’ll most likely take any creature that is available next time. Ether Hounds provided great fodder for the Necroslime and those Bear Riders again were monsters to handle. 

I played these drafts on the ipad so I didn’t have a good chance to record my picks, but in both drafts Grimgaunt Predator was in the opening pack and put me in the Nekrium faction. It wasn’t a great card overall for me because I didn’t draft useful removal, but at level two the Predator had good presence after the initial trade and sitting at 13 attack on the board. 

I’m not sure which Legendary I got from my premium pack in this draft beacuse the Ipad still crashes occasionally when opening packs. I really should remember to close the app first and re-launch the app as that tends to help the crash sometimes.

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That Necroslime would not die! Traded with a Scrapforge Titan and kept on trucking.