DeckOfManyThings here and I had a chance to sit down with SaDOlution to discuss the “team deck” that the Dragonborn brought to the 100k Invitational.
Let’s first take a look at the deck.
Champion: Rutherford Banks
2 Howling Brave
8 Wild Shard
SaDOlution and JadiimJedi both ran this deck in the 100k. SaDO went with this deck because he liked that it really only has one bad matchup. and that was Wintermoon and the players expected that some there would be some sort of Aggro that showed up, in the form of Sunsoul Phoenix or something else.
The deck didn’t maindeck any specific hate cards for specific archetypes, but has a lot of cards they liked that would be useful in several matchups. Jadiim was a good card vs. Wintermoon decks, Charge Colossus vs. blood, and Cluckadon vs. aggro.
Instead of running Major Diamond of Endurance and Minor Orb of Conservation, the Arborean Rootfather was socketed with the Major Ruby of Destruction and the Minor Diamond of Life. This allowed the Rootdad to deal 8 and gain that much health back, which accomplished the same health gain as the original gemming, only now dealing damage over the security of Spellshield.
After seeing the decklists on Friday, SaDO most feared running into Koma’s Wintermoon. It was very close to Havoc’s version, which they playtested against a lot, and the matchup was really bad. They couldn’t use Crocasaur for removal and it just draws so many cards. SaDO called it “Definitely the scariest matchup. Really close to unwinnable.”
With Wintermoon being the worst matchup for the deck it comes as no surprise to learn that this is the deck that was tested against the most. All the other predicted matchups were good, so the team tried to do whatever they could to increase their win percentage against this specific deck.
The final game for SaDOlution came as a mirror match against JadiimJedi. This was something both had prepared for, expecting that maybe another player would bring the deck and they should be prepared, but the day ended with JJ and SaDO playing against each other in a tie breaker to see who would move on to day 2.
SaDO pointed out that the game played out way differently than they had ever practiced. Most games would last longer and the board states would just get crazier and crazier on each side, but yesterday JJ had mulled to five and just had the nuts, in SaDO’s opinion. What SaDO was unaware of was that JJ reserved differently than they had previously discussed, especially on the play. Keeping the Howling Braves and Crocasaurs in order to deal with the Periwinkles that he knew SaDO would be siding in.
In the end, SaDO still really likes the deck, because it is so versatile and it is far deeper than it looks at first glance. There are a ton of options that the deck brings to the table. He’s already brewing ideas on how to make it better.