Funktion gives a bite-sized overview of a PvE cleric deck for under $10.At this point I imagine most folks have run through the gauntlet of the Frost Ring Arena a fair number of times; I know I have. Despite being regularly crushed by Xarlox, it has been a lot of fun brewing up decks to see how far they can make it. Over the weekend I wound up building a number of decks that were centered around a variety of specific themes. Most of them were on the pricier end of the spectrum, but luckily there was one that ended up doing fairly well and seemed like it would meet the criteria for this series.
Here, the way you want to face off against the endless hordes of the Frost Ring is to wield divine power and bolster your ranks with your holy word. Playing a whole bunch of dudes and them making them enormous so that you overwhelm your foes—that is what this deck is all about.
Clerical Error (Price: $9.93)
Champion: Lady Elizabeth
Helm of Revelation (for Legionnaire of Adamanth)
Ultimately, this deck cares about two things: Troops with inspire & troops that are clerics. Luckily, there is quite a bit of overlap there which creates a Venn diagram of awesome. In case you didn’t notice there are a grand total of 23 clerics, which brings us to the most important part of the deck. In order for this deck to really work, it is critically important that you equip the Helm of Revelation. This equipment gives Legionnaire of Adamanth:
“When a Cleric you control is inspired, Clerics you control get +1/+1”
This effect triggers for each time that cleric is inspired. If you play a Royal Diplomat and he gets hit with three inspire effects then all of your clerics (including that Diplomat) also get another +3/+3. This adds up FAST. While we are talking about equipment, I recommend that you NOT use Armor of the Diamond Citadel. You want Alwyn to be able to buff as many troops as he can and by somewhat unnecessarily reducing the cost of your only other 4-cost troop you are limiting your options.
While budgeting the decklist I had to make a few concessions and also opted to take a somewhat toolbox approach with the rares rather than go all in on a specific one. Legionnaire of Gawaine can be quite the beating by paving the way for your entire squad to swing in for victory. Spearcliff Cavalier can provide a very similar game-ending effect but at a much higher resource cost. Due to budget restrictions the Sniper is filling backup duty with the potential to one-shot your opponent in tandem with an Alwyn.
I found that due to its somewhat slower speed the deck had a lot of trouble with both War Bot & Xarlox in the arena; though, at least with War Bot, it won’t matter too much if you wind up dropping the round.
Finally, expanding on the deck is pretty simple here as you’re going to mainly just want to consider increasing the count of your rares. However, as future sets are released keep an eye out for more clerics or troops with inspire. It is already entirely possible to build this deck as mono-diamond and as more cards (and equipment) are made available new splash shards might become quite strong.