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Lore Tournament: Duel Decks!
« on: April 08, 2017, 10:10:19 PM »
Ladies and Gentlemen, Riftrunners afield! Welcome to the latest of Benionin’s special tournaments! In the past I’ve challenged you to think in creative ways to both make competitive decks and convey story/flavor by having players build around secret ingredient cards or around unique characters. For this tournament, the challenge is very different.

In the history of Infinity Wars’ lore, there have been a number of showdowns between individuals. Face-offs have occurred and people have fought for all the marbles on the battlefield known as the infinite worlds. It is your job to reenact those battles using a pair of randomly assigned premade duel decks, each built to create a balanced experience fighting the other. Don’t worry, the match won’t be decided based off of who gets the deck that canonically “wins”--let the best player triumph in this battle of Duel Decks!

Scheduling
The tournament is scheduled for April 29th at 5pm IWT.

Every list of the Duel Decks will be posted in advance of the tournament (see below), allowing you to replicate and practice with the lists before game day. Once the tourney starts, you’ll be randomly assigned a match and deck and will face off against your opponent, who will be running the paired duel deck. With 8 sets of Duel Decks from all factions and 4 rounds of Single Elimination play, you’ll have the chance to experience a variety of lore-based encounters and live out some of IW’s storied history--including duels that are on the cutting edge of the lore, such as Lilariah’s rebellion against the oppressive Sol.

Broadcasting info
If possible, there will be commentary on matches that are being streamed. Details TBD, no guarantees.

Prizes:
Door prizes: 1 rift token, and 2 penta packs
Streamer: 3 alt-art packs!

1st Place:
20 Collection Penta-Packs
Choice of Infinity Border - 1 Epic, 1 Rare, 1 Uncommon, 1 Common
Random Gold Rare or Higher - 3

2nd Place:
10 Collection Penta-Packs
Choice of Infinity Border - 1 Rare, 1 Uncommon, 1 Common
Random Gold Rare of Higher - 2

3rd Place:
5 Collection Penta-Packs
Choice of Infinity Border - 1 Uncommon, 1 Common
Random Gold Rare of Higher - 1

The Match-ups (listed chronologically):
Gao Han vs Aleta Sorceress (the Rifts open, a pursuit begins!)
Hehkeem vs the Sleepers (experience the corruption!)
Exiles vs DoD (Mr. Kung Ji, tear down that wall!)
Orion vs Sol and Aberion (the Architect’s last stand!)
The Last Sleeper vs the Overseers (Purge the Unworthy!)
Candit vs Rita (Struggle for Power!)
Kali vs Aberion (the revenge she’s been waiting a lifetime for!)
Lilariah vs Sol (the rebellion rises!)
Klingon vs Federation (the next generation of crossovers!)

Registration: http://challonge.com/LoreDuel

When building your decks, attempt to be as close to the list as possible. If there are cards that you do not have, you are allowed to instead put in one of the factionless cards that would normally be in your sideboard. You may increase the number of any sideboard cards to 3 to ensure that your deck and sideboard are full.
For the fullest Duel Deck experience, try to be as loyal to the posted decklists as you can be.

If you are missing any commanders, please let me know and I will contact ES.
« Last Edit: April 27, 2017, 05:40:46 AM by Benionin »
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Re: Lore Tournament: Duel Decks!
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2017, 10:10:36 PM »
Universal Sideboard
All decks will use the same sideboard of factionless cards. Matchups should be pretty balanced, removing any need for one, but this should allow players to customize their decks as they wish.
2x Vandalize
2x Recycle
2x Called Shot
2x Rift to the Old World
2x Firebolt
2x Assassinate

Lore: Gao Han
Commanders:
Pilgrimage Monk
Meditating Monk
Gao Han, the Stalwart

Characters:
2x Intimidating Monk
3x Meditating Monk
1x Pilgrimage Monk
3x Balanced Warrior
2x Spirit of the Ancient Guardians
3x Shieldbearer
3x Steadfast Protector

Abilities:
3x Spirit Armor
3x Disarm
3x Prayer of the Dragon
2x Daode’s Protection
2x Humble
3x Balance
3x Retaliation
1x Rally

Artifacts:
2x Shifting Stone
1x Heaven's Bell

Lore: Sorceress
Command Zone:
Aleta, the Immortal Sorceress
Rita, Shadow Priestess
Candit, Head Researcher

Characters:
2x Rita’s Thrall
3x Tormented Thrall
3x Neophyte Summoner
3x Beast of Burden
3x Verore Kidnapper
3x Grotesque Brute
1x Demon of Gluttony

Abilities:
3x Lightning Blast
3x Word of Command
3x Death Ray
3x Hubris of the Strong
3x Annihilate
3x Desolation
1x Dark Wish
3x Mass Death

Lore: Hehkeem
Commanders:
Aleta, Immortal Caretaker
Hehkeem
Brings Life By Passing

Characters:
3x Swift Hunter
3x Brings Life By Passing
3x Enraged Hulker
3x Armored Landcrawler
2x Wreckful Walrus
2x Tusked Behemoth
1x Rakarl
3x Packleader
1x Granthar, the Elder Ape
2x Lumbering Goliath
1x Skraar
2x Hidden by Clouds

Abilities:
2x Wild Hunt
3x Pack Mentality
3x Pack Hunt
3x Hunted Down
1x Stampede
1x Call the Warpath

Locations:
1x Untapped Wilderness

Lore: Sleepers (Early)
Commanders:
Aleta, Immortal Sufferer
Zombie Scavenger
Patient Zero

Characters:
3x Zombie Scavenger
3x Plaguebearer
3x Inevitable Dead
7x Endless Horde
1x Hehkeem, Corrupted
2x Cyber Infested Dragon

Abilities:
3x Fill the Graves
3x Fear
3x Undead Corruption
3x Raise Dead
3x Undeath Wish
3x Eaten by Zombies

Locations:
1x Kyrallic, Origin of the Virus

Artifacts:
2x Tome of the Dead

Lore: Exiles
Commanders:
Hungry Abomination
Cresill the Mad
Vah’nash, the Ritual Master

Characters:
3x Suffering Verorian
7x Demonic Disciple
3x Demon of Solitude
3x Unstable Demon
3x Adaptive Ritualist
3x Alpha Demon

Abilities:
3x Madness
3x Gather the Weak
2x Demonize
3x Spontaneous Combustion
3x Descent into Madness
1x Chaos in the Ranks
3x Demonic Presence

Lore: Kung Ji
Commanders:
Kung Ji, the Glorious Strategist
Daode, Sage of Strength
Lingbao, Sage of Discipline

Characters:
3x Intimidating Monk
3x Defiant Monk
3x Masked Warrior
3x Adaptive Master
3x Inspiring Soldier
3x Glorious Warrior
3x Spirit Guard
3x Daode’s Honor Guard

Abilities:
3x Humble
3x Lingbao’s Will
3x Jinhai Ambush
2x Resolve of the Dragon

Locations:
1x The Great Wall of Jinhai

Artifacts:
2x Heaven’s Bell

Missions:
2x Counting the Days

Lore: Orion
Commanders:
Orion, Master Architect
Cottontail VX 1600
Secluded Constructor

Characters:
2x Secluded Constructor
3x Support Drone
3x Drone
3x Genesis Construct
3x Splitter Robot
3x Lucca, Combat Mechanic
3x Assimilation Bot
2x Mecha Dragon

Abilities
2x Anti-Air Missile
3x Upgrade
3x Controlled Temporal Anomaly
3x Cannon Fire
3x Scouting Mission
3x Angelify

Locations:
1x The Dragon Project

Lore: Orion’s Opponents
Commanders:
Flame Dawn Commando
Aberion, Champion of Force
Sol, Champion of Vengeance

Characters:
3x Flame Dawn Commando
3x Aberion’s Apprentice
2x Knight of the Flame Dawn
3x Ghost Knight
3x Ferocious Flyer
3x Flame Dawn Purifier
3x Grounded Angel
1x Cassial, the Selfless
1x Harahel, Champion of Virtue
1x Ex, the Oppressor
2x Harbinger of Law

Abilities:
3x Glory of the Empire
3x Banish
3x Higher Calling
3x Guns of Goliath
2x Heaven’s Assistance

Artifacts:
1x Aberion’s Banner
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Re: Lore Tournament: Duel Decks!
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2017, 10:10:49 PM »
Lore: The Last Sleeper
Commanders:
The Last Sleeper
Diseased Zombie
Infected Devil

Characters:
3x Diseased Zombie
3x Evolving Parasite
3x Recurring Nightmare
3x Boomy
3x Infected Devil

Abilities:
3x Undead Corruption
3x Fear
2x Poison
3x Rampant Virus
3x Eaten by Zombies
3x Spontaneous Combustion
3x Acid Rain
1x No More Heroes

Locations:
1x Undisturbed Necropolis

Artifacts:
3x Tome of the Dead

Lore: the Purgers
Commanders:
Kraos, Champion of Ruin
Kali, Ascended
Soldier of Purity

Characters:
3x Forerunner of Champions
3x Striker of Solace
3x Cornicen
3x Truth Keeper of Solace
3x Grounded Angel
3x Consecrating Angel
1x Cassial, the Selfless
3x Zealous Protector
1x Harahel, Champion of Virtue
1x Lilariah, Champion of Grace
2x Harbinger of Law

Abilities:
3x Guns of Goliath
3x Precautionary Measures
3x Banish
2x Heaven’s Assistance

Missions:
3x Purge the Unworthy

Lore: Lilariah (Rebel)
Commanders
Lilariah, the Rebel
Kali, Ascended
Grounded Angel

Characters:
3x Cornicen
3x Striker of Solace
3x Grounded Angel
4x Soldier of Solace
1x Cassial, the Selfless
3x Zealous Protector
1x Harahel, Champion of Virtue
1x Lucca, Ascended
2x Leader of the Charge
1x Irial, Champion of Resolve

Abilities:
3x Strength of Leadership
3x Banish
3x Higher Calling
3x Heaven’s Assistance
3x Heavenly Wish

Artifacts:
3x Mysterious Box of Wonder

Lore: Sol the Oppressor
Commanders:
Sol, Champion of Vengeance
Daclerius, the Law
Ex, the Oppressor

Characters:
3x Cornicen
3x Truthkeeper of Solace
1x Gabrielle, Torch in the Dark
1x Tyra, the Burden of War
3x Harbinger of Law
1x Kraos, Champion of Ruin

Abilities:
2x Equillibrium
3x Angel’s Protection
2x Dive
3x Banish
3x Fight Another Day
3x Precautionary Measures
3x Counterspell
1x Die Another Day
3x Evict
2x Heaven’s Assistance
3x Heavenly Wish

Lore: Candit
Commanders:
Candit, Head Researcher
Aether Acolyte
Acolyte of the Altar

Characters:
3x Candit’s Thrall
3x Thunder Apprentice
2x Acolyte of the Altar
3x Aether Acolyte
3x Candit, Head Researcher

Abilities:
3x Siphon Structure
3x Lightning Blast
3x Anger of Veroria
3x Overcharged Bolt
3x Death Ray
2x Dark Vision
1x Dark Wish
3x Mass Death
1x Oblivion

Locations:
1x Ruins of Veroria

Missions:
3x Struggle for Power

Lore: Rita
Commanders:
Rita, Mistress of Shadow
Rita, Shadow Priestess
Summoner of the Deep

Characters:
3x Rita’s Thrall
2x Neophyte Summoner
3x Tormented Thrall
3x Summoner of the Deep
3x Battlefield Scavenger
3x Verore Brute

Abilities:
3x Siphon Structure
3x Lightning Blast
3x Blood Arrow
3x Word of Command
3x Death Ray
1x Dark Wish
3x Mass Death

Location:
1x Ruins of Veroria

Missions:
3x Struggle for Power

Lore: Kali
Commanders:
Kali, the Purifier
Flame Dawn Purifier
Torchbearer

Characters:
3x Flame Dawn Commando
3x Torchbearer
3x Cowardly Recruit
3x Knight of the Flame Dawn
3x Reckless Zealot
3x Fleeting Footman
2x Ghost Knight
3x Flame Dawn Purifier
3x Infected Purifier

Abilities:
3x Stumble
2x Purify
3x Warcry
3x Fiery Wish

Missions:
3x Tactical Retreat

Lore: Aberion
Commanders:
Aberion, Hammer of the Dawn
Duelist
Aberion's Apprentice

Characters:
3x Flame Dawn Fanatic
3x Herald of Dawn
3x Paladin of the Flame Dawn
3x Knight of the Flame Dawn
1x Syn, the Hope of Dawn
1x Sacullas, the Final Hammer
1x Cavalry Paladin
3x Frontline Warrior
1x Nix, Justiciar of the Dawn
1x Ireul, Vanguard of Ruin

Abilities:
3x Bombard
3x Strength in Numbers
3x Exhaust
3x Swift Strikes
3x Call the Crusade
2x Bloodbath

Locations:
3x Pyr, Fortress of the Dawn
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Re: Lore Tournament: Duel Decks!
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2017, 12:49:21 PM »
I understand most of the events the duels are based on, but why is Kali fighting Aberion? Isn't she one of his loyal subjects (without an appearance in rebellion)?

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Re: Lore Tournament: Duel Decks!
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2017, 09:56:34 PM »
I understand most of the events the duels are based on, but why is Kali fighting Aberion? Isn't she one of his loyal subjects (without an appearance in rebellion)?

See, this here is a common misconception. Kali lived in a country that was conquered by the Flame Dawn, and she's harbored ill-will towards Aberion ever since. She took the opportunity to join the Dawn in order to get close to and get revenge upon Aberion--and, thanks to the skills she learned and the power granted her by the Overseers, she did so.

This is old lore and isn't confirmed to still be canon, but it hasn't been contradicted yet either, so I'm running with it.
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Re: Lore Tournament: Duel Decks!
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2017, 04:33:49 AM »
First 8 lists (the first four matchups) are now up. Final four matchups will be uploaded tomorrow. Note that I'm currently talking with ES about getting these lists made into free weekly decks for the week of the tournament. Will update on that.
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2017, 06:38:03 AM »
im trying to make gao han deck and i only see 37 cards

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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2017, 02:45:53 PM »
Missed the three artifacts, sorry. Added.
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2017, 06:09:57 AM »
Sorry for the delay on uploading the last few decklists, had some trouble working on balancing the Kali vs Aberion matchup. Posted two more matchups' lists.
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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2017, 01:25:10 PM »
Do you know already if the decks will be in the rotation when the tournament happens? i'm missing a total of 6 cards to create every deck. Also the last sleeper deck has eaten by zombies listed 2 times and the normal sleeper deck has no number for inevitable dead listed
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Re: Lore Tournament: Duel Decks!
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2017, 01:39:08 AM »
I would love to take part in this tournament, but I seem to be missing a few cards for all of the decks...
I hope ES will make them available for the tournament.

PS: I love the dedication to the tournaments!

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Re: Lore Tournament: Duel Decks!
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2017, 05:39:55 AM »
If you're missing a few cards send me a pm with a list of them and I will a) see if ES can gift you the cards, if there aren't too many, or b) place you in a matchup/side of the matchup where you have all the cards or are missing as few cards as possible.

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When building your decks, attempt to be as close to the list as possible. If there are cards that you do not have, you are allowed to instead put in one of the factionless cards that would normally be in your sideboard. You may increase the number of any sideboard cards to 3 to ensure that your deck and sideboard are full.
For the fullest Duel Deck experience, try to be as loyal to the posted decklists as you can be.

If you are missing any commanders, please let me know and I will contact ES.
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Re: Lore Tournament: Duel Decks!
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2017, 11:53:51 PM »
The decks I can pull off close enough are:
Hehkeem (30/40)
Gao Han (31/40)
Orion (37/40)
The Purgers (32/40)

For these decks I feel I am just missing too many cards
Kung Ji (24/40)
Lilariah The Rebel (25/40)

And for these I am missing Commanders and maybe too many cards
Sleepers Early (Missing Aleta, Immortal Sufferer and Patient Zero 29/40)
Orion's Opponents (Missing Aberion, Champion of Force and Sol 29/40)
Last Sleeper (Missing Last Sleeper 26/40)
Sorceress (Missing Rita 25/40)
Sol the Oppressor (Missing Sol 20/40)
Exils (Missing Cresil and Hungry Abomination 15/40)

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Re: Lore Tournament: Duel Decks!
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2017, 06:17:42 AM »
Do you know already if the decks will be in the rotation when the tournament happens? i'm missing a total of 6 cards to create every deck. Also the last sleeper deck has eaten by zombies listed 2 times and the normal sleeper deck has no number for inevitable dead listed

I've been told that the decks will not be added into the free weekly rotation. Also, I've fixed those discrepancies. 3x Inevitable dead, and the second set of 3 Eaten by Zombies was an erroneous addition.
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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2017, 08:12:49 AM »
The decks I can pull off close enough are:
Hehkeem (30/40)
Gao Han (31/40)
Orion (37/40)
The Purgers (32/40)

For these decks I feel I am just missing too many cards
Kung Ji (24/40)
Lilariah The Rebel (25/40)

And for these I am missing Commanders and maybe too many cards
Sleepers Early (Missing Aleta, Immortal Sufferer and Patient Zero 29/40)
Orion's Opponents (Missing Aberion, Champion of Force and Sol 29/40)
Last Sleeper (Missing Last Sleeper 26/40)
Sorceress (Missing Rita 25/40)
Sol the Oppressor (Missing Sol 20/40)
Exils (Missing Cresil and Hungry Abomination 15/40)

Send me a personal message of what you're missing from the first four decks you listed and I'll see what I can do. I can also make sure that you end up playing a matchup that you're closest too (ie, as Orion)
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