Heya, freshlobster here with another combination of a written guide & some gameplay examples!
Today’s deck is a new take on the Spectral Matron + Cithria, Lady of Clouds archetype. Traditionally, these decks used to be super focused on the combo of Matron copying a big Cithria onto the board, which, to be fair, is awesome but comes at a high deck-building cost because of the inclusion of cards like Stalking Shadows or Mobilize.
This version, however, is more centered around a midrange playstyle with the effective board control that Kindred and Lux can provide. Instead of investing resources into accelerating the combo, it tries to compete in the mid-game without ever falling too far behind, until either our value engine champions outgrind our opponents or we eventually get to our late-game power plays.
In the early game, we just try to keep up with whatever threats our opponent presents while simultaneously setting up our mid-game swing turns. Hapless Aristocrat, Fading Icon, Minion, and Vanguard Sergeant are great for trading into our opponent’s units early on while generating tokens like Prey or Spiderlings as sacrificial fodder as well a spell like For Demacia! for the Lux synergies.
In the mid-game, we want to get our champions online and make use of their passive removal effects right away. If we find an early Kindred, we want to have some spell mana banked to activate their passive right away with cards like Glimpse Beyond, Vile Feast, or Single Combat. Next, Lux joins the battlefield with a Barrier right away, which we can use to block on a defensive turn or to enable a Single Combat. And if we’re playing against an aggressive or burn-heavy deck, Radiant Guardian can carry some games entirely on her own.
After we have developed one or two of these engines, we try to dismantle our opponent’s board piece by piece by making use of the synergy of our removal spells (Vengeance, Withering Wail, The Box) with the passives of Kindred and Lux. At the same time, we try to set up some small units besides our champions to line up our power plays.
Our game enders will usually either be a big For Demacia! turn or the infamous Cithria, Lady of Clouds, especially when summoned through Spectral Matron as early as turn 8. This will turn our puny tokens into lethal Challengers that can pull blockers aside and ensure that our huge units connect with the enemy’s Nexus.
Tips & Tricks
- Don’t throw the small tokens away as chump blockers!
Our little units are incredibly valuable in this deck because they can serve as Slay targets for Kindred, as For Demacia! targets or as game-ending Challengers later on. Treat them with the respect they deserve and only sacrifice them for blocking if necessary. Don’t forget – Nexus health is a resource!
- Make good use of the champion passives!
That will require you to plan 1-2 turns ahead and bank spell mana if needed. It’s often worth it to take an extra hit or a worse trade on the current turn if that allows us to get an extra Kindred mark or Lux‘s Final Spark next turn.
- Don’t get too greedy!
Our deck plays a lot of expensive stuff, and if we play everything on-curve, we might tap under important mana thresholds and not be able to remove a key threat our opponent can still develop (*cough* Ahri *cough*). This deck is great at slowly outgrinding opponents, so be wary of when we actually need to close out a game quickly, and when it’s better to just lean back and have answers to everything our opponent can have in store for us.
- Vs Aggro
Hapless Aristocrat, Fading Icon, Vile Feast, Minion, Withering Wail, Radiant Guardian. If you have some early game plays, you can also keep Vanguard Sergeant, Single Combat and The Box.
- Vs Midrange, Control & Combo
The slower our opponent’s deck is, the greedier we can be with the mulligan. One early game unit is often enough, focus on finding Kindred, Lux and Vanguard Sergeant (and maybe Vengeance if it finds a key target). If our hand is already great, we can start looking for synergies (e.g. Kindred alongside Glimpse Beyond, Lux alongside Vengeance). Don’t keep Cithria, Lady of Clouds, but you can consider keeping Spectral Matron in some cases.
- Vs Aggro
3rd Radiant Guardian, Withering Wail, maybe 3rd Hapless Aristocrat. Cut down on Cithria, Lady of Clouds, Minion, Vanguard Sergeant.
- Vs Midrange, Control & Combo
If you want to play a bit more for the big combo finish, Stalking Shadows and Atrocity can be great additions to the deck. The Rekindler can offer some additional value, while Concerted Strike can serve as another effective source of removal. Cut down on Hapless Aristocrat, Radiant Guardian.
Thanks for reading and good luck on your climb!
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