Beginner Decks + Walkthrough Deck Contents

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  1. GabrielQ

    GabrielQ I need me some PIE!

    When you start the game as new user, you are given a deck for completing the tutorial and corresponding faction walkthroughs (you need to contact etherielin on the discord server to receive this decks for the moment: https://discord.gg/hk5nFyD). The deck given for the tutorial is an Ironfist Stronghold BG so you end up with 9 decks, 2 IS and 1 for each other factions.

    The runes that come with this deck are not leveled and cannot be sacrificed for shards, and there are no way to tell in the rune forge or checklist which runes come from a walkthrough and which ones doesn't. So, if you are receiving errors trying to sacrifice some runes it may be that the runes belong to these decks.

    Now, I will list the content of these decks, I will mark with (PD) the runes that correspond to the latest expansion and cannot be obtained in the rune forge.

    For the content of theme decks visit --> http://forums.poxnora.com/index.php...ent-last-updated-08-12-2017-up-to-date.29457/

    Later I will be doing a what is the best course of action starting if there is interest.

    Forglar Swamp - Defenders of the Swamp
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    Champions:

    1 Augur of the Deep
    1 Boghopper Dredger
    2 Boghopper Paladin
    1 Boghopper Spitter
    1 Calm as Raging Tides (FS/ST)
    2 Darkmarsh Shadow
    1 Firk Mind Shredder
    1 Kartch, Finlord
    1 Poison Elemental
    1 Slipworm
    1 Spawnpool Guardian
    1 Swampguard Crusher
    1 Tortun Fishkisser (KF/FS)

    Spells:

    1 Backfire
    1 Bubble of Protection
    1 Corrode
    1 Drown
    1 Monsoon
    1 Noraweave
    1 Poisonous Fumes
    1 Pygmy Hippo Stampede
    1 Reverberating Blast

    Relics:

    1 Poison Trap
    1 Spirit Altar
    1 Tortun Land Cannon

    Equipments:

    1 Dreadeye symbiote
    1 Tidemaster's Bandoleer

    Forsaken Wastes - Bonesaw
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    Champions:

    1 Animated Blade
    1 Blackblade Baron
    1 Bonewing
    2 Broken Bones
    2 Crawling Corpse
    1 Death Harvester
    1 Skeletal Berserker
    1 Skeletal Excavator
    1 Skeletal Lerper
    1 Skeletal Reaper
    1 Toll-Taker
    2 Tomb Lord
    1 Xulos, Undead Sage

    Spells:

    1 Anathema
    2 Dark Rising
    1 Essence Drain
    1 Hungry Dead
    1 Mobilization
    1 Steal Life

    Relics:

    1 Bone Mine
    1 Elsarin Vex
    2 Graveyard
    1 Sacrificial Altar

    Equipments:

    1 Bone Circle Staff
    1 Cloak of Skulls

    Ironfist Stronghold - Ironfist Inquisition (Tutorial)
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    Champions:

    1 Archangel of Al'Mara
    1 Attendant Squire
    1 Carrier Squire
    1 Council Elder
    1 Crusader
    1 Elemental Warstaff
    1 Euan Ironfist
    1 Ironfist Inquisitor
    1 Ironfist Warsaint
    1 Northern Cross Avenger
    1 Northern Cross Cardinal
    1 Northern Cross Militia
    1 Northern Cross Priestess
    1 Talgar Ironfist
    1 Vengeant Templar

    Spells:

    1 Blessing of Al'Mara
    1 Burning Crusade
    1 Consecrate the Earth
    1 Disarm
    1 Earthquake
    1 Hammer Strike
    1 Holy Light
    1 Impervious
    1 Righteous Deflection

    Relics:

    1 Celestial Spear
    1 Hahndor Memorial
    1 Secluded Shrine

    Equipments:

    1 Granite Bracers
    1 Holy Blade of Valdac
    1 Medal of Valor

    Ironfist Stronghold - Drunken Dwarves ( Walkthrough)
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    Champions:

    1 Battle Rager
    1 Brewmaster
    2 Drunken Thug
    1 Beermaiden
    1 Dwarven Catapult
    1 Dwarven Hooligan
    1 Dwarven Roughneck
    2 Dwarven Sharpshooter
    1 Ironfist Minister
    1 Ironfist Warsaint
    1 Kingmaker (PD)
    1 Semmiran Noble
    1 Treasure Hunter

    Spells:

    1 Bane Blast
    1 Blink
    1 Desperate Healing
    1 Earthquake
    2 Hammer Strike
    1 Instill Panic
    1 Macadamize
    1 Righteous Deflection

    Relics:

    1 Earth Shaker
    1 Ironfist Standard
    1 Sepulcher of Kings

    Equipments:

    1 Medal of Valor
    1 St. Semmir's Brew
    1 Vial of Holy Water

    K'Thir Forest - Ranged Assault
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    Champions:

    2 Archer Commander
    1 Arrowsinger
    1 Deadly Tracker
    1 Elven Archer
    1 Elven Artisan
    2 Elven Fury
    1 Elven Prodigy
    1 Elven Strategist
    1 Falconer
    1 Guardian of the Circle
    1 Menalaus
    2 Solstice Marksman

    Spells:

    1 Brambles
    1 Bullseye
    1 Fire for Effect
    1 Herbal Antidote
    1 Nature's Wrath
    1 Reclaim
    1 Strategic Retreat
    1 Vortex

    Relics:

    1 Archery Bale
    1 Catharsis Bloom
    1 Epochal Oasis
    1 Pride of K'Thir

    Equipments:

    1 Burning Oak Seed
    1 Covenant
    1 Honor Coin

    Savage Tundra - Winter's Grip
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    Champions:

    1 Arcadon
    1 Chilling Scale ( FS/ST )
    1 Dawnmist (PD)
    1 Frostfall Furbull (PD)
    1 Frostfall Icewisp
    1 Ice Dragon
    1 Icesnap
    1 Jakei Elder
    1 Jakei Extinguisher
    1 Jakei Frostseer
    1 Jakei Shaman
    1 Lonx Adept
    1 Lonx Icelord
    1 Lonx Striker
    1 Shardseer K'aeyun

    Spells:

    1 Cleansing Storm
    2 Deep Freeze
    1 Fast Friends
    1 Frostfall Heritage
    1 Gale Force
    1 Howling Wind
    1 Ice Stars (This rune is currently banned from ranked)
    2 Ice Storm

    Relics:

    1 Ice Shard
    1 Provincial Marker
    1 Shappire Catalyst

    Equipments:

    1 Everfrost Manacles
    1 Frost Amulet

    Shattered Peaks - Sky Empire
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    Champions:

    1 Lance Admiral Sceian
    1 Voil Bomber
    1 Voil Courier
    2 Voil Dive Bomber
    1 Voil Frenzy
    2 Voil Guardian
    2 Voil Imperialist
    2 Voil Queen
    2 Voil Sorcerer
    1 Voil Stalker
    2 Voil Stormflyer

    Spells:

    1 Alacrity
    1 Avalanche
    1 For the Empire
    1 Havoc's Touch
    1 Vertical Push
    1 Zealotry

    Relics:

    1 Echo Chamber
    1 Rock Trap
    1 Tribal Post
    1 Voil Caverns

    Equipments:

    1 Ball and Chain
    1 Diamond Mace
    1 Vicious Harpoon

    Sundered Lands - Skeezick Menace
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    Champions:

    2 Resilient Skeezick
    1 Skeezick Alchemist
    1 Skeezick Blackguard
    1 Skeezick Cannoneer
    1 Skeezick Drummer
    1 Skeezick General
    1 Skeezick Netter
    1 Skeezick Trapper
    1 Skeezick Vanguard
    1 Skeezick Whorl
    1 Totem of the Fallen
    1 Valdaci Sentry (IS/SL)
    1 Vindictive Skeezick

    Spells:

    1 Acid Storm
    1 Battle Fatigue
    1 March of the Skeezick
    1 Quickening
    1 Reforge
    1 Skeezick Revolt
    1 Taint
    1 Tornado
    1 Waylay

    Relics:

    1 Hive
    1 Phalanx Marker (PD)
    1 Sundered Warbanner
    Equipments
    1 Bloodthirsty Blade
    1 Legion Standard
    1 Skeezick Blade

    Underdepths - The Demon Lord
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    Champions:

    2 Bloodbow Infantry
    1 Deep Elf Infiltrator
    2 Deep Elf Priestess
    1 Imp Alchemist
    1 Maxxarek
    1 Nefari Guardian
    1 Nefari Informant
    1 Pinchusion
    2 Rip demon
    1 Sheoul Monstruosity
    1 Siege Monger
    1 Vothsair Ireguard

    Spells:

    1 Demolish
    1 Fiery Ambush
    1 Fire Blast
    1 Maddening Echoes
    1 Mandate from Sheoul
    1 Minslicer Boomerang
    1 Price of Victory
    1 Purefire
    1 Retribution
    1 Sacrifice
    1 Split Personality (This rune is banned from Ranked)
    1 Superiority

    Relics:

    1 Griefbearer's Fountain
    1 Mark of Sheoul

    Equipments:

    1 Tinder Box
     
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2021
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  2. GabrielQ

    GabrielQ I need me some PIE!

    (Other decks will come later)
    Let's assume you chose one of the decks listed above to play and you got your first 5000 gold from defeating the dailies. Now what? I will list some recommended battlegroups that you can put together spending those first 5000 gold. With these battlegroups you can already jump into ranked as they will be close to being optimized in most cases. Most upgrades will start from buying a Dancers in the Snow Theme deck and shard it to obtain 2156 shards unless stated otherwise ( http://forums.poxnora.com/index.php...ent-last-updated-08-12-2017-up-to-date.29457/ ).

    Forglar Swamp - Boghopper
    To upgrade the Defenders of the Swamp deck, we will build a Boghopper BG based on it. We will buy a Dancers of the Snow theme deck and use the resulting shards to craft the following:

    1x Tide Master
    1x Finlord's Neophyte
    1x Gekaal, High One
    2x Boghopper Huntmaster
    1x Boghopper Bull
    1x Boghopper Elite
    2x Darkmarsh Fury
    1x Boghopper Shaman

    1x Cleansing Mist
    1x Expanded Reach
    1x Boghopper Bravado

    1x Destiny

    1x Sacred Temple

    With a total cost of 2014 shards

    We will replace the following on the Defenders of the Swamp Deck:
    1x Boghopper Glutton
    2x Boghopper Paladin
    1x Calm as Raging Tides
    1x Darkmarsh Shadow
    1x Firk Mind Shredder
    1x Poison Elemental
    1x Slipworm
    1x Tortun Fishkisser
    1x Corrode
    1x Poisonous Fumes
    1x Tortun Land Cannon
    1x Dreadeye Symbiote
    1x Tidemaster's Bandoleer
    1x Backfire

    The resulting deck is shown below. This decks includes the main boghopper synergizes and it's up to the user to decide for future changes.

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    Forsaken Wastes - Skeletons
    To upgrade the Bonesaw deck, to round up the skeleton BG. We will buy a Dancers of the Snow theme deck and use the resulting shards to craft the following:


    1x Bone Circle Archmage -800
    1x Blackblade Baron - 500
    1x Boneshredder - 80
    1x Necromancer - 40
    1x Skeletal Rifleman - 16
    1x Bone Slave - 8
    1x Crossbone - 4
    1x Despoil - 80
    1x Elsari Bazaar -8
    1x Soulreave - 8
    1x Soulbane - 8
    1x Altar of Bones - 16
    Total of 1568 shards

    We will replace the following runes from the Bonesaw WT deck:
    Anathema
    Animated Blade
    Bone Mine
    Broken Bones
    Crawling Corpse (x2)
    Death Harvester
    Graveyard (x2)
    Hungry Dead
    Sacrificial Altar
    Skeletal Berserker

    With these upgrades we gain access to Bone circle archmages and boneshredders which are strong early game runes that summon more skeletons and a more polished selection of champions and support in general.
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    Ironfist Stronghold - Dwarves

    To upgrade the Ironfist stronghold decks, we will use runes from both the Drunken Dwarves deck and the Ironfist Inquisition deck. Also we will acquire a Dancers of the Snow deck and forge the following runes to make the final Dwarf Deck:

    Initial shards +2156
    1x Royal Geomancer -800
    1x Ironfist Minister -400
    1x Dwarven King -250
    2x Emerald Wing -160
    1x Beermaiden -8
    1x Nightwatch -8
    1x Soul Reaver -80
    1x Might of Ironfist -16
    1x Gravity Flux -8
    1x Morin's Corner
    Final Shards =346
    From the Drunken Dwarves deck we use the following runes:
    1x Dwarven Beermaiden
    1x Dwarven Hooligan
    1x Ironfist Minister
    1x Kingmaker
    1x Bane Blast
    2x Hammer Strike
    1x Instill Panic
    1x Macadamize
    1x Ironfist Standard
    1x Sepulcher of Kings
    From the Ironfist Inquisiton deck we use the following runes:
    1x Attendant squire
    1x Euan Ironfist
    1x Northern Cross Cardinal
    1x Talgar Ironfist
    1x Disarm
    1x Earthquake
    1x Holy Blade of Valdac

    The complete list for convenience:
    Attendant Squire, 2x Beermaiden, Dwarven Hooligan, Dwarven King, 2x Emerald Wing, Euan Ironfist, 2x Ironfist Minister, Kingmaker, Nightwatch, Northern Cross Cardinal, Royal Geomancer, Talgar Ironfist, Treasure Hunter, Bane Blast, Disarm, Earthquake, Gravity Flux, 2x Hammer Strike, Instil Panic, Macadamize, Might of Ironfist, Ironfist Standard, Morin's Corner, Sepulcher of Kings, Holy Blade of Valdac, Soul Reaver.

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    K'Thir Forest - Archer/Elves
    To upgrade K'Thir Forest decks we will keep the theme of archers and elves, adding missing racial synergies and doubling on arrowsingers. To upgrade the deck, we will buy a Dancers of the Snow and use the resulting shards to craft the following:

    Initial Shards +2156
    1x Arrowsinger -800
    1x Elven Page -800
    2x Aurora Inspector -160
    1x Snake Charmer -40
    1x Elven Bard -8
    1x Grimlic's Bane -40
    1x Ancestral Anger -16
    1x Inhibit Power -16
    Final Shards =276

    We will replace the following runes from the WT deck:

    1 Elven Artisan
    1 Falconer
    2 Solstice Marksman
    1 Elven Fury
    1 Brambles
    1 Strategic Retreat
    1 Reclaim
    1 Honor Coin

    With these upgrades we gain access to key racial synergies such as Camaraderie and Boost, to Battle hymn with the Elven Bard, more healing in general and a better rounded up support section. To keep updating the deck as you get shards, Bowmage is worth considering and also doubling on strategists.

    Savage Tundra - Frost
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    https://poxala-fa4ce.web.app/browse/bJCLlPMMCRWq1G74G0c4

    this would be the updated bg after buying and sacrificing (excepting a halberd of jthir) a dancers in the snow theme deck
    to get this you should:
    Remove
    Dawnmist
    Lonx Icelord
    Lonx striker
    Deep freeze x2
    howling wind
    Ice Stars
    frostfall heritage
    fast friends
    everfrost manacles

    And add

    Frostfall vanguard x2 1600
    Chilling scale 80
    Halberd of jthir 8 (don't sacrifice from dancers)
    conjure ice block 80
    frigid barrier 8
    furry hat 16
    Jakei frostseer 8
    pilgrimage 80
    snow blind 40

    For a total of 1912

    Starter deck is focused on ice eater frontliners, but I've found that acolyte is more reliable. The bg has a good balance of ranged and melee and powerful spells. Main synergies are acolyte, amplify and frostfall vanguard's ability to equip frost amulets on enemies. you can combo it with frostseer on deploy ability to trigger it with only 1 hit.

    after you grind a bit more, you'll surely want a second jakei extinguisher but it's not possible to accomodate it with only 5k gold.

    Sundered Lands - Skeezicks
    Skeezicks is on of the best rounded up themes in the game and the initial walkthrough deck delivers on several of the key champions and support of the theme. In order to improve the initial deck, we will use 5000 gold to buy a Dancers of the Snow theme deck, proceed to shard it to obtain 2156 shards. With these shards we will forge the following champions:

    Initial Shards +2156
    2x Skeezick Bolter - 1600
    2x Skeezick Warmage - 160
    1x Skeezick Trigger - 16
    1x Ruthless Netmaster -16
    2x Quicken - 16
    1x Skeezick Filcher - 40
    1x Skeezick Rioter - 40
    1x Purge - 16
    1x March of the Skeezick - 4
    Final Shards = 248

    We will replace the following runes from the WT deck:

    1 Skeezick Alchemist
    1 Skeezick Cannoneer
    1 Skeezick Netter
    1 Skeezick Trapper
    1 Skeezick Whorl
    1 Vindictive Skeezick
    1 Battle Fatigue
    1 Reforge
    1 Skeezick Revolt
    1 Taint
    1 Bloodthirsty Blade
    1 Skeezick Blade

    Following, it would be nice to shard another Skeezick Blackguard (800 Shards) and another Skeezick Vanguard (500 Shards) but what to replace for them will be depending on the style of the player.

    In my NUX test account (DevlinRedjaw) I had some extra exotics from the rewards given at the end of the game and I could shard an extra Skeezick Blackguard right after getting the first 5k gold.
    surprisingly, most skeezicks are really decent with the default upgrade choices, which is a huge plus. However, when leveling, Bolters should be a priority as reinforcement 2 has the potential to change the dynamic of the BG, and I would follow with warmages which I would run with adaptive and magic acolyte.
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    Underdepths - Demons/Fire

    For UD, we will build a mostly Demon BG with strong fire synergy but with enough flexibility to deal with most situations. In order to improve the initial deck, we will use 5000 gold to buy a Dancers of the Snow theme deck, proceed to shard it to obtain 2156 shards. With these shards we will forge the following champions:

    Initial Shards +2156
    1x Demonologist - 800
    1x Nefari Messenger - 400
    1x Grimlic - 250
    2x Nefari Fireslinger -160
    1x Bok Gatekeeper - 80
    1x Bok Warden - 80
    1x Nefari Caverunner - 80
    2x Bok Raider - 32
    1x Minotaur Stoker - 16
    1x Nefari Griefbearer - 8
    1x Fading Recollection - 16
    2x Sheoul's Fireball - 16
    1x Orb of Protection - 16
    1x Ruby Catalyst - 8
    Final Shards = 194

    The final decklist is the following:

    2x Bloodbowl Infantry
    1x Bok Gatekeeper
    2x Bok Raider
    1x Bok Warden
    1x Demonologist
    2x Nefari Fireslinger
    1x Grimlic
    1x Minotaur Stoker
    1x Nefari Caverunner
    1x Nefari Griefbearer
    1x Nefari Informant
    1x Nefari Messenger
    1x Rip Demon
    1x Vothsair Ireguard
    1x Fading Recollection
    1x Mandate from Sheoul
    1x Mindslicer Boomerang
    1x Price of Victory
    1x Purefire
    1x Retribution
    1x Sacrifice
    2x Sheoul's Fireball
    1x Maddening Echoes
    1x Orb of Protection
    1x Ruby Catalyst
    1x Mark of Sheoul
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2022
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  3. Etherielin

    Etherielin The Floof Cultist

    If you can improve formatting for this, I'll pin it.
     
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  4. GabrielQ

    GabrielQ I need me some PIE!

    Updated with a IS Dwarves Deck!
     
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  5. GabrielQ

    GabrielQ I need me some PIE!

    Bump for relevance and to show the new UD BG. If you want extra advice or any other faction's deck, let me know
     
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  6. GabrielQ

    GabrielQ I need me some PIE!

    Updated with a Boghopper BG!
     
  7. Rookkilla

    Rookkilla The King of Potatoes

    Could you upgrade the ST deck? Do you have any suggestions/staples for a frost themed deck?
     
  8. GabrielQ

    GabrielQ I need me some PIE!

    Hello, of course I can:
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    https://poxala-fa4ce.web.app/browse/bJCLlPMMCRWq1G74G0c4

    this would be the updated bg after buying and sacrificing (excepting a halberd of jthir) a dancers in the snow theme deck
    to get this you should:
    Remove
    Dawnmist
    Lonx Icelord
    Lonx striker
    Deep freeze x2
    howling wind
    Ice Stars
    frostfall heritage
    fast friends
    everfrost manacles

    And add

    Frostfall vanguard x2 1600
    Chilling scale 80
    Halberd of jthir 8 (don't sacrifice from dancers)
    conjure ice block 80
    frigid barrier 8
    furry hat 16
    Jakei frostseer 8
    pilgrimage 80
    snow blind 40

    For a total of 1912

    Starter deck is focused on ice eater frontliners, but I've found that acolyte is more reliable. The bg has a good balance of ranged and melee and powerful spells. Main synergies are acolyte, amplify and frostfall vanguard's ability to equip frost amulets on enemies. you can combo it with frostseer on deploy ability to trigger it with only 1 hit.

    after you grind a bit more, you'll surely want a second jakei extinguisher but it's not possible to accomodate it with only 5k gold.

    let me know if you have any questions.
     
  9. GabrielQ

    GabrielQ I need me some PIE!

    Updated Boghopper deck to adjust to the latest patch
     
  10. GabrielQ

    GabrielQ I need me some PIE!

    Updated Skeleton BG to adjust to the latest patch, with the invaluable help of @themacca
     

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