rekenner Recommends

This is the first version of The Eternal Post's tier list! First, a thanks to TheOvermaster, Phoenixton, and IlyaK for help with this article. They're really the brains behind this operation.

However, this is less of a strict tier-list and more of a discussion of what's popular in the meta right now, and a place to find decklists. Less "Here's what to play" and more "Here's what you might like".

It must have been an interesting month since the release of Fall of Argenport for the balance team at DWD - we've already seen two balance patches, aimed squarely at Fall of Argenport decks. It's also been a fun process trying to put this together with such rapid fire balance changes! Usually it takes a couple weeks for everything to fall together after a shakeup, so this is a bit more "hot take" than usual.

To introduce this, a recap of where the meta's been since the release of FoA is the best place to start - this won't be a comprehensive recap, just some greatest hits and what's lead us to where we are today.

Fall of Argenport - Recap

The first wave of decks to come out of FoA was a glut of Time Midrange - Time + Fire, Time + Primal, Time + Shadow, Time + Time. The release of Teacher of Humility, Alhed, and Kerasaur gave Time Midrange a wide variety of new overstatted things to play on curve to beat people over the head with. While these decks weren't in their most tuned forms, and cards like Alhed and Kerasaur have somewhat fallen off, being in the position of playing big threats is where you want to be in a new meta. The weight of stats tends to overpower lists that require more precise tuning to hit peak performance.


People were also experimenting with Feln Berserk in the early days of FoA, but that deck fell by the wayside once people discovered the devastating combo of Alessi + Spells. TJP Blitz was born - a deck built around 1-3 drop creatures that grow up to be bigger than even the fattest of time fatties. It ran Alessi, Awakened Student, and Kosul Battlemage as threats that grow and Rilgon's Disciple as an ever-present threat to kill you from 25 in a single turn. These creatures were paired with a suite of buff spells to give the creatures evasion or berserk. The creature suite and buff suite never completely gelled - some lists played Svetya as a hedge vs removal and sweepers, some lists played Crownwatch Press-Gang to be grindy and fetch more Alessi and have another hard to kill threat, some lists ran mirror image to multiply the effects of other buffs and double dip on their trips to the market, some lists ran Sharpened Reflexes to be more aggressive.‚Äč

TJP Alessi was an explosive deck that people were finding hard to effectively combat, as it could attack in multiple ways and punished its opponents for not drawing enough removal, the right removal, and for not holding open power to cast their fast removal.

And then the problem card, Alessi, was nerfed.
Wait, no, two cards that rarely saw constructed play until TJP Legacy Infect were nerfed. Levitate and Accelerated Evolution both saw their cost increased by one. Still, these nerfs were enough to reduce the impact of the Primal aspect of the deck, and push players towards less explosive versions of the deck.

Some players stuck with TJP Wonderbread Deluxe, but with a different spell and creature package and some went to Combrei for a sleeker power base and the ability to run Teacher of Humility and Sword of Unity. And some have gone to another 3 Faction pairing - FTJ - for the ability to go big with Moment of Creation.


However, with the nerf of Alessi, the meta slowed down. Players weren't under the gun of being turn 3'd or turn 4'd by a monstrous Alessi or Rilgon's Disciple... but instead they were under the gun of a turn 3 Rizahn or a turn 4 Icaria, via Bulletshaper into Answer. Or their opponent going from having 3 strength on the board at the start of their turn 6 to swinging for 50 during their combat, via Divining Rod.

These decks started as an evolution of Set 2 and Set 3 Charge Rod, but eventually the most popular version of the deck had completely cut Time and was more of a Rakano Midrange deck with the potential to highroll on Answer the Call. These decks were about hitting their bomb 6-8 drops as often as possible, and winning off their back.

And then... Answer the Call had its cost nerfed by 1. This makes the decks slower and leaves them more vulnerable to strategies trying to get under them and makes their potential draws a bit clunkier. However, it doesn't make them any less explosive when they do go off. This nerf is certainly not the end of these decks, just a small change to keep them in check.

So, where are we now? Well, the meta is very wide open right now - you can do most anything, as long as your deck has a somewhat proactive bent to it. Even the controlling decks in the meta are really just vehicles for getting to play Icaria into 10/10 Icaria as consistently as possible.

So, without further ado, rekenner would recommend...

Kenna, Shaman of the Scale

If you like decks with a lot of moving parts and interactions, the biggest deck in the meta that's gone unmentioned so far is Kennadin. It's a deck that's been on the fringe for the last month or so, but with other strategies losing strength or consistency from the nerfs, it's a deck that's poised to be one of the stronger decks in the game.

As a warning - this is not a deck that's easy to pilot. It's going to require a lot of games before you start seeing some of the more complex lines of play, but it's worth the effort if you can get there.


Stand Together

If you like aggro decks, Stonescar Gunslingers can still kill people on turn 4-5 with the best of them. Also, Combrei Aggro, a deck attempting to run as many copies of Stand Together as possible, to buff its board to mess up combat math and prey on Harsh rule decks.

Combrei Aggro:

Sandstorm Titan

If you like Time-based, midrangey decks, then this is the meta for you - Elysian Midrange, Praxis Midrange, Praxis Tokens, and Combrei Alessi are all strong decks. Elysian Midrange and Praxis Midrange are the more "traditional" midrange strategies, while Praxis Tokens and Combrei Alessi have grind potential, while also having the potential for more aggressive draws.

Praxis Tokens:
Elysian Midrange: (This list is definitely more of a tournament meta tuned list, and things like Unseal and Hailstorm will end up as meta calls that can be changed)
Combrei Alessi:

Rizahn, Greatbow Master

If you want a non-time Controllyish Midrange Bigrange deck that just wants to jam Icaria into someone's face, Rakano Midrange can be played with and without Answer the Call.

(even though this list is from before the Answer nerf, it's still a strong list)


Finally, if you like Control decks, Icaria Blue and FJS Removal Pile are still kicking. Again, I think this is a bit more of a proactive meta, where you want to be setting the pace of the game, rather than reacting, but these decks are still strong in the hands of a good pilot, or a good way to get used to playing Control decks in Eternal.

Icaria Blue:
Removal Pile: