Decoding the Decks: How To Size Up Archons In Keyforge

Key #1: Nothing is a substitute for playing decks.

Key #2: Automatic rating systems are flawed at best, and at their worst can be actively misleading.

Key #3: Effective deck evaluation should center around recognizing patterns of high-impact cards.

  1. You should know all of these cards and how they are used from memory.
  2. When you look at deck lists, these are the cards that should jump out at you first.
  3. When you evaluate new decks, observe which of these categories are featured most heavily and use that information to help you inform your initial plays.

Mass Aember Generation

Aember Control

Recursion & Tutoring

Hand & House Control

Board Control

Draw Acceleration

Off-Phase Forging

Other Considerations

  • Creature Count: Both low counts and high counts can be effective, but you should know how many creatures a deck features and how that number interacts with the other parts of your deck.
  • Combo Pieces: Going back to Full Moon, how many Untamed creatures do you have to make it work? If you have Kelifi Dragon, do you have a way to get a lot of Aember on a Brobnar turn? How many Niffles can you bring back with that Troop Call? You should know how well your deck can execute it’s combos.
  • Pips: Pips on cards tend not to care about boardstate or conditionals. They just get you Aember, in direct proportion to your rate of draw, which is a very nice thing for your deck to do, don’t you think? You should know how many pips of Aember are waiting to be drawn from your deck.

Conclusion: A Slow Refinement



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