Choate here and I have made yet another Legends account (and probably the last one considering how many expansions we are getting this year, it will be hard to keep up). My goal here was to choose a cool name I can stick with (ended up on Aeseron, which was sort of a mix of my previous accounts Aesepus and Arakom), not dust any cards, and see what I could manage while spending minimally. I ended up buying the Alliance War and Skyrim Starter packs for $5 each, for a total of $10 and about 13 days of play invested on this account.
I was awarded Aela’s Companions which is by far the best starter deck. Ancano’s Starter deck doesn’t even come close. Aggro and mid blue is simply not great on a budget especially without campaigns and Ancano as a unique legendary and 8-cost will impact far too little to be of use. I think this is just commonly accepted thought that still exists from the initial release of Skyrim where blue was a force to be reckoned with.
Anyways, I completed the campaign and immediately knocked out Caius’ Training for 5 free packs and 100 free soul gems. After completing the campaign and this, you end up with around 1,200-1,500 soul gems. My first initial craft was the monthly epic card,
Sower of Revenge. I figured it was perfect to pursue Warrior more aggressively with this account since I already unlocked Aela’s Companion’s, it’s good on a budget, and games are fast.
I built my first budget Warrior deck for ladder. I ended up breaking the dusting rule ever so slightly, as I ended up getting rid of a few of the starter legendaries which are so unplayable there is no point in letting them sit in the collection. Namely, Quin Rawl Burglar, Renowned Legate, and Goldbrand. I kept Tyr (and chose it over Orb of Vaermina), Vigilant Giant, and Night Talon Lord, the other three you get for free early on. With the 1,200 free dust from the three I dusted, I crafted key commons and rares to get the most out of it, namely Young Mammoth, Haunting Spirit, Candlehearth Brawler, and so forth. I had my first budget ladder deck ready to go.
Before I really tackled ladder though, I know it would help if I did some arena. Arena is incredibly efficient at building your collection especially if you are consistent with it. I played it 9 times to get to rank 1, as 8 out of the 9 runs were 7 wins. This was insane for my Alliance War collection as by the end of it I ended up with 100% commons and 100% rares in less than a week. With that out of the way, it was time to take a look at my ladder deck one more time before attempting the push to legend. I think I was around rank 6-7 at this point.
There is only so much you can do with Warrior on a budget. Luckily, I noticed I unpacked 2 Mournhold Taskmasters so you can probably guess where this is going. I shifted into budget Aggro Pact. Green brings so much to the class in terms of tricks, unpredictability with tri-colors/75, and overall versatility. I stuck with making good commons/rares as epics can use up the dust really fast. I threw in whatever epics I had, like Shadowfen Priests, a lone Corrupted Shade, a random Indomitable Ordinator, the single Withered Hand Cultist (which came in clutch more times than I can remember), and so forth.
I hit legend this morning with it. The final decklist is here:
I also played a budget Aggro Hlaalu a little bit, although much less than the Pact. I'll link the deck list in a minute. edit: here it is: https://www.legends-decks.com/deck/62456/budget-hlaalu-legend
The only legendaries in it are Jorunn (I went forward with crafting him yesterday but never ended up drawing him so not necessary), Aela from the starter set, and Vigilant Giant which they gift you early. One of the things I love about this deck is the absurd amount of draw in it. Shadow Shift, Pawnbroker, Forerunner of the Pact, Aela’s Huntmate, Ash Berserker, Blackworms, Jarls, Vigilant Giant… I don’t think opponents expect this on the ladder and it really helps to offset all of the insane greed right now.
Just building a proper deck with a playable curve and good cards goes so far on ladder. Obviously when you combine it with some degree of prior experience, it can take you to legend. That’s what’s great about this game. Here’s a final look at the profile:
Moving forward, I am going to try to get Solo Arena to rank 1, which in it's current state, will probably be harder than Versus arena. Even at rank 7 I’ve encountered some things that really no person should at that level, so I’m hoping it doesn’t get too much worse but I’m not holding my breath. After that, I’ll probably spend some money in the store to get some campaigns and other purchasable only content like Starter bundles so I can start to have some deck variety as well as make it more competitive for within legend.
If I were to offer any advice for a new player:
Play Versus arena as much as possible, you almost always break-even and the good runs will make it very worth it, while teaching you the game, enabling you to play cards you don’t otherwise have, and just give you a very fair playing ground outside of not knowing the cards well. In other words, you won’t be hampered by your deck, only your playing ability, which will improve with time.
Dust Renowned Legate, Quin Rawl Burglar, and Goldbrand. Seriously. If you can make a better deck early on, it means you will win more, which means more 3-win rewards, which means it’ll be more efficient in the long run to just start off with something better. However, stop there. The caveat is the more you dust, the less dust your future packs will be worth and you might be scrambling to always dust stuff to make something. That’s not a position you want to be in. PS. never dust story cards, it’s a b*tch to make them again.
If you’re trying to be as efficient as possible, as I know some people like to min/max their resources, craft monthly rewards or Legendaries, as you’ll never have to worry about opening them (and duplicate protection is in place).
For spending money, pretty much anything in the store that can only be bought with money is usually decent (not the “special offers” that you see pop up as some of those can be quite bad). I’d probably rank them as Starter Packs > Stories > Collections > New Life / Mad Prince. Of course, if you need specific cards or want to play a certain type of deck, you could rank them differently.
For Skyrim starter decks, I’d rank them: Aelas, Brynjwolf/Ancano, Paarthurnax, and then Alduin.
For stories, Isles > Dark Brotherhood > Clockwork > Puzzles. Dark Brotherhood > Isles if you want to play Tokens or Control Archer/Ebonheart Slay, otherwise Isles has too many solid cards for DB to contest it right now.
So these are just a tips I for newer players, from making a new account and trying to fix it up as efficiently as possible to be competitive. Feel free to ask any questions you might have. See ya on the ladder.
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