Hello friends and welcome to another top ten countdown! Duel of Champions is a game full of synergy and interactions and of course some of those interactions are more powerful than others. Today I’m counting down what I believe to be the ten best two card combinations ever. Something like this is even more subjective than one of my other countdowns or guides because I think different people have different definitions of “combo” and likewise it’s sometimes a bit difficult to differentiate between synergy and a combo as they’re similar but they’re not the same thing. For me synergy is simply two cards that complement each other or work well together but don’t necessarily add a new and highly powerful effect to the game whereas a combo always does something exceedingly powerful and that something is often something that neither card could achieve individually. Also, this list is specifically for two card combos and combinations involving more than two cards have been excluded. For example, Throne of Renewal + Inheritance + Chaos Seer is definitely powerful enough to be on this list but because the combo requires three cards it is ineligible.
Let’s get to it!
Hello friends! Today I bring you another guide as I’ve noticed generally guides more so than any other type of article have been heavily viewed and well received and I’m all for writing whatever it is that people want to read. The deck I’m writing about today, Kat, is exactly what the title of the article indicates- extremely balanced, probably more so than any other deck in the format. Kat has been present and viable since the very inception of Standard all the way up to the present and it is a deck that legitimately can beat anything an acceptable chunk of the time. It’s simple to play at a basic level but at the same time it’s highly rewarding to a skilled pilot and it has amazing comeback potential that very few other decks in the format can match. It has a very high overall power level and it’s generally sturdy and reliable if you know how to mulligan. It’s relatively inexpensive to build and I can’t imagine it not being a solid choice at any elo.
Without further ado, the decklist-
Hello friends! This article may be a bit premature as the next DoC set hasn’t even been announced yet nor is there any announced date on which Standard will “rotate” if you will and basically start anew but the current format is figured out for the most part and maybe even a bit boring because of how imbalanced it is and how few options there really are if you truly want to be competitive. For a guy like me it’s never too early to start thinking about the future and I can’t help but wonder, even if it’s nothing more than speculation and curiosity, what the next version of Standard could look like. There are definitely some things I like about this format and I’ve certainly had moments of legitimate enjoyment playing it but clearly there is plenty of room for improvement as well and that’s exactly what I’d like to discuss today. I’m going to go faction by faction and talk about what I’d like to see going forward as well as what I’d like to move away from. Of course, I’m just another player not unlike anyone else here so it’s not like the developers will listen to me at all but I find it quite enjoyable to discuss the game and discuss theory as long as there is logic and thought behind the opinion you’re presenting. You’re all more than encouraged to chime in with your own opinion in the comments at the end of the article.
Hello friends and welcome to another article by yours truly! While I’ve definitely been making a very conscious effort to mix it up and try to give you as much variety as I’m realistically capable of I’m at the same time quite aware that I write about competitive Standard fairly often and I’m sure by now many of you are tired of hearing the same things over and over again. If I were to write about competitive Standard today that’s exactly what it would be as not much if anything at all has really changed since the last time I wrote about it. Inferno is still the best faction, Haven and Sanctuary still suck, etc. Instead, I’m opting for a more casual article today discussing some of the cooler decks in Standard that I find highly enjoyable to play and I’m hoping those of you who opt to give some of these decks a try find the same enjoyment. Please note that while these decks are definitely cool and definitely fun they’re probably not the best decks possible and they’re intended more for enjoyment and novelty than ladder climbing or overly-serious play.
Let’s get started!
Hello friends! Today I’m knocking an item off my alarming large to do list. Since taking over MMDoCKing a couple months ago I’ve received a surprisingly high number of questions, among other things, via email and I’ve decided to make an article of sorts of it to hopefully provide some entertainment value and answer some of the questions for everybody as opposed to just for one person in case someone else out there was wondering the same thing. This is definitely a bit different from my usual writings and to be honest it’s a tad out of my comfort zone but I’m going to go ahead and try it anyway just to get it out of the way and see what kind of feedback I get from you guys. Please note that many questions I’ve received have gone unanswered for a variety of reasons such as being inappropriate/too personal, being boring, being highly related to another question that I am answering, etc. If I didn’t answer your question in this particular article there is probably a reason for it and you’ll have another chance to ask whatever at the end.
Hey everyone! First of all, please accept my apologies for the five or six day stretch I had there with no updates to the site. It was a unique week in which circumstances at work forced me to work basically open to close every single day, which ended up being a 77 hour work week. Needless to say I’ve been absolutely exhausted and simply haven’t been up for writing anything or really doing anything at all other than sleeping. I apologize if the inactivity scared anyone into thinking maybe the site was going to die again or I’d fallen off the face of the planet. Neither of these things are true and Hell Week at work as I’ve been calling it is over and activity levels here should return to normal.
Today I’ll be marking my glorious return with another top 10 countdown! Originally my plan was to count down the top 10 overrated cards in Standard as opposed to the top 10 underrated but when I began mentally going over the explanations I’d give for each of my choices I realized there was an excessive amount of negativity and the article might be a bit of a downer to read since I’d basically be sitting there saying bad things about a card ten times in a row without anywhere near enough positive comments to balance it out. I didn’t want to post something that was overly-negative so I opted to switch the plan up and instead go for a more positive topic- underrated cards! And believe me, there are a lot of them… As usual there will be a poll at the end of the article where you can vote and share your opinion with the community. For those of you who vote “Something Else” definitely let us know in the comments what that something else happens to be.
Anyhow, of all the underrated cards out there here are the ten I think are the most unfairly dismissed-
***NOTE FROM ENLIGHTENEDOWL***
This is the first article for MMDoCKing by potential new contributor Lord Drake. As with all new contributors he’s writing here on a trial basis before determining whether or not to make him an official contributor to the site and whether or not he writes here is largely up to you guys! After reading the article please take a moment to vote in the follow-up poll attached to the article. If you liked what you read and want to see more content from this author let us know! If you didn’t like it POLITELY let us know that too! Your vote matters! Enjoy the article.
ANASTASYA GUIDE BY LORD DRAKE
Hello fellow champions! I’m Lord Drake, an occasional streamer so some of you may know me already. If not let me tell a bit about myself. I started playing DoC around the release of Herald of the Void and played from time to time until Five Towers appeared. Then I finally learned to play the game. Shortly before Griffin Bane I took a break, but I’m back, and without further ado let’s jump to the one card that caught my attention, Anastasya, and my deck list for her-
While I was at work today thinking about what I wanted to include in this article I figured it’d actually be pretty short compared to some of my other writings. After all, I really just have to go over each of the changes and give my thoughts on them and then just talk about the current state of Standard and call it good, right? Then I got to thinking… Even though it’s only one or two topics I’ll be discussing today they happen to be very complex topics with many many subtopics and I have lots of things to say so I quickly realized this article inevitably has to be just as long as all my others. So, before we go any further, I want to give you guys a fair heads up that this one is going to be a bit lengthy and you’re encouraged by Doctor EO to take breaks, make sure you’re eating, drinking and using the bathroom and of course to use that nifty comments section at the end to tell the world what you think about all this. Let’s get started!
ANTON, THE HOPE OF HAVEN
I know the legends. The tales of a great dominating faction led by Cassandra and Sandalphon. I was a just starting player in those ages, a Necro servant, fighting with skeletons and zombies against Wolf Captains, Radiant Glories and Prisons. It was not an easy fight and I looked on with greedy eyes at those light warriors.
Later on I tried Haven using Alia, but it wasn’t the same. I was never over 60% of win rate and I didn’t feel like I was playing a really good deck. But the time has come when Haven has a chance again! For sure it is not the best deck in the current Standard format, but it’s still a playable alternative that makes the game more fun and diverse.
As I begin to write this article I’ve had quite an interesting day… It began with waking up with half my face completely swollen, including my eye, and me looking like I’m either seriously deformed or I got my ass kicked by someone who really meant business. The other night, maybe Tuesday or Wednesday, I noticed a small bump on my right cheek but I thought it was just acne or whatever other sort of blemish so I basically thought nothing of it and left it alone. The next day it was visibly bigger but still I thought it’s just swollen and it’ll get worse before it gets better and it’ll go away on its own in a couple days. The next day the thing was probably 3 or 4 inches and rock hard and I knew something was definitely wrong but I decided to tough it out anyway. That was probably a mistake. Fast forward to this morning, Saturday the 1st, and I woke up a complete mess. So I went to the emergency room and paid stupid amounts of money (here in America we do not have free health care for all) to have the doctor take a scalpel and cut into my face and leave me with a hole not too much smaller than a penny in my cheek not to mention throbbing, sore and feeling like I was about to vomit. Obviously, though it was very difficult for me because of my work ethic, I had to call out of work and I went home to my first Saturday “off” in as long as I can remember. I obviously wasn’t up for anything too hardcore given my condition so I logged on to the best game ever, Duel of Champions, and decided to grind out a few Open Swiss tournaments until I either pass out, vomit or simply get bored of them. This is where the part that you guys actually care about comes in…