Laddering With Nekrium

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Hello again!

Here I am with another article that will provide you with a semi-budget deck for you to use on your ladder climb to Titanium.

I have just hit Titanium when I wrote this and I’ve used a lot of different decks all with the same rules that I set up for myself: a max of 1,000,000 Silver to craft and no more than six Legendary cards in a deck. A lot of decks have been discarded quickly but a few have been very good and I had a good streak through Gold and a reasonable win rate in Platinum.

The first article I wrote was about taking an aggressive approach. It served me well but the metagame is shifting fast and suddenly I was stuck against a bunch of tough Poison decks. I decided to look for something new and attack the metagame from a different angle.

I will present one of the best decks that I’ve been using on my climb to Titanium, and it’s been around for a long time: Mono Nekrium.

Mono Nekrium Core

  • 3 Patron of Tarsus
  • 3 Xerxes, the Executioner
  • 3 Death Current
  • 3 Spiritcleave

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These are the cards that you always will play in a Mono Nekrium deck. Patron of Tarsus and Xerxes are both superstars against a lot of decks and the whole reason you are going with almost all Nekrium cards. Mono Nekrium is more or less a control deck and using the full amount of Death Currents and Spiritcleaves makes sure that you are able to remove what needs to be removed whenever you need it.

There are a lot of ways to go after you have set this core. First there is a possibility to splash another faction. A splash from another faction should go over four cards, preferably less, because you don’t want to mess up your Patron of Tarsus triggers.

Mono Nekrium control tends to have an issue with reach and the ability to finish your opponent off when you have established control of the board. The usual splash which also provides reach is Ignir, Khan of Ashur. I decided to go another route because of my Legendary limitation.

Looking at the current metagame I realized Mono Uterra Poison is a big thing, so I was looking to Alloyin for help. Oreian Justicar was my first choice as it can help control triggers from Leyline Vermin, Patron of Deepwood spawns and it also help against a certain popular plant. I wasn’t completely satisfied with the result and I realized that the biggest problem wasn’t the spawning creatures but the increasing buffs they got from Enduring Vitality.

I stuck with my Alloyin splash but decided on Wipe Clean instead. Wipe Clean can clear any Enduring Vitality and also help to clear Poison from your creatures. Wipe Clean also helps against a lot of other harder matchups, such as Alloyin/Tempys Burn where it can remove any Ice Grasps played and against Alloyin/Uterra Control.

Alloyin Splash

  • 2 Wipe Clean

So now I need some reach. I was again trying a bunch of different cards but I decided on a combination of cards that has been on the sideline for quite some time.

  • 3 Crypt Conjurer
  • 3 Duskmaw, Twilight Drake
  • 2 Howl of Xith

Crypt Conjurer is card that can provide the reach needed, but it needs a lot of spells to really make it work. Duskmaw is the key here, providing the free Nekrium spell Tendrils of Twilight. Duskmaw is a decent creature in itself and can with its Mobility and solid stats to defend or attack in a good way. Howl gives you the ability to finish off your opponent in spite of board stalls and in combination with Crypt Conjurer you can cause a 20-30 point life swing.

To finish off the deck I decided that I needed a few more spells and I also choose to run a couple of reasonable sized creatures to stave off early attacks while pressuring the opponent.

  • 3 Ebonskull Knight
  • 2 Plunder Imp
  • 2 Epidemic
  • 1 Bitterfrost Totem

You can build your Mono Nekrium in a lot of different ways, except from the core. After that it’s up to your playstyle, collection and metagame to decide how you choose to build your Mono Nekrium deck.

Xerxes

This is what I ended up with after a lot of testing:

  • 3 Patron of Tarsus
  • 3 Xerxes, the Executioner
  • 3 Death Current
  • 3 Spirit Cleave
  • 3 Crypt Conjurer
  • 3 Duskmaw, Twilight Drake
  • 2 Howl of Xith
  • 3 Ebonskull Knight
  • 2 Plunder Imp
  • 2 Epidemic
  • 1 Bitterfrost Totem
  • 2 Wipe Clean

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Where to go next?

There is a long list of cards to consider if you decide to be on the dark side. Mono Nekrium has a way to adapt to the metagame without disturbing its core. Some cards to consider include:

Lichmane Dragon is a solid card overall and can help the deck to create a little more pressure on the opponent.

Zimus, The Undying and Varna, Immortal King are cards that work well together and many choose to use these two as a finisher for the deck.

Leyline Demon should always be considered depending on the metagame.

Head over to SolForgeladder.com for more Mono Nekrium deck lists and see what works best for you.

Reaching Titanium

I’ve reached Titanium within a week, without running decks full of Legendaries. They key has been to read the metagame and know when to switch deck or know how to get the most out of the decks I was running. There is definitely more to explore in the SolForge universe and it has been both fun and challenging for me to try something new.

Look for streaming or video content of me playing this and other decks in near future.

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See you on the ladder!

- JockeD

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