A broad archetype with a reasonably high power level over all, and actually competitive in some factions. Usually relatively lighter on minions, with the main win condition being a heavily equipped general. It feels like there’s been a resurgence of interest in these lately, especially with new combo decks in some factions pioneered by Zohan.
The best artifacts from your factions. Keep in mind that the effects of artifacts apply in the order they were equipped, which is significant in some cases.
The RNG makes him unreliable, and so he isn’t included in the more competitive builds, but if he gets a good hit the power level is off the charts.
- Lost Artificer
A nice little turn-1 play that contests mana tiles and accelerates your gameplan.
- Silhouette Tracer
Since you’re so dependent on hitting things with your general, this is a very useful repositioning option .
- Artifact Hunter
Poorly statted, but sometimes used for card advantage.
Lyonar – Runs Dawn’s Eye + Arclyte Regalia. The version above takes the theme to an extreme, to the extent of even running Sunstone Bracers. More competitive builds exist: see for example Lightningfeet’s take here, or Chunkypapa’s here. See decklist above.
Songhai – Top-end builds are competitive. Usually runs Crescent Spear + Cyclone Mask +Bangle of Blinding Strike, with some builds incorporating Mask of Shadows for heavier burst. Decklists: Control, Backstab (credit Zohan).
Vetruvian – Artifacts are one of Vetruvian’s main supported themes, especially for Sajj, who runs a selection of artifacts in practically all of her decks. This gives you a lot of different directions you could go in this faction. Decklists: Destiny, Combo (see my writeup here).
Magmar – The copy of your general that hatches from Seal of Valknu inherits all artifact effects permanently, which makes for a scary combo build using the egg synergies. Decklist (credit Zohan).
Vanar – An insane combo build: if you equip Winterblade, Iceshatter Gauntlet, and Resonance Scythe, cast Concealing Shroud, and have a Letigress active, you can bounce around the board removing all of your opponent’s minions while generating lethal via Saberspine Cubs. Decklist (credit Zohan – see his updated version here).