Arcanysts come in a few different types:
- Those that reward you for casting spells (Owlbeast, Blue Conjurer, etc.)
- Those that generate or discount spells (Araras Prophet, Trinity Wing, etc.)
- Random minions with the tribal tag for no apparent reason (Aethermaster, Moebius, etc.)
If you combine a bunch of minions from the first two categories above and cheap spells, you have a deck! In the Arcanyst factions (Songhai, Abyssian, Vanar) this archetype is top-tier. Even in the other factions, though, Arcanysts have enough tribal synergy through just their neutral cards to make decently powerful decks.
- Prismatic Illusionist
- Owlbeast Sage
- Trinity Wing
The best Arcanysts, which make it into practically every build.
- Araras Prophet
- Alcuin Fugitive
- Blue Conjurer
Other neutrals that aren’t universally played, but can be included as necessary to fill the curve or as tech pieces.
Whatever is provided by your chosen faction, although as mentioned above you also get some token spells generated by your minions.
Since it’s easy to find top-tier builds for Songhai and Abyssian, I’ve instead given some more memetic lists as examples.
Lyonar – The version presented above is the classic Lyonar Arcanyst build utilizing Divine Bond as the primary finisher, but you could also emphasize the synergies with heal effects or swarm. Decklists: Zir’an, Brome (credit Alplod).
Songhai – Runs a backstab package for unexpected OTKs if the Arcanyst swarm doesn’t work. Decklist.
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Sticks Budget Arcanyst Kara 2,4k spirit
Deck played by Niklaren in the playoffs of Meltdown league season 2.
A midrange arcanyst deck that utilizes cheap spell synergies to take control of the board and build one simultaneously.
A “Slowfurnace” variant that can go well over the top of most decks while also providing a lot of burst damage.
Once a monster of a deck, Vanar Arcanysts is now a fine option as a value deck, with a few neat tricks. Most of the minion shell for it available as neutral rares it makes a good budget option also.
Played by Stoicrooster for West EU for the second place in Duelyst World Cup 2019
A competitive Arcanyst Lilithe deck. Ramp out your Arcanysts, and let their tribal synergies take over. Includes spell recursion and late-game bombs.
A different approach to playing Lyonar Arcanysts, with no cards above rare (technically).
What happens when Arcanysts go sunbathing under the glorious Lyonar sun. Sling spells, bolster your soldiers, and punch unenlightened rivals into submission!