My Word is My Bond

Argeon Highmayne

Category: Diamond+ Deck

Archetype: Hybrid

Spirit: 0-11000

Patch: 1.96

Author: nh3maser

Submitted: 2019.11.26

Divine Bond

An overview of the Bond archetype.

Concept

Bond is one of the oldest Lyonar archetypes: high-toughness minions (many with Provoke) let you stall and control the board until you can set up for a lethal Divine Bond. It’s a popular budget archetype since the signature card is basic and you can find high-toughness minions at all rarities, but if you can afford getting some of the powerful epics, it’s strong enough to compete at the highest levels.

Cards

 Staples

Archetype

  • Divine Bond

The namesake card. However, it’s often only included as a 2-of because you don’t need to draw it early and usually don’t need multiples in order to win. While it’s not your only way of closing out a game, it does allow for explosive finishes, and its mere presence in your deck forces your opponent to pay greater respect to your minions out of fear of getting smashed.

  • Dioltas (Tombstone)
  • Ironcliffe Guardian

Your biggest threats. The high toughness and Provoke make it hard for opponents to deal with or escape from them, and a Bond on one of these will usually be lethal.

Faction

  • Azurite Lion
  • Silverguard Knight

Lyonar’s best cheap minions, and decent backup Bond targets.

  • Tempest
  • Holy Immolation

Strong AOE effects. Your minions should survive Tempest for the most part, and your minions’ high toughness makes the healing on Immolation more relevant than it is normally.

  • Trinity Oath

A great burst of card advantage. This card is essential for many Lyonar archetypes for how it allows you to spend resources more freely early on while still having fuel for the lategame.

Tech Choices

Fatties

Other high-toughness minions with various upsides.

  • Inquisitor Kron
  • EMP

Commonly played powerful neutrals which fit the deck’s gameplan.

  • War Exorcist
  • Elyx Stormblade

Big Lyonar things you can use if you desire more pure threats.

Protection

  • Aegis Barrier
  • War Judicator

Provide “spellshield”, hopefully allowing one of your big minions to survive a turn unmolested in preparation for a lethal Bond. It’s imperfect protection, but is very strong against the factions that rely primarily on targeted spells for removal (Songhai, Abyssian, and Vanar).

Removal

  • Bloodtear Alchemist
  • Arclyte Sentinel
  • Blistering Skorn
  • Lightbender
  • Sunset Paragon

None of these are great Bond targets, but you may need them in order to properly react to your opponent’s strategy. The cheaper ones provide spot removal for increased tempo early on or face damage late. Bloodtear in particular is a popular inclusion because it makes it easier to use Immolation out of hand. The more expensive minions provide AOE effects to get you through the midgame.

  • Lasting Judgement
  • Sun Bloom
  • Martyrdom
  • Decimate
  • Aiperon’s Claim

The various forms of AOE can usually be made one-sided with careful positioning. The spot removal choices are often put in for budget considerations but work better in this deck than they do in general: in a pinch, Judgement functions as a Saberspine Seal on one of your high-toughness¬† minions, and you can hit hard enough with Bond to counteract Martyrdom’s lifegain.

Utility

  • Azure Herald
  • Healing Mystic
  • Primus Fist
  • Windblade Adept

Value 2-drops to fill out the bottom of your curve.

  • Keeper of the Vale

A high-variance minion, but very powerful if it can pull one of your big things.

Sample Decklists

For each of these, I’ll list out the special cards that differentiates that particular build.

 

Classic – See decklist above.

Overloaded with powerful minions in the higher part of the curve. This has a decent mix of threats and protection/interaction.

 

StoicRooster’s Meta-teched Ranged Bond – see his writeup here.

  • Sworn Avenger
  • Letigress

Bond traditionally has issues dealing with backline threats, but it’s not as much of a problem if you can establish some of your own.

 

Budget – See here and here.

  • Primus Shieldmaster
  • Blue Conjurer
  • Dancing Blades

As mentioned above, this archetype is a popular choice for budget builds since it’s the easiest way of upgrading the Lyonar starter deck into something actually competitive. Taking this to an extreme, Boronian assembled a functional version of the deck using only basics, while RHacker’s build is still cheap but should be able to get you pretty far on the ladder with enough practice.

 

The Spice Corner

WarriorOfSunlight’s Heart Bond – see decklist here.

  • Dreamgazer
  • Sun Wisp
  • Legion
  • Ironcliffe Heart

An innovative build that tries to negate the card disadvantage of Heart by using it on minions that didn’t cost you a card. Gimmicky, but chaining Ironcliffes is a powerful strategy that will tax almost every removal suite.

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