Practice to Deceive (DECEPTIB0T combo)

Kaleos Xaan

Category: Meme/Fun

Archetype: Hybrid

Spirit: 7500-12000

Patch: 1.96

Author: nh3maser

Submitted: 2019.03.17

DECEPTIB0T
S.I.L.V.E.R.
Thunderhorn

Part of a series on neutral meme archetypes that can be played (with variable amounts of success) in any faction.
Part 5: DECEPTIB0T.

Concept

The Immortal Vanguard expansion gave us some new mechs, including DECEPTIB0T and S.I.L.V.E.R. While they might seem intended for a tribal mech deck, if you go the opposite route and make these the only two mechs in your deck, then every time DB0T earns a kill it will come with a free 7/5 – an incredible amount of value. These decks are built around this interaction.

The deck was originally created in Songhai (See NowayitsJ’s reddit post). Later came a “positioning” version in Vetruvian (an outgrowth of the Lost in the Desert archetype) that tried to take advantage of S.I.L.V.E.R.’s ability: by giving DB0T blast or flying, any S.I.L.V.E.R.s spawned would inherit the same keywords.

The power of the Songhai build led swiftly to DECEPTIB0T being nerfed (increasing its cost from 4 to 5). After this, taking over the game with it early is no longer as viable, but you can still make a deck out of trying to parlay a DB0T into multiple S.I.L.V.E.R.s. Alternative approach: go more meme-heavy and attempt to use S.I.L.V.E.R.’s ability to stack faction-supported keywords on your big mechs.

Be warned: lots of bugged interactions, mostly arising when DB0T kills multiple things at once (via Frenzy or Blast). May not get the expected number of SILVERs.

Cards

Combo Pieces

DECEPTIB0T and S.I.L.V.E.R. Usually you want Thunderhorn too, as a backup threat that benefits from the same setup tools as does DB0T.

Keyword Granters

Unfortunately, the only two neutral cards that can grant keywords to other minions are Wood-Wen and Hsuku, neither of which are really good enough. Have to rely on in-faction tools.

Example Decklists

  • Lyonar – You have a lot of good keyword granters – mainly for Provoke and Forcefield. Decklist.
  • Songhai – Could try for keywords with backstab (which does stack exponentially with S.I.L.V.E.R.), but not as good as straight tempo with Assassination Protocol. See decklist above.
  • Vetruvian – As described in the intro above. Decklist.
  • Abyssian – Furor Chakram is sweet if it doesn’t crash the game. You would think that S.I.L.V.E.R. would work with Deathwatch (from Deathfire Crescendo) but sadly for some reason it does not. Decklist.
  • Magmar – Mostly straight tempo, but includes Diretide Frenzy for a little keyword trickiness. Grow would work as well, but really only makes sense with more mechs. Decklist.
  • Vanar – Unique because of how you can use Echo Deliverant in place of S.I.L.V.E.R., which has fewer stats up front but snowballs much better. If you want to go super deep, S.I.L.V.E.R. should be able to inherit the Dying Wish from Auroraboros (although I have not tested this interaction personally). Decklist.

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  1. Just chimed in to say that Dying Wish isn’t one of the abilities S.I.L.V.E.R. can inherit. Although Auroraboros can still be a fun card to use in this deck as each resummon triggers Echo Deliverant’s ability for massive snowballing.

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