Unstable Armory: Strangely effective

Unstable Form might very well be a constructed playable card in a Tier 1 or 2 deck.  In armory, the idea is to run 1 or 2 of these to “silence” and de-buff units into relic weapon range.  Most of the time (but not all the time), the new unit created via unstable form is worse than the original unit.

  • Unstable Form gets rid of stat boosts from Warcry, so you don’t need to worry as much about opponents’ Warcry triggers.
  • Most units created via Unstable Form aren’t constructed playable.
  • Most units are synergistic and are bad without synergies.  Because the new unit is almost always outside of its home, Unstable Form deals with Dawnwalkers and other creatures with great abilities.
  • Many units are only good due to their Summon abilities, which don’t trigger via Unstable Form.

Core ideas

I’ve been experimenting with a Rakano armory build that splashes Primal for card filtering, 4X Lightning Storm, and 1-2 Unstable Form.

Unlike traditional armory, I don’t run cards like Rakano Artisan and Armorsmith.  To deal with aggro, I run 3X Auric Sentry alongside all of the sweepers and 3X Torch.  Auric Sentry puts on a bad Combrei Healer impression.

Sword of Icaria and Auric Runehammer are the main weapons.  You want to play the Sword aggressively to start stacking Warcry triggers (hopefully onto another cheap weapon).

There is a minor toolbox with Rise to the Challenge.  Rise + Auric Runehammer gives a 6-attack weapon that can take down almost all units that you see in constructed play.  I actually don’t like Rise to the Challenge that much because it’s a little slow and durdle-ey.

Most games tend to go long so Icaria and Sword of the Sky King are there to close out games.  Icaria isn’t as good in Combrei matchups with Sandstorm Titan or Visage + Eye of Winter control.  However, beating an opponent down with Sword of Icaria or Auric Runehammer can work too.

Obliterate is to deal with opposing relic weapons.  It can also kill problem creatures like Boardstall Titan that are outside of relic weapon range.

The single Eye of Winter I’m not sure about.  With unstable form to strip aegis and endurance from units, there may be a mild synergy.  Eye of Winter also synergizes well with Harsh Rule.  However, it is a bit of a un-combo with weapons that want to attack and kill creatures.  Because Eye of Winter is really only good against Rakano, it may make sense to swap it out for another weapon or card draw (Wisdom of the Elders) or Valkyrie Enforcer.

Matchups

This deck has good and bad matchups.

I believe that armory decks in general are pretty good against decks that rely on aegis creatures + equipment.  The deck should be favored against Rakano.

The deck has some trouble with Sandstorm Titan, Dawnwalkers, and Smuggler’s Stash.  The deck is slow against Visage + Eye of Winter control decks.

This deck is somewhat difficult to pilot when you need to make decisions about Rise to the Challenge.  You need to understand the matchup, your wincon, how long the game will last, and how much power you currently have.

Mulligan

The influence base is pretty greedy, so keep hands with a good influence base and some action against aggro.  Some as in… 1 or 2 cards that interact with aggro.

Decklist

4 Inspire (Set1 #129)
4 Seek Power (Set1 #408)
3 Torch (Set1 #8)
2 Unstable Form (Set1 #189)
4 Lightning Storm (Set1 #206)
3 Rolant’s Favor (Set0 #18)
2 Vanquish (Set1 #143)
3 Auric Sentry (Set1 #146)
1 Eye of Winter (Set1 #210)
4 Push Onward (Set1 #213)
4 Sword of Icaria (Set1 #315)
1 Valkyrie Enforcer (Set1 #151)
3 Auric Runehammer (Set1 #166)
2 Rise to the Challenge (Set1 #320)
4 Harsh Rule (Set1 #172)
3 Obliterate (Set1 #48)
2 Icaria, the Liberator (Set1 #329)
1 Sword of the Sky King (Set1 #186)
6 Fire Sigil (Set1 #1)
5 Justice Sigil (Set1 #126)
2 Primal Sigil (Set1 #187)
4 Seat of Fury (Set0 #53)
4 Seat of Glory (Set0 #56)
4 Seat of Order (Set0 #51)

New faction cards

One or more of the following could really push this deck over the top:

  • Good finishers for the Rise toolbox
  • A Combrei Healer replacement (for Auric Sentry) to deal with aggro
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