Duel of Champions: 16th Swiss win and personal best ELO

And the surprise was that it was done using a Haven deck! This time, it was Siegfried. Yeah, who is he? He used to be non-Standard. He was reworked and released together with the expansion ToR. Starting stat is 2/0/1 and his hero's ability is that all non-token melee creatures deployed will have an extra hp once his stat reaches at 5/0/3,

There is this Siegfried deck build 5/0/4, posted by VouTeRushei on the forum, that simply works. Licker34 tried to rationalise it and it just boil down to the starting stat: 2 Might and 1 destiny. I guess 2 Might is just 2 step away from deploying Barrack while 1 destiny is helpful in getting to 3 destiny to use cards like Reserve. In a sense, it's better than Kieran's 2/1/0 or Cassandra's 1/1/2, although I would say Cassandra's power should be close. Yet, somehow Siegfried works better. Oh, and yes, there are no spells in this deck.

My deck is largely based on Licker34's version and I was on a 14-win streak including the 3 Swiss duel wins. Hopefully the streak continues when this is posted :)

During the Swiss tournament, my ELO was 1511 (personal best!) while my opponents' ELOs were 1788, 200 and 1241 for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd duel respectively.

Although the first opponent has the highest ELO, that duel wasn't the longest. He was using Kat but with unusually higher number of cards (63) for his ELO. Seems like the additional 4 cards were to accommodate 4 copies of Stormrage. Another unusual feature is he has only 8 T2 drops (and no T1 drop), excluding Moon Phoenix.

The second opponent used an even fattier deck (153!) but with Morgan. Although Morgan can (and maybe should) use more than the minimum 59 cards (I myself use 62), 153 is definitely not optimal.

Both the first and second duel took 11 turns and about 8 mins each. The 3rd duel took the longest turn (11) and time (10mins). It was against Anton - a stack deck that is quite luck-based. I, however, was lucky to set up Melee Guard 2 and Range Guard 2 on the front line and was holding up quite well but neither of us made much headway to a win. I believed what broke the deadlock was my Scattershot Marksman who I deployed on the same row as one of his barracks (thanks for the tip, Licker34!). That just helped to kill his melee and melee-shooter tokens. He even used Altar of Asha to kill the markman but fortunately, I could deploy another one immediately. So slowly but surely I chipped away his defence for a win.

So with that, the tally now is as follows:

Necro (2) - Ariana on Standard and BS2 format each
Inferno (5) - Deleb probably on Inferno-only format, Kal-Azaar on "minimum 30 spells" format, 3 Kal-Azaar on Standard format.
Stronghold (5) - 3 Kat on Standard and 2 Kat on BS2 format
Sanctuary (1) - Yukiko on Standard format
Haven (2) - Cassandra and Siegfried on Standard format
Academy (1) - Myranda on Standard format

Update: ELO increased to 1521 after 4 wins and 1 loss in Jackpot tournament Standard format :)
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