Strong long rounds
Strong tempo plays
Has no reactive options
Hattori being introduced as a potential finisher gives Dwarves a fighting chance, even if it ultimately falls short of competing against cards like Joachim de Wett or Dol Blathanna Protector.
The deck has strong win condition versatility: having Yaevinn and Eskel / Royal Decree, start by playing Yaevinn and then play Eskel / Decree. Otherwise, just play Hawker Smuggler when you have it, then Dennis Cranmer / Alzur’s Double Cross, and follow that up with Barclay Els (either Brouver Hoog it or Marching Orders it). After that, simply play the round normally - play your cards to maximize value and look for an advantageous pass or to win the round on even cards. You’re comfortable playing out all your hand except for Hattori if you don’t go down in card advantage. Winning the first round one card down is fine as long as you have Barclay in your graveyard and Hattori in your hand.
What you’re playing against determines how you play round 2. If you’re playing against a deck that establishes carryover (like Skellige), simply drypass and win a long round 3. If you’re playing against decks with stronger finishers than you (Nilfgaard with Joachim), simply play as high tempo as you can to force them to use their win conditions. If you’re playing against any other deck, simply bleed them down to one card and then beat them with Hattori in round 3.
The deck struggles heavily against greed decks like Consume or Greatsword, seeing as it has no tools to stop their engine from developing. It also struggles against decks like spies which have stronger one card finishers.
Gwentlemen Lamios’s dwarves exploit the point generation ability of Barclay Els and cards like Dwarven Agitator to fight for the rounds. Check out the detailed guide by clicking the link above.