Queensguard



Advantages
  • Simple to play

  • Great counter to spot removal

  • Difficult to out-tempo in rounds 2 and 3


Disadvantages
  • Vulnerable to graveyard hate

  • Somewhat draw-dependent


Archetype Explanation

A fan favorite since the closed beta, Queensguards have taken a beating in the last few months, with the nerfs which stripped away some of the archetype’s potential. That being said, the Queen certainly doesn’t hire weaklings for her personal retinue and the Queensguard have persisted through the nerfs, retaining their competitive edge.

As the name would imply, the core card of this is Queensguard - a seemingly weak bronze (only 4 points) which however has a unique deploy effect - when a Queensguard is played, all other copies of Queensguard are resurrected as well, turning a 4 point play into a minimum 12 one (or 16 if you used an Operator). These resurrects, in turn, synergize with Cerys - a gold card which pops up out of the graveyard every time 4 other units are resurrected. Save for these 2 core cards, the archetype is a ripe field for experimentation and variation, though it should be noted that between the variants Sigrdrifa and Draig Bon-Dhu are almost always staple, as they empower your Queensguards.

While the deck is still competitive, to an extent, the last few patches have certainly decreased their strength. Loss of the Veteran tag slowed them down while the increased power of Bronze cards all across the board makes the Queensguard play not as impressive as it used to be, as your opponent’s singular bronze can be equal in power to three of yours. Moreover, the archetype is traditionally weak against graveyard hate - cards like Vicovaro Medic, Griffin, and Caretaker can completely shut down your win condition. Emhyr decks have taken to running the Vicovaro as a three-of, making a bad day for this and just about any Skellige deck, for that matter.


Sample Decklists:

Queensguard

This is a straightforward list which harkens back to the old days of Queensguard, which puts all eggs into one basket - Queensguards. Shieldsmiths, Wild Boar of the Sea and Draig Bon Dhu empower your Queensguards, making them more devastating in the later rounds while cards like Armorsmith and Warmonger provide some niche utility - Armorsmith helping against the weather matchups, while Warmonger can put the last Queensguard into the graveyard, if you failed to draw it in your opening hand.

In the worst-case scenario, should all of your Queensguards be neutralized, Harpooners into Lacerate can offer you a huge power swing which can help you stay into the round longer.


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