Buqs [LL 3.160] Frankenstein’s Castle (Shadow/Human/Neutral Homunculus Alignment Guide)


Homunculus is a tribe of allies in Shadow Era. They were introduced in Dark Prophecies, with further support in Shattered Fates. This type of ally are made up of creatures which have been artificially created by their specific faction (they have members on both the Human and Shadow sides). They seem to have a wide range of effects, some involving the graveyard, attachments, and attack/health increasing.

1VERSION: 3.160

Lore: The Homunculus alignment is tied together by the idea of created allies, usually with some elemental (fire, ice, electrical) theme or being created from other allies. Then growing and augmenting them.

As I look over the tribe in general and read the wiki about what the alignment is, I can’t help but think of the Frankenstein monster. Essentially the tribe is using “pieces” from your hand and “parts” from graveyards to grow your allies. So far the shadow side of the tribe revolves around discarding from the hand and exiling from any graveyards to manipulate the board and receives one or more bonuses from doing so. The human side appears to be a wisp (no real synergy), electric theme and a combination of temporary and actual growth. The neutral side appear to be all over the place but provide some additional choices for both the human/shadow builds. Homunculus decks are generally ally heavy and very reliant on items and attachments specifically, with a splash of other abilities here and there. Homunculus having access to all the different types of combat damage really makes me appreciate the Frankenstein approach of the tribe much more.

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Buqs [LL 3.160] Engineering an Empire (Aldmor Alignment Guide)

1VERSION: 3.160


The Aldmor Alignment reminds me a lot of a show I watched on the History Channel, Engineering an Empire, which follows how various Civilizations used Engineering to help win battles. The Aldmor have a great number of Artifacts (Engineering) which help to create various bonuses to benefit the tribe. In addition, the Aldmor are also very Shadow Energy based and benefit greatly from SE activated abilities and/or having equal to/more than your opponents.

This guide is an evolving article which will change periodically, depending on balancing card changes or a change in my thought process after playing more with the cards. Special thanks, as always, to Gondorian, Starval, Veles, Preybird and Bob Ross for input!

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Buqs [LL 3.160] Suicide Squad (Twilight Alignment Guide)

Suicide SquadVERSION: 3.160


Twilight Alignment is very much an interesting alignment to me. They have an interesting playstyle which includes a variety of characteristics of various Shadow Alignments. They have a likeness to the Undead in that they are death oriented having things trigger along with dying or having things happen based on their graveyards. Similarities exist to the Ravager in that they both are combo oriented and generally remove 1 combo piece in order to execute the combo. Like the Shadow Homunculus they have various growth options and can play Tower Ally builds. Finally they are very much dependent on other Twilight allies giving them a pack mentality similar to the Wulven/Yari Alignments.

This guide is an evolving article which will change periodically, depending on balancing card changes or a change in my thought process after playing more with the cards. Special thanks, as always, to Gondorian, Starval, Veles, Preybird and Bob Ross for input!

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[SF] Human Mage: Drawing Capabilities

Human Mages are consistently one of the Top Decks of Shadow Era. Mainly they tend to be of the rush variant and they have tons of draw options to support this. Tome of Knowledge has consistently been one of the top draw engines for Mages for all expansions. Call of the Crystals and Dark Prophecies also used lots of Bad Santa and occasionally splashed Honored Dead as well as Treasured Heirloom. Shattered Fates brings a new tool in Amulet of Conjuring which really speed the flow of draw cards to the hand. In remains to be determined whether Amulet will remain in its current form or if it will receive some nerf as we move closer to completing the set.


Current Expansion: SHATTERED FATES

Current Version: 2.87

Nishaven – 5SE: All allies take 4 electrical damage.
Eladwen Frostmire – 4SE: Target opposing ally takes 4 ice damage and is frozen (it can’t attack, defend or use abilities) for 2 turns.
Aramia – 3SE: Target item in your deck with cost 3 or less is put into play, as if summoned at no cost. Shuffle your deck.
Loest, Savior of Layar– 5SE: Target ally, item or ability is exiled (removed from the game).


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