FROM SHADOWERA WIKI:
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.
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.
Lore: TO BE ADDED
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!
This is the deck I would have used had I been able to participate in the Shadow Era World Championships of 2014. Ultimately this deck is tuned to my play style and how I wanted to approach the Qualifier events. I started with my Gravebone: Undead Necromancer build and transitioned in some other cards that could help me in various matchups.
Aramia,The Lonely Chick
Written by Jordan
The hot summer winds swept across the plains of Balor, rustling through the small villages located at the base of Mt. Miaara, the shape shifting mountain shrouded in mystery. Next to the serene majesty of Mt. Miaara lay a surprising sight; a smoking and charred wasteland of spent supernovas and failed boomerangs.
At the base of Mt. Miaara, one could make out the outline of a massive, dull blue facility pulsing with a teal fog of ethereal energies. The occasional thwack of the boomerang and fizzling of a fireball could be heard emanating from the grandiose marble entrance which faced the mountain. The surrounding villages were built with a wide berth from the facility, for good reason. The facility was known to occasionally release giant bouts of flaming gas and waves of razor sharp boomerangs. It is said, according to a Unaxion paladin who had once gotten close as it happened, that one could hear the raging screams of Aramia as she tossed out apprentices wielding unstable supernovas and sent them flying to the wastelands to released the pent up energy. Continue reading
Saving my favorite for last! Shadow Mages of Shadow Era have often been consider the weaker faction because they generally relied on a later game style deck, while humans relied on a faster deck. The Shadow Mages in Call of the Crystals and Dark Prophecies typically revolved around Tome of Knowledge, Shadow Knight and Sacrificial Lamb. Shattered Fates bring lots of new toys that work really well including new Undead tribal things, Amulet of Conjuring and Flameforged Gauntlets. In additional, Gravebone received some boost with Crystal Shards and Falseblood Cultist.
Current Expansion: SHATTERED FATES
Current Version: 2.87
•Majiya – 4SE: Target opposing ally takes 3 fire damage. Draw a card.
•Gravebone – 4SE: Return any ally from your graveyard back into play.
•Raikka – 3SE: Until the start of your next turn, friendly allies have +1 attack and fire attack, and opposing allies and weapons have -1 attack.
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).
A recent Shadow Era Shattered Fates expansion update changed the entire Ravager Tribe flavor. The tribal flavor moved to a more aggressive stat growth (+2 attack) from the normal +1/+1 growth pattern we have seen quite frequently. With this new high attack potential of the tribe I decided to attempt to maximize this particular strength with a haste build. What is interesting about this deck has the ability to play a variety of ways. Early you can play, 1) like a typical Ravager build or 2) control with abilities; and late play 1) like a typical Ravager build, 2) transition to a portal or 3) transition to burn with abilities. The deck started of looking to max the potential of a Majiya Portal build late where you can get great value in damage for cost ratio (if set up properly). I hope you enjoy my Ravajiya detailed below. NOTE: Ravajiya is a trademark name created by Gondorian and I was given special permission to use
Key cards: sun-blighted one, sacrificial lamb
Now since I ever started playing shadow era one hero caught my attention. Gravebone.
Why Gravebone? Because many said he was useless, non competitive,
And his abillity is just outright redundent.
Eladwen has always been seen as one of the top heroes with the abuse of hasted allies and powerful burn. This deck proves she can be strong playing a slower, more controlling game. Eladwen and the other Magi gained some fun toys with Shattered Fates. This deck uses a few of them.
Key Cards: Amulet of Conjuring, Transmogrification Curse, Sorcerer of Endia
A recent Shadow Era update to Shattered Fates Expansion brings a large overhaul to the Ravager Tribe. The biggest changes for the ravagers is the transition from the +1/+1 (attack/health) stat growth pattern to a more aggressive +2/+0 flavor. The tribe still pretty much plays the same as before, however with a few games played you can really feel the difference. Being a Gravebone enthusiast, natural I decided to pair them together and see what happens.