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Artifact Deck Guide:
Blue-Red Lock




By Qaia | Updated December 22nd, 2018
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Qaia December 22nd, 2018
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Avg. Mana Cost = 5
All Items
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16 12 8 4 0
Value $992
Total Cards 39
30
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All Items
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
16 12 8 4 0
Value $992
Total Cards 39
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A slightly different take on Ashimar's excellent Blue-Red lock deck.

The main idea behind the deck still remains the same as Ashimar's: completely lock the opponent's cards from being played and use AOE spells for crowd control while ramping hero cards. The main difference in this deck to Ashimar's is the removal of creep and draw cards in favour of more crowd-control spell cards.

Fractured Timeline, Buying Time, Lost in Time, and Claszureme Hourglass are how to lock the opponent's cards. Playing Buying Time and Lost in Time should be delayed until just about when the opponent can actually start playing their high-cost cards. The lock mechanism is RNG (except for Claszureme Hourglass) and can be re-applied to the same cards. Therefore, if you prevent your opponent from playing their low-cost cards too early, then this will diminish the chances of locking your opponent's high-cost cards (since they will have more cards in their hands for the RNG to apply). A balance needs to be struck between starting too early and waiting until too late. Also, try to play your locking cards with Ogre Magi for chances to trigger Multicast.

Conflagration and Ignite pair with Lucent Beam to do pre-emptive damage. These last two also do piercing damage. Therefore, combining them with Thundergod's Wrath is a way of countering decks that are centered around armour (since piercing damage completely bypasses armour). Viscous Nasal Goo synergizes well with this overall strategy.

Blink Dagger is a means of playing Thundergod's Wrath in succession, i.e., cast in one lane then blink to next lane and cast again.

Annihilation, At Any Cost, and Thunderstorm are used for crowd-control.

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