For many players out there, this- along with the departure of Starvo- comes as a welcome change. In tandem with the release of Uprising, the Classic Constructed format is about to feel very new, fresh, and unsolved. The curious will make sure the three new heroes are represented until they find their competitive footing, while die-hard fans of heroes that were suppressed in the meta by our dearly departed legends will be ready to re-emerge.
But where does that leave the Chane players? I played Chane during Road to Nationals, both Pro Quest seasons, and the Pro Tour. Where do Shadow Runeblades go from here?
Answering that question requires an honest evaluation of why you were playing that deck to begin with. People play card games for a lot of reasons, and to figure out where it might be best to next direct your attention, we need to know what drew you to the hero in the first place.
Power. Playstyle. Flavor. Feel. Specific powerful cards. Synergy packages. Being the first intro deck you played. Any of these factors and more could have led a player to Chane.
For some players, it was raw power. Chane's power level, and that of Seeds of Agony (now un-suspended in CC, but with no hero able to utilize it), became apparent fairly quickly during his one Road to Nationals season.
For others, it was a chance to play a different type of go-wide game plan. Viserai could sometimes attack multiple times per turn, but at that point he was still sporting more of a midrange setup style of deck, and Chane represented a very different style within the same class.
Power. Playstyle. Flavor. Feel. Specific powerful cards. Synergy packages. Being the first intro deck you played. Any of these factors and more could have led a player to Chane. And they will serve as guidance for where to go after Chane.
There will always be players determined to play the best deck in a given format, and it'd be foolish to not assume that the one remaining hero from last season's Tier 1 Trio won't play a prominent role in the new meta. Prism is likely to be the third hero to hit Living Legend, and she even got some new toys in Uprising. New, aggressive decks like Fai, and old ones like Briar and Katsu that were previously held back by the presence of Starvo, should see a resurgence and help keep the aura heavy builds in check. But one thing all of those decks have in common? Not a lot in the way of 6 power cards…
Kevin Brayer is an author for the Rathe Times and has been playing Flesh and Blood since the release of Crucible of War. He is a competitive player with a background in MTG, and spends his time honing his Runeblade skills. He enjoys giving back to the community by sharing his insight, humor, and love of all things Demonastery.
Our narrator, Mark Chamberlain, is a long-time card game player-- but they're all sitting on the shelf while he practices Guardian in Flesh and Blood. Mark is based out of Colorado Springs, USA.
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