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My entry to the Metashaker.
Analysis of SS:
Soulbound Sagami suffers from 2 problems - the risk of a board clear and its high costs (paying 6 for a 3/5 with potential for a 6/10, the latter being slightly better than a Thyrian Golem). A common approach to these issues is the use of “Feed the Forest” as it can remove the danger of a board clear prior to the Last Words and reduces costs to 2 Faeria (1 if you discount the draw) for a 3/5 buff.
Other options are the Voice of Hunger as well as Mobility for value trades. The VoH can turn the 6 cost investment into an 8/10 pay-off, but is slower and thus more vulnerable than FtF. The worth of mobility trades on the other hand is situational but at least reduces the chances for an undesired board clear (by enabling you to remain out of their range/reducing pressure and thus incentive to use removal).
As I feel FtF is a common combination and this is aimed at shaking the Meta, my choice falls on a combination of VoH and Mobility.
Deck Discussion - Problems, Solutions and Synergy
To be of universal use the deck must be able to deal with all types of removal - dmg to a single creature, damage to the board and destruction/transformation. To do this it combines a variety of cheap creatures with health buffs. This reduces the value loss if an early removal cannot be avoided and mitigates the removal risks as the game progresses (by spreading buffs over cheap creatures and draining removal prior to late game).
Tiki Piper, Elderwood Embrace, Sagami Grovecaller, Aurora and Battle Toads serve this purpose most directly. The Soulbound Sagami can then capitalize on this variety of targets. Aurora’s Disciple and Gabrian Enchantment also add Synergy Value to this approach. The disciple itself should, however, not always be the primary or only target of buffs as it is a popular mark for hard removal (not including early game buffs against fireball/soul drain/falcon dive or value trades by buff.)
Naturally, our steroid tikis and toads can at best suffice until mid-game due to their low atk values - unless you went crazy with Aurora and Enchantments. A slightly stronger addition is the Ancient Herald - who can not only deal with threats a bit better, but provides synergy value with its cost reduction for 7 cards (3VoH, 3SS and 1 Ancient Herald) and its health for the Voice of Hunger. Aurora’s Disciple can - as we all know - also grow into a valuable addition to your forces (but usually falls to removal). Considering all the health buffs your biggest mid-to-late game hitter should normally be the Voice of Hunger (averaging 9-15 atk/def values). Its preferred target should be the Soulbound Sagami as you gain 8/10 for a 5 cost - which can end the game very quickly with mobility and should therefore not be considered any worse than the seemingly more efficient FtF trade.
Collection, surprise trades and orb attacks are all obvious advantages. For this deck its most notable boni are early board control for collection (addressing the cost problem of Sagamis), the increased probability for a good Sagami Value Trade, the Disciple Buff Synergy and a late game surprise attack with the Voice of Hunger.
Shifting Tides, Prophet of Tides, Battle Toads and Sagami Grovecaller are your playmakers in this aspect.
Frogify is a useful means of removal as it synergizes with Aurora’s Disciple and its land requirements are already almost fulfilled. Tale of the old Turtle can provide some tempo, but is likely the least worthwhile addition.
Buffs, Reductions and Mobility should make for a flexible SS deck.
Key cards are SS+VoH, Disciple+Enchantments and every creature buffed by Aurora, Tikis and Enchantments.
Land type(s): Forest, Lake
Faeria cost: 3.8
2x FROGIFY (4f 3L)
2x GABRIAN ENCHANTMENT (2f 2L)
2x AURORA’S DISCIPLE (3f 2L)
1x TALE OF THE OLD TURTLE (6f 2L)
3x SHIFTING TIDE (1f 1L)
2x PROPHET OF TIDES (3f 2L)
2x ANCIENT HERALD (6f 1L)
1x AURORA, MYTH MAKER (4f 2L)
2x BATTLE TOADS (4f 2L)
3x SOULBOUND SAGAMI (6f 2F)
2x SAGAMI GROVECALLER (4f 2F)
3x TIKI PIPER (3f 1F)
2x ELDERWOOD EMBRACE (3f 2F)
3x VOICE OF HUNGER (5f 2F)