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Wanderer in 2020 – State of the Game

Hey there!

First of all, it’s an honor to be part of the inauguration of FoW Library!
This website is going to help the community a lot and will become a beacon of information on the internet that was lacking so far.

Now, for everyone who doesn’t know me, I’m the 2019 vice World Champion, I’m from Spain, I’m part of the Global Banlist Committee, member of the Seven Kings Team and I love Wanderer, which is what I’m going to write about in this article.

This year, Italy/France/Spain joined forces to create a new and updated banlist for Wanderer. We designed the banlist to make Wanderer as rewarding and challenging for players as New Frontiers (NF), hoping that by seeing this, Eye Spy Productions (ESP) gives support and start a new competitive era with this format in mind.

Soon after the banlist was released, more countries and small communities followed the list and joined the committee, which is now almost global. That happened with the release of AO2.

Now, after almost 6 months, we have gathered tons of data about how the format has developed.
Let us have a look at a few tournaments:

As you can see, the format has been in a healthy and diverse state since then. Many different rulers are currently being played. We’ve had Aggro, Combo and Control in the top spots, keeping each other in check.

Then, AO3 and GitS landed three months ago and changed the game a lot. Sigurd, the Covenant King (AO3-082), Kusanagi Motoko, the Major (GITS2045-037), Awakening of the Winged Lord (AO3-059), to name just a few, were cards that made a huge impact on the game, not only changing NF drastically but creating new interactions in Wanderer which made the graveyard decks rise in popularity.

The Seven Kings Team streamed what we thought the format would be with the release of AO3, both NF and Wanderer, and we were right (you can see the whole video in Spanish below). The Tier1 rank of Loki was stolen by the Lich Reanimator loop deck.
Lumia, Lucifer and Pricia stayed in the Tier1 rank as they were able to fight back, thanks to Barrier Seal (LEL-045), Umr-At-Tawil (ENW-051) and the big damage that Pricia, True Beastmaster (RDE-076) // Reincarnated Maiden of Flame, Pricia (RDE-076J) can do with few resources.

Now as we are really close to the end of this current cluster, we can observe that the game currently revolves around graveyard. Hanzo, a ruler which disappeared after Kaguya, Sealed God of the Moon (DBV-095) was banned, took the crown proving that in a field full of combo, Sealing Scroll (SDV4-016) is the best pick over Lich (my poor, poor Lich).

Check the decklists that have been giving the best results, which are new and old decks filled with new and old tools:

Tier 1Hanzo Reanimator



Ruler:
Hanzo (SDV4-008) //
Hanzo, Chief of the Kouga (SDV4-008J)



Magic Stone Deck: (10)
2x Killing Stone (LEL-097)
4x Magic Stone of Black Silence (CMF-096)
4x Magic Stone of Moon Shade (MPR-100)



Rune Deck: (8 Divinity)
1x Sealing Scroll (SDV4-016)
1x The Unsealing of God (SNV-079)
1x Freed from the Altar (AOA-089)
1x Invitation to Purgatory (DBV-079)
1x Power of Immortality (SNV-095)



Resonators: (24 of 41)
1x Dark Alice, Rabbit Princess (DBV-009)
1x Pier, the Godspeed Archer (AO3-014)
2x Calico Cat Shikigami (DBV-059)
3x Laurite, Seven Luminaries Astrologian (TSW-094)
4x Abdul Alhazred, Poet of Madness (VIN003-061)
4x Mikage Reiya (AO3-046)
3x Athenia, Deity of Harvest and Corruption (DBV-092)
3x Faurecia, the Virtuous Vampire (AO3-067)
1x Perfect Loki (DBV-098)
2x Sigurd, the Covenant King (AO3-082)



Chants: (11 of 41)
4x Faerur’s Spell (ACN-096)
4x Look of Corruption (NDR-093)
3x March of the Dead (SNV-092)

Additions: (6 of 41)
4x Sacrificial Altar (AOA-100)
2x Sefirot, the Blueprint of Life (DBV-083)



Side Deck: (15)
1x Dark Alice, Rabbit Princess (DBV-009)
2x Pier, the Godspeed Archer (AO3-014)
3x Sealing the Gates of Darkness (ADK-022)
1x Calico Cat Shikigami (DBV-059)
1x Laurite, Seven Luminaries Astrologian (TSW-094)
2x Black Moonbeam (BFA-061)
3x Seal of Wind and Light (TMS-089)
2x Kusanagi Motoko, the Major (GITS2045-037)




Tier 1Lumia Humans



Ruler:
Lumia, the Fated Rebirth (LEL-071) //
Lumia, Saint of the Crimson Lotus (LEL-071J)



Magic Stone Deck: (10)
1x Magic Stone of Blasting Waves (TAT-094)
2x Magic Stone of Faith (NDR-106)
3x Magic Stone of Gusting Skies (TAT-096)
4x Magic Stone of Moon Shade (MPR-100)



Resonators: (26 of 42)
4x Lumia, Saint of Creation (VIN003-010)
4x Laurite, Seven Luminaries Astrologian (TSW-094)
4x Rachel, the Ancient Library Researcher (TSW-103)
4x Sacred Elf (SDL4-005)
2x Sorceress of Heavenly Wind, Melfee (CFC-065)
3x Tama, Familiar of Holy Wind (SDL4-007)
2x Blazer, the Legendary Thief (SDR6-008)
3x Kusanagi Motoko, the Major (GITS2045-037)



Chants: (14 of 42)
3x Crystallization (AO3-006)
3x Faerur’s Spell (ACN-096)
4x Awakening of the Winged Lord (AO3-059)
4x Seal of Wind and Light (TMS-089)

Additions: (2 of 42)
2x Barrier Seal (LEL-045)



Side Deck: (15)
1x Deathscythe, the Life Reaper (SKL-096)
2x Pier, the Godspeed Archer (AO3-014)
3x Sealing the Gates of Darkness (ADK-022)
2x Secret Duel in the Moonlight (AO2-002)
3x Glinda, the Fairy (TAT-062)
1x Keen Sense (SKL-058)
2x Barrier Seal (LEL-045)
1x Kusanagi Motoko, the Major (GITS2045-037)




Tier 1Lucifer Umr Combo



Ruler:
Lucifer (SDV5-011) //
Lucifer, Fallen Angel of Sorrow (SDV5-011J)



Magic Stone Deck: (10)
3x Magic Stone of Black Silence (CMF-096)
1x Magic Stone of Dark Depth (TAT-095)
4x Magic Stone of Moon Shade (MPR-100)
2x Magic Stone of Scorched Bales (TAT-098)



Rune Deck: (10 Divinity)
1x Light of the Moon (NDR-010)
1x Black Rosario (SDV5-002)
1x Demon Division (SDV5-004)
1x Invitation to Purgatory (DBV-079)
1x Tears of the Fallen (SDV5-019)



Resonators: (13 of 41)
1x Dark Alice, Rabbit Princess (DBV-009)
4x Umr-At-Tawil (ENW-051)
3x Laurite, Seven Luminaries Astrologian (TSW-094)
2x Rachel, the Ancient Library Researcher (TSW-103)
1x Tree Root Sprite (ACN-111)
2x Athenia, Deity of Harvest and Corruption (DBV-092)



Chants: (19 of 41)
2x Loki’s Insight (AOA-051)
4x Final Breeze (LEL-026)
3x Glint of Insight (WOM-094)
4x Look of Corruption (NDR-093)
1x The Final Battle (ENW-084)
1x Thought Control (TSW-143)
4x A Heroic Epic for the Thousandth Night (WOM-109)

Additions: (9 of 41)
3x Leaves of Yggdrasil (MOA-035)
4x Book of Eibon (MOA-042)
2x Sacrificial Altar (AOA-100)



Side Deck: (15)
1x Country of the Sun, Minerva (NDR-007)
1x Dark Alice, Rabbit Princess (DBV-009)
1x Heavenly Gust (VIN003-049)
1x Laurite, Seven Luminaries Astrologian (TSW-094)
3x Abdul Alhazred, Poet of Madness (VIN003-061)
2x Neo Barrier of Shadows (ENW-077)
1x The Final Battle (ENW-084)
3x Whisper from the Abyss (TAT-090)
2x Flame of Outer World (MPR-093)




Tier 1Pricia Aggro



Ruler:
Pricia, True Beastmaster (RDE-076) //
Reincarnated Maiden of Flame, Pricia (RDE-076J)



Magic Stone Deck: (10)
4x Magic Stone of Blasting Waves (TAT-094)
4x Memoria of Reincarnation (RDE-099)
3x Wind Magic Stone (CMF-105)



Resonators: (31 of 40)
4x Sprinting Flame Horse (RDE-015)
4x Glinda, the Fairy (TAT-062)
4x Laurite, Seven Luminaries Astrologian (TSW-094)
4x Little Red, Fairy Tale of Air (VIN003-051)
4x Sacred Elf (SDL4-005)
4x Viola, Treacherous Maiden (SDR6-007)
3x Fiery Fox of Reincarnation (RDE-058)
4x Mariabella, the Machine Hearted (RDE-067)



Chants: (9 of 40)
4x Lightning Strike (SDL2-006)
4x Faerur’s Spell (ACN-096)
1x Xeex the Ancient Magic (TAT-072)



Side Deck: (15)
2x Fetal Movement in Outer World (MOA-015)
2x Flame Trap (BFA-023)
2x Destruction of the Portal (ADK-091)
3x Don’t Cheat! (AO2-025)
3x Burning Rush! (AO2-039)
3x Kusanagi Motoko, the Major (GITS2045-037)

What can we expect from the near future? Soon, we will have Alice Origins 4: Prologue of Attoractia in stores. With the release of the new set, there will be new decks to beat, improvements for the decks that we already play and changes to the banlist.

Is Black Moon-Ray (PofA-045) better than Black Moonbeam (BFA-061)? Is Defense Stance (PofA-087) a new approach for building Lumia? Will Sylvia’s Burning Flame (PofA-028) be good enough to put the Aggro archetype back in the top Tier1 rank again? I wonder if Curse of Caduceus (PofA-051) is the beginning of cards designed to be for sideboards only…

…only time will tell, but what is for sure, we will be here playing and discovering what to play in Wanderer.
Until next time, keep yourself safe!

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