Welcome back to Lauchlan’s kitchen, where I am reheating Kaguya Soup….
A few weeks ago I wrote part one of an article and promised there would be more to come. Below you will find two extra lists I have spent time working on and testing that utilizes one of my favourites cards in the New Frontiers format.
Needless to say, Kaguya, Sealed God of the Moon (DBV-095) does not need any more introductions so instead, I would encourage to spend an extra ten minutes and read the first article, while also spending time examining the sample lists provided before indulging in these other ones.
I honestly believe Sacrificial Altar (AOA-100) is an incredibly strong card that is too good not to play, however, I know not everyone likes the playstyle the card forces upon yourself or how long games can go because of how grindy the nature of the decks are. Instead, I have been developing what I would call a more traditional control list that aims to utilize the strength of one of control’s most powerful tools, Algernon, Mouse of Intellect (AOA-062).
Algernon was known during Reiya-NV format to be a powerful control card that helped players infinitely loop Chant of Tranquility (DBV-060) but also toolbox an assortment of powerful chants for certain scenarios. My new version of this deck which for simplicity sake we shall call Bant control plays along the same theory in it wants to delay your opponent with counter magic and set up infinite haiku turns for an easy victory.
Alice Origin block has given some powerful reprints and new cards to support this playstyle which my favourite being Alice’s Castling (AO3-027), which for one mana lets you cycle your Kaguya in a pinch but also give you access to main deck Athenia, Deity of Harvest and Corruption (DBV-092) as not only extra graveyard removal but a pseudo-lockdown the turn before you wish to present a lethal turn. The ability to tap your opponents out completely is not one to be underestimated and will punish people who leave their pants down.
The prologue of Attoractia also gave us a very sweet value-orientated control resonator in Titania (PofA-114) that not only gave us a will sink for our opponents end step, but also went wide so that you had extra bodies on board and while old lists use to play one or two Karura, the Crow Tengu (NDR-069), which was uncounterable. I feel like if you jam this out and your opponent on their turn taps out to counter you get to have free reign as dismantling their board.
I think this list is personally weaker in a vacuum to the other control lists, however, I feel its simplicity and ease of execution is a good calling card for someone that has the cards to play the control Sigurd, the Covenant King (AO3-082) decks but lacks the experience. The best part about the deck is how much free reign you have to put certain cards in or take others out, you can see I didn’t include Calico Cat Shikigami (DBV-059) in the list and instead went for a playset of main deck Mourning Angel (AO3-013), which honestly not many people will expect outside of Arla (AO3-BaB-1) // Arla [J-ruler] (AO3-BaB-1J).
The last deck I am sharing isn’t, in fact, a control deck and I digress that it would be hard to call it a Kaguya deck also. But instead, I wanted to show how the power of Kaguya is generic enough that it can fit into other decks as a way to protect their board state etc. Of course, not every deck gets to play her efficiently and outside of Rune Rulers its a three-Mana card which makes it borderline unplayable, however, Dark Alice (AO4-Buy-a-Box-2) // Dark Alice [J-ruler] (AO4-Buy-a-Box-2J) came out and with Unknown Mother Goose (PofA-115) you can use the white and black Will it produces to pay for Kaguya, effectively making it a 1 Stone card.
|Dark Alice midrange|
Dark Alice (AO4-Buy-a-Box-2) //
Dark Alice [J-ruler] (AO4-Buy-a-Box-2J)
Magic Stone Deck: (10)
3x Attoractia’s Memoria (SDAO1-033)
3x Magic Stone of Black Silence (AO3-090)
4x Magic Stone of Heaven’s Rift (PofA-123)
Resonators: (18 of 40)
3x Mourning Angel (AO3-013)
2x Bastet, Creator of Cats (DBV-056)
2x Save the Queen (PofA-070)
4x Shadow X (PofA-073)
3x Kaguya, Sealed God of the Moon (DBV-095)
4x Shadow Swordsmaster (PofA-106)
Chants: (14 of 40)
3x Crystallization (AO3-006)
4x Three of a Kind (PofA-011)
3x Dark Alice’s Smile (PofA-052)
4x Look of Corruption (NDR-093)
Additions: (4 of 40)
4x Schrödinger (PofA-105)
Regalia: (4 of 40)
4x Unknown Mother Goose (PofA-115)
Side Deck: (15)
3x Schrödinger’s Cry (PofA-007)
2x Tsukuyomi Noble (PofA-012)
3x Don’t Cheat! (AO2-025)
4x Black Wolf (PofA-047)
2x Cage of Mother Goose (PofA-085)
1x Kaguya, Sealed God of the Moon (DBV-095)
This Dark Alice deck is aiming to control the board via Shadow Swordsmaster (PofA-106) and her incredibly powerful enter effect while also playing a proactive midrange gameplan to generate a vast amount of darkness crystals so that you can kill your opponent with Shadow X (PofA-073) burn ability that honestly needs to be more respected.
I’ll be honest when I first saw Dark Alice I was very underwhelmed, a lot of her cool pay off cards were absolute garbage for one reason or another and the only three cards I personally got excited over were Shadow Swordsmaster because it was 2 mana 15/15, Shadow X, because it could kill your opponent the turn you played it, but was also a cheap and efficient bane blocker and, Schrödinger (PofA-105) which had insane value with other cards.
Yet after playing around with the cards I was surprised at how much value not only Shadow Swordsmaster gives, but also cards like One Pair (PofA-066) or Three of a Kind (PofA-011), which initially I thought were really filler to the whole poker archetype. What these cards bring is just straight draw or crystal generation and you can think of Three of a Kind as a card that reduces your deck count from 40 to 36. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think it’s a busted card, but it helps bridge your early turns and accelerate your midgame, especially because you aren’t always using the mana of your regalia to pay for Kaguya or Schrödinger.
The plan of the deck is pretty straight forward, however, it holds a rather interesting skill to play it correctly as managing your resources is harder than it would seem at first. You are free to use your white crystals more liberally to maintain card advantage, yet the power of Kaguya is somewhat overlooked in comparison to what the deck wants to be doing. Don’t be afraid to show your opponent you are holding multiple Kaguyas, what are they going to do? Not play into them?
I hope these two lists have given you some more insight into what you can expect to see Kaguya played in but also helped give ideas. I love to see innovation within the Force Of Will community, but just remember Force Of Will is a game based upon doing the most value-orientated turns with as little mana investment as you can. Take your time when you play, make sure you play at your own pace.