Falchion, Solitary Scientist (NWE-066) was one of five rulers from the first set “A New World Emerges” (NWE) from Hero Cluster and quickly became a fan favorite due to his ability to search the deck for any Addition for free with Daily Research (NWE-061) using his Mastery ability and thus giving the deck a toolbox type of feeling. Thanks to the abundance of good Additions in the Wanderer format, a few staples were quickly found in the form of The Origin of the Seven Lands (PofA-112), Schrödinger (PofA-105), Trishula (GRL-053), Magic Stone Research Institute (MSW-087), The First Moon (RDE-090), and Illusionary Flower of Sorrow (MSW-039).
Not only that, but players quickly found an infinite loop using both Mikey, Jack of All Trades (NWE-027) and the aforementioned Schrödinger (PofA-105), which lets you get an infinite amount of Schrödinger Additions into the field by flickering Mikey using Schrödinger’s Enter ability, which creates a token copy of Schrödinger, which then flickers Mikey to restart the loop again.
After finishing the loop with a bazillion Schrödingers in play, a single Warhorse (NWE-011) was sufficient to give Mikey swiftness and swinging in for lethal (sacrificing a Schödinger for a +200/+200 buff or recovering Mikey).
Another way to go for an OTK is by playing Campanella, the Milky Way Moon (MPR-038), which coincidentally *cough* is also able to grab Alice, Zeus Incarnate (DBV-091) in order to attack for lethal with The Kingdom of Diversity, Light Palace (WOM-117)).
After some tournaments decided to ban both Warhorse (NWE-011) and The Origin of the Seven Lands (PofA-112), we can see that this hasn’t really impacted the strength of the deck at all, but keep in mind that with the upcoming set “The Underworld of Secrets” an anti-Falchion card will be released in the form of The Damascus Moon (TUS-101) which is able to shut down the main functionality of the deck. It is therefore recommended to add some answers to the main deck (like for example Alice’s Fantastic Trick (GRL-004) or Dispelling Stone (EDL-001) when playing a white version of Falchion, Solitary Scientist (NWE-066)).
Nevertheless, while contractless Falchion, Solitary Scientist (NWE-066) remains the most played version, we are seeing more and more contract-based versions using Justice’s Missile Pod (NWE-038) and Pricia, Seeker of Friends // Pricia’s Big Show (ROL-018) in order to get the most value out of Justice (NWE-068J). Only time will tell whether or not these contract-based versions will eventually outperform the contractless versions. One really fun contract-based version is to play Deus Ex Machina, God of Machines (DBV-093), which was invented by Nils Jansen who also wrote an excellent article about his deck here.
But without further ado, let’s move on to the metagame analysis!
» Magic Stones
Below are all most played cards (in percentages) of all the Falchion decklists which got Top 8.
A total of 30 Moonchilds were played, which resulted in the following ranking:
|Child of the Light Moon|
|Child of the Fire Moon|
|Child of the Darkness Moon|
|Child of the Wind Moon|
|Child of the Water Moon|
A total of 150 Magic Stones were played, which resulted in the following ranking:
A total of 318 Resonators were played, which resulted in the following ranking:
A total of 164 Chants were played, which resulted in the following ranking:
A total of 145 Additions were played, which resulted in the following ranking:
Most popular Side Deck choices
A total of 195 Side Deck cards were played, which resulted in the following ranking:
Decklists (most recent first)
|3rd Place||Daniel Gordon|