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Classic (Theme):  David's Mighty Men / Philistine Warriors

Classic (Theme): David's Mighty Men / Philistine Warriors

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Re-live the legendary battles with David and his mighty men against the powerful Philistine warriors with this Challenger Deck!  The offense has an assortment of unique abilities that can be situationally used to win the battle, such as band, toss, CBN discard, and/or character and enhancement negation, while your defense is composed of powerful giants and warriors that can band, negate and/or play the first enhancement, which will cause your opponent to immediately be put on the defense!   Check out the Contender Deck version here!

Card value: $62.15 (60 cards)
Price: $45.00

Son of God (I/J)
New Jerusalem (old promo)
Angel of the Lord
Harvest Time (P)
Christian Martyr
Lost Souls
Resurrection (I)
Fool (RoA)
Discarder (FooF)
Foreigner (PoC)
Meek Lost Soul (no special ability)
Meek Lost Soul (no special ability)
Meek Lost Soul (no special ability)
Altar of Dagon (FoM)
Besieged (PoC)
Goliath's Curse (LoC)
Philistine Outpost (TxP)
Ashkelon (FoM)
Dual-Alignment Cards
Foreign Sword (RoA)
Goliath's Sword (LoC)
David, the Shepherd (CoW)
Ishmaiah, the Gibeonite (RoA)
Ahimelek, the Hittite (RoA)
Uriah, the Hittite (RoA)
Asahel (TxP)
Benaiah (FoM)
Elhanan (FoM)
Heldai (FooF)
Jonathan, son of Shimei (FoM)
Naharai (FooF)
Captured Kinsmen (FoM)
Good Enhancements  
Bravery of David (RoA)
David's Triumph (Di)
Battle Cry (Pa)
Shields (LoC)
Hailstones (FoM)
Helmet (LoC)
A Soldier's Prayer (TxP)
Evil Characters 
King Achish (CoW)
Abimelech, King of Gerar (LoC)
Commander Phicol (LoC)
Saph (I)
Lahmi (I)
Philistine Invaders (LoC)
Philistine Armor Bearer (LoC)
Devouring Philistines (PoC)
Evil Enhancements  
Bringing Fear (FooF)
Foreign Spears (LoC)
Overrun by Philistines (LoC)
Go Away! (LoC)
Ishbibenob's Spear (I)

The Battle is the Lord's (FooF)
Israel's Bow (LoC)
David's Mighty Men (FooF)
Body Armor (LoC)
The Lord Fights for You (RoA)
The Twelve Fingered Giant (FooF)
Ishbibenob (I)
Goliath's Armor (LoC)
Lahmi's Spear (I)
Ishbibenob's Sword (I)

Deck strategy and tips:

  • The offense has multiple strategies/tactics to win the battle, but one of its biggest strengths is its band abilities. 
  • The defense has strong warriors that tend to do a lot of damage by their own special abilities, but are also backed up by strong battle winning enhancements that target banded heroes. 
  • David is the lynchpin of the offense as he has a strong search ability, and some of the heroes’ abilities and certain enhancements are the most potent with him being in play, so make sure you can get him in play as soon as possible!
  • The offense doesn’t rely on one strategy or certain abilities to win the battle. For example, banding is very strong and is backed up by plenty of interrupt/negate enhancements; Ahimelek’s bounce ability by being banded into battle (particularly with David in play, making Ahimelek’s ability CBN) by Battle Cry; Uriah’s discard CBN modifier is strong with the discard abilities on several of your enhancements; tossing several of your strong good enhancements off of Body Armor is a great way to surprise your opponent; and Foreign Sword off of your three good Canaanites is a strong way to win the battle or help clear an opponent’s territory of a nasty blocker!
  • Naharai is a great way to gain initiative due to his 1/1 numbers. And with all of the good weapons in the deck, he’s sure to stick around for a while (since if there’s no good weapon in your territory after battle then he discards himself). 
  • Bravery of David is one of the strongest enhancements in the game. Uriah the Hittite makes it "cannot be negated" by his own ability, but otherwise, be sure to have David in play when using it to make it CBN.
  • A Soldier's Prayer is a fantastic enhancement which can get your Bravery of David back from the discard pile, or situationally get whatever you need from deck or discard pile, either outside of battle or in battle!
  • Use Philistine Outpost to recur a generic Philistine from your discard pile. If you don’t have one in your discard pile then discard one from deck and then take that discarded Philistine. 
  • Saph equipped with a battle-winning weapon, such as Ishbibenob’s Spear, is a very strong combo, as the opponent's first enhancement is prevented by Saph's ability. This means that your opponent will need a cannot be prevented or cannot be negated good enhancement which also interrupts the battle or negates your weapon.
  • King Achish's draw-and/or-play ability is great for speed and battle-winning; he is a great target to recur with Philistine Armor-Bearer as well!

YTG recommends the below cards as other viable options for this deck’s theme. You can view and purchase them by clicking on each one, or search for them here!

David, Heart After God

David, Outcasts’ Refuge


The Lord Delivers! / Am I a Dog?


Philistine Outpost


Judean Garrison

The Wages of Sin

Gibeonite Treaty

Stronghold in the Desert

Feast of Unleavened Bread

Solomon’s Dream

Rapha of Gath

Faith of Barak