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Theme:  Courageous Heroes / Animals

Theme: Courageous Heroes / Animals

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This Contender Deck honors some of the most courageous Heroes in the Bible: Moses' parents who trusted God with their son's life; Moses who stood before pharaoh; the brave King David; Daniel and his friends who overcame with their faith while in captivity; and martyrs who died for their faith in Christ. The defense features ferocious animals that epitomize fear and withstood many of the above heroes: lions, serpents, and other wild beasts. Enjoy great characters and battles at a great price!

Card value: $86.75 (55 cards)
Price: $65.00

Son of God (I/J)
New Jerusalem (old promo)
Angel of the Lord
Christian Martyr
Strife (I)
Harvest Time (P)
Vain Philosophy (J)
Lost Souls
Human (RoA)
Anti-Ignore (RoA)
Same Reference (RoA)
Foreigner (PoC)
Fool (RoA)
Site Guard (RoA)
The Golden Altar (RoJ)
Covenant with David (PoC)
Honey from a Lion (CoW)
Coliseum (CoW)
Lion's Den (PoC)
Dual-Alignment Cards
Fifth Seal / Justice Seekers (RoJ)
Brother’s Conflict (FoM)
Moses (CoW)
Moses’ Parents (CoW)
David, the Psalmist (CoW)
Daniel (CoW)
Abednego (Azariah) (FooF)
Meshach (PoC)
Polycarp (RoJ)
Justin Martyr (RoJ)
Naaman’s Servant Girl (FoM)
Good Enhancements
Plague of Disease (FoM)
Faith of Moses (CoW)
Faith of Moses' Parents (CoW)
Faith of Daniel (CoW)
Plague of Darkness (FoM)
Stone Cut Without Hands (PoC)
Evil Characters
Coliseum Lion (CoW)
Lions (CoW)
Negev Lions (PoC)
Wild Beast (FoM)
The Maltese Viper (PC)
Fiery Serpents (FoM)
Jackals (PoC)
Wayward Sheep (FoM)
Evil Enhancements
Dream (Pa)
Christian Suing Another (Ap)
Lurking (AW)
Thrown to the Beasts (CoW)
Deceitful Sin (CoW)
Dissension in Antioch (EC)

Devouring Lion (PoC)
Blood of the Lamb (RoJ)
Word of their Testimony (RoJ)
Transfiguration (Ap)
John the Revelator (RoJ)
Deck strategy and tips:

  • The offense tends to focus on the deck’s powerhouse, Moses. His character, Enhancement, and soul negation is powerful, so try to rescue with him often. He is also supported by other strong heroes such as the Daniel heroes and Justin Martyr. 
  • The defense has many immediate reactive abilities, putting your opponent’s heroes on the defense.
  • Since Moses is the MVP of the deck, you can search out him out and add him to battle with Transfiguration, and he will not negate Transfiguration as it’s CBN.  Moses can also use several of your good Enhancements as they are either Cloud icon or CBP. Also, Transfiguration and Daniel can recur Moses if Moses is discarded. 
  • Since Moses negates characters and Enhancements in territories, you won’t be able to use Fifth Seal, Covenant with David (Enhancement side), or Polycarp with Moses already in play. However, if you play those cards first before you place Moses in territory, his negate ability will not affect them as Polycarp is CBI, and the Enhancements have already been removed from play. 
  • If you need to generate a Lost Soul on your opponent’s side for you to rescue, you can use Harvest Time or Naaman’s Servant Girl (NSG). Keep in mind, however, that if you add Moses to battle after NSG is captured to your opponent’s LoB Moses will negate her ability, causing her to bump Moses out of battle and she will now be your rescuing hero. 
  • The CBP soul will still function with Moses in play as CBP is a modifier and is therefore not an ability that can be negated. 
  • The Golden Altar and Moses’ Parents will, respectively, protect your martyrs and Cloud icon heroes from the first evil Enhancement your opponent plays.
  • Daniel’s ability is strong as he can recur your Cloud icon heroes and Enhancements, and good Daniel cards and, if your opponent is blocking with animals, your Daniel is CBN protected from them. 
  • Daniel's and Abednego’s protect ability will not be prevented by Coliseum due to their CBN protect ability.  Additionally, Coliseum will not prevent The Golden Altar’s or Moses’ Parents’ protect ability due to their protection coming from territory, not the Field of Battle.
  • If you’re losing by the numbers or have special initiative, use Lurking to band in one of your animals, such as Wayward Sheep or Fiery Serpents, that have a “chump block” ability to turn the tide against your opponent!
  • Deceitful Sin works excellently with Coliseum Lion’s “play an Enhancement” ability, or with Dream, to potentially win the battle by stalemate or by the numbers.
  • Use Brother’s Conflict to start a side battle between two evil characters (if played with the good Enhancement side). This will allow you to use Lions, Devouring Lion or Fiery Serpents to potentially defeat your opponent’s evil human blocker(s). Likewise, you could use the evil Enhancement side on Lions to begin a side battle with two heroes. Then, once their abilities resolve, use Strife to withdraw your opponent’s hero, potentially allowing you to win the battle. You can also use this latter combo with Christian Suing Another. 
  • Site Guard Lost Soul will allow you to add one of your “chump block” animals at any time during the battle so long as your opponent is rescuing at the site that Site Guard is in. 
  • Reserve accessing cards: “Foreigner” LS, Covenant with David, Lion’s Den, Fifth Seal/Justice Seekers, Justin Martyr.

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!

Elijah (PoC)

Esther, the Courageous (PoC)

The Two Witnesses (RoJ)

Abed-Nego (Azariah) (PoC)

Faith (PoC)

Consider the Lilies (TxP)

Faith of Rahab (CoW)

Cloud of Witnesses (CoW)

The Great Fish (PoC)

Carcasses (PoC)

Stubborn Heifer (PoC)

Esau, the Hunter (P)

Seized by Babylon (PoC)

Regrets (PoC)

Betrayal (PoC)