Rotation (Theme):  Royal Heroes / Assyrians

Rotation (Theme): Royal Heroes / Assyrians

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All hail the king!  This Challenger Deck utilizes strong Royal heroes to rescue lost souls, while also using powerful Assyrians to block your opponent’s rescues!  Check out the Contender Deck version here!

Son of God (I/J)
New Jerusalem (I/J+)
Angel of the Lord (I/J)
Christian Martyr (I/J)

Lost Souls
Unfaithful (LoC)
Remiss (LoC)
Fool (RoA)
Rejoice (J)
(3) Meek (no special ability) (I/J)

Book of the Law (LoC)
King’s Signet Ring (LoC)
Covenant with David (PoC)

The Throne of David (LoC)
Zion (FoM)

Dual-Alignment Cards
Manasseh, the Humbled (LoC)
Azariah, the Strong (LoC)
King Saul (CoW)
Captive Princes (FoM)
King’s Weakness (LoC)

Jehoshaphat, the Seeker (LoC)
Josiah, the Restorer (LoC)
Jotham, the Mighty (LoC)
David, the Shepherd (CoW)
Hezekiah, the Devout (LoC)
Bathsheba (FoM)
Prince Jonathan (PoC)

Good Enhancements 
Builder's Sword (LoC)
Walking on Water (GoC)
Reach of Desperation (LR)
Temple Spears and Shields (LoC)
Israel's Bow (LoC)
Helmet (LoC)
Feast of Booths (LoC)
Faith of David (CoW)

Evil Characters
King Sennacherib (LoC)
The Rabshakeh (LoC)
The Tartan (LoC)
Assyrian Ambassador (LoC)
Assyrian Forces (LoC)
Assyrian Officer (PoC)
Mounted Forces (PoC)
Assyrian Camp (LoC)
Aliens (Blk/PG) (LoC)

Evil Enhancements 
The Rabshakeh's Threats (LoC)
Sennacherib Blasphemes (LoC)
Scattered (RoA)
Hooked and Shackled (LoC)
Worship of Nisroch (LoC)

Asa, the Upright (LoC)
Abijah, the Conqueror (LoC)
Gathered Together (PoC)
The Lord’s Charge (LoC)
Israel's Sword (LoC)
King Shalmanesser III (PoC)
Assyrian Affliction (LoC)
Captured by Assyria (LR)
Offer of Exile (LoC)
Hired Sword (LoC)

Deck strategy and tips:

  • The offense utilizes royal heroes and meek hero strategies to rescue souls, backed up by powerful enhancements.  It has a lot of speed via draws and searches, which will greatly benefit you and allow you to gain many resources for your attacks (and defense). 
  • The defensive strategy is mainly powerful Assyrians whose abilities tend to put your opponent on the defense right away, while also being backed up by strong negates and battle-winning enhancements and band abilities.
  • A strong band is to use King Saul banded to Prince Jonathan to David.  Make the band even strong by beginning it with Manasseh who can band to King Saul.  Add a protection to the band by equipping Temple Spears and Shields to Manasseh or King Saul (whoever begins the band).
  • If you need to generate a lost soul in your opponent's land of bondage (soul-gen), then various characters to do this, or use Hooked and Shackled in territory to capture one of your Kings of Judah to your opponent's land of bondage.
  • King Sennacherib is a great way to steal an opponent's O.T. Site or evil O.T. fortress from his reserve, if you have knowledge that there's one there.  Also, with his exchange ability, he cannot exchange with the Assyrian warrior that he can take from deck, since that warrior is not in play (and the exchange defaults to an Assyrian warrior in play).

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!

The Angel of the Winds

David, Outcasts' Refuge

King Tiglath Pileser III

Foreign Horses

The Rab-saris

David's Proclamation

David's Descendant

Royal Parade

The Lord Goes Before You

Gates of Jerusalem

Oath of Purity

Jehoiada, King Maker

Counsel of Abigail

"Remnant" Lost Soul

The Deceiver