The slide towards more mono decks has happened gradually. years before, mono decks aside from Rescue
was quite difficult to construct without leaving a lot of holes.
was obviously able to do it. To some extent Piranas
were able to do with. IThe arrival of Hawk
made mono Sentinels quite dominant -- but even then a strong Sentinel
mono team had little choice but to run Aurelia
, or a 1 star William
was the first new clan to really move towards encouraging the use of mono decks. At the time this caused some annoyance to some people because the mono clans were able to gain a great advantage over 3-1 draws of split decks. In the past many cards were sitting ducks without their bonus (i.e. Tula
was a staple in split decks and a great card... but ran the risk of turning up alone)
The arrival of Skeelz
also encouraged mono deck play almost immediately.
There was a period of time that running mono decks was by far a safer option since you would have more stable draws vs the possibility of getting a 3-1 draw vs a player that has 120 points less than you, which would just kill your score.
Certain cards like Ulrich
, and Melvin
arrived to patch the holes that the clans had... these made mono decks even better
, and La Junta
also had a period of being very good in mono (and Junx and Montana
A few elo
bans later that mono decks have been weakened... with Jungo
atm experiencing a slight loss, but i imagine will not affect them too badly.
More cards that do not rely on their bonus have also been created. So something like Jean
with no +2 life is still quite valuable. or a SOB/COB ability will find a way to be useful. As a result risking 3-1 draws is completely acceptable
The creation of clans that have defeat/revenge bonuses have also shifted play back towards split decks.
As more cards come out, more clans will become (or once againe become) mono viable.... i.e. a Frozen DR or a nasty attacking ability makes a good bluff card for Frozn
Eventually bans will happen and mono will once again recede
edited by wasteroftime Wednesday 09/01/2013, 08:58