A.K.A: the art of dying to ice repeatedly
As some of you know, Autumn my death does a lot of magus pvp. Through my experiences with Autumn I’ve noticed the absolutely staggering number of ices in the pvp arena at this level and due to the fact that they tend to be clumped at warlord or overlord, making it difficult for the rest of us to reach above warlord, I’ve taken to calling this phenomenon the “Ice Ceiling.”
Now, for some people The Ice Ceiling isn’t that big a deal. Some schools have a grand time facing these folks (I actually don’t really know if anyone does, but I feel like fire has a fighting chance? or anyone with an enfeeble pet that’s active?) but Autumn doesn’t. Am I at the point that I’m going to use ice dispels?
Maybe No. Would I if I had room in my deck? Yes Maybe. Do I wish they would all shrivel up and die? Yes Maybe, but clearly at the time of writing I’m feeling pretty bitter and have just referred myself to my last post. Literally, pvp against these guys has started to feel like I am grating my forehead against a cheese grater.
Anyway, while scary, they are incredibly predictable
which lends itself to my irritation. (Of course, the question is, can you handle the spell you’re predicting they’re about to cast? Usually not lol) So, through my very careful observations here are some of the spells the Ice Ceiling loves and common mistakes when facing them accompanied by pictures of me dying:
After a few hours of working in Kt, Autumn hit level 22, finished the sphinx, and finished off the rest of the world as well. For death that means the acquisition of skeletal pirate, poison, and beguile. While beguile isn’t useful for 1v1, I was really looking forward to adding pirate and poison to Auty’s deck! Feeling very confident I set off to make monstrous versions of poison and pirate
which go swell with my monstrous vamps… am I a bad person for doing that? I don’t think so.
I don’t really know if “climbing to captain” really covers it… it really was more like “clawed to captain”, but I’m saving that one for Commander because I’m sure it’ll apply more there.
Prior to hitting 22, I pvped up to veteran with this deck set-up at level 15: (
also look at me I made the pictures big! aren’t I a smart cookie!)
Level 15 Main Deck
Level 15 Side Deck
As you can see, I’m a
very slightly aggressive player, but I come from a storm background so I’m not really used to being tricky and conniving. (w hich is funny because my myth, the trickiest of all is a warlord… then again i haven’t played her for a while..hmm). However, now that I was higher, this deck, and therefore set-up, was obsolete. Now that I was heading to captain, I needed more defense. Immediately I snagged a Deck of Chivalry in the bazaar and based the new deck off the old. This is what I ended up with, at captain at least. I have a feeling I will be revising this as I claw to commander…
Level 22 Main Deck
Level 22 Side Deck
This deck was the result of my matches today, it went through a few phases before getting to this final one, but I’m happy with how this current version is working. I’m not happy with the annoying people who are messing up my trials of this by using whatever spells they feel are cool…. like deer knight. I was knighted today. See more after the jump! Continue reading
Autumn Lionflower is my new, journeyman death wizard. She’s been doing pvp for a couple of days now and her record is looking really quite good! I’m probably going to be blogging about her in relation to pvp the most, at least for the time being. If I manage to get the Hades robe I want for my storm I may switch over to her. However, right now it’s all about Autumn!
Record is looking good! yay!
I created Autumn around a week ago in the spirit of Halloween (because Autumn the season and death the halloween-ish theme right? it’s clever right? tell me i’m clever! heheheh) and because I’ve become very interested in death pvp. I was quite torn on whether i wanted to level her to promethean or not, but I got impatient and just started when i got vampire.
I’ve been trying to navigate journeyman pvp, which is riddled with high level treasure usage, with only my journeyman death spells and a little help from doom and gloom. It’s been a bit easier than i thought, however now that I’m beginning to get higher in rank, things are becoming increasingly difficult. Because of this, I am going to finish the krokosphinx to get poison, because i feel like that will fit into my strategy very, very nicely. Autumn’s current setup is fairly balanced, but it leans toward the more aggressive side. I wish I’d taken a screenshot of her deck before, but I didn’t. So…. I’ll put it in the next post!
As you can see from the image above, she does have three losses and I’ve decided to keep track of the circumstances:
- Treasure Wielding Myth. This one was kinda sad for me and i really went into this battle knowing I was going to lose. She started off calling up a minion, then a few rounds later used a monstrous minotaur, however, being death with relatively high health from gear I survived. I did manage to heal most of it back by vamping the myth and the minion, but as soon as i had removed the minion and was beautifully double shielded, she shattered me and then used a medusa. :[
- Lucky Lucky Balance. Fizzled the kill round. Mander minion is way more aggressive than is should be. Nuff said.
- Commander Storm. This girl was a stormie true to form. If I recall correctly she didn’t use any crazy tc’s but she did have full commander gear and I was seriously under prepped for that situation. I definitely learned from this. It also kinda pushed me in the direction of leveling a bit.
For the most part, these three have lead to learning what works and what doesn’t, as most losses always do. If you want to say hello I’ll be questing with my best friend, Ian Ironshard, in the sphinx on the weekends in Scarecrow. (I’m PST and we’re usually on late, though :[)