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Mage Wars => Spellbook Design and Construction => Topic started by: silverclawgrizzly on March 30, 2014, 11:32:01 PM

Title: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: silverclawgrizzly on March 30, 2014, 11:32:01 PM
So lately I've been playing with a Necromancer book I put together. I refined it some and probably will some more. But so far after about 7 matches with various opponents and mages it's undefeated(that'll no doubt end now that I'm posting about how awesome it's doing.) Anyway this is what it's looking like as of 2/31/2014:

Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!Necromancer
Attack1 x  Surging Wave2 x  Jet StreamConjuration1 x  Mana Crystal1 x  Poison Gas Cloud1 x  Altar of Skulls1 x  Deathlock1 x  Graveyard1 x  Idol of Pestilence2 x  Wall of BonesCreature2 x  Deathfang1 x  Malacoda1 x  Mort2 x  Acolyte of the Bog Queen2 x  Skeletal Archer2 x  Skeletal Knight2 x  Skeletal MinionEnchantment2 x  Ghoul Rot1 x  Chains of Agony1 x  Vampirism1 x  Maim Wings1 x  Enfeeble1 x  Marked for Death1 x  Poisoned Blood1 x  Cheetah Speed1 x  Bear Strength1 x  Rhino Hide1 x  Nullify1 x  Force Hold1 x  Death Link1 x  Harmonize1 x  MagebaneEquipment1 x  Cloak of Shadows1 x  Death Ring1 x  Demonhide Armor1 x  Libro Mortuos1 x  Eagleclaw Boots1 x  Regrowth Belt1 x  Mage Wand1 x  Moonglow AmuletIncantation1 x  Drain Life1 x  Drain Soul2 x  Reassemble1 x  Unholy Resurgence2 x  Dispel1 x  Teleport1 x  Dissolve
Total cost: 120 pts


Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: silverclawgrizzly on March 30, 2014, 11:36:42 PM
I have my doubts about the Alter of Skulls as I haven't managed to make it work but once so far. The title mentions Malacoda but there have been about 2 matches so far I haven't cast him, preferring to focus on my skeletons. Last match I played was about seven hours ago against a Druid which was the hardest fight so far. I've currently played a Force Master, two Warlords, Air Wizard, Druid, Priestess, and a Beast Master with it. I've learned I have to be VERY flexible with my strategy with this book and it's surprising how well it does so.

Yes I put attack spells in a Necromancer book. Burn me as a blasphemer if you will!!! Other than that comments and suggestions are welcome.
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: Borg on April 03, 2014, 05:43:25 AM
Hi Silverclaw,
I'm currently in my noon break a work so I don't have the time to go into great detail but the thing that strikes me most is that you have relatively few targets for your Death Ring and Libro Mortuos, so I think you're not getting the most out of those two cards.
The selection of Skeletons seems more toolbox than focused.

I'm wondering how efficient the Acolytes are.
Do you play them often ? It seems like you have plenty of healing already with Mort and 2 Reassembles.
Wouldn't you be better off with 2 Skeleton Sentry's instead ? I like those very much as they're much more durable ( 11 life) than the Minions ( 5 life ) and could potentially benefit more from Mort's healing ability.

Sorry , gotta go ...
grtz
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: Avarice on April 03, 2014, 09:28:29 AM
Yeah, malacoda, I feel is a must in a necros spellbook. I was toying with the notion of a skeletal army also. Besides the druid match you explained, what was your 2nd hardest match? Forcemaster? I would assume she would dissolve your eagleclaws, and pull you away from Malacoda to avoid the poison.
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: silverclawgrizzly on April 03, 2014, 02:26:22 PM
Borg you're right about the Acolytes. I took them and the Alter of Skulls out and put in some Incantations like Battle Fury. The skeletons I have aren't that numerous but I feel like zombies swarm and Skeletons generally stick around.

My second hardest was the Force Master yes. I managed to keep the dissolves away though by using the skeletons as speed bumps so she can't get to me. Nullify for the inevitable Teleport/Dissolve combo. It came close to the wire with her though.

Beat a Fire Wizard yesterday and that was no picnic either.
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: Avarice on April 03, 2014, 04:02:57 PM
Using skeletons as your fullbacks 8s a great idea. Lol. Thx for the info. I look forward to using this build at my local game store. How did the thwart the attack of a fire wizard, if you don't mind sharing?
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: silverclawgrizzly on April 03, 2014, 11:40:16 PM
Well first you have to understand that the Fire Wizard is played by my roommate who's used him to toast me multiple times now. Nor for some reason he figured I was going to just swarm creatures out and started the mana denial game early with Mordok's Obelisk and Essence Drains. In other words, he didn't summon any creatures.

He got off a few fire balls on me(which of course Burn tokens showed up for) and hurt my mana supply but after I killed his Wizard Tower and Obelisk I was able to get enough creatures out to slow him down so that he had a lot of trouble getting within range of me to attack. Even with Teleport I was able to run away and rely on my Cloak of Shadows to protect me. He got me down 22 life I think.

He was able to focus heavily on me towards the early game but I put on a Regrowth Belt and let my creatures do the work. He focused on my Graveyard which took him forever to get rid of. All the while my Archer(Eternal Servant), Death Fangs(2 of them), and Skeletal Knight just wailed on him. He almost killed the knight but Unholy Resurgence saved it. He got 2 Skeletal Minions and a Death Fang but in the end I still had two archers, two knights, and eventually even Mort out and the damage just overwhelmed him.

If not for the belt I'd have likely lost. If the Surging Wave I hit him with hadn't rolled a 1 on the effect dice it's have been over a lot sooner.
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: Avarice on April 04, 2014, 05:53:58 AM
Thanks silver for the detailed breakdown. I look forward to using this deck in my casuals.
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: Avarice on April 13, 2014, 11:40:34 PM
Kept most of the spells the same, just tweaked a tad. Removed acolytes and grabbed a wraith, and altered some curses. Played a warlock today, won pretty handily. Deploy, move, curse. Rinse and repeat. Dot w/ skellies very effective. No Malacoda needed.
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: silverclawgrizzly on April 13, 2014, 11:45:02 PM
Yeah I got ride of the Acolytes too. I don't always bring Malacoda out myself but I like having him as a finisher late game if I can pull it off.

Glad to hear it worked out for you.
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: Avarice on April 14, 2014, 12:05:53 AM
Thx silver. Oh yeah, I squeezed an armor ward in there to help protect cloak and book. I may swap out, add a 2nd cloak and another minion.
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: silverclawgrizzly on April 14, 2014, 03:20:03 AM
Here is the current version of the book. I added Knockdown to slow opposing creatures down and keep them in the squares I need them. The book is really becoming centered on preventing movement of opposing forces.

Malacoda and His Skinny Friends 2.0Necromancer
Attack1 x  Surging WaveConjuration1 x  Deathlock1 x  Graveyard1 x  Idol of Pestilence2 x  Wall of Bones1 x  Poison Gas Cloud1 x  Mana CrystalCreature2 x  Deathfang1 x  Malacoda1 x  Mort2 x  Skeletal Archer2 x  Skeletal Knight2 x  Skeletal MinionEnchantment1 x  Chains of Agony1 x  Vampirism1 x  Maim Wings1 x  Enfeeble2 x  Ghoul Rot1 x  Magebane1 x  Death Link1 x  Poisoned Blood2 x  Marked for Death1 x  Cheetah Speed1 x  Bear Strength1 x  Rhino Hide1 x  Harmonize1 x  Nullify1 x  Force HoldEquipment1 x  Cloak of Shadows1 x  Death Ring1 x  Demonhide Armor1 x  Eagleclaw Boots1 x  Regrowth Belt1 x  Mage Wand1 x  Moonglow Amulet1 x  Libro MortuosIncantation1 x  Drain Life1 x  Drain Soul2 x  Reassemble1 x  Unholy Resurgence2 x  Dissolve2 x  Dispel1 x  Piercing Strike1 x  Battle Fury1 x  Teleport1 x  Knockdown
Total cost: 120 pts
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: Avarice on April 15, 2014, 05:54:34 AM
Not bad silver. Have you thought about swapping out Moonglow ammy for meditation? Especially if you have 2 spawn points, i5 can come in handy to Not waste an action. In the couple of matches I've played I don't use graveyard, just book. I feel there isn't that many creatures that would warrant libro AND graveyard. Thoughts?
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: silverclawgrizzly on April 15, 2014, 12:53:06 PM
I agree completely on the graveyard, and have in fact thought of removing it completely though I suppose it does act as a back up to the book. The few times I've played the graveyard though it's been cool combined with the book as I pretty much got everybody out really fast.

As for the meditation amulet, you know I've never actually used it in any of my books. I know I should probably try it out sometime, maybe I'll swap it out today as I know I'll get 1-2 games in later.
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: Avarice on April 15, 2014, 01:05:29 PM
Cool. Please let me know how it works for u.
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: silverclawgrizzly on April 15, 2014, 08:03:06 PM
Ok so I didn't get a chance to use the Meditation Amulet but I can certainly see where I'd have time to use it. I tend to have about 2 turns a game where I'm just sitting around waiting for my creatures to eat people.

I did remove the Graveyard after a glaringly huge hole in the strategy was made painfully obvious. I removed the Graveyard and put in a couple of Block! I'm sad to say I noticed I had no Blocks only after my Necromancer took it's first defeat to a VERY over zealous Warlord who kept getting in close and casting Hurl Boulder for ridiculous amounts of damage(average 11) at me. Put the Blocks in, and they saved my life. Never missed the Graveyard once.
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: Avarice on April 15, 2014, 09:04:41 PM
Ah ha! Your spot on. Someome can avoid the minions and go right for the mage. Blocks would be needed. I assume he dissolved cloak?
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: silverclawgrizzly on April 15, 2014, 10:01:01 PM
No he Force Pushed himself and used Cheetah Speed/Mongoose Agility. Covers the map FAST! I'm actually gonna steal that tactic myself honestly.
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: Avarice on April 16, 2014, 05:46:19 AM
Lol. Yeah, not a bad tactic. In a local tourney I've seen a FM in round one move 2x, then tele a couple of squares to get into a necros face  immediately. FM had init, so round 2 was QC galvitar,  then I believe he summoned creature of his own. Necro never had time to set up. That's why this game is great, so many tactics! Lol. I have my hands full tomorrow. Last game of tourney for me, and its FM vs FM. Hate mirrors. Plus, I believe he's bringing out grimson round 1. He is going to expect mind control, so I'm sure he's packed dispels. I was thinking of maybe goung Brogan for the unavoidable, but I have to get rid of Grimson first. I'm pretty sure he will have teleports to protect that sniper as well.
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: silverclawgrizzly on April 16, 2014, 01:08:36 PM
You could simple Sleep Grimson. Make them waste their time hitting their own piece. The Force Master is my one weakness in that I generally do  poorly against it regardless of my mage.
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: Moonglow on April 16, 2014, 03:20:36 PM
I love sleep just for that reason - there's something so satisfying about making them take a wack at their own creature. 

You could simple Sleep Grimson. Make them waste their time hitting their own piece. The Force Master is my one weakness in that I generally do  poorly against it regardless of my mage.
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: silverclawgrizzly on April 16, 2014, 03:40:41 PM
I hate sleep in that it's far more often used against me than for me lol. I can't count the times I've had to go kick my own grizzlies cause they all of the sudden think it's nap time.
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: Avarice on April 16, 2014, 04:38:52 PM
Lol. Poor grizzly. Wait, sleep can be dispelled, no?
Title: Re: My Necromancer book: Malacoda And His Skinny Friends!
Post by: silverclawgrizzly on April 16, 2014, 05:49:22 PM
With the Priestess ability or the staff of healing. Otherwise go kick the poor sleeper.