Rise from the Slashes

Card draw simulator

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None. Self-made deck here.
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NocturnalAnimal · 5207

Edit: Get Behind Me! is a proxy for Shake It Off from Venom’s pack.

Well, how much of a surprise has Drax proven? I think like most on first blush I was a tad underwhelmed with The Destroyer, but after proxying his cards he’s proven to be an absolute hoot!

I’ve mostly been a one-handed true solo player but I’ve been hitting up double-handed of late. I’ve been pairing up Drax with my Gamora Justice deck (https://marvelcdb.com/decklist/view/9617/the-swift-sword-of-justice-1.0), and it’s been paying off nicely. I’ve played some Protection decks that have mostly been about taking all the hits for the team and defending multiple times, so it’s been a lot of fun to just take the hits to the face and return the damage and then some. The idea of the deck is to build up those Vengeance Counters and never flip to Alter-Ego mode if you can help it.

As Drax wants to just take damage over defending, I put in both Preemptive Strike and Side Step in order to either prevent damage or to turn back a nasty boost card onto the enemy himself. Med Team and Mantis have proven fantastic, being able to heal up Dax for 5 health a turn let’s him just take damage to the face so he can remain standing to hit back in the Hero phase. Med Team can also heal Mantis too, to keep her in the game as long as possible. The Night Nurse is in there to take care of any annoying Stun status cards (which always prove to be a problem for Heroes such as Drax and Hulk who focus more on Basic Attacks). One thing to note, because of the Vengeance Counters play, if you draw his Obligation he is pretty much the only hero (Scarlet Witch aside) who you don't want to automatically flip to Alter-Ego mode and exhaust him. Night Nurse can take care of this, alongside the readying effects noted shortly.

One of the more surprising cards was Leading Blow. For a free card, you get to potentially do another 2-5 damage, and with his Upgrade out can draw another card by making a second Basic Attack. It’s proven to be absolute money! Can’t recommend the card enough for Drax. Along with his Hero suite of cards (specifically Knife Leap and Payback, Drax can hit for some nice damage to the villain.

The deck wants to stay in Hero form as much as possible, and having a hand size of 4 to start with is a bit of a bummer. As the deck focuses on doing damage via basic attacks, DWI Theet Mastery is a handy little upgrade to have with Drax’s low hand size. Alongside C.I.T.T. and "Fight Me, Coward!", I can ready Drax, hit for more damage and draw cards to essentially pay for these with DWI out. Edit - as noted in the Comments Drax has some pretty ace card draw going on once you hit those 3 Vengeance Counters

I’ve just added a few el cheapo allies in. Once Drax has his max Vengeance counters, they’re there primarily as road blocks. Ironheart will be a staple of most decks till the end of time as she gives an extra card, and Starhawk and Clea can take some hits from minions and the villain respectively whilst being easy to get back soon (or come back to hand as a second resource).

To round the deck out, I’ve got Nerves of Steel to pay for the important Defence cards (though there’s only 6 altogether, every little helps with Drax, and Helicarrier. Endurance adds to his HP to keep him in Hero form even longer (and the more cards that sit on the table, the better to keep my deck as mostly events) and Target Acquired is mostly there for insurance against Klaw or GMW.

As I say, Drax has been a lot of fun, it’s been so good to play a hero in Protection that plays a little different, and I’ve been so surprised by how much fun the Guardians cycle has been after expecting to be disappointed with them. I think Protection is likely to be the staple aspect for Drax for a while, though I’m going to try him out in Aggression next.

Any thoughts, please let me know! Were I to play one-handed I’d squeeze in Bait and Switch to give the enemy another excuse to attack Drax but also remove Threat, which Drax has something of a problem with. I’ve also been mixing up swapping out the Med Teams for Energy Barriers. Either way. It’s been a blast to see Drax rise from the slashes and deliver his vengeance!

24 comments

Jun 19, 2021 TheeHappyDalek · 1

What is shake it off, and where might one put their eyeballs onto said spoilers?

Jun 19, 2021 neothechosen · 2365

@TheeHappyDalek One might seek the Hall of Heroes! (.com)

Jun 20, 2021 TheeHappyDalek · 1

@neothechosenthank you

Jun 20, 2021 Dexter283 · 1

Another deck, another pun based title! :D this looks fun, great work

Jun 20, 2021 +6hitpoints · 37

What a good deck. But what does shake it off do?

Jun 20, 2021 NocturnalAnimal · 5207

@+6hitpoints many thanks! It’s in Venom’s pack, it’s a Protecion card that says when a Guardian character takes any amount of damage, give them a Yough status card. Really handy!

Jun 21, 2021 celric · 143

I disagree about Drax having a weak hand size. After a couple turns when your Vengeance tokens are maxed, he draws a card every time he’s attacked and he can use Preemptive Strike to make himself the target of an attack originally directed at a teammate. That’ll start him at a 6 card hand and he will draw even more each time you can trigger DWI Theet Mastery. He’s the richest guardian in terms of card draw.

Jun 21, 2021 NocturnalAnimal · 5207

@celric whoops, I obviously didn’t expand on that bit, it was more of a comment in the v.early stages of the game. You are correct, of course, once he’s got his max counters and Upgrade out, he’s better than fine at card draw.

Jun 21, 2021 IAmTheBatman · 1

Good call on the obligation and not wanting to flip to AE!

Jun 25, 2021 Vinyl · 2

Very nice deck, but, have you thought about including "Booster boots" (https://marvelcdb.com/card/16052) ? Maybe instead of "target acquired" or "endurance". I think it is a very reliable and cheap way to reduce damage every turn.

Jun 25, 2021 NocturnalAnimal · 5207

@VinylI had thought about it and tbh, either Endurance or Booster Boots works fine. Target Acquired is a flex slot, there mainly for Klaw and GMW, so could easily be taken out for the Boots otherwise.

Jun 25, 2021 gutbomb · 1

I appreciate a great deck name, well done

Jun 28, 2021 BLAINIMAL · 1

@celric i am new, but how exactly does Preemptive Strike make him the target of a teammate attack?

Jun 28, 2021 bshadrix · 1

I like the deck. However, It does not work at solo so well because it lacks threat removal.

Jun 28, 2021 NocturnalAnimal · 5207

@bshadrix it was built as a multiplayer deck paired with a Justice deck. As I noted, if I were to play true solo, 3 copies of Bait and Switch would absolutely be in here as it plays into the being attacked thing as well. I’d make a few changes as such.

Jun 28, 2021 bshadrix · 1

Good idea! Thanks!

Jun 28, 2021 Royden · 1

looking forward to trying this once i get drax

Jun 28, 2021 NocturnalAnimal · 5207

@bshadrixif you get chance to try out a similar deck and have any suggestions for solo, would defo be happy to hear them :)

Jul 01, 2021 MMetzner · 1

I've been playing a very similar deck in my 4 player Guardians GMW campaign (Star Lord Leadership, Gamora Justice, Rocket Aggression and Drax Protection) and it's amazing. Passing him a Combat Training from Rocket is a huge boost, getting him to base 6 ATK. I've also been enjoying giving him Electrostatic Armor so that with his 'Other Knife' he has Retaliate 2.

Jul 06, 2021 Stretch22 · 56

@BLAINIMAL I don't see how it makes Drax the target either. Would appreciate if someone could chime in on the interaction

Jul 07, 2021 GMoney15 · 1

When playing your Gamora deck and this deck together, who gets Ironheart, and what is your replacement?

Jul 07, 2021 neothechosen · 2365

@BLAINIMAL``@Stretch22

The new rules reference explain it. Since you use a defense event (Preemptive Strike), you actually become defender, so you become the target. Took me a while to get the change too.

Jul 16, 2021 rstorcdk · 315

Great deck. Definitely an improvement over the pre build deck. Well done

Aug 08, 2021 Kenji · 15

you beat Ronan expert in mp with Gamorra? Cause I find it pretty impossible, I tried with this deck and I'm far for it. Ronan attacks too strong and if there is the attachement fanatic it's practicly over.