I have seen a lot of people in recent times asking what is the best way to make a cross order deck. This is something I struggled with when I first started playing and only started successfully creating dual order or tripple order decks after a lot of trial and error. I’m not the best in the world at making decks but I can make a deck a deck from scratch and know it has a good chance of winning. So here are a few tips and tricks you can use to make the most out of your items.
So maybe you have a few items and some cross order combos from Awakening, or even some of the new Items from Kindred and you want to make use of them or maybe you have played someone online or at a tournament with a cross order deck. Well here are a few things you will need.
For any cross-order deck, you will more than likely want at least 1, ideally 2 Tantosian Blacksmiths. This will allow you to get one of your items in play faster. The last thing you need is to be halfway through a game with 6 cards in your hand and 5 of them being an element you can’t play because you can’t get an item out in play. Tantosian Blacksmiths have become a staple in any deck wishing to cross into another order. The amount you need will vary depending on how much your deck depends on an Item. I would recommend having 2 in your collection at all times just in case.
Now there are 2 reasons why you might want to play an Item in your deck. You may want to play the Item for its trait or ability, or you may just want to have access to that element, or both. If you just want the Item that is a perfectly good strategy for building your deck. I have had many decks where I add in a Crystalcore but no other Crystal cards. Just because you have an Item doesn’t mean you need cards of that element in your deck. In this case, you may not want to add in any Tantosian Blacksmiths as your Item is merely another support card and all of your other cards are unaffected by the Item.
Make sure there is a purpose to going cross order. If you have a Tech deck and a Poison Item. There is no point in adding in the item and some Mantix Spitters when using Tyrax Mercenaries will do the same job with less hassle. Going cross order is always a risk but the payoffs should always outweigh the negatives.
Look at your deck and see what it may be missing. If you have an Aggressive storm deck but spend half of your time drawing cards you may want to add some cards for draw support. You could add a gravity Item into the deck as well as some Spectral Guides and Astronomers these will give you some nice draw support and stop you from passing most of your turns drawing cards.
Try not to get carried away adding in extra elements. 4 or 5 cards from a different order is more than enough for an effective cross order deck. If you are carrying more than 6 or 7 cards from a different order, then you are asking for a disaster. It is possible to make a good deck with more but I recommend keeping it simple and clean to help minimise your risk of getting into a sticky situation. If you find your self with too many cards from another Order then you may be better using a Mythical Hero.
Whichever orders you are using in your deck it is always worth adding in the suitable cross order combo to the deck. There are a total of 15 cross order combos currently all from Awakening. One for each possible combination between the 6 orders. These combos are some of the most powerful in the game and can be very easily paid for only costing 2 elements. If you only have 2 or 3 action cards from another order then you may not want to add it in but if you know you can spare an action card to pay for the combo then it is always worth playing the combo.
With the introduction of kindred, there were a few new cards which may make playing cross order decks a little bit riskier. The main card I’m talking about is the new Battleborn Oppressor. This card will easily remove Items that don’t give you a superior access to an element. To balance this out you may want to stick with Items that only give you superior elemental access or carry 2 or 3 of the same Item in your deck to ensure you don’t get caught out.
- Use Tantosian Blacksmith to get your Items out faster.
- Make sure there is a good payoff for going cross order.
- Don’t flood your deck with extra cards, 4 or 5 from another order is more than enough.
- See if the cross order combos for the orders you have will work well in your deck.
If you would like some examples of good cross order decks, here are some decklists (Pre-Kindred) for you to check out courtesy of HeroicStarfish.com.
Hopefully, this information and some of these tips can help you create your own cross order deck and win some games.