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Dinotropia
02-03-2016, 01:51 PM
This contest is now closed (http://forums.cryptozoic.com/showthread.php?t=47663&p=555309&viewfull=1#post555309).

Hey everyone!

Dino here with another community contest. PvE has been mountains of fun for me and I would like to share one of my favorite things about the campaign.

As I am sure you all know, Adventure Zone 1 has a number of "puzzle fights," or encounters that require specific deckbuilding to overcome them. One of the earliest of which is the Piranha Swarm encounter.

My challenge to you guys is to beat that encounter with the lowest level character possible and then post how you did it here on the forums! For reference, here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73pp0rW3Z28) is my run with a level 2 Shin'hare Cleric.

I will be giving away 3 Set 3 Booster Packs to a randomly selected person who posts their story / decklist here in this thread. I will also be giving another 3 Set 3 Booster Packs to someone who beats the encounter without using either :blood: or :diamond:.

Happy brewing!

And since I realized I never put a time-limit on this: You have until the end of next week (2/14) to submit your stories / decks.

Angmar
02-03-2016, 05:49 PM
double post for some reason

Angmar
02-03-2016, 05:51 PM
4204

Only cowards do one challenge at a time :P

I forgot to take a screen shot of the deck before the attempts. The 600 xp pushed me up to lvl 3, but the victory shot clearly shows my level.

The starting hand was 3 shards, Heat Wave, Blackbelt, and I think the Ankylosaurus. I was stuck on only one wild source for about 6 turns, ultimately only surviving by drawing two staggering blasts. The AI got me down to 1 life with 6 piranha on board to my 5 blockers. I decided to swing with 1 troop and the AI thankfully blocked with 3 piranhas allowing me to stabilize for the win. The glimmerglen several turns later popped me back to 4, but didnt matter at that point.


Edit: It says the file is too big for the kill screen. Working on it.

Edit 2: http://imgur.com/aJFu5AF

Kangsta
02-03-2016, 06:23 PM
I have to admit it wasn't too hard for me because of my class and race. I am a Lvl 2 Vennen Cleric.

I already changed the decklist back, but I am sure it is pretty self explanatory.

3 Sorrows of course ^^
Other key cards.
Vilefang Emirite
Hatchery Cultivator
I think I did have a Zombie plague in my deck but never drew it to win.
Oh and the other key card.
Paladin of Necropolis
Exarch of the Egg

I think you can see how i did it.

Here is a screenshot with the proof that I did beat and I am still only level 2 ^^
4205

norraist
02-03-2016, 08:21 PM
I did it with a level 4 elf mage running Wild Ruby, I don't have the exact decklist because I've since leveled up the character but I did it by having both of my heatwaves in the opening hand and playing them out. That stabilized and I won a few turns later.

Xenavire
02-03-2016, 08:35 PM
It's funny, I inadvertently did a level 2 Orc Warrior piranha kill earlier today that would have qualified for this, using blood/ruby, sorrows, staggerings, heat wave, and purging flames with equip that hit for 22 damage to the champ when I went for the kill.

Was a ton of fun, and I really recommend purging flames equip if you are already wiping the board a lot.

Flairina
02-03-2016, 08:40 PM
I did this with necrotic warrior as soon as I actually could, beating it before the savage lord even, because I just really liked the challenge. The restrictions for necrotic are pretty loose though and allow B/D, which made it much easier. Aside from the board wipes to keep myself alive early on, I filled my deck with swiftstrikers and a few lifedrainers to keep myself alive long enough to stabilize. Blinding Light and Shard Ward allowed me to hold off an extra turn before sorrowing/ambushing, which was extremely helpful.

10x Diamond Shard
9x Blood Shard
4x Shard of Retribution

3x Sorrow
2x Stinging Ambush
2x Shard Ward
2x Blinding Light
3x Grim Skull Sorcerer (Swiftstrike)
3x Quick Strider
3x Deadeye Slicer
2x Crypt Shriker (Lifedrain)
2x Grim Harvester
2x Paladin of the Necropolis
2x Mentor of the Wind
1x Deathless Guardian
1x Highlands Shinobi
1x Exarch of the Egg
1x Nori (Lifedrain)

...those were the important ones. I left a smattering of the higher cost parts of my deck alone (Iddi, Defiler of the Fallen, shardcall, Deepgaze Champion, Lixil, and 2x Eye of Lixil), to remind me what I had before and what I was sticking with for the moment (shift/prismatic). This was about the extent of the troops/actions I needed already, and if I didn't draw at least 1 sorrow/ambush and one quick stalling tactic I was doomed anyways.

Rathal
02-03-2016, 10:10 PM
I don't remember exactly what I did, but I beat it after 30ish tries as a level 2 Coyotle Mage. I remember it involved multiple first strikers, a successful tornado, two of the "deal 1 to all attackers" card, and a bit of lifedrain. I may have to try it again with a different deck, missing the sweepers would definitely hurt.. at least ruby has heat wave. Hmm..

Incindium
02-03-2016, 11:00 PM
Haha awesome I just did both challenges at once.

Lvl 2 Dwarf Cleric so no Diamond or Blood.

The Deck
http://incindium.padev.net/PiranhaChallenge1.jpg

Results:
http://incindium.padev.net/PiranhaChallenge3.jpg

http://incindium.padev.net/PiranhaChallenge4.jpg

http://incindium.padev.net/PiranhaChallenge5.jpg

Been running this deck quite a few times before winning with it tonight. An early Heat Wave then the War Machinist did a lot of work until I was able to get the Eternal Sage out and draw some Ruby shards.

Malcolm
02-04-2016, 12:09 AM
lvl 2 Elf Mage R/W (https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/GoeAMeKRr2tq23t3wcjk5wcH75v4pJfhICCHikPLUN2?v=grid&ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copyhttp://) with no B/D cards.

I also managed to take on the 2 previous encounters with this deck as well and 1 shot both no problems:
Bears (https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/U5jOY2RyQG1M2veVKW9GP5O7NMYhyYTYlU6b1da2YOA?v=grid&ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copyhttp://)
Chickatwices (https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/T4crJkeaFnKVJSTXuKwtjycLZXlc5E3XCTCiJlQKolH?v=grid&ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy)

The deck (https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/share/ZLJzdJ71sY1lUctd8XEzC8666y1KfT93R92prxXJnUS?v=grid&ref_=cd_ph_share_link_copy) (note: Raptor Blade is cutoff but was also used)

Apologies, first attempt at using Prime for photo storage/sharing so not sure why the bottom of screen (my avatar/hp/card deck/resources) aren't shown.??
The Deck screen shows proof that I'm lvl 2; as well as downloading the pics.

Angmar
02-04-2016, 05:23 AM
I think the challenge is possible at level 2 as mono wild, but I have no interest in grinding out the number of attempts to prove it.

Going First
T1: Wild Shard, Pack Raptor
T2: Wild Shard, Orson's Dream - Block 2 Piranha, take 6 damage
T3: Wild Shard, Tranform Orson's Dream into Spitfire Elemental, Block a 3 and a 2, take 16 damage

Spitfire clears the board every turn after. Dream Bear + equipment if you don't have the starting life to take 22 damage.

Edit: Mono sapphire should also have some way of winning using the Piranha Swarm and both equips.

Xenith
02-04-2016, 08:20 AM
There is a way for Mono Sapphire to win, but it isn't with Piranha Swarm but with the Kraken! What better way to show who is true master of the deep! Here's how I did it.

Turn 1: Shard
Turn 2: Jank Bot
Turn 3: Release the Kraken!

Turn 2 Jank Bot is possible by using the Fury talent from the Warrior tree to get 2 starting charges and battling to get 2 extra resources due to being an Elf Warrior.

Deck is a 150 card Jank Bot deck with Kraken, Eternal Guardian, Mastery of Time, and a bunch of troops with toughness greater than 3.

Technically a shardless victory is possible if you got out an Eternal Guardian via a Jank Bot but I'll save that for another day.

Proof Screens/Deck List (http://imgur.com/a/npjke)

Vorpal
02-04-2016, 09:07 AM
I think I did it at level 2 Orc Warrior, but that is practically cheating since you have access to sorrow/heatwave/staggering blast. I think that might be the easiest possible shard combination.

Incindium
02-04-2016, 10:31 AM
So I'll write up a post of my deck that beat this challenge with some comments about why I chose certain things.

Dwarf Cleric - Chose dwarf because it gets you the 1 armor and cleric so I could get the 1 cost talent that gives clerics in your deck lifedrain.

1x Forge of Cadoc - Resource ramp to be able to Staggering Blast turn 3.

2x Scorch - These can help out getting things under control in early turns

1x Burn - Would rather have another Scorch to be honest

2x War Machinist - With equipment(Tinker's Robes) was essential in my winning run

3x Charge Bot - Need low cost artifact for War Machinist, Gearsmith, and Construct Foreman

3x Gearsmith - Hopefully be able to get a reduced cost Eternal Sage or a 0 cost Charge Bot

1x Replicator's Gambit - With mirrorblade equipment and war machinist and/or construct foreman and/or phoenix guard messenger on the board you could get an early hail Mary win.

3x Construct Foreman - A Cleric (so lifedrain) and you always start the game with a Blessing Rod on the board as a target to create a ready turn 1 War Bot. Also a good target for Replicator's Gambit

2x Lightning Elemental - Swiftstrike is a must in this encounter

3x Bombsmith - Removal and a blocker body

2x Emberspire Witch - More swiftstrike

1x Heat Wave - An essential board clear

1x Minotaur Mercenary - Cheap troop that could be a blocker with 3 defense.

2x Ruby Aura - Putting this on my War Machinist for more swiftstrike helped me win. Also would be great on a cleric with lifedrain. Probably should be 3x instead of 2.

1x Fissuresmith - Another blocker body and removal in one

3x Pheonix Guard Messenger - with equipment(Hawking Gloves) a 1 cost blocker that draws me a card when it dies. Excellent.

1x Highlands Blackbelt - Another low cost board wipe and blocker after that.

1x Skittering Skarn - The addition of speed and attack into other cards in the deck make this decent.

1x Yancy - A cleric so a Lifedrain 2/3 that can survive an attack and potentially generate a swiftstrike game winnerif you can make it that far along.

3x Staggering Blast - Essential board wipes

1x Eternal Sage - Artifact for War Machinist and a board wipe with ruby shards once on board. Was essential to my win.

1x Heroic Outlaw - Another finisher or last ditch protection to keep you surviving. Equipment helps get it into hand for a 0 cost drop. Put speed and a direct damage gem in sockets.


Looking at this deck now I think I should swap out the Gearsmiths for something else as it doesn't have enough artifacts in its current form to make them useful but other than that I think it's a pretty decent deck build to beat this challenge.

It took a couple hours of grinding the encounter tweaking the deck until I came up with this one that I won it with. Any suggestions for enhancements would be appreciated.

Also note that Warbot is useful as an attacker as the AI will block it with 3x 1/1 piranhas. Heroic Outlaw can work like that too if there are enough blockers out to kill it as well I think.

Amemnon
02-04-2016, 05:13 PM
I could not put the screen shot on here it was to large but here is the link http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k523/xxR3l0adedxx/Piranha%20Swarm.png

Not much mattered in the deck except for that I went second and let the piranha hit me on its turn 2 then on my turn 2 I played Sorrow and Sepulchra Maggot which created an absurd amount of units (13) and since I am an orc warrior They had rage 1 and so I attacked every turn until I won. As you can see my crypt has 14 card already in it. I was only level 2 and if you are interested here is the deck list.

13x Blood Shard
11x Ruby Shard
2x Shard of hatred
2x Lightning Elemental
2x Adaptatron
1x Sepulchra Maggot
2x Corrupt Harvester
2x Determined Zombie
1x Extinction
1x Zombie Plague
3x Bomb Smith
1x Emberspire Witch
1x Heat Wave
1x Royal Falconer
3x Darkspire Punisher
1x Gortazuma High Cleric
3x Kog'Tepets Thirst
1x Minion of Yazukan
2x Paladin of the Necropolis
1x Killipede
1x Heroic Outlaw
2x Staggering Blast

EDIT:I just read and saw someone else said that orc warrior might be the easiest but I the way in which I won is what I thought was amazing.

Dinotropia
02-05-2016, 02:16 AM
There is a way for Mono Sapphire to win, but it isn't with Piranha Swarm but with the Kraken! What better way to show who is true master of the deep! Here's how I did it.

Turn 1: Shard
Turn 2: Jank Bot
Turn 3: Release the Kraken!

Turn 2 Jank Bot is possible by using the Fury talent from the Warrior tree to get 2 starting charges and battling to get 2 extra resources due to being an Elf Warrior.

Deck is a 150 card Jank Bot deck with Kraken, Eternal Guardian, Mastery of Time, and a bunch of troops with toughness greater than 3.

Technically a shardless victory is possible if you got out an Eternal Guardian via a Jank Bot but I'll save that for another day.

Proof Screens/Deck List (http://imgur.com/a/npjke)

You are my hero :D

What an epic win right there!

Incindium
02-05-2016, 12:16 PM
I updated my Deck to remove 3x Gearsmith and 1x Minotaur Mercenary and added 1x Ruby Aura, 1x Mimeobot, 1x Holiday, and 1x VB1311.

Ran it through another 4-5 times and was able to beat Piranhas again at lvl 2. So think my deck is fairly solid for this encounter.

At some point I think I'll try to come up with an optimal lvl 2 Blood/Diamond deck and then use it to complete my playset of Piranha Swarms.

Salverus
02-07-2016, 09:29 AM
what tactic should be used to beat a swarm deck? Ofcourse, another swarm deck. Beat them with their own strategy:
http://i.imgur.com/QYLPAjN.jpg

Decklist does not matter much, you only need 4 cards:
A sorrow or stinging ambush to kill their entire attacking force from turn 2, then a sepulchra maggots and a call to the grave.

On turn 1 you take the damage
On turn 2 there are ~10 piranhas on the board, play sorrow to kill them all, then the maggot so you get 10 maggots on the board.
On turn 3 you take the damage. If you have a call to the grave, attack with 1 maggot and let it die, then bring it back from graveyard.
On turn 4 you block all their attacking piranhas with your 1/1 maggots. Now roughly 20 troops should die and the board should be empty. Just play the 2nd maggot now and you ll have 20+ on the board, while his side is empty.
On turn 5 attack, he is down to 10 health
On turn 6 attack, yay won.

If opening hand is 2 shards + those 3 cards you are guaranteed win, so just mulligan a bit. Should be able to win more than half battles, especially when you level up and have less restrictions ( i was level 2 cleric and could only use 1 rare card in deck).
Full deck list: http://i.imgur.com/rM73gMS.png

Xylo
02-11-2016, 04:23 PM
I used what I call the "Intellectuals' teatime deck":
1 Eternal Sage
1 Infernal Professor
1 Teapot of Prosperity
15 Blood Shard
42 Ruby Shard

Played as a lv. 2 Vennen Cleric:
- Go first, draw the professor, the teapot and at least one blood shard, but not the sage (may take a lot of attempts...)
- T1: Play a blood shard, play the teapot (for 1)
- T2: Play a shard (blood if you have the choice), use the teapot's ability (for 1), play the professor (for 1)
- T3: Play the sage (for 2), play a ruby shard
- T4+: Play a ruby shard, attack with the sage

The champion's charge power must not be used before turn 3 (otherwise the professor might draw a blessing).
An Elf Warrior could play the same deck without the teapot by using battle on T3 to get enough resources to play the sage (for 3), but lv. 7+ is be required to play blood cards with elves.

Screenshots (click for full size):
http://nsm08.casimages.com/img/2016/02/12//mini_16021212063014650713967591.jpg (http://nsm08.casimages.com/img/2016/02/12//16021212063014650713967591.jpg)
http://nsm08.casimages.com/img/2016/02/12//mini_16021212062814650713967590.jpg (http://nsm08.casimages.com/img/2016/02/12//16021212062814650713967590.jpg)

Piecetinker
02-14-2016, 12:52 AM
I wasn't level 2, but wanted to share how I won with a triple shard deck!

The deck I used was a triple shard Coyotle deck. You can see the decklist below:

http://puu.sh/n7lv6/944069310c.jpg

The primary goal was to use Stinging Ambush by T3. Leaving me with 6 health left. To stabilize I needed a Prophet of the Sun and other Coyotle to help the Lifedrain train.Once I was able to start putting lifedrain troops down, I needed to live until I got 6 resources. Finally, I used my Class/Race ability (Tornado) to wipe out any remaining Piranha.

This is when I finally sustained myself:

http://puu.sh/n7lm5/f0244db7bb.jpg

and the finisher!!

http://puu.sh/n7ls6/3af5658bcf.jpg

Dinotropia
02-15-2016, 11:35 PM
Hey guys!

Thanks so much to everyone who submitted an entry. I really appreciated you taking your time to write up your thoughts and even post full decklist images. Hopefully this will be an awesome resource to people who have trouble with the fight in the future!

I have pulled names for the random winners in our two categories: "B/D Used" and "Other"

:diamond::blood:
Salverus

4248

:ruby::sapphire::wild:
Angmar

4249

Congratulations!

I am also awarding 2 packs to Xylo for posting one of the most creative solutions to the Piranha fight that I have seen. Hats off to you, sir!

Hopefully you guys had fun with this contest. Winners, please make sure to post your IGN here in this thread so I know where to send your packs.

Cheers~

Dino-

Salverus
02-16-2016, 04:15 AM
Weehooo ! :cool::cool:
Thank you so much for creating this content, definitely had a lot of fun playing the piranhas (and some frustration as well if you pulled the wrong card). My ign is 'Frasaria'.

And also i want to congratulate Xylo for making a difficult task look so simple.

Xenith
02-16-2016, 05:35 AM
I was hoping I would win an honorable mention with my Mono-Saph Jank Bot but Xylo definitely deserves props for that Infernal Professor win. Very well done indeed!

Angmar
02-16-2016, 09:49 AM
ING: Angmar

Thanks for the amusing challenge Dino.

Xylo
02-16-2016, 10:57 AM
Thanks Dino for the contest and for your generosity. And glad to read that some of you liked my strategy. :)

IGN: Xylo

Dinotropia
02-16-2016, 11:58 AM
I was hoping I would win an honorable mention with my Mono-Saph Jank Bot but Xylo definitely deserves props for that Infernal Professor win. Very well done indeed!

Yeah, I had to make a hard decision there, for sure. I can' t send packs to everyone who does something awesome (much as I might want to), but rest assured you certainly did something awesome, sir.