Raiders Unchained Draft Primer – Umbruk

Dysian Onyxium Umbruk Esperian Byzerak Oratek

by vandergus

Umbruk Overview – Brutal and Relentless

Umbruk is traditionally the home of the most aggressive strategies. Uterra provides large creatures and pump spells for early board control while Tempys brings mobility and burn spells to push damage. But the faction pair also has a couple more tricks up its sleeve in the current format. Let’s take a look at how UT decks take advantage of the different mechanics available in Raiders Unchained.

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Raiders Unchained Draft Primer – Onyxium

Dysian Onyxium Umbruk Esperian Byzerak Oratek

by Gard

Onyxium Overview – Methodical and Ruthless

Onyxium is the faction pair that combines Alloyin and Nekrium. In this draft format, Onyxium is quite strong! It boasts a large assortment of powerful creatures, good spells, and crippling board control. It has the strongest late game out of any of the faction pairs.

Onyxium is flexible. It can play a slow game using removal and shrink to stall and try to drop large level 3 threats, or it can be more aggressive using Xithian Rotfiends and Ordnance Captains to gain board control. An average Onyxium deck tends to skew towards one of these strategies, but typically has both elements.

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Raiders Unchained Draft Primer – Oratek

Dysian Onyxium Umbruk Esperian Byzerak Oratek

by vandergus

Oratek Overview – Explosive and Dynamic

Oratek is a difficult pairing to draft for many players. At a fundamental level, the two factions seem to be at odds with each other. Alloyin is thought of as the late game faction, leveling large unkillable robots while stalling the board with attack reduction effects. Tempys is the hyper aggressive faction, specializing in direct damage and playing oversized bodies to establish an early lead. In the current draft format, Oratek is at the bottom of TIC’s strength ratings, and not many people have argued with the placing. But AT decks can still be good, as long as you are conscious of what type of deck you are trying to build and are picking cards that create a cohesive game plan.

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Set 6 Draft Primer – Dysian

This article is an introductory to drafting the factions Uterra and Nekrium – the faction pair called Dysian. You can find the other faction primers here:

  • Byzerak 
  • Umbruk
  • OratekTo be Released 9/28
  • EsperianTo be Released 10/5
  • OnyxiumTo be Released 10/12

What is Dysian? What can I expect from Nekrium/Uterra?

Dysian in previous formats has had a lot of different aspects you could build decks with. You could strangle the board with the many token producers of Uterra and utilize those tokens with Nekrium’s sacrifice outlets. Now, however, most of those things are gone, or replaced with lesser versions. Dysian now is fairly one dimensional – it likes taking a creature and making it huge and impossible to kill. And this is a thing it does far better than the other faction pairs.

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