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Everything I Know About Bravo, Star of the Show – Deck Guide

It has been only two short weeks since the world was shown how powerful Bravo, Star of the Show could be. With such a deep card pool, I figured it was only a matter of time before a powerful combination of 80 cards emerged that put this hero at the top of the pecking order. However, I did not imagine the newest Guardian would quite literally become the star of the show so soon after release.

Bravo, Star of the Show (Regular)

Over the past weekend there was a tournament hosted and streamed by Out of the Box Gaming where a player by the name of Matt W took the deck to a perfect 8-0 finish. Needless to say, there was quite a buzz about the deck and several of my friends from Canada, including Calling Orlando runner up Joel Repta, let me know that they had started working on the deck based on what they saw on stream. Given I had also been working on the new hero, it piqued my interest and I immediately started jamming games against the new Guardian, and wow, I was impressed! Matt W had figured a way to cut all the filler out of the deck, transforming the new star hero into a lean, mean, hard hitting Elemental machine which triggered its hero ability and a frighteningly consistent rate. 

I didn’t have the proprietary information that was Matt W’s winning list, but this is my best take on the aggro-slanted Elemental hero. Without further ado:

 

 

Header - The Deck List

Deck List

Class: Guardian 
Hero: Bravo, Star of the Show 
Weapons: Winter's Wail 
Equipment: Arcane Lantern, Crater Fist, Crown of Seeds, Fyendal's Spring Tunic, Ironhide Legs, Nullrune Boots, Nullrune Gloves, Rampart of the Ram's Head, Stalagmite, Bastion of Isenloft 
(3) Autumn's Touch (red) 
(3) Crippling Crush (red) 
(3) Evergreen (red) 
(3) Frost Fang (red) 
(3) Lightning Surge (red) 
(3) Oaken Old (red) 
(1) Pulse of Volthaven (red) 
(3) Staunch Response (red) 
(3) Art of War (yellow) 
(2) Autumn's Touch (yellow) 
(1) Pulse of Candlehold (yellow) 
(3) Autumn's Touch (blue) 
(3) Awakening (blue) 
(3) Blink (blue) 
(3) Break Ground (blue) 
(3) Channel Lake Frigid (blue) 
(3) Evergreen (blue) 
(3) Flash (blue) 
(3) Frost Fang (blue) 
(3) Heaven's Claws (blue) 
(3) Icy Encounter (blue)
(3) Lightning Surge (blue) 
(1) Pulse of Isenloft (blue) 
(2) Shock Striker (blue) 
(3) Winter's Bite (blue) 
(3) Winter's Grasp (blue) 
Bold = sideboard 
See the full deck at: https://fabdb.net/decks/zqoRKJdN/ 

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Let’s break the deck down to try work through some of the numbers. Originally, the deck began as a clean 19/19/19 Elemental split between Earth, Ice and Lightning in order to maximize the instances of Bravo’s ability. However, when we break the deck down by resources required, we find that it’s slightly more Ice hungry than Lightning or Earth.

The first reason is due to Winter’s Wail requiring an Ice pitch in order to create a Frostbite token on hit. The second reason is due to Channel Lake Frigid. At the end of the day, all that is required is one Elemental card per four cards drawn per turn, and as such we want to ideally run at least >15 of each Element. As it currently sits the ratios sit at 20/20/18 representing the number of Earth/Ice/Lightning cards respectively. In theory, there’s probably some wiggle room to explore other premium cards such as Red Elemental Aria cards such as Snow Under or classic Guardian hammers such as Crippling Crush and Spinal Crush but it comes at the cost of consistency, a trade off that I do not have the experience to yet comment on. 

 

Header - How to Sideboard

Given how new the deck is, in conjunction with how undefined the metagame is, it is almost impossible to give a detailed guide but I will do my best to give some heuristics with how to sideboard. 

(3) Awakening (blue) 
(3) Staunch Response (red) 
(3) Crippling Crush (red) 
Arcane Lantern 
Nullrune Gloves 
Ironhide Legs/Nullrune Boots 
Stalagmite, Bastion of Isenloft 

Starting with the low hanging fruit, the three Nullrune items (Lantern, Gloves and Boots) come in against Kano. Versus Runeblade heroes, you likely would rather run Nullrune Boots over Ironrots due to the efficiency of being able to pitch a blue to block with a shield, Crown of Seeds and use one arcane barrier for the inevitable two physical and two arcane from the Rosetta Thorn.

The Awakening, Crippling Crush and Staunch Responses come in against the more traditional Guardian decks. The logic here is that the games tend to be more drawn out, meaning there is less emphasis on constantly being able to trigger your hero’s ability every turn. As such I would side: 

-3 AOW -3 Blink -3 Frost Fang (Red)
+3 Awakening +3 Crippling Crush +3 Staunch Response 

In the mirror match, you want to maximize damage output while being able to disrupt. As such I would side: 

-3 Blink -3 Frost Fang (red) 
+3 Awakening +3 Crippling Crush 

 

Header - Conclusion

All the credit goes to Matt for taking the concept to the extreme and showing the world what the newest kid on the block can do. Matt is clearly a bright player and I’m excited to see what he brings to the table in the future. To everyone else, I hope you’re all as excited as I am about the upcoming ProQuest season! I personally have over five decks that I am strongly considering as we head into the season and the Calling Indianapolis which bodes well for a healthy format. 

I hope this content was as informative as it was fun to create. If you enjoyed this article, or have thoughts on what you would like me to write about next, please feel free to reach out to me on twitter @TariqPatel10. 

Until next time, stay happy and healthy!

6 thoughts on “Everything I Know About Bravo, Star of the Show – Deck Guide”

  1. This list is actually missing on some key elements from Matt’s deck. On stream you can easily see that he runs 3x Sink Below which is critical for the success of this deck. He is also running Tear Assunder and Polar Blast… So the proposed list is at least 10+ cards different from the original and the changes here are not improving the original list.

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