Lexi is the new Ranger hero introduced in the newest set Tales of Aria. Lexi is an Elemental hero with the essence of Lightning and Ice. The two elements give Lexi the unique ability to speed up her attacks with the Lightning side, while slowing down her opponents with her Ice side. Those two elements combined are the ideal way to gain a tempo advantage and ultimately blizzard your opponent with arrow attacks. In this article, I will outline what makes Lexi unique from deckbuilding perspective and what things you should keep in mind if you choose to play her.
Lexi can use generics, Elemental non-class cards, Ice cards, Lightning cards, Ranger class cards and Elemental Ranger class cards. This gives Lexi a huge pool of options when creating a deck. On top of that, she has four Bows to choose from, each one performing a unique role and dictating different playstyles and ways you can build your deck.
Red Liner is perfect to create a streamlined aggressive build that relies on zero-cost attacks, arrows and pumps to consistently threaten your opponent. The best thing about it? You can pressure with only one card in hand! Also, running only red cards means each card has maximized offensive potential. Cards like Ravenous Rabble and Bracers of Belief become extremely powerful. Death Dealer has a great combo potential with Snap Shot. This interaction alone can create a powerful combo deck. Shiver gives Lexi consistent access to dominate. This is extremely powerful with any on-hit effects, especially against decks that aren’t good on defense. Voltaire helps to pump out multiple arrows in a turn and can enable powerful go-wide builds.
Another way to look at Lexi’s deckbuilding potential is to focus on Elements. Do you want to fuse with Ice or Lightning, or maybe both? Finding the right balance isn’t easy. The more you lean into a single Element, the more consistent it becomes to fuse, but you’re giving up the power from the other Element. There are also the dual fuse cards, which shine in a hybrid build. We also cannot forget the powerful Ranger and generic cards from previous sets. So what’s the best way to get started with deckbuilding? Having a clearly defined goal.
With so many options, it’s important to streamline the goal of the deck. For example, when you say “I want a strong go-tall deck, that maximizes the disruption of Blizzard Bolt,” you can already build a picture of what that deck looks like, what it’s trying to accomplish and what cards work. This statement leans itself into Shiver, because it helps you get the on-hit. Focusing on Blizzard Bolt means you will need a strong Ice core. Then, possibly adding cards like Sleep Dart and Remorseless can help, as they compound on that disruptive game plan.
There are some cards that can be singlehandedly built around. Let’s take Flashfreeze for example. That card has an insanely powerful ceiling. With a dual fuse and multiple attacks, you can spit out insane amounts of damage. How would you build a deck like this? This combo would require some set up. The new amulets and Energy Potions could be a good start. Maybe even the Death Dealer and Snap Shot package could work. Either way, you have a clear goal and can easily justify or remove cards based on how they fit this overall strategy.
Lexi is quite a straightforward hero to play, but there are some intricacies that are important to be aware of. For example, both of her new Bows can be activated as an instant. This means you can activate these on your opponent’s turn or in response to a defense reaction. This is extremely powerful when playing against decks that like doing things on your turn. Take Oldhim for example. His hero ability means you might have to put a card from your hand on top of your deck. Luckily, if you only have one card in hand and Shiver ready to go, you can respond by placing that card into your Arsenal and effectively nullifying Oldhim’s ability.
Another useful thing to know is how Pulse of Volthaven interacts with Lexi. First, when turned face up in Arsenal, Pulse of Volthaven satisfies both of Lexi’s conditions, granting a Frostbite and the go again. Second, it can be used to satisfy the additional cost of fuse for both Ice and Lightning cards, as well as dual fusing Flashfreeze and Ice Storm with a single reveal. However, despite Pulse of Volthaven being an instant, you cannot use it to fuse an arrow and pump the arrow at the same time. By the time you have priority to play the pulse, your arrow attack has already been played.
In Ranger spirit, Lexi players have to pay close attention to their Arsenal, especially in Limited play. This becomes apparent in conjunction with the fuse mechanic. A lot of the times you fuse, you end up putting the fused card into your Arsenal. This is why thinking ahead is very important. If you fuse an Ice arrow with an Ice attack action card and then Arsenal that card, chances are playing it out will be the only action you can do, as none of the Ice attacks have go again.
For example, you’re playing a Sealed event with Lexi. You have a powerful turn, as you play out a Over Flex (Red), load up and play out a Blizzard Bolt (Red) for nine with dominate. You decide to fuse it with a Winter’s Grasp (Yellow). This attack might look impressive, but will you Arsenal the Winter’s Grasp? If your opponent takes some damage and gets a Frostbite, decides to pass, your only play would be to make another Frostbite using Lexi’s ability and attacking with the Winter’s Grasp because it’s extremely difficult to give that Winter’s Grasp go again. This can stifle your turn, so make sure you pay attention to your sequencing. This is why I usually try to either Arsenal a Lightning card or an Ice non-attack action card, so that when I draw up my hand, I know I have a good chance to play it out.
Lexi is an incredibly fun hero to play and can be really fun once you master sequencing her plays. I hope this guide has helped you wrap your head around how the hero operates and gave you some ideas on how to get started. At the end of the day, deckbuilding with her will require a lot of trial and error, so don’t be discouraged, pay attention to what cards work and what cards don’t. Most of all, enjoy the process and good luck in building your first Lexi deck!