Author: Holoir

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TESL put to Maintenance Mode

Today, Bethesda’s Community Manager, CVH, announced on reddit, that no new major content will be developed for The Elder Scrolls Legends for the foreseeable future. Below is a copy of the text (links added by tesl.blog). Very Bad News… We would like to provide an update on Legends in regard to new content. Our previous roadmap indicated we would be...

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Deck Tech: Stealer of Secrets Control

1 Introduction In our deck tech series, we are taking an in-depth look at one particular type of deck. This time we will look at control decks, centered around Stealer of Secrets as a finisher. These decks are sometimes known as SoS control decks, or simply SoS decks. In this article, you will learn about the game plan, and critical...

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Wild Tournaments – Join Ranked Tournaments with MMR Leaderboards

Long-time TESL player, YouTuber, and streamer AbellWild is organizing the Wild Tournaments tournament series. They take place every Saturday at noon EDT. AbellWild has implemented an ELO system that calculates how many times a player has advanced so that they will be matched with someone of similar skill level at the start of the tournament (non-traditional). AbellWild is looking for...

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TESL Challenge Series – Join SirProok’s Deck Building Tournament Series

SirProok is the organizer of the TESL Challenge Series. He is a long-time TESL player, YouTuber, and Twitch content creator from North Carolina. During the 2019 Master Series, SirProok qualified for the Last Chance Qualifiers with off-meta, home-brew lists, including a Banelord Wound Scout and a Control Daggerfall deck. The TESL Challenge Series allows EST region individuals and Europeans to...

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Champion of the Arena – Uses and Synergies

As we approach the end of the season, it’s time for another monthly reward card: Champion of the Arena. The 7-cost champion is a mighty orc and vampire with stats of 4/8, the breakthrough keyword, and a powerful summon effect: Battle an enemy creature. His summon ability provides you with immediate board impact, and his stats remove most early-game threats...

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Jele Island Cup – Play The Conquest Format!

Long-time TESL player and streamer Jele77 is organizing the Jele Island Cup, a monthly tournament series focused on the conquest format. The Jele Island Cup takes place every first Saturday in a month. You can register for tournaments at Jele Island on Battlefy. The winner takes home 60 packs as a prize. The next round, Jele Island Cup #3, will...

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Is the Oblivion Gauntlet F2P-friendly?

Bethesda is trying something cool for tomorrow’s Oblivion Gauntlet. You get to play with ALL cards from the core set and the new Jaws of Oblivion expansion, no matter the size of your collection. If you are a free-to-play player or still relatively new to TESL, you might ask yourself: is it worth entering this competition? To make it short:...

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Modryn Oreyn – Uses and Synergies

Modryn Oreyn is here: get your Rage Control decks ready to rumble! Modryn Oreyn and the Blackwood Company in The Elder Scrolls Lore The Blackwood Company in TES IV: Oblivion The Blackwood Company is a minor faction based in Leyawiin. It mostly consists of Khajiit and Argonians and is the main rival of the Fighters Guild. The company takes jobs...

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Elixir of Potency – Uses & Synergies

Elixir of Potency is a new support card in the latest expansion Jaws of Oblivion. For 2 magicka, this elixir grants a random keyword to a creature of your choice and has three uses. GicaForta revealed the card yesterday on his YouTube channel. Since this is a card with a random effect, let’s look at the possible outcomes: Breakthrough: Your...

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Siege Crawler – Uses and Synergies

Siege Crawler is an epic 11-cost Daedra in the upcoming Jaws of Oblivion expansion. This big boy brings unprecedented 15/15 of stats plus the breakthrough keyword. It is the first creature released that can win you a game with just two swings all on it’s own. Indeed, this makes it a candidate for combos involving Squish the Wimpy, Dremora Markynaz...

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Blood-Crazed Daedroth – Uses and Synergies

Blood-Crazed Daedroth is one of the first three new cards revealed for the Jaws of Oblivion expansion that is coming to the Legends store on October 8. When you looked at this card, maybe you thought: Why did Bethesda reveal this card in particular? Well, it’s a Deadra, so it’s right on-theme for Oblivion. But, I agree, they indeed could...

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Legends gets its first Oblivion expansion – The Daedra are Coming to Town

Yesterday, Bethesda announced the fifth expansion for The Elder Scrolls Legends – Jaws of Oblivion. The set will contain over 75 new cards and launches on October 8th, 2019 and is available for pre-order now! The set relates to the events unfolding during the Oblivion Crisis in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (see the official Bethesda announcement) and is themed...

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Euraxia Tharn – Uses and Synergies

Euraxia Tharn – A Brief Look at the Lore Euraxia Tharn, the younger half-sister of Abnur Tharn, conquered Northern Elsweyr and the city of Rimmen during the Frostfall Coup. She is known in the region as the Usurper Queen, was a ruthless monarch who tortured the Khajiit citizens of Rimmen with stupid laws. She threatened to use the city’s own Siege Weapons against the...

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Play Around Prophecies #2: Prophecies by Attribute – Know Your Opponent

This second article in our Playing Around Prophecies series for new Legends players will look at the prophecies by attribute. Knowing the prophecies your opponent might be running allows you to make better sequencing decisions for your plays and attacks. This can increase your win rate and success in Legends. In the first article of the series, we looked at...

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Old Salty’s Assault – Uses and Synergies

Old Salty’s Assault is the monthly reward card for August 2019. Bethesda continues to release cards that improve existing and underplayed archetypes to reward players for their monthly grind on the ladder. This month is no different. But rather than asking the question, “is this card good,” or “what archetype does this buff,” the most important question to ask right...

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An Attempt to Find Alfiq Conjurer Counter-Play in TESL

Alfiq Conjurer undoubtedly is the most powerful card in the Moons of Elsweyr expansion. Midrange decks are back on the ladder. Midrange battlemage is at tier 1 and variations of that deck in tri-color dominate the meta. What can yellow-based decks in crusader, monk, spellsword or Empire do to compete? Before we attempt to find counter-play options, let’s briefly look...

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Razum-Dar – Uses and Synergies

A Look at The Elder Scrolls Lore Razum-Dar is a Khajiit spy who was active during the Interregnum in the Second Era. He worked as a member of the Eyes of the Queen, a secret intelligence network that served Queen Ayrenn of the First Aldmeri Dominion. Raz built quite a reputation for himself as a wandering mercenary before he got...

Hatchery Meddler Card Art by Vu Nguyen
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Hatchery Meddler – Uses and Synergies

Hatchery Meddler – An Under-Played Legends Card It’s time to look at Hatchery Meddler, one of the most underplayed cards in The Elder Scrolls Legends. This Houses of Morrowind card is seldom played in ranked play and I have not seen it in any competitive lists. Some long-time Legends fans will remember the trick he can do with Deranged Corprus...

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Sentinel Reclaimer – Uses & Synergies

Sentinel Reclaimer is the monthly reward card for July 2019. For your success in ranked play last month, you were rewarded with a 3-cost 2/3 Redguard that puts two items into your hand with its summon ability: one the neutral 1-cost +1/+0 Steel Dagger, and the second the blue 2-cost +3/+0 Steel Sword. In total this gives you 6/3 in...

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Play Around Prophecies and Runes #1 – The Basics

How do I play around prophecies? You’ve asked yourself that question when facing a Prophecy Battlemage deck. Maybe you’ve asked it when you lost a race in an aggro mirror match up. You’ve asked it when you couldn’t play around that last rune break which triggered a Piercing Javelin and made you lose. The prophecy mechanic is conceptually at the...

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Moons of Elsweyr Titles – A Guide with Decklists

It is time to look at the Moons of Elsweyr titles. The good news for all of us title hunters out there: Moons of Elsweyr comes with two amazing hidden titles. These are The Ursurpator and The Shriven. This article provides a full overview of titles with decklists, tips and tricks to unlock each one of them. The List of...

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Warpmeta Tournaments Return!

Great news for competitive players of The Elder Scrolls Legends: the Warpmeta Tournaments will return on August 11th, 2019. After the great 2019 Masters Series, there remain few community-run initiatives for TESL tournaments. Therefore, one or two of the Masters Series players had considered turning away from TESL for lack of a competitive scene. Earlier this year, Warpmeta, a prominent...

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Budget Token Empire

Sav0s_Aren has brought us another powerful budget deck: Budget Token Empire. This token deck includes the latest great common and rare cards from Moons of Elsweyr and has been updated on 25-Oct-2019 for Jaws of Oblivion. A budget deck costs under 10,000 soul gems when crafted and runs only must-have cards, not niche ones. These must-have cards, like Divine Fervor,...

Alliance War Epics
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Alliance War – The Epics to Craft – A Guide for New Players

Have you finished crafting the legendaries from Alliance War? Do you now want to go after the Alliance War epics and add them to your collection? This guide will help you to craft the best Alliance War epics to expand your collection in the most cost efficient way. Epics in Alliance War To complete your collection of all epics in...

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Alliance War Crafting Guide – Legendaries

Have you saved a good amount of soul gems to craft a few legendary cards from the Alliance War expansion? Would you like to add the best staple cards from the set to your collection? This guide will help you to craft the best legendary cards for you depending on whether you prefer to play aggro or control. Legendaries in...

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Interview with Boomslife

Boomslife aka Really_Beau earned his ticket to the 2019 Master Series Finals at QuakeCon from July 25-28 through the last chance qualifiers. Boomslife, who has been playing across multiple accounts, has more than 10,000 wins on ladder and has finished in top 10 and in top 100 numerous times. It will be exciting to see him join the other top...

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How to Build Your Card Collection in The Elder Scrolls Legends

Have you recently started playing The Elder Scrolls Legends? Have you finished the tutorial and now want to know how best to build your card collection? Do you want to know which story expansions to buy in which order, or if you should play solo or versus arena? Where to spend your gold? Let us answer all of these questions...

Fafal
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Interview with Fafal

Last weekend, Fafal earned his ticket to the 2019 Master Series Finals at QuakeCon from July 25-28 by winning the last chance qualifier. Fafal is a semi-competitive player of many card games and a fan of RPGs and the Warcraft universe. He also streams Legends via his Twitch channel twitch.tv/xfafal. It will be exciting to see him join some of...

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The Consume Mechanic and the Imbued in The Elder Scrolls Legends

Moons of Elsweyr introduces the consume mechanic to The Elder Scrolls Legends. With consume, you can remove a card in your discard pile from the game to gain advantages provided by your necromancers. Triggering the Consume Mechanic For this to work, you will simply need at least one creature in your discard pile when you play the necromancer. This can...

Dro-M'Athra Reaper Card Art
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Dro-m’Athra Reaper – Uses and Synergies

Moons of Elsweyr brings us Dro-m’Athra Reaper, a new legendary 3/2 Khajiit and Spirit in Endurance for 2 magicka. Revealed by Wita, the reaper comes with a powerful summon effect: Consume a creature. When a creature leaves your discard pile, Dro-m’Athra Reaper gains +0/+1 and you gain 1 health. The Khajiit spirit is the first creature that gets buffed and...

Rimmen Siege Weapons Card Art
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Rimmen Siege Weapons – Uses and Synergies

Rimmen Siege Weapons is a new legendary support card in The Elder Scrolls Legends Moons of Elsweyr. A Look at Elder Scrolls Lore Rimmen, also known as Rim’kha in the Khajiit language, is the capital of the region Anequina, which is the major location in Elder Scrolls Online – Elsweyr. Leading up to the Elsweyr storyline, Euraxia Tharn conquered the...

Kaalgrontiid and the Halls of Colossus
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Kaalgrontiid – Uses and Synergies

Kaalgroontiid is a new powerful dragon in The Elder Scrolls Legends – Moons of Elsweyr. His name Kaal-gron-tiid means: Champion – Bind – Time. Kaalgrontiid and the ESO Lore When Abnur Tharn was attempting to decipher the two halves of the Wrathstone, he was looking for the location of a secret Demon weapon. He was hoping to find a weapon...

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Interview with Karakondzhul

During the first weekend in June, Karakondzhul earned his ticket to the 2019 Master Series Finals at QuakeCon from July 25-28 by earning 15 points in the qualifier series. Kara has been playing The Elder Scrolls Legends since open Beta and has more than 10,800 wins in ranked play. He is among the most consistent top players in the game,...

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Interview with Wita

This past weekend, Wita qualified for the Master Series Finals at QuakeCon (from July 25 – 28). He scored a total of 14 master points across all four qualifier tournaments, a huge achievement. A veteran player to both The Elder Scrolls Legends and Hearthstone, Wita also devotes a lot of his time to his Twitch stream and organizing League of...

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Interview with ksedden

This past weekend, ksedden aka MaG0meD_36cm won the fourth 2019 Master Series Qualifier tournament. He is the fourth player to directly qualify for the Master Series Finals at QuakeCon (from July 25 – 28) and a very strong player with close to 20 top 100 finishes and multiple finishes in the top 20 and top 50. He is also streaming...

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Varen Aquilarios – Uses & Synergies

Varen Aquilarios is a very unique addition to Willpower in the Alliance War expansion of The Elder Scrolls Legends. Before we look at the card, let’s understand a little about the lore surrounding this character. Varen Aquilarios – ESO Lore Varen Aquilarios sparked a rebellion after Emperor Leovic legalized Daedra worship across the Empire. He won many victories across Cyrodiil....

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Interview with superthx555

This past weekend, superthx555 won the third 2019 Master Series Qualifier tournament. After last week’s control mirror “TESL-thons”, this third tournament felt like Aggro-week and superthx navigated this extremely well. He is one of the most consistent tournament players, winning thirteen Warpmeta tournaments. He is also the winner of the first European Warpmeta tournament ever. He finished ranked play as...

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Token Empire – BWG Weekly Deck

Time for another weekly deck by the Blood Warriors Guild: Token Empire. This deck was created by Kodlak9270 and took victory among many superb Empire formations. With Slay-Ramp Ebonheart, Abomination Empire and Burn Assassin dominating the meta, this deck will allow you to bring Glory to the Empire by employing a classic token strategy. A fair battle with valiant, honorable...

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Interview with Frenzy1

This past weekend, Frenzy1 won the second 2019 Master Series Qualifier tournament in what was among the strongest and tightest top 8 bracket ever seen in any Legends tournament. Frenzy started playing in June 2017, regularly earning his spot among the top 100 players in ranked play. Overall, he has earned five top 10 finishes and 8 top 20 finishes....

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Interview with Thuldir

This past weekend, Thuldir won the first 2019 Master Series Qualifier tournament and is the first player to have earned a ticket to the Master Series Finals at QuakeCon from July 25-28. Thuldir has been playing The Elder Scrolls Legends since open beta and has more than 10,000 wins in ranked play. He is among the most consistent top players...

Market Archer Swindlers Market
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Burn Assassin Counter-Play

The Alliance War expansion made an older deck archetype very consistent: Market Assassin (often also referred to as Burn Assassin) and Market Archer. In particular, the rise in consistency and popularity of the deck can be attributed to Spoils of War, Forked Bolt and to Debilitate (to some degree). The idea of these decks is straightforward: get one or more...

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Budget Token Guildsworn

Sav0s_Aren is brewing on some additional budget decks. A first option leveraging the latest Alliance War cards is Budget Token Guildsworn. This token deck leverages classic elements from Mage and Crusader tokens and blends them into a powerful Guildsworn deck. (Note, it has been updated on 25-Oct-2019 to reflect the additional new expansions Moons of Elsweyr and Jaws of Oblivion)....

Murkwater Scourge
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Goblin Monk – BWG Weekly Deck

Green Goblin Monk was the winner in the Blood Warriors Guild weekly decklist competition in early April. The objective was to build a deck around Murkwater Scourge (the Monthly Reward card from March 2019) and JGlass won the competition with his Goblin Monk deck. My sincerest apologies for being so very much delayed on the write-up for this pre-Alliance War...

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How to Counter-Play Falkreath Defiler

How do you counter-play Falkreath Defiler? The Imperial is a key card of control decks like Ramp/ Rage-Warrior and Ramp/Rage-Ebonheart. The Ramp/Rage decks currently see a tremendous amount of play on the ladder across all ranks due to their amazing late game. While Falkreath Defiler is not the deck’s sole win condition, the Imperial plays a pivotal role in fetching...

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Falkreath Defiler – Uses & Synergies

Falkreath Defiler is a 4-cost 3/3 that some consider among the best four-drops in The Elder Scrolls Legends. The reason lies in the Imperial’s slay ability. It summons a creature from your discard pile when triggered. You may select any creature that has died or that you have discarded through other means like Merchant’s Camel or Scout’s Report. While the...