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Training Grounds

Dark Elf Tribunal: The Dark Elf Rises – BWG Weekly Deck

Dark Elf Tribunal-time: here is the next Blood Warriors Guild weekly deck! The Guild is holding a weekly, fun contest where members of all levels of experience can submit their decks against a guild-selected theme. This week, the challenge was to build a deck with the latest Monthly Reward Card Training Grounds. The Guild members take a few days to...

Bedeviling Scamp Card Art by Camille Alquier

Bedeviling Scamp – Uses & Synergies

With Bedeviling Scamp, Isle of Madness is introducing another Hatebear to The Elder Scrolls Legends. Hatebears are taxing players when playing their cards: the Deadra causes all cards to cost a minimum of three. What a nice guy – he makes us pay three magicka for 0-drops, 1-drops and 2-drops. Your opponent might hate you for it. But lucky for...


Doomcrag Warrior – BWG Weekly Deck

The Blood Warriors Guild weekly deck building competition (finally) took a shot at the Warrior class. Each week Guild Member votes on a class or house and members get creative and submit their decks. The submissions were very difficult to choose from, as Warrior is a very popular class. One winning deck emerged: and it’s Doomcrag Warrior, in a built...

Training Grounds

Training Grounds – Uses and Synergies

Training Grounds is the Monthly Reward card for February 2019. The 4-cost, neutral support card comes as an epic. The card comes with a buff-effect for tribal decks: When you summon a creature, give it +1/+1 if it shares a type with the top creature in your deck Training Grounds’ special ability If you made it into the top 1,000...


Isle of Madness and some Housekeeping

Isle of Madness requires a lot of housekeeping on TESL.BLOG. The new content has implications on articles published a longer time ago and we want to keep things up-to-date as much as possible. As blog content grows and with more and more expansions coming, this can develop into a full-time job. This site is maintained as a hobby by a...

Isle of Madness Titles The Scrupulous

Isle of Madness Titles – A few tips & tricks on how to earn them

Player titles are a fun collectible in The Elder Scrolls Legends. Isle of Madness, like all other story expansions, brings us multiple new titles to earn. Some are relatively easy to get by completing the story mode on normal and master difficulty. Others require you to play with certain cards and/ or combos from the expansion. But there are also...

Sheogorath gone Mad

Isle of Madness Master Tutorial #6 – Memories

This article provides an Isle of Madness master tutorial for episode 6: Memories. The final episode of the Isle of Madness story expansion holds a big tragic surprise for Talym, the hero of the story (more spoilers below). Obelisk of Order – Isle of Madness Master Tutorial Obelisk of Order is the one were Talym, Dyus and Luzrah attempt to recover...

Thadon, Duke of Mania

Mania Crusader – BWG Weekly Deck

It is time for another Blood Warriors Guild Weekly Deck. The guild’s challenge this week was to build a cool Isle of Madness Crusader deck. Many, many great submissions and one winning deck emerged: Midstorm’s Mania Crusader that is leveraging Thadon, the Duke of Mania. This deck is a mid-crusader with aggressive elements, spot removal, and self-healing through Drain. Deck...


Isle of Madness Run-through #5 – The Descent

This article provides an Isle of Madness run-through for Episode 5: The Descent. Maybe you have completed the episode already on normal difficulty? Maybe you are struggling a little with a particular mission on master difficulty? This guide provides a proven collection of decks that can help you do the trick. Some of them are suitable for players on a budget, i.e. these...

Porcia - Isle of Madness Run-Through Episode 4

Isle of Madness Tutorial – Episode 4 – The Betrayal

This article provides an Isle of Madness tutorial for Episode 4: The Betrayal. Maybe you have completed the episode already on normal difficulty? Maybe you are struggling a little with a particular mission on master difficulty? This guide provides a proven collection of decks that can help you do the trick. Some of them are suitable for players on a budget, i.e. these...

Renegade Magister

Renegade SOS OTK Mage – BWG Weekly Deck

Welcome to another Blood Warriors Guild Weekly Decklist. It has been a little while since the holidays and the release of Isle of Madness, but we are back with a fun combo deck. This past week, guild members had to build a deck around Renegade Magister, the Monthly Reward Card for January 2019. There were a lot of great submissions...

Wake the Dead

Wake the Dead – Uses and Synergies

Wake the Dead is a 2-cost action from the Isle of Madness story expansion. The action tutors a Spirit or Skeleton from your draw deck to hand and increases it’s health by 1. This makes Wake the Dead one of the cheapest creature tutors in Legends. The action provides a lot of versatility, as there are Spirits and Skeletons with...

Isle of Madness Walkthrough A Haunted Man

Isle of Madness Master Guide #2: A Haunted Man

This article provides an Isle of Madness master guide for Episode 2: A Haunted Man. Certainly, the tips can equally be applied to normal difficulty level. Maybe you have completed the episode on normal difficulty? Maybe you are struggling a little with a particular mission on master difficulty? This guide provides a proven collection of decks that can help you...

Budget Decks - Tiny Dragons

Budget Decks for The Elder Scrolls Legends

Decklists for Budget Decks are a great way to kick-start your Elder Scrolls Legends experience. Budget decks are a great way for new starters to gain experience with the game and to climb the ranks in Ranked Play. Additionally, they can be used to grind Soul Gems against the Expert AI to acquire more cards. A Litte bit about Ranked...

Crucible blacksmith

Crucible Blacksmith – Uses and Synergies

Crucible Blacksmith is the first “true”, unconditional Item Tutor in The Elder Scrolls Legends. The new blue 2-cost creature was recently revealed by Jele77 on her stream. Surprisingly, the Blacksmith is a Wood Elf and not a Redguard. The reason can be explained by Elder Scrolls Lore: During the time just before the Greymarch, the only blacksmith in the Shivering...


Ring of Lordship – Uses and Synergies

Ring of Lordship – wow! It’s a good day for all Item and Tribal decks in The Elder Scrolls Legends! The amazing MattOblivium revealed the Ring of Lordship today . The item provides a buff of +0/+2 which allows for better trades and works nicely in Mania. But the Ring will also be madness in Runebreaker Dementia decks. But we...

Ghost Fanatic

Ghost Fanatic – Uses & Synergies

Toucharcade, the “#1 iOS games site packed with news, reviews, forums and more”, revealed Ghost Fanatic, another new card for Isle of Madness (see ‘The Elder Scrolls: Legends’: We Scare Up an Exclusive Card Reveal From Isle of Madness). This is what we will get: Ghost Fanatic is a 3-cost 3/3 Spirit that costs 1 less for each creature that...

Hulking Scalon

Hulking Scalon – Uses, Synergies, Counterplays

Hulking Scalon – What a Big Effort Card Reveal Hulking Scalon is the powerhouse finisher from the Isle of Madness story expansion. The card was revealed yesterday by Justin Larson on his YouTube channel. You have to watch this hilarious reveal video, if you haven’t seen it already. Scalons are big aquatic swamp monsters, that are lumbering slowly after prey....


Double Cards in The Elder Scrolls Legends

Double Cards are debuting as a new mechanic in Legends in the story expansion Isle of Madness. Bethesda has explained these in an FAQ on Reddit with further clarifications in a longer thread. To save you some detective work, this article attempts to explain the mechanic on a basic level with a few examples. Disclaimer: since Double Cards have not...

Icy Shambles

Icy Shambles – Uses and Synergies

Icy Shambles is a new card that will be available with Isle of Madness. The Skeleton creature was already revealed during the Festival of Madness a little while ago. Today, it can already be generated and played using Madness Beckons. Icy Shambles is a blue 4-cost 2/3 Skeleton that deals 2 damage to a creature when summoned. In addition, any...

Thadon, Duke of Mania

Thadon Duke of Mania – Uses and Synergies

Thadon, Duke of Mania has been revealed today during the TRS Classic Tournament as one of the cards in the upcoming story expansion Isle of Madness. It shows one of the new mechanics provided by Isle of Madness. Thadon, a unique, yellow 6-cost Wood Elf comes with solid stats of 6/7. This in itself makes for a pretty good fighting...

Crazed Hunger

Crazed Hunger – Uses and Synergies

Crazed Hunger is among the first 6 cards revealed for The Elder Scrolls Legends Isle of Madness. It can be summoned by the 1-cost Action Madness Beckons or acquired in the story expansion Isle of Madness (once released). The card art shows a fierce Daedra that is hopping down some stairs going after a juicy Elder Scrolls Legends hero (you?...


Grummite Magus – Uses, Synergies, Counterplays

Grummite Magus is part of The Elder Scrolls Legends story expansion Isle of Madness. The red 5/5 Grummite comes at a fairly high magicka cost of 7 equipped with the Guard keyword. He is situated among other red 7-costs like Belligerent Giant, Savage Ogre or Wildfire Dragon. In other colors, there are some 7-cost guards, that you can use for...

Isle of Madness

Isle of Madness – Madness Beckons: 6 Card Reveal

Sheogorath beckons the first six cards of the Isle of Madness story expansion in a sneak peek deal during the Festival of Madness. After Cheesemancer, this is the second card to allow a glimpse of the upcoming Isle of Madness expansion. The deal includes three premium art copies of the 1-cost action Madness Beckons in a special deal for €9.99...

Ashlander Punisher

Ashlander Punisher – Uses and Synergies

Ashlander Punisher is the Monthly Reward Card for December 2018. Bethesda kicks-off 2019 for their Elder Scrolls Legends franchise with an absolute blast of an Archer card. Before we look at the uses and synergies, let’s take a moment to admire the card art. Isn’t it absolutely stunning? That grey-skinned, pointy-eared Dark Elf is covering his mouth and nose because...


Elder Scrolls Legends 2018 – A Year in Review and a Look Ahead

2018 was a transitional year for the Elder Scrolls Legends. The community will remember 2018 as the year of the new Sparkypants client. A year that has given us confidence that Bethesda is in for the long run with Legends. They are investing into growing the game and it’s popularity. With the delay of The Elder Scrolls Blade, the issues...


Monthly Reward Cards: Crafting Guide

In The Elder Scrolls Legends Monthly Reward Cards are difficult to acquire. TESL is a great free-to-play game and with enough time and energy you can almost get your entire collection for free. You can even play competitively on a budget, earning all your cards exclusively by spending in-game gold and no real money. When you play in ranked play,...


Discard Pile Creature Tutors – An In-Depth Look

Your opponent has just removed a creature that was pretty valuable for your game plan? Whether it’s an important combo piece being hit by their Territorial Viper, or whether it’s your Apex Wolf, Torval Extortionist, Therana, or Odahviing: you really need them back pretty badly? There is hope for you, because Discard Pile Creature Tutors can do exactly this trick...

Cheesemancer - Isle of Madness - Sneak Pack

Cheesemancer – Uses and Synergies

Cheesemancer is a premium art card that reveals some of the content of The Elder Scrolls Legends Isle of Madness (IoM). IMPORTANT NOTE: the card is not part of the Isle of Madness collection itself.  You can buy three premium copies of Cheesemancer as part of the Festival of Madness Sneak Peek Pack, together with 4 HoM and 4 Skyrim...

Festival Of Madness The Elder Scrolls Legends

Festival of Madness – Let’s Talk TESL-Commercials

The Elder Scrolls Legends has always been a fair F2P game. I know many Top 100 players that do not yet have a complete card collection. You do not need to spend to win in TESL. Also, Bethesda has been clearly taking efforts to protect players’ investments into the game. Now, the Festival of Madness is providing The Elder Scrolls...

Creature Tutors

Creature Tutors in The Elder Scrolls Legends – An In-Depth Look

In The Elder Scrolls Legends, Creature Tutors are a flexible tool to draw a specific or a random creature at exactly the time you need. Creature Tutors increase the probability of drawing a particular creature from your deck. This increases the consistency of that card being drawn. For almost every combo deck, Creature Tutors are a great way to increase...

Blood Warriors Guild

Blood Warriors Guild – Open Day

The Blood Warriors Guild are having an Open Day! For 24hrs ONLY Today – please come by to make friends, ask advice, build decks and cards, share ideas, get involved in collaboration projects, join tournaments, promote positive play, network and support the TESLegends Community and much more. Please help to share and spread the word on social media. We would...


Mid-range Tribunal – BWG Weekly Deck

Hail and Well Met to all you lovely Humans, Elves, and Beastfolk (and to those who are somewhere in-between)! Without further ado, this list was created by Savos_Aren (a recurring name) when the guild voted on Tribunal for the next list. Savos_Aren is an amazing aggro player with an intense, burning passion for Control Tribunal and this was his take...


Statistical Significance in Playtesting

The Problem Why care about Statistical Significance in Playtesting? Maybe you are wondering if your deck is a good one? Maybe you want to know if it beats another (type of) deck consistently? Do you want to improve your Deckbuilding Process? For example, can your deck consistently beat a specific Telvanni Conscription deck your friend is always playing? I found...


Support Tutors in The Elder Scrolls Legends – An In-Depth Look

The Elder Scrolls Legends has some very powerful support cards in each attribute. Whether it’s World Eater’s Eyrie, Wrothgar Forge, Mages Guild Retreat, Divine Fervor, Mechanical Heart, Swindler’s Market, Thieves’ Den, Ring of Namira, High Hrothgar, Mushroom Tower, Haunted Manor, The Night Mother or Altar of Despair. You will certainly have a few decks in your current deck lists, where...


Action Tutors in The Elder Scrolls Legends – An In-Depth Look

Action Tutors are a great vehicle to enhance action-based decks in The Elder Scrolls Legends. You can win more consistently and potentially save some precious slots in your deck. Due to the release of Altmer Dragonknight and Destruction Tutor, action-based decks are currently undergoing a bit of a renaissance. This article provides a in-depth look at all the action tutors...

Blood Warriors Guild

Sorcerer Beatdown Deck: Merlin, the Moose – Blood Warriors Guild Weekly

Hail and Well Met! The Blood Warriors Guild is back with another Weekly Deck for The Elder Scrolls Legends. This time we are proud to introduce you to Merlin, Moose Sorcerer, a classic mid-range beatdown deck. The guild members voted to design a Sorcerer deck with at least one card from the new FrostSpark Collection. By a clear margin, GicaForta won the competition...


Item Tutors in The Elder Scrolls Legends – An In-Depth Look

Your item-centered decks in The Elder Scrolls Legends can win more consistently with Item Tutors. While many of your successful decks already rely on items, probably only some of them run item tutors to draw the item from deck. So can item tutors help to improve this? Item Tutors at their Best A good example of a deck that tutors...


TESL Community – Interview with WayneMcPayne

As a part of the Elder Scrolls Legends community, you want to know more about the people behind the player tags. What made them engage with TESL in the first place? What do they like about the game? What’s their favorite deck? For this purpose, is running a regular interview series to introduce you to members of the TESL...


Deckbuilding Reference Sheet: Tutors

How can you get value from tutors in deckbuilding? With the new cards from The Elder Scrolls Legends FrostSpark Collection, you are now looking to build a completely new deck? You have play-tested your new baby a little bit, but your opponent always gets card advantage or runs under your curve and beats you down? Maybe add more Guards or more...


Tutors in The Elder Scrolls Legends – The Basics

If you are new to CCGs and The Elder Scrolls Legends, you will probably ask – “What is a Tutor, anyway?”. You probably have been using them already in some of your games. If you would like to go a little bit deeper into this concept and strengthen your TESL deck building skills and improve your win rates, this article...


The FrostSpark Collection is Evolution, not Revolution

The FrostSpark Collection is currently entering the meta of The Elder Scrolls Legends. After the release of the Houses of Morrowind expansion, this is the first bigger set of cards the player base has been awaiting anxiously. The designers have focussed on providing some interesting new mechanics that can be used to counter some of the current meta game and...


Wilds Incarnate Moose – Uses and Synergies – FrostSpark

The final card reveal for The Elder Scrolls Legends FrostSpark Collection is Wilds Incarnate, lovingly named The Moose by many. The Moose is a 7-cost 5/6 Neutral Beast with Guard and a pretty interesting Summon effect: Draw a card if you have four runes. Draw an additional card if you have five runes. Wilds Incarnate aka “The Moose” comes with...


Sword of the Inferno – Uses and Synergies

Santosvella revealed Sword of the Inferno, the tenth card in the FrostSpark Collection. Before we have a closer look, let’s check-out the card-art: It is amazing and the premium version of the card has a cool red-orange glow-effect around the sword. The 2-cost item in the red Strength attribute gives +2/+0 and has a special Summon ability. The wielder deals 2 damage...


Altmer Dragonknight – Uses, Synergies and Counterplays

Altmer Dragonknight is the Monthly Reward card for October 2018 in The Elder Scrolls Legends. Altmer Dragonknight is an epic 3-cost 3/2 High Elf from the Mage (blue/yellow) class that has a special effect when combined with actions: At the end of your turn, if you played an action, Altmer Dragonknight gains +2/+2. He relies on a very consistent amount of...


Trick or Treat – Halloween Deck – Blood Warriors Guild

Hail and Well Met! This week, the Blood Warriors Guild is bringing you a theme – deck in time for Halloween! The guild ran another fun competition with Skeleton, Vampire and Mummy decks. In the voting, there was one clear winner: Chesthams Trick or Treat Unite the Houses Hlaalu deck is a lot of fun to play and also thematic...