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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...

Piercing Javelin - Prophecy
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The Prophecy Mechanic

The prophecy mechanic is one that allows some cards to be played for free during the opponent’s turn; similar to Instant/Flash spells in Magic: the Gathering, but still different in their own way.

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The Expertise Mechanic in The Elder Scrolls Legends

The Alliance War expansion introduces the Expertise mechanic to The Elder Scrolls Legends. Expertise is a mechanic associated with The Guildsworn (attributes Strength, Intelligence, Willpower – Red/ Blue/ Yellow), a faction that combines the Mage Guild and the Fighters Guild. They are independent of all other Alliance War factions, although the other factions and Houses can actively involve the expertise...

Mobilize keyword
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The Mobilize Keyword

The Alliance War expansion introduces the Mobilize keyword to The Elder Scrolls Legends through several item cards. Mobilize is associated with the Daggerfall Covenant (attributes Strength, Intelligence, Endurance (= red, blue, purple), a faction that loves to defeat their foes with powerful enchanted weapons, engages in legendary armor and is home to some of the most skilled blacksmiths in all...

Guildsworn Cavalier Card Art
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BWG Presents – Guildsworn Cavalier!

The pieces of the puzzle have finally been assembled! After several days of teases and treasure hunting and deciphering clues, the day of the full reveal is upon us. Blood Warriors Guild is very proud to present — Guildsworn Cavalier! Guildsworn Cavalier is a card that showcases an excellent new mechanic in Alliance War — Expertise! Expertise is an ability...

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Strategic Deployment – Exclusive Card Reveal & Review

Today, we are honored and super-excited to reveal a new Alliance War card, Strategic Deployment. A big thank you to Bethesda and Sparkypants for allowing tesl.blog to be part of the hype! Strategic Deployment is a common 4-cost action in Endurance, that summons two 1/1 Recruits in each lane. That’s four tokens for four magicka, which is pretty similar to...

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BWG Card Reveal – Treasure Hunt

The Blood Warriors Guild has the honor and privilege to reveal a new card for The Elder Scrolls Legends. A big thank you to Sparkypants and Bethesda for allowing us to be part of the excitement! Since we like treasure hunts and puzzles, let’s have some fun and reveal the card piece by piece, starting with this article. Here is...

Clivia Tharn
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Clivia Tharn – Uses & Synergies

Clivia Tharn is the Empress Regent of the Empire of Cyrodiil. Clivia is the child of Grand Chancellor Abnur Tharn, the Imperial overlord of Nibenbay and the head of the Elder Council, and his 7th wife Pulasia, and his 16th daughter overall. She married Leovic of the Longhouse Emperors. When Leovic was overthrown and killed in a rebellion led by...

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Dominion Battlereeve – Uses & Synergies

Silverfuse revealed Dominion Battlereeve during her stream. The Aldmeri Dominion gets a 3/3 for 3, which is one of the most popular stat lines recently. The High Elf comes with a plethora of opportunities to inflict damage to your opponent. He deals one damage when you summon him, another point when he dies and more pings whenever you slay a...

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Exclusive Card Art Preview & Teaser Story – Card Reveal on April 8

Holoir here – I am super-excited to be given the opportunity to reveal a brand new card for Alliance War on April 8 on the blog. A big thank you to CVH and Gavin for giving me the opportunity, as well as everyone at Bethesda and Sparkypants who is making this awesome strategy card game. I must say how deeply...

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An In-Depth Look at Attributes – Part 4: Agility

So far we have examined the raw power of Strength, the explosive unpredictability of Intelligence, and the overwhelming resiliency of Willpower. Now we shift focus to Agility, the attribute of subtlety, precision and speed. Agility moves swiftly and silently, letting loose lethal arrows, pilfering and pick-pocketing, lying in wait in the shadows for the opportune moment to strike. What it...

Hatchery Meddler Card Art by Vu Nguyen
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Catchery Assassin – BWG Weekly Deck

Time for another Blood Warriors Guild Weekly deck: Catchery Assassin. This week, we looked at Assassin, which combines the elemental foundations of Mundus in Intelligence with the subtlety, precision and speed of Agility. Just going through the submissions showcases that Assassin seems to be one of the favorite classes of guild members. As always the competition only has one winning...

Empower Mechanic
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The Empower Mechanic in The Elder Scrolls Legends

The Empower mechanic is introduced with the Alliance War expansion. Empower is the mechanic predominantly used by the Aldmeri Dominion (Intelligence, Willpower and Agility – blue, yellow, green). Next to the Dominion, Empower will also be accessible for Assassin, Mage and Monk decks. Here is the definition of Empower: When your opponent takes damage, actions with Empower increase in effect...

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Announcing the Monthly Blood Warriors Guild Team League

Hail, TES Legends players! Blood Warriors Guild is proud to announce a new Monthly Team League! Teams of four will compete in a Round Robin Conquest format for both awesome prizes and for the prestigious “Guild Champion” title! We’re going to make accommodations for flexible timezone friendly matches wherever possible. Registration begins now and will close on April 4th, 2019....

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Custom Card Building – Week One

The Blood Warriors Guild has embarked on a new regular fun activity, a bi-weekly Custom Card Building Competition. The Guild members create a card based on the lore of the chosen theme, whether it be a person, spell, creature, or even a screenshot of their character (if applicable). They can get as creative as they desire, including the card’s art...

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Midrange Redoran – BWG Weekly Deck

Another week, another Blood Warriors Guild Weekly Deck: this time we looked at House Redoran. Submissions included Doomcrag Redoran variants, Redoran Control, Tullius’ Vampires and Redoran Necromancer decks, to name a few. An interesting, wide-spread range of ideas, but there can only be one winner. And this week it was the Midrange Redoran build created by was Savos_Aren who goes...

The Elder Scrolls Legends Roadmap 2019
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The Legends Roadmap 2019 – 4 New Pack Expansions

Bethesda Game Days 2019 brings us the long-awaited Legends roadmap. Good tidings, citizen: Bethesda and Sparkypants deliver what the Legends community has been asking for. And they deliver in style, confidence and with a bang: Alliance War, the new cardpack expansion will release on April 15th, 2019. After Bethesda has shifted developers to Sparkypants, we are now seeing the opening...

Murkwater Scourge
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Murkwater Scourge – Uses & Synergies

Murkwater Scourge is the Monthly Reward card for March 2019. It has been about a year since the Gobbos got some love from the Legends card designers. In fact, Goblins received a substantial downgrade after the Goblin Skulk nerf in patch 2.5 in December 2018. Now, we are getting a 4-cost 3/1 Goblin who puts up to two Curses into...

Doomfang Ally
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Doomfang Ally – Uses & Synergies

Doomfang Ally is the sixth Reachman in The Elder Scrolls Legends and the second Neutral “Ally”. Introduced with Isle of Madness, the 3-drop promotes decks with multi-color cards that run a very small number of neutral cards. When summoned, Doomfang Ally gets different boosts depending on the color of your top deck. For multi-color cards, multiple boosts get applied, causing...

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New Legends Expansion – Alliance War – Pre-order Leak

Awesome spoilers ahead – the Alliance War Pre-order Leak! The next expansion for The Elder Scrolls Legends is called Alliance War. Yesterday’s patch 2.8 brought three nerfs, a great new VFX for Edict of Azura and lots of small improvements. On top of that, the patch contains some “hidden” previews of the new pack-based expansion: Alliance War. Here is the...

Training Grounds
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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
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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
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The Elder Scrolls: Legends - A Deeper Analysis of Doomcrag Warrior

Doomcrag Warrior is one of the most feared tournament decks in TESL. Despite the deck’s high skill demand, many players try their luck at it. Doomcrag Warrior decks started out as a basic idea, but a group of two or three people fleshed this idea out. Doomcrag Warrior is a combo deck that requires immense skill and game knowledge to...

Doomcrag
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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
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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...

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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
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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
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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
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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...

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...

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Four Flavors of Monk

If you’ve shared a virtual room with me at any point in the last 2 months, you know that I am a fanatic about Monk. Classes in general have seen a bit of a decline lately with “good stuff” Tricolor decks dominating the ladder, and of the few classes that still see play, Monk is one of the least popular....

Budget Decks - Tiny Dragons
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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
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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...

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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
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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
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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....

Icy Shambles
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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
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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...