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Kinkou Elusive deck list guide - Season of Plunder - Legends of Runeterra (May 2020)

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Our Kinkou Elusive deck list guide features the best Kinkou Elusive deck for Legends of Runeterra's Season of Plunder. Our Kinkou Elusive deck guide contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

If you’re looking for a rundown of the best decks Legends of Runeterra has to offer, check out our Legends of Runeterra Best Decks page!

This is a deck that doesn’t really change its gameplan at all. No matter what you find yourself up against, you’re looking to whack Elusive units onto the board, buff them up, and deal Nexus damage that bypasses most enemy blockers.

It’s a pretty easy deck to play, so you might as well give it a shot if you happen to own most of the cards.

Here’s the best Kinkou Elusive deck at the moment, and you’ll find some tips and tricks below it.

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3 x Navori Bladescout 3 x Elixir of Iron
3 x Greenglade Duo3 x Omen Hawk
3 x Navori Conspirator
3 x Shadow Assassin
3 x Twin Disciplines
3 x Zed
1 x Deny
3 x Kinkou Lifeblade
3 x Kinkou Wayfinder
3 x Will of Ionia
3 x Jeweled Protector
3 x Windfarer Hatchling

To play this deck, log into the Legends of Runeterra client, open your Collection and click ‘Decks’. Click on 'Import Deck', and paste the deck import code below and then save.

Deck Import ID: CEBAEAIBAQLAWAICAIDASDARCULSQLBSHEAACAIBAIYQ

General Strategy

You’ve got all sorts of ways to buff your Elusive units, and a load of ammunition to apply pressure early on. As long as you don’t waste your tempo, it’s possible to close out victories swiftly, whilst also saving some resources for later.

Early Game: You’ve got some good cheap units to play out if you draw them. Omen Hawk sets you up for strong turns once you start drawing, especially if you manage to buff an Elusive unit, and Navori Bladescout works excellently as some free early damage that’ll bypass blockers for a turn.

Navori Conspirator and Shadow Assassin are some more brilliant early plays, letting you defend against enemy aggression and Elusives whilst setting up more sneaky attackers. Zed is surprisingly not this deck’s focal point, but it’s always nice to put pressure on your enemy - play him out on your attacking turn and force your opponent to make some tough decisions.

One thing you should keep in mind is avoiding going overboard on blocks. Your Nexus health isn’t as vital, because you should be trying to kill them first. Sometimes it’s okay to take a few hits if you can keep the pressure up.

Mid Game: Midway through the game you’ll hopefully have board control, or at the very least some threats your opponent has to handle. Use spells like Twin Disciplines and Will of Ionia to keep hold of the board. Remember - Will of Ionia removes any buffs on your enemy’s units, so play it out when your foe is attacking with a big scary unit.

Kinkou Wayfinder is a bit of an MVP in this deck. It’ll usually trigger its Allegiance ability, and if it does you get two free 1-cost units. These will be Omen Hawk and Navori Bladescout, which will buff your deck and gain Elusive for a turn respectively when summoned.

If you keep getting your stuff killed off, don’t worry. You have a few final gambits up your sleeve.

Late Game: Jeweled Protector buffs a unit in your hand by +3/+3, making it enormously strong with your Elusive allies. Kinkou Lifeblade in particular can destroy your enemy’s hopes thanks to its Lifesteal ability. Jeweled Protector’s buff means you have a 5/5 with Lifesteal and Elusive, which gets pretty out of hand if your foe has already used all their removal. Windfarer Hatchling can offer that last bit of damage though, buffing every minion you have by +2/+2 and having Elusive itself. If this doesn’t work out, you’ll be having a pretty bad time.

More essential Legends of Runeterra guides:

Kinkou Elusive Mulligan guide

These are the cards you’ll want to hold on to at the start of a match:

  • 1. Greenglade Duo: Easy to secure decent damage early. If enemy hasn’t dealt with her, you can begin buffing to increase her threat, which’ll likely force the enemy to respond.
  • 2. Omen Hawk: Buffs for your units are super valuable, especially in a deck with so may Elusives. Omen Hawk gives you big tempo down the line.
  • 3. Navori Conspirator: You can Recall your Omen Hawk or Navori Bladescout to double up on their bonuses, as well as getting a strong 3/2 with Elusive on board.
  • 4. Navori Bladescout: Having a play for turn 1 is vital, and this one can push 2 damage immediately thanks to its 1-turn Elusive ability.

Kinkou Elusive tips, combos and synergies

Below we’ve put together a handful of tips to help you pilot this deck effectively. As the meta shakes out we’ll update this section, so stay tuned for all the latest!

- Kinkou Lifeblade’s the perfect target for sustained buffs, such as Jeweled Protector as they’ll grant you healing on top of damage.

- Twin Disciplines gives you the choice between attack power and health. The extra damage can finish off a game thanks to its Burst speed, but you might need to keep a unit alive by boosting its health by 3 for a turn during blocking.

- This deck only has 1 Deny, but it can save you in a pinch. Don’t be afraid to use it when your opponent tries to clear your board with a spell - tempo is absolutely vital.

- Will of Ionia forces enemies to put a unit back into their hand - use it before attacking to get rid of opposing blockers

- Zed is a great target for buffs, since his Shadow Assassin gets all the same buffs, essentially doubling them up.

- Kinkou Wayfinder is a brilliant unit, giving you three entire units on board, whilst buffing ones inside your deck.

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