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Shark Wraiths deck list guide - Open Beta - Legends of Runeterra (February 2020)

So many sharks. So many wraiths.

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Our Shark Wraiths deck list guide features the best Legends of Runeterra deck list for the open beta (February 2020). Our Shark Wraiths guide also contains Mulligan advice, card combos and strategy tips.

After an aggro deck which swamps the board, seemingly out of nowhere? Milan Stojanovic has created just the one for you. It centres around reviving, or summoning Shark Chariots and Wraithcallers to build a board which’ll become harder and harder to deal with as the game progresses.

To achieve victory, you’ll need to be clever when reviving certain targets, especially when it comes to summoning, and maximising the damage of your Shark Chariots. Otherwise, you’ll have a bunch of spells to stall, heal your Nexus and keep your ramp high.

Below we’ll run you through this deck, as well as offer some strategy advice to help you get to grips with it.

In the latest version of our Shark Wraiths guide, we’ve got the deck list we’re using for the open beta of Legends of Runeterra.

Shadow IslesPiltover and Zaun
3 x Fading Memories2 x Mystic Shot
3 x Mistwraith1 x Get Excited!
3 x Glimpse Beyond
3 x Black Spear
3 x Glimpse Beyond
3 x Black Spear
3 x Shark Chariot
3 x Splinter Soul
3 x Scribe of Sorrows
3 x Mist's Call
3 x Chronicler of Ruin
3 x Wraithcaller
2 x Grasp of the Undying
1 x Withering Wail
2 x Hecarim
2 x Atrocity

Select and copy the long ID string below, then click ‘Import Deck’ in Legends of Runeterra’s Collection to export this deck into your game.

Deck Import ID: CEAQSAIFBYIBEFI4EARC6MICAEAQINAEAECRSKROGYBACAIEE4BACBIBDU

General strategy

Your main aim is to summon your Shark Chariots fast, and get your Mistwraiths on board as blockers (and attackers) too. While some of your spells can be used for control, many of them play off summon/revive synergies to get your Shark Chariots on the board. As the game progresses, you’ll look to end things with Hecarim, who’ll not only summon his Spectral Riders, but also the - hopefully many - Shark Chariots you’ve been working towards. The aim of the game is to keep on the offensive, and keep clearing their board so you aren’t doomed when blocking.

Early game: During the first couple of rounds, you’ll want to play out a Shark Chariot if possible. This way you’ll get it’s ramp started. Wraithcaller and any Mistwraiths are important to play out too, as they’ll act as minions who’ll stick around and help you reliably block or attack.

Spells like Mystic Shot, Black Spear and Get Excited can be used to control the board and prevent you from taking too much face damage early on.

Glimpse Beyond will prove useful to help you draw for more Shark Chariots, Mistwraiths, and hopefully some other summoning related cards.

Mid game: At this point in the game you’ll want to work with what you’ve got on your side of the board and begin reviving, summoning and the like. Chronicler of Ruin and Scribe of Sorrows can make for some lovely combos alongside your Wraithcaller or Shark Chariot depending on how things are going.

Fading Memories, Splinter Soul and Mist's Call can help you attack with Shark Chariots while keeping your side of the board stacked with beefy wraiths and handy blockers. The likes of Vengeance, Atrocity, and Grasp of the Undying will be key to eliminating the enemy’s big threats.

Late game: You’ll look to play your Hecarim out and hopefully level him in the process. Attack with him and you’ll not only summon two Spectral Riders, but also - hopefully - many Shark Chariots for a devastating combo which’ll force the enemy into blocking or face certain death.

If your Hecarim dies, Mist's Call can bring him back to life for another attack, and Splinter Soul can create a disposable copy of him to play out.

More essential Legends of Runeterra guides:

Shark Wraiths Mulligan guide

These are the cards you’ll want to make the best possible start with Shark Wraiths:

  • 1. Hold onto Shark Chariot if possible. Play it out on your attacking or defending turn to get its unique ability started.
  • 2. Having a Mistwraith in hand isn’t a bad idea, either. Again, playing it out will trigger its unique ability and with Fearsome it can net you a surprising amount of damage early on if the enemy doesn’t have an answer.
  • 3. Fading Memories is brilliant as a low cost ramp tool.

Shark Wraiths tips, combos and synergies

Here’s a brief primer on what synergies to look out for when you play this Shark Wraiths deck. Make sure you keep an eye out for changes as the meta settles.

- Don’t be afraid to send your Champions into battle. You’ve got 3 copies of each, and you want to force your opponent to deal with them.

- Chronicler of Ruin on your Shark Chariot to create an extra chariot with minimal effort. It doesn’t matter too much when you perform this combo, but if it’s possible on your attacking turn then you’ll generate more value.

- Unless you’re really confident with how things are going, try and play out Hecarim when you’re guaranteed a level up. If he’s already hit 5 of 8 ephemeral units summoned, and you know you’ll summon a couple of chariots, then you’re guaranteed a level up as soon as you attack. This means he’ll buff all the attacking ephemeral units as you’re attacking for a big power push!

- Bear in mind that your Shark Chariots will perish at the end of every round, and they can’t block. Be sure to have something else on the board if you don’t want to take face damage.

- Splinter Soul on your Wraith Caller can generate you an extra Mistwraith for attacking or defending.

- Fading Memories on your Shark Chariot early can help you get things rolling.

- If there’s a big minion or champion like Garen looking to attack, you can stick a disposable minion in their way and follow it up with a Glimpse Beyond to simultaneously block their attack and draw a couple of cards to counter on the next turn.

- Sometimes things don’t go your way and you may never draw a Shark Chariot. If this happens, treat your Wraith Caller or Mistwraiths as your main revive and summon targets.

- Splinter Soul your Scribe of Sorrows to generate a Shark Chariot on your attacking turn if you don’t already have one.

- If you’re struggling with Frostbite, Chronicler of Ruin on something like a Wraithcaller can help you attack and bring some power back to your board. Also, even if one of your ephemeral units has been frostbitten, you can still attack with them to summon all your Shark Chariots.

- Once you’ve generated plenty of Shark Chariots, you don’t really need to attack with non-ephemeral units as you’ll flood the board anyway. Splinter Soul one of your units, then attack with them to trigger the influx of sharky boys.

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