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Card Spotlight - Imperial Drain

Posted by Aquablad on 28/06/2017

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This week I take a look at Imperial Drain and what it offers to rush players.

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  • 0 Imperial Drain 3
  • 3 2 Gift of Steel 3
  • 5 3 Seifer, Blood Tyrant 1
  • 5 2 Shedim Brute 3
  • 3 2 Flame Burst 3
  • 2 2 Seifer's Wrath 3
  • 3 2 Underground Brigand 3
  • 5 2 Underground Boss 3
  • 3 1 Axe Grinder 3
  • 4 1 Seifer's Fodder 3
  • 6 2 Groundshaker 2

Card Spotlight - Imperial Drain

The Card Spotlight series reviews cards that we don’t typically see in competitive play. In the spotlight I'll talk about each card’s strengths and what decks could use them.

Imperial Drain

Imperial Drain once saw a lot of play in rush style decks. The goal is to stop the defender from harvesting Faeria and then overwhelm them with your efficient creatures. Imperial Drain is a great support card for rush strategies because Faeria is so important for a defender. Defenders that aren’t collecting Faeria will often get overrun because they can’t afford to play re-actively.

Imperia Drain doesn’t last forever. The structure deals one damage to itself every turn. The card will only be in play for two turns but it does cost zero Faeria. Imperial Drain’s two Life makes it vulnerable to removal. One Groundshaker will accelerate its destruction by a turn.

Imperial Drain reflects the strength of its favoured archetype. In the current meta-game, rush strategies are weak and no match for powerful tempo and mid-range decks. Finding space in a deck list can be another complication.

Why play Imperial Drain?

If you’re a rush player then Imperial Drain could be a perfect option for your deck. Starving your opponent of Faeria is often more important than pushing Orb damage. The less Faeria your opponent has available, the less likely they can react to your aggression. Imperial Drain enables you to ignore board control and push damage.

This alone won't be enough to fully utilise Imperial Drain's power. You may need to destroy an enemy creature even when you play the structure. This is why good timing of a Drain is important. You want to play Drain at two key moments.

  • When you want to push damage and ignore harvesters.
  • When your opponent is desperate for Faeria and plays a creature.

These two instances allow you to ignore your opponent’s board and force them to play defensively. This gives you opportunities to push damage and set up a win.

Potential Deck

Any rush deck can make use of Imperial Drain. I’ve seen the card feature in many styles of rush in the past but Red is the colour that has used it the most.

This version of Red Rush is based around the Combat mechanic. Traditional Red Rush’s build around Firebringer but this list doesn’t have enough synergy for that finisher.

Instead we use the Underground Boss duo to gain Faeria. Imperial Drain will lock out the wells while you can get ahead in economy with their Combat ability.

Conclusion

Rush is one of the weaker archetypes in the current meta-game. Faeria is such an important resource and being able to shut down the wells is a powerful ability. Rush might make a come back in the future with Oversky and perhaps we will see more of Imperial Drain.

SaitoLo 29/06/2017 09:54

Hi, really interesting card there ! It may help a little bit against those dreadful blue mid decks that are wrecking havoc on the ladder right now ! Or at least one can certainly try...

Any idea which card I need to change it for in a classic yellow rush deck ?

Dorvo 29/06/2017 16:41

Well that red card that gives life to struc is not a good option?

Donpork 29/06/2017 20:53

I just reached #13 with this deck tonight.... imperial drain is super good specially against blue frogys, they can't get faeria value with any token creatures While I can get Faeria benefits with combat creatures. :smiley: Aquablad you are genius ^^

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