Clash of the Battle Goats adds a lot of cool new content to the world of Gruff. This week I wanted to highlight a new type of deck that would not have been possible prior to Clash. It is going to have a significant impact on the meta-game of Gruff. So here it is the Hyper-agro Stovell deck! Special thanks to Mitchell Breinholt for finding the deck and testing it with me.
This team has a very unusual composition of 2 early game aggressive gruffs and 1 aggressive off-tank style Fat gruff. None of the Gruffs on the team are good resource generators at all. That is where Stovell comes in.
Over 4 turns Stovell can generate 8 Crazy (though it is pretty easy to disrupt that number and get it down to 6 or 4). This deck is composed entirely of cards like Reckless Slash that provide early game aggression and have a cost of 6 Crazy or less. This deck starts with an incredible amount of pressure and can maintain that pressure through much of the mid-game. A key part of the success of the deck comes from the least aggressive gruff in the line-up Gaptooth.
While he doesn't grow any of his stats by default he definitely has the right toolkit for this deck. He has a great starting Fat Score that can ensure that your opponent cannot put you on the defensive on turn one. He brings clutch tempo cards like protect and block that will allow you to turn the tables on your opponent's aggression. And he brings this amazing card that can result in the strongest turn one attack in the game.
Altogether the massive amount of early game damage from this deck will consistently destroy hybrid aggression/control decks (like the demo decks from gruff), as well as combo decks, but struggles against tempo/control decks. I am excited for you to get Clash so you can try this deck out too!
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