The Grand Lockdown KeyForge Experiment

If you don’t know what KeyForge is, it’s a 2-player card game where the decks of cards you play with are randomly generated so no two decks of cards are ever the same. I’m not going into great detail about the game itself, you can check it out here. But essentially, there are millions of combinations of cards so you never know what you are getting when you buy and open a new deck.

I started playing it shortly after the game came out with someone from work, and then decided to go to some tournaments to play some more. A couple of years later and it’s all got out of hand. I started with only a handful of decks until I went to a the UK Vault Tour (a national tournament) last year at the UK Games Expo. Now I’ve ended up with boxes full of bloody decks! The game definitely taps into that gambling/loot box part of your brain, as every time you buy a new deck (which are around £8), you think you might get the best deck in the world. Then you don’t. So you buy another one. Or a few. Always chasing that perfect combination of cards.

Now that the world is in lockdown, I decided to go over all of these cards under bed. I’ve been playing KeyForge a lot since the UK Vault Tour last year as there is a good community in London – the London Urchins – and figured that maybe some of those old decks I’d written off as rubbish might actually be good but I just hadn’t played enough games at the time and I’d like to think my skill level has improved a bit. I’ve also just finished working during the lockdown so I have some time on my hands. This all of this in mind, I have come up with…

The Grand Lockdown KeyForge Experiment

At the time of coming up with this plan, I had 57 decks under the bed (I’ve since bought more, it’s an addiction). I want to play them all again with my couple of years experience and determine which deck is the greatest deck I own. As we are on lockdown, there is no way to play them IRL (in real life) but there is a handy unofficial online way to play – The Crucible Online. So here are the rules of the experiment:

  • Round 1: I will play every single deck online up to 3 times
  • Round 2: To qualify for Round 2, a deck must win 2 games. Then I will play all qualified decks up to 3 times again.
  • Round 3: AND SO ON until the ultimate deck is left standing.

Is this a very scientific experiment? No, my ‘best’ decks might get thrashed by some very good decks or players and my ‘worst’ might beat some newbies trying out other bad decks. But it will be fun right? Probably not for a big chunk of it as I have to grind through my average to terrible decks and go up against a lot of dinosaur cards (which are generally hard to beat if you don’t know KeyForge). BUT IT IS SOMETHING TO DO. And is that not what we all long for – something to do.

So when does this all start? It already has! You can check the list of decks I’m using below and you can use this handy link to see current progress before I publish the results of Round 1.

Deck Set
The Brigade that Blindingly Counts Silver
COTA
Kyra, Affluent Fief Page
COTA
Imana, Bug-Eyed Orbit Enthalpist
COTA
Rashly Crawling Avalon
COTA
Professor I. Coplynn
COTA
Wretch Riddlesby
COTA
Slatemaw, the “God-Queen” of Fun
AOA
Immortal H. Octigrump
AOA
Ameer, the She-wolf of Nandeane
AOA
Reelzer, the Shadowmaster of The Future
AOA
B. Dobbler, Viceroy of the Congenial Ruins
AOA
Caustic Lin of the Singularity
AOA
L. Winter, the Singularity Messenger
AOA
Darwont of Hamefe Park
AOA
The Cynical Cheat of Handocrete
AOA
Nostep Furyk-Eeyor, Poet
AOA
O’Shea, the Tyrant of Mistdome
AOA
Arya, the Hammer of The Arena
AOA
He that Immediately Tours The Cauldron
AOA
Voidlord Zerojack, the Clever Symbiote
AOA
Eyjar, Tower Zealot
AOA
Spacego, the Organ Scholar of the District
AOA
The Fossil that Absurdly Growls at Ash
AOA
Hydrouda, the Mapmaker Moneylender
WC
Isgerd “Warthog” Zepzer
WC
O. Larsen, Fallowway’s Majestic Baron
WC
Zelium, the Queen of Sudbury
WC
Eternal Y. Saramix
WC
Antonio “Turtle” Allovenator
WC
I. Van Dyk, the Slum Elder
WC
The Tailor that Beats Down Orcas
WC
Licinius of Kinmont Room
WC
Darwynne, Spearford’s Scribe
WC
Citiaby, the Unclean Colosseum Announcer
WC
Giantwar, Spawn of Junekoala
WC
Pyralia, Pontend Jarl
WC
Sinaht, Director of the Spiky Lake
WC
“Grey” Niharika, Bunker Mathlete
WC
Awe-Inspiring “Bullet” Coe
WC
Lady Ogremallet Kaspar
WC
Granic, Volcano Miner
AOA
Winslow, Negazone’s Captain
AOA
Tsukace of the Mayor’s Catacombs
WC
The Clever God-Queen of Machine Gunovy
WC
Timelurker, the Footman of the Chamber
AOA
Astute “Linguini” Evie
COTA
H. Kudravi, Regicadia’s Stately Scrivener
WC
Taldiir, Moonham’s Stalker
AOA
Questor Florus
WC
Pythas, the Deacon of Gloom
WC
The Competitive Mortician
WC
Briskly Staunch Lahlay
WC
Grande A. Osteopuddle, the Mad
WC
Quillon Volfall from the Chieftain’s Fleet
WC
Caravaggio, the Daughter of Setshill
WC
Pastand, the Moneylender of Sanity
WC
Bobupe of the Artist’s Bridge
WC

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