"Solar Eclipse" is a Light and Darkness civilization deck that mixes the best qualities of each of these two civilizations into one powerful arsenal. "Clash of the Duel Masters" introduced players to multi-civilization cards, however they were limited to just allied civilizations. In "Shattered Alliances" the cycle is finally complete, and at last duelists can wield enemy multi-civilization cards in their decks.
Death Liger the Justicar is the marque card here, exclusive only to the "Solar Eclipse" competitive deck. This powerful Skyforce Champion/Shadow Champion can potentially destroy one of your opponent's creatures when it enters the battle zone or significantly reduce it's power so that one of your other creatures can banish it in comabt. It's "Triumphant Roar" though, that makes this super rare creature card so fantastic. Any time one of your opponent's creatures is banished you'll be able to tap one of their other creatures. This dangerous ability can potentially leave your adversary with an empty battle zone. Simply attack and banish one of their creatures, and Death Leger the Justicar will allow you to tap another one. Repeat this process until your enemy's army has been annihilated!
Zoltara the Mercenary is another powerful rare in the deck that can yield you card advantage by forcing your opponent discard a card. That's not all though. Zoltara the Mercenary also buys you valuable time by giving all your creatures blocker until your next turn. It doesn't matter if your creature isn't large enough to win in battle because with a Serpens, the Spirit Shifter you'll be able to put the top card of your deck into your shield zone every time one of your creatures is banished.
Calamity Bell is another brutal card to unleash against your foe in combat. This level six spell with Shield Blast makes your opponent discard a card and tap all their creatures level five or lower. You'll be able to either take out their team or sweep in for the kill.
Lost Patrol may only be a common, however this level three Light/Darkness creature packs a whopping 5,000 power making it a devastating threat. Lost Patrol becomes even deadlier with Glimmergloom Quartz, a level four Light/Darkness creature that pumps the power of all your Light Creatures by 1,000 and Darkness creatures by 1,000, allowing your Lost Patrol to attack with a jaw-dropping 7,000 power on turn four.
Another late game threat that plays a pivotal role is Sentrus. This level five Light creature with Blocker and Skirmisher may not look like much with just 5,00 power compared to the aforementioned Lost Patrol, however when Sentrus blocks it gains an additional 2,000 power thanks to Bold Defense.
There's many other new cards from "Shattered Alliances," along with a handful of reprints from "Clash of the Duel Masters" featured in the deck.
"Solar Eclipse" competitive deck list
1x Beliqua the Ascender
2x Blade Barrier
2x Citadel Steward
2x Containment Field
1x Halo Hawk
2x Lars, Virtuous Imager
3x Rain-Cloud Kraken
2x Arachnoir of Cobweb Cavern
2x Cave Gulper
2x Dagger Doll
3x Ghost Bite
2x Maddening Whispers
1x Death Liger the Justicar
1x Calamity Bell
1x Glimmergloom Quartz
3x Lost Patrol
1x Serpens, the Spirit Shifter
1x Zoltara the Mercenary
The only negative about "Solar Eclipse" is the same complaint that we've had about all of the other competitive decks to date: They all feature an exclusive card not available in booster packs of the set. This forces players to purchase multiple copies of the deck in order to get more than one of the exclusive card, in this case Death Liger the Justicar. This cash-grabbing tactic isn't one that Wizards of the Coast uses in their flagship trading card game "Magic: The Gathering."
Regardless, "Solar Eclipse" packs a tremendous value when you take into account the two booster packs of "Shattered Alliances" that are also included. When you consider each pack retails for $3.99, the $11.99 for the deck is an absolute bargain. There's also an extra promo code for the game's online counterpart, where you can learn how to play from the comfort of home without the need for another deck or person.
Please note this review was based upon a free sample of the deck provided by Wizards of the Coast.