Hello everyone. As many of you already know, the Dueling Club is a huge part of Magic Awakened. The sheer competitive nature of it, as well as the plentiful rewards, are enough to motivate thousands of players to participate in this in-game activity.
However, if you are playing as a completely Free-to-Play player, you’ll have a much harder time climbing up the ranks and earning the rewards. But worry not, this guide will help you increase your odds and improve your win rate in the Top Wizard (solo) mode of the Dueling Club.
Building Your Deck
After you obtain as many cards as possible via gameplay, you can start building up your deck for the Dueling Club. There are several viable decks you can use, and we’ll go over each one in this section.
Newt Scamander Deck
This deck uses Newt Scamander Echo as well as many low-cost summon cards to trigger the echo as often as possible. Luckily, pretty much all of the low-cost summon cards are relatively easy to obtain, which makes this deck very F2P friendly.
Cards: Niffler, Bombtastic Bomb, Thunderbird, Matagot, Centaur, Monster Book of Monsters, Cornish Pixies, Confringo.
Companion Cards: Lotte Turner, Frey Twins, Cassandra Vole.
When playing this deck, your goal is to build up an army of summons and use Bombtastic Bomb to deal massive damage to your opponent. Matagot, Cornish Pixies, and Monster Book of Monsters are all amazing for delivering Bombtastic Bombs, so use that to your advantage.
Confringo is excellent for dealing with enemy summons, and you should use it whenever your opponent has a lot of summons on the field. You can instead use Incendio for more single-target damage, but you might find it difficult to deal with decks that use a lot of summons.
Whenever you face opponents who use Nebulus fog to hide, you can use the Monster Book of Monsters to instantly reveal them.
It is also worth noting that you should save at least one Teebo card you receive from your Echo to quickly eliminate any Bombtastic Box your opponent summons.
Aside from that, you should try to space out your summons. This will make it more difficult for your enemy to eliminate them.
One more thing to mention is that Bombtastic Bomb often gets banned during the weekly card ban. When that happens, you can replace it with Ashwinder.
Overall, this deck is incredibly powerful for F2P players. I’ve personally managed to reach the Grand Master tier by mostly using this deck in solo Dueling Club, and I’ve even got 36 win streak with it.
Rubeus Hagrid Deck
This deck uses one powerful summon card to benefit from Hagrid Echo. In general, it is not recommended to play this deck as a F2P player unless you get lucky and obtain Fiendfyre, Piertotum Locomotor, or Antipodean Opaleye. In that case, you can make a very solid Hagrid deck since you don’t really need any other legendary card for it to work.
Cards: Piertotum Locomotor, Cornish Pixies, Matagot, Bombtastic Bomb, Essence of Dittany, Confringo, Swelling Solution, Niffler.
Companion Cards: Lotte Turner, Grawp, Frey Twins.
It is important to note that you can use Antipodean Opaleye or Fiendfyre instead of Piertotum Locomotor (any of them can work). If you are using Fiendfyre, you should replace Swelling Solution with Spiders. That way, the Fiendfyre will grow in strength much faster.
Lastly, if you don’t have any of those summon cards and still want to play Hagrid, you can also use Troll as your high-cost summon. Granted, it is not as powerful as the legendary summons, but it can work just fine.
As for the playstyle of this deck, it depends on the high-cost summon you are using. If you are using Piertotum Locomotor or Troll, you want to get near the middle of the field before summoning them since both of those are quite slow, so you want to summon them as close as possible to your opponent.
If you are using Fiendfyre, it is better to summon it near the back and follow it up with Spiders and Cornish Pixies to boost its strength. As for the Antipodean Opaleye, it is recommended to summon it near the biggest group of enemies since it can hit multiple targets with its attack.
After getting your high-cost summon up, you will need to support it with your spells and other summons. If you are using Piertotum Locomotor or Troll, you can use Swelling Solution to speed them up. If you are using Fiendfyre or Antipodean Opaleye, you should summon other creatures to back them up.
Also, be ready to use Confringo if your opponent is using a lot of summons. If you are using Essence of Dittany, you should use it to heal your summons, but make sure it hits at least two targets.
Overall, Hagrid decks are very fun to play, but you have to be somewhat lucky to obtain one of the legendary summon cards. Still, even as a F2P player, you can obtain some guaranteed legendary cards by progressing the story or completing certain tasks, so you’ll have a solid chance of getting at least one legendary summon.
Harry Potter Deck
Harry Potter Echo will boost the damage and healing of any spell that costs 3 MP or less. Since there are no legendary low-cost spells, Harry Potter Echo is very well suited for F2P players.
Cards: Expulso, Expelliarmus, Oppugno, Broomstick, Stupefy, Nebulus, Confringo, Three-Headed Puppy.
Companion Cards: Cassandra Vole, Lotte Turner, Frey Twins.
This deck features several low-cost spell cards, as well as Three-Headed Puppy and Confringo. Three-Headed Puppy synergizes quite well with Harry Potter Decks, and Confringo will help you deal with enemy summons.
While playing this deck, you want to attack your enemy with spells as often as possible. The Oppugno+Broomstick combo will deal massive damage to your opponent and can also help you avoid dangerous spells like Whizbang or Incendio.
If your opponent is using a lot of summons, don’t hesitate to use Confringo to quickly eliminate them. You can also use Nebulus to hide from enemy summons as long as none of them are close to you.
You should use Expulso to displace static enemy summons like Acromantula’s Nest or Occamy. This way, you can get them close enough for your basic attacks to reach them, which can be helpful.
It is also worth noting that Expelliarmus can be used to interrupt enemy spells and prevent them from casting for a short while, so use that to your advantage.
Lastly, whenever you can, you should wait with summoning the Three-Headed Puppy until you reduce its cost below 2-3 MP. This will significantly increase its value and will put a lot of pressure on your opponent.
All things considered, Harry Potter decks are pretty F2P friendly, and you don’t really need any legendary cards to play them. Bear in mind that most of the spell cards are skillshots, so you’ll need to aim them carefully and consistently land them to fully utilize this deck’s strengths.
Bellatrix Lestrange Deck
While using Echo of Bellatrix Lestrange, players will get a fallen bar. Whenever they deal damage to an opponent, the bar will fill up, and once full, Death Eater(s) will be summoned. This synergizes extremely well with cards that deal multiple instances of damage.
Cards: Stack of Monster Book of Monsters, Weasleys’ Wildfire Whiz-Bangs, Atmospheric Charm, Cornish Pixies, Bombtastic Bomb, Matagot, Confringo, Acromantula Venom.
Companion Cards: Frey Twins, Ivy Warrington, Hagrid.
The goal of this deck is to fill up your fallen bar as quickly as possible and overwhelm your opponent with Death Eaters. Your deck contains a mixture of summons and spells, so you are well-equipped to deal with every situation.
If your opponent is using a lot of low-cost summons, use Confringo to quickly eliminate them. If they are hiding in Nebulus, you can send the Stack of Monster Book of Monsters to reveal them.
Also, all of your summon cards synergize very well with Bombtastic Bomb, so use that to your advantage. If the opponent uses Cassandra to zone out your summons, be sure to use Weasleys’ Wildfire Whiz-Bangs to eliminate her quickly.
Lastly, try to save up some MP just before your fallen bar fills up, and once it does, follow it up with spells and summons (depending on the situation) to put more pressure on your opponent.
Overall, Bellatrix Lestrange decks are quite F2P friendly, but some variations of it use legendary spells such as Orb of Water and Thunderstorm. When combined with Hermione Granger Companion Card, these spells can be devastating. However, they are not necessary to get started, so you can still play Bellatrix decks without them.
Severus Snape Deck
The Echo of Severus Snape will significantly boost your basic attacks and will cause every second attack to bounce to another target. This synergizes well with cards that interact with your basic attacks.
Cards: Time Turner, Priori Incantato, Accio, Inflatus, Niffler, Oppugno, Sectumsempra, Swelling Solution.
Companion Cards: Kevin Farrell, Ivy Warrington, Frey Twins.
While playing Snape deck, you want to be as close to your opponent as possible. Ideally, you should constantly be auto-attacking to maximize the value of your Echo.
Whenever you decide to use Kevin, make sure that your Time-Turner and Swelling Solutions are both ready. This will allow you to quickly get off enough basic attacks to maximize the bonus Kevin gives you.
It is worth noting that you can use Time-Turner to reveal the opponent hiding in Nebulus fog. Use this to your advantage, and hit the enemy as often as possible. With Priori Incantato, you can have two Time-Turner copies up, which synergizes extremely well with Snape Echo.
Whenever you get the opportunity, use Accio to get the opponent closer, and then hit them with Inflatus to keep them controlled. Follow this up with Oppungo for a massive damage combo.
Overall, Snape decks are extremely fun to play, and they are very F2P friendly.
In Harry Potter Magic Awakened, player skill plays a large role when it comes to PvP content. Granted, players with higher-level Spellbooks and Cards will definitely have the advantage, but if you play smart, you can get all the way up to the Grand Master tier, even as a completely F2P player.
However, bear in mind that some decks revolve around using certain legendary cards, and given that F2P players have very limited access to those, they are not included in this guide.
Hopefully, this guide will help you raise your rank in the Dueling Club as a F2P player. Thank you for reading and see you soon with more guides for Harry Potter Magic Awakened.