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acotgreave · 32
My starting point: Do the upgraded cards in Return to Path to Carcosa transform a card from binder fodder to must-have?
To answer, I needed to know: "How popular are the Carcosa Deluxe edition cards?"
Of those cards, the least popular cards that are upgraded in RtPtC are Alchemical Transmutation (233 decks) and Stealth (154 decks). I prefer mystics, so chose to build a deck around Alchemical Transmutation.
How unpopular is alchemical transmutation?
The chart above shows "decks published per day" on ArkhamDB for all 40 Level 0 Mystic cards, AT is 37th out of 40 (FWIW, Ward of Protection, Shrivelling and Holy Rosary are top 3). It's definitely binder fodder for many people. So...
Does the upgrade make this a good card?
In RtPtC we have a new Alchemical Transmutation (2): lower cost, more charges, easier test, and a higher maximum return. On the face of it, this looks amazing: 4 super-powered Emergency Cache? Yes please. Is the cost of actions and the risk on injury now mitigated?
The deck: get 20 resources from Alchemical Trasnmutation
And thus the idea was born: build an Alchemical Transmutation deck that maximises those resources, and minimizes the risk of the bad chaos tokens. Akachi Onyele is our 'gator, because right away she gets a 5th charge on the card. Let's build a combat deck!
- Boosting Willpower will help maximise resources every time you use AT. Akachi is already at 5, which is great, but we can boost with St. Hubert's Key, Holy Rosary, and Four of Cups. There are 27 Willpower skill icons in this deck, too, so you have lots of pips to commit.
- Arcane Initiate helps you find the Transmutation card if it's not in your opening hand.
- Akachi’s only got 6 health, so I need to minimise the risk of drawing the bad chaos tokens. For that we have Fearless and Eldritch Inspiration, and Deny Existence. Deny won't work directly on AT, but will heal us when we get hit by enemies and encounter cards.
- Dayana Esperence helps soak damage, and lets you replay Deny Existence for massive power.
Playing the deck
I took this deck through Clutches of Chaos, alongside Rita. In that playthrough, card draw was great: Ackachi got fully setup in a couple of turns, and got super rich. It made playing assets a breeze. I enjoyed the simplicity of the deck's purpose: get rich...play assets...fight. My second play (Threads of Fate, 4 player), was with a slightly tweaked version. More success but less dramatic.
My conclusion? For Akachi, you can get 20 resources out of 6 actions, if everything goes to plan. Alchemical Transmutation kicks ass!