Real Ultimate Power Silas

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LegallyNickFury · 222

REAL Ultimate Power Silas

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Introduction
Hi, this deck guide is all about Silas, REAL FISHERMAN. This guide is awesome. My name is LegallyNickFury and I can't stop thinking about Silas. This guy is cool; and by cool, I mean totally sweet.

Facts:

  1. Silas is a mammal.
  2. Silas fights ALL the time.
  3. The purpose of Silas is to flip out and kill people.

Table of Contents:
  • Overview

  • Main Strategy

  • Piloting

  • Other Cards

  • Upgrade Path

  • Without Taboo


Overview:
 
Difficulty: ★☆☆☆☆
Enemy Management: ★★★★★
Clue-getting: ★★★☆☆
Encounter protection: ★★★☆☆
Survivability: ★★★★★
Economy: ★★★☆☆
Card Drawing: ★★★★★

Main Strategy:

Silas's Sea Change Harpoon makes him one of the most ludicrous bruisers available in the game. He is actually more difficult NOT to break than to turn him into The Last Action Hero. Even playing with Taboo, it is very simple to make him testlessly succeed or fail at every test as you so choose.

The main strategy of this deck is to play the Sea Change Harpoon multiple times per turn, automatically hitting and activating Resourceful to pull Will to Survive out of the graveyard.


Piloting:
Set Up the Combo:

The first thing you need to do is to get your Sea Change Harpoon. You are mulliganing hard for:

Drawing Thin is well-known for its drawing power, especially when combined with Take Heart, but Unrelenting is the unsung hero of this deck. Because Unrelenting gives you the cards immediately after you seal the chaos tokens, when Silas has the option to pick up a skill card after the test, he can pick up Unrelenting without penalty and use it to generate 2 cards per turn. Rounding out the party are Manual Dexterity, Overpower, and Daring to help those cards keep coming in.

The Combo:

Begin your turn by playing Will to Survive. Then start stabbing.

If you are engaged to 1 or fewer enemies:

This is your default setting. Attack with the Sea Change Harpoon and commit:

At the end of the attack, pick up the Sea Change Harpoon, all of your skills, and then use Schoffner's Catalogue to play it again.

If you are engaged to 2 or more enemies:

Use Stunning Blow to evade one enemy by attacking him, but do NOT pick up your Sea Change Harpoon. Then, use Silas's Net to evade enemies to prevent attacks of opportunity when replaying items, AND combine that with 2x Resourceful before picking up the Net with the skills.

Surviving:

Silas can recycle cards so fast with Resourceful that he need never take damage because of Leather Coat. Horror damage should be soaked up with Peter Sylvestre. The Idol of Xanatos is present for unexpected and large sources of damage, and is powered by your Patrice Hathaway rivaling draw power.


When there are no enemies on the map:

Your priority of operations when there are no bad guys to stab is:

  1. Replay Schoffner's Catalogue
  2. Replay Sea Change Harpoon
  3. Fail an investigate check with Drawing Thin and Take Heart, and then "Look what I found!".

Other Cards:
  • Defiance - Sometimes you have to pull from the bag for one reason or another. You run out of money, there's some kind of weird scenario test, etc. Defiance helps you control the token pull a little bit to avoid the worst results. You can largely lock down bad results from the bag with Defiance and Unrelenting.
  • Helping Hand - When you're fighting enemies with ridiculous combat scores, or for helping out your friends.
  • Inspiring Presence - Keep Peter Sylvestre nice and healed, or make your group's Charlie Kane and Leo Anderson very happy.
  • Predestined - Throw this in on your failure checks to help your group out with their turns (if they still need them).

Upgrade Path:

The three strongest upgrade cards for this deck are:

Versatile -> "Watch this!" - "Watch this!" committed to a Sea Change Harpoon attack makes the harpoon pay for itself.

Versatile -> Joey "The Rat" Vigil. Joey let's you play your harpoon again at fast speed, along with the Leather Coat and Schoffner's Catalogue. Moreover, the extra resource Joey charges can be paid for from Schoffner's Catalogue.
Alternately, if someone in your group is running a rogue and is willing to spare the space in their deck, you can retrieve Joey via A Chance Encounter or Flare.

Versatile -> Vicious Blow. This turns Silas's harpoon into a Cyclopean Harpoon.

Without Taboo
Silas is absolutely unhinged without taboo. The name of this deck changes from Real Ultimate Power Silas to The Flash. The basic change is simple. Remove one copy of Manual Dexterity and add one copy of Quick Thinking. Play both copies of Quick Thinking on every attack you make with the Sea Change Harpoon. Congratulations, you now have infinite actions to kill enemies.

Use https://arkham-starter.com/tool/upgrade


Thank you so much Valentin1331 for this amazing template!

10 comments

Nov 10, 2023 Hagarena · 128

You DO know that the effect of a card you return with his ability do NOT trigger? I.e. if you want the bonus action from quic thinking you can not return it to hand? It DOES work if you return it with the harpoon though.

Nov 10, 2023 Lateslow · 1

Silas is sooooooooooo sweet that I want to crap my pants. I can't believe it sometimes, but I feel it inside my heart. This guy is totally awesome and that's a fact. Silas is fast, smooth, cool, strong, powerful, and sweet. I can't wait to start trawling next year. I love Silas with all of my body (including my pee pee).

(Awesome deck, awesome homage)

Nov 11, 2023 MrGoldbee · 1413

Careful, Siren Call can still eat your cash.

Nov 11, 2023 LegallyNickFury · 222

`@Hagarena You only ever use his ability with Unrelenting, or if you want to buy the love of the other players, Signum Crucis.

Nov 12, 2023 SilverTwilightLodgeJanitor · 7

Thanks, looks great. And that picture! XD

One question: if I add "Versatile", which cards would you suggest adding apart from "Watch This"? Because it augments deck size.

Nov 13, 2023 LegallyNickFury · 222

@SilverTwilightLodgeJanitor I like to use the extra space from Versatile to act as a poor man's Adaptable. Figure out where the weak spot in your group's game is, and then try to fill it. Some of the more common cards to add are:

Brute Force - You'll do a basic attack at a 7 for 3 damage, which will one shot more than 50% of all enemies in the game.

Ice Pick - This is a very nice one extra damage for a kill shot when you need it.

Jessica Hyde - Jessica is just one of the best allies for a bruiser in the game, period.

Plucky / Grizzled - If you're struggling with some of the encounter cards.

Signum Crucis - You can fail a test by a LOT deliberate with this deck. It is exceptionally easy to maintain 8+ Blessings in the chaos bag.

Fickle Fortune - Who doesn't want to remove some doom?

Nov 18, 2023 neescher · 298

"Fail an investigate check with Drawing Thin and Take Heart, and then "Look what I found!"."

This is going to be pretty hard for Silas. You need to fail by 2 or less (3 if upgraded LWIF)

Nov 23, 2023 Hypon · 1

so you are suggesting to take 2x versitale, this makes the deck insanely inconsistent you dont have that much card draw without your 1 copy of Unreleting and you are looking for your core weapon Harpoon in a 44 card deck, but you also need all the useful skills to commit to it so if you are generous you can assemble everything at the end of the scenario and do the whole effect once or twice unless you get lucky with your mulligans

the core concept is fine but in no way you can be the main fighter for a 4 man group on hard diff with 3-5hp enemies spawning each round in later campaigns

Nov 24, 2023 LegallyNickFury · 222

No, you should take Versatile in response to the build of your group, just like any other card. If you have an off-bruiser that's doing good work, you can afford to have a slower start while you troll for your weapons. If not, you want a much faster start so instead of Versatile, you'll want to pick up the level 3 Ice Pick to get your damage up to 3 when you need it, or something along those lines. You've always got to build according to the needs of campaign and group.

Dec 06, 2023 LilacMantis · 7

Love the real ultimate power ninja references! Surprised that site is still up after all these years