Legendary Crafting Tier List

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By: Nittany
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Posted: 3 years ago, edited 2 years ago

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1. Introduction
Hey all, thought I would start a list that would be primarily for people that have limited crafting resources and want to get the most value per craft. Keep in mind that this list is constantly a work in progress and I am super open to hearing anyone’s thoughts about it. I’ll start off by saying solid Legendaries (one attribute), have more value than dual attribute Legendaries because you won’t be restraining yourself to a particular archetype right off the bat, this applies especially to new players. I’ll rate the Legendaries in terms of priority : HIGH, MEDIUM, LOW.

HIGH tier cards are the strongest individual crafts, especially if you are new to the attribute and don’t have many supporting cards.
MEDIUM tier cards require more synergy from other cards.
LOW tier cards are very niche in comparison and require full deck synergy.

Cards marked with an asterisk * are granted to you for free (1 copy) via level up rewards. Neutral Legendaries won’t be included because they are all niche in their own right.

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2. Strength
strength-5292255 Strength
Aggro/Midrange/Combo
HIGH
Blood Dragon (Versatile in Aggro/Midrange Archer & Crusader)
Reive, Blademaster (If you plan on playing an aggressive Red deck, this most likely will be on your to-do list at some point)

MEDIUM

Aela the Huntress (Available for gold purchase in Starter deck)
Ulfric Stormcloak
Wildfire Dragon
Vigilant Giant*

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3. Intelligence
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All archetypes
HIGH
Ancano (Basically Blue’s version of Tazkad the Packmaster) (Available for gold purchase in Starter deck)
Daggerfall Mage (Tremendous utility, usable in various decks)
Supreme Atromancer* (Midrange/control)

MEDIUM
J’zargo
Bringer of Nightmares
Indoril Archmage
Echo of Akatosh
Nahkriin, Dragon Priest

LOW
Divayth Fyr
College of Winterhold
Mentor’s Ring
Staff of Sparks

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4. Willpower
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5. Agility
agility-8157304 Agility
Aggro/Midrange/Control

HIGH
Ungolim the Listener (Versatile with added late game value)
Tazkad the Packmaster (Solid high-end closer for many classes)
Brynjolf (Good in both Pilfer or Heal archetypes, 2 of Green’s most used) (Available for gold purchase in Starter deck)

MEDIUM
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Serpentine Stalker
Thieves Guild Fence
Necrom Mastermind
Quin’rawl Burglar*

LOW
Ring of Namira
Thieves’ Den
Nest of Vipers
Spider Daedra

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6. Endurance
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7. Dual Attribute
Dual Attribute
All archetypes.

HIGH
intelligence-2786808willpower-4548580 Ayrenn (The most action heavy decks reside in the Mage class, Ayrenn enables card efficiency and combo turns while fueling a win condition in Lillandril Hexmage)
intelligence-2786808endurance-3622626 High King Emeric (Fills the notable 6 drop void for Sorcerers in addition to providing target damage for the ward heavy minion-trading class)
willpower-4548580agility-8157304 Ahnassi (Covers the main weakness of Monk decks which is Guard/Ward spam, no matter what type of Monk you are playing, this warrants inclusion)

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MEDIUM
agility-8157304endurance-3622626 Red Bramman (The control heavy Scout class has several options at 7-9 Magicka and the effect is potentially swingy if landed on 2+ targets)
intelligence-2786808agility-8157304 Queen Barenziah (This card has a very swingy effect and can actually turn games if used correctly. Assassins have the best Last Gasp synergy in the game and it isn’t an issue to get 2+ minions to stick)
strength-5292255intelligence-2786808 Merric-at-Aswala (Highly volatile, Aggressive/Midrange Battlemage lists can include this card but there are extremely aggressive lists that don’t use it as well)
strength-5292255endurance-3622626 Gortwog gro-Nagorm (Surprisingly a good addition to Warrior decks which are generally Aggro/Midrange in nature as of now, snowballs board power and demands removal)
strength-5292255agility-8157304 Allena Benoch (Archer has evolved from pure aggro and this card is finding spots in slower lists, especially with the advent of Archer’s Gambit)

LOW
willpower-4548580endurance-3622626 General Tullius (The midrange/control token Spellsword used to be one of the best in the game, currently struggling to find its grip)
strength-5292255willpower-4548580 Tyr* (Very standard, it won’t make or break the Crusader decks, there are many other options if not included; there’s a reason why this one is free folks)

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You didn’t do one for neutrals? There’s some good ones out there like Odahviing.

Is this still viable?

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Sleepmind 3 years ago
Yes, except nahkriin now in tier 3.

Nittany 2 years ago
Updated, Heroes of Skyrim.

morphlingX 2 years ago
Some highly questionable choices. I would not recommend this list.

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So why not voice what you think is questionable so we could have an open discussion about it. That would be more beneficial to the community don’t you think?

Milton 2 years ago
I do agree with your point, and I wrote some explanations on the comment below.

Sintellect wrote:
So why not voice what you think is questionable so we could have an open discussion about it. That would be more beneficial to the community don’t you think?

of course but I’m too lazy to make my own list.

Milton 2 years ago
Sorry Nittany, I consider it my responsibility to say some of the judgements in your write-up are very biased, short-sighted even, if not completely wrong.

No hard feelings, but for some of the newer readers might be reading this guide, I’d suggest to develop your own perspective of these legendaries in arena. Explore them, and you might find your evaluations very different.

I did read this guide as I started this game at the end of May 2017, and I compared it to another crafting guide on legends subreddit. I liked that one better, but this write-up also helped me. The update of this guide with Skyrim expansion, which I read by chance today, prompted me to write this comment. A selected sample of my experience and evaluations are as below, with tier definitions applied from the guide.

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Overrated
Blood Dragon, J’Zargo

Underrated
Haafingar Marauder, Dawnbreaker, Merric-at-aswala
— all closer to High than to Medium.

Mentor’s Ring, Frost Giant, General Tullius, Tyr
— all at least Medium.

Ring of Namira
— in my opinion, the very best unique legendary of the expansion if you play agility, and I do stand by my point; seeing this on Low is simply bizarre.

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Paul Harris 2 years ago
My understanding of the purpose of these tiers is not to rank how great a given card is, but to rank its usefulness for being one of your earlier crafted legendaries.

I’m relatively new to the game. The Ring of Namira certainly looks great, and I can imagine it would be a lot of fun to see in action. Nittany’s definition of ‘Low Tier’ is this, though:

Quote:
[…]very niche in comparison and require full deck synergy.

(emphasis mine)

I can also imagine that if this is the first card I’m going to craft, if I pick RIng of Namira, I should be planning on making drain attacks the focus of my deck–I can’t just throw it into any agility deck and expect it to be worth the crafting cost. That isn’t to say it should not be my first crafted legendary, just that it’s a card that needs to be considered in the context of what other cards will be going into that deck.

Milton 2 years ago
Milton wrote:
A selected sample of my experience and evaluations are as below, with tier definitions applied from the guide.

Yes, I did mention in my comment that I used the poster’s tier definitions.

Compare Brynjolf (put in high) with Ring of Namira (put in low), and you would find all your deck synergy argument still stands. Pilfer + Drain, as opposed to any healing (Drain, dawnstar healer, house kinsman, etc), requires similar level of coordination. To put the one of arguably lesser effect in high tier, and the other in low tier, is simply very poor judgement.

That’s why I’d suggest readers to develop their own perspectives before spending soul gems, as you might not agree with the classification.

Milton wrote:
Yes, I did mention in my comment that I used the poster’s tier definitions.

Compare Brynjolf (put in high) with Ring of Namira (put in low), and you would find all your deck synergy argument still stands. Pilfer + Drain, as opposed to any healing (Drain, dawnstar healer, house kinsman, etc), requires similar level of coordination. To put the one of arguably lesser effect in high tier, and the other in low tier, is simply very poor judgement.

If you are applying the poster’s tier definitions, can the Ring fit anywhere other than Low?

Brynholf is still a 4/4 drain all on his own. I don’t recall, though, if he triggers his own text rider. I can drop him in any agility deck, and maybe I won’t get full optimal use out of him, but I probably won’t regret the cost to craft him, either. He doesn’t require deck synergy.

The Ring of Namira can’t be dropped into just any agility deck. It does nothing by itself. It absolutely requires deck synergy.

Milton wrote:
That’s why I’d suggest readers to develop their own perspectives before spending soul gems, as you might not agree with the classification.

That’s why I’m here. I finally saved up enough to craft my first legendary. I’m trying to develop my own perspective, and I find that thinking of how a card I might craft will fit into my existing collection a helpful insight. I’m still feeling out which attributes I enjoy most, so I also find the insight about not crafting a dual attribute legendary as my first a helpful one.

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I believe that you’re wary of a newer player blindly following this guide. I think it’s great that you want to protect players like me from making crafting decisions they’ll regret. I am reading your own insights with as much care as I do the guide above.

FWIW, I’m eyeing Nahagliiv as my first craft.

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Milton 2 years ago
Congrats on saving up enough soul gems, Paul.

As you’ve mentioned, the first craft is better to be a mono-attribute unique legendary, since it allows for build flexibility, and superior to non-unique ones which often require extra copies in the deck to really shine.

Nahagliiv is indeed a great choice of first craft.

Bodonnell 2 years ago
I cannot disagree more with the argument that Namiras Ring should be ranked high. The card is garbage that people can force to be barely playable.

First, you can’t build a deck around it. The card is unique; thus, it would be a mistake to rely on a card that you will see fewer than one in two games.

Second, the card costs seven mana, and is vulnerable to support destruction/bounce. Because of this vulnerability, you need its effect to be immediately good. For its effect to be immediately good, you need either a big board presence that just needs a few extra points of damage from your one drain guy, or or a large amount (7-8+) of drain power (or a 7-8+ power large dude plus snake tooth). In either case, it sounds like you’re already ahead in the match, making this a win more card.

This card isn’t going to fix your empty board presence. It isn’t going to help if both players go into top deck mode. And if you only have a few small drain dudes, you’re just going to prematurely pop runes while failing to improve your board position (such as by casting a good 6-8 drop such as shear point or eclipse baroness).

In sum: Nittany correctly–and generously–ranked Namiras Ring as Low.

fauxcult 2 years ago
Craft nothing legendary until you exhaust the level up rewards.

Unless you really have the gems/$$$ to blow. But early on crafting epics is a much, much better payoff as so many are crucial.

can we have an update with all the new card ?

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