Each player has 3 decks that they can use throughout the tournament. Each round, each player chooses one of their opponent’s decks to “bench,” making that deck unusable for that match. Each round consists of a best-of-three match. When a player wins a game, they must switch to their other deck for the rest of the match. This means that a player must win a game with each of their non-benched decks to win the match.
This variant gives players several deck options at their disposal, as well as the chance to practice evaluating their decks on the fly. Players have the opportunity to experience different decks in a short time period, compare their performances, and further develop their playstyles. In addition, players can practice their ability to anticipate the threat level of an opponent’s deck when choosing which deck to bench. Note: this variant is best suited for players who are at least somewhat familiar with KeyForge and the different cards that can be encountered in its decks.