The fewest golds I've had in an arena winner, but Ge'els x2 actually made it easier to find the good ones. Stefan found Seltkirk each game, Francesca buffed him, and four mages bled most of my opponents dry in a long round three. Having good bronze synergies for once was a major bonus too.
If you haven't figured it out yet, the format is all about winning the weather/Ale of the Ancestors battle. Vilgefortz is king, Tibor is queen, and Shupe capers around their throne like the jester he is.
15-5-5 is pretty much the ratio you want, or perhaps more silvers. And yeah, Shupe is there, but Shupe is actually not great in this format because you still have to win the weather battle and locking yourself into just one copy of certain cards isn't ideal.
Go 9-2 in this special mode. The deck has a bit of everything, weather, anti weather, boost, damage, lock. I wasn't shooting for combo cards, just reliable 14-18 point card. Thanks CDPR for the Shupe reward. I like the last 2 mode very much.
I decided very early in this draft, at the first pick actually, to go all in on cards to support Zoltan Chivay. While any and all websites will advise you that this is a risky strategy more likely to fail than succeed, it's fun, bound to surprise your opponents, and oh so rewarding when it comes together. The strategy was to pass on blue coin to get to a long round three, or if passed on with red coin pass in kind and go straight for a long round three. The weathers and countless ways to damage the opponents units softened them up for devastating Ulfhedinn. Shupe was often a hunter dealing 2 damage to 8 units at random or if I was being bled and given last play in round 2 as a resilient knight. Eithné showed great versatility bringing back White Frost, Scorch from Schirrú but often for a second Lacerate as my opponent's were encouraged to row stack. All this said, in 11 games, I did not once use Rock Barrage or Temarian Drummer, and Emissary was underwhelming as well.