TaKtiX: Chris Dyer

Chris Dyer is a lead playtester for Warlord, has been UK Champion in both Open and Campaign formats at the same time; he placed 2nd overall at his first KoHIT (2004) and highly in the second KoHIT (2005).

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Top 5 Influential Cards from EOTS: #1

Right, I've come home from a Bank Holiday weekend spent with my parents, shorn of hair but replete with ideas. However, before I get to those I'll finish off this section. My number 1 influential card from Eye of the Storm is...

Blind the Gods

Seldom has one card changed the game so much. Remember when Lord Winter first saw Excessus? We're talking that level of shake-up. Now, I don't have anywhere near the level of expertise in Open that some others, especially Jeremiah, possess, but I would expect that this card will make quite a splash in that environment, pulling Saunginel, one of the top Warlords, off his throne.

Why does this card harm Saunginel? Firstly it nullifies his advantage of having a six card hand. That's the minor effect, the perk of playing the card against him. Goat Boy's big problem is that, because of the text on his card that prohibits him from drawing, he can't use the Order on Blind the Gods to draw. That's a huge disadvantage: it means Saunginel will have a maximum of three cards for his turn, can't get any more, and his opponent gets to decide when he gets those cards. Behlial or Havelin Tansiq, on the other hand, might be able to use those three cards to get his draw engine up and running, at which point the game is as good as over.

The above is why the card is so good in Campaign as well. Y'see, there's another Warlord that can't draw cards. It's such an unremarked part of his text that a lot of people will have forgotten it even exists. But, for the reasons outlined above, this Warlord will take a serious hit to his power. Now, if that Warlord was Garn Hearthstone, that wouldn't be much of an impact. But, when the Warlord is Raziel, who's been right at the top of tournamnets for some time now, you see why this card is influential. Blind the Gods is so good against the Nimbic that he now has little chance of winning a tournament before Campaign ends. Raziel with no cards is relying entirely on his three level 1 characters to stand a chance of winning, as his Isadras in rank two sit and look silly.

The bad news is that this card is yet another tactical missile in Tavis Jape's armoury. Tavis's starting army is significantly better than almost anything anyone else can field against him, so having less cards in hand is a boon for the current trendiest Warlord. Don't expect him to get any weaker post EOTS.

And that's it for my countdown. I hope you enjoyed it, but if you disagree with my choices or reasoning feel free to leave me a comment and tell me so.

I'll be back with something exciting and inciteful tomorrow. Hopefully.

2 Comments:

At Wednesday, May 31, 2006 9:54:00 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Warlords are you expecting to use Blind the Gods? There is Tavis, Simon, Albrecht, anyone else?

 
At Wednesday, May 31, 2006 10:34:00 am, Blogger Chris Dyer said...

Tavis, Simon and Albrecht are the big three, as you rightly identified.

However, I could see any Free Kingdoms Cleric warlord getting use out if it as long as they are starting Jiyacin Fret - so Lady of Mercy and Huntress Volda may well dabble with it.

There's a few crazy decks going on around Invasion and pre initiative reacts to empty your hand and then play BtG. I'm not sure how viable those are, but they're worth a laugh.

The one faction you won't see playing it are Dwarves, who really need their hand. Devs are unlikely to play it for the same reason.

The other big thing BtG lets you do is use Twist of Fate as proactive meta - you know you'll be able to play it and it'll have a huge effect.

 

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