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, June 06, 2006

The Cards that Defined Campaign: Arra'dann

Remember when Campaign was just released? All of a sudden everyone, their mother and their dog was playing an Uthanak deck. There was nothing complicated or tricky about these decks: they just threw big, multiwounding Nothrogs at you faster than you could handle. And the biggest and nastiest of those was Arra'dann.

You have to understand that the game was pretty simple back then. There wasn't much subtlety about; the other top decks were Sorscha flinging a bunch of spells, Yscar the Elder morphing in to a Roc and stabbing things repeatedly, Krun doing what he does best, and Garn Hearthstone, who the experience of playing against can be likened to banging your head against a particularly large brick wall. In that environment Big won, be it big spells, big attacks or big healing.

And boy was Arra'dann big. Horrendous AC, inbuilt multiwounding and an ability that could decimate a rank in the blink of an eye. And then he'd ready and do it again. He was so good that it didn't matter if Uthanak was playing fighters or monks; Mr Cowhead was the first card in the deck. He was particularly adept at two things that made him shine. One was the ability to deal with Astrals and Ethereals by whaling on their neighbour, an area that Nothrogs were otherwise distinctly lacking. The second was the ability to ignore the 20AC warlord, whomp the Stirges standing next to them and put easy wounds on.

Things got better for everyone's least favourite monk before they got worse. The release of Monkey's Paws in Sneak Attack gave Arra'dann third attack and two wounds of splash damage all over the place, as well as a slew of new monk items and actions to play with. Uthanak decks were still abundant. Thankfully Inquisitor Chyre's rise to prominance with Counter Attack corresponded with a slump for the Nothrogs, and Arra'dann has faded from the tournament scene ever since.

For the first months of Campaign, however, he'd dominated the scene, prompting gritted teeth and groans of foreboding whenever he hit the table.


At Monday, July 03, 2006 3:54:00 pm, Blogger Shakalooloo Doom said...

C'mon, after the duels that Glenn and Isadra had yesterday, you must know that Tzin's Attention is worthy of inclusion in this article series!


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