Hello Sir, 

We have received considerable more information from our scouts about the new Cloak summoner Jexik.  We have already learned much about the Cloaks' bent toward sneak attacks and assassination, but their ability to move with surprising rapidity is much greater than we previously knew.  For one thing, his .command and control is better than we see in most summoners: he can mobilize more troops in lesser time. 

Jexic, Summoner of the Cloaks

He also uses his stone to teleport any number of his troops to his home area.  This enables both quick retreats and rapid flanking maneuvers.  While this is an alarming advantage, our analysts believe that this has a high cost in summoning magic, so it is not an unlimited resource. 

Vanish, a Jexik Event card

Our scouts in the jungle believe there is not much more to report about Nikuya Na, at least concerning his work with his stone.  He uses it for poison clouds, and for enhancing his troops' attack, defense, movement and health.  There is no known other use he has, though of course the tools he uses will vary depending on the situation. 

Spirit of the Jungle, a Nikuya Na Event card

But they have learned of another champion following him.  Jujugara, as he is called, has an even more direct tie to the jungle creatures than his leader.  His shamanic powers let him take on the attributes of any beast that is fighting with them.  He has been seen running with the lions, attacking with the hyenas and gorillas, and even trampling like an elephant, amazing though that sounds. 

Jujugara, Champion of the Jungle Elves

The scouts believe there are probably no further new troops to report on besides what we already know.  I plan to keep them in place for a while longer, and then reassign most of them to the next trouble spots that arise.


Comments


bp8484 commented:

Awesome! I'm loving Jexik. Sort of along the lines of what I was expecting. Vanish will be very fun to use. The cloaks got even trickier!

Is it just me or is Jujugara amazingly powerful?

Posted on 2014-01-20.

BuckWilde commented:

HOLY CRAP. These new Jungle Elves are amazing. I love the Shapeshifter. Favorite art in game. Well done, Cupidsart, well done!

Posted on 2014-01-20.

glenn3e commented:

Haha looks like Sitnam was correct with Spirit of the Jungle. Juju is awesome, of course and Jexik's ability requires some play before I can figure out every possibility.

Jexik is a melee Summoner with fairly low stats. Does that mean he has to hide behind?

Posted on 2014-01-20.

Heitsola commented:

Jujugara is amazingly versatile and amazingly fun, but I won't say he's overpowered, especially for 7 cost. First, he can't just choose to use one of those abilities, the unit he's copying has to be on the board. The gorilla's ability is less likely to trigger with him than with a gorilla, but when it does, holy crap, he's throwing 6 dice by himself without an event boosting him. He can't activate Hyena very easily on key targets if the opponent is effectively protecting flanks, and Lioness is situationally useful. With Rhinoceros and Elephant abilities though he's going to be tough to bring down, especially for commons. I think I'm going to love playing as these new JEs.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

massimo commented:

No Lioneer-Power for Jujugara - I guess there wasn't any space left on the card :-)


Posted on 2014-01-20.

Heitsola commented:

Can you imagine how impossible Juju would be to stop if he could Lioneer himself to the other side of the board and trample blockers the next turn?

Posted on 2014-01-20.

xMagox commented:

As everyone expected, Jexik has ways to move his troops. And very usefull ways... You can rush to use steal, or block summoning spots; send a slasher to the face of your opponent... so many possibilities.

Vanish makes Dagger shine now, he was the champ i never liked on CL. And, makes all frail champs survive 1 more round... along with doc this can be very defensive too.

Jujugara is a freaking beast. Like a JE Vlox, Unfourtnately if there are more JE coming in the future he will become more "restricted" but who cares? He's an almost "must have" as he is now.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

glenn3e commented:

Well, he can already Cheetah himself to the other side of the board but it costs that card and NN has to be forward.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

TheDemagogue commented:

Yes! It's finally here. I checked three times for this today. Jexik's ability and vanish are good for assassins to get in, hit, and move to safety. Yesterday I was suspecting Jujugara's ability could be like Vlox. Vanish can also be good at the end when it's Summoner VS Summoner making sure Jexik attacks first. Spirit of the Jungle can be used with SotL to heal multiple times. I can't wait to get my hands on both of these decks!

Posted on 2014-01-20.

xMagox commented:

As everyone expected, Jexik has ways to move his troops. And very usefull ways... You can rush to use steal, or block summoning spots; send a slasher to the face of your opponent... so many possibilities.

Vanish makes Dagger shine now, he was the champ i never liked on CL. And, makes all frail champs survive 1 more round... along with doc this can be very defensive too.

Jujugara is a freaking beast. Like a JE Vlox, Unfourtnately if there are more JE coming in the future he will become more "restricted" but who cares? He's an almost "must have" as he is now.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

champrjk commented:

I think these new Jungle elves are going to become my favorite.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

chardris77 commented:

Question. Can Jujugara mimic an ability given by an event?

Posted on 2014-01-20.

tortugatron commented:

It says abilities so I would say yes.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

glenn3e commented:

Wow, that does seem powerful if he can mimic a Spirit of the Serpent and double team something.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

killercactus commented:

Yay - someone noticed what makes Jujugara truly amazing!

He is the way you can use NN's events without being close to him. Once in testing, I had Juju on the other side of the board and summoned a Gorilla, then played Cheetah, Serpent and Turtle on the gorilla, so Juju had them all plus Pummel. Freaking awesome.

And as I've said before, BRILLIANT STRATEGIST = KC's all time favorite ability

Posted on 2014-01-20.

BuckWilde commented:

Why would you play Cheetah and Serpent? Just so the Gorilla had one and Juju had the other?

Posted on 2014-01-20.

sitnam90 commented:

Wow. Spirit of the Jungle is, as the playtesters said, functional but boring. However Juju is amazing, and in my opinion I'd almsot say he is far better then miti Mumway as the heavy JE champ. One less health but also one else magic, and he can trample. However the reality seems that they are both far different in application. MM shines in a champ heavy strategy with a few cheaper support commons. Juju seems to shine with common-heavy play more then with other champs. I think one playtester talked about how getting out Juju was their only priority much of the time, and I can see it. I think replacing Miti Kyru and Makgongo with cheaper champs is good if you plan on really running Jujugara, maybe with something like Kadara and a cheap merc.

The new Cloaks are also amazing, and I can see so many uses for Jexik and Vanish. I'm kinda wanting to try some sort of swarm deck with Jexik, using as much movement as possible to crowd walls. Seems like a good strategy for an old CG player to tr

Posted on 2014-01-20.

BuckWilde commented:

Also, Vanish and Jexik's ability help make Concealed Weapons much cooler. Great job on both of these decks, Plaid Hat!

EDIT: VANISH does not help with Concealed Weapons because you would have to move in the event phase. Jexik helps, but not Vanish.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

killercactus commented:

@Buck - yes, the Gorilla sprinted up to attack while Juju was already in position and benefited from Serpent. It was just cool to copy 3 abilities.

The real kicker with Juju though is he can be anywhere on the board and still get an event as long as you have a Hyena or something you can summon (or already standing) by NN.

I think my favorite thing is dropping cheetah on an elephant, and having 2 units moving 5 spaces with trample.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

Heitsola commented:

If Juju gets all abilities on a common, even those given from events, I take back what I said. He's very powerful and now one of my favorite champs in the game.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

BuckWilde commented:

I can't wait. This JE deck sounds like the perfect deck for me. One game I am going to try my hardest to get Juju with Pummel and SotS for 10 dice at something important. Wishful thinking...

Posted on 2014-01-20.

freezinpee commented:

Brilliant strategist can be used with vermin. That's pretty neat. So many possibilities with jex

Posted on 2014-01-20.

ZeeJr commented:

Digging it.

At first I was having a really hard time seeing the benefit of "Master Strategist" because I was assuming you could only choose an opponent.

Now I realize that the player you choose could be yourself. Far more useful that way.

A renegade could move six spaces without spending any magic, although it would cost 1 attack. Almost impossible to block him from making a heist. You could perform the "Scrapperpult" without Sin-Sin. Combine that with "Risky Attack"...Game Over. Gunners could have practically unlimited movement. The only commons who don't synergize beautifully are Snipers, since the extra moves would deactivate their ability.

I'm assuming that, "At the start of the summon phase" means you must make your movement before summoning. So it doesn't work on units summoned that turn.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

killercactus commented:

Remember though that it's at the start of the summon phase, so you can't move newly summoned units with it. They have to already be on the board.

It also doesn't work on the first turn of the game if jex goes first, since he doesn't have a summon or draw phase.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

Irisches Glueck commented:

Dagger and Rogues are loving Jexik with his ability and vanish. And even though Snipers don't mesh with Jexik's ability Vanish seems amazing with them. Good preview day =)

Posted on 2014-01-20.

killercactus commented:

Also, you have to make the choice before you see the cards you're going to draw this turn, so you have to decide whether you want to plan on drawing something specific sometimes before you decide whose turn you want to pick.

When you do that and it works out, you feel like a brilliant strategist.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

glenn3e commented:

Yeah that's why Jexik's ability is brilliant. I see why KC is cheering for it. You can even use it as a mini Scam-like ability to savee a unit by moving your Ranged Unit to safety on the opponent's Summon phase.

I see why its carefully worded to the start of Summon phases. Else when your opponent summons something to kill your Common you could just strategize it away with a trollface.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

killercactus commented:

That timing also allows you to free up a summoning spot on your turn, or clog one of theirs on their turn.

Sets up Versatile attacks, Concealed Weapons, Clever Diversion, etc. It's so awesome.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

JanE commented:

But with 2 melee and 6 life, Jexik is a bit... stay back kind of guy?

Posted on 2014-01-20.

BuckWilde commented:

Yeah, it seems like Jexik will stay back and command his units from afar. Plus, do you see how he is dressed? That guy does not want to get his hands dirty.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

thenobleknave commented:

Have you guys met Jexik? That dude totally has his minions (Colby and co) do his dirty work for him.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

tristak commented:

@thenobleknave It would have been amusing to have had the commons and champions be drawn to look like "Colby and co"

Posted on 2014-01-20.

BuckWilde commented:

@thenobleknave No, but I wish. James is my favorite part of the podcast. That's not creepy, right? Right?

Posted on 2014-01-20.

m_glenn commented:

Interesting stuff with Jexik. I like his ability but it makes me less enthused about his champions. I had guessed you'd want to move him forward, because otherwise the doc seems pointless. And because his ability can't target spider, there's nothing to help him move down the table. I assume most will play with old champions.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

Justantula commented:

Juju is amazing!! Jexik looks like he works at Kohl's. Haha, and the staff he's holding doesn't really go with his style either IMO. But his ability makes up for it for sure.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

sitnam90 commented:

@m_glenn: I can't really agree with you. I feel that his new champions definitely have a place and will get played. But Jexik seems to be geared towards common heavy play, and the champs are mostly there as support. I do see old champs getting played, but mixed in with the old. For instance the Admiral/Kyra/Doc seems like a great combo for either summoner. Likewise, Spider seems like a good combo with Vlox given Master of the Arts.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

tristak commented:

@Justantula I gotta disagree with you on the staff, I really like how it interacts with the steampunk-ish (more like powderpunk) thing the cloaks got going on.

Posted on 2014-01-20.

Justantula commented:

@tristak - Yeah I got the concept but it's strange of a more "modern" Summoner to carry a staff. A necklace or belt with the Summoning Stone on it would of looked more dapper ;)

Posted on 2014-01-20.

tristak commented:

I can see where you are coming from. If only the summoning stones were smaller it would have been cool for it to be inlaid in a pocket watch. I don't know if we could have seen it on the card but flavor-wise it would be rad.


Posted on 2014-01-20.

Hilgendwarf commented:

I'm absolutely loving the efficiency of only paying 1 Magic for Spirit of the Lizard and getting up to 4 life with it while Jujugara is on the board! This is gonna make aggressive use of Elephants and Rhinos such a strong play, especially because you can also throw on Spirit of the Turtle to make them super tanky!

Posted on 2014-01-20.

glenn3e commented:

Ooh, Rhino+Juju with Lizard is pretty efficient. Definitely gonna include some Rhinos on the deck for that.

Posted on 2014-01-21.

Hilgendwarf commented:

Technically I'm paying 2 Magic in that situation because I'm using the event card instead of building it, but that's still just as efficient as Sera Eldwyn's healing.

Posted on 2014-01-21.

vernon commented:

I already think a lot when playing Cloaks. Now this will melt my brain.

New jungle elves: nightmare.

Both decks seem top tier.

Posted on 2014-01-21.

jwalker commented:

So if I use Lizard on Juju and mimic a Lioness can I use the instead of moving ability and still use the Kitten move at the end of the movement phase? That actually negates the second cost of SotL ^^

Posted on 2014-01-21.

vernon commented:

no you can't.

Posted on 2014-01-21.

Irisches Glueck commented:

Actually snipers love Jexik's ability more then I thought! They move one space and shoot a guy and then drop back behind a wall for cover. Very deadly. I'm gonna have a lot of fun with a Doc/Admirl/sniper deck with Jexik leading it! =)

Posted on 2014-01-21.

jwalker commented:

@vernon. It's a bit tricky - I guess it doesn't work but it's not simple. Lionesses can't move but does it mean they can't use "instead of moving" ability? Don't forget you can use "instead of moving" ability when next to a defender.

Posted on 2014-01-21.

killercactus commented:

Jujuness can't heal during the movement phase, but he can forfeit his Pack Movement move to heal. It's still good because you can move 3 other units AND the lioness and still heal without losing an attack. You just can't move Jujuness that turn.

Posted on 2014-01-21.

Jexik commented:

Finally. Now I can stop reading posts asking for pics.

Posted on 2014-01-21.

tortugatron commented:

Secondary ability for Jexik: "I Think That's Prime": roll a handful of D20s and guess if it is prime in 3 seconds. If you were right, move some commons or whatever, if you were wrong, pay more than $5 for a burger.

Posted on 2014-01-22.

TKMatCauthon commented:

Can we see the starting setups?

Posted on 2014-01-22.

killercactus commented:

Starting setups are usually not posted online for a while. Gotta but them to see that!

Posted on 2014-01-22.

ariosa commented:

love the art on Jujugara, did cupidsart do these?

Posted on 2014-01-22.

hextr1p commented:

@ariosa: Yeah, CupidsArt did all of the character illustrations for both of these sets. And I agree, he did a really great job with this art.

Posted on 2014-01-23.

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