Here is our first detailed report on the new Guild Dwarf armies. As you requested, we are focusing on what we can observe of their military prowess, and leaving speculation about their background and motivations for other times.

These new dwarfish forces use the Walls for attack and defense to a slightly greater extent than the army following Oldin.  For starters, the new Summoner Bolvi uses his Stone to draw on his Walls to strengthen his personal attacks.  This gradually destroys his Walls, but the short term boost makes it worthwhile to him.  If he has all his Walls on the Battlefield he can be truly terrifying in his attacks. 

Bolvi, Summoner of the Guild Dwarves

 

Bolvi is also more directly destructive to the Walls than Oldin is.  But this Wall destruction is indiscriminate, hurting his own Walls just as much as his enemies'. 

Destabilize, a Bolvi Event

 

Bolvi is not alone in focusing on Walls; he also has Champions with him who are adept in using them. For example, Dwaf is just as knowledgeable in destroying opponent's Walls as Oldin's Engineers, but he is more dangerous than them since his attacks are more skilled, and he is much harder to defeat. 

Dwaf, Champion of the Guild Dwarves

 

Even more alarming is Ulfric, who surprised us with how much he has developed Oldin's Stone Melding ability.  Ulfric not only protects himself, he can protect the Wall and any friendly Units adjacent to it.  What's more, he carries a ranged weapon that looks like it may use the gunpowder invented among the Cloaks.  

Ulfric, Champion of the Guild Dwarves

 

It has taken some restraint to focus on the Summoner first as you wished.  Bolvi's army has brought something unprecedented to the Summoner Wars -- Assault Towers -- and we are eager to tell you about them in our next report.  

 


Comments


Cleon commented:

Holy crap! Art is awesome - really sweet and defined but still looks like all the other stuff (I was kind of afraid it would look different from the previous cards based off the box art). Still taking it all in!

Posted on 2013-01-07.

Adam commented:

My poor vine walls. :(

Looks awesome!

Posted on 2013-01-07.

Jebuh214 commented:

This makes the GD 10x cooler than they already are, so they're now uber awesome!

Posted on 2013-01-07.

Cuffs Alister commented:

This stinks. Use Oldin with Dwaf,ballista, and engineers and the opponent doesn't stand a chance.

Posted on 2013-01-07.

TheOne commented:

Lovely. Keep up the good work, PHG! Can't wait for other stuff to get previewed.

Posted on 2013-01-07.

BTBAM commented:

Wow. Brutal.

Posted on 2013-01-07.

killercactus commented:

Cuffs - consider Grungor vs Dwaf for a second. For just one more magic, which Oldin has plenty of, you can have Grungor who throws 4 dice against everything - including walls - AND has Charge, and you're worried about Dwaf breaking Oldin's deck?

Posted on 2013-01-07.

MtS commented:

I'm not sure Oldin wall destruction would be owerpowered because of the new deck. Yeah, Dwaf can destroy the walls, but still he has to take the spot in the deck for another GD champion, which would weaken GD (do not forget how strong their other champs are).

I really like the new cards. Artwise they are certainly more detailed than the originals but I think they will still blend well with the first set.

Now we just have to wait another week...

Posted on 2013-01-07.

Renard commented:

Stop that, kc, now you're just making Dwaf look bad, poor guy. :p

Posted on 2013-01-07.

killercactus commented:

Heh - as you can tell I'm not Dwaf's biggest fan. He has a place though.

Posted on 2013-01-07.

joepinion commented:

Just an FYI in case you didn't already deduce it... there is only 1x Destabilize in the deck.

Posted on 2013-01-07.

cmarie commented:

Thanks so much for the preview, PHG! The new art looks fabulous and I can't wait to get the cards someday!

Posted on 2013-01-07.

Adam commented:

So two previews per summoner? Can I vote for Goblins next?

Posted on 2013-01-07.

Setharillius commented:

Any comment on when preorders will open up?

I am now convinced that a common unit will be patching up some walls...

Posted on 2013-01-07.

JanE commented:

] Can I vote for Goblins next?

No, you can't. =)
MORE DWARVES!

Posted on 2013-01-07.

iklabain commented:

Sweet, I wonder if the siege/cannon towers do extra damage to walls as well?

They must really like beating on walls.

Posted on 2013-01-07.

Anoir commented:

The Assualt Towers are really one of the coolest things Summoner Wars has done to date. IMO

Posted on 2013-01-07.

tortugatron commented:

I think I agree with KC that Grungor trumps Dwaf... plus, Dwaf just sounds like someone with a heavy accent and/or speech impediment saying Dwarf ;) "Go Guild Dwafs!"

Posted on 2013-01-07.

BTBAM commented:

Ulfric + Rune Mages.

Posted on 2013-01-07.

tristak commented:

bolvi in free build = awesome


Posted on 2013-01-07.

Ranior commented:

Looks interesting. I like how these guys at least seem to have more theme--really have that wall destruction feel. Oldin just always seemed lacking in anything like that.

Posted on 2013-01-07.

BTBAM commented:

Ulfric + Rune Mages.

Posted on 2013-01-07.

sitnam90 commented:

@Ranior: I also like this new focus for the GD. Oldin was the blandest Summoner to me, despite all his power.

Posted on 2013-01-07.

Sir Tristen commented:

Awesome preview! The dwarves are looking more interesting.

@Adam. Actually, Oldin's deck was probably worse for vine walls. 2x besiege the walls is worse than 1x destabilize, which also hurts these dwarves.

@BTBAM Ulfrick+Rune Mages+Defenders :(



Posted on 2013-01-07.

Emorelleum commented:

Intersting, a melee summoner with only 6 life and (base) 2 attack...possibly one of the lower stat lines, though throwing five legitamate dice at the enemy summoner in the endgame (if you are fortunate) sounds fun...

Posted on 2013-01-07.

Scapemage921 commented:

Sweet! Bye bye Swamp Orcs!

Posted on 2013-01-07.

bantha commented:

Wow, the art on these cards is awesome. Bolvi's stat line seems weak, but I think the ability to roll 5 dice if you've got all three walls is amazing and more than makes up for it.

Posted on 2013-01-07.

Olivier commented:

1) Best art ever in SW!
2) Ulfric + RM at first looks scary indeed but anyway isn't putting your walls forward against Bolvi suicidal with or without RM?
3) I'm with kc that Dwaf compares rather poorly with Grungor at least in Oldin's deck.
4) However, thanks to Ulfric, Bolvi looks superior to Oldin on the battlefield. My only concern is the absence of range but he would probably be owerpowered if he was ranged.

Posted on 2013-01-07.

Roderic_Cliche commented:

I like them well enough. Let's see if Bolvi's deck has anything else that might help my Oldin deck. :)

Posted on 2013-01-07.

champrjk commented:

I'm liking how the second dwarf summoner still sticks to the theme but has a unique twist of his own for strategy.

Posted on 2013-01-07.

killercactus commented:

Ulfric + Rune Mages isn't as bad as Tordok + Rune Mages already was.

Trust me when I tell you that, when you're up against Bolvi, Ulfric will be a minor concern. He's still cool though.

My preferred Bolvi deck doesn't include any card on this page besides Bolvi, and I usually build Destabilize....

Posted on 2013-01-08.

Jexik commented:

Dwaf might not be as good at being Grungor as Grungor is, but you can always run something like Grungor/Baldar/Dwaf or Grungor/Gror/Dwaf to be really good at blowing up walls.

Posted on 2013-01-08.

tortugatron commented:

Who came up with that name anyway? There better not be a TO named 'Oc'

Posted on 2013-01-08.

joepinion commented:

How about a Filth champ named Phil?

Posted on 2013-01-08.

killercactus commented:

That's awesome - I want Phil. And now I want Al the Elf and Vargas the Vargath.

Posted on 2013-01-08.

iklabain commented:

I'll never get over that name.
DWAF. It just sounds so funny saying it.
GO GEWD DWAFS!!!

Posted on 2013-01-08.

Uncleeurope commented:

Lenard the Bender and his brother Benny.
Bloke the Cloak and HIS brother Oak.
Durk the Merc and his SISTER Mary the Mercenary.


Posted on 2013-01-08.

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