Sir, 

In my first report on Queen Maldaria's forces I described types of fighting units that are new to the Phoenix Elves.  I am pleased to be able to say that not all her troops are that unique: many of them use the same abilities and training we have seen in others, though with some new twists. 

Duke Ramazall, for example, shows the same precision in battle that the Phoenix Guardians show -- he apparently never fails to draw blood when he attacks.  I suspect that he is the one behind the training the Guardians have received.  He definitely is as much above the Guardians in battle as a master is to his students.  His noble status in their kingdom is higher still: some say he almost rivals Prince Elien.  Even seeing him from a distance, I could tell he does not have Elien's reported frailty.  He is a man to keep an eye on.  

Duke Ramazall, Champion of the Phoenix Elves

A related new development that is exciting or alarming -- depending on how Maldaria will choose to fight in these wars -- is that she has a corps of archers that are as deadly as the Guardians!  Elves of all tribes make good archers, but this is unprecedented: instead of focusing on speed or range, these Fire Archers are focused on accuracy, and they include many of their best shots.  

Fire Archer, Common of the Phoenix Elves

I have managed to befriend one of the Fire Archers, and he has confided (or boasted, rather) that the Queen values her precise troops so much that she often uses her Stone to enhance them.  I said I knew Prince Elien could grant temporary precision to any of his troops, but no, he corrected me, the Queen has found a way to make all her precise troops hit with greater force!  He was pleased with my awestruck reaction, which was no act: this power can win many battles for her, if she is wise enough to know when to use it.   

Passion of the Phoenix, a Queen Maldaria Event card

All of Maldaria's precise troops are now people to keep an eye on. 

 


Comments


YouCrayzFool commented:

FIRST! Great preview! Looks like I'll be using the PE more often now! =)

Posted on 2013-02-11.

champrjk commented:

Wow, this faction is going to be a pain to fight. Lots of fun to annoy your enemies though.

Posted on 2013-02-11.

JanE commented:

Interesting! Saella and Guardians like to fight under her command.

Posted on 2013-02-11.

tristak commented:

I wonder if it would be worth it to run both the duke and saella in her deck for two champs that each do a guaranteed 3 damage one turn. Probably not, but im still gonna try it.

Posted on 2013-02-11.

sitnam90 commented:

Interesting stuff. Disapointed to see precise spammed so much with these two, saella, and guardians. But i think Guardians might actually be pretty good in this deck, though it'd be expensive. I see these units working far better with Mals deck then Elien, since they'd make SoTP redundant. I'm thinking of trying a Guardian/FA deck with either lings or fencers to lower cost. For champs i wanna try duke for sure, gotta see the others to decide. So many well themed deck options with available:

Beastnaster (Holleas, Fireling, FB, Drake, Rahlee)
Ranged support (FA, Archer,Laleya)
Swordsmen (Duke, Malaena, Warrior, Guardian, Fencer)
Precise
Movement (Rahlee, Ling, Dancers)

I have quite a few ideas I'd love to try with both summoners now


Posted on 2013-02-11.

glenn3e commented:

Looks like my prediction about Fire Archers were correct. And its interesting to retroactively make Guardians useful again in this deck.

Posted on 2013-02-11.

sitnam90 commented:

They did the same with climbers through Throw Rocks. Hopefully this trend continues

Posted on 2013-02-11.

vitamurmillo commented:

Disappointed that there are two champions almost exactly the same now... Surely they could have made Ramazall different from Saella?

Posted on 2013-02-11.

glenn3e commented:

Saella has one less hitpoint. Makes sense on why she is a Mercenary after having the superior Ramazall in the PE army.

Posted on 2013-02-11.

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killercactus commented:

Vita - would you rather Maldaria not have a precise champ in her base deck? We have to remember that there are a lot of players out there that only play base decks, and might not have access to Saella. It's good though that he's strictly better than her.

Oh - and Fire Archers + Save the Queen = gold

Posted on 2013-02-11.

I LIKE TAU! commented:

Notice how the event effects saella too. You could use the duke, saella, guardians, and fire archers all together for a precise deck.

Posted on 2013-02-11.

killercactus commented:

Yeah - Duke, Saella, Maelena, FAs and Guardians.... Every attack lands at least 1 auto wound. Not a lot of firepower though without passion.

Posted on 2013-02-11.

Colgha commented:

The art is looking really cool.


Posted on 2013-02-11.

Cyprien Esenwein commented:

These units seem very cool. I think I still prefer Drake/Maelena/Laleya over Ramazall, but theres still 2 more champs...

Precise Archers! Thats cool. Very cool.
Passion is one of those events that's more powerful the more of a certain unit(s) you have, so it's tricky to know when to use it

Posted on 2013-02-11.

vitamurmillo commented:

@kc - I would've preferred Ramazall to be ranged or high AV low HP or low AV high HP or something, to avoid having two nearly identical champions.

A 1R/7/6 would've been interesting..

Posted on 2013-02-11.

killercactus commented:

Eh, I think if there's a problem, its with Saella and not Duke. I was never crazy about her as a Merc, but at least there is motivation to run them both here, and Saella has her uses in other decks.

With 1 AV, Maldaria's base deck would have had no units that can do 3 auto wounds, which I think her base deck needed

Posted on 2013-02-11.

chardris77 commented:

Can Passion not be stacked?

Posted on 2013-02-11.

killercactus commented:

Yep.

Posted on 2013-02-11.

Barliman commented:

Yes, it can stack. Good question.

Posted on 2013-02-11.

sitnam90 commented:

@kc: i agree on Saella as a merc. As many probably know by now i love mercs, but I prefer the crazy animal men and rogue human characters. Rogue Vargath was cool with Hulgorad, but now with rogue phoenix elf, deep dwarf, another vargath, etc I think PHG went to the same design well to many times and took away ideas that would of been great for second summoners. I cant complain to much though, I love using Hulgy with Cloaks and Saella is just what Vanguard need.

Posted on 2013-02-11.

ZeeJr commented:


Have to agree with Vitamurmillo that more distinction between Saella and the Duke would be preferable. I especially like the idea of making him ranged and taking away some of his life points.

However, I'm mostly glad that the old themes are being reworked in a new way. I love how much each faction is keeping its faction-ness.

Posted on 2013-02-11.

champrjk commented:

Wow, this faction is going to be a pain to fight. Lots of fun to annoy your enemies though.

Posted on 2013-02-11.

Emorelleum commented:

I too am glad that second summoners work to boost some of the older units. I must note that the vaiability of gaurdians depends on how many copies of passion are in the deck. At any rate, I am going to miss 3 auto wounds at range...

Posted on 2013-02-11.

tortugatron commented:

There will be 2 Passion of the Phoenix Events. I would have loved 3, but since I haven't played them yet, we shall see if I am happy with 2.

Posted on 2013-02-11.

Barliman commented:

If there were 3 PotP's, there would be the possibility of 4AV precise ranged units, which is very frightening.

Posted on 2013-02-11.

thenightsshadow commented:

Three Passion of the Phoenixes would be enough to never use Guardians. The fact that there's only two makes running Guardians more viable.

Posted on 2013-02-12.

JanE commented:

What do you mean thenightshadow?

Posted on 2013-02-12.

kalrhin commented:

I do not see why more PotP would discourage the use of guardians. This event makes them stronger after all, right?

Posted on 2013-02-12.

sitnam90 commented:

I guess since FA's could produce 4 ranged av it means spamming them would be more powerful.

Posted on 2013-02-12.

Starslayer commented:

I wish they would make a new promo card with the Second Summoner release.

Posted on 2013-02-12.

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