Sir,

We have been able to spy more of Torgan and his forces in action, and we have the grim news that the Ice Walls we discussed in our first report are just the beginning of the ways they use ice in battle. 

Torgan sometimes uses his Summoning Stone to form protective armor for his troops out of ice!  They look like bizarre arctic crabs or turtles, but it is effective.  They are trained in using it, so if they wish they can take a defensive stance, in which the most vicious attack can do nothing more than shatter the ice protecting them.

Ice Armor, a Torgan Event card

And Torgan is not the only one in his army who can invoke magic to work the ice.  There is a champion in his force who can make Ice Walls shatter.  Sometimes this just results in the destruction of the wall, but usually it makes the wall explode with deadly shards to all nearby. 

Krom, Champion of the Tundra Orcs

Even some of the common troops use ice to their advantage.  We were very displeased to see that Torgan has archers among his forces.  These are the first reliable missile units we have seen the Tundra Orcs muster.  Not only are they more dependable than Grognack's Shamans, but when they are next to one of their walls they draw on them to strengthen the destructive power of the arrows they shoot -- which are tipped with ice, of course. 

Shooter, Common of the Tundra Orcs

What's more, we have seen another champion among them who has taken this ability to a master's level.  The normal Shooters can only draw on one wall at a time, but this champion can draw on every wall near her.  When you combine this talent with Torgan's ability to moves his Ice Walls around, it can be truly terrifying. 

Grok, Champion of the Tundra Orcs

Unfortunately, this is not the end of surprises.  We have more to spy out, and we'll tell it as soon as we know it.

 


Comments


orcelfarmyone commented:

Wow! Looking fun to actually have reliable range!

Posted on 2013-02-25.

Emorelleum commented:

That's quite a bit of range the TO have access to now. 7/1R/6? Interesting stat line. Also interesting that ice armor is both optional and after-the fact. hmmm...possibilities...

Posted on 2013-02-25.

TheOne commented:

Echo Emorelleum.

Also, Krom is like Grognack that procs off the attack, instead of consuming an Attack.

The Tundra Orcs' new Commonlove is interesting (think never-EVER-wounded Thwarters). I love Ice Armor, though. And Shooters are okay. With Torgan around, proximity is no problem.

Posted on 2013-02-25.

freezinpee commented:

Shouldn't grok's ability state each wall you control. That would assume she can draw power from enemy walls as well

Posted on 2013-02-25.

sitnam90 commented:

I am quite pleased over this new stuff, far better then first preview for Torgan. Ice Armor is awesome and I can think of a ton of uses for it. It might actually be fun on fighters to help sustain a fury push.

Shooters are fun, pretty similar to a mix between Stalwart Archers and SO Hunters. I'm a fan of range and these guys will really make that FL matchup on Horror far better.

Krom looks fun as well. Combined with Torgan and his events i can see giant blocks of ice being used as the SW equivalent of hand grenades. Good statline too, compares favorably to poor Gruggar. I still love you though Gruggy, i have a place for you.

Grok is interesting. It'd be difficult to get more then 1 extra av, but with ice armor and 7 health she has time to get set up in a good spot.

Posted on 2013-02-25.

glenn3e commented:

based on the flavor description, its supposed to be every Wall.

Posted on 2013-02-25.

ZeeJr commented:

I dig how all three of these abilities can also work with Grognack's walls.

Excellent job, Plaid Hat, on making units that are useful for both summoners.


Posted on 2013-02-25.

glenn3e commented:

@sitnam

Ice Armor only works on Commons.

Posted on 2013-02-25.

killercactus commented:

Grok works with all Walls - regular, Ice, Minor Ice, VINE (sorry SO), yours and theirs.

Posted on 2013-02-25.

JYoder commented:

No reason you can't draw Ice from vines... none at all. ;) Good stuff!

Posted on 2013-02-25.

ZeeJr commented:

After some more thought, I should add that, even though these abilities COULD work with either summoner, it's Torgan's ability to move his walls that will maximize the abilities.

You've got Grok chilling in the middle of the battlefield, trading arrows with Shikwa. Next turn, slide up three walls all around here for a Power Shot.

Slide a wall past Krom to where it's touching two opponents. Krom steps behind the wall, where it will serve as a shield for him, and attacks the wall itself to trigger his ability.

All these sound like a ton of fun.

And I foresee shooters almost totally replacing Shaman.

Posted on 2013-02-25.

glenn3e commented:

Shooters are also only 1/1 for 1. Shamans have that extra tankiness and shootiness that is useful against 2 life Common decks like Vanguards. I'd say Shooters are good for Torgan, but less for Grognack.

Posted on 2013-02-25.

Elcor13 commented:

Most of the units would work with Grognack, but work better with Torgan just because Torgan makes more use of walls. Although, not helping out Grognack isn't necessarily a bad thing ;)

Posted on 2013-02-25.

Viegon commented:

I'm loving the new Tundra Orcs. I never was a big fan of Grognack's forces (too swingy for my tastes), but I love what they're doing with Torgan (awesome Wall mechanics).

Posted on 2013-02-25.

Alita_99 commented:

Does Burn/Greater Burn count as an attack? If not, does Ice Armor protect against those events?

I really like the new units, but I thought Orc females would have smaller tusks. That's about as nitpicky as I can get.


Posted on 2013-02-25.

glenn3e commented:

Nope, Burns do not count as attacks. Neither do special abilities that state "Instead of attacking" etc.

Posted on 2013-02-25.

Killer Lawnmower commented:

Wow. Love the two champs for sure.

Posted on 2013-02-25.

infamous1 commented:

if bragg is in play can/does krom's ice shatter hurt ice walls if you roll a 1 or 2? bragg's card says ice walls only recive wounds if you roll a 5 or higher. can somone explain please.

Posted on 2013-02-26.

glenn3e commented:

@infamour1 The key word here is "when attacked". So no, it doesn't afect Ice Shatter.

Posted on 2013-02-26.

Cyprien Esenwein commented:

I love Krom's bio. He's orcishly brutal, yet... honorable and almost philosophical. He's very cool.

With three walls, we get Power Shot with 7 life. That's just, WOW. And all TO commons can be Scavengers without having to kill stuff, thanks to Ice Armor

Posted on 2013-02-28.

killercactus commented:

Krom and Grok are really cool champs. When deck-building, these second summoners really bring in some tough choices when selecting 3 champions, especially for factions with already good champs like this one.

Posted on 2013-03-02.

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