Since our last report we have seen Bolvi and his forces fight in a small battle, and we have more to say about them that we couldn't determine by observing their practice. 

Given the remarkable innovation of Assault Towers in field combat, it shouldn't be surprising to learn that Bolvi has dedicated much of his use of his Summoning Stone to make the Towers even better in battle.  In particular, he sometimes summons a tower faster -- that is with less magic expenditure -- than he should be able to.

Accelerated Construction, a Bolvi Event card

And, at times he summons them next to other towers rather than to Walls or even to Architects.

Expand, a Bolvi Event card

Finally, he uses his Stone to temporarily enhance the strength of the towers, so they withstand damage much more readily.  It can be quite frustrating to their opponents. 

Strengthen Structures, a Bolvi Event card

 

On another note, there is a new type of troops that Bolvi is fielding.  I credit Aaron for noticing this and pointing it out to me.  Certain of their common soldiers fight with greater skill and determination against stronger units than they do against weaker ones.  Aaron sees that as part of the pattern of Guild Dwarf toughness, as we have already seen in Defenders, Guardsmen and Spearmen.  While I agree, I also wonder if there is a measure of pride involved: perhaps they don't exert themselves as hard against "less worthy" opponents. 

Oath Sworn, Common of the Guild Dwarves

We believe this is all there is to say about the new developments in Bolvi's army.  We will of course tell more if we learn it, but we will probably just continue to report on his movements and interactions with other groups. 

 


Comments


Joseph commented:

First! Awesome preview!

Posted on 2013-03-04.

Adam commented:

Walls and events have the built ability, too?

Posted on 2013-03-04.

glenn3e commented:

Interesting. Oath Sworn are useful against Champs and expensive Units. Bolvi doesn't have a choice, since he starts with 3 of them anyway.

And we still don't know how upgrades work. Well, save the best for last, I guess.

Posted on 2013-03-04.

Colgha commented:

I'm lovin these Oath Sworn!

Posted on 2013-03-04.

lildrummahboi34 commented:

Oath Sworn are the coolest! Such a good stat spread.

Posted on 2013-03-04.

yobo93 commented:

Yeah a 1/2/1-2 is really good

Posted on 2013-03-04.

Clarissimus commented:

"Walls and events have the built ability, too?"

Nope. The card is listing three things: 1) Event 2) Wall 3) Unit Card with the 'Built' ability.

Posted on 2013-03-04.

glenn3e commented:

Which makes it a good Chant of Salvation in addition to its normal ability.

Posted on 2013-03-04.

Viegon commented:

Awesome, Bolvi is going to be a ton of fun!

Posted on 2013-03-04.

joepinion commented:

AC works as A Hero is Born for Grundor's Tower and as a wall-finder for upping Bolvi's attack, but it's most important for getting the correct upgrade at just the right moment, considering there are three different kinds.

Posted on 2013-03-04.

killercactus commented:

It also allows you to go fetch a tower (or GT) and summon it immediately, possibly from a fresh wall. Or, if you already have the tower, you can go get the wall part of the combo.

Towers can pop out of walls, Architects, other towers, or just out of mid air!

Posted on 2013-03-04.

Adam commented:

Oh, neat! Thanks, guys.

Posted on 2013-03-04.

sitnam90 commented:

I like these cards, it was the least exciting though. Oath sworn are okay I guess. Kinda depends on who you face. CG and SE will laugh in their faces. Good against FL though. Great anti champ unit but not something that GD were in desperate need of.

I do like the possibilities with expand and AC. Help with building up the tower fortress or getting the right hand at the right time. Strengthen is pretty lolzy. I was already planning on trying a ballista/tower/Tordok/ulfric deck.

Posted on 2013-03-04.

Cyprien Esenwein commented:

So, as Summoners don't have a Summon Cost, Oath Sworn don't roll extra attack against them? I think they would be 'worthy' opponents...

Even so, Bolvi sounds like a lot of fun!

Posted on 2013-03-04.

killercactus commented:

Summoners are so awesome that even Oath Sworn are scared.

Posted on 2013-03-04.

glenn3e commented:

Oath Sworn attack Summoners half-heartedly. They're not that brave, apparently.

Posted on 2013-03-04.

Adam commented:

Some take their oaths less seriously than others.

Posted on 2013-03-04.

I LIKE TAU! commented:

3 oath sworn ganging up on one champ seems powerful.6 dice in one turn for 3 summon cost. Most units would die in 2 turns to that.

Posted on 2013-03-04.

ZettianJuggernaut commented:

Awesome! They look really fun!

Posted on 2013-03-05.

Mookinizer commented:

The Oath Sworn remind me a lot of the Warriors from the Vargath. The warriors have basically identical stats, but they only activate their ability when the unit goes aggressively onto the opponents battlefield. These units get it instantly (going against expensive units), no matter where they are. Because of that, I see them more as a defensive unit, but they don't necessarily have to be.
* Dang...I haven't played a serious game of SW in so long.:( *

Posted on 2013-03-08.

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