You can finally be glad it's Monday again.

Vanguard and Fallen Kingdom Second Summoners have gone into printing. That means they're now available for pre-order for your Summoner Wars collection in the PlaidHatGames.com store for $9.95 each. Just like last time, pre-order from PlaidHatGames.com and you'll get your copies airshipped over a month in advance while everyone else's take the long, slow journey on a boat. And, most joyously, Summoner Wars Monday previews kick back into gear on Monday, July 15.

Just like the last round of Second Summoners, these decks are like brand new faction decks - all new cards, no overlap, and completely playable factions on their own, without any other cards from their faction. However, also in line with the first four second summoners, you can mix and match the commons and champions in these two decks with the commons and champions in the original Vanguard and Fallen Kingdom faction decks, and with the commons and champions in the Goodwin's Blade Reinforcement Pack.

These are the first two decks I got to playtest myself from beginning to end. I'm not going to spoil any cards, but as a "pre"-preview, here are some general comments to get some excitement flowing:

  • Like the last crop of decks, these are both very common friendly summoners. Samuel in particular loves his commons and likes to say "screw you" to the summoners who normally say "screw you" to commons.
  • Both of these decks open up a whole new can of worms for deck building. Both provide delicious new options for Ret and Sera, and both make new use of old units, especially some that were less popular in competitive decks in the past.
  • With these two releases, you can kiss any illusion of "tier lists" goodbye, as every summoner (including Ret and Sera) have way too many options, potential strategies, and strengths to say any summoner is weaker or stronger than any other with any degree of certainty. These are balanced decks and they help balance the potential of the old decks even more.
  • Neither of these decks have rules cards and work completely within the original Summoner Wars ruleset. Samuel in particular will be fun and playable for beginners, but he will entice veteran players by messing with the competitive meta-game in ways that will drive the traditionally strong decks crazy.
  • Mad Sirian, from a gameplay perspective, is one of my two favorite summoner in all of Itharia. He just has that fun quality and has a twist on what he does that makes him feel totally unique. I can not WAIT for you guys to see these cards.

If you head to the store, you can pre-order today. Let the speculation begin.


Comments


Joseph commented:

I"M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can hardly wait for previews!

Posted on 2013-07-08.

glenn3e commented:

WARGHHHHHHHH AHHAHA

Posted on 2013-07-08.

MtS commented:

Preordering stright away! Yay!

Posted on 2013-07-08.

TheOne commented:

I come back and what is this...?!?!?!?

PS. Did they fix Raechel? ;)

Posted on 2013-07-08.

Killer Lawnmower commented:

This is amazing.

Posted on 2013-07-08.

JYoder commented:

This was an unexpected surprise! Of the first 8 factions, the CG and these 2 are the ones I've most been interested in -- pre-ordering!

Posted on 2013-07-08.

joepinion commented:

Raechel is still Raechel, sorry if I accidentally implied she was made different by these decks. No Rahlee style fixes here. But I suppose as the game has become more and more common friendly ever since the Master Set reinforcements, she has subtly become more viable, and this continues that trend. (For examply, I noticed in a game the other day how decent Ret's base deck is nowadays, much better than it used to be, due to more common friendly decks around.)

Posted on 2013-07-08.

CupidsArt commented:

I can't wait to start sharing some of the art from this, XD

Posted on 2013-07-08.

glenn3e commented:

Why are the other Units looking away at Samuel? He scares the chicks away?

Posted on 2013-07-08.

tegidos commented:

woohooo previews are coming!

Posted on 2013-07-08.

tortugatron commented:

This is sooner than expected! Hopefully all the second summoners will come out this close together. That way there will always be excitement. Preordered!

Posted on 2013-07-08.

tristak commented:

Ooh, I like the art on those vanguards.

Posted on 2013-07-08.

sitnam90 commented:

I am excite. Hope the new guys are at Frick/Sneeks level of compatibility.

Posted on 2013-07-08.

cmarie commented:

So, so exciting!!!! :)

Posted on 2013-07-08.

Filth4ever commented:

CANT WAIT!....the fallen kingdom guy looks like a pre order based on look gem


Posted on 2013-07-08.

JanE commented:

Oh yes, I am no Garfield. Loving mondays again...

A request: Could there be a certain specific time on Mondays when the reviews are posted?

Posted on 2013-07-08.

champrjk commented:

Yessss! PHG bringing back my love of Mondays!

Posted on 2013-07-08.

killercactus commented:

Ret/Sirian and Sam/Sera > Frick/Sneeks in terms of compatibility.

Posted on 2013-07-09.

glenn3e commented:

Really KC? And I thought the CG had the best compatibility in the first 4 summoners.

Posted on 2013-07-09.

sitnam90 commented:

Me too, but the more the better. I much prefer that then the more limited compatibility of Oldin/Bolvi or Grognack/Torgan. Not totally limited mind you, but not as well done as the PE and CG.

Posted on 2013-07-09.

joepinion commented:

Although I'm glad Bolvi was Bolvi. In special cases the separation is good.

Posted on 2013-07-09.

freezinpee commented:



Posted on 2013-07-09.

killercactus commented:

Yes really. When I was deckbuilding to playtest, I couldn't figure out a reason to not build a Sirian deck with some of Ret's units, or a Ret deck without some of Sirian's units, etc. Same with Sam and Sera.

Posted on 2013-07-09.

freezinpee commented:

Vanguards and Fallen Kingdom are making a come back. It's going to be legendary.

Posted on 2013-07-09.

JanE commented:

Tuesday.
Only 6 days to first previews!

Posted on 2013-07-09.

XIE ZONGHUA commented:

These days I've been wondering when will the next second summoners come,now here they are,unexpected and amazing!

Posted on 2013-07-09.

ZeeJr commented:

Joe's hints are so excellent. So vague, yet so inciting.

Posted on 2013-07-09.

JanE commented:

Thursday.
Only 4 days to first previews!

Posted on 2013-07-10.

ariosa commented:

i am vry excited to gross out all the people who couldn't deal with the filth with some of the new fk units

Posted on 2013-07-11.

glenn3e commented:

lol Ariosa. That makes my day!

Posted on 2013-07-11.

Truth commented:

#CorpseWyrm

Posted on 2013-07-12.

killercactus commented:

Hashtags are for the next generation.

C: CorpseWyrm

Posted on 2013-07-12.

JanE commented:

Friday.
Only 3 days to first previews!

One of them is: CORPSEWYRM! (?)

Posted on 2013-07-12.

Lord Brighton commented:

I EXCLAIMED WITH DELIGHT WHEN I READ THIS POST AND IMMEDIATELY PRE-ORDERED.

Posted on 2013-07-12.

JanE commented:

Saturday.
Only 2 days to first previews!

Posted on 2013-07-13.

tortugatron commented:

I'm betting on the two summoners being the preview. The Corpse Wyrm is probably the thing that's art is more disturbing than the Filth.

Posted on 2013-07-14.

JanE commented:

Sunday.
Only 1 day to first previews!

It is TOMOOOOORROW!

Posted on 2013-07-14.

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