Men, I will be brief,

You all share the frustration in knowing that summoning stones have been found and wielded by many peoples -- who have then followed their own self-centered desires rather than uniting against Ret-Talus -- as well as the dismay that some of them possess more than one stone.  Well, I have received a dispatch filled with extremely important news, both good and ill.  In short, a second summoning stone is now being wielded by one of our own: Samuel Farthen! 

Yes, that is good news indeed.  But it is balanced by a very grim report.  The rumors are true: the Fallen Kingdom has finally obtained another stone as well, and it is in the hands of one of his insane toadies.  And their armies, just like ours, have mustered new kinds of units into battle.  It is essential you understand the possibilites these new forces will bring with them. 

I will start with the good news.  Samuel Farthen is a worthy bearer of the stone.  While Sera Eldwyn has focused her use of the stone on healing, Samuel has focused his on protection.  By himself he has the same ability to protect his troops we have seen in Coleen Brighton,

Samuel Farthen, Summoner of the Vanguards

but with the use of the stone he can project this protection to all his troops, not just nearby commons.

Transformation, a Samuel Farthen Event card

He not only makes it harder to wound his soldiers, he can prevent some wounds from even happening.

Divine Protection, a Samuel Farthen Event card

Perhaps best of all, he has taken his protection to an offensive level: he can detect when an opposing summoner is about to cast a spell with his stone, and if Samuel is ready he can block the spell from happening. 

Abolish, a Samuel Farthen Event card

At the right tactical moments, this ability of his can win many battles. 

More good news: Sybil Swancott is marching with Samuel! 

I see that one or two of you don't know about her.  Sybil is very old and frail -- in her body.  But over the decades of her life she has developed the powers of her mind and spirit so that she is an absolute terror in battle, striking hard from afar, and deflecting many attempted wounds. 

Sybil Swancott, Summoner of the Vanguards

It turns out that her spiritual wards are also resistant to the healing that Sera Eldwyn can offer, so I suspect that is the reason Sybil did not follow Sera's lead.  Samuel's methods of protection are a more natural fit for Sybil, and we are all glad for it. 

You'll be especially glad for the help of Samuel and Sybil when you hear about Ret-Talus's new pet summoner.


Comments


glenn3e commented:

FIRST! Nice to see the previews on time.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

Jebuh214 commented:

May I just say... Awesome.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

GeneralRolando commented:

This may be my new favorite Summoner of all time!

Posted on 2013-07-15.

glenn3e commented:

Sybil's ability means she is sort of 4/6 Ranged for 8 cost. Hmm, not sure how I feel about this, but a 4 attack ranged Champ is interesting....

Divine Protection seems pretty pricey, especially if you compare it to say Filth's Shield. Not sure how I feel about that, but I'd probably be building it half the time.

Abolish, on the other hand is way better than the Filth's spellsucker. Very nice indeed since he can thwart Magic Drains and such. I figure that if Samuel has a strong starting setup, he can really preserve it rather than kill them for magic with Abolish.


Posted on 2013-07-15.

GeneralRolando commented:

Yeah for sure. Being able to evade costly events like Spy and the Shadows is huge. I imagine that there will only be two of those events in this deck.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

glenn3e commented:

@General you can check the cardlist by looking into the store page.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

joepinion commented:

Note that Sera's Intercession still operates at full capacity on Sybil. Also, 4 ranged dice. Yeah, hard to turn that down. She's in my Sera deck.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

jwalker commented:

Samuel looks great - at some point I will try Demonhands with him ... holy Demonhands (subed with Abolish, Divine protection and Samuels ability).

Sybil must be even seen as a 4/5,5 ranged champ. However 4 ranged is unique and very very strong. 8 cost is however a big investment - must play her before I can decide.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

glenn3e commented:

Yea, I guess I can use Sybil in there to replace Malevolence. I'm just very afraid she gets one shotted. As for the Divine Protection, that's pretty useful comboing with assassinating runs with Calvary Knights and Angels.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

JanE commented:

Wow! First 8 life summoner.
Ok, he has only 2 melee attack, but he can save those Transformation events when you need him to hit hard.

But overall I have to say that this looks very, very interesting. I am positively surprised!

Can't wait to see more.

Only 7 days to the next previews!

Posted on 2013-07-15.

killercactus commented:

@glenn - you haven't seen the commons yet. Shield of the hopeful is usually protecting a wimpy common or an Anointed. Plus, comparing cards across factions doesn't work well - the decks are just too different.

Oh, and no one cares so far that Sam has EIGHT FREAKING LIFE?

Edit: JanE ninjutsu FTW

Posted on 2013-07-15.

joepinion commented:

JanE cares. :D

Posted on 2013-07-15.

glenn3e commented:

@killercactus I'll accept that. But what about Coleen???

Anyway, Guardian Knights are pretty good with Samuel since they can protect each other and Sam gets to use his Transformation with impunity.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

killercactus commented:

Coleen is going to get 3 sweet commons to help protect. I'll admit that I'm not going to be putting her in my Sam deck too often, but she still does her thing in Sera.

It's very interesting to me how much better Shield of Light is when it's on a summoner that starts on the board, and a sturdy summoner at that.

Also, did you guys catch that Transformation protects everyone on the board? Even champs and Sam?

Posted on 2013-07-15.

glenn3e commented:

@kc, well there's also the fact that it has a range of 2 and an optional "across the board" Event. For me, Colleen is hurt most because she is forced to get into awkward positions to use her ability and being melee hurts her chances of having a valid target.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

Barliman commented:

A normal ranged 4/6 Champion would be worth 9 MPs according to the SSCF. Sybil is priced less than that because her ability is somewhat chancy and sometimes fails to protect her; while sometimes it will protect her extremely well, giving her a much higher practical number of LPs.

I also want to point out that it protects her against *all* wounds, no matter what causes them.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

Filth4ever commented:

Sam gets 2 Abolishes, that may be my new hated event


Posted on 2013-07-15.

killercactus commented:

Coleen's Shield also has a range of 2 though. It's exactly the same as Sam, except Sam starts on the board with commons already there to be protected, and he's harder to kill. Coleen has to be drawn, summoned for 6 magic, and then commons have to still be alive.

I think Coleen is the worst VG champ though, so take my negativity with a grain on salt.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

Setharillius commented:

>:)

Posted on 2013-07-15.

XIE ZONGHUA commented:

Samuel's awesome!very common friendly,I can see myself pack lots of demon hands with him and being invincible,go Vanguards!

Posted on 2013-07-15.

sitnam90 commented:

I really like sammy but I hate he ruins my favoritr VG champ. But I think Coleen still shines with common heavy Sera, my favorite strat. Priests and divine strength fit her well, and as kc said new commons certainly only help her. I wish she could fit with Sammy but she will still be shielding my Vanguard.

I am impressed as heck with sams events. Looks like he will be a great common enforcer. Abolish itself is especially beastly. Not asimpressed with sybil though. She looks fun but very luck based and thats a big magic investment to worry about

Posted on 2013-07-15.

CupidsArt commented:

Woot! Now I can post these on my Deviantart.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

champrjk commented:

Very cool. I love the event cards. Nothing like denying your enemy their events!

Posted on 2013-07-15.

MtS commented:

I like the art on Sybil, she's gonna rock the board! Not sure about 8 life + 3 transformations though, but with SW I believe the playtesters! I cannot wait for next previews!

Posted on 2013-07-15.

jwalker commented:

@Barliman actually Sybil is 5,5 life as she gets her 3rd wound on average either with the 5 or 6 dice. She is a tiny bit overprized with 4+1(ranged)+5,5 life = 10,5 vs typical 8+3. However I guess that 4 ranged is probably worth more than 5 (I feel the higher the attack value the more value gets +range)

by the way - as much as I like abolish for Sam I generally do not like the "event hate" cards too much. I can really see some factions gonna complane about these ;)

Posted on 2013-07-15.

tortugatron commented:

Abolish is completely rediculous. And I don't know if that's a good or bad thing. I wonder if the play testers ever tried so that Abolish costed a magic and Divine Protection was free. That seems to make more sense to me given the cards' apparent power levels.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

jsmkd commented:

Divine Protection has a cost because of things like Rune Mages.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

bp8484 commented:

I've never liked the Vanguard, but Sam might just convert me...

Posted on 2013-07-15.

jpingus commented:

Samuel - I love 8 life! Love "negate". Like his common empowering ability. But it will all depend on his common. Do we get another ranged unit? Do we get 3 life common? Do we get 3 cost common. What cool abilities do they have? :)

As for the grandma. I don't like her that much. She has 1/8 chance to have 3 wounds. 5/16 to have 4 and 1/2 to have 5. But I guess because of the GKs she will be very good.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

AchromaticSky commented:

@jpingus

The amount of life she has isn't the point. She has an unconditional 4 ranged attack, which is unprecedented. She provides reliable damage, and the lack of reliable damage is the main thing that is keeping the Vanguards as a low-tier faction.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

joepinion commented:

Look at Grandma this way... Defending against a normal attack, it's equivalent to needing a 5-6 to wound her. With Transformation on, it's close to being equal to needing a 6. And even with sure wounds such as Precise and Burn, they might not wound her, which is the most important key in helping out the matchup vs Elien, as most other defensive abilities are null vs PE.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

Irisches Glueck commented:

I think Blagog loves seeing Samuel on the opponent's side of the board...

Posted on 2013-07-15.

Joseph commented:

Joe, I'm pretty sure your math is wrong. You will always have a 50% chance to hit her, regardless of Transformation, unless CoN or Luka is negating her.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

thenightsshadow commented:

You also have to remember that it's predicated on a 3+ initial roll.

- Sybil's regular protection: 33% chance of taking a Wound/die.
- Sybil under Transformation: 25% chance of taking a Wound/die.
- Sybil under Cloak of Shadows: 8.3% chance of taking a Wound/die.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

TheOne commented:

Guys, by the wording in Abolish, I'm pretty sure Abolish can't touch Shadows and other irregularly-timed events because they aren't played during their controller's Event phase.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

joepinion commented:

Joseph: I'm just saying, 66% chance to hit in the first place x 50% chance to avoid the wound = 33% chance to hit over all per die, hence equivalent to rolling a 5 or 6, etc. The difference is it ALSO--like Divine Protection--helps avoids wounds versus annoying auto wounders like the Duke.

Posted on 2013-07-15.

glenn3e commented:

Ahhh. I just realized Transformation extends to Champs and Samuel as well, which powerups Sybil nicely. Yay!

Posted on 2013-07-15.

XIE ZONGHUA commented:

Abolish is an revolutionary event,from now on,you can't just sit back and kill all of your starting commons and try to cast your catch-up events,cause if you do that,you get punished by Samuel deadly.and i think this won't be the last event which will sabotage your opponent's event

Posted on 2013-07-16.

killercactus commented:

Not only does Abolish kill your CUEs, but if you try that against Sam, he will just run you over anyway.

He makes turtles hide in their shell for good.

Posted on 2013-07-16.

Roderic_Cliche commented:

Woo! :) Glad I preordered this!

Posted on 2013-07-16.

JanE commented:

Tuesday.

Only 6 days to new cards! Yippi-kay-yei!

The decks are not in BGG yet?

Posted on 2013-07-16.

Setharillius commented:

Anybody notice the awesome art??? That face is one of my favorites yet!

Posted on 2013-07-16.

killercactus commented:

I want to see Sybil possessed by a Phantom and then spamming Dark Sacrifice. Busted.

Posted on 2013-07-16.

JanE commented:

Wednesday.
Only 5 days to new cards!

It will be:
Mad Sirian from Sirius. An alien in a human form serving the evil king.

Posted on 2013-07-16.

stutzkraft commented:

Wow! Cool summoner. Cool events. I like how they add a new take on durability for the van. I also like how they add interesting choices for you and your opponent, especially abolish, as an off turn event. adds an element of bluffing or reading your opponent. Me like.

Posted on 2013-07-18.

JanE commented:

I will start with the good news.

Saturday.
Only 2 days to new cards!

Posted on 2013-07-20.

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