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

You may know that some of Ret-Talus's champions are people that joined him voluntarily, out of greed, pride and a dispicable self-interest that cared not a spit for others.  Sirian Waters is not like that: he was captured and forced into service to the Rotten King.  Understandably, his mind cracked from the experience.  We don't know the details of it, and I for one am glad not to know, but he became a loyal and eager toady to his captor.  He makes an obvious choice for an assistant summoner: in Ret-Talus's position I would rather give a stone to an insane but loyal servant than an ambitious traitor. 

Unfortunately, Sirian's insanity is not a serious liability.  In fact, with his warped mind he has attained some frightening abilities.  There can be no doubt of this, since our scouts have witnessed it repeatedly, but Mad Sirian can heal himself in the middle of battle, something that no summoner has been able to do before. 

Mad Sirian, Summoner of the Fallen Kingdom

Quiet down, and I'll tell you what more I know.  There are limits to this ability that we might take advantage of.  First of all, he only has been seen to heal himself after attacking and wounding other units -- and enemy units at that -- so he has to put himself in harm's way to heal.  Secondly,  Sirian's use of the stone frequently leaves him wounded, so there is a sort of cosmic balance in that which we can thank the heavens for.  But don't count on him to hand us the battle through overuse of the stone; he is insane and committed to an evil cause, but he is not stupid. 

Sometimes Sirian is seen clutching his stone and gazing at it with a feverish intensity.  When he does that, be prepared for some nasty surprises, becuase those episodes are usually followed by heavy summoning.

Searching the Stone, a Mad Sirian Event card

Like his master, Sirian can summon the dead to fight.  But he surpasses his master in being able to summon units that have fallen earlier in the same battle. 

Reanimate, a Mad Sirian Event card

He even has brought back champions, so don't take anything for granted if you face him.

Return of the Fallen, a Mad Sirian Event card

One of the new champions that Sirian has in tow is another bound demon named Gul-Dass.  Unlike Elut-Bal, Gul-Dass is never released from his bonds, because he doesn't have to be: he is just as deadly while bound.  The one good thing about him is that when he gets especially vicious Sirian himself is hurt, I guess because of the strain it puts on the spells controlling him. 

Gul-Dass, Champion of the Fallen Kingdom

You all look as grim as I feel about this news.  But don't lose heart.  Remember that we also have a new summoner, and not only is Samuel Farthen one of the sturdiest warriors I have known, he leads a large force of fresh new troops into battle.


Comments


glenn3e commented:

First!

Posted on 2013-07-22.

Jebuh214 commented:

New favorite summoner.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

thenightsshadow commented:

Hiya Sirian, one of my favorite Summoners for my new favorite faction.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

bp8484 commented:

Wow. The Fallen Kingdom is back! Searching the Stone is amazing! I'm so excited to play as Mad Sirian.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

joepinion commented:

Kudos to Bryan for writing up these previews, which have been every bit as entertaining and thematic as Bistro's bios.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

Aleph commented:

I love the closeness of design between the summoner and the Events.

Huge happy face! (very tiny sad face for wall requirement on Reanimate)

And then huge happy face for "any Discard pile."

Posted on 2013-07-22.

Smitty commented:

I wonder if one of the new commons, such as the Vampire, will be able to heal its summoner. Useful for both Sirian and Ret.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

Adam commented:

Draw 5 cards. You may summon units this events phase.

Aaaaah, this is truly mad. I'd love to play the first one just to build a ton of magic, then next turn play the other one, a wall, and a champ or two.

Return of the Fallen could be pretty neat, too. Unlikely you'll often summon all three and then one again but could be useful if your other champs refuse to be drawn or you really want to play the same guy twice.

I really like this guy.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

GeneralRolando commented:

Awesome abilities with some sweet risk reward ideas. Not sure if I like him or Ret-Talus better, but definitely an awesome addition to Fallen Kingdom.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

ZeeJr commented:

Wow.

So I want to attack with Sirian as much as possible. But watch for retaliation more than ever.

Assassination will work especially well. Even if you can't seal the deal that way, you can prevent Sirian from using many of his powers.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

glenn3e commented:

Hmm, not sure whether I'm going to put Gul Dass in Ret's deck since Ret is so weak anyway.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

Katabrok commented:

If Gul-Dass only attacks 2 life units, he will hurt Sirian if he gets 3 or more hits on the dice?

Posted on 2013-07-22.

ZeeJr commented:

I think the best champ to use with Return of the Fallen will be Elut Bal.

Get him out for free with your starting setup. Get him back for 2 magic. Reanimate those commons. Get him out almost free again.

Katabrok. 3 or 4 wounds can be inflicted, even if it's more than enough to kill the unit.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

glenn3e commented:

Yea Elut Bal seems really good in this deck. But Gul Dass doesn't seem that good for Ret, unless there is a Common that somehow heals Ret.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

joepinion commented:

Katabrok: Correct. So he's not so good vs 1-lifers, as you're likely to do as much damage to Sirian as the card he attacks.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

ZeeJr commented:

I think a summoner healing common (or champ) could work and not be busted if it had the right stipulations.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

glenn3e commented:

@Smitty @ Zeejr

Yeah I think if Vampires have an ability to heal the Summoner it would help Ret so much better that Gull Dass can be included in his deck.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

sitnam90 commented:

Man I'm loving this guy, far less reserved then with Sammy (again, mostly due to Coleen). I'd never think he'd see a summoner that could heal, but with these cards I think it's hard for him to go crazy with Blood Drain. And if you have Gul-Dass on board, he could become a liability at times where attacking with him is not an option.

SO this guy could be a beast or a dud against assasination. Play an event at the wrong time, and a SE can into darkness your commons and shove a heavy hitter in your face. Play it at the right time and he can easily pick off wounds to heal back up. Genius. Oh and him vs Sammy should be fantastic.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

RustyKettle commented:

This guy is driving me insane with anticipation!


Posted on 2013-07-22.

Anoir commented:

Oh Sirian you sexy beast. He is definitely my favourite second summoner so far. He ruins assassination but doesn't have the end game Ret does.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

champrjk commented:

Wasn't expecting him to be ranged. Interesting.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

RustyKettle commented:

This guy is driving me insane with anticipation!


Posted on 2013-07-22.

Cleon commented:

Wow. Very impressed.

Gotta show my friend who's an FK player, he's been dying for more FK!

Posted on 2013-07-22.

killercactus commented:

Be careful assassinating Sirian, guys. He's the king of turning a failed assassination attempt into a win.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

JanE commented:

Interesting... A 8 life summoner and a 6 life summoner with an ability of healing himself.

And...
Only 7 days left to next preview!

Posted on 2013-07-22.

Setharillius commented:

Ugh, I just pictured abolish against these events...

Awwwwesommme dude! I can't wait for his commons! I imagine there is at least one two coster, hopefully more!

Posted on 2013-07-22.

dezza commented:

When playing Gul-dass, your opponent's going to have to be weary of abilities that negate others. Jungle Elves Chant of Negation or something constant like MV Luka's Disruption Field.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

Transplanar commented:

You know, Sirian's power will combo great with Kogar. I always thought that merc champion was kind of meh, but he could be a great way to help feed your summoner to keep him alive.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

Rwould commented:

He looks particularly good, roll on more previews!

Posted on 2013-07-22.

JanE commented:

When Abolish cancels an event, the summoner whose event got canceled doesn't have to pay magic or lose life points, right?

I mean like if Return of the Fallen or Searching the Stone gets canceled.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

thenightsshadow commented:

Yes.

Posted on 2013-07-22.

JanE commented:

Return of the Fallen is quite interesting in FK vs FK matches...

It is especially good in tournaments (with multible tables) because you can fetch a FK champion "from any Discard Pile", even from the next table!

And:
Only 6 days left to next preview!

Posted on 2013-07-23.

joepinion commented:

lol JanE, good point. ;) "Any discard pile" is indeed powerful.

Posted on 2013-07-23.

Adam commented:

It doesn't even have to be a tournament! Just post on the forum if anyone has one in his discard pile and wait for them to mail it. The ultimate stalling strategy.

Posted on 2013-07-23.

Shr1k13 commented:

So as the Benders, all of these events can be Mimic'd, correct? A dead FK champ could become my summonable FK champ.

Posted on 2013-07-23.

killercactus commented:

Yep. I'm the last person that wants to make Tacullu happy, but yeah.

Posted on 2013-07-23.

glenn3e commented:

Return of the Fallen. By using this, you are effectively summoning your extra champ for 3 Magic more. I guess its possible to do so by not summoning any Commons at all and relying on Reanimate. Or have Champs like Elut Bal or Gull Das who are "cheaper".

Posted on 2013-07-23.

thenightsshadow commented:

@ glenn3e:
It's also a way to combat Spy and COUNTER SUMMON.

Posted on 2013-07-23.

killercactus commented:

Also, its only 2 magic more if you build that champ as magic, spend it and then summon it.

Obviously not an ideal play economically, but if you get a 3-champ hand early, you can build one knowing there's a chance to re-summon it.

Posted on 2013-07-23.

thenobleknave commented:

More often you'll want to summon the same Champ twice, possibly by not summoning your 3rd one. Gull-Dass is a bad play once Sirian is near death, so you might opt to build him as Magic and bring back one of your other two.

One of Sirian's other champs is somewhat situational too...

Posted on 2013-07-24.

Dubstep1337 commented:

Did anyone else notice that Sirian is the only summoner where he/she/it is holding a summoning stone in the character art???

Posted on 2013-08-30.

JanE commented:

Last!

Posted on 2013-09-27.

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