Hello sir.  I hope you have enjoyed the midwinter festival.  

The most important news I have for you is that it is confirmed: there is a new summoner among the Elves of the jungle.  His name is Nikuya Na, and he specializes in the poison we learned of in the last report.  It is not just a hunting weapon turned on their opponents, but he uses his stone to bring clouds of poison upon others from a distance. 

Nikuya Nu, Summoner of the Jungle Elves

One of his champions also uses the poison in new ways.  According to the report Makgongo is a fearsome fighter with his knives, but he doubles both his deadliness and fearsomeness by coating his knives with that poison.

Mackgongo, Champion of the Jungle Elves

We also have interesting news about the Cloaks.  Our scouts say that the thieving they are known to perform has seen an increase, and is performed by some who have trained for other tasks than thievery.  

Heist, a Cloak event card

There are also rumors of a new Cloak champion called Spider, who applies the techniques of their Theives to attack rather than steal.  These rumors say that he is so adept he can even wound summoners.

Spider, Champion of the Cloaks

One or two of our analysts believe this news is evidence of a new Cloak summoner.  The others point out that we shouldn't jump to conclusions, and that the simpler explanations -- like extra Thievery training among other Cloaks specialists -- are more likely.  I share both the suspicions and the cautions.  Time will tell what the truth of this all is of course, but I am confident our scouts will discover it sooner rather than later.

 


Comments


Adam commented:

Wow! All such fun cards! I particularly like the Spider.

Posted on 2013-12-30.

glenn3e commented:

Spider... hmm having Vlox copy him can be deadly

As for Heist, combining them with Gunners are awesome!

Nikuya has pretty good stats for a Ranged Summoner. Moving him towards the middle can be good.

Posted on 2013-12-30.

Viegon commented:

Ooh, love where the new Cloaks are going. I'm a huge fan of the "Steal" mechanic, glad to see it used more.

Posted on 2013-12-30.

JanE commented:

Interesting. Against the new Jungle Elves the common heavy play is preferred. Krung and Hydrake are quite sad... Poison mechanic seems to be simple and efficient mechanic to promote common heavy play against the new Jungle Elves.

Nikuya Na seems to be quite strong. He can poison a champion and stay 2 spaces away and blast with his wand...

And Makgongo is bit like Maelena with poisoned daggers. +1 cost for +1 life, +1 cost for adding a poison marker instead of a wound marker.

Posted on 2013-12-30.

BuckWilde commented:

I am loving these new Jungle Elves more with every new preview. Definitely a must-buy for me. Gotta love poison markers.

Posted on 2013-12-30.

MHandz commented:

Poison increasingly feels like it's going to make SW a whole new game.


Posted on 2013-12-30.

JanE commented:

"Poison increasingly feels like it's going to make SW a whole new game."

So, what do the playtesters say about that?

Posted on 2013-12-30.

killercactus commented:

I say that's it's still the same SW, but if you wanna summon 3 champs and nothing else against NN, prepare to lose.

There are so many matchups in this game that one deck isn't really gonna change anything.

Posted on 2013-12-30.

ZeeJr commented:

Nikuya and Spider are two of the most interesting cards in all of Summoner Wars so far.

Heist and Mak are also excellent.

Four winners today!

I like the comparison between Makgongo and Malena. But keep in mind that if he whiffs, no poison marker either. That separates the two a bit.

Posted on 2013-12-30.

sitnam90 commented:

Excellent stuff, i quite like it all. Vlox is gonna be so freakin versatile, I see all these new units being great with him.

Posted on 2013-12-30.

champrjk commented:

I am really really loving the new jungle elves. They may just take my spot as favorite.

Posted on 2013-12-30.

Crockpot commented:

I use to not care about Jungle Elves but this poison mechanic is pretty awesome.

Posted on 2013-12-30.

Agzaroth commented:

M.Vargath and Vanguards are going to suffer against these poisoning JE...

Posted on 2013-12-31.

Adam commented:

Vanguard can heal. They should be the best suited to deal with it. Vargath though... even their commons will hurt from the Slow effect. I wonder how they are supposed to deal with this.

Posted on 2013-12-31.

killercactus commented:

Hunters have 1 life and 1 AV, and NN needs to spend magic, and Makgongo is expensive. MV is cheap and fast enough to get on top of NN fast sometimes.

It's hard to explain why poison isn't amazing until you try to abuse it.

Posted on 2013-12-31.

JanE commented:

As kc says... I think poison is amazing also if your opponents tries to play all the three champions. Counter to poison seems to be playing common heavy. Or?

Posted on 2014-01-01.

Justantula commented:

@JanE I'd say common heavy, healing with the VG, and self healing champions such as Dragos of the FK if you really wanted to play Champions safely.

I feel like I'm not really going to be poisoning that many units, just immediate threats to NN and the unfortunate Champion who is after his sassy fox fur gloves and black knee-high boots. Ha!

NN is probably my favorite dressed Summoner, next to Ret-Talus.



Posted on 2014-01-01.

sitnam90 commented:

Khexhu also seems nice for dealing with NN, which is great as he is undervalued



Posted on 2014-01-01.

Agzaroth commented:

Vanguards can heal using Sera...but I was thinking about their 2nd summoned...

Posted on 2014-01-02.

seto_akari commented:

Nikuya Na is probably the most civilized Jungle Elf up today :P

Posted on 2014-01-02.

tortugatron commented:

Chemical warfare is far from civilized :)

Posted on 2014-01-02.

Justantula commented:

Actually chemical warfare is part of the NBC (Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical) and are all used to this day, so it's very current and civilized. It's just every other Summoner is upset they didn't think of it first :p

Posted on 2014-01-02.

tortugatron commented:

I know they are used, but chemical warfare is very looked down upon. Not civilized as in being civil, not just used by civilization.

Posted on 2014-01-02.

Justantula commented:

Well it looks like some of us would rather use blow darts over a hand gun. Call the JE's and myself barbaric then :p

I'll set up a gathering for the Jungle Elves, Mountain Vargath, Orcs and Goblins and discuss switching to gun powder, enjoying our high tea and cucumber sandwiches.

Posted on 2014-01-03.

tortugatron commented:

Hitting someone with a club is better than using mustard gas in them :). Or anthrax.

Posted on 2014-01-03.

Justantula commented:

Yeah I'd agree with you IF this game was set in our time, with more advanced technology but it is not. If hordes of of the undead or demonic mutants were attacking me, I'd use whatever I could to survive ;)

Posted on 2014-01-03.

seto_akari commented:

So the dead can be poisoned too :D

Posted on 2014-01-03.

EHAmos commented:

Ooh, spider. Yes!

Posted on 2014-01-03.

xMagox commented:

unfourtnately heist can't be used with vlox... : /

Stil wanting to see how Jexik can move units, Spider and Heist just need something like it in the CL "1 great turn" logic.

Mak and NN seems nice, and probably; as sad before; poison just compensate against heavy champiom play.

Ps: Nikuya Na stats ar very intressing.
Pss: Is spider a woman? don't remember the battle report.

Posted on 2014-01-04.

killercactus commented:

Spider is a guy

Posted on 2014-01-04.

Justantula commented:

Ha, I just figured out why they call him Spider, he has 8 blades.

Posted on 2014-01-04.

seto_akari commented:

And more like because of his climbing skill to infiltrate the enemy line :D

Posted on 2014-01-04.

Justantula commented:

Yeah, maybe! Either way, Ret-Talus will regret using both his Forced Summons if either Cloak Summoner pack him! :0

Posted on 2014-01-04.

Brancifer commented:

Get Vlox in there with Blindside then Infiltrate him out next turn!

Posted on 2014-01-06.

champrjk commented:

Is nikuya na the only jungle elf to wear shoes?

Posted on 2014-01-24.

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