In the first preview of Marek's deck we saw her 9 different Event Abilities, and how they are placed under her units to grant them additional abilities.  In the second preview we saw that several of her units, including Marek herself, can share their EAs with each other.  Now we will see that the units aren't done with how they play with the EAs.

Bauble, Champion of the Sand Cloaks

The Champion Bauble can sacrifice his Event Ability to protect himself completely from one attack. A rather different way of using EAs, and one that may be very useful at times.  But I have saved the most exciting use of EAs for last:

Scholar, Common of the Sand Cloaks

The humble Scholar gives the Sand Cloaks the chance to recover, reuse, and relocate the Event Abilities, opening up their use for a much wider range of tactics.  We can also notice other things about them: a) they show that Fink's apparent love of learning is not an aberration among the Sand Goblins; b) they have zero Summoning Cost; and c) they are the only Sand Cloak unit that does not have a ranged attack. 

Tinkerer, Common of the Sand Cloaks

There is one more ability-related trick up the Sand Cloak sleeve.  Tinkerers have the astonishing ability of nullifying all the abilities of a Champion or Common unit. Something that Abua Shi can only do with a Chant of Negation, Tinkerers can do every turn -- though only to 1 Unit at a time, and only within 3 spaces. 

This is also the first SC ability that does not refer to Event Abilities, and hence that can be useful to the Cloak and Sand Goblin Summoners.  There is also one other:

Barston, Champion of the Sand Cloaks

Barston's ability to give a nearby Common unit an extra move during the Attack Phase is unique among Marek's units in not having anything to do with Abilities.  But it is no less valuable for that.  And since both the Cloaks and the Sand Goblins have several movement-related tricks they can perform, Barston would fit quite well in any of their decks, too. 

What's Next? You Tell Us

This is the end of the Sand Cloak previews.  On Thursday we will see the end of the Fallen Phoenix previews.  Which factions would you like to have previewed next?  Here is a poll for you to vote.  You may choose up to 2 factions.

 


Comments


GoldenJellyFish commented:

The art on all of these looks so cool :)

Posted on 2014-08-25.

Ad Hoc commented:

This is soooo great. SCHOLAR! o.0

Barston looks like he would fit great in the "New Vlox" deck he wrote home about the last week.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

Caleb Wolfbrand commented:

OHHH Fantastic. Love these cards! This deck is going to be so fun...

Can't wait to see the Deep Benders!

Posted on 2014-08-25.

Adam commented:

Jexik and Barston are going to have commons running laps around the board.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

Kemott commented:

Bauble might be good for slow killing of the enemy summoner. With a scholar alive his ability is like unlimited cloak of shadows for 1 mana a turn.

SC units are terribly squishy though, almost like the benders. I thought we will see higher life units considering how much hp SG and Jexix's units have.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

Ryu commented:

Tinkerers look insane, we'll see during actual play. Slightly less powerful Luka for 2 magic; let's be honest there's usually only ever 1 or 2 Units you want Luka to be nullifying - at least Luka effects summoners though.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

freezinpee commented:

Sand cloaks are awesome. In regards to scholars, the sand cloaks feel like the filth because they are able to move around abilities to different units.
In regards to the tinkerers( which are awesome by the way) can each tinkerer nullify an ability? If they are in range of course.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

Ryu commented:

Tinkerers look insane, we'll see during actual play. Slightly less powerful Luka for 2 magic; let's be honest there's usually only ever 1 or 2 Units you want Luka to be nullifying - at least Luka effects summoners though.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

joepinion commented:

Yeah each tinkerer nullifies a unit.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

tristak commented:

Hmm, the tinkerer looks cool.... But it just seems so out of place. Is there an Egyptian influence on him?

Posted on 2014-08-25.

ZeeJr commented:

Could be interesting to play heavy with Bauble and Scavengers.
Never allow a unit to die. A different type of magic denial.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

Sujoah commented:

Something to note with Bauble: His ability is before dice are rolled. Still a good ability though. It kind of reminds me of the SO Conjurer, where they destroy something that is helpful to them to benefit for a turn.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

Saucy_Salem11 commented:

Reviewing the EAs again, I'm starting to really enjoy the possibilities this deck has to offer! Tinkerers with 'Marked Target' sound awesome.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

DougDuggerson commented:

The Scholar reminds me of Dobby from the Harry Potter movies.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

umbrageofsnow commented:

I think it's interesting that we get a champion version of Scavenger in Bauble. And Bauble, Scavengers, and Scholars seems like a really neat deck.

I'm sort of glad so many cards relate to event abilities. That's a good preventative measure against deckbuilding being too overwhelming for Krusk/Vlox/Jexik.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

glenn3e commented:

Bauble seems expensive for what he does.... Reminds me of Malidala...

Posted on 2014-08-25.

Lets play a game! commented:

I was thinking Bauble might be overpriced too, considering Fink's stats and cost, but then I though about how not taking damage would combine with all the ways EA's give a unit to avoid being attacked. I think playing with him is going to be very skill intensive (as is this whole deck). What make him better then Mal (who I still actually like even though she should probably have one more life), is that he can stop all of the wounds from a roll, then use an EA to get into a better position next turn.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

tortugatron commented:

Barston and some Rogues could be pretty deadly. Also Stone Golems can get some good reach. He could be really good in a CL or SG deck.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

glenn3e commented:

Baubel's ability can stop one attack, but if he is too much in a forward position he runs into the same problem Malidala faces which is getting overwhelmed by multiple attacks. Thus, a lot of planning has to go into using him in a deck.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

Iliad_Keys commented:

"I'm sort of glad so many cards relate to event abilities. That's a good preventative measure against deckbuilding being too overwhelming for Krusk/Vlox/Jexik. "

AGREED! It also ensures that Marek's deck maintains some unique distinctions stay structured into her deck, rather than being completely absorbable by the other faction leaders. Same with the Evil Elien previews. I hope this trend continues. :D

Posted on 2014-08-25.

killercactus commented:

Bauble is a complete boss if you keep his flanks protected. I almost nerfed him down right at the end.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

xMagox commented:

Barston will help assassins and Shamans A LOT!

Posted on 2014-08-25.

killercactus commented:

Bauble is a complete boss if you keep his flanks protected. I almost nerfed him down right at the end.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

Nburghardt commented:

This deck seems brilliant. Hats off to the designers and testers. Gonna love me some Bauble/Scholars combos. And tinkers make my knees weak. So excited!

Posted on 2014-08-25.

glenn3e commented:

The Cave Filth seem to be winning the poll.... Can't say I'm disappointed to see their stuff being previewed.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

BuckWilde commented:

And Jungle Shadows pull into 2nd place! Woot!

Posted on 2014-08-25.

Nightfall commented:

I think i will love using Barston combined with Thieves. Or i will hate my opponent doing this... =D


Posted on 2014-08-25.

sitnam90 commented:

Go Vanguardgath! Go Cave FIlth!

I really like the two 'non-EA' related units here. I can see both going in any deck.

Bauble is neat, though not sure how much I'd use him. He would make an interesting duo with Tark, especially if one has camoflauge. The Scholars seem integral to play Marek, and its nice that their ability doesnt cost a movement or attack to use.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

BuckWilde commented:

Oh man, that Summon Cost flag is really bugging me. Was the shift on purpose?

Posted on 2014-08-25.

Justantula commented:

Barston looks really cool with his goggles off, showing how dusty it is in Tralia. Not a lot of life on the Champions though :/ Tinkerers look amazing, fashion forward for sure.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

tortugatron commented:

Yeah not a lot of life indeed. This faction's highest life Unit is 5! I'm hoping it won't be too hard juggling those EAs around to keep them alive.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

glenn3e commented:

You're probably going to need Doc to heal those low hp champs.

Posted on 2014-08-25.

JanE commented:

Caleb: "Can't wait to see the Deep Benders!"

I think you'll have to wait a bit more... Looks like Cave Filth is winning the poll unless we do something. ;)



Posted on 2014-08-26.

glenn3e commented:

Deep Benders have overtaken JS for second place. If we can't see them on Mondays, I do not mind Thursdays after Elien's last preview.

Posted on 2014-08-26.

Irisches Glueck commented:

@BuckWilde - Yeah I am with you on the Summon Cost Flag thing. Here is hoping they fix it before printing!

Posted on 2014-08-26.

killercactus commented:

FYI to all - the summon cost flag move is intentional. I understand that it's different, but it's meant to help differentiate a bit more between attack value and summon cost. New players VERY often confuse this.

Posted on 2014-08-26.

vernon commented:

this deck all in all seems very fragile, but capable of huge things

Posted on 2014-08-26.

GoldenJellyFish commented:

When did the JS get so many votes? And the VV.. Really wanted to see the CF..

Posted on 2014-08-26.

EpicGollum1499 commented:

I JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH PREVIEWS!!! This stuff looks amazing. Any chance we could see more Fallen Phoenix on Wednesday instead of thursday? :)))))))

Posted on 2014-08-26.

zarfin commented:

somebody manipulated the poll?!

Posted on 2014-08-27.

GoldenJellyFish commented:

I've been looking at it fairly regularly, because I'm excited for it, and in the space of an hour or two JS gained over one hundred votes and VV somewhere about 200. I'm pretty sure there's a glitch to vote more than once anyway.. So JS gained about 30 votes and are still going without anyone else getting a single one.. This was all in about 5 mins..

Posted on 2014-08-27.

glenn3e commented:

Agreed on the poll. Something fishy...

Posted on 2014-08-27.

Saucy_Salem11 commented:

Do you think it was illusion of choice? Do you think that the next two slated were JS and VV so that poll had to readjust itself?

Posted on 2014-08-27.

Irisches Glueck commented:

Could have just been some dedicated fans in a computer lab haha

Posted on 2014-08-27.

joepinion commented:

I've been watching it too. We never promised to follow the poll results exactly so I'll look into it and do what's right. Probably kc is the culprit. ;) j/k

Posted on 2014-08-27.

GoldenJellyFish commented:

Do polls in the forums require a log on?

Posted on 2014-08-27.

killercactus commented:

I certainly wouldn't mind seeing the VV next, but in the famous words of Mr. Green:

I didn't do it

Posted on 2014-08-27.

GoldenJellyFish commented:

I say we see all six at once :D

Posted on 2014-08-27.

tortugatron commented:

@KC I thought those were the famous words of Bart Simpson?

Posted on 2014-08-27.

killercactus commented:

Well, they're also the famous words of Bill Clinton and pretty much anyone else that's ever denied something

Posted on 2014-08-27.

xMagox commented:

Yesterday i saw less than half of these votes. Preview pool manipulation, my first deception with the SW comunity.

Realy, people... realy!?

Posted on 2014-08-27.

hsteach916 commented:

I'm with golden jellyfish, let's see all 6 at once!

Posted on 2014-08-27.

fainez commented:

The best part about alliances is that there is going to be so many ways to deckbuild each faction. I think we are going to see more viable builds of the same faction, instead of the same stagnant builds.

Posted on 2014-08-27.

Justantula commented:

@Ryu - You can't compare Luka to Tinkerers. Luka's ability is only activated on your opponents turn and the units have to start a turn within 3 spaces of her. Tinkerer's ability can be used right after they're summoned and last until the start of your next turn, making it possible to negate that pesky Corpulent Mutant's Ignore Pain on your turn and kill him with ease or there are many other situations where they're handy.

Posted on 2014-08-27.

Zebulin commented:

Tark finally has company in the brains department.

Posted on 2014-10-15.

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