Last week we focused on the speed of the Jungle Shadows units.  One week wasn't enough, though.  Today we'll see even more of their speed, along with the fiercer attacks they are also capable of.

Stalker, Common of the Jungle Shadows

The JS Stalker, at the cost of 1 MP, can take on attributes of a panther, increasing both her movement and her attack by one.  Stalkers are also sturdy and cheap to summon.

Satara, Champion of the Jungle Shadows

By using the Shadow Elves' shadow manipulation, Satara does something similar to the Chant of Transformation, but at a terrifyingly high level. She can move 4 spaces every turn with no magic cost.  She can move through other units. And she has a 2/3 chance of wounding every unit she moves through.  With 4 moves, she potentially can wound 3 units, or 1 unit once and another one twice. 

(Note that although Shadow Barrage works exactly like an attack, it does not count as an attack.  Also note that friendly units are not exempt from Shadow Barrage.)

Out of Shadows, a Jungle Shadows Event

There's more: Melundak can boost the attack of all of his units.  Through Out of Shadows, they can start away from any enemy units, and rush in to attack with greater strength due to the surprise.  The SE Summoner Selundar uses it on himself to even greater effect (+2), but +1 on multiple units is probably scarier.

Shadow Snare, a Jungle Shadows Event

Finally -- for today, at least -- Melundak can make all his units harry their opponents to the point that they cannot move if adjacent to them.  They will have to stay in place and wait for everything that Melundak can unleash on them the next turn -- including powers of Shadow that we will see next week.


Comments


blackholexan commented:

Great cards and art!

Posted on 2014-09-29.

tortugatron commented:

Super impressed by these cards today. Satara is pretty scary when your summoner is already wounded, which they probably are.

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Nburghardt commented:

Interesting stuff. Now I'm curious to see the final preview.

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Laternal commented:

Hydrake Shadow Snare, Out of Shadows combo is devastating. And Engage works on summoners too...

Also, does Satara work with chant of haste? it says on Movement phase. Even if it does not, she seems still very good option to Abua Shi

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Sammer Guy commented:

Well, it looks like a fun side, but it doesn't quite get the feel of BOTH of the factions

Posted on 2014-09-29.

glenn3e commented:

I like Shadow Snare, and the art of the two new female Units. Zatara + Spirit of the Cheetah?

Posted on 2014-09-29.

killercactus commented:

Yeah - Satara with Cheetah is insane. But in a good way. I'm a big Stalker fan, too.

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Irisches Glueck commented:

Stalker; decent unit that basically has 'Chant of Growth' and 'Stalking Advance' ready at all times. That said, its probably my least favorite of the JS commons.

Satara is the MVP of a lot of games! She is great at plowing through meat shields to get right up to the enemy. In addition she is powerful on defense when going against a common heavy faction. Plus, mixing Track & Out of Shadows, makes it so no one is safe. Plus, she makes a great transport for a Hunter's 'Shadow Step.'... She definitely makes assassination a lot more viable.

Blade Masters LOVE 'Out of shadows'! And I am sure Lioneers do too.

Shadow Snare is definitely situational but strong when the situation comes up. Like if you get Gargos next to a summoner with Shadow Snare up, its game over for them.

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Khayzhard commented:

Are Stalkers the Manther / Puman creatures mentioned in the teaser, right?

Instead, the 3rd Common should be an Archer IIRC

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Irisches Glueck commented:

Plus is it just me or does anyone else find it funny that the mash up of the JE and SE gives you 2 GD abilities in the events haha.

That said, it does follow the hunter/assassin feel of this deck so I am happy it is there.

Posted on 2014-09-29.

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BuckWilde commented:

Yup, Stalkers are the Manther /Puman creatures. It's pretty sweet to move them 5 spaces with a Shaman, but it is expensive.

Satara is my favorite Champion in the game. Solid stuff right there.

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Khayzhard commented:

Ok, thanks BuckWilde for the confirmation ;)

Posted on 2014-09-29.

jwalker commented:

Nice ones, like the JS so far.
So Cheeta + Satara can "3+ trample" an opponent summoner 3 times in one turn and just 2 times without Cheeta? Making her actually a instead of moving increase her AV by 2?

Posted on 2014-09-29.

sitnam90 commented:

Yeah I likethese cards alot. Stealing two classic GD abilities (a faction without much speed) for a speedy faction is hilarious. Love the Stalker and Satara. I can see Satara being a pain inn the rear for many summoners. She can be uaed with Selundar to get good Hunter spots. Nikuya can cheetah her, giving her 7 moves. Stalker is great just for giving SE/JE a cheap durable unit; Becoming a 2/2 swift unit is just a bonus

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Divljan commented:

Still no Melundak proper...I guess we have to wait until week three to see how his ability weaves all these units and events together!

Posted on 2014-09-29.

sitnam90 commented:

Yeah I likethese cards alot. Stealing two classic GD abilities (a faction without much speed) for a speedy faction is hilarious. Love the Stalker and Satara. I can see Satara being a pain inn the rear for many summoners. She can be uaed with Selundar to get good Hunter spots. Nikuya can cheetah her, giving her 7 moves. Stalker is great just for giving SE/JE a cheap durable unit; Becoming a 2/2 swift unit is just a bonus

Posted on 2014-09-29.

thenobleknave commented:

Every time I see Melundak I think of La Tigre. Can't wait to see Magnum in the next preview!!

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Adam commented:

Wow! Satara is definitely going to be one of my favorite champs. Love the skullhat! Spirit of the Cheetah will be fun with her. Very much liking the way these two factions come together with all the movement tricks.

Posted on 2014-09-29.

killercactus commented:

@jwalker - yeah, if Satara begins her move next to the opposing summoner and within 2 spaces of Nikuya Na.

Nikki is definitely the scariest summoner in the game with Gargos and Satara available.

Posted on 2014-09-29.

sitnam90 commented:

Also I meant to add: I love that you got units with spirit abilities and units with xhant abilities. I'd like to see an even split with 2 chants and 2 spirits. Of course we already have Spirit Form Juju

Posted on 2014-09-29.

killercactus commented:

I think we're done with chanting and spiriting. What we've seen so far is basically the JE side of this alliance with some SE flavor. The next preview is gonna be the SE side with some JE flavor.

Also, an interesting note on Satara. She rolls every time she moves off of a unit, so if SHADOW BARRAGE kills something, its gone before she's done moving potentially, meaning she can end up back on that space. That's different from how TRAMPLE has worked in the past.

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Irisches Glueck commented:

I like how Satara works with NN. Like in one aspect she synergies perfectly with cheetah but on the other, she basically never can use serpent. That said, Chant of Lizard is interesting with her cause her movement basically is an attack so there is that.

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Caleb Wolfbrand commented:

Satara has got me pretty hyped. Also, JS are looking to have some great events to hang on to!

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Justantula commented:

The Stalker is already a panther so why would she chant to take on attributes of a panther? I really like this card but don't understand it haha.

Satara looks amazing. And of course has a killer ability.

There must be 7-8 cost champion to show next week since Batface and Croc Girl are cheap. Or whatever animal skull is on her head. Velociraptor? Sure.

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Genestealer commented:

When oh when is it coming out?!?!

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Barliman commented:

@Justantula: Since Stalker has to undergo a Chant of Transformation to get her stats bumped, I assume the picture is *after* the transformation, not what she normally looks like.

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Justantula commented:

@Barliman Possibly. But then they could of made the artwork with the Stalker transforming like Gargos is doing or something.

Posted on 2014-09-29.

prometheuslkr commented:

When I saw this preview, my first thought was of the quote from Way of Kings, "Suddenly dangerous. Like a calm day that became a tempest."

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Hilgendwarf commented:

I love this deck so much. One thing I'm looking forward to is putting Blade Masters into the deck and utilizing Out of Shadows. 4 AV from just one unit that you can split if you have the opportunity? Sign me up!

Posted on 2014-09-29.

sitnam90 commented:

@Justantula: Gargos doesnt transform I think. In my head he takes the aspect of the Bat when he is empowered, its spirit form surrounding him; similar thing happens to Juju when he takes on the spirit form of a nearby animal. The Stalker actually transforms physically

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Justantula commented:

@Sitnam90 Oh I know he's not transforming into a bat but the Stalker still doesn't make sense :p

I meant like you can see Gargos channeling the bat spirit. Should of worded it better.

Posted on 2014-09-29.

Micam commented:

Holy cow, Satara is a speed machine! So she can wound the same unit multiple times during her movement? That's different from Trample or Torgan's Glacier Shift right?

If she started next to the unit she wanted to attack, she'd basically be rolling 3 dice. Very cool.

Posted on 2014-09-29.

TheDemagogue commented:

Imagine having hunters or Makgongo in this deck. Poison makes everything deadlier.

Posted on 2014-09-29.

sitnam90 commented:

Hey, possible we might see poison still eithout deckbuilding

Posted on 2014-09-30.

tortugatron commented:

They said JS had no special rules, so poison doesn't come stock with Melundak.

Posted on 2014-09-30.

Lets play a game! commented:

I wonder if the last JS event with give all JS units structural analyst :p

Posted on 2014-09-30.

Irisches Glueck commented:

@lets play a game - Way to ruin the surprise! Bwahahaha

Posted on 2014-09-30.

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Da-Niel, Unicorn Bro commented:

@cupidsart: Melundak's art- so suave, so sophisticated, so powerful, so pompous; it's everything I want from the dear old shadow elves and is getting me all pumped for second summoner ones whenever they come about! I hope you make the art for that summoner like this. It fits in well with their style. Or, if it had a classical vampire appearance resembling a "Nosferatu" or the Master from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," that would be a true beauty! Bravo Cupidsart, bravo good sir! Encore, encore!

Posted on 2014-09-30.

CupidsArt commented:

XD

Posted on 2014-10-01.

Barliman commented:

@Micam: Satara can roll 3 dice during her move if units are positioned for it, but they cannot all be against the same target, since she has to move off a unit to roll.

Posted on 2014-10-02.

jnewby74 commented:

@Barliman - Satara could roll 3 dice on the same unit. If she starts next to a unit she can move onto and off of it twice for 2 dice and then 1 in the attack phase. And that's without any movement tricks or events, so she could possibly do more.

Posted on 2014-10-03.

Barliman commented:

No argument: I said she cannot do 3 dice on 1 target *during her move*. But I see that your point is probably what Micam meant.

Posted on 2014-10-03.

jnewby74 commented:

oops, I missed that part of your comment.

Posted on 2014-10-04.

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