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Rin has a larger then average Battlefield Value and many of Rin's strategies revolve around creating and maintaining a superior battlefield position. Today we'll look at two of the units The Frostdale Giants include to help exert Rin's unique brand of face smashery!

Frost Fang

And here's the unit pictured in that phenomenal Ice Buff art!

I'm going to let you in on a secret. This unit was very tough to balance. At 1 Natural Power this unit's stats of 1 attack, 1 life, and 1 recovery may seem unimpressive. But looking only at the stats is a grave mistake!

Rapid Healing 1 makes this unit an awesome blocker. If only she had unit guard, she would be the perfect defensive unit! I mean, for every  Basic you spend, you can prevent 1 damage to this unit. As I'm sure your coming to realize, Rin has an easy time keeping units around, so fewer dice need to be spent each round to keep units on the battlefield, freeing up more dice to keep this fast healing wonder around!

And this powerful ally doesn't stop there! With Battle Advantage, this unit's attack resolves first when you attack or counter. If it had more than one attack value, it could be problematic for the opponent, a problem that The Frostdale Giants is sure to exploit!

Summon Frostback BearFrostback Bear

This unit was revealed on episode 198 of the Plaid Hat Podcast. If you haven't listened to it yet I recommend it; there is quite a bit of interesting content about Ashes origins there. Check it out!

For those of you that haven't heard about the bear yet, I'm sure you're asking yourself, Is this real? Why yes, yes it is. I honestly can't believe this unit made it through testing this way! It is a beast, and hands down my favorite summon in the game!

After an initial investment of 1Natural Power you can summon a unit with 2 attack value and 3 life value for 2 dice every round (or at least until you've placed all 4 of these bad boys on the battlefield.)

Those stats are huge by themselves, But even better, this unit creates a very difficult decision for your opponent. With Freeze 1, you can pay 1Basic to place an exhaustion token on the unit in battle with this Fury Furry, meaning that if it countered it will be unavailable next round too! And with Spite 1, the opponent won't want to absorb the 2 damage from the bear, because against a Phoenixborn that 2 damage becomes a hefty 3 wound tokens instead!

Man I love these cards! And we haven't even gotten to Rin's beefiest unit yet! Next week we'll look at what other icy buffs The Frostdale Giants bring to pile on the pain.

Thanks for reading!

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killercactus commented:

That Frost Fang is a pretty slick unit, bub.

EDIT: My subtle Wolverine reference goes unnoticed.

Posted on 2016-02-25.

Vidyaraja commented:

She's the best there is at what she does.

Posted on 2016-02-25.

nebworb commented:

Imagine giving either of these cards a Massive Growth.

Posted on 2016-02-25.

philipliva commented:

Nebworb... they wont be needing Aradel's pitiful cacard...Mouahahahhahaha

Posted on 2016-02-25.

jayelbird commented:

I believe that should be "Furry Fury"

Posted on 2016-02-25.

Phuzzworthy commented:

You are correct Julius, It seems no matter how many times I self edit, I always mess something up. Grrr!

Posted on 2016-02-25.

MightyToenail commented:

I actually don't see the Bear being that powerful. At only two attack, a strong player can play around it, and it can be quite costly needing a frog to deploy, and quite a bit of magic to summon, considering the low economy of mono-natural. I guess Fury can circumvent that. Also, Molten Gold.

Posted on 2016-02-29.

killercactus commented:

If you're that worried about Molten Gold, then Ice Buff him outta MG range. Also, he's 3 AV when attacking a PB, AND you can Massive Growth him.

Posted on 2016-02-29.

Vidyaraja commented:

I see the Bear as having a lot of potential, and not for his damage. From the twitter spoilers we got months ago during playtesting ther eseems to be a new Alteration Spell that gives a unit Unit Guard and a life boost. With that and Ice Buff you will have a very durable tank that can punish a heavy duty attakcing unit with a one turn timeout. Being in Molten Gold range doesn't automatically make it bad... Very few units in this game are out of Molten Gold range.

Posted on 2016-02-29.

casualtoast commented:


Don't worry, the reference wasn't as subtle as you thought. ;-) I would guess there were many others who also followed you completely.

Posted on 2016-02-29.

Vidyaraja commented:

@kilercactus yeah well, look what I commented right under you!

Posted on 2016-03-01.

killercactus commented:

I mean, wolf on her head? Metal claws coming out of her hands? Rapid Healing? Berserker pose? Looks like Rin has found himself a bunch of girl Logans.

Rinter is coming, bub.

Posted on 2016-03-01.

jgibbo90 commented:

I have a prediction for this final beefy unit which we all know to be Ice Golem. I think it will be directly linked to the amount of Ice Buffs that are in play. Essentially if you have a Frost Fang and a Frostbackbear in play, both with ice buffs, your golum will have an increased attack/life/recover or a combination of the three based on the number of ice buffs. Essentially a beefy unit who feeds off the defensive capabilties of your Phoenixborn and battlefield.

Posted on 2016-03-10.

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