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Allies are pretty swell, and The Children of Blackcloud sure packs plenty of them. If you include enough ceremonial dice in your deck, allies are almost as reusable as conjurations, but some cards in Ashes can really hinder your ability to recur your allies, such as Fade Away and Silver Snake. Plus, the damage you take from returning allies to your hand from your discard pile can add up quickly, making it that much easier for your opponent to sneak in lethal damage.

For these reasons, even the most ally-centric strategies will often pack a summon spell or 2, and Brennen's deck is no exception. Behold ceremonial's first conjuration intended for use on your own battlefield!

Summon Dread WraithDread Wraith

Look at that life value! It's almost as resilient as any other 2 units in the game put together. Its 1-attack value may make it seem like this unit is nothing for your opponent to worry about, but its Rage ability tells a different story. Adding 1 to its attack value for every wound token on it makes this unit terrifying to deal with. Yep, this unit is absolutely worth its 3 cost.

And if an opponent exhausts your Dread Wraith, just turn it into 6 exhaustion tokens on a problematic unit on their battlefield with Blood Chains. Or if you have Summon Dread Wraith focused twice, not even an exhaustion token can keep this agent of wrath from exacting its revenge!

And the art on this conjuration is stunning if a bit terrifying. I mean, who wouldn't be quivering in fear if they ran across this!

Now let's consider the Dread Wraith with some already an established themes of ceremonial magic. Several ready spells have powerful or versatile effects with the “drawback” of having to wound your own units, Small Sacrifice and Blood Transfer to name a couple. With the Dread Wraith, you can gain these effects and power up your wraith while you're at it!

The Dread Wraith is sure to enhance ceremonial based strategies, but the last card left to reveal from The Children of Blackcloud will almost certainly allow you to have the final say about a good many things. Before we finish up previewing Brennen's deck, though, we get to see cuteness, inevitability, and versatility all in one card! Curious? Come back to read all about it Thursday, you know you want to!

Thanks for reading!
Bob

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Rin/Brennen Previews:
Brennen: Blackcloud Ninja, Crimson Bomber and Poison, Chant of Protection and Chant of the Dead, Fire Archer, Blood Chains and Regress
Rin: Rin's Fury, Frost Fang and Frostback Bear, Crystal Shield and Frozen Crown, Deep Freeze and Ice Trap, Summon Ice Golem


Comments


jgibbo90 commented:

That artwork! This unit is a beast- reminds me of Living Doll (my favourite artwork from base game) because your opponent will literally be scared to do damage to it. Definitely putting Crystal Shield on this...

Posted on 2016-03-22.

Arutha commented:

Massive growth?????!!!!!

Posted on 2016-03-22.

killercactus commented:

I really want to try to Poison one of these, then Massive Growth it, and then Hypno it through. That's really hard to setup, but it's gonna be hilarious.

Might as well have Dimona do it while I'm at it...

Posted on 2016-03-22.

joepinion commented:

Yeah let's see, that's ceremonial, natural, and charms. 8 dice, but it doesn't need to be in 1 round.

I think you'd need to summon the Wraith 1 round, poison it right at the end of the round, then do growth/hypno the following round. If you poison it earlier, it could get too powerful to Growth it next round, and if you Growth it that round, you probably don't have the Main Actions available to strengthen it with Poison AND have dice left for Hypno before Growth goes away. Best case scenario is what 14 damage? You'd need a way to protect it though.

Posted on 2016-03-22.

ObsoleteThree commented:

How does the Focus 2 ability work here. Do you have to pay the cost of putting a Dread Wraith on the battlefield and then you can remove an exhaust from your other one? So it will only be used when you get your 2nd one out and your first one has an exhaustion token?

Posted on 2016-03-22.

joepinion commented:

Right.

Posted on 2016-03-22.

Phuzzworthy commented:

Remember that if you have both wraith out you can pay 3 ceremonial to re.ok e an exhaustion token because you perform as much of the ability when activated and ignore the rest.

Posted on 2016-03-22.

CloudBuilder commented:

Noah is pleased.

Posted on 2016-03-22.

MightyToenail commented:

Imagine this with Crystal Shield.

Posted on 2016-03-22.

Leonard03 commented:

As soon as I saw the life, I wanted to use it with Small Sacrifice. And then I saw the ability...

Posted on 2016-03-22.

Beliminorgath commented:

Whatever you are paying Fernanda triple it. Her art is brilliant.

Posted on 2016-03-22.

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