Benders

Programming Note: Due to the large number of cards to preview, we are starting the previews before the pre-orders are available. Pre-orders will be up soon. Plus, Preview Monday will be twice as nice as usual, with TWO Summoner Wars previews per day. TWO!

Do you have free will? Or are your movements controlled by a mind more powerful than your own? A good Bender player makes their opponents suspect that their every move is what the Bender player really wanted them to do all along. Kept your events in hand? Great, here's a Mimic. Built them as magic? I was never going to play that Mimic event anyway.

Oh, you're skeptical? You believe you make your own choices? Before introducing you to Shiva, allow me to introduce someone who knows something about being controlled.

Puppet

The puppet doesn't move, but can be whipped around the battlefield near other Bender units. Get it into the right position and you end up with a unit that's an absolute steal at 1 magic. Given the Benders' exceptional range, puppets would be useful merely for blocking. But Shiva loves to utilize these guys, so they have plenty of additional support. Meet the Puppetmaster.

Puppetmaster

The Puppetmaster, whether he is hiding in the back or is on the attack, essentially adds a 4th movement to your movement phase, with a unit who can't usually move! And this could be any Puppet on the battlefield. The Benders are strong. The Puppets are strong. And when they're together on the battlefield, both get even stronger.

Restitch

Both efficient and versatile, Restitch brings Puppets back from the "dead" without spending magic, making them even cheaper than usual. Best of all, you'll have a variety of placement options, often in great position to attack without having to move. OR, if you've got quite a few puppets on the battlefield, you can animate them into position...

Animate

All puppets. No limit. 3 copies of this card. 2-melee/2-life for 1 magic (or less). Extra move with the Puppetmaster. Why risk your own blood when others can fight for you? After all, isn't that what the Summoner Wars are all about?

So, free will? It's an illusion. Learn from the puppet and accept your true reality. Because whether you're a puppet or a human or a goblin or whatever you are, she is the one in control.

Shiva

We're all puppets in Shiva's hands.

Brath and Farrah next week.

Second Summoner Previews:
Kynstri's Mission
Saturos: Part 1
Natazga: Part 1
Malenatar: Part 1
Scraven: Part 1
Little Meda: Part 1


Comments


glenn3e commented:

WAHHHHHHHH

Posted on 2016-03-28.

Syurtpiutha commented:

Okay, that's going to be very interesting. I think I'll need to see the whole package to see how this works out.

Posted on 2016-03-28.

glenn3e commented:

My girl is up!!!!!

Posted on 2016-03-28.

CloudBuilder commented:

I will have fun with this one.

Posted on 2016-03-28.

Alexandre Limoges commented:

Very interesting mechanism. Never seen a summoner faction so closely tied to one of its common units! Love it.

Posted on 2016-03-28.

CloudBuilder commented:



Posted on 2016-03-28.

MightyToenail commented:

Unless there are more pieces that make the puppets better, essentially all she does for an ability is move puppets, which can move instead of attacking anyway.
Unless they give you like 12 puppets that is.

Posted on 2016-03-28.

Anoir commented:

Mightytoenail I think you missed that it is opponents commons or champions.

Posted on 2016-03-28.

Crimson commented:

I think this is one of the most innovative and exciting summoner abilities yet. Very cool.

Posted on 2016-03-28.

AstroCosmos commented:

Ha ha. What?

MightyToenail, even without all this support, puppets would still be good in a Bender deck. I have no idea what her other commons are but Shiva looks terrifying with just puppets, deceivers and controllers. And she can pull them back for free from the opponent's discard and move all of them with an event on a turn that she moves three of the enemy's units. I hope she doesn't start with half of them on the board.

This deck looks bonkers from just five cards.

Posted on 2016-03-28.

Prelate commented:

Puppets are nuts - so many possibilities.
-Combine with Sorgwen and give her a blocker who can attack after covering her.
-Protect Shiva/Guldune/kalal after they obliterate something.
-Assassinate a summoner with Animate x2 or x3
-Move forward/backward over walls to support an attack/retreat/champ
-Be moved by Controllers after firing (presumably they can still move them during attack phase - as they only cannot move during movement)
-Swarm walls etc etc
Ah....love these little killer dolls.

Posted on 2016-03-28.

Irisches Glueck commented:

Shiva loves the Puppetmaster and Owl Gryphon; I don't think her deck is complete without them!

Posted on 2016-03-28.

Lets play a game! commented:

Awesome summoner ability! Very Bender-y and also very different from Tac. Shiva looks like a lot of fun!

Posted on 2016-03-28.

jwalker commented:

Wow looks amazing. Puppets are really strong - a 2/2 unit for 1 magic and the ability is not only negative. Puppetmaster and Gwalark seem to be pretty great here and I could see puppets be useful in Tac or even Enrich.
Shivas ability + events + Puppetmaster allows for some really badass movement manipulation!

Posted on 2016-03-28.

Syurtpiutha commented:

I wonder if the deck also has units that use boosts.

The puppets look right freaky.

Posted on 2016-03-28.

ZeeJr commented:

At first, it wasn't obviously apparent how well those puppets work with Shiva's ability. Since many of her units cannot move anyway, she doesn't mind skipping her movement phase.

She'll just move the opponents to them.

Also, her opponent is much better off building cards with ability negation, such as Luka or Chant of Negation.

Posted on 2016-03-28.

Justantula commented:

Wow, Shiva's art is amazing. I think it's my favorite of the new summoners!

Her Ability is great as most of the Bender faction is ranged and it doesn't cost magic to activate which is a plus.

Posted on 2016-03-28.

joepinion commented:

Tacullu ?

Posted on 2016-03-28.

commandercool commented:

These summoner abilities are nuts, even in comparison to alliances. But in a good way.

Posted on 2016-03-28.

Adam commented:

Wow, that summoner ability is nuts! Wasn't a big Benders fan before, but I am definitely looking forward to this deck.

How many puppets are going to be in the deck? Seems like with three cards that do nothing without puppets you'd want a ton of them available for deck building.

Posted on 2016-03-28.

commandercool commented:

So here's the question: are you forced to play aggressively against Shiva to have a chance? That would be my guess, in part b/c they can use Geopaths/Breakers and then protect them with Puppets.

Posted on 2016-03-28.

glenn3e commented:

Yes, you want to be aggro against her. Tac has Mind Control/Counter summon while Endritch has Gorgons to help defend. Shiva doesn't have much for defence other than Puppets. If she wants to use Influence she can't move too, so threatening her is a good tactic to foil her plans.

Posted on 2016-03-29.

commandercool commented:

I like this: a summoner that encourages the opponent to play aggressively and that plays better aggressively.

Puppets will be awesome with Endrich b/c of Sorgwen, Lun, and Kynder, and Controllers. I think we've found a replacement there for Gem Mages.

Posted on 2016-03-29.

MightyToenail commented:

Oh, it is enemy champions. Cool! I like her a lot now.

Posted on 2016-03-29.

-Sarge- commented:

Dread puppets. Man I might be more excited about this deck than the new SO. Love me some deadly psi-puppetry. Perfect metaphor. LOVE what I see here.

Posted on 2016-03-30.

Crimson commented:

I, myself, am looking forward to the eventual Gwalark, restitch, animate combo, flying my puppets over their walls with ease.

Posted on 2016-03-30.

Steamtech commented:

Ah, Shiva is up. *Bliss*

Posted on 2016-04-01.

commandercool commented:

A point that hasn't been made yet is that Puppetmaster encourages common play. Malenatar, Scraven, and Saturos do, too, from what we've seen so far. I think b/c of that trend, even though we haven't seen enough to make a conclusion yet, it seems more likely than not that Little Meda and Natatzga will also be pro common.

Posted on 2016-04-01.

epyonyx commented:

How many copies of Restitch?

Posted on 2016-04-11.

SaintGup commented:

Hey joepinion, I thought that too. Do you think she has deliberately crafted the puppets with Tacullu's helmet as an insult/challenge? Is she the one spoken about in Tacullu's back story? I think so and love the possible mind war between the two.

Posted on 2016-04-21.

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