SW Preview: The Onslaught
Malenatar, part 2

Summoner Wars | 2016-04-18

Mountain Vargath

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

Big news: We hope to open Summoner Wars pre-orders tomorrow, April 19! But first, your next taste of Malenatar and Scraven. First, the Mountain Vargath summoner. Sorry in advance for the shorter preview! A bit short of sleep and time!

The Mountain Vargath have always gotten a lot of mileage out of a lot of units, and "wave of goatmen" has been a standard Summoner Wars term for years. But sometimes, you just need one guy with a big spikey club to get it done.

Kadros

Woah, 5-attack every turn if you want it. This guy is even solid without the ability, giving you the option to have a solid unit or a terrifying attacker each turn. But if you get just 1 use out of Champion of War, look out. Kadros is an outlier though. In general, the Vargath like their goatmen waves.

Onslaught

With Onslaught you can get either 4 different units to attack in a turn, or have one unit attack twice. This attack being before the movement phase is interesting. On the one hand, you can't position yourself for the attack. But on the other hand, you could destroy something with the attack, then move through where it was toward the enemy summoner!

Between Onslaught, Battle Procurement, and Superior Execution, there will be some events you'll need at just the right time. Sunderved always had Superior Planning at his disposal to find the right event. Guess what, Malenatar's got it too!

Superior Planning

This is the only event (I think) common among two summoners within one faction. You're likely already familiar with Superior Planning; I'll just note that it's just as important to Malenatar as it was to Sunderved. Get that discard economy going or speed ahead an early rush with Onslaught.

Finally, saving all 3 commons and the final event for next time, we bring you Ossa, who is frickin awesome.

Ossa

Just a cool card. Mirrors Jacob Eldwyn's heavenly rain, this time adding thunder, which can be even more powerful in its range. Put them together in Moyra's deck for extra fun!

Come back later today for more Scraven goodness, and tomorrow for the pre-order!!

Second Summoner Previews:
Kynstri's Mission
Saturos: Part 1, Part 2
Natazga: Part 1, Part 2
Malenatar: Part 1
Scraven: Part 1
Little Meda: Part 1
Shiva: Part 1
Brath: Part 1
Farrah: Part 1


Comments


Crimson commented:

I'm super excited to see those commons. I think this deck will be really fun to play

Posted on 2016-04-18.

FritzBraun commented:

If Ossa uses Thunder Clap, it reads to me that Kadros can still use Champion of War (Ossa has specifically not Attacked this turn). Is that the correct interpretation?

Also, can Onslaught be used to trigger Champion of War twice? I see nothing that disallows it, but that makes him pretty damn powerful.

(Edit: ignore me, I missed the Common keyword in Onslaught)

Posted on 2016-04-18.

Crimson commented:

Onslaught only works on commons. But kadros looks plenty scary anyway!

Posted on 2016-04-18.

commandercool commented:

Instead of Attacking has always been read to take up an attack
Slot.

Posted on 2016-04-18.

prometheuslkr commented:

Why did you have to leave the commons to the end? Honestly, I'm probably going to base my opinion of this deck entirely on whether we finally get some solid 2-attack goatmen commons.

Ossa probably won't be a staple. Jacob Eldwyn is beloved, yes, but not for his ability, for his beautiful ranged cannon statline.

Kadros could be interesting. He's powerful enough that he makes playing defensive and champ heavy seem viable, even in a faction whose summoners don't support it. I'm not sure that makes me happy, though. He'll be even better in Moyra, where blinding light and divine intervention can keep the 5-die thunder rolling longer.

Posted on 2016-04-18.

commandercool commented:

The way I see it, Ossa is just a way to get more attacks in your turn. That's a little scary w/a deck that can get a bunch of extra movements through Malenetar

Posted on 2016-04-18.

Irisches Glueck commented:

Ossa is interesting; while her ability can be helpful in the rare occasion, I think the real value of her is the price/6 health. She'll definitely be competing with Varn for spots but I think she'll edge him out in Mal's deck due to the increased ranged when discarding - she essentially has 1AV range when you discard! Plus now the MV have a way to deal with Summoners that wall themselves into corners which is always nice =]

Kadros seems like a powerhouse for a MV 'plan B'. I just wish his ability worked if no commons attacked in the attack phase; I would have loved bruting him down with Onslaught.

Other than that, the real gem here is Superior Planning. I'll definitely go searching for Battle Procurement asap in this deck!

Posted on 2016-04-18.

prometheuslkr commented:

How does Ossa help with summoners who wall themselves in a corner? It only damages commons and champions.

Posted on 2016-04-18.

killercactus commented:

The problem with using Planning to go and get Procurement is that if you do that, you miss out on getting an extra use out of Onslaught, Execution or his other Event... and his other Event is so amazing that you'll really want to use it 4 times.

@Prometheus... the Commons are the best part of the deck, and I like saving the best for last (except with Farrah, where I revealed a bunch of cool stuff first because I couldn't wait to talk about it!)

Posted on 2016-04-18.

Clarissimus commented:

Storm Mages gonna have fun with Onslaught. Pay 2 Magic + Event, deal 4 wounds and refund 1 Magic.

Posted on 2016-04-18.

killercactus commented:

Yeah - Onslaught is a really good card if you can get units into position before the movement phase. Malenatar has a way to help with that, though that hasn't been revealed yet. I guess I really did save all of his true nastiness for last...

Posted on 2016-04-18.

Irisches Glueck commented:

@prometheuslkr - I was more thinking about how when they are in the corner they usually have their commons sitting back with them. Such as Deep Dwarves with their Gem Mages or Phoenix Elves and their warriors. Typically the Summoners that sit back in the corner can have their commons hop back behind a wall without repercussion... not anymore!

Posted on 2016-04-18.

Redbandana commented:

can a storm mage use it's instead of attacking ability with Onslaught?

Posted on 2016-04-18.

killercactus commented:

@Red - yes they can.

The current ruling regarding Kadros is that you cannot use "instead of attacking" abilities and still get the CHAMPION OF WAR bonus. I'm still thinking on that, though. It's similar to Tundle's MEDITATE, which is a ruling I've always hated.

Posted on 2016-04-18.

jwalker commented:

Hmm don't like 8 cost champs so much, especially not in MV. He's still interesting so in Moyra for sure.

Posted on 2016-04-18.

commandercool commented:



Posted on 2016-04-18.

lunacyfrog commented:

Kadros looks like one of the best late game champions in the game.
The rush attack could fall a bit short in sealing the deal but force your opponent into making enough sub-optimal economic plays to get you to a roughly even end game (this happens all the time with Sunderved in my experience). Drop this 5 attack, 7 health monster at the end of the game to clean up.

Posted on 2016-04-18.

commandercool commented:

The thing about the three champs w/Malenatar, they seem to all allow you to face/attack/accommodate for different different types of opponent play/factions/units.

Onslaught to cut through an opponent before the movement phase...

Also, if you want to cut through a wall. Kadros+Growden (if you can afford it). Also, Bellor+Kadros would combo well (again, if you can afford to have them both out at the same time).

Posted on 2016-04-18.

glenn3e commented:

Kadros is fun, but thematic-wise I prefer to put Korbolden in just so that he has some friends with similar abilities to call home with.

Posted on 2016-04-18.

Prelate commented:

Kadros is going to be disgusting in Moyra. I can just see him getting DI'ed 3 times in a row while beating walls, champions and summoners into paste.

Posted on 2016-04-18.

Justantula commented:

Korbolden is already in Moyra, Prelate
:o

Posted on 2016-04-18.

Prelate commented:

Er....very edited!

Posted on 2016-04-18.

Crimson commented:

Can I also mention how happy you guys using the word "doofiest" made me? My friends and I use the word "doofy" constantly and we had a conversation the other night about how silly that word was. And then I open up the previews this morning and there it is. We're not alone.

Posted on 2016-04-18.

Justantula commented:

I just noticed that Ossa doesn't look like a goat...

Posted on 2016-04-18.

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