Written by: Jesse Bergman
Happy Halloween Battle Commanders!
October has been an outstanding month for us with the release of Reign of Terror and the announcement for the 2018 Battle for Sularia National Championship. We are rapidly approaching the end of the Escalation series of releases, and we will be announcing the new Alpha Edition Series coming up in January of 2019.
WHAT YOU CAN FIND IN THIS UPDATE:
The Good, The Bad, and The Savage – Fulfillment Update
National Championship 2018
Alpha Program – November Promo Cards
Escalation Series: Pack 9 – Card Update
The Good, The Bad, and The Savage Fulfillment Update
The Good, the Bad, and the Savage have arrived here at Punch-It Entertainment. We are in the process of generating shipping labels and packaging up your copies to ship by the end of this week. This should put us delivering GBS before the expected release date of November 6th, 2018. If you are looking to find out what is different in GBS and RoT, look no further than our recent Omega Update over on our YouTube channel.
National Championship 2018
The Battle for Sularia National Championship 2018 is quickly approaching. The competition is heating up, and early registration is now available. Early Registration will make sure that you get copies of the full art Disruption promo card.
You can register right here on our Website: REGISTRATION FORM
Additionally, we have many really awesome prizes for the competitors, which includes for the first time ever. FOIL Full-Art Promo Cards. The entire prize list and tournament information can be found HERE.
Alpha Program November Promo Cards
November brings a brand new release of Promo Cards. Continuing with our celebration of the release of Reign of Terror, and the upcoming release of The Good, The Bad, and The Savage, this month we add two exciting and powerful staple sites in Ashfall Plains, and Stockade.
These cards will be available on our website for $5 per card per play set.
Escalation Series: Pack 9
Four brand new cards make their way into the escalation series for November, and pack number 9 brings a host of exciting cards that introduce tons of card advantage to the Battle for Sularia game. Each card is specifically designed to be thematic to the faction and provide leverage to escalate their gameplay to entirely new heights.
BLESSED BY THE GODS
For the first time every we approached the topic of what would a 3 construction cost Jotune tactic look like. Up until this point, Jotune construction cost has been pointed directly at their powerful combatants. Player’s have invested dearly in those combatants over the last few years and have been able to leverage powerhouses to the battlefield. To continue with creating Jotune cards that have an impact on the game and escalate their capabilities. Blessed by the Gods succeeds at every level.
With a Threshold of 2, Blessed allows Jotune players to search their decks and deploy a combatant for zero sularium. The search capabilities are limited to a combatant with a cost less than or equal to your current influence generation. One of the significant weaknesses for the Jotune is when an opponent can effectively keep their sularium at bay, and they are unable to build a presence on the board. Blessed represents the idea that now Jotune players can get their hands on powerful combatants without caring about their sularium production as much.
NEURAL NETWORK FACILITY
Continuing the theme of this month’s pack for tutor cards, Synthien will not be left undone. The Neural Network Facility is a powerful 6 Influence cost site that was designed by Luke Greenleaf, the 2016 National Champion. Luke loved Synthien gameplay and indicated that he liked their tactic play in particular. He also expressed sadness that by the late game Synthien were relying heavily upon draw to try and finish the game with a Sularium Tactical Assault Beam or Feedback. Neural Network Facility allows for the Synthien player to get additional value from their tactics still in the deck, but it does come with a 2 construction cost price tag. For a faction with a relatively inexpensive site curve, this is one site we expect many Synthien players to make room for.
By design, the Protoan have a ton of cards that care about tokens and token production. Skriox is no exception to this formula. What the aim in the design of this card was for the Protoan to dial up the exact threat that they need based solely on the number of combatants they have on the Battlefield. Remaining thematic in design is always a goal for us here at Punch-It, and Skriox hits on both the mechanical relevancy and thematic design fronts. Being able to search out your deck for a precise threat and deploy that threat is a power that is not easily overlooked. Skriox has an additional benefit in that not only do you get a threat, but you also get a combatant in your discard pile for those powerful Lifeblood Harvest actions.
HIDDEN IN THE WASTES
Hidden in the Wastes allows the Exsularian to have their very own version of Skriox or Blessed by the Gods. Exsularian players have a desire to care about influence as part of their identity. We’ve seen this on cards such as Tackey, and Keshel Cantina from The Good, The Bad, and The Savage release. We’ve seen it in escalation from Power Broker, and the thread continues with Hidden in the Waste. Well Played Hidden in the Wastes and bring combatants out of your deck and put them into your influence row, and while they may not get played the same as the other factions search cards, it does give the Exsularian powerful influence ramping.
That ramp can extend to playing tactics and conditions faster during a game, or making your Tackey larger. In some ways, Hidden in the Waste can also be viewed as being similar to playing a Blood Lust or Art of War for the Tackey. Of course, if you play the searched combatant, then you are not netting those results, but this gives Hidden in the Wastes a dynamic way to impact all Exsularian build archetypes.
Well, there you go! November is set to be an exciting month in both Alpha and Omega gameplay formats. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Nationals and catching up on some games. We are also excited to see what concoctions you guys brew up for the Exsularian once they are in your hands!
Until Next Time Commanders! See you on the Battlefield!