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  • Cronos Genesis#9i6t commented on the card Hypnotize:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    I'd actually say there are two downsides to Hypnotize

    My comment was meant for beginners, because the question when the "can't be guarded" downside is ever relevant gets asked by some and this site is currently the primary resource to read up on it.

  • Cronos Genesis#9i6t commented on the deck Almost Mono Green Odette:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    You do not activate the spells in the first round.
    You are excepted to suffer some damage which the elephant is supposed to mitigate. The advantage is that you have most of the reusable stuff in place from the start which you need against heavy discard, but not really at any other time.

  • lidjan1#40jr commented on the card Sembali Grimtongue:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    Why theese? what makes them vulnerable to Ban Manifestation? I can quite undarstand thing with dread wraiths. If one is on the board and one in conjuration pile you loose one either. But what`s with the rest?

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  • mbauers#3z4y commented on the deck Secret Fallen Brennen--Round 2 Top Cut AIL Season 3:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    Dispel was for Astrea. I don't want my Commander stolen.

  • angus#5nar commented on the card Hypnotize:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    cronos genesis#9i6t you're on a role with these reviews, aren't you? much appreciated!

  • angus#5nar commented on the deck Almost Mono Green Odette:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    How do you get the first FF off? By my count, it has a TN 14

  • Skaak#1st! commented on the card Hypnotize:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    I'd actually say there are two downsides to Hypnotize: [[side]] and 2 [[charm:class]].

    I've played a fair amount of Hypnotize (generally in Maeoni with either Silver Snakes or Elephant Rider), and I've discovered:

    • It's often a crucial card for decks where it is included, meaning you want it in your First Five. However, it's usually a dead card in the first round, especially vs. [[illusion]].
    • [[Illusion]] and the likes of Magic Syphon mean you have to over-invest meditations or artificially inflate the number of Charm dice in your deck in order to afford Hypnotize
    • The [[side]] cost means you have to include Iron Worker if you want to be able to chain it with things like Strengthen or sudden meditations, and at this point you've got a 3 card combo (very easy to disrupt)
    • Choke shuts it down so hard it's not even funny
    • It virtually demands an "all your eggs in one basket" deck design, which is really dangerous given the number of common counters mentioned above

    Hypnotize is situationally devastating, but a surprisingly difficult card to play well.

  • Cronos Genesis#9i6t commented on the card Dark Presence:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    It is not a free action. If it was you could use it endlessly as it would not have any cost which would also allow you to endlessly attack with your units.

    It is meant to be an expansion of the remaining text on the card that only applies if you have focus 2.
    The way it is phrased implies that it is practically an extension of focus 1.

  • Mireille#3c07 commented on the card Dark Presence:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    Quick question from a new player while I wait for my ghost guardian deck to arrive in the mail, is the focus 2 a free action? or is it an extension of the focus 1?

  • Cronos Genesis#9i6t commented on the card Hypnotize:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    Bypass is meant to read : "This unit cannot be blocked or guarded against".
    There is no downside to the card.

  • Cronos Genesis#9i6t commented on the card Sembali Grimtongue:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    Conjurations that Ban Manifestation is okay against :

    • Emperor Lion (because it costs 3 dice they often chose all remaining copies)
    • Turtle Guard (costs 3 [[basic]] and often there is only one summon in the deck, so they often chose to remove all in the Conjuration pile)
    • Dread Wraith (Opportunity costs are null)
    • Luminous Seedling (The whole Indiglow Creeper chain depends on this, so you want to chose all remaining copies)
    • Silver Snake (As you always play Maeoni, you need these to stay in play, but for that to you need to remove all remaining copies)
    • Nightsong Cricket (If they die they give you some card, so the card disadvantage is not as bad)
    • Three-Eyed Owl (Opportunity costs are lowered, since enough owls make it so that you discard a card either way - might as well use the effect)
    • Weeping Spirit (Opportunity cost is often null, as you need to discard a card anyway)

    How did i get to this list ?
    Conjurations with high conjuration count like Mist Spirit are not good targets if the single copy is cheap. It just doesn't hurt.
    Conjurations with low conjuration count like Majestic Titan or Shadow Spirit are not good targets if you can easily get all or almost all copies in play.
    What remains is a select list of Conjurations with high costs, low count or some discard interaction.

  • Cronos Genesis#9i6t commented on the card Augury:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    As you can see in my other recent posts i can see good in most underused cards, but this one seems to be hot garbage in every regard.

    When i first saw it and read "... play cost of X or smaller" i thought it was to good to be true. My playgroup hat multiple rants about power creep until we realized it does not say "or smaller".

    Now that i have played a few matches with it Augury just makes me angry.
    The Costs : too high
    Restrictions on play cost : to strict
    Having to show the card : I get why, but it sucks
    Bound : Yeah sure - in case someone tries to cheat and only search for a 3 cost card, because that would be way to good.
    Leaving play when no status tokens are on it : Why, i want to find ready spells and not pay 4 Dice for a 3-cost card.

  • Cronos Genesis#9i6t commented on the card Cut The Strings:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    Preconstructed Meta :
    Cut the Strings is meant to save your Units from Fade and to allow you to use Living Puppet in a stale mate, which is necessary for you to be able to win, should the opponent not attack.
    It is also meant to remove Buff Alterations in a stalemate, since you want a Stalemate with [[Charm]] but the opponent might use the lack of aggression to upgrade his Units on a full Battlefield.

    Like most Card this has at least 3 worthwhile interactions, whoever they mostly assume that the opponent wants to play Alteration spells :

  • Cronos Genesis#9i6t commented on the card Freezing Blast:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    Preconstructed Meta :
    This card is meant to clear 2 Life Units or 3 Life Units together with a [[natural]].
    The statustoken removal is only relevant in the obvious cases.

    As most Cards it has at least 3 worthwhile interactions in constructed decks :

  • Cronos Genesis#9i6t commented on the card Body Inversion:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    Preconstructed Meta :
    The Card is very Narrow in its usage. You are meant to play it onto Shadow Hounds or onto Allies after activating To Shadows.
    The Meditation aspect of the card is more useful that the stat switching but it can kill Units that have more Life than attack like Living Puppet or a damaged Turtle Guard.

    Like most cards this one has at least 3 worthwhile Interactions for constructed play.
    But it is worth mentioning that they are essentially the same as in preconstructed

  • Cronos Genesis#9i6t commented on the card Secret Door:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    Preconstructed Meta :
    The Card is meant to compensate for the "lost draw" on cheap Reaction Spells, as Particle is Cheap, has a good effect but might lead to you being unable to spend all your dice in that round.
    The second more obvious use case is to be able to use the same reaction spell twice in a row if needed.

    As most Cards it has at least 3 worthwhile Interactions in constructed Decks :

  • Cronos Genesis#9i6t commented on the card Strange Copy:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    Preconstructed Meta :
    The card is meant to be played as an Ally that is cheaper than it should be.
    It is meant to target 3 Attack allies or greater and has the added benefit of being immune to negative attachments which is often overlooked.
    It also "cleans up after itself" by automatically leaving the battlefield.

    Like most cards it has at least 3 worthwhile Interactions in Constructed Decks :

  • Cronos Genesis#9i6t commented on the card Empower:

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    Preconstructed Meta :
    The use case for this card is to be played when the battlefield is full and combat is not in your favor.
    The Idea is to be able to increase your power on Board and to spend your dice even if you can't summon more Units - similar to Attachments like frozen Crown but in ready spell form.
    This is also why the price is so high : it is meant to be played when the problem you have is not being able to spend your dice due to a full battlefield.
    This also legitimates why it has the card draw part : You are meant to be able to discard unusable cards for an advantage.

    Like most Cards this one has at least 3 worthwhile Interactions with other Cards in Constructed decks :

  • Cronos Genesis#9i6t published a deck!

    Mar 19, 2019 PDT

    Almost Mono Green Odette

    Odette Diamondcrest