I thought a lot of what we can already say about the Decks of Xander and Rimea.
I will try to use the implicite design philosophy of the magic types, the names of the Cards and what actions the Meta game already includes and is unlikely to get more of to predict the Cards of Xander, King of Titans.
Cardnames can be read here : https://www.plaidhatgames.com/store/1214
We already know Xanders Stats : Battlefield 6, Life 20, Spellboard 3 from the preview on plaidhat.com
Things we can guess from Cardnames only :
The easiest thing to observe is which cards are probably Allies and which are spells.
There are 2 Cards that are clearly Humanoids, Raptor Herder and Pain Shaman and all the others are likely spells.
In all likelyhood Summon Cerasaurus Mount, Summon Archasaurus Mount, Summon Shining Hydra and Law of Domination are ready spells due to the naming.
It is possible that Nature's Wraith is some kind of elemental warrior or that Sacred Ground is actually placed on the battlefield similar to Strange Copy.
The only reason i even consider this because of the preview Text
"Xander channels the raw magic of Nature to bear down on those who would invade the sacred ground he now calls home"
and the fact that we already have 4 candidates for Ready Spells.
Also Summon Archasaurus Mount is the most likely to not be a readyspell as there is only 1 actual Archasaurus Conjuration.
There are also 10 Conjuration with the word hydra in the name so this spell is the most likely to be a ready spell. Of course it could be that the Shining Hydra Head is created by combat rather than summoning but it then it is still just as likely to be ready spell as all the others.
We also know from the preview that Earthquake is an Action Spell. Not Surprising but it tells us more about the structure of the deck and that is not a ready spell.
There are 3 Raptor Hetchling Conjurations and no Summon Raptor Hetchling Cards in the deck so chances are that the Raptor Herder is summoning them with an ability.
Also some Names are unlikely Attachements :
Mass Heal, Sacred Ground - Healing might produce an attachement but there is none of suitable name, so it probably does not and sacred ground doesn't need to be hold by a Unit to be there.
Natures Wrath would need to be very similar to Mark of the Red Flower to make sense as an attachment.
All the Cards produces by the 'Summon X Mount' are likely to be either Units or attachments with combat stats. This makes Shining Hydra less likely to be an attachment as we would barely have characters then.
Things we can guess from currenct card and Meta game philosophy :
(Here Meta Game means what the Designers would like to be the case rather than what players actually do)
- Nature and Divine Magic both have little to no reaction spells in their color. And the effects correspond strongly with their typical effects. Ice Trap effectively deals 2 Damage, which is very close to the Dice Power and Divine Intervention only uses Divine Dice to place the Immunity alteration which is a lot like othe Divine effects. Both Cards have strong Conditions and a limited effect. Ice Trap is strictly worse than dealing 2 damage for example.
- Also Both Divine and Nature have a History of introducing Buffing Alterations in their color, whith most of them affecting Raw Combat Stats or having an equivalent effect. They only have 'interesting' text related to exhaustion.
This would lead one to believe that Xander wont have Reactionsspells or at least very specific ones and that the deck would be oozing with Attachements.
With what i mention in the Card name seciton these rules would need to apply to the following cards :
Sacred Ground, Natures Wrath, Mass Heal, Shining Hydra, Shining Hydra Head.
Mass Heal and Sacred Ground were ruled out as attachments earlier.
Shining Hydra was said to be unlikely.
I already mentioned earlier that Natures Wrath would need to be very similar to Mark of the Red Flower to make sense as an attachment and that both colors do not usually have interesting text on attachment so it would be exhaustion related or more likely not be an attachment.
Also Shining Hydra Head is now even more likely to be an attachment as otherwise there would not be any.
As for Reactionsspells the only clue i got is what kind of spells are already available and which kind of spells have not been printed yet.
Let me explain.
The Entitys of the game are :
- Cards (Units, Spells ...)
- Tokens (Damage, Status, Exhaustion)
- Dice (Nature, Illusion ...)
- Players, Phoenixborn
- Positions (Battlefields, Spell boards, active dice pool, an a Unit, Under a card ...)
- Starting Player Marker
- Time steps (turns, rounds and Phases of Play)
- Events (A Unit dies, A Cost is paid, You receive Damage )
- Choices (Target of ..., the attacked Unit .., all units )
Every Rule in the Game can be expressed as a Relation between these objects (or their subtypes) and Cards and Effects connect these objects with a canonical operation :
- placing (increase)
- moving (modify)
- removing (decrease)
There is a Card that places Exhaustion Tokens on Units, and there is a card that removes Exhaustion Tokens from any Card.
There is card or an effect to ...
deal(place) damage, remove damage, move damage, turn own dice, turn opponents dice, discard dice, return dice, etc. etc.
Many relations have been done and some have not. Here are some relations that have not been done yet that are strong contenders for Cards in these Dice colors :
Reaction spell to ...
a spell that does not target a Unit
an attachment being removed
an attachment being attached
a cost being paid that includes a power symbol
a cost being paid that includes 3 or more dice
Why are these strong contenders ?
First : It's subjective
Second : Attachments are not exactly part of what plays use a lot so this could be the attempt to make them viable. This would shake up the meta game and be consisted with the theme of both dice colors even though there do not seem to be attachments in the deck in the usual sense.
Also we do not have a reaction to Spells with Massive effects and Mass Heal might just be a Reaction Spell that heals all your Units. Again : It would be on theme and solve some meta game issues and is restrictive similar to other reaction spells in the given dice colors. Mass heal probably wont do anything with exhaustion as Meteor has a built in counter for the exhaustion part and Kneel can already be partially countered.
The 'Cost being Paid' thing is there because Nature Cards often cost nature class and some [[basic]] but usually not nature power, but they do have some reroll effects.
Nature does not have dice manipulation like the other colors so this is their way to compensate.
Divine Cards also don't exactly come cheap. Holy Knight costs 3 Divine-colored dice and Meteor costs 2 [[Divine:Power]]. Their way to compensate is a bit more drastic. They have some finite-use dice fixer and they have discarding as a cost so you can actually pay with cards you couldn't afford because of the other stuff you paid for.
These two do not go well together because Nature would suggest an 2/3 Allies is maybe costed like this
while Divine might pay for it like this
and a preconstructed Deck is meant to have a playable cost structure.
If you want to play 5 cards on average per turn the average cost per card have to be 2, not 3 Basic Dice and not 2 Power Symbols.
The only Card we know the costs of is Earthquake at 2[[basic]] while Xanders ability costs 1[[Divine:Class]].
Allies will probably be more costly and the Summon Raptor Hetchling might as well cost 1 [[natural:class]] every time so having a reaction spell that gives back dice and reacts to absurd costs being paid would make some sense.
There is still things left unsaid though :
Nature's Wrath will most likely not be a straight up damage to a Unit/Phoenixborn spell. Those are already in the game. The only thing that would make sense would be a two-colored version of Freezing Blast with more damage that can only target units or a reaction spell to some Unit Combat that does the the same but with even more damage.
Remaing cards :
Law of Domination : Lots of possibilities, but none more likely than any other.
If i am wrong on any of the other effects it could instead be that the law of dominance has that effect instead or something completely different.
Pain Shaman : Given the name it will probably have an interaction with damage tokens. Maybe he reacts to damage dealt to units. Maybe he deals damage to units as some kind of walking [[Natural:Power]] die. Maybe he is the Dice generator the Deck needs. I do not know.
Earthquake will probably deal damage but how much and what else in addition is a mystery. The Art suggest a single Target.
I will present some possible Values for Unit Combat Stats and/or Dice Cost in the future. I already got some Math done and there are not that many Dice/Stat Distribution possibilities that make a working deck considering the card types.
Everything here is just a 'most likely' type statement
- Earthquake Actionspell (Damage to a single Target)
- Summon Cerasaurus Mount (Action Spell or less likely Read Spell - conjured alteration with huge stats)
- Summon Archasaurus Mount (Ready Spell - conjured alteration with medium stats)
- Law of Domination (Read Spell - no clues)
- Ratpor Herder (Ally that summons small conjurations with his ability)
- Pain Shaman (Ally that redirects damage dealt)
- Summon Shining Hydra (Ready Spell - conjuration likely to grow from damage)
One of the following 3 is probably a reaction spell, probably sacred ground, the others are then Actionspells
- Natures Wraith or Sacred Ground (Spell - might be placed on the battle field, the other is spell that deals damage to either only Units or only Phoenixborn)
- Mass Heal (spell that removes damage)