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Spells / Re: A little love for the Swamp
« on: December 02, 2018, 08:44:57 AM »
I have an Arena Druid spellbook that uses Swamp and Elephant Grass along with a Shoalsdeep Crocodile. The Academy Druid has some additional spells that should combo nicely with this terrain, but I have not updated my spellbooks yet.

The Swamp spell also combines with the Whirlpool for added damage and restricting movement. The Druid is the only mage fully trained in the Swamp spell so I primarily use it with that mage. However, it also fits with Siren strategies and has general application for other mages as you point out above.

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Rules Discussion / Re: force pull through Mind's eye
« on: November 30, 2018, 06:34:19 PM »
If the community is voting for consensus, then my vote is to always pull toward the Forcemaster using her ability.

Rationale: it creates the smallest amount of change to the way the Forcemaster ability worked prior to release of Mind's Eye. The ability still pulls a creature toward the swirling Galvitar Force Blade intent on slicing it to pieces but now the ability has an extended range and can be used over top of walls.

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General Discussion / Re: Most Interesting Academy Expansions for Arena?
« on: November 26, 2018, 06:01:49 AM »
Be sure to get the Lost Grimoire expansion for Arena as well. It was published after Paladin vs. Siren as a stand alone set of cards without additional mages. However, the spells support a range of schools to enhance most of the arena mages.

I don't use Academy sets in Arena so I cannot advise on your original question. Sorry.

Welcome to the Arena!

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Spellbook Design and Construction / Re: THE Book.
« on: November 24, 2018, 08:43:00 AM »
Beautiful idea, if the cards would be available.

1x Galvanize
Show me another non-holy card that can remove corrodes.

Rust
Potentially also a second set of Armor
Disarm

And I have 2 chest pieces and a Disarm in almost every book...

Raincloud also removes Corrode or Burn markers.

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General Discussion / Re: trying something else...
« on: November 14, 2018, 05:44:26 AM »
I don't see an end of MW Arena coming as the current card pool doesn't require new expansions in order to enjoy playing the game.

However, you might consider Incantris https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/198825/incantris as another game option that fits the last two requirements on your list. It offers players a team of spell casters to use in battle and holds 2 to 4 players on a small table.

The new Thunderstone Quest game https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/215341/thunderstone-quest is now available and may be closer to all 4 of your requirements.

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Player Feedback and Suggestions / Re: Halfing as Mages
« on: November 05, 2018, 06:51:29 AM »
Starting life would be lower than other mages - say 24.

Training would be low levels in several schools - say Level 2 in Nature and Level 1 in all other Primary schools, but no training in elemental schools. All non-Halfling equipment spells cost triple to include in spellbook.

Agile ability provides - Defense 7 x infinite. Pay 1 mana for each use. This represents the challenge of hitting a smaller creature and helps to balance the lower life total.

Stealth ability provides - Obscured and Tough -1 to represent higher difficulty of achieving effects/conditions on a small creature.

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Because Sersiryx doesn't fit the book. I have good channeling and Ihave the actions to cast curses and fire, since I'm mostly trying to not be in the middle of battle.

Taking Sersiryx means I get one less fighter creature out and it also means I need to engage and protect him as soon as he inevitably gets Chant of Raged. He also eats Mana like it's candy and I already need to sustain my Grey Wraith in most matches, while saving enough juice for Fireballs and Death Links.
I see. I missed the part where you didn't want the mage in the middle of battle. That seems counter to the Battle Skill mage ability of the Arraxian Crown Warlock. I assumed he would relish the chance to cast two curse spells and attack in a round to maximize the use of his ability card.

Good luck with your strategy!

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Why not use Sersiryx to help with channeling and casting curse spells? He is very flexible in switching to offensive mode if you pack extra flame attack spells at levels 1-2. He can even cast the Bloodthirsty Lust curse on friendly creatures for extra attack dice.

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I've put the academy vampires in here before but they got taken out faster than was worth the action to cast them. Drokarr is pretty cool but it's like Puddinhead said. People destroy him with an unreasonable hatred.
Isn't that an opportunity for the Animate Dead spell? :)

I can just see an undead Demon as a Blood Reaper. Way cool!

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Spells / Re: Buffs and Counters to Killer Bees
« on: October 23, 2018, 06:54:22 AM »
You might want to add Doublestrike and Triplestrike to the Negative column as they remain effective in dealing more than one damage per Attack Action.

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League / Tournament Play / Re: Indianapolis Mages Wanted
« on: October 20, 2018, 08:41:14 AM »
Thanks for the update Zot! Sounds like an awesome time.

Any Domination style matches?

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Spells / Re: Buffs and Counters to Killer Bees
« on: October 18, 2018, 12:03:37 PM »
So, would a Reverse Attack spell require the swarm to kill itself using the extra attacks based on its health with each attack dealing one damage off the swarm's health?

Looks like Nope. I just checked the wording in the top message and it says "may" for the additional attacks.

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Rules Discussion / Re: Intercept and pest
« on: October 16, 2018, 06:16:25 AM »
Well, there goes that theory to get around those Gargoyles...

Ah well.
Knockdown, Slam, Teleport, or Push are easy ways to get around Intercepting Guards.

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Spellbook Design and Construction / Re: PALadin v1
« on: October 16, 2018, 06:13:59 AM »
Another option is to use Crusade Banner and then move forward saving your mana. By turn 3 you should be able summon two holy creatures of level 4 and level 3 for about 34 mana in total IIRC. This combo with your Paladin should be aggressive way to attack while your opponent may still be creating his economy.

But wouldn't that be a false economy for me?

By putting out the banner and using it on T3 I have spent 7 mana to save 4.
The full round actions I save by having the banner summon the creatures (allowing the mage to move up) will be countered by needing to use full round actions to bring the creatures up to the front line.
And I miss the opportunity to buff the creatures in the meantime.

Or am I missing something?
You can spend 2 move actions in the first round and cast Crusade Banner much closer to the opponent. You then have the option to close ranks and attack with the Paladin while accumulating mana or guard the Banner until it spawns. Ranged attacks have reduced chance to hit the banner (unless Flame damage), but you can adjust the zone you cast it based on your risk preferences. i.e. do you want to taunt the opponent forward to attack the banner?

The benefit is you spend 7 mana, gain 4 mana, gain an action to cast two creatures, and have two rounds of move actions to close ranks with your opponent for early attack options. Casting creatures with Fast or Flying or Ranged Attacks works best for getting them into the battle faster.

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Spellbook Design and Construction / Re: PALadin v1
« on: October 15, 2018, 05:19:44 PM »
Another option is to use Crusade Banner and then move forward saving your mana. By turn 3 you should be able summon two holy creatures of level 4 and level 3 for about 34 mana in total IIRC. This combo with your Paladin should be aggressive way to attack while your opponent may still be creating his economy.

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