Beckett Gaming Profile: Force of Will The Twilight Wanderer
By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary
This past Friday, the latest expansion for the Force of Will was released — The Twilight Wanderer. Today we are going to look over some of the impactful cards in the set and how they may change the meta-game.
The first card is Barrier of Shadows:
This 1 Drop card puts a damper on many of the Regalia-based decks, forcing them to pay 1 extra mana to play them. Usually regalia are free to play, which allows players to play as many as they have in their hand each turn. However, Barrier slows their strategy down dramatically. In the first tournament with the new set, I saw this card in 3 out of my 4 matches, with 2 of the decks I played against main-decking them. Expect to see this card as long as Regalia are in the format.
The next card continues the trend on hating Regalia — Hera, Goddess of Jealousy:
For 2 will you can play Hera and destroy any Regalia that costs 0. With a few exceptions, every Regalia in the game costs 0. On top of destroying those pesky Regalia, you get to draw a card. This card is fantastic against Regalia decks and even decks that tech a few Regalia such as Artemis Bow or Deathscythe. She has already found her way into many of the blue/red and blue/light reflect decks.
The last Resonator we will look over is this crazy Cthulhu-like monster — Adombrali, the Unfathomable:
Take a moment to look at all those effects. This guy can fit into almost every multi-color deck out there. I have seen him played in blue/light, blue/red, and blue/light/wind. With a potentially free will cost and an upside for sacking off your weak resonators, no wonder this guy looks like such a beast. I definitely think sacking a Cheshire Cat and Rukh Egg seems like the best combo with this guy. Draw a card/Burn for 400/Shuffle Cat into deck/Search for any Fire Resonator/have a 600/800 Cthulhu. What’s not to like?
Lastly we will be talking about 2 of the new rulers, first up is Valentina, Plotting Lord of the Seas:
Valentina seems to be the new front runner for the infamous 28 Regalia deck. Her ruler allows you to tutor for any Regalia; however, I do not know how often this effect will come into play as you generally will flip her before you really have a chance to use her. Her J-Ruler side is when things get crazy. This is the first card to ever take into account cards you physically own in your side deck for an effect. She gets an extra 100/100 for each seven king J-Ruler you have in your side deck, and obtains all of their names and God’s art abilities! So if you have all seven kings she is instantly a 1400/1400 without any Regalia buffing her attack strength! This deck has already made an impact at many of this past weekend’s ARG Tournaments, placing in many Top 8’s. Expect to see more of the Overlord in the next coming weeks.
The last card we will visit today is one that has caused a lot of commotion in the Force of Will scene — Reflect, Child of Potential/Refrain, Child of Convergence:
This card has a lot going for it so we will talk about the Ruler side first. Once per turn you can put a magic counter on Reflect to do one of the following: Give a resonator +200/200, draw a card and then put a card from your hand at the bottom of your deck, or recover a Resonator at the end of the turn. Keep in mind you can use one of these effects on either player’s turn. This ruler offers so much utility it is insane. The draw effect helps cycle through your deck quickly and allows you to draw 2 per turn to find the card you need. The +200 is also extremely relevant when playing against burn decks, allowing your monsters to survive Thunders and Flame King Shouts. Also you can Judgment for free!
The J-Ruler side Refrain gains effects based off how many magic counters are on it. By removing two you can bounce a Resonator and by removing x you can counter a normal spell (x is equal to the spells cost), or by removing 4 you can tutor for any card in your deck. Oh and you can bounce back to your ruler side on your opponents turn. This creates scenarios where you Judgment on your turn, keep your opponent from playing any spell that can hurt your board and then flip back over and then use one of the ruler effects. Although this is a wind Ruler, Reflect has found his way in to many different strategies and has become the number 1 Ruler within its short time of being released. Expect to see him at the top tables for a while.
Force of Will The Twilight Wanderer is out now in all your local gaming shops and websites. It is listed in the Beckett Gaming database, as well. Just follow the link: Force of Will The Twilight Wanderer. Full pricing of the product will be available after Christmas.