By now, there’s no doubt in my mind that Hex players are chomping at the bit to get their hands on the new Hex PvP set, Scars of War. The storyline started in Herofall is progressing, we’re getting a brand new set of champions to play around with, the limited format appears to be getting a -bit- slower… And even more importantly, new keywords!
These keywords are arguably the most interesting part of the set release, with mobilize allowing players to lower the playing costs of their cards so long as they have a troop or two (or five) on the board, and diligence is an ability we’ve had for awhile coming back in force with the set. The most interesting of the new keywords to me though, is conscript.
Conscript is a bit trickier than the other two mechanics, so let’s just quickly address the two major points of it. When you conscript a troop, you’ll put it in to your hand, and it will change it’s threshholds to match the card that conscripted it, exactly. That last part is probably the most important, and one that I’ve seen people disregarding quite a bit over the last few days. Just as a quick example, if we play Boisterous Ballad and hit a William Rowan , that William Rowan will actually cost us single Ruby, instead of double Diamond! That said, we’re still left with the pesky task of having to play all those conscripted troops from our hand… But no longer! The Coyotle have brought a solution to all of our problems!
Sunspeaker of Wakuna comes to us as a fairly reasonably costed 5/5 with Crush for five resources, and brings with him the monstrously powerful ability that simply puts all of the troops we conscript, whether they be Ardent or Underworld into play immediately. Granted, this effect is going to take a little while set up, every single time you’re able to proc it you’re going to be expanding your board presence further and further out of the range of your opponents removal, and threatening them the entire time with the Sunspeakers crush presence!
Quickly, let’s address something fairly obvious about this card that is going to be the immediate response to seeing it. It’s a five cost wild troop that -isn’t- Crocosaur . Yup. That’s right, it’s not the all powerful stomp-stomp-growl drop that we’re used to, but it has an entirely different purpose in a deck.
Let’s look at some quick synergies!
First off, Songsmythe Virtuoso allows for some pretty insane turns, even if it shares a resource slot with the Sunspeaker. If you can ever manage to have both of these troops on the board at the same time, and even a single way to generate valors… You’re very quickly going to overwhelm the board. Honestly this is a bit of a dream situation, but it’s not hard to imagine a hybrid Valor/Conscript deck working to make this kind of situation come true.
Next, the previously mentioned Boisterous Ballad. This handy little Ruby quick action happens to be fairly cheap to play, and can be used in response to removal on the Sunspeaker to maintain a troop on the board if necessary. It also goes without saying that it’s a fairly good turn one play if you’re just looking to play a resource and hold up an action like Ruby’s Favor, or Burn.
Probably the most important synergies though, are going to come from the conscript cards that don’t necessarily conscript a troop on their own. Things like the Deepwood Drokka and his Drokka buddies that allow you to quickly make any troop that you conscript into a suited up ‘voltron’ style of card, while still allowing you to maintain your board presence as you go along.
Looking at this card makes me anxious to see all of conscript enabling cards that are still hiding in the spoilers out there, as we haven’t had a chance to see the full set yet, it’s impossible to tell just how good this card can really be. That said, it’s a total Johnny card ready to pack a major punch on an opponent caught off guard.
All in all, I look forwards to playing this in limited, a snap first pick for me. As for it’s power in the constructed world? We’re going to have to keep our eyes out for any spoilers that turn this card from being a nifty gimmick into something that might topple Crocosaur out of it’s seat as the most powerful Wild five drop in the game!