Price of Power

Magic Compass – Card Reveal by Bomblin

Do not worry guys! It was just April’s fool joke! Bandit Gang is not going anywhere! In fact, today we even have a card reveal for you! The next card drop is coming on Tuesday, the 5th of April, including 21 new cards! I have the pleasure, to present you, the new Epic Skellige Special: MAGIC COMPASS!

The card is a very gripping addition to the Skellige faction. I do believe it can be played in Meta decks, but it can also be a worthy addition to memes!

The Meta:

Firstly, the card is a great thinning card. You can play 2 cards in 2 rounds, while at the same time putting 4(!) cards into your graveyard. This means, that it synergizes with all of the cards that want to be resurrected like An Craite Warrior. Moreover, if you manage to hit a card like Morkvarg in one of the top 3 cards (with a help of, for example, Fisher King) he will jump into the front row. Same thing with devotion Eist! Keep in mind, that it won’t work with discard cards!

The Meme:

This card has amazing synergy with one of my favorite archetypes: Hyperthin. Not only does it thin up to 6 cards, but it also gives you a finisher of a legendary card! Imagine Fucusya or Gedyneith in a deck that does not even use it!

The in-between:

The deck that I am looking forward to making with this card is actually the Ciri: Nova deck. I think it has a chance to be a meme changed into a dream. Why? Because Magic Compass helps you look for the Ciri in round 1, while in round 3 lets you play a legendary card that is actually above the 9 provision limit! Imagine Ciri: Nova, Arnachad, Morkvarg, or Olaf-Hym-combo! The potential is limitless!

Problems:

The card, however, is not perfect. First of all, it is not easy to tutor, especially in devotion Skellige decks. The lack of raid tag hurts the card but it probably would make it too good. Moreover, looking at the top 3 cards can be extremely awkward if you don’t want to lose any of the 3 cards. It will probably need to be in a mid-range deck that just uses good value cards. Lastly, this card gives you so much thinning that you might end up overthinning – here, the second part of the card’s ability helps but you still should be careful!

Overall, I do believe the card is super interesting and I absolutely love its design! What do you guys think? What deck this card can be played in?

Price of Power – Card Reveal by Escanbryt

Hello everyone, and welcome to a very special article. I have been given the opportunity to reveal a new card from the upcoming expansion “Harvest of Sorrow”, which is the third and final part of the “Price of Power” set. It is a bronze card for the Northern Realms faction with an interesting ability. Ladies and gwentlemen, please do not disturb: the Meditating Mage!

Now your first impression might be disappointment about yet another slow Patience card. And the payoff in Vitality makes it even slower than the Ban Ard Student or Aretuza Student. But that’s not really the point here. The strength of this card is the ability to gain Resilience when bonded. And this Resilience is activated upon using the order ability while bonded, not deploy while bonded (confirmed by CDPR). So when you are about to pass the round and you have two or more Meditating Mages on the board, you can activate the Order ability and the mages will gain Resilience and Vitality according to their Patience value. And since Vitality is a status, it’s going to carry over to the next round as well.

Most bonded cards only have a slight improvement in strength when the bonded effect is active. This one  relies on it entirely. The good news is that there are multiple ways to generate more than the two copies from the starting deck, especially for the Northern Realms. While Blue Stripe Scouts or King Foltest are probably clunky to use here, Queen Adalia, Reinforcements or a lucky roll on Runeword are an easy way to bring more copies to the board. The shield from Adalia and Runeword is without any doubt useful in that regard. There is also a new location named The Mushy Truffle, which lets you spawn and play a bonded unit from your starting deck. And if you want to go even further down that road, think about Megascope or Idarran shenanigans.

However the main question for deckbuilding will be to find a way to compensate for the slow tempo. This will probably set a limit to the number of Meditating Mages that you want to play in a viable deck.  If we talk about meme decks though, which happens way too seldomly, think about Tissaia de Vries reactivating the orders of all Meditating Mages on the activation turn by the end of round 1, enabling them to regain resilience in round 2. And the Dethmold finisher! I have ideas…

Anyway, let’s see how this card turns out. It is cheap resilience in a way, but it will need the right deck to work properly. I want to thank CDPR for letting me be part of this reveal campaign! And since you are already here, let me introduce you to my main piece of content creation over the last few months. As an article writer for Team Bandit Gang, I recently finished the compilation of seasonal mode guides on our homepage. It contains strategies and examples for decklists. These decklists will be updated from time to time, but are also explained in a way that you can adjust them on your own if they are somewhat outdated.

So if you enjoy some seasonal matches from time to time, make sure to bookmark our Seasonal Mode main page. Thank you and cheers!

Bandit Gang’s Top 5 Cards of Price of Power Expansion: Thanedd Coup

This article has been written by Babyjosus in collaboration with Bomblin.

After the latest expansion, Price of Power (PoP), got announced, we know that you all were eager to find out what we think about it. And so, we have decided to make a Top 5 cards of the PoP: Thanedd Coup expansion. All members had the chance to put in their votes based on card art and/or ability. In the end 16 members voted, including 8 from Content Team and 8 from the Competitive Team (Pro Team & Academy Team). We ended up with the following 5 cards, from least voted card to the most voted card.

So pay attention now, you might just learn something!

#5 Offering to the Sea

Nobody wrote a reason why this card should be included, but Bomblin and I assume that it was included because it has a cool interaction with self-harm, such as Witcher decks that are build around Bear Witcher Mentors

Since we always use pink and grey colors, we decided for this one to give it a blue color to honor our underrated Academy Team.

#4 Artaud Terranova

While nobody picked Artaud because of the bug people were abusing, we did pick him because of his great meme potential. It’s an amazing inclusion for assimilate and spy decks. But, perhaps it will also benefit the return of Masquerade Ball?

Most of the votes came from the Content Team, hence the pink color.

#3 Bloody Mistress, Mammuna & Selfeater

First time in the history of the Top 5 we have three-way tie for cards that support the same archetype, so there was no way we couldn’t have a shared #3. Bloody Mistress, Mammuna & Selfeater were recognized by our team members as a powerful trio that will dominate the meta. 

For no specific reason, we gave them the pink color.

# 2 Melusine

Melusine has a really unique design which is considered ”nice” by most of the team members. It also introduces one of the old abilities from beta that is called Strengthening. It enhance the graveyard power of Skellige, especially in a short round when you play Melusine from Sigrdrifa or Bride of the Sea.

There was 1 more vote coming from the Competitive Team, hence the grey color.

#1 Simlas

Simlas can be both competitive and memey. He can be very strong with the Orb of Insight and has lots of meme potential with cards like Waylay. He also potential with Lacerate and Bone Talisman, but so far it hasn’t been chosen by many players. This is a card that can only improve as more bronze special cards are introduced to the game. 

10 out of 16 members have voted for this card. 8 out of 10 were competitive players, hence why we have given the grey color.

And that’s it for Team Bandit Gang’s top 5 cards of the Price of Power: Thanedd Coup expansion. We hope everyone will have tons of fun in the upcoming weeks with these cards while we wait for the next installment in a couple of months. Let us know what your top 5 cards are in the comment section down below.

Best of luck,

Bomblin & BJ

Bandit Gang’s Top 5 Cards of Price of Power Expansion: Once Upon a Pyre

This article has been written by Babyjosus in collaboration with Bomblin.

After the latest expansion, Price of Power (PoP), got announced, we know that you all were eager to find out what we think about it. And so, we have decided to make a Top 5 cards of the PoP: Once Upon a Pyre expansion. All members had the chance to put in their votes based on card art and/or ability. In the end 18 members voted, including 12 from Content Team and 6 from the Competitive Team (Pro Team & Academy Team). We ended up with the following 5 cards, from least voted card to the most voted card. Side Note: 5 cards of the expansion pack didn’t got any votes at all.

So pay attention now, you might just learn something!

#5 Gerhart of Aelle

The main reason why this card is in the Top 5 is because Content Team member Mercernn got to reveal this card. And the second reason must be of course that its a legendary card that supports the Mage archetype that has been neglected for a very long time by Jason Slama and co!

Most of the votes came from the Content Team, hence the pink color.

#4 Fulmar

Fulmar, Hjalmar, whatever its name is, it got included in our Top 5 because just like Gerhart of Aelle, this card supports a forgotten archetype in Gwent, which is the druid archetype. Fulmar is a great card to use alongside Gedyneith.

Most of the votes came from the Competitive Team, hence the grey color.

#3 Megascope

Megascope gets the third spot in our Top 5, mainly because it has great potential with Idarran, paired with a high value bronze like  Cintrian Royal Guard. A more meme approach is to play it on a Crow Messenger.

All the votes came from the Content Team, hence the pink color.

# 2 Francesca Findabair

The ability and card art from Francesca Findabair is a blast from the past. It allows you to play specials twice, and because it’s not faction restricted, you can play Shupe twice. Nuff said.

Most of the votes came from the Content Team, hence the pink color.

#1 Blightmaker

Blightmaker is flexible because it can be played on a Mage or a special card, but it will be at its most powerful paired with the Mage Assassin.

Pretty much everyone that voted voted for this card. Since the card will see a lot of play in the meta, we decided to give it the grey competitive color.

And that’s it for Team Bandit Gang’s top 5 cards of the Price of Power: Once Upon a Pyre expansion. We hope everyone will have tons of fun in the upcoming weeks with these cards while we wait for the next installment in a couple of months. Let us know what your top 5 cards are in the comment section down below.

Best of luck,

Bomblin & BJ