10/6 Eternal Balance ChangesOctober 5, 2020
Now a month past the release of the Awakening campaign, we’ve been monitoring the impact on our constructed formats and where things are settling after the Summer Championships. The Expedition Summer Championship revealed a format of much possibility with many factions and play styles doing well. In Throne, there’s a lot to like about how interactive and skill-testing the games are; at the same time, there’s been a bit of top-heavy trend with Stonescar and Justice-heavy decks solidifying themselves as the alphas of the format. To help improve diversity, we are announcing a set of balance changes today that will go live tomorrow, 10/6.
The Throne Championship confirmed a trend from the ranked queues that Stonescar Aggro’s threats were proving a bit too difficult for players to slow down. By lowering the health of two of their premier early plays, we aim to make it a bit easier to answer the first threat and give players a better chance at keeping pace or catching up.
- Kira Ascending – Now 2/1 (was 3/2)
The breakout hit of the Awakening Campaign in Throne, Kira has propelled multiple Justice-heavy decks to the top of the metagame. While the tug-of-war over protecting your Kira or removing the enemy’s can be a fun and skill-testing battle, it currently defines too much of the format’s play. At her heart, Kira’s just a bit too strong to protect out of the gate. Her widespread adoption confirms this. She sees such a high level of play among decks not really invested in her as a fun build-around. By lowering her stats, we aim to get her closer to the original intent, an early unit with tons of potential but one that requires you to really do the work to make her exceptional.
Since Kira Ascending is only obtainable through the Awakening Campaign, players who purchased that campaign will receive 1,250 gold (2,500 for those who own the premium campaign).
- Backbreaker – Now 6SS (was 5SS)
Another powerful way to take advantage of Justice influence, a well-armored Backbreaker can take over games, eating multiple units. While it’s great for removal to be so interactive and open to forms of counterplay like combat tricks, attacking, and attachment destruction, in Expedition, Backbreaker’s been shaping such a high number of games on if a player can handle it. And in light of how strong it’s been to have a lot of Justice influence lately, it’s a good time to pull back there and give breathing room for some other deckbuilding quests to compete.
- Cen Wastes Smuggler – Now has Decay (Was Shift 3)
With Shift being such an underused aspect of Cen Wastes Smuggler, we’ve always had an eye for a way to improve. Decay emerging in Argent Depths we can now show off a new skill the Fire-Shadow smuggler picked up in the Cen Wastes. Along with the skill, expect to see an updated version of her art, highlighting her new corrosive powers.
- Darya, Warrior Poet – Now cost 4FFTT and 3/4 (Was cost 5FFTT and 3/5)
With Praxis and Pledge decks no longer a dominant presence, Darya’s ready for a comeback tour as we’re restoring her to her former glory.
(Notes: While the changes to Darya and Cen Wastes Smuggler are intended to boost their appeal, since they are not strict upgrades, we will be offering sellbacks to interested players.)
For buffs this go-around, we first identified some changes to help expand the range of what’s viable at the top of Throne. Among them, some answers to a few popular requests from the community along with boosts to a few fun ones that never quite saw their day in the sun.
- Copper Conduit – Now cost 1+ (was cost 2+)
- Woda, Grodov's Listener – Now 2/4 and pay 6 to give Woda +3/+3 this turn. (Was 2/3 and pay 8).
- Moonstone Vanguard – Now 5/5 with When it blocks, you gain 5 health (was 4/4 with When it blocks, you gain 4 health)
- Snowcrust Yeti – Now 2/1 Aegis (was 1/1 Aegis)
- Vanquish – Now cost 2J (was cost 3J)
- Crown of Authority – Now Inspire: Units you draw get +4/+4 (Was Units you draw get +2/+2)
- Innate Conviction – Now “Create and draw a 3/5 Arc Dragon” with Your spells deal +2 damage (Was “Create and draw a 3/4 Arc Dragon” with Your spells deal +1 damage)
- Livia, Hexweaver – Now “Enemies with Endurance can’t block” (was “All units with Endurance can’t block”)
- Relentless Gorehorn – Now all your Minotaurs get +2 Strength (Was your other Minotaurs get +2 Strength)
We’ll be continuing to monitor developments as these changes rollout and will check back in November before the 2020 Eternal World Championships with our future balance plans.
In addition to to the above balance changes, the following fixes and changes are included in this update:
- Crown of Possibilities Now: “Inspire: Units you draw get a random skill.”
- Both Crown of Authority and Crown of Possibilities have been updated to work with the Great Leader achievement (inspire 50 units).
Fixed an issue that when an imbue unit died it sometimes wouldn’t count towards “When a unit dies” abilities.
Fixed an issue where cards that were supposed to be discarded at end of turn from an ability were prevented by Genetrix Irel, Wayward’s ability, they would retain this until they had been successfully discarded from the player’s hand.
- Oskar, Chief Tinker now correctly plays units sacrificed on the enemy turn with his ability.
- Oskar, Chief Tinker now works correctly when several are in play, and units with summon abilities are also played via Oskar’s ability.
- Formbend should no longer move enemy relics to the middle of the playmat if the Formbend is blocked by an enemy Aegis.
- Fixed an issue where Just Desserts and a deadly unit would sometimes cause “When a unit dies” abilities to happen twice.
- Fixed an issue with Equalize where players that drew cards in response to it would sometimes not discard down to evenly sized hands.
- The following cards had their VO improved:
- Frostbite Elemental
- Lurking Brute
- Feral Mandrake
- Maveloft Huntress
- Valley-Clan Sage
- Leyline Tracer