Well, we've obtained two cards from the upcoming Oathbreaker expansion, along with brief blurbs written by the designers themselves!
Introducing "Calm", for the Priests, and "Scorpion Venom", for the Scouts:
Calmness to be Reckoned With
Legends of Norrath Oathbreaker Card of the Week
By Chuck Kallenbach, Game Designer at SOE-Denver
When we begin designing a new expansion set for Legends of Norrath, we go through a process of identifying certain “card slots” to be used for particular purposes. We try to make sure that lots of different kinds of decks get some cards to help them out.
by Evan "Heimlich" Lorentz, Game Designer at SOE Denver
Over the last several sets, the Scout archetype has offered cards for the “Ranger” theme, “Bard” theme, and more. With Oathbreaker, fans of Beast Lords will finally be rewarded for their patience. You’ll now be able to choose from a few special warder units, and construct a deck in which your avatar and your warder work as a team to take down your opponent.
Both warders and the cards that take advantage of them come in a variety of costs and strength. Here’s a preview card that sits on the more expensive (but mightier) end of the spectrum:
With this ability in play, all damage dealt by your avatar or warder becomes instantly fatal. Popular defensive units with high health (such as the Dwarven Sentry or Elven Paladin) die in one shot to Scorpion Venom. And in many situations, a single win can mow down multiple units; damage bonus is no longer a matter of “how many points of health your opponent loses,” but rather “how many units your opponent loses.” Of course, it’s not just damage at the end of combat that picks up the extra kick from Scorpion Venom; your direct damage tactics become instantly fatal to units as well. Pick Off, Shrouded Strike, Desecrate, and more – each of them can now get rid of a unit in mid-combat.
While not all warder-related cards have as broad an effect as this one, you’ll find their “theme” to all be very similar. These cards commonly give the same benefit to both your warder and your avatar, turning your warder into almost a “second avatar.” If you like the idea of “double-teaming” your opponent in this way, the Beast Lord strategies may well be the choice for you.