When the Bloodborn expansion was firest released, two cards in particular caught my attention: Drogon and Cryptographer. Drogon allowed me to double a stat whenever the Bloodborn spell was triggered and Cryptographer allowed me to refresh my Bloodborn spell. Here was the rare opportunity to to multiply (multiple Cryptographer Triggers) exponents (the Drogon effect) in this card game! I imidiately got to work creating the largest stat in Duelyst.
I went through version after version of this idea. I discovered that I can get more Drogons by using double, even triple, Zureal. I figured out that I can give this attack boost to Valknu. I discovered that I can squeeze more use out of Cryptographers with Hailstone Prison and Sanguinar. Eventually, I reached over a googol (1*10^100 or, 1 followed by 100 zeros) damage.
Along the way, I figured out some neat things about Duelyst’s display:
- The shown stats only measure the first 16 significant digits
- Any number above 1*10^17 is shown in scientific notation
When I started my journey to get the highest attack value in Duelyst, I was only thinking if I Can do it. Now that I have surpasses a googol (10^100), I wonder if I Should do it. Has this gone too far? This is what Vetruvian players do when their faction is alienated by the meta.
In card games, no, any games, additive effects are common, multiplicative effects are always worth looking at, and exponential effects always lead to amazing memes. This patch has given me the rare opportunity to multiply exponents in a game, using Drogon and Cryptographer. Part of me believes that this was all intentionally set up by Counterplay games. Three Kujata are perfect for summoning 1 health Drogons that die to blistering skorn and are resurrected three times by 4 cost Zureals that just so happen to cost the right amount of mana for 3 to be played on the same turn using 3 Kujata and 3 mana tiles. This, combined with Cryptographer, Sanguinar, and Drogon being printed in the same set seems to suggest that the 10^100 attack barrier was meant to be breached.
Everything seems to fall perfectly into place. Was this just a coincidence? Or is it all part of a grander plan? Goodbye fellow Duelysts and Excelsior! I will return once I find a way to get to a Googolplex.
I used @t2k5 's helper scripts to activate sandbox mode. Check them out here if you want to do some experimenting yourself!
Spirit sacrificed to the meme gods:
*3 Twin Fang
*1 Morin Khuur
*1 Fractal Replication
*2 Alcuin Loremaster
*2 Twilight Sorcerer
*1 Prismatic Swamp Entangler