I’m really excited for this new expansion, and especially for the new generals. Third faction generals have always been discussed here and there, so I’m really happy to see new ones come out to help diversify options for the factions. As for the generals themselves, I’m very interested in seeing what kind of decks and directions we can see the factions taking. I’m also looking forward to what type of Cosmetic Items (Mark II skins, emotes) will become available for them, and how it will affect faction leveling (for the prismatic generals)
Lyonar: Brome Warcrest
The first idea that comes to mind with this general is zoo support. With cards like Auroara being supported by small minion and great buff effects through cards like Warblade, Warcrest may greatly help support Lyonar’s budding zoo archetype.
Besides zoo, the keywords Zeal and Provoke may also lead to more interesting card designs for Lyonar revolving around those keywords. In particular, I’m looking forward to see how useful Afterblaze will be alongside this general (for 4 mana you create a 3/6 with provoke/ Primus Shield master that essentially cycles itself!). The only thing that questions me about this card is whether the minion can only be summoned in the one tile directly in front of you general or ANY of the 3 tiles in front of you general.
Songhai: Shidai Stormblossom
A bloodborne spell that generates another, non-replaceable spell. Could be a great boost to all spell-based decks in Songhai, particularly Spellhai, Arcanysthai, and Mantrahai. Assuming that the Spellsword deals damage, I would say this will also gain a lot from spell boost affects like 8gates. I’m really interested in seeing how Shidai affects the use rates for Reva and Kaleos in Songhai decks.
Vetruvian: Ciphyron Ascendant
Out of all the generals, this one seemed the most out of place. Or at least at first. What immediately came to mind was its synergy with Zephyr in conjunction with artifacts, but the buff only effects minions, which would make it difficult to use artifacts on the face outside of Zephyr or Ankh. Upon closer inspection, this could help bring Back SabotageVet, as you now have a cheap, reliable way to reduce the attack of enemies for cards like Psychic Conduit and Zenrui. Of course, this would depend on how many 4 or less attack minions are prevalent in the upcoming meta, but its a thought to consider. I’d also like to see how Ciphyron affects Sajj’s place in the Vetruvian meta, and how CPG will try and differentiate the two.
Abyssian: Maehv Skinsolder
Dying wish synergy with a slight twist of self damage. With the vast array of dying wish minions and death watch synergy that the faction has to offer, alongside their aggressive healing in cards like Desolator and Void Pulse, I have no doubt that Maehv will be able to find her place in the Abyssian faction. However, what I’m really excited to see is what Maehv’s Awesome Bloodbound spell could be with Variax!
Magmar: Ragnora the Relentless
We got eggs boyz. Really interested in seeing the stats for the Ripper unit, as it could determine just how much of a boost Eggmar will recieve with this general. Could be great with Egg morph and Wild inceptor if the egg hatches at least a 2/3 (I’m assuming the Ripper won’t have the rebirth keyword in exchange for extra stats, although I guess these Ripper eggs will show the true value of an egg). The fact that these Ripper Eggs may very well be token eggs can also open up a few more directions for Eggmar to grow!
Vanar: Ilena Cryobyte
You thought Vanar could stall before? I think this card may introduce an even more stall-heavy form of vanar with it’s effect, taking advantage of its ability to stun to put enemy minions on ice. Could get really annoying in the late game, but at least stun is dispellable now, amirightguys? But seriously though, this may make iceshatter gauntlet a thing, and I’d like to see how CPG approaches a ‘stun synergy’ idea within Vanar.
Overall, I’m really excited to see these new generals in action, and I can’t wait to see what new cards will go along with them to open up new playstyles and deckbuilding options!