So, Black Locust is in my opinion one of the coolest cards in Duelyst. Aesthetically, it looks amazing, and its ability is one of the most unique I’ve seen among any card game, physical or digital. Although you could say this card is “Balanced” in being not absurdly overpowered or power-creeping over other cards, I find it disappointing that such an interesting, fun, and potentially powerful card has almost never seen play.
##So Whats Wrong with this Card?
Well, Quite Frankly, its not used, and for good reason; its not powerful. Again, I’m not saying that it should be broken and buffed beyond the level of balance. As a matter of fact, I do think this card is balanced as is. A 4-mana for a 2/2 with flying isn’t spectacular stats/cost, but its secondary ability sure is! That being said, I believe that what makes Black Locust so powerful is ironically what is also holding it back; its ability is far to restrictive. The problem with Black Locust is that it simply doesn’t stay alive long enough for its ability to see any use. By turn 4, there’s all kinds of crazy board-states and potential for removal of a little 2/2 minion. Even if it does stay alive, it will only activate once on the first active turn since there’s only one of them, and you cant risk it attacking and dying, as then it loses its potential value. So the only way to use this card currently is to play it off turn 4, and scuttle it around the board for 2-3 turns until it can generate enough copies for you to not feel punished for attacking with them, which is simply ridiculous.
I had 1 idea in mind. With one of the new cards, Onyx Jaguar, we see an ability that will trigger “Whenever a minion is moved for any reason.” I think that if this ability was applied to Black Locust (and only applied to itself rather than all minions of course), it would greatly increase its potential, while still being balanced, yet powerful in the right hands. For most classes, this wouldn’t make a difference; yet in the case of Songhai, this could become a very deadly utility in their kit. For example, although not the most commonly used card, again, Onyx Jaguar works very well when combined with things like Mistdragon Seal, Inner Focus, Juxtaposition, and Blink(Kaleos’s Bloodborn Spell). Imagin placing a Black Locust and an Onyx Jaguar and using a combination of those cards to produce an army of multiplying, buffed, flying minions! It’d be an incredible combination for sure, but honestly far from overpowered, as it requires so many pieces to work, and it can be stopped dead in its tracks before it even starts( i.e. what if either of them are killed before they are used? or what if a 5-mana 3/3 or 4-mana 2/2 is simply to slow to keep up with your opponent?).
##What do you think?
I’d Really love to hear what you guys think. Is this a balanced interaction? Is it overpowered, game-breaking or meta-defining? Do you have another idea? I just love this card, and I loved using it in low ranks since it was my first legendary, but its a shame that now, its not even viable there, when the mere concept of this card holds so much potential. Another idea i had was to give it Airdrop, to helps its initial survivability, but that still doesn’t solve the problem of how to use it without feeling punished or how to maximize its usage.
- Needs a Buff