Reaper of the Nine Moons
Grandmaster Variax: What a ridiculous card. This is, without a doubt, the most ridiculously overpowered card in Duelyst. Why? Because it completely invalidates every single attempt at a control deck in this game. It’s a long-term card that automatically trumps every other long-term deck in the game. It kills decks like Walls Kara, Artifact Songhai, and Heal Lyonar. Compare this to the poop smear that is Excelsious, and you’ll scratch your head in wonder. Absolutely no deck in the game can deal with two 5/5s every turn for free for very long.
Wintermu7e attempted to defend Variax because it is a “late game” card, but Variax often sees play at 5 mana, which is often turn 3 in this game. A turn 3 7/7 is very powerful, but manageable. However, when the 5/5s start pouring out on turn 4, it’s not manageable, and the players who run Variax also run Cryptomancer and Wraithling Swarm, so you may see anywhere from two to five 5/5s pop out in a turn. The game is over if Variax is played early. Wintermu7e claimed this is not a frequent event, but anyone who plays knows that is clearly wrong - it’s as common as Flash Reincarnation into Sunsteel Sentinel for Magmar, which seems to happen every other game I’m in. I have my own Variax deck, and I get her out on turn 3 roughly 1/3 games. Ridiculous.
On top of this, it’s important to note that Variax is a first in Duelyst: it’s a card with absolutely no counters. There is no way to stop the swarm, there is no way to catch up. Once Variax is played, you quickly burn your resources trying to take your opponent down before you are overwhelmed, and then the game is over. Nothing else in Duelyst is remotely like this, and it’s a game-ruining card.
Spectral Revenant: It would be fine if it were just one, but at an extremely high frequency my opponents play 2 or 3 of these in a row, and it’s completely unmanageable to keep getting smacked in the face. Spectral Revenant consistently turns good games into anticlimatic ones, because one 7 mana hits you know your interesting match is just going to be Spectral Revenant spam into lethal.
Rot9M: I play this in my Lurking Fear deck. Last night I got a 13/13 Excelsious. I won, and it’s stupid.
As an aside, I’ll just take a moment to spit on the entire Magmar package. Magmar has always been a faction for people who just want to facemonkey their way to victory without thinking, but this expansion has added a set of tools that are completely unmanageable for a lot of decks. It’s not a coincidence that my ladder experience is almost entirely Abyssian and Magmar, and it’s because of ridiculous cards like these and Variax. If this is the future of Duelyst, count me out.