Top 10 Shade Cards Pt. 2

Top 10 Shade Cards Pt. 2

As promised, I am back with the second half of my Top 10 Shade Cards for Constructed list. If you read Part One then you know what this is all about, so I’m going to dive right in to Part Two. Neuralyzer Agent As a 3/3/3 for five resources and two threshold, the Agent is a tad expensive when just considering his stats.  Thankfully, this card isn’t blank and has some great Rules Text, namely the trigger that causes the opponent to discard a card whenever this guy is declared as an attacker. I love this because it is a discard effect you can generate that your opponent cannot respond to. Players can often circumvent having to discard a card by either drawing more cards or laying the card down as a resource in response. The Agent doesn’t afford that opportunity since you can’t respond to triggers. If you manage to hit six threshold then this card increases in value. Not only will it make your opponent ditch a card any time it attacks, but it could potentially make them ditch another if this card breaks through to the Faction. Combine the Agent with some Arcanist Covert trickery and you could have a good way to control the opponent’s hand size. Homewrecker I’m sad to say that I didn’t think too much of this card when I first saw it, but now that I have seen it in action it terrifies me. This card hits play as a 3/3/3 for either five resources or two resources and two damage to a location you control. At five resources this card...
Top 10 Shade Cards Pt. 1

Top 10 Shade Cards Pt. 1

As the latest set to be released, Shade of the Devoured Emperor did a lot to shake up the metagame. Although it has been out for over a year now, Spoils players worldwide are still tinkering with these cards to create exciting and competitive constructed decks. For those of you who are new, or just haven’t gotten around to trying out all the new hotness in Shade, I’ve put together a list of the Top Ten Shade Cards for Constructed for you all to peruse. Today I’ll be presenting the first five cards I’ve selected for you all with the second half coming soon. Officially Offensive Overseer Arcanist has never been known to be the most aggressive of the five trades, but they have always flirted with the possibility thanks to cards like Devilfang Thunderhoof, Defiler of Innocence, Sin Against Nature, and my personal favorite, Sneaky Mansion. The Overseer is another step in that aggressive direction and does so very well. At his core the Overseer is a 3/3/3 for four, which is a fair price and doesn’t stretch an Arcanist player’s resources too thin. He is a strong, solid body in a trade where many of the characters have under three life and strength. The Overseer truly begins to shine once you have three Arcanist threshold on your side. At three threshold the Overseer serves as a bounce card in addition to being a 3/3/3, making him extremely resource efficient. On top of that, he’s potentially getting rid of a three strength character on your opponent’s side, shifting the board state by two instead of one. Hitting this...
The Definition of Volition

The Definition of Volition

Greetings Spoils players! You are witnessing the birth of a new series of articles (as yet to be named) with me, Lester E. Tisdale IV, avid Spoils fan, player, and theorist. I’ll be bringing you content on Spoils theorycrafting and discussion focused on specific cards, game features, and themes, with the intent of inspiring you to innovate new decks. I hope you enjoy this article and the many more to come! Onward! Backstory There is something about this wonderful game that has been on my mind for a little over a year now — something about Shade of the Devoured Emperor, and I’d say it’s probably the single most important addition to The Spoils to come about lately. Back in January 2013, I was running a little hobby store in Lafayette, Louisiana. Our group was very important to me, and I acted as a conduit to the Great Sources Above (Ken and Ian primarily), which led to a lot of talk about the upcoming set, Shade of the Devoured Emperor. We were constantly asking for previews or any little tidbits of knowledge that could be given; sometimes we were rewarded with such information. We finally got this awesome hint: there was something in Shade that would totally change how the game is played and how cards will be designed in the future — something that would be as game-changing as Flip Up. I ruminated over this mystery mechanic for some time, and my fantatical Spoils compatriots did too. I remember wondering at the time if the ability was right under my nose, something that already existed that would be...
Introducing Volition

Introducing Volition

I’ve been an avid Spoils player for years, but unfortunately I’ve had to take a long break from the game.  I’ve spent the last couple of years living in deepest darkest Lugubria (actually, Vietnam & China), where the locals are tragically deprived of the joys of The Spoils.  Getting back into the game, I’ve scoured the most recent sets to see what’s new, and one thing in particular that caught my eye was the new resource mechanic called Volition. In case anyone else has been living under a rock like I have, Volition is a threshold mechanic that counts how many face-down resources you have, the same way normal threshold counts your face-up resources.  It uses “spade” symbol that you see on the back of The Spoils cards.  You can see examples of Volition on Shade of the Devoured Emperor.   Skill testing I remember when I first started playing The Spoils, years ago, and I was learning about the resource system.  I had come to The Spoils from other card games, so it took me a while to adjust to the resource system.  At first I didn’t take full advantage of face-down resources.  I was afraid to put non-resource cards face-down, because I wanted to keep them in my hand to use them later in the game.  That meant that there were lots of turns when I drew cards at the start of the turn when I really should have been playing a resource.  I didn’t realize how important it was to have as many resources as possible.  As I learnt more about The Spoils, I realized that having...