SHARE YOUR BATTLE Weekly Challenge! STONE GOLEM
THEME: STONE GOLEM Edition: ALPHA/BETA Rarity: RARE Element: EARTH Attack: MELEE Abilities: SHIELD//STUN AT LEVEL 5
Hi all, this is basically my first post on hive as an entry to the weekly battle challenge.
Here is the link to the battle
Before we go into the battle let us enter into the brief overview of the stone golem. In Bronze or Silver levels, this card is mainly used for it's ability which is shield and it is considered a low cost card at just 5 mana. On higher levels the Stun ability might be useful but due to Stone Golem's slower speed, care needs to be taken as there are higher chances of missing in comparison with the stun from Medusa for example.
Shield Attack damage gets halved (rounded up), except attack 1 which deals 0 damage. Example, 3 attack will yield 3 damage (3/2 = 1.5 = 2 (rounded up). Shield reduces the Thorns damage to 1 (because thorns maxed out at 2). Cancel Redemption damage (don't really see this often in Silver or bronze)
Other notable shield monsters from other splinters at a low level that I commonly see being used: Living Lava (my favorite), Chain Golem, Harklaw, Gloridax Soldier, Silvershield Paladin
Stun Will cause the monster to skip a turn if the attack hits (50% chance)
Battle ruleset: In this match the ruleset is Weak Magic and the mana is quite low at 23
Seeing that the opponent is a Mylor user for earth splinters, I would also choose to use Mylor but with the stone golem as tank as the golem reduces the damage from thorns. When I use a monster with shield I normally pair them with the Halfling Alchemist.
The alchemist halves the damage from the opponent, and in usual scenarios, if the enemy tank is a melee attacker which usually is the case, we are basically reducing the enemy attack to 1/4, so most likely than not, the main tank will perish from thorns and my attacks. Halfling alchemist is placed in the middle to protect it so that hopefully the halving debuff is successfully triggered before the monster is killed.
The other pairings are earth elemental and javelin thrower. Earth elemental especially is very nicely used with Mylor as it has high health for low mana (3)
Onwards to the battle:
In this round, the Halfling successfully halved the flesh golem attacks. And other weaker attacks (from Orc sergeant and earth elemental) that are at +1 does not do any damage to the stone golem.
In round 2, the flesh golem is killed by the javelin thrower. The Orc Sergeant is killed from a combination of thorns and attacks. We lost the javelin thrower due to sneak attack, which also kills the goblin, perhaps it is better to put the earth elemental at the furthest back in future battles (also Earth elemental has healing at a higher level)
In round 3, only the swamp and earth elemental is left, and victory is basically sealed. Although the Orc sergeant got killed from attacking the swamp, the stone golem remains alive, and the swamp is thereafter killed.
Round 4: With only earth elemental in 1st position, we are free to attack continuously till victory is gained.
And completion in round 5:
What to like about the Stone Golem: It is useful when magic is not used by the opponent. Low mana costs and useful in reverse speed or only melee monsters rulesets. It can be easily killed by a few magic minions with Alric.
What not to like: The low speed and low attack is quite a drawback for the stone golem, and most times the unicorn mustang is preferred for additional 3 mana we get void and 3 attacks plus higher health.
Future tries: Trying with the wood nymph might be a good idea to prolong the life of the stone golem as tank.
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