Many, many people have been asking for previews of the new Untamed cards before the release this coming Saturday. We've been very hesitant to show anything since everything has been going through a significant number of changes during the design process.
At this point however, we're far enough along that we expect that things won't change too much more before release, so we will make one post every day until the release and show some of the new cards awaiting you in your Untamed packs!
Despite all of that, please keep in mind that everything is still subject to change before the release. This includes the stats, abilities, names, and even the entire card itself.
At this point I'm sure you're all like, "enough with the disclaimers, show us the cards already!" To which we reply "Stop lying, we know you all scrolled down to see the cards immediately before reading any of this!"
So without further ado, allow us to present: Cursed Slimeball, Shieldbearer, Mad Pyromaniac, Feasting Seaweed, and Sporcerer!
The Cursed Slimeball will come in quite handy in low mana cap battles, or times when you just have 1 more mana to fill. It's one and only ability is a new one called "Redemption", which means that after it dies, it does 2 melee damage to all enemy monsters.
You might see players putting him in the first position in front of the tank to soak up an attack or two and then get his revenge on his enemies!
Fun fact, the Cursed Slimeball was designed by @yabapmatt's son! Here's the original drawing:
The Shieldbearer is the new big tank card for the Life Splinter. In addition to the Shield ability at level 5 and the Return Fire ability at level 8, he sports a new ability called "Taunt", which means that all monsters will target him if they are able to. This means that cards with sneak, snipe, or opportunity abilities will target the Shieldbearer instead of their normal targets, as will any monsters with regular Ranged or Magic attack.
We think that this ability will really change the way players make their teams, and we can't wait to see how it works out!
While not sporting any new abilities, the Mad Pyromaniac is a pretty unique and powerful card. With high Ranged attack damage and the Sneak and Blast abilities he will have a devastating effect to the back line of enemy teams.
Better make sure to add a monster with the Return Fire ability at the back of your team if you expect you might be going up against him!
Feasting Seaweed is a Common Water splinter monster with the Opportunity ability. Currently only one card in the game has Opportunity, but it will start to be featured much more heavily in the Untamed edition. For those of you who may not know, Opportunity means that the monster will target the enemy with the lowest health.
The Feasting Seaweed also features a new ability called "Scavenger", which means that when ANY monster dies (be it friend or foe), it gains 1 point of Health. It grows stronger as it feasts on the flesh of the dead...
Last, but not least, we have the Sporceror! In addition to the Silence and Affliction abilities at higher level, it has yet another new ability added with the Untamed edition called "Rust". Rust will reduce the Armor of all enemy monsters by 2 points. It is a counter to the Protect ability and we expect to be a staple of many teams.
Expanded Mana Cap Range
One thing we realized we have yet to mention (there's so much going on even we can't remember everything) is that the mana cap range is planned to be expanded with the release of Untamed.
The current range is 15 - 32 and we plan to expand it to 12 - 38 when Untamed is released. Additionally, we plan to add an "unlimited" mana cap which will give everyone the opportunity to throw together some crazy teams of the highest mana cost cards available!
Stay tuned for more updates from the Splinterlands!