News for June 2012
Purging The Accursed Dead with Fire
A Warhammer: Invasion Spotlight by Guest Writer Torsten Krämer
Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game | Published 12 June 2012

Most decks for Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game are built around one or more fundamental ideas, the themes of the deck. “Theme” can describe a general strategy, like “rush” or “control,” or it can describe something more specific. The theme of your Dark Elf control deck might be unit destruction, or it could be unit destruction through hit point reduction. Theme can also refer to the flavor of the deck. A deck might have a Knight theme, while another focuses on Witches and Hexes, and yet another on Goblins.

Most deck themes are based on faction themes, both in terms of flavor and strategy. Each faction is better at certain strategies than the others, but may completely fail to replicate another faction’s strength. Chaos has a strong corruption theme, but can in no way compete with the Dwarfs when it comes to healing damage from your capital. One of the fascinating aspects of Living Card Games is that you can watch each game’s existing themes develop over time, and you can see new themes emerge.

Purged by Flame

Some popular High Elf themes include indirect damage, Spells, and Dragons. Following the release of the most recent Battle Packs, we can see a new theme taking shape – resource token manipulation. With cards like Elven Scout (Karaz-a-Karak, 73) and Eltharion the Grim (Rising Dawn, 2), the High Elves are becoming the absolute masters of manipulating the number of resource tokens on cards, and drawing benefit from this manipulation.

Purged by Flame (The Accursed Dead, 46) adds more fire to this new theme. This inexpensive tactic can allow you to trigger your Dragon's Lair (Chaos Moon, 30) early and often, have your Lothern Sea Master (Rising Dawn, 9) deal more indirect damage, or refill the quiver of your Ilthilmar Arrows (Realm of the Phoenix King, 29). Its ability to interact with any number of other cards can give it purpose in many different kinds of decks, and the more cards you have that benefit from resource tokens, the more flexible and useful it becomes.

Today, we’ll take a look at two deck lists where Purged by Flame is a natural fit.

Burned by the Flames

The first uses a lot of recently released cards and focuses on resource token manipulation, aiming to ultimately overwhelm your opponent with indirect damage.

3x Envoy from Averlorn
3x Elven Scout
2x Blessed Enchantress
3x Spawn of Itzl
3x Lothern Sea Master
2x Silver Helm Detachment
3x True Mage

3x Eltharion the Grim

3x Convocation of Eagles
3x Purged by Flame

3x Return to Glory

2x Helm of Fortune
3x Warpstone Excavation
3x Contested Village
2x Ilthilmar Arrows
2x Tor Elyr
3x Citadel of Dusk
2x Eataine Warroom
2x Protective Spites

Total Cards: 50

Fighting Fire with Dragons

The second, Dragon-themed deck, has a more focused use for Purged by Flame. It and Elven Scout are meant to speed up Dragon’s Lair, which is protected by Tor Elyr (Fragments of Power, 30). The back-up plans are somewhat riskier, forcing you to find ways to get enough resources to play dragons from your hand.

3x Envoy from Averlorn
3x Elven Scout
2x Valorous Mage
3x Dreamer of Dragons
2x Forest Dragon
3x Descendant of Indraugnir
3x Moon Dragon
2x Star Dragon (Realm of the Phoenix King, 28)

3x Innovation
3x Convocation of Eagles
2x Shield of Saphery
3x Purged by Flame
2x Fury of Aenarion
2x Perfecting the Spell

3x Contested Village
3x Judgement of Loec
3x Tor Elyr
2x Citadel of Dusk
3x Temple of Vaul
3x Dragon's Lair

Total Cards: 52

Thanks, Torsten!

We hope you’ve been able to enjoy the different deck-building options that have begun opening up with the first couple of Battle Packs from The Bloodquest Cycle, and we look forward to seeing what creative uses you might make of Purged by Flame and the other cards from The Accursed Dead.

In fact, we want to see your creativity in action. Next week, we’ll announce a special deck-building contest for Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game, so be sure to check back for details!

Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game is a card game by Eric M. Lang in which 2 players develop their kingdoms and lay waste to their foes. Each side is comprised of either the forces of Order or the forces of Destruction as they seek to extend their empire to include the entire Old World. The Living Card Game format allows players to customize their gaming experience with monthly Battle Pack expansions to the core game.

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