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In this devblog, [Nuuh] will talk about the Boss and Ban Lists changes for the Season format, as well as answering a few more questions about Wild Realms! 

Hi everyone,

Today, we are going to get started right away with what you have all been waiting for: the updated restriction list for the Season format.

It's always a delicate time for us, with many expectations from player to player; nonetheless, we need to be decisive every time so we can offer a renewed, sound environment for the majority of players.


 

SEASON FORMAT:


 
Here are the changes, followed by a brief explanation.

Banned:

  • Theo
  • Poochan
  • Arthur Bine
  • Henual
  • Julith (added)
 

Bosses:

  • Black Crow
  • Ghett Outadier
  • Djaul
  • Kitty Rage (added)
  • Phaeris (added)
 

First of all, let's discuss the ban on Julith. Julith has been in our cross-hairs for a few months now, and there are two reasons we've taken a while to ban her

  1. We wanted to keep the ban list as short as possible. Every time we ban a card, we stray further from this objective.  
  2. She is part of the Base box. This is one of the obstacles that made it more difficult to ban her, since she is part of many players' toolboxes – especially for those with a small collection.
 

Despite this, we decided to take this step in order to open up the metagame a little. Julith is a character who greatly restricts metagaming, in which she evolves while offering only a limited number of responses. Moreover, she has little interaction with her team, allowing her to be present in a wide range of teams.
We also want to allow players of all levels to explore other possibilities so they can make the most of new content. We won't exclude the idea that once this period of exploration is over, we may remove Julith from the ban list.

With Julith having been shelved, we prefer not to leave the door too open for Kitty to come back, so we are putting her back on the boss list.

Lastly, we have chosen to add Phaeris to the boss list. His profile is highly effective against very strong profiles, and this provides an extra option for profiles that have not been tagged as bosses. The alternative that we would like to offer is therefore playing characters that are known to be effective, or playing characters who are slightly less effective, helped by Phaeris.

We have heard people's worries about two new Krosmasters: Dragon Pig and Grougalorasalar. We are keeping a close eye on these two profiles in order to possibly add them to the boss list, but for the moment, we would prefer to let people use the season as they see fit and explore solutions for themselves.

Now, let us move on to the second part of the FAQ: the Wild Realms.


 

Wild Realms FAQ, Part II


I've seen two questions doing the rounds on the forums and other social networks, and I think they need to be answered.

The first one is regarding the keywords "Track" and "Invasion". In terms of game design, we chose to avoid the pitfall of adding additional effects that are partly dependent on these keywords.
I can therefore confirm that all a spell's additional effects that have the keywords "Track" or "Invasion" are dependent on respecting the conditions relating to these keywords.

For example, if the Snoowolf casts its "Bestial Howling" spell, and it isn't aligned with its target; the spell is resolved without any additional effects.

Now for a few more precise details about the Lemon King and, in particular, his "Nice Zest" power, relating to the Lemon Jelly, whose profile I'll give you a reminder of here. 

Here, it must be understood that for one unit, any line of sight that passes through the cell of a Lemon Jelly adjacent to it is blocked.


There are two main reasons for having chosen not to use the "Obstructive" power to create this ability.
 Versions with "Obstructive" had a tendency to seem more verbose and complex than necessary, implying the notion of an active unit, or creating rule conflicts in terms of whether the "Obstructive" power was present or not.

Next, less decisive, but a consequence that was quite convenient for us, was that Malee Buhrum – or any other Krosmaster – with a power close to Stain could therefore be constrained by Lemon Jellies.

 

There we are: That's all for this week! I'll see you in two weeks, when we'll talk about the creation of Track and Invasion, among other things.