Pappa Bear - Patch #39

Team Horizon

Mar 11, 2020

This week brings a new matchmaking system, a change to the stealth mechanic, popups when you make invalid moves, and some nerfs to the newly added Intellect Prism! Also card frames have been tweaked to look even prettier! ✨

Enhancements

  • All new matchmaking system (battle against equally skilled opponents)
  • Units now have hand-picked backgrounds, instead of being randomized
  • The card frame model has been tweaked to look nicer ✨
  • Reactive action feedback messages now display.

Changes

  • Cards that read "or less" does not prioritize the higher value unless explicitly specified
  • Stealth is now broken by all damage to the hero, not just combat damage

Bugfixes

  • Mootichi now grabs a random unit of up to Xc (the cost of the spell). It no longer prioritizes the highest-cost one
  • Sapphire and Coal Dozer now trigger when an Xc spell is played if x = 1 for Coal Dozer and x = 6 for Sapphire
  • Brainbug, Taykus, and other cards that take cards from your opponent's hand or deck no longer crash the game client

"Intellect OP, nerfs incoming. These cost nerfs should slow Intellect down to a more fair speed. I'm very curious to see where the meta develops from here. This patch also features a rules change to Stealth, which is now broken by all damage to the hero, not just combat damage. This should be more intuitive to new players and make spells more interactive. I'm curious how the power of guard and stealth units shifts."

Tabby - Summon: Reveal the enemy's left and right card in hand.

Frost Claw - Give target unit Frozen. If you have no mana, give it {+3atk}.

Professor - When an ally with no attachment is summoned, draw a spell of its element onto it.

Chain Lasso - Give the front and back enemies Chains. Do 1 Damage to them.

Stargazer - When the enemy draws a card, reveal it.

Righteous - When a unit is killed, dust it instead to give your hero +1 Health.

Draco - Summon: This unit readies if the enemy has 30 Health or more.

Puppet Strings - Draw a 1c enemy unit into play.

Andromeda - Your spells do 1 Damage more.

Dryad ➞ Canopy Archer (395)

Canopy Archer - Play: Do 1 Damage to target unit. Give it Roots.

    Name: Dryad Canopy Archer

    Text: None Play: Do 1 Damage to target unit. Give it Roots.

    Keywords: wither stealth

    Power: 2 1

    Health: 2 3

    Spell: Ensnare None

Redesigned to a different kind of Rooter. Spell given to Ivy.


School of Fish (848)

School of Fish - Draw two 1c units into play. Give them Vapors if you have no mana.

    Cost: 3 4

    Text: Draw two 1c units into play. Draw two 1c units into play. Give them Vapors if you have no mana.

Felt strong at 3c, trying a 4c version with Vapors upside.


Soul Forge (896)

Soul Forge - Summon a 2/2 armor copy of your left unit in hand.

    Cost: 4 5

Copy cost nerf.


Voodoo Doll (1071)

Voodoo Doll - Give target enemy unit Hex. Summon a copy as 1/1 with Fate.

    Text: Give target unit Hex. Summon a 1/1 copy with Fate. Give target enemy unit Hex. Summon a copy as 1/1 with Fate.

Can only target an enemy. Heart has good ally recursion, it doesn't need to also copy allies.


Polar Bear (687)

Polar Bear - Death: Give your hero Seek.

    Power: 3 5

    Health: 4 3

Stat tweak to differentiate.


Dungeon Master (972)

Dungeon Master - Summon: Give target enemy Chains.

    Text: Summon: Give the front and back enemies Chains. Play: Give target enemy Chains.

Old ability given to Chain Lasso.


Twisted Metal (626)

Twisted Metal - Give target enemy unit -3/-3 or target metal ally +3/+3.

    Text: Give target enemy unit -4/-4 or target metal ally +4/+4. Give target enemy unit -3/-3 or target metal ally +3/+3.

Has performed well, and Intellect has strong armored targets to buff.


Fish (954)

Fish - Draw your cheapest unit. Give it Vapors.

    Cost: 1 2

    Text: Draw your cheapest unit. Draw your cheapest unit. Give it Vapors.

Probably too consistent at one mana, trying a 2c version with Vapors.


Mulch (845)

Mulch - Give target unit -1/-1. If lethal, summon Elderwood.

    Text: Give target unit -1/-1. If lethal, draw an earth card. Give target unit -1/-1. If lethal, summon Elderwood.

    Prism: hrt agy

Tweaked to be another Elderwood tool, rather than an earth tool.


Meranda (857)

Meranda - Summon: Give your front ally Vapors.

    Text: When another ally is summoned, give it Vapors. Summon: Give your front ally Vapors.

    Health: 5 4

Tweaked with the new spell, and to nerf the Vapors potential.


Luna (1109)

Luna - Summon: Draw a spell from the enemy prisms onto this unit.

    Health: 3 4

Buff to a stealth unit.


Oceantium ➞ Floodwater (559)

Floodwater - Return your dead water cards to deck. Draw eight water cards. Dust this spell.

    Text: Return your dead water cards to deck. Draw eight water cards. Return your dead water cards to deck. Draw eight water cards. Dust this spell.

Dusts itself to avoid Floodwater loops.


Think Twice ➞ Doubling Cube (1021)

Doubling Cube - Draw two mind cards. Give each +1c.

    Name: Think Twice Doubling Cube

Swapped the themes back. Let's pretend it never happened.


Cross Reference (790)

Cross Reference - Draw two 1c spells.

    Cost: 2 3

Consistenty performs well in constructed, let's see if it survives as a 3c draw two.


Mootichi (670)

Mootichi - Inspire Spell: Draw a unit into play of that spell's cost or less.

    Spell: Dreams Undreamt Call to Mind

Spell changed to have nice synergy with the Inspire effect.


Frost Adept (1048)

Frost Adept - Sunset: If you have no mana, give the enemy hero Frozen.

    Cost: 6 5

    Power: 2 1

    Health: 6 5

Bumped down the curve, curious how annoying of a threat it can be at 5c.


Chrome Cast (497)

Chrome Cast - Pay all your mana. Draw your most expensive unit with that cost or less into play. Give it Lead.

    Text: Pay all your mana. Draw a unit with that cost or less into play. Give it Lead. Pay all your mana. Draw your most expensive unit with that cost or less into play. Give it Lead.

Chrome Cast and Call to Mind should still work the same, they just include the "most expensive" clause to make it explicit. Other effects - such as Mootichi's trigger - should now be random within the range.


Nakamoto (1090)

Nakamoto - Summon: Dust your deck. Give your hero that much health.

    Keywords: None stealth

    Power: 4 3

    Health: 4 3

Stats reduced, seems to do well already.


Puppeteer ➞ Puppet Master (1113)

Puppet Master - Summon: Draw a unit into play as 1/1 with guard and armor.

    Name: Puppeteer Puppet Master

    Text: Summon: Draw a guard unit into play as 1/1 with armor. Summon: Draw a unit into play as 1/1 with guard and armor.

    Spell: None Puppet Strings

Tweaked to be less consistent at cheating out specific units, with a new spell.


Leonitus (1105)

Leonitus - When another unit is summoned, give it Zap.

    Keywords: armor armor,lifesteal

    Power: 5 3

Stats tweaked to be less murderous.


Doubling Cube ➞ Think Twice (897)

Think Twice - Draw a mind spell. Give your hero a copy.

    Name: Doubling Cube Think Twice

Pretend it never happened...


Bubbles (959)

Bubbles - Inspire Water: Gets +1 Health.

    Health: 3 2

Health nerf, it tends to pick up the mana vial trigger anyway.


Bauble (940)

Bauble - Summon: Draw your cheapest air spell onto this unit.

    Keywords: stealth armor

    Power: 2 1

Tweaked stats to be less like Kook Book.


Dual Boot (465)

Dual Boot - Draw a unit. Summon a 2/2 guard copy.

    Cost: 4 5

Copy card cost nerf.


Ghost Duster (705)

Ghost Duster - Summon: Dust the top dead enemy unit to draw a spell of its element onto this unit.

    Health: 3 2

Armored health nerf.


Vial Vendor (1050)

Vial Vendor - Summon: Both players draw 1c spells onto their units.

    Power: 3 2

Small stat nerf, this card has high potential.


Alight (424)

Alight - Drawa light spell onto your hero. Reveal spells in the enemy hand.

    Text: Draw and reveal a light card. Reveal the enemy hand. Draw a light spell onto your hero. Reveal spells in the enemy hand.

    Prism: int hrt

Narrowed the reveal effect, should less overwhelming for both players and preserve some mystery. Similar to the Fish nerf, holding the spell in play should reduce the consistency of this 1c draw.


Supermind (1036)

Supermind - Inspire Mind: Give a random enemy Dazed.

    Health: 4 3

Health nerf, is pretty good at protecting itself anyway. May bump to 4c if this is still obnoxious.


Illusion (871)

Illusion - Summon a copy of target ally unit as 2/2 with Barrier.

    Cost: 3 4

Copy cost nerf.


Bit (938)

Bit - Sunrise: Swaps power and health.

    Power: 2 1

Big armored unit nerf, now it's pretty fragle to toppling itself over.


Coal Dozer (838)

Coal Dozer - Inspire 1 cost: Gets +1/+1.

    Power: 2 1

A strong card. Giving it some more time at 3c with slightly slower stats, and I'm hoping the counters in the format can keep up.


ZAPPR ➞ Electron (627)

Electron - Inspire Metal: Gets Zap.

    Health: 2 1

    Spell: None Shield

Nerfed overall stats on this strong armor unit. The Shield helps this survive while developing, but it's weaker when used immediately for Zap.


Zam (474)

Zam - Inspire Spell: Do 2 Damage to a random enemy.

    Keywords: lifesteal None

The damage potential in the copy prism is a strong enough role, Zam doesn't also need to heal.


Bloom Garden (1040)

Bloom Garden - Summon two Elderwood with Animosity.

    Cost: 2 3

Fun while it lasted, let's slow this beast down.


Defrost (1121)

Defrost - Give your hero Vapors. Give enemy units -2 Power. Do 2 Damage to fire enemies.

    Text: Give enemy units -2 Power. Give your hero Vapors. Give your hero Vapors. Give enemy units -2 Power. Do 2 Damage to fire enemies.

    Keywords: banner None

Changed the upside on this from banner to a new anti-fire. Mothermanders, hide your Firemanders.


Archivist (649)

Archivist - Give your hero +1 Health when you draw a spell.

    Health: 4 5

Health buff, since the spell was nerfed to 3c.


Magnanimous (1062)

Magnanimous - Summon: Give spells in your hand and deck -1c.

    Text: Summon: Give your hand and deck -1c. Summon: Give spells in your hand and deck -1c.

    Power: 5 4

    Health: 5 4

Doubler nerf. Only discounting spells should slow down the most eggregious uses of this card, especially since it's not ramping out other copies of itself.


Lead Goblet (936)

Lead Goblet - Give allies Lead. Give ally units +1/+1.

    Cost: 2 3

    Text: Give ally units +1/+1 and Lead. Give allies Lead. Give ally units +1/+1.

    Keywords: None banner

Mostly slowing this down, I'm also curious how impactful hero lead is.


Trinketeer (714)

Trinketeer - Summon: Return your top dead 1c or less card to hand.

    Text: Summon: Return your top dead 1c card to hand. Summon: Return your top dead 1c or less card to hand.

Tweaked to be able to draw 0c cards. And Xc cards, I think.


Enfuego (993)

Enfuego - Your spells have wither.

    Power: 3 6

    Health: 5 3

Tweaked to reduce the armored HP, trying to make Intellect armor more fragile in general.


Ivy (808)

Ivy -

    Spell: Tripsnare Ensnare

Spell changed.

Royal Mummy (341)

Royal Mummy - Death: Give your hero +3 Health.

    Prism: tok hrt


Icy Touch (36)

Icy Touch - Do 1 Damage to target unit. Give it Frozen.

    Prism: agy int


Three Lashes (1044)

!Three Lashes - Do 1 Damage to a target. Do 1 Damage to enemies. Do 1 Damage to each unit.

    Prism: agy str


Hunting Party (918)

Hunting Party - Draw a fire unit. Give this spell to it with +1c.

    Prism: hrt str


Wing Construct (125)

Wing Construct - Give target unit stealth and +2 Power.

    Prism: int hrt


Metal Rune (869)

Metal Rune - Give target ally unit Lead or enemy unit Chains.

    Prism: str int


Ponderous (323)

Ponderous - Spells on allies have -1c.

    Prism: wis int


Angler (1089)

Angler - Summon: If you have no mana, draw a water spell onto this unit.

    Prism: wis int


Clapback (641)

Clapback - Do 2 Damage to enemy units. Give your hero Shield.

    Prism: str agy


Chain Storm (1119)

Chain Storm - Give each unit Chains. Do 1 Damage to each unit.

    Prism: int agy


Swift Mask ➞ Canny Mask (1086)

Canny Mask - Mulligan your hand. Draw a 1c card.

    Prism: agy int


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    Blood Hunter (782)

    Maskweaver (1091)

    Burner (862)

    Harvest Season (1118)

    Mad Hat (1029)

    Harpex (982)

    Tradewinds (781)

    Rave (697)

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