Cloud Nine - Patch #44

Team Horizon

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May 20, 2020

This week introduces a new XP Boost system, improvements to the matchmaker, and 90 card changes! What a state of bliss! With XP Boosts, casual players can now unlock the full card collection much faster! πŸ—ƒοΈ

Improvements ⭐

  • New match end review screen, where you can hover over cards and see how you perished . . . or won, of course! We don’t doubt your expertise 😜
  • Declining a match adds a timeout penalty of [0, 30, 60, 300, 900] seconds
  • New XP Boosts and changes to the XP system

XP Boost

Bugfixes πŸ›

  • Fixed textures glitches on some of the art in-game
  • Fixed attached spells from appearing over the top of the end game screen
  • Rewarded cards at the end of a game now display their attached spells
  • Fixed missing borders on card names, and improved all text rendering
  • A deck with locked cards can now be used in the queue, and the locked cards will be randomized
  • Tweaked the market decks user flow to make buying & saving decks on the marketplace easier
  • Card names now scale more accurately to fit the card better
  • Less invalid actions messages when you're trying to read your cards in hand during your opponent’s turn

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Cards

Some nerfs to healing and other game-slowing effects. Changed some units to draw cheapest spell into play, to help deckbuilding. Cut the 0c units Songbird and Elderwood from deckbuilding, which should slow down some spooky strategies.

Krystal - Death: Give your hero Vapors.

Lightning Vial - Do 3 Damage to a random enemy. If lethal, dust it.

Cobalt - Summon: Draw your cheapest metal spell onto this unit.

Earwig - Death: Give units in your hand Fate.

Burner - Inspire Fire: Give Flames to a random enemy.

Ember Wolf -

Glacia - Death: Give enemy units Frozen.

Vitalize - Make target unit's power equal to its health. Give it Roots.

Reaper -  After another ally dies, dust it to do 2 Damage to a random enemy.

Squiddy - Glory: Conjure a 1c enemy card.

Teenage Witch - Get 2 mana when another ally dies.

King Rex - Summon: Enemies lose guard.

Wed Dead (955)

Wed Dead - If target ally unit is dark, give it Fate. Kill it. Gain 1 max mana.

    Text: Kill target ally unit. Give your hero health equal to its cost. Gain 1 max mana. ➞ If target ally unit is dark, give it Fate. Kill it. Gain 1 max mana.

Wed Dead could pull a lot of healing out of nowhere, including on Priestess. Swapped the healing for a conditional draw.


Rosewater Charm (467)

Rosewater Charm - Get 2 mana next turn. Give your hero +3 Health.

    Text: Get 2 mana next turn. Give your hero +4 Health. ➞ Get 2 mana next turn. Give your hero +3 Health.

Minor nerf to healing on a popular card.


Undragon (152)

Undragon - Summon: Summon two Zomboid.

    Health: 8 ➞ 7

Minor nerf to a big lifesteal unit.


Moltenous (877)

Moltenous - Death: Do 4 Damage to each unit and give each Flames.

    Health: 7 ➞ 6

Making this easier to clear, which increases the risk of playing this with a board. It does well in Discovery, especially for an 8c unit.


Sick Burn (690)

Sick Burn - Discard your left card in hand to do damage equal to its cost to target unit. Give it Flames.

    Text: Discard your left card in hand to do damage equal to its cost to target unit. ➞ Discard your left card in hand to do damage equal to its cost to target unit. Give it Flames.

    Keywords: wither ➞ None

Trading wither for Flames to increase the base damage.


Whelm (753)

Whelm - Return 3c or less units to hand. Give them Vapors.

    Cost: 2 ➞ 3

Strict cost nerf. Has strong build-around upside for a card that naturally resets fast boards.


Jar of Souls (805)

Jar of Souls - Summon your top three dead units as 1/1 with lifesteal wither and Hex. Ready them.

    Cost: 7 ➞ 8

    Text: Summon your top three dead units as 1/1 with lifesteal and wither. ➞ Summon your top three dead units as 1/1 with lifesteal wither and Hex. Ready them.

Reworked to use Hex and focus on value that turn. I like using enchants to nerf attachment recursion.


Elderfall (846)

Elderfall - Do 2 Damage to target front or back enemy. Summon Elderwood.

    Text: Do 2 Damage to a target. Summon Elderwood. ➞ Do 2 Damage to target front or back enemy. Summon Elderwood.

Targeting nerf to a strong performer.


Jakintsu (513)

Jakintsu - Sunset: Give your hero +1 Health for each card in your hand.

    Spell: Invest ➞ Alight

Invest threatened a lot of health on top of a card that gives a lot of health anyway. Swapping it for another reveal effect in Wisdom.


Gale (439)

Gale - Glory: Ready your hero.

    Health: 4 ➞ 3

Health nerf, Shroud does good work protecting Gale.


Seal of Doom (572)

Seal of Doom - Lose 2 max mana. Give each unit -6/-6.

    Text: Lose 2 max mana. Give each unit -7/-7. ➞ Lose 2 max mana. Give each unit -6/-6.

Nerfing the effect again, should still serve the role fine.


Earth Warden (945)

Earth Warden - Summon: Draw your cheapest earth spell onto this unit.

    Text: Summon: Draw an earth spell onto this unit. ➞ Summon: Draw your cheapest earth spell onto this unit.

These cards felt awkward in decks with a lot of spells of the matching element, which seemed wrong. This change helps them scale through the game with decks built around that element.


Volcanic Potion (610)

Volcanic Potion - Do 2 Damage to each unit. Both players lose 1 max mana.

    Cost: 2 ➞ 3

    Keywords: None ➞ wither

Making Volcanic Potion and Fuji less efficient, so they're worse at stunting the early game.


Rage Cage (1053)

Rage Cage - Heroes get -2 Health from prism draws instead.

    Text: None ➞ Heroes get -2 Health from prism draws instead.

Testing a way to punish prism draws.


Angler (1089)

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

    Text: Summon: If you have no mana, draw a water spell onto this unit. ➞ Summon: If you have no mana, draw your cheapest water spell onto this unit.

    Keywords: None ➞ guard

    Health: 4 ➞ 3

Stat nerf with the cheapest buff.


Cloud Kid (921)

Cloud Kid - Summon: Give your left and right spells in hand -1c.

    Spell: None ➞ Shroud

Quality of life buff for a fine card.


Snakeweaver (978)

Snakeweaver - Death: Summon Snake with wither.

    Power: 3 ➞ 1

    Health: 2 ➞ 3

Stats reduced, and worse at doing damage without the spell.


Hail of Arrows (683)

Hail of Arrows - Do 1 Damage to enemies. If you have no mana, give units in the enemy hand +1c.

    Cost: 4 ➞ 3

    Text: Do 2 Damage to enemy units. If you have no mana, give units in the enemy hand +1c. ➞ Do 1 Damage to enemies. If you have no mana, give units in the enemy hand +1c.

    Keywords: None ➞ wither

Differentiating some AoE in Agility.


Roothog (760)

Roothog - Summon: Dust your top dead earth card to give the front and back enemy Roots.

    Cost: 7 ➞ 6

    Text: Summon: Give enemy units Roots. ➞ Summon: Dust your top dead earth card to give the front and back enemy Roots.

    Keywords: None ➞ guard

    Power: 6 ➞ 5

    Health: 6 ➞ 5

    Spell: Animosity ➞ Stranglehold

Reworked to make the roots less consistent.


Tatt (244)

Tatt - Play: Give target ally Shield.

    Power: 4 ➞ 3

Stat nerf to a brawler.


Spiderella (763)

Spiderella - Glory: The enemy hero gets -1 Health for each card in their hand.

    Text: Glory: The enemy hero loses half their health, rounded up. ➞ Glory: The enemy hero gets -1 Health for each card in their hand.

    Keywords: lifesteal,wither ➞ stealth

    Power: 2 ➞ 3

Reworked to threaten a more sane amount of life loss.


Forest Fire (80)

Forest Fire - Do 3 Damage to each unit. For each killed, its hero summons Elderwood with Flames.

    Cost: 3 ➞ 4

Cost nerf to another card that is good at filling hands.


Clapback (641)

Clapback - Give your hero Shield. Do 2 Damage to the back enemy, the front enemy, and the enemy hero.

    Text: Do 2 Damage to the back enemy, the front enemy, and the enemy hero. ➞ Give your hero Shield. Do 2 Damage to the back enemy, the front enemy, and the enemy hero.

Buff. I like the idea of hero Shield as an alternative to healing in banner decks.


Libra (1115)

Libra - Summon: Give your hero +7 Health.

    Cost: 8 ➞ 7

    Prism: hrt ➞ wis

    Spell: Shield ➞ None

Moving a big source of healing out of Heart, and bumped down the curve.


Mad Hat (1029)

Mad Hat - Play: A target draws their cheapest mind spell onto it.

    Text: Play: A target draws a mind spell onto itself. ➞ Play: A target draws their cheapest mind spell onto it.

Draw cheapest buff, though it's worse at pulling out a Frantic Inquiry.


Miss Aya (475)

Miss Aya - Inspire Earth: Give your hero +1 Health. Get 1 mana next turn.

    Text: Inspire Earth: Get 1 mana next turn. ➞ Inspire Earth: Give your hero +1 Health. Get 1 mana next turn.

Adding some extra impact to this Inspire trigger.


Kill in Twain (455)

Kill in Twain - Kill target ally unit. Draw two of its element.

    Text: Kill target ally unit. Draw two of its element. Give each -1c. ➞ Kill target ally unit. Draw two of its element.

    Keywords: None ➞ banner

Simplifying last patch's buff, the cost reduction was a bit much with the tutoring. (Looking at you Ill Will.)


Deepus (833)

Deepus - Sunset: Conjure a water card if your deck is empty.

    Health: 9 ➞ 7

    Spell: Vapors ➞ Anchor Drop

Stealing the Anchor from Octavian. Stat nerf given the more impactful spell.


Fun Guy (13)

Fun Guy - Death: Give ally units +1/+1. Add Doom Shroom to your deck.

    Keywords: guard ➞ guard,lifesteal

    Health: 2 ➞ 1

Reverting the last change to Fun Guy, I think it plays more fair with 1hp.


Light Ranger (849)

Light Ranger - Summon: Draw your cheapest light spell onto this unit. Give your hero health equal to its cost.

    Text: Summon: Draw a light spell onto this unit. Give your hero health equal to its cost. ➞ Summon: Draw your cheapest light spell onto this unit. Give your hero health equal to its cost.

Another buff to draw cheapest, though it makes big heals less consistent.


Blademaster (1112)

Blademaster - Costs less equal to your hero's power.

    Keywords: wither ➞ lifesteal

Swapping keywords, to heal the banner deck.


Clone Army (258)

Clone Army - Add a base copy of each ally unit to your deck, with Lead and +1/+1.

    Text: Add a copy of each ally unit to your deck as metal with +1/+1. ➞ Add a base copy of each ally unit to your deck, with Lead and +1/+1.

Swapped the metal change to something more impactful. Another enchant used to restrict recurring attachments.


Bauble (940)

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

    Text: Death: Draw your cheapest air spell onto your hero. ➞ Summon: Draw your cheapest air spell onto this unit.

I think original Bauble was not too far from this.


Mad Vibes (508)

Mad Vibes - Target unit fights itself. Mulligan that player's spells.

    Cost: 3 ➞ 4

Only attached to Starseer, nerfing the efficiency of a removal spell attached to a 1c unit.


Draco (1136)

Draco - Summon: Ready this unit if either deck is empty.

    Text: Summon: This unit readies if an enemy has 30 Health or more. ➞ Summon: Ready this unit if either deck is empty.

    Health: 4 ➞ 3

Changed to a more inevitable trigger condition.


Nessie (905)

Nessie - Play: Gains power equal to your mana.

    Text: Summon: Gains power equal to your mana. ➞ Play: Gains power equal to your mana.

Nerfed the effect to be less spooky with new Jar of Souls. Might be overkill.


Sentry (1152)

Sentry -

    Power: 2 ➞ 3

    Health: 3 ➞ 2

Swapping stats to reduce armored hp.


Minstrel (1054)

Minstrel - When you draw a unit, give it +1 Power.

    Cost: 5 ➞ 4

    Text: When you draw a unit, give it +1/+1. ➞ When you draw a unit, give it +1 Power.

    Health: 5 ➞ 4

Reducing the total stat output of the effect.


Righteous (1135)

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

    Power: 5 ➞ 4

Small nerf to lifesteal.


Archivist (649)

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

    Keywords: None ➞ banner

    Power: 2 ➞ 1

    Health: 4 ➞ 3

Stat nerf to a card with high healing potential.


Epic Eagle (852)

Epic Eagle - Summon: Raise your max mana to the enemy's if they have more.

    Text: None ➞ Summon: Raise your max mana to the enemy's if they have more.

Buff to test a new anti-ramp effect.


Honor Guard (745)

Honor Guard - Death: Summon Armored Guard.

    Cost: 6 ➞ 5

    Text: Death: Summon two Armored Guard. ➞ Death: Summon Armored Guard.

The number of armored guards this created could be a lot to trudge through. Now it's only one guard in a trench-coat.


Howl Geist (1064)

Howl Geist - Sunrise: Gets Chains.

    Keywords: guard,lifesteal,wither ➞ guard,wither

Nerf to make it a little more reasonable to punch with your hero.


Tianlong (963)

Tianlong - Has -1c for each element among allies.

    Cost: 10 ➞ 7

    Text: Has -2c for each element among allies. ➞ Has -1c for each element among allies.

    Power: 6 ➞ 3

    Health: 6 ➞ 9

Stats reworked to be less dramatic.


Sunson (1107)

Sunson - Sunrise: Reveal a random card in the enemy hand.

    Text: Sunrise: Give the enemy hero Blind. ➞ Sunrise: Reveal a random card in the enemy hand.

Changed the sunrise to be less punishing, as Sunson can be sturdy.


Dragomantium (634)

Dragomantium - Death: Give your hero armor.

    Power: 4 ➞ 6

    Health: 10 ➞ 8

Pulling the stats in, less guard health in front of the hero armor.


Downfall (1138)

Downfall - Kill target unit. Give its health to its hero.

    Cost: 2 ➞ 4

    Text: Kill target unit. That player draws their most expensive unit with a lower cost into play. ➞ Kill target unit. Give its health to its hero.

    Prism: wis ➞ hrt

Reworked an oddball spell into a consistent kill card.


Gladiator (514)

Gladiator - Glory: Gets guard and banner.

    Power: 2 ➞ 3

    Health: 3 ➞ 2

Swapped stats to reduce armored health.


Bathe (1015)

Bathe - Give allies with attachments Vapors. Give other allies Mana Potion.

    Cost: 2 ➞ 3

    Keywords: None ➞ banner

The classic taste of +1c banner, now with Vapors.


Hot Doge (816)

Hot Doge - Summon: Draw your cheapest fire spell onto this unit and ready it.

    Text: Summon: Draw a fire spell onto this unit and ready it. ➞ Summon: Draw your cheapest fire spell onto this unit and ready it.

The cheapest buff should be nice here.


Sidekick (821)

Sidekick - Death: Give your hero Shield.

    Text: None ➞ Death: Give your hero Shield.

Another source of hero Shield to help banner decks.


Olifant (507)

Olifant -

    Power: 3 ➞ 2

    Health: 3 ➞ 4

Stat tweak, probably to differentiate from Tatt.


Octavian (487)

Octavian - Inspire Water: Give water allies +1 Health.

    Text: Your water cards have -1c. ➞ Inspire Water: Give water allies +1 Health.

    Power: 5 ➞ 6

    Spell: Anchor Drop ➞ Mer Mask

Reworked to a top-end Inspire monster. Deepus took the Anchor.


Eye Spider (1150)

Eye Spider - Summon: Give sleeping enemies Dazed.

    Keywords: guard,wither ➞ wither

Nerfing the defense on a card that's already good at slowing enemy boards.


Opal Golem (1151)

Opal Golem - Death: Give units in your hand -1c.

    Health: 4 ➞ 3

Nerf, this card has done pretty well.


Forest Hart (121)

Forest Hart - When another ally is summoned, give it +1/+1.

    Keywords: stealth,lifesteal ➞ stealth

    Power: 2 ➞ 3

    Health: 6 ➞ 4

Removing some lifesteal, stats nerfed overall.


Lau Sensei ➞ Nimbus (95)

Nimbus - Your 1c spells have banner.

    Name: Lau Sensei ➞ Nimbus

    Power: 1 ➞ 2

Thematic swap, with a buff.


Shredder (1085)

Shredder - Play: Your hero fights target enemy unit.

    Keywords: wither ➞ None

Nerf to a card that has done well.


Pyre Fox (1157)

Pyre Fox - Sunset: Do 1 Damage to the enemy hero, or 2 Damage if their deck is empty.

    Text: Sunset: Do 1 Damage to the enemy hero. ➞ Sunset: Do 1 Damage to the enemy hero, or 2 Damage if their deck is empty.

Buff to try another way of punishing empty deck.


See Shore (1166)

See Shore - Give your hero Vapors. If your hand is empty, draw two and reveal the enemy hand.

    Text: Give your hero Vapors. Draw two if your hand is empty. ➞ Give your hero Vapors. If your hand is empty, draw two and reveal the enemy hand.

Surely See Shore should see some shone shore!


Nimbus ➞ Lau Sensei (1158)

Lau Sensei - Inspire Air: Mulligan your non-air cards in hand. Give your left card in hand -1c.

    Name: Nimbus ➞ Lau Sensei

    Text: Inspire Air: Mulligan your hand. Give a random card in your hand -1c. ➞ Inspire Air: Mulligan your non-air cards in hand. Give your left card in hand -1c.

Thematic swap. I like holding onto the air cards, which we learned last time we tried this Inspire, but I forgot.


Fuji (956)

Fuji - Death: Give a random enemy Flames.

    Cost: 2 ➞ 3

    Keywords: None ➞ wither

Reducing the efficiency of a card that's good at stunting the early game.


Chain Golem (1028)

Chain Golem - Death: Give enemies Chains.

    Keywords: armor,wither ➞ armor

Simplifying, has done fine.

Songbird (1)

Songbird -

    Prism: agy ➞ tok


Elderwood (25)

Elderwood - Death: Draw a 1c unit.

    Prism: hrt ➞ tok


Armored Guard (3)

Armored Guard -

    Prism: str ➞ tok


Broodwitch (500)

Broodwitch - Sunrise: Do 13 Damage to the enemy hero.

    Prism: wis ➞ hrt


Smite (127)

Smite - Pay all your mana to do that much damage to target unit.

    Prism: str ➞ wis


Earth Spike (815)

Earth Spike - Give a target Roots. Dust your top dead earth card to do 3 Damage to it.

    Prism: wis ➞ str


Judgement (884)

Judgement - Both players kill their front most expensive unit.

    Prism: hrt ➞ wis


It's a Trap! (901)

It's a Trap! - Do 3 Damage to target front or back enemy. If lethal, repeat on that side.

    Prism: agy ➞ int


Spike Slam (1122)

Spike Slam - Do 3 Damage to each unit. Return any killed to hand instead and give them Chains.

    Prism: int ➞ str


Flame Volley (1058)

Flame Volley - Do 1 Damage to enemies. Give enemies without attachments Flames.

    Prism: str ➞ agy


Nomad (1035)

Nomad - Summon: Draw a lifesteal unit.

    Prism: hrt ➞ agy


Royal Mummy (341)

Royal Mummy - Death: Give your hero +2 Health.

    Prism: tok ➞ hrt


Chief Justice (1026)

Chief Justice - Play: Give target unit Silence.

    Prism: wis ➞ hrt


Mind Control (476)

Mind Control - Steal target sleeping 2c or less enemy unit. Give it Dazed.

    Prism: wis ➞ hrt


Germinate (1147)

Germinate - Kill target unit. That player summons two Elderwood.

    Prism: int ➞ wis

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    Talonous (707)

    Jacko (62)

    Matchstick (502)

    Titanic (999)

    Vishiva (970)

    Cold Killer (777)

    Blaze (555)

    Fury Mask (728)

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