Welcome to Sky #4: Enchants

Coulter L. Baker

Nov 12, 2019

(Updated March 13, 2020 - All Enchants now present!)

In SkyWeaver, we have a unique system of attached Spells on characters. Units and Heroes can hold Spells that you can cast to gain their effects, enabling a wide range of powerful effects and combinations.

The inverse of such attached Spells are Enchantments/Enchants, a form of attachment which generally have no effect when “played” by paying their cost, but rather, have ongoing passive effects on the character they become attached to. When you pay to "play" an attached Enchant, you are actually paying to remove the Enchant, and free the Enchanted character from its effects.

Note that any attachment on a character, whether a Spell or Enchant, will be overwritten by any new Spell or Enchant that becomes attached to that character.

We have sixteen unique Enchants in SkyWeaver. There is one positive Enchant and one negative Enchant for each of the eight elements in the game - Air, Dark, Earth, Fire, Light, Metal, Mind, and Water.


Our negative Earth Enchant Roots costs 3 Mana to remove and prevents the character it is attached to from attacking. This limits that character's ability to be used to fight back against enemy Units. Using Mana to remove Roots will slow down a player's game plan, limiting how they can use their Mana for other plays, but until they do, their Unit will largely remain dead weight. Roots is less effective when used against Units with Guard, because players are already forced to attack and destroy those Units if they want to reach their opponent’s Hero.  


Our negative Fire Enchant Flames costs 2 Mana to remove, and deals 2 damage to the character it is attached to at the start of that character’s turn. As a result, even if you are able to remove Flames, it will often have already damaged the character it is attached to, potentially destroying it. As a result of this, it's often not worth saving a Unit with Flames on it, because it may already have been damaged too badly. When attached to a Hero, Flames becomes a recurring drain on your health turn after turn, and typically needs to be dealt with, though it can be worth staying on fire for a few turns if you have better plays you need to make with your mana so as not to fall behind.  


Our negative Water Enchant Frostbite costs 4 Mana to remove. A character with Frostbite will take 2 additional damage whenever it would take any damage. So f a Unit with Frostbite would take 2 damage, it will take 4 damage instead. If it would take 1 Wither damage, it will take 3 Wither damage instead, giving it -3/-3, and so on. Frostbite and Armor apply at the same time, so if an Armor Unit has Frostbite, and would take 1 damage, it will take 2 damage, rather than 3 or 0. Because of Frostbite's immediate effect, Units with Frostbite are often destroyed before their user has a chance to counteract Frostbite.


Our negative Dark Enchant Hex costs 6 Mana to remove. A character with Hex attached will take 6 damage at the end of its owner’s turn, after which point the Hex will disappear. Because of the extremely high cost to remove Hex, and the fact that it triggers at the end of one’s own turn, it is often advisable to try to use a Hexed Unit to trade with and destroy an enemy Unit or attack the enemy Hero, then allow it to be destroyed, rather than spend 6 Mana to save it. Likewise, if a Hex is on your Hero, it can often be better to take 6 damage, rather than pay 6 to remove the Hex, to avoid losing tempo.


Our negative Metal Enchant Chains cannot be removed by paying Mana, but can be overwritten by other Spells or Enchant, as all Enchant and Spells can be. A character with Chains attached has all its Keywords disabled - see our Blogpost on Keywords for more info. However, if Chains is removed from a character, its Keywords will be enabled again, so its important to act quickly to take advantage of it! Chains is awesome for cutting defensive Units down to size by depriving them of their Armor, exposing Stealth Units, and clearing Guard Units out of the way of your attacks on the enemy Hero.


Our negative Mind Enchant Dazed costs 1 mana to remove. At the start of its owner’s turn, a character with Dazed will be put to sleep, causing it to be unable to attack that turn (even if Dazed is later removed). Dazed is hard to counter entirely, since it will almost always have applied its put-to-sleep effect before you have a chance to remove it, but on the other hand, it is easier to remove than something like Roots, so it tends not to be too dangerous overall.


Our negative Light Enchant Blind costs 5 mana to remove. A character with Blind can only attack its rightmost enemy, which will always be either the enemy hero, or their most recently summoned Unit with Guard, making Blind Units less useful at destroying enemy Units, since they have only one option as to what they can attack. However, Blind is typically not as detrimental as a more dangerous Enchant like Flames, since it does not immediately harm the Unit it is attached to.


Our negative Air Enchant Silence cannot be removed by paying Mana, but can be overwritten by other Spells and Enchants. A character with Silence has all its non-Keyword effects disabled, so effects like Death, Glory, and Inspire, as well as any unique effects it may have, but not effects like Banner and Armor - (you can learn more about Keywords here). This makes Silence an amazing means of disabling powerful effect-focused units, but its less useful where combat is concerned.


Our positive Light Enchant Shield cannot be removed by paying Mana. The first time a character with Shield would take combat damage, that is - any damage dealt when it attacks or is attacked by another unit or hero, that damage will be prevented, and then the Shield will be dusted. Shield is fantastic for letting your units trade into enemy units, getting a free hit without taking any damage themselves.


Our positive Mind Enchant Barrier It cannot be removed by paying Mana, and can be thought of as the inverse of Shield. The first time a character with Barrier would take damage from from non-combat source, like a Spell or Unit's effect, that damage will be prevented, and then Barrier will be dusted. Barrier is fantastic for preventing damage from opposing spread damage effects, or your own, as well as negating single-target damage-based removal. Methods to counter Barrier can include overwriting destroying Units with it via combat, or using Spells that outright destroy or remove Units, rather than those that deal damage.


Our positive Air Enchant Shroud cannot be removed by paying Mana. A character with Shroud cannot be targeted by any Spells or Play effects of Units your enemy uses, but Shroud is dusted at the start of your turn, meaning it only protects the Unit it is attached to for a single turn. Shroud offers a good resistance to many removal Spells, as characters holding it cannot be targeted by Spells that would return them to hand, or destroy them outright, or Spells that deal damage to a target. However, it does not protect the character it is attached to from being attacked, or from being affected by Spells or effects that do not target them. As an example, it is still possible to damage and destroy Shroud Units via spread damage effects that don’t target, like Forest Fire.


Our positive Earth Enchant Anima has absolutely no effect while attached to a Unit, but as soon as it is dusted, by being overwritten by another Spell or Enchant, or by paying 4 Mana to remove it, Anima will give +2 power and +2 health to the character that was holding it. This can open up lots of synergies with the other Enchants, since you can overwrite it with other Enchants like Chains, Shield, or Shroud, or even something like Flames, to power up your Units without having to actually pay to remove Anima.


Our positive Dark Enchant Fate cannot be removed by paying Mana. When one of your Units with Fate dies, you will draw a card of that Unit's element (Fire, Water, Earth, etc.) This allows you to get more value out of your Units, but Fate can be countered by being overwritten or via dusting the Unit it's attached to, so it's best to be cautious, as Fate is not a guaranteed return on investment if your opponent knows how to play around it.


Our positive Metal Enchant Lead cannot be removed by paying Mana. Lead is unique in that its only ability is that it cannot be removed by any means while attached. Trying to replace it with another attachment, effects that dust attachments, etc. will all fail against Lead, which makes it a solid defense against negative Enchants, like Flames and Frostbite, but also prevents you from replacing it with something more valuable like a Barrier or Shield. Lead also prevents the unit it's attached to from being dusted, which serves as fantastic protection for units with strong Death effects, and against Spells that dust units like Touch the Sky. As a final note, while Lead typically cannot be replaced/removed, if a Unit was given  Lead, and then leaves play via being destroyed, returned to hand, etc. Lead will be removed, since when a card leaves play, it is reset to its base state.


Our positive Fire Enchant Fury cannot be removed by paying Mana. When a character with Fury attacks and damages a hero, Fury will give the character that held it +1/+1, draw you a 1-cost card, and then dust itself. Fury is a powerful one-use Enchant if you can get it to trigger, but like all Glory abilities, it's also fairly easy for your opponent to counter it by destroying or disabling your unit before it can successfully attack, so watch out!


Our positive Water Enchant Vapors has no effect while attached to a character, but like Animosity, as soon as it is dusted, whether by being overwritten by another Spell or Enchant, or by paying 2 Mana to remove it, Vapors will give +2 health to your hero, and let you draw a card. However, if the unit holding Vapors is destroyed or otherwise leaves play, the Vapors will be lost, and you won't get any health, or draw a card, so watch out!

Note that the design of our Enchants is an ongoing process, so some details and effects of them may change as time goes on.  

That's all for this post, check back soon for more SkyWeaver info!

Lethal Puzzle

See if you can figure out how to defeat your opponent using the game state presented below. However, there's a twist this time - you are allowed to pass your turn, but you must make sure your opponent is defeated as soon as their turn starts. Hint: (Try to make use of the Enchant Flames to finish them off!) Solution will be in the next post!

The solution to our last post's lethal puzzle is also right below! Congratulations to everyone who solved it!

Next: Post 5 - Prisms

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