The latest cards from the Price of Power set – Thanedd Coup – arrived earlier this week, along with patch9.2 which include a a few balance changes. I’m glad to see that CDPR has avoided the temptation to add yet new mechanics, however not everything is rosy in the Gwent 9.2 garden. It’s fair to say that not all the new cards have received universal acclaim amongst players. Two in particular seem to be a problem, here’s what’s wrong:
Nilfgaard Legendary Human Mage. Cost 12, Power 4
“Assimilate. Deploy: Spawn and play a copy of any non-Disloyal unit you gave Spying to during this game, excluding self.”
That doesn’t sound too dangerous, does it? However some clever people (not me!) have worked out how to get Artaud to create a copy of another Artaud already in play in mirror matches. That can then create another copy of Artaud which creates another copy… and so on.
This is clearly not the way Artaud was intended to work, but at the moment it’s a game breaker. Hopefully there will be a hotfix soon, possibly changing the wording to be “…excluding any unit with ‘Artaud’ in its name.”
Monsters Legendary Relic. Cost 10, Power 7
“At the end of your turn, transform self into Bloody Mistress.
Sabbath: At the end of your turn, boost self by 1 for each allied Gernichora’s Fruit instead.”
Bloody Mistress is another new Monster card with text: “Sabbath: At the end of your turn, Spawn Gernichora’s Fruit on both sides of this unit and transform self into Gernichora.” It doesn’t take much to see how the combination of these two can generate massive scores for a Monster deck. Gern is getting lots of hate from the community, we’ll have to wait and see if it gets nerfed.
One change to an existing card that doesn’t seem to be getting much attention is Vanadain, which has had its cost reduced from 8 to 7 and been made more flexible. I’m expecting to see even more Elven Deadeye swarms.
But perhaps the most disappointing thing about this patch is that Viy still hasn’t been nerfed. It’s currently the one card that makes me resign immediately and not leave a Good Game.
Update: There has indeed been a hotfix, details here