Hello Epic fans! It is my profound pleasure and excitement that I get to bring you guys Epic spoilers from the new material coming out this year! I have been a long-time fan of the game as most of you know, and I’m so excited to take my contributions from a simple personal blog, to this big stage. I hope you are buckled in because there is a lot of new Epic stuff to go through. Cheers to the Epic Jungle spoiler campaign!
I hope you saw the initial blogpost reveal for Epic plans in 2019. If not, go check it out here! The thing I am personally most excited about is the new Kickstarter launch, which will have not one, not two, but three Epic products in its release! First, there will be a new big box set titled Epic Jungle: Gowana. Then, to compliment it, there is a release of 4 expansion packs called Epic: The Lost Tribe. And thirdly, we have a new Epic Duels Set, which is designed to introduce new players to the game with fewer keywords to worry about. Did you see my other blogposts that spoiled some new cards from this? Check out Part 1 and Part 2! Each of these crazy expansions have all new cards. That’s right, we are getting different cards for all of them! No repeats. Just think of the options that are opening up! I can’t wait to try a Jungle Dark Draft just with new stuff! My mind explodes when I think of the combos that will be discovered when you combine all this new stuff with the previous expansions. It’s gonna be a great time!
Now, I’m sure some of you would be content with that little tidbit of information. But I’m here for all of you, and I know there are those that want to see a new card, or maybe a new keyword. Wait, you want both? Oh alright, you twisted my arm. I’m a sucker for excitable fans. Who am I kidding, I AM the epitome of an excitable fan. Without further adieu, here is the first spoiler for the new big box Epic Jungle: Gowana!
I present to you, Revered Spirit!
Now, I chose this card for a number of reasons: Firstly, this amazing art by Alvaro Jimenez perfectly captures the Jungle of Gowana aesthetic. With those lush, green palms in the background, and that powerful ethereal magic coursing through those poor attackers, you can practically feel the humidity and palpable spirit grudge being placed in this evocative scene. Secondly, this card helps human token decks, with which I have always had a soft spot. And thirdly, this card helps introduce the first of the new keywords (yes, you read that right, I made it plural for a reason) in these sets, which is Grudge!
This is a pretty simple keyword. When a card with Grudge leaves play, something happens. This represents the wrath of an angry spirit when it leaves or is vanquished. All champions with the Grudge ability are spirit champions. When these spirit champions leave, a grudge takes place. I love that theme. These powerful spirit champions come in, wreak havoc, and then when they leave, a curse is placed on the land and the people around them.
Mechanically, this ability is similar to Tribute, as you always get the effect, it just doesn’t happen right away. Grudge synergizes with any effects that remove a card from play, whether returned to hand by an Erase, broken by an Inner Demon, or Banished by Martial Law. If your opponent thinks they are getting ahead by freely bouncing this champion off the board with Vanishing, think again. They just gave you free board presence with a flood of human tokens. I love the no-cap on this card as well. You get human tokens equal to the number of cards in hand. At worst, you are getting 1 card from the Revered Spirit itself, but most likely you will have a hand of cards greater than 1, and it only gets better! You play that Erase on yourself? You are getting 3 human tokens JUST from that interaction. If she was already on the board, you can use her expend ability to draw a card, and then bounce her, for even more tokens. I feel like this card is the Good version of Evil’s Soul Hunter. They have the same raw stats, which is nothing special, but then that’s not the point. The fun is the ability when the card leaves play. And unlike Soul Hunter, The Revered Spirit gets to trigger even when bounced. The Soul Hunter gets to enter play from the discard pile, so don’t feel too bad for him. But that’s why I love this new card. It is familiar with what came before in Soul Hunter, but with a solid thematic piece of human token generation to make it feel Good. I really like that design. This new keyword fits in so well in the game, that you hardly notice it. We’ve practically had it all along, it just didn’t have a name.
I look forward to trying to figure out how to break this card and put it into a combo human token deck. Actually, here’s a challenge: On the first turn of play in a 2-player constructed game, you must put the Revered Spirit into play. Assuming your opponent plays nothing: What is the maximum number of human tokens that can be played in one turn? Put your answer in the comments.
I hope you guys enjoyed this spoiler. I especially look forward to bringing you guys new content in the future. Please let me know in the comments what you think. Does this excite you as much as it does me? What do you think of the new keyword? Also, let me know suggestions as to what you’d like to see in terms of new content for spoilers. I am doing this for the fans, by a fan, so help me make this a fun time. Enjoy!
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