This week's battle challenge focuses on the Silvershield Bard:
Bards of the Silver Shield have extremely loud voices, and they are not afraid to use them. In battle, the a Bard’s song can unify and hasten a team, and their maximum volume has the power to scare away possessing spirits. In the University of Illumination, these musical enthusiasts are trained and ingrained for years in the official sanctioned Lore of the Silver Shield. What they lack in vocal talent, the Bards make up for in storytelling, humor and wit.
A Promo edition rare rarity monster from the Life Splinter at level 5:
- Estimated cost: $3.33
- Mana cost: 1
- Melee damage: 1
- Speed: 3
- Health: 2
- Cleanse ability: Removes all negative effects on the Monster in the first position on the friendly team.
- Swiftness ability: All friendly Monsters have increased Speed.
The Silvershield Bard is one of those monster cards that excel at being a good support card in a battle. To be a good support, you must protect the monster in position 1 as much as possible. The Silvershield Bard does this with the cleanse buff ability by removing any negative hexes applied to it. These hexes can turn the tide of a battle, so having the Silvershield Bard remove these hexes makes it a crucial card as long as it can survive any opportunity or sneak attacks from the enemy. When I look at my previous season stats, I only used the Silvershield Bard in 12 battles with a 42% win rate percentage, which was lower than expected. I think that may have to do with the Silvershield Bard not surviving long enough due to its low health.
Battle - Full Battle Replay
- Mana cap: 23
- Ruleset(s): Healed Out, Heavy Hitters
- Tyrus Paladium (Summoner): +1 armor to all friendly monsters
- Lord Arianthus: primary passive tank
- Warrior of Peace: support passive tank + hex abilities
- Silvershield Bard: support monster + buff abilities
- Furious Chicken: filler support monster
- Baby Unicorn: primary melee damage + buff abilities
- Defender of Truth: primary magic damage + armor buff
Did your strategy work? What will you try differently next time?
This was the battle of the buffs and hexes! It was challenging to keep up with all the buffs and hexes applied - I wasn't sure who would come out on top! The Silvershield Bard portrayed why its support buff abilities are so important. It allowed Lord Arianthus to stay alive long enough to critical damage to the enemy's essential monsters by dealing damage to Nectar Queen (via thorns ability) and Wood Nymph (via magic reflect ability). The Silvershield Bard even got involved in some action by landing a few blows on the Swamp Thing, which set up the Baby Unicorn for the killing blow on the Swamp Thing. What proved crucial is that all the tanks in my team could shield the Defender of Truth, who slowly but surely dealt damage from the backline and securing the victory for my team.
Do you like the Silvershield Bard? Why or why not?
I have the Silvershield Bard at level 5 and couldn't be happier with it. When I analyse the usage stats of the Silvershield Bard, it's hardly used in the lower leagues but frequently used in the Diamond and Champion leagues.
Whenever I write these posts, I always like to consider if there are alternatives to the monster. When looking around, the Truthspeaker is another support monster in the Life Splinter. Is the Silvershield Bard better than the Truthspeaker? No, I don't think so, but I think they work well in tandem in a battle if they have enough tanks shielding them and allowing them to excel in battle.
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