Best Entry-Level Death Summoner?


This season, I am focusing on my Death splinter!  This splinter is my weakest right now, and I want to convert it to one of my strongest!  Similarly to my post on best entry-level Dragon summoners I will run through each of the available Death summoners, diagnose their strengths and weaknesses, and ultimately choose my top one or two recommendations for new summoners.

My situation is a bit different from last season when I was working on my dragon deck - my card collection now has specific strengths and weaknesses that I have noticed over the last season which I want to address.  As I wrote about in my last post, I have found that I am very weak in the following types of matches:

  • No dragon or earth - I don't have a 3rd splinter to back these 2 up, and having both of these splinters ruled out is fairly common
  • No melee and no earth - If melee is banned then my dragon deck is useless.  So it's earth or nothing.
  • No magic and no dragon - if magic is banned then my earth deck is useless.
  • Non-Legendary, Untamed only - my Llama is legendary and Daria is a Reward cards which means that they cannot play in the Untamed only non-legendary tournaments.  I need to make sure at least one of my summoners comes from the untamed pack.
  • 4's and below games are not great for me, especially if dragons are also banned.  If dragons are allowed I can sometimes pull off a win w/ Dragon/Fire using the Serpentine Assassin w/ +1 attack.

So, let's get into the Death summoners!  There are 6 to choose from.

Contessa L'ament

Contessa

Stats:

  • Rare Summoner
  • Untamed Edition
  • Power - Ranged -1
  • Market Value - $0.343
  • Fully Leveled - $39.45

 Pros:

  • Cheapest per BCX and cheapest fully leveled
  • -1 range power would fit in relatively well with my dragon deck which is melee.  Battles when I am not using that deck will tend to be battles where ranged attacks are favored - hence the -1 range will be useful.
  • I need a good Untamed summoner that isn't legendary for the untamed tourneys that don't allow them.
  • Still being printed - price could go up

Cons:

  • -1 range isn't especially powerful
  • Fully leveled price is very high

Owster Rotwell

Owster

Stats:

  • Rare Summoner
  • Dice Edition
  • Power - Magic Reflect
  • Market Value - $0.446
  • Fully Leveled - $51.29

 Pros:

  • Magic reflect is a cool power - could easily tilt games that have a heavy magic component.
  • Power would fit in well with my existing melee dragon deck for the same reason as above - games that penalize melee or favor magic are likely to be games that I don't want to use the dragon deck and so will be using this one.
  • Still being printed - price could go up

 Cons:

  • I may be wrong, but magic reflect seems like it could be a good low-level skill (b/c health is lower) but not scale that well at high levels.
  • Power would fit in well with my existing melee dragon deck for the same reason as above - games that penalize melee or favor magic are likely to be games that I don't want to use the dragon deck and so will be using this one.

Zintar Mortalis

Zintar

Stats:

  • Rare Summoner
  • Beta Edition
  • Power - Melee -1
  • Market Value - $0.470
  • Fully Leveled - $54.05

 Pros:

  • -1 Melee can be quite good - probably marginally more useful that -1 range
  • I see a lot of players using Zintar

 Cons:

  • -1 melee doesn't stack especially well with my dragon deck, since if Melee is favored then I will probably be wanting to use the dragon deck
  • Beta edition is out of print, and so probably already priced up

Jarlax the Undead

Jarlax

Stats:

  • Epic Summoner
  • Beta Edition
  • Power - None (but 2 mana)
  • Market Value - $1.074
  • Fully Leveled - $49.40

 Pros:

  • 2 mana is always useful, especially in low mana games
  • Cheap on a fully-leveled basis

 Cons:

  • No powers
  • Beta, so price may already be high

Mimosa Nightshade

Mimosa

Stats:

  • Legendary Summoner
  • Untamed Edition
  • Power -1 range, Void, Affliction...but 7 mana
  • Market Value - $7.75
  • Fully Leveled - $85.25

 Pros:

  • Great powers, effectively takes out ranged and magic - so in rulesets w/ no melee this would be deadly

 Cons:

  • Expensive
  • 7 mana, too expensive for some rulesets
  • Did I mention expensive?

Crypt Mancer

Crypt Mancer

Stats:

  • Legendary Summoner
  • Beta Edition
  • Power -1 melee, -1 speed, -1 health...but 5 mana
  • Market Value - $13.50
  • Fully Leveled - $148.50

 Pros:

  • This guy is a beast...-1 melee, -1 speed, -1 health really takes out the enemy team.  And for 5 mana, not 7.

 Cons:

  • Way out of my price range
  • Price is likely maxed - don't see it going up any higher from here

 

Conclusion

So, which should I choose?  I am tentatively leaning towards either Contessa and Jarlax -  both seem to fit in well with my current decks, and they're at a price that isn't too terrible.  Let me know if you have a favorite Death summoner in the comments, and see you next time.

-Brucolac

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