A Curious Journey Impressions: Fae and Yordles

A Curious Journey Impressions: Fae and Yordles

A Curious Journey LoR Spoilers Day 1

Hey all, it’s Trevor “Shugo” Yung here and it’s that time again…

Day 1’s reveals have dropped and we’ve got a ton of cards from the upcoming expansion; A Curious Journey!

Here are the new Bandlecity cards from A Curious Journey expansion:

  • Hothead (Shurima/Bandle City follower)
  • Transposition (Bandle City spell)
  • Heroic Refrain (Bandle City spell)
  • Spirit Portal (Bandle City spell)
  • Yordle Portal (Bandle City spell)
  • Fae Sprout (Bandle City spell)
  • Fae Aid (Bandle City spell)
  • Gleaming Lantern (Bandle City follower)
  • Blastcone Seedling (Bandle City follower)
  • Grandfather Fae (Bandle City follower)

We’re revealing new A Curious Journey cards every day on our spoiler page.

Hothead

Hothead (LoR Card)

  • Hothead
    • 3 Mana, 4|2, Yordle
    • Bandle City/Shurima Follower
    • Attack: Grant the top champion inf your deck +1|+1 and a random keyword.

First up we’ve got a new multi-region Yordle. As a three-mana 4|2, the stats aren’t particularly exciting. However, a single attack trigger could make a real impact. Granting a random keyword to a champion has some serious potential. Imagine giving your favorite champion Elusive, or Challenger to someone with Quick Attack. That’s huge.

Unfortunately, there are a few problems. You not only have to ensure that Hothead can attack. Even when you get the attack trigger, you still have to draw the champion. Using tutors such as Entreat or Rite of Calling doesn’t even guarantee you’ll draw the buffed champion. And who’s to say whether the keyword will even be useful?

At the very least, it’s a decent Manifest option. So it’ll see some play regardless.

Transposition

Transposition (LoR Card)

  • Transposition
    • 4 Mana
    • Bandle City Fast Spell
    • Recall an ally. The next ally you play this round with equal or less cost, costs 0 instead.

What a strange card. Transposition is a self Recall slotted into Bandle City. You could play it reactively like Retreat/Return in order to save a unit and resummon another (or itself) for free. But at four mana that’s a pretty niche trick, even factoring in lots of summon effects. Of course there’s the meme potential with Abominable Guardian to let you cheat out an 8-drop on turn three. That’s hilarious. Realistic? Not so much.

Heroic Refrain

Heroic Refrain (LoR Card)

  • Heroic Refrain
    • 3 Mana
    • Bandle City Burst Spell
    • Give two allies +2|+1 this round.

Heroic Refrain is basically Bandle City’s version of We Stand Together. However, the reverse stats look better as they allow you to threaten more damage and trade up in combat. Would I prefer this over Brothers’ Bond?

Likely not, as the +1 health doesn’t make up the extra one mana. But having access to this in Bandle City does give the region a new tool to experiment with, and it may be good enough to make the cut in some lists.

Spirit Portal

Spirit Portal (LoR Card)

  • Spirit Portal
    • 4 Mana
    • Bandle City Focus Spell
    • To play, discard 1. Grant all allies +1|+1.

A Focus speed board buff is not something we’ve really experienced before. At four mana with a discard prerequisite, it’s expensive, but does have some potential. Don’t underestimate the value of a big open attack.

Discarding Flame Chompers or Reborn Grenadier pre-buff is a nasty surprise. There’s already a solid Bandle/PnZ archetype based around Yordles in Arms, and Spirit Portal could be a fine addition!

Yordle Portal

Yordle Portal (LoR Card)

  • Yordle Portal
    • 3 Mana
    • Bandle City Burst Spell
    • To play, discard 1. Manifest a Yordle that costs 3 or less and summon it.

I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it again.. Burst speed summons have huge potential. Just like Spirit Portal, this also comes with the discard requirement. But as stated above, cards like Flame Chompers make this drawback an upside. Casting this into an open attack could drop two bodies onto the board for just three mana! That is an insane swing for the cost.

Our only potential issue is the Manifest consistency. It’ll take some time to feel out the pool of options; there are a lot of them. But as long as you’re able to utilize the discard effectively, I imagine the average case summons will make Yordle Portal feel very solid.

Fae Sprout

Fae Sprout (LoR Card)

  • Fae Sprout
    • 1 Mana
    • Bandle City Burst Spell
    • Manifest a Fae and grant it +1|+1.

Looks like it’s time for the Fae to make their own archetype. You could reasonably cast this turn one and pick a two or three drop, as the increased +1|+1 will help make up for the one mana. Any other time you’ve got a flexible unit whenever you need it.

Fae Aid

Fae Aid (LoR Card)

  • Fae Aid
    • 3 Mana
    • Bandle City Burst Spell
    • Create a Hungry Owlcat in hand, then grant Fae allies in hand +1|+1.

Compare this to Greenglade Elder. Both cost three mana, barring spell mana differences. The former puts a 3|1 on the board, the latter puts a one-mana 3|2 with SpellShield into your hand. Which would you choose? Honestly, neither.

Notably, Fae Aid only buffs Fae allies. We’ve only got six main-deckable ones thus far; nine if you include today’s reveals. So right now it’s hard to justify based on what we’ve seen.

Gleaming Lantern

Gleaming Lantern (LoR Card)

  • Gleaming Lantern
    • 3 Mana, 3|3, Fae
    • Bandle City Follower
    • Each round, the first Fae you play costs 2 less.

Now, this is a card. As a three-mana 3|3, it’s got even more aggressive stats than Bandle City Mayor. And with an even better reduction, you’ll be able to have some really explosive turns. Either flood the board fast or cheat out an expensive Fae even earlier! We’ll have to see how the rest of the Fae shape up, but Gleaming Lantern is undoubtedly a staple to the archetype.

Blastcone Seedling

Blastcone Seedling (LoR Card)

  • Blastcone Seedling
    • 2 Mana, 2|2, Fae
    • Bandle City/Ionia Follower
    • Play: Give me Barrier this round or grant me Impact.

A 2|2 statline doesn’t feel great, but having access to a natural Barrier is super powerful. Brightsteel Protector is incredible at blanking enemy attacks but requires another unit on board. Blastcone Seedling does this alone!

Your opponent will have to think twice before developing or else they’ll get punished. And that’s not even factoring in any Fae support. The very low opportunity cost for a 2-drop creates strong play patterns.

Grandfather Fae

Grandfather Fae (LoR Card)

  • Grandfather Fae
    • 2 Mana, 1|2, Fae
    • Bandle City/Ionia Follower
    • When I’m summoned, create a Hungry Owlcat in hand. When you summon another Fae, grant it +1|+0.

Grandfather Fae… Fae Explorer? The stats aren’t great but giving an Owlcat on summon is very nice alongside its inherent ability. That may be good enough to warrant playing him over other more aggressively statted 2-drops.

Bonus Deck! – Yordle Portals in Arms

Yordle Portals in Arms (LoR Deck)

Deck Code: CEDACAYECIAQEBROAIAQIDBNAUCQU33UV4A4AAOIAEAQIBAQAEBQEAQCAICQU6FGAEAQCBBHAEAQKCXGAE

[See Yordle Portals in Arms deck details]

Yordle Portal looks like a super spicy slot into this list. Swarm the board to no end with your endless Flame Chompers and multi-region units. Then burst into their Nexus with your portals, or unleash the Yordles in Arms!

Shugo’s Productivity Thought of the Day

It’s easy to imagine how much can be done in a day. But how about three days? One week? One month? One year?

That amount of time is a lot harder to envision; until you get started. If you keep progressing each day, you’ll start to see a lot further ahead. The road ahead becomes clear.

Thanks for reading! For more impressions, check out the rest of our reveal articles for A Curious Journey.