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Magic Misadventures Impressions: Ionia Recall (Ahri Support)

Magic Misadventures LoR Spoilers Day 8

Hey all, it’s Trevor “Shugo” Yung and today we’re going back to Ionia.

We’ve got a bunch of new support cards with Recall synergy in preparation for the final reveal tomorrow!

Based on the splash art and reveals posted on the LoR Twitter account, it looks like Ahri will be the final champion addition for this set.

To see the other past and future reveals for Magic Misadventures, check them out here.

Here are the card’s from Day 8 of Magic Misadventures Reveals:

  • The Mourned (Ionia follower)
  • Woodland Keeper (Ionia follower)
  • Pathless Ancient (Ionia follower)
  • God-willow Seedling (Ionia landmark)
  • Memory’s Cloak (Ionia spell)
  • Nine Lives (Ionia spell)

The Mourned

The Mourned (lor card)

  • The Mourned
    • 1 mana 2|1 follower
    • Elusive
    • Text – Nexus Strike: Recall me.

The first comparison that comes to mind is Navori Bladescout. Both of these come down as Elusive 2/1’s. Except instead of losing the keyword, The Mourned goes back to your hand.

Outside of Recall synergy this card looks pretty solid. Elusive Rally decks would love this type of card. Since the Recall triggers only on Nexus Strike, you can drop it the turn before to set up an open-attack.

Solid unit regardless of Recall, with potential to be even more promising after the final reveals!

Woodland Keeper

Woodland Keeper (Lor card)

  • Woodland Keeper
    • 3 mana 3|2 follower
    • Text – When I’m summoned, give me +1|+0 and Elusive this round.

Speaking of Navori Bladescout.. Woodland Keeper looks like the older sibling. A four power Elusive for three mana is strong, but reverting back to a vanilla 3/2 isn’t great.

Worst of all, the 4/2 stats make it vulnerable to removal. It could be cute with Recalls, but is likely too slow and far too risky to bother with.

Pathless Ancient

Pathless Ancient (lor card)

  • Pathless Ancient
    • 4 mana 4|3 follower
    • Text – Costs 2 less if you’ve Recalled a unit this round.

At the very best this is a vanilla two mana 4/3…except you’re required to have Recalled a unit to enable the reduction.

The ideal scenario is, your opponent targets your unit for removal, you Recall in response, then play your reduced Pathless Ancient. All that work and you’ve got yourself a 4/3; not very desired stats.

I’ll admit there’s cute synergy with The Mourned allowing you to play this card on turn two. But the near-negligible tempo gained from a two mana 4/3 is counteracted by losing a 2/1.

God-Willow Seedling

god-will seedling (temporary lor card)

  • God-Willow Seedling
    • 3 mana landmark
    • Text – Play: Recall and ally to summon an Ephemeral copy of it.
      Countdown 2: Summon another Ephemeral copy of it.

Woah now this is an interesting landmark. It allows you to Recall at summon speed, meaning your opponent can’t respond.

If you drop this on a defensive turn pre-combat, your opponent is now forced to skip their attack, or give you a free Ephemeral blocker.

Not only that, but any summon effects are retriggered immediately. Then a second time two rounds later.

There’s some real potential here and I can’t wait to see what crazy combos we come up with!

Memory’s Cloak

Memory's Cloak (lor card)

  • Memory’s Cloak
    • 3 mana Fast spell
    • Text – Pick an ally being targeted by enemy Fast spells, Slow spells, or Skills with only 1 target. Stop them.

We’ve been given another type of counterspell with Memory’s Cloak. This card is interesting as it’s designed to specifically protect one target. In a sense, it will function similarly to Bastion.

Be mindful that this won’t protect against everything. Cards like Single Combat or Concerted Strike target multiple units, so this won’t negate them. It also can’t prevent spells that target the Nexus, so be prepared to eat that Decimate.

Despite everything, Memory’s Cloak is a reasonable card and could be a solid consideration in some metas.

Nine Lives

Nine Lives (lor card)

  • Nine Lives
    • 5 mana Burst spell
    • Text – Summon a Liminal Guardian.

Liminal Guardian (lor card)

  • Liminal Guardian
    • 5 mana 3|2 follower
    • Text – When I’m summoned, summon a random 1 cost follower from your regions. When I’m Recalled, transform me into Nine Lives.

We’ve now got another burst spell that summons a unit, or in this case, units. On the surface, five mana for a 3/2 and random 1-drop looks awful. However, the ability to summon two blockers at burst speed with one card is quite powerful.

It looks similar to Concussive Palm with its 3/2 stat line and Recall ability, but five mana is a big difference. Additionally, Ionia as a region has never struggled with responding to open-attacks, making this even less necessary.

I could see it as a 1-of tech in some lists to help defend against really wide boards, but otherwise it’s not quite good enough.

Bonus Deck – New Kinkou Elusives

shugo's kinkou elusives (lor deck 12-6)


[See Shugo’s New Kinkou Elusives deck details]

I’m sorry, I had to do it. It’s a classic deck from the Beta days, and with The Mourned we can use Kinkou Wayfinder to summon two 2/1 Elusives!

We’re also giving Woodland Keeper a chance with aid from Twin Disciplines and Elixir of Iron. Four power Elusive for three mana is still scary in theory.

The rest is pretty straightforward, just jam those Elusives and smack face!

Shugo’s Productivity Thought of the Day

If you struggle to see the results when going down one path, consider taking a left turn.

Thanks for reading! For more impressions, check out the rest of our Magic Misadventures reveal articles.