TaKtiX: Laurence J Sinclair

Laurence J Sinclair has been playing the Warlord CCG since the release of the game - mainly thanks to that killer Rathe art. He even stuck with it through that dark time involving Campaign Rathe art. Now he is a playtester and a member of the Warlord Story Team - guiding the armies of the Accordlands into an uncertain future.

13.7.06

Excess to Requirements

A big part of any CCG is realising that not every card can remain useful throughout the eras. With every new set, there's bound to be new cards that make older ones redundant, whether purposefully or through an unhappy coincidence. The better players adapt appropriately, relinquishing any hold that the old order had over their playstyle and wholeheartedly adopting the new into their embrace.

Others, they cling tightly to the cosy and familiar past, treasuring what has gone before and holding onto the forlorn hope that the next expansion will bring something to restore their champion to a place of prominence. Warlords inspire this sort of faith more than any other card. Gahid, while shown up by Aleron in almost every respect, still has his supporters.

Lord Netheryn is a case in point, and this Temple of Lore thread is what inspired me to write this post anyway. Any Warlord player that knows me will be aware of the candle that I hold for the rightful High King. Yet he has been made pointless by advances in card mechanics, even I have to admit. There is nothing that he can do that cannot be achieved more efficiently using Albrecht, Feyd Rowan or Sorceress Ygraine. His item readying capacity is still all his own, but the number of low-level goodies that he can use it with is dwindling.

Still, his art is cooler than that of all those pretenders put together. Cold comfort.

Those of you reading this, don't follow me and my mistakes. Learn to let go as the wheels of progress grind by, instead of throwing yourself under them to be flattened. Epic is a clean sheet to find new favourites, so forget all that you knew from Campaign. Embrace the change.

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