8 New Shadowverse: Wonderland Dreams Cards


Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

Shadowverse‘s next expansion – Wonderland Dreams – will be out soon, and as the name suggests, it’s themed around classic fairy tales and fantasy; from Red Riding Hood to Alice in Wonderland.

“We wanted to show that the world of Shadowverse isn’t just about dark fantasy,” says Lead Game Designer Naoyuki Miyashita when I ask about the theme. “We wanted to show that it can also encompass the worlds of fairy tale and myth. So with that in mind we took the popular character Alice from our previous game Rage of Bahamut and created a new world around her.” This is reflected from a gameplay perspective too. “More so than in previous expansions,” Miyashita-san confirms, “there are a lot of cards with abilities that were directly inspired by the flavor or theme of the card.”

There’s no new keyword or mechanic driving the gameplay, but it does promise to shift things up significantly, thanks to Wonderland Dreams’ focus on ‘Neutralcraft’ – i.e. decks that revolve around neutral cards and cards that take advantage of or are impacted by neutral cards.

It’s a smart move at this point in Shadowverse’s life. The game hasn’t introduced formats yet, so each new expansion adds a smaller and smaller percentage of new cards to the overall pool, thereby risking having less and less of an impact on the overall meta game. The neutral focus, however, means that Cygames can create new deck types for basically every class that don’t build on existing archetypes, hopefully changing the meta in meaningful and interesting ways.

“We aren’t trying to promote any particular class with this expansion,” Miyashita-san explains when I ask about the team’s goals for class balance and the meta. “Instead, we want to make it possible to create decks that are built around Neutral cards as well as decks that are focused on class-specific cards, which will expand the range of decks that you can make even within each class.”

Today IGN is exclusively revealing eight new cards, and they’re pretty exciting – particularly if you’re a Lewis Carroll fan. Let me know what you think of the cards in the comments and be sure to check out all the Shadowverse: Wonderland Dreams cards revealed so far to get a good broad sense of the set as a whole.

Jabberwock – Dragoncraft (Legendary Rarity Follower)

Fanfare: Destroy all other allied followers. For each follower destroyed, put a random follower that costs more than the destroyed follower from your deck into play. (Evolved version on the right.)

Skeleton Ogre – Shadowcraft (Bronze Rarity Follower)

Whenever this follower attacks, use Necromancy (4): Gain +2/+0. (Evolved version on the right.)

Sylvan Elder – Forestcraft (Silver Rarity Follower)

Ward. Fanfare: Give all other allied followers +1/+1 if you have at least 3 Neutral cards in your hand. (Evolved version on the right.)

Snow, Whitecat Sage – Neutral (Gold Rarity Follower)

Fanfare: Draw a card. Give +1/+1 to another allied follower. (Evolved version is on the right.)

Demon Key – Bloodcraft (Bronze Rarity Amulet)

Countdown (5) Whenever your leader takes damage during your turn, subtract 1 from this amulet’s Countdown. Last Words: At the start of your next turn, randomly put 1 of the highest-cost followers from your hand into play.

March Hare’s Teatime – Havencraft (Silver Rarity Amulet)

Countdown (4) Fanfare: Summon a Tin Soldier. Last Words: Summon a Tin Soldier.

Tin Soldier is a bronze rarity neutral card with the text: “Evolve: Deal 3 damage to an enemy.” (Evolved version is on the right.)

Shield of Flame – Swordcraft (Silver Rarity Spell)

Deal 3 damage to an enemy follower. Deal 6 damage instead if an allied follower with Ambush is in play.

Golem Assault – Runecraft (Gold Rarity Spell)

Put a Conjure Guardian into your hand. Enhance (6): Put 2 more into your hand. Earth Rite: Subtract 1 from the cost of all Conjure Guardians in your hand.

Conjure Guardian is a 2PP spell that puts out some serious stats for the cost.

Don’t forget to check out all the Shadowverse: Wonderland Dreams cards revealed so far.

Cam Shea is senior editor in IGN’s Sydney office and tries to spend as much time as possible in Japan. He’s on Twitter.

Source: IGN Video Games


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