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Venomous Sacspider

 

Card Ratings
Limited: 4.17
Constructed: 3.88

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.


Date Reviewed - 04.09.0
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doc We start this week with the rare Arcanist character Venomous Sacspider.

More bugs.

This 3 cost 2 threshold character with 2/1/3 stats has one of the best “advantage-in-waiting” effects in The Spoils. If it dies from battle damage your opponent has to discard their entire hand.

Before we go any further, let’s review just what constitutes “battle damage”.

From The Spoils rules v2.2:

“Battle Damage
The damage characters inflict during step 8 of “How to Resolve a Battle” is called battle damage. When inflicted, this damage is handled exactly like regular damage. However, it is a distinct subtype of damage and certain rules and effects may treat it differently.”

Step 8 of “How to Resolve a Battle” is the step where damage previously assigned by characters to characters resolves. So, if a Hidden Sniper used his “Sharp Shoot” ability on the Sacspider during a battle (between the time an attack is declared and the time all characters have assigned their damage and survivors are depleted), it doesn’t constitute battle damage. Likewise, if it were hit with Target Practice or Scrag, its card text is never triggered.

“But he’s only got one life.” I hear you, so yes, he will be amongst the easiest characters to dispatch outside of battle damage, so there is a good chance his trigger will go untriggered. Alas, these characters too have one life yet I see them in play once in a while: Basic Node, Flaming Barduse, Heist Planner, Jumping Scream Spider, Pillaging Pirate, and Quotidian Ejector. Not only are these all 1 life characters, they also have cost and threshold < Sacspider.

Maybe he’s worth a go?

In limited, this will force the use of a removal card or cost your opponent his hand. In constructed, there will be more removal thus likely less triggering of his ability.

Limited: 4.5/5
Constructed: 3.5/5
lgmk The ability to empty your opponent's hand with a three cost card is game breaking. Unfortunately, its not as simple as that. In order to pull this incredible move off, you need to allow this card to be destroyed in battle. What this ends up meaning in most games is that you're allowed to attack freely with it, or you save it as a blocker and your opponent doesn't attack until they have destruction available. Or your opponent can always get their hand down to few enough cards that they're willing to sacrifice them. If this is the case, then you still do well as regardless of the value of the cards themselves, they could have been played as resources, or discarded for something else later on.

When it comes down to it, the only way to really deal with the card is to destroy it outside of battle. Seeing as the card itself has decent stats for its cost, I see no reason not to play it in Limited.

In Constructed it has some competition, but if you build your deck to work with it, your opponent will rarely have a piece of destruction for anything else. The favorite combo here is with Shocking Reappearance. Five to block an attack and empty my opponents hand sounds nice.

Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Ian Spiegel Venomous Sacspider

I like this card. He is one good discard engine.

Arcanists are famous for their special rituals and infatuation with bowler hats. They also seem to have a big interest in bugs, and using them to do their bidding.

This time around, we see the Arcanists using the Sacspider's venom to cripple the opponent. This card is a double threshold three cost character, with two strength, three speed, and one life. This means that he dies easily to pretty much any spot removal, and in a battle he's chopped liver.

His uses generally come down to being a body that can deal two damage over the course of a couple of turns. And thats generally nothing to scoff at.

In limited, he's an efficient Character with a kicker. In constructed, I can see decks being built around him.

Limited: 4
Constructed: 4

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