Vorteil. Arkan


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Gib eine Ladung aus: Kampf. Dieser Angriff verwendet statt und fügt +1 Schaden zu. Falls während dieses Angriffs ein -, „+1”- oder „0”-Marker enthüllt wird, nimmst du 1 Schaden.

Greg Bobrowski
Jacqueline Fine #7.
Azurblaue Flamme

Finally, Shrivelling has more competition for offensive options on new investigators. Azure Flame matches Shrivelling in a lot of ways - It's a 3-Cost, 4-Charge Spell which uses Willpower and deals +1 damage. Shrivelling remains a mainstay in Mystic decks for a reason, and that identical core functionality means this can compete with it. The only question is, how does it stack up?

The immediately notable difference is the downside - while Shriveling hits your sanity on , , , , or , Azure Flame instead hits your health on +1, 0, or . How does that compare?

In terms of how often you hit the downside, Azure Flame comes out ahead. At first, on Normal difficulty, it looks relatively even - there tends to be a 1 token difference between the two, one way or another. However, most campaigns will muck around with the bag, and do so by adding negative tokens - tokens that always add to Shrivelling's set. This means that over a normal campaign, you will tend to hit Azure Flame less and less, and Shrivelling more and more. That's also discounting the fact that Azure Flame becomes even less problematic at harder difficulties, where +1s and 0s fade and negative tokens increase.

This also impacts its synergies to some degree. It's the middle-of-the-road option if you're messing with token effects. Dark Prophecy won't help like with Wither, but neither will it hurt like with Shrivelling. Eldritch Inspiration won't be of any use at all, and Counterspell and Defiance can only be used in their more general 'prevent a modifier' effects. There's a small amount of synergy available with the unusual seals (Shards of the Void if you're running both, Crystalline Elder Sign, and The Codex of Ages for Father Mateo). These are worth keeping an eye on if you're low on slots and need to pick between one and the other.

The other main question is if you can deal with the downside when it hits. Shrivelling hits for horror, which Mystics tend to have a higher tolerance for, and which they and may have more measures for. With Holy Rosary, Arcane Initiate and Fearless as common picks, sanity damage is something Mystics can usually take. On the flip side, regular damage is harder to mitigate, with David Renfield as the only Mystic ally with more than one.

The final item for comparison is a deck-building consideration, and will depend on what else is available when Azure Flame is eventually released. One major part of a Mystic's consideration is Arcane Research, and the bonus XP it can provide. Shrivelling has a large opportunity for upgrades, allowing you to go to Shrivelling (3) or Shrivelling (5) over two different sessions. Until we find out if Azure Flame has upgrade options, it will not be able to take that XP, which may result in some waste over a campaign.

To summarize: If you have more health to spare and are trying to pull the classic token modifiers, Azure Flame probably wins. If you have the horror to spare, are already trying to avoid the classic token modifiers, or are using Arcane Research, Shrivelling takes it.

Of course, if you're looking to have consistency with your attack spells, there's also a good chance that you'll just want to run both. Azure Flame's consistency is comparable enough to Shrivelling that it may take the place of Wither for any mages who simply needed one more attack option.

Ruduen · 581
Dayana comes in at a whopping 3 health. Also, since you wrote this, Eldritch Inspiration (1) was added which does cover it. — Death by Chocolate · 827

Other reviewers have rightly pointed out how this is a good card, with the backlash effect being less likely to occur on hard/expert.

However, I can't say I like the card design. Mystic have traditionally been powerhouses when they got all their spells set up, but getting there is not always that easy. I think part of the "charm" of mystics is the somewhat swingy behavior.

Before the release of this card, if you wanted to supplement Shrivelling, you had to include situational or somewhat iffy cards like Song of the Dead, Shards of the Void, Wither or Storm of Spirits. Now you can just include this. It's the equivalent of having 4x Shrivelling in your deck, and Azure Flame has all of the upgrades too. I frankly don't like this.

flamebreak · 18
Eh, I see your point but I think it's balanced. It is only theoretically better on harder difficulties. Yes, the damage will trigger less often, but you will have to compensate for more punishing tokens. And not only that, symbol tokens often come with forced negative effects even if you succeed so the incentive to not risk tech like Dark Prophecy and Olive goes WAY up on hard/expert. Finally, Azure Flame's punishment is harsher than Shriveling since it deals damage and mystics don't have health like they do sanity. It's good for Jacqueline, Diana, and possibly Sister Mary, but it's really not a good pick for anyone else, especially not Mateo or Marie. — LaRoix · 1479
I understand that their swingy behavior was "charming" but as the card pool grows it was inevitable that new options for all of the classes would be printed, Mystics included. Consider that none of the situational or iffy cards you list were even in the core set. — Yenreb · 15
Yes, but my problem is that this card is so very similar to Shrivelling. Why not just reprint Shrivelling for the Jacqueline Fine instead? — flamebreak · 18

A straight up competitor for Shrivelling!!

I think I personally prefer the horror suffering from Shrivelling, however as a campaign progresses the negative tokens will quickly outnumber positive tokens, especially on hard, so while Azure Flame is more dangerous, it is less likely to hurt you.

This is a brilliant card to replace or supplement Shrivelling in a spell based deck that does ALL of it's fighting with magic. It also means you can build a who is as likely as a to be able to fight completely routinely. Is the class the new ? If you have 2 copies of this and 2 copies of Shrivelling you might as well be!

Tsuruki23 · 2034
While it would have to be a pretty weird deck, you could maybe combo this with Shards of the Void and Crystalline Elder Sign to seal good tokens. — Zinjanthropus · 164
On easy and standard you could even play 2 Crystalline Elder Signs to seal +1 and the elder sign. — Django · 3610
Yeah, and there's no limit to how many 0s Shard of the Void can seal as far as I'm aware. — Zinjanthropus · 164
It also depends on the investigator. Diana with two "Arcane Research" would prefere the damage from the Flame to the horror from Shrivelling. — Susumu · 150