2.2 Preview: Palladium Simulacrum

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June 11, 2014 by evilweevil666

Written by evilweevil666 with contributions from Turkis and Hectares.

 

We are the Palladium Simulacrum, the echoing light. Just as the sun, we will rise again.

We are the Palladium Simulacrum, the echoing light. Just as the sun, we will rise again.

 

Palladium Simulacrum is one of a just a handful of creatures that can cover multiple lanes and also stand alone. While SolForge has a variety of lane filling cards such as Ether Hounds, Brighttusk Sower, and Branchweaver Druid, they are largely unplayable without the synergy provided by other cards like Tarsus Deathweaver or Spring Dryad. Simulacrum, while still able to take advantage of such synergies, has a growth curve that allows it to stand on its own like Echowisp and Esperian Scarab. Compared to these cards, however, Palladium Simulacrum avoids pitfalls such as requiring two adjacent empty lanes or specific faction combinations.

 

This is not to say that Palladium Simulacrum does not have its own limitations. Most obviously, at level 1 (L1) it should only be placed in the center lane. However, at L2 and L3 Simulacrum turns its main limitation into a potential engine to be exploited. The impressive power of the Palladium Simulacrum is hidden behind subtle wording of the card – the text “from your hand” is absent. This means that with mobility the Simulacrum can move in and out of the center lane, repeatedly creating a second creature.

 

mobilityMobility also mitigates the hindrance of the Simulacrum’s restrictions. Even if the middle lane is not available, the card can be placed in a different lane and slide over when it becomes free. Generating the copy in a random lane may also seem to be a problem on par with Echowisp’s adjacent lane restriction, but mobility can often nullify this. On an empty board, if you place an L2 Simulacrum in the center lane, there is a 50% chance the copy will be in a position to immediately move into the center next turn. And of course, at L3 Palladium Simulacrum can reach the center from anywhere on the field.

 

An important aspect to look at in evaluating any creature’s potential is the resistance to common removal options. In the case of a multi-lane creature, this often comes down to vulnerability to Epidemic, as this is the most commonly seen multi-lane removal spell in SolForge. As with Echowisp and Esperian Scarab, the Palladium Simulacrum is vulnerable to an on-level Epidemic at player level 1 (PL1) and PL2. However, unlike these cards, the Simulacrum outstrips Epidemic at PL3. This facet greatly enhances its utility in the late-game. If an opponent is not able to remove both Simulacra you will likely deal significant damage and generate a new copy. In addition, your opponent will often be tempted to level Epidemic as it deals with Simulacrum so efficiently. By doing so your opponent will be stuck prioritizing a card that will do very little in PL3.

 

A multi-lane, mobile, Alloyin threat can pair with any faction. The Alloyin/Nekrium list below takes full advantage of the not-played-from-hand aspect of the Simulacrum proc and is just one of many ways to build around the card. Other considerations include Uterra grow-wide, Tempys mobility, other Alloyin/Nekrium brews, and even Mono Alloyin deck control.

 

NA Palladium Weavers

 

ShallowGraveBlueCore:
3x Palladium Simulacrum
3x Tarsus Deathweaver
3x Varna’s Pact
3x Shallow Grave

Creatures:
3x Ebonskull Knight
3x Grimgaunt Devourer
3x Aetherforge Oracle
2x Cercee, Hand of Varna

Spells:
3x Epidemic
2x Cull the Weak
2x Overwhelming Force

 

The above deck is a take on a variant of NA Tarsus that has been seen in constructed queues since the addition of Aetherforge Oracle in Set 2.1. Aetherforge Oracle provides a spell leveling engine that becomes quite powerful when combined with Varna’s Pact and Shallow Grave, with the upside of multiple triggers when brought back with Varna’s Pact.

 

Palladium Simulacrum slots into this deck due to its synergy with many of the core cards. Varna’s Pact helps protect an early Simulacrum play against Epidemic or other removal. This synergy creates a more aggressive shell for the AN Tarsus decks that have been run in the queue recently. Aggressive play makes Varna’s Pact, Shallow Grave, and Tarsus stronger while still providing a threat in the Simulacrum that is strong in the absence of all three.

 


6 comments »

  1. Terry Tibke says:

    Really fantastic article for your spoiler here (not to mention a bad ass card). Love the review and the sample decklist.

    Also should say I love the overall content you guys have been providing here. Consistent and useful. Keep it up.

    • evilweevil666 says:

      Thanks Terry, glad to hear you liked it! If you ever have any suggestions for content you’d like to see, let us know.

  2. DGRivera84 says:

    I’m really surprised there haven’t been more comments on Palladium Simulacrum here, I mean the card just seems insane! In your article you hit on using the Simulacrum in an existing shell. There’s another extreme possible by using it with Tempys creatures / spells that can move it around easily and frequently, leading to the board filling up and fast! I’m not sure that deck would be great, but I would love to see what happens if you try to max on its procs. By the way, I see you mentioned other decks this could fit into and I definitely agree with that :-).

  3. Happy Gilmore says:

    This is quite possibly the format defining card. I’d say on par with Zimus. Keep an eye on him, the lvl 2 version is one of the best cards I have seen.

  4. Nalanthi says:

    So I was the one that mentioned the Aetherforge Oracle synergy on the forums…. I eventually had to drop that deck because it paired poorly against AU flex and Varnadroids (particularly the bot package as neither Cercee or Zimus got good value against it.)

    However, palladium simulacrum will make a great replacement/ supplement for Zimus. My main tweak would be that I would include some Justicars, as they play well against any Varna Shell, any plant, AU grow wide.

    3x Palladium Simulacrum
    3x Tarsus Deathweaver
    3x Varna’s Pact
    3x Shallow Grave
    2x Soul Harvest (With board management synergizes with Palladium Simulacrum/Shallow grave to potentially spawn additional simulacra.

    Creatures:
    3x Ebonskull Knight
    2x Cercee
    3x Aetherforge Oracle
    2x Oreiean Justicar

    Spells:
    3x Epidemic
    2x Cull the Weak
    1x Overwhelming Force

  5. Vitaliy Fedonyuk says:

    I think the main weakness of the card to be expoited is how easy it is to play around at level one. It’s just too obvious and flex probably won’t play ot because it would mean taking out battletech. If I built around this i’d go synapsis oracle cercee patriarch and just lifepoints my way through pl1 and then drop the bomb pl2 and 3

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