Graveyard Gambol is a fixed deck league where you control a necromancer and their troops of skeletons and zombies (three of each). Each monster comes with a pre-designed deck to ensure that the battles are entirely symmetric and there’s no need to do any deck-building yourself.
Graveyard Gambol has a number of special features that you’d best pay attention to if you wish to do well. You control groups of minions in this battle and these behave slightly differently than the regular adventurers you are used to controlling:
- Minions all move when you play a move card from that group’s hand.
- Minions may only take one action (attacking generally) per round. Once they have acted, they are shaded grey and cannot attack or be used to instigate another action that round.
- In this battle, you don’t score any points for killing your enemy’s minions. You can only win by occupying the victory square (1 point) or killing the opposing necromancers (2 points). The first to 4 points wins the battle.
- You can also win by killing all the enemy characters.
- The necromancers have a number of cards that allow them to bring back their minions from the dead. Watch out for these as dead enemies are unlikely to stay dead.
- Remember: the number of cards a group draws is dependent on how many are alive in that group. In this battle, your groups will draw two cards if they have two or three minions but only one card if there is one minion remaining.
Check Melvin Schools You for a summary of the rules regarding minions and groups.
Your necromancer is your general. Don’t lose him or her! Although powerful, your necromancer has little in the way of direct attacks or defenses. Their job is to empower their minions and raise them from the dead when they fall. Make good use of Innervate, which restores a minion’s action points, allowing them to attack again. This can result in some nasty surprises for your opponent.
Skeletons are reasonably fast, hit hard when they can draw a Skeletal Swarm and can resist damage from other skeletons through their Only Bones card. Use them to rush the victory square or your opposing necromancer.
Zombies – slow, but powerful. Their Infected Bite can really drain health in a hurry and they aren’t worried by Only Bones as their attacks are all Crushing. Of course, their big downside is their default Shuffle move card.
Graveyard has small pods, with only five players per pod. That means a new pod will kick off for every five players who join and you’ll be ranked against the other four players in your pod.
Each instance of this league will be open for entries for an hour and a half and then run for another hour and a half with a maximum of four scoring games to be played in that time period (you can play more for fun and multiplayer chest rewards). To keep things moving along, each battle will only allow 15 minutes per player (instead of the normal 20 minute clock).
League prizes include magnificent and epic chests as shown in the table below. You’re guaranteed a chest prize in this league regardless of how many games you win. It’s a great way to turn gold into epic or rare items!
|1||1 x Epic Chest||2 x Magnificent Chest|
|2||1 x Epic Chest||1 x Magnificent Chest|
|3||1 x Epic Chest|
|4||4 x Magnificent Chest|
|5||3 x Magnificent Chest|
Here are the full deck lists for this league:
|Flash Of Arrows||2|
|Good For Us||1|
|Spear Of Darkness||1|