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Mean Streets of Gadgetzan: Secrets of the Jade Lotus

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Blizzard have published their lore article about the third of the gangs from Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. This one is about the Jade Lotus, and the Jade Golems they can summon.

As with the other two articles, the design team have increased the level of depth from previous expansions. We are also reminded that the Jade Lotus gang contains Druid, Rogue, and Shaman cards. 

Blizzard LogoJade Lotus

 Our one purpose in this city has been to acquire jade for our leader. Not for wealth. No, our secret lies in how the magic within these stones can be drawn forth to create Jade Golems, powerful living statues that do our bidding. Many of us have been granted trinkets that can summon these warriors in the blink of an eye. More impressive, each Jade Golem we summon arrives more powerful than the last.

The above snippet from the article hints at how Jade Golems work, and this is all but confirmed in the cards spoiled today. There is a Battlecry in many of the Jade Lotus cards of Summon a Jade Golem. There is also a gif, shown below, that shows Jade Golems all the way up to 30/30. It seems incredibly likely that the first Jade Golem you summon is a 1/1, the second a 2/2, and so on.

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This means that assessing how good many of the Jade Lotus cards are, will depend on how good the synergy between those cards is. This will them hard to evaluate before testing, similar to C'Thun.

The article shows us a few of the new cards.

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A look at these cards implies that summoning a Jade Golem is probably going to be a very strong mechanic. It seems likely there will be quite a few more cards that summon Golems, and I would be amazed if there are no decks that contain them. One of the more interesting aspects of the Jade Golem image is that it goes all the way up to 30/30. Presumably this is just a fail-safe, but it is still a daunting prospect to kill 30 ever increasing sized Golems!

We are also introduced to the leader of the Jade Lotus Gang.

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Blizzard LogoAya Blackpaw

Aya is youthful, energetic, and seemingly impulsive. That is a mask; in truth she is calculating, ruthless, and as hard as the jade we steal for her. Crucially, young Aya has the unique ability to create Jade Golems, and she is the source of the trinkets that so many of us carry. How she came by this incredible power is a mystery, though I swear I have seen her communing with the spirit of a Mogu king I could not name. Such a being must be most ancient indeed.

If the Jade Golems are as reasonable as they look, then Aya should be a powerful card. It seems likely she comes into play with a 3/3 and then produces a 4/4 when she dies. That's a lot of stats, but also difficult to deal with because of the two stage nature of the removal needed. I expect her to see a lot of play.

Related Articles:

A Taste of the Kabal: here.

Get a Load of the Grimy Goons: here.

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