By now, most of you have seen the set list. What mysteries remain concern gameplay.
With that in mind, here are notes on a mini that is certain to have warbands built around it.
So far as I remember, we made up the name Greenfang because we thought it sounded cool for a kickass druid, not because it corresponded to any already established group in the D&D universes.
I'm happy with this guy because his ironwood half-plate and his leaf-shaped shield are perfect for a heavily armored druid. Mat Smith has already previewed these details in prose that blossoms and sings.
Until now, Wild and Difficult Animals and Magical Beasts have been tough to use effectively. No commander has been capable of calming them down and making them behave like normal followers.
The Greenfang Druid's Beastmaster 20 ability changes the equation. The Owl Bear from Harbinger takes orders from the Greenfang Druid. The Dire Lion from Dragoneye purrs on command. The Dire Wolf from Giants of Legend heels when the Greenfang Druid says the word. Even the Fiendish Tyrannosaurus from Giants of Legend does just what it's told.
Hold on a moment. The Fiendish Tyrannosaurus is Chaotic Evil! What is it doing in the same warband as the CG Greenfang Druid? Coming in via the Druid's warband building ability, that's what -- "WARBAND BUILDING: CE Animals and CE Magical Beasts are legal in your warband." That should open some doors.
As a level 10 druid, this guy can handle himself in melee. His spells aren't bad, either, including a brace of damage spells useable at range and a spell that combines with his commander effect to turn the fangs and claws of the beasts in his warband into slashing implements of destruction.
The Greenfang Druid actually cares whether his animal pals survive the fight, so he has a couple of 5th level greater vigor spells to cast on them ... or on any other heavy hitter who could benefit from Regeneration 5 until the end of the fight.
The Greenfang Druid is my favorite commander at the moment. Not because he's the best, though he ain't shabby. More because I love being able to play warbands that were impossible before this set. Greenfang Druid warbands can be fun and fast, AND they maximize the potential of Deathknell's cool new large uncommon, the Dire Bear. You'll see how that works soon enough....
That's it for this week. Next week: details on another new cornerstone.
About the Author
Rob Heinsoo started playing D&D with the original brown box in 1975. He's now the lead designer of D&D Miniatures.