Following on from our initial Godtear Guide, we’re going to look at each Godtear Champion in groups of champion types. This guide will focus on Godtear Shaper Champions and will be updated as each Champion is released into retail.
Shapers are the most diverse of the Champions and have lots of control, board manipulation options and are much less about attacks and damage than the others. Shapers get a bonus slide on the tracker when they plant a banner during the plot phase.
Nia is slow, but can regularly gain 3 actions a turn and through her followers, can create objective hexes.
Nia’s Ultimate lets her choose any 1 of her followers that is alone on a hex, adjacent to an objective hex and replace the follower with an objective hex. If it is within 2 hexes of Nia, she can make a claim action on the new objective hex. If her followers are positioned well, your opponent will never know which one will become the objective hex and be claimed. Nia’s passive is that as long as she has 3 followers when she activates, she gets 3 actions that turn.
Nia has 3 followers, the Quartzlings. Nia’s passive lets her activate 3 times if there are 3 of them on the board, so keeping them around is essential to keeping Nia active. Luckily, they’ve got 2 dodge and 4 armor, which is quite solid for followers. In the plot phase, much like Nia’s ultimate, one of them can turn into an objective hex if it is adjacent to an objective hex. Their passive is that if Nia’s banner is removed, including during the end phase, they get a recruit action for free. In order to maximize her activations, the sequencing of actions is very important for Nia, and making sure you recruit so there are 3 Quartzlings before Nia activates is always advised. In the plot phase, they have a range 2 skill that can give an enemy a -1 movement blight. The roll is the same if there are 2 or 3 followers on the tile, so splitting them up doesn’t hamper their effectiveness. They have 2 movement in the plot phase, and 0 movement in the clash. They do have the Rolling Stones skill though, which lets them all move 3 hexes in a straight line. Their range 2 Stones Throw attack is better if all 3 are on the same hex, so if you can line them up so that the Rolling Stone action gets them all on the same hex, you can set up a ranged strike on your enemy, if you’re not using the followers to create objective hexes.
Nia is slow-moving, with 1 plot and 2 clash phase movement. She does have the March skill which lets her move 1 hex in the plot phase and if she has 3 activations, she won’t lose out too much. 1 movement and only 2 activations really hampers Nia’s mobility though, so a real focus on Quartzlings sequencing is essential.
In the plot phase, Nia can copy a boon on any model within 2 hexes, friend or foe and add it to a friendly model. In the clash phase, she can do the same with a blight to an enemy model. She can give an armor boon, and an armor and accuracy blight and with her followers being able to give a movement blight, so she has plenty of options with her own toolset for throwing boons and blights around.
Nia’s strength is in her control, and her ability to create objective hexes. She gets the Shaper bonus for planting a banner and then gets a free recruit if your opponent removes the banner. She’s already got her bonus, so the free recruit can actually be more helpful than the banner sticking around. But if they don’t remove the banner, you score points in the end phase. It will force your opponent to make some difficult choices. Being able to throw similar boons and blights around can be very powerful if you have another Champion who can create them easily, as Nia doesn’t even have to roll to duplicate, she just needs to be in range.
The stat cards for all of the Godtear Champions can be downloaded from Steamforged Games’ Godtear page.
Which is your favorite Shaper? Do you run a Shaper in your warband? Do you run more than 1 Shaper if you have access to the Kickstarter shaper? Let us know in the comments below.
The Godtear Products used to produce this guide were provided by Steamforged Games.