What's up with Natalis and CH, like it's the only (valid) choice? There are also three other great tactic cards: Reinforcement, Marching Orders and Decoy. If you are using Natalis, you should at least run a minimum of two tactic cards. Besides, with the swarm NR has, getting 5 units aligned is pretty easy (or just play Germain).
Yes, but her potential value is way higher than Natalis into Commander's Horn.
Like the others, I really don't see a problem with Natalis. Need to have some luck with mulligans, and set up a proper Horn.
May seem OP compared to his previous ability, but compared to other current Golds not so much.
Please, stop comparing (random) gold cards from different factions in a vacuum. You cannot compare Natalis with Succubus, Coral or Ge'els. Different faction, different rules.
- Natalis also requires investment in silver slots, Coral doesn't, which is a big thing for Skellige because their silver slots are tight.
- Ge'els allows you to summon a gold and silver card (for next turn), Natalis can only summon tactic cards.
- Besides, you have Isengrim (7 str) and Vesemir (6 str) who can also summon silver cards.
When I agree that it's not a good thing to have one card being too strong to compensate a generally weak faction, I don't think Natalis is a problem at all.
This guy needs quiet a few things to go well in order to get value. Not only you need to avoid Reinforcement and CH but you also need to assemble the right board state which is not always as easy as it might sound and involves a decent amount of risks.
In fact I think this card is perfectly designed and it's one of the last I would change in the current meta really...
Actually i think Natalis should have a bit less str. Come on guys how often you didn't stacked 5 units? (if often then you must be playing wrong NR). Also if you have bad draw you can marchin orders for Blue stripes at the start round 1 witch is already huge help. later you can use it for Stanis. There are also other possibilities if you got more Tactics in deck.
Look at this that way : 99% NR players use Natalis, that need to tell us he is OP.
And 100% of Skellige players use Sigrdrifa. What does this tell us ?
If you wanna talk with facts, get your facts right. John Natalis is far from 99% popular and Coral is more popular in skellige decks than Natalis is in Northern Realms decks. And I don't even need to go down to silver cards and popularity (Sigrdrifa is one example of the many).
Do you have a problem with Northern Realms in General ? If yes, we could talk about possible OP cards of this supposedly OP realm. If not, let's move on.
No matter what deck I use, my best win ratio is against NR, no exceptions. Not to mention than in the latest Gwent Open I didn't notice a single John Natalis....