The Making of an Artificer
Straight from Level 99 Games, Runika Zenanen is joining the Battle for Biternia! Runika is a brilliant artificer who relies on her powerful artifacts to give her an edge in battle.
In Level 99's BattleCON: Devastation of Indines, Runika has an array of tools that give her various bonuses as she fights. As her opponent damages her, these artifacts start to shut down. We wanted to capture that same feel for her Biternia incarnation. Runika starts the game with three such artifacts: her Battlefist, Shield Amulet, and Autodeflector. These provide her with passive bonuses to attack and defense. Whenever she is hit by an attack, one of these artifacts shuts down. However, when Runika rests, she can also recharge her artifacts, flipping them back to their active state. This costs her tempo, but makes her a force to be reckoned with.
Most of Runika's powers incorporate her artifacts in some way. Explode is a strong magic attack, but it becomes an Area attack when the Autodeflector is active. Impact is similar to the basic card Parry - a moderate attack with good defense - but it becomes an Interrupt while the Battlefist is active, able to catch your opponents off guard. Laser is our interpretation of an attack that hits enemies in a line. It fires one melee and one ranged attack, which have to hit different targets. This gives Runika some much-needed ranged coverage, rounding out her kit.
Finally, Runika's ultimate is Overload. This strong area attack gets stronger with each artifact you choose to deactivate as you perform it, allowing for truly massive damage in the right circumstances.
Thanks again to our friends at Level 99 Games for letting Runika join in the Battle for Biternia. We hope you enjoy adding her to your team!