1. the manual says the winner of a battle sends their strongest creature to the discard. Is this the strongest creature they control, or the strongest creature in the battle?
2. medusa has the ability to discard one "opposing creature". again, is this an opposing creature in the battle, or an opposing creature anywhere on the board?
3. doppelganger adopts other characters special abilities - does this include the ability to kick out other monsters? can a doppelganger count as the third orc to activate the "aversion rule"??
couldn't find the answers in the manual, hope you guys can help me out! thanks a lot
As an official (well officialish) geek helper for this game I feel I can answer your questions
1 It is their strongest creature in the battle, in the event of the winner haveing 2 creatures of the same (most powerful) strength the preference is for the one with the better power; the hydra is obviously better than a troll so the hydra would be lost but in the event of equal strength and usefulness, for example the dragon and the titan ifn there is really nothing in it it should be decided mutually by your oppanant(s)
2 It is only a creature that participtaed in the battle, medusa is a good spolier to play in a battle you are obviously gonna loose as it can really thin a powerful army; looseing 2 of your best creatures in the same battle is sometimes too much hassle to make some one bring a weaker army, as an aside note and continuing from answer 1 certainly in the group i play this with the medusa is considered the most powerful creature there is purely because of its ability and we allow waiveing of the wording "strongest" as for which creature the winner of a battle has to loose
3 oo thats a very good question, in a hypothetical situation where theer were only 2 orcs in play and a battle was called and teh doppleganger was asigned to be an orc, this would it seem to imply that all dwarfs woudl have to leave, purely because of the aversion rule, I think I would have to come down on the side of saying no though, primarily because of the wording on the doppleganger card its self, it says: "Mimics battle strength and special ability of one other creature already in play." technically aversion isnt a special ability its just inbuilt intolerance
hope this has helped
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You beat me to the reply, Dave. Adding to your thoughts...
1. I would add that we interpreted the rules slightly differently. I agree that it is the strongest creature of the winning player's army that is currently engaged in the battle. However the rules state, "...the creature with the highest number of battle dice (with Ability Cards figured into the total)". This makes no reference to the creatures' special abilities, so we ruled that the winning player can choose any one creature from their participating army so long as that creature has the most (tied if necessary) battle dice, regardless of powers.
For example a winning player could choose any one of the Dragon, Titan, Troll, Hydra, or even a Strong Orc or Stronger Elf if they were the biggest creatures as they are all tied for four battle dice.
Note that the Doppleganger will be counted as having however many battle dice it rolled that combat. So there's the (sometimes tough) choice between copying your opponent's Giant or Cyclops to get the most battle strength (but losing your Doppleganger if you win), or copying something of equal value to your highest non-Doppleganger beastie to save the Doppleganger (but perhaps losing the combat).
2. Taking the above stance means that winning the battle doesn't always mean losing your very best creature. So we never had to reduce the power of the Medusa. Regardless she is considered by our group to be the best creature in the deck as well.
We find that typically only one of the Medusa or Doppleganger will be in play for any period of time. As soon as they're both active in the same combat, the Doppleganger will mimic the Medusa and target the Medusa, whilst the real Medusa will target the Doppleganger. It kills them both, but makes tactical sense from both players' point of view. You'd be unwise to leave your opponent with the Medua or Doppleganger alive when you could have killed them.
Fear the player who has *both* of these in their army.