Three new heroes came out during Patch 20.2. Amongst them is Xyrella. Xyrella is a powerful hero who can purchase a minion once every turn at the cost of two gold, with the drawback of turning said minion’s stats into a two health and attack unit. Xyrella’s hero power, See the Light, allows her to be flexible in her leveling curve while being able to make cheap purchases compared to most heroes.
Understanding the strengths of Xyrella’s ability, See the Light.
See the Light allows you to make cheap purchases that normally would be too expensive at the usual three gold cost. That works by spending two gold to purchase the minion you want to pick up and then immediately sell it after using its effect or Battlecry. That type of play works very well for Xyrella, whose main goal is to use See the Light to gain value. Value for Xyrella often means picking up strong Battlecry units at a cheaper cost. Value could also be as simple as picking a unit like Freedealing Gambler to generate additional gold.
Xyrella functions well with the majority of Tribes. That said, Xyrella and See the Light synergize better with the Murlocs, Beasts, Demons, Pirates, and Elementals tribes than with the remainder of the options due to their various battlecries and effects. Mechs and Quilboars have some synergy but do not take great advantage of See the Light like other tribes. Dragons have little synergy until you get a Kalecgos.
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Two simple starter curves to follow for Xyrella in Battlegrounds
The two curves Xyrella plays are primarily decided through which minions you get access to on round one.
Curve one – Utilizing See the Light
The first curve is the ideal line you want to follow with Xyrella. It allows you to get a decent board going and to reach Tavern Four ahead of most people in your lobby. However, it requires a token or another form of additional gold generation such as Deck Swabbie to pull off perfectly. If you can’t find the additional gold in the first three to four turns of the game, switch to the standard curve instead.
- (Three gold): Buy the best available minion. Prioritize tokens, and use See the Light if it improves the stats of the minion you want to pick up. Some examples include turning Alleycat into a 2/2 from a 1/1 or Murloc Tidehunter from a 2/1 to a 2/2.
- Upgrade to Tavern Two.
- Buy your strongest available minion and use See the Light on the best remaining target.
- (Six gold): Sell your weakest minion (or first half of Sellemental). Upgrade to Tavern Three (costs five gold), and use See the Light on the best available target.
- Improve your board. Buy the two best minions you can find, and utilize See the Light for an additional unit with some kind of positive effect. Battlecries, Blood Gems, a reborn or divine shield, whatever you can do to be the strongest in the upcoming fight.
- (Eight gold): Upgrade to Tavern Four. Now, decide between using See the Light if a good target is available or sell your weakest minion and pick up a strong Tavern two or Three unit. In either situation, pairs are preferable.
Curve two – Late Upgrade Curve.
The second curve for Xyrella focuses more on picking up pairs, similar to one of the original Battlegrounds heroes, Yogg-Saron. One of the main benefits of the second strategy is that you’ll end up much stronger in the first couple of rounds in the game, which allows you to level more aggressively in the turns after it.
Here is just one example of the second strategy.
- (Three gold): Use See the Light on a token minion such as Sellemental, Murloc Tidehunter, or Alleycat.
- If you didn’t pick up a token in the previous turn, do so now. Then, sell the token generated (or, in Sellemental’s case, the first half), and purchase the best remaining unit.
- (Five gold): Since we delayed raising our tavern to two, we do so now for three gold. That leaves us two gold to pick up an additional unit with See the Light. Ideally, we pick up an additional token minion here.
- (A) We have two choices. The first option is to simply buy the two strongest minions available in Bob’s shop.
(B) However, if your opponent raises their tavern, or if Bob’s shop isn’t good enough for what you are looking for, you should consider raising your tavern to three as well.
If you do decide to raise your Tavern to Tavern Three, your game plan changes from the example. Look for units that get you through the mid-game, and look for opportunities to continue raising your Tavern level.
- (Seven gold): Go for Tavern Three(if you did not do so in the previous round). Utilize See the Light or sell your worst minion to pick up a stronger unit for three gold.
- Sell your worst minion, upgrade to Tavern Four, pick up the best option through your ability.
- Once more, there are two common options you have to decide between at the nine-gold turn.
(A): Complete a triple (if you can) to look for a win-condition unit from Tavern Five. Or pick up the best minions you can to improve your board-state ahead of the next turn.
(B): The alternative here is to fast-level to Tavern Five. The option is far higher risk, but you must look for the opportunity to. When this becomes an option is when your opponent also raises their Tavern in the same turn. Another example might be when you face the ghost, or similarly, a low-health player who is likely not going to be as strong.
Xyrella also has the option of power-leveling to Tavern Five as early as turn seven. That strategy becomes an option in games where you find multiple token generators or a scaling unit like Micro Mummy. In some situations, investing in a pair of Wrath Weavers or a pair of Micro Mummies also becomes a worthwhile strategy to utilize alongside your power leveling.
Xyrella’s Game Plan:
Once you jump to Tavern four, the idea is that you managed to pick up pairs and (hopefully) found yourself a triple to get a win condition going. Even if you didn’t find a triple, and you only have pairs, you should be in a strong position. From there, you have two options, both situationally the correct decision, both with their own set of risks to consider. These two options are as follows:
- The risky approach. Fast-level to Tavern five and find or complete your Triple to look for a strong win-condition.
- The “consistent” approach. The alternative to the higher risk play is to stay at Tavern four for a round, upgrading your board while looking for pairs, or you can look for triples for the upcoming turns.
When and why you upgrade to Tavern five early.
The strength here comes from the gold advantage you have when you find that third copy of a unit you need. If you have a triple frozen in Bob’s shop from a previous round, it is almost always correct to upgrade to Tavern five, assuming you aren’t at risk of losing the game that early on.
Another situation when you should consider leveling up is if you find yourself with multiple pairs at the nine and first ten gold rounds. By upgrading on turn seven (Nine gold), for example, you can reach the Tavern six win-condition minions ahead of most other players in the lobby.
Following the early-leveling strategy, however, comes with some risks. Going through with that game plan almost guarantees you lose at least the next round since other people will have upgraded their board state while you invest your gold in the future rounds. Most of that risk is mitigated by your opponents upgrading their turns at the same interval as you want to. That is very important to keep track of during each round. However, using your hero power on minions in the cheat list could keep your Warband strength on par with your opponents.
When and why to stay at Tavern four.
Choosing the “consistent” path has many direct benefits. You stay at a higher life total on average as your board is stronger initially. Finding triples is easier since the available minion pool is smaller. And last, you are more protected against the aggressive heroes in your lobby (if there are any) or simply players who are using Taunt compositions or other mid-range style Warbands to pick off players trying to upgrade their Tavern.
However, the main risk of that playstyle comes from the times you’ll end up finding a triple in awkward situations. The main problem is finding a triple when you don’t have gold to raise your Tavern, but also there aren’t enough minions in the shop you feel comfortable buying, leaving you with a lot of excess gold.
With either strategy, plan ahead. Try to think of how your board develops in the coming turns. And what your options are, based on the decisions you make now. For Xyrella, turn seven is one of the most important turns in the entire game as it decides much of how the remainder of your game plays out. Take your time, think about your options, and avoid wasting gold.
As a general tip, always plan out your options and think about your situation and how it will play out. Turn seven might be your most important turn, as it will dictate your flow of the game from now on.
What Warbands and compositions does Xyrella look to play?
Xyrella’s Tribe options are quite flexible due to See the Light’s near-infinite uses. For example, with the Murloc Tribe, you can use See the Light on Brann Bronzebeard or any other Murloc battlecry to get an additional gold every turn. A similar strategy works for the Mech tribe. Try and use See the Light on Battlecries and minions that aren’t affected by the stat change, like Iron Sensei.
Other tribes like Dragons, Beasts, and Pirates don’t use See the Light as effectively besides some helpful situations here and there. For more on that, see Xyrella’s Minion Cheatsheet at the bottom of the page.
Elementals, Quilboar, and Demons all work pretty similarly with See the Light. Besides the obvious “buy a battlecry for one less gold”-plan, these tribes work well with Xyrella’s ability since you can also use it on nearly every minion of these tribes. Whatever your current Warband centers around, you can find buffs, enablers, or scaling tools whenever the opportunity presents itself. Some examples include Demons for Wrath Weaver, Elementals for Nomi, Kitchen Nightmare and Lil’Rag, and Quilboars like Sun-Bacon Relaxer or Blood Gem generators.
That is all you need to know to get started with Xyrella. Let us know how you do learning one of the latest Battlegrounds heroes. You should look forward to Mewwy’s next guide covering Vol’Jin! Best of luck on your Battlegrounds climb and stay away from Bob’s disgusting pretzel mustard.
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Cheat Sheet addition. A simple list of minions worth picking up with your ability.
There are many minions with positive uses for Xyrella’s ability See the Light. These positive effects may range from a simple buff in stats to saving gold on units of which the stats aren’t important. Here is an easy-to-use list of minions for every tribe in Battlegrounds.
The best minions to hero power:
Beast: Alleycat, Scavenging Hyena, Kindly Grandmother, Houndmaster, Rat Pack, Virmen Sensei, Goldrinn, the Great Wolf
Demon: Fiendish Servant, Wrath Weaver, Nathrezim Overseer, Soul Devourer, Crystalweaver
Dragon: Red Whelp, Steward of Time, Bronze Warden, Twilight Emissary, Murozond, Nadina the Red
Elemental: Refreshing Anomaly, Sellemental, Arcane Assistant, Statis Elemental, Nomi, Kitchen Nightmare, Tavern Tempest
Mech: Micro Machine, Micro Mummy, Kaboom Bot, Metaltooth Leaper, Iron-Sensei, Screwjank Clunker, Replicating Menace, Annoy-o-Module, Mechano-Egg
Murloc: Murloc Tidecaller, Murloc Tidehunter, Coldlight Seer, Felfin Navigator, Primalfin Lookout, Toxfin, King Bagurgle
Pirate: Deck Swabbie, Scallywag, Freedealing Gambler, Bloodsail Cannoneer, Southsea Strongarm, Goldgrubber (NOTE: Whenever you hero power with Pirates, they do NOT count towards the buff that Southsea Strongarm gives)
Quilboar: Razorfen Geomancer, Sun-Bacon Relaxer, Bannerboar, Necrolyte, Thorncaller, Groundshaker, Aggem Thorncurse
Neutrals: Acolyte of C’Thun, Menagerie Mug, Selfless Hero, Spawn of N’Zoth, Unstable Ghoul, Khadgar, Arm of the Empire, Warden of Old, Defender of Argus, Menagerie Jug, Brann Bronzebeard, Deadly Spore, Faceless Taverngoer, Lightfang Enforcer, Strongshell Scavenger