The Summoner's core focus is relatively simple. She likes to summon minions. She likes to summon the smallest minions available, and the biggest. She likes to crush with a few towering goliaths or huge armies. Her goal is simply to summon, and everything else stems from it. As a Summoner, she doesn't evoke any fireballs or heal herself or allies or give anyone buffs, she summons something to do all that for her. She's flexible in her summoning, able to use the creatures for these effects without keeping them stable within the world, immediately dispelling them afterwards, allowing you to save mana. She can also use her spells to empower the next minion she summons, but not one currently on the board.
Oh, and she's also evil. Not Gul'dan kinda evil, supervillain from a black and white 80's tv show kinda evil. Her hobbies include monologuing, using scare tactics, practising her evil laugh and summoning terrifying monsters. She doesn't kick small animals though, she finds them too cute. She won't admit that of course, but there's that. Finally, she's still an intelligent caster, so she spends a lot of time studying and note-taking, which in hearthstone terms means copying cards.
Invoke is the keyword of the Summoner. It represents her summoning expertise; she can summon creatures with potent effects, that annihilate the board or specific minions, but stop concentrating on it straight after, saving her mana but losing the minion.
Villainy 101: Summoner's Guide
Chapter 1: The Basics
As a Summoner, you must not underestimate the basics! You may look to the later sets and see all your fancy legendary monsters and insane epics, but without a decent basic set, you'll be stunted heavily! A class with no basic set is not a class at all, as a class cannot properly set its identity in place without fundamentals. Get studying, initiate...
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Below are your fundamental fundamentals, the cards you get right from the get-go.
And below here are the cards you unlock as you better your skills.
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Chapter 2: Classic Summoning
You've made it to the second chapter? Well, that's a good sign, most novice summoners die off straight after teaching their wolf summons to consume the weak. In the classic set, you'll have access to cool new stuff, such as Invoke cards and Secrets, whichmeans you'll be improving in both the aspects of flexible summoning and not dying. Prepare for some more complexcards this time, which will help define your individuality as a summoner a mongst the other classes.
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Chapter 3: The Old Gods
Welcome to Chapter 3! The Old Gods are some truly terrifying beings, but with the help of this guide, you might just gain their power and complete alliance... Except Yogg-Saron, he's fairly volatile. The Old Gods are complete buildaround legendaries, which means plenty of exciting new deck possibilities are presented for you. Think wisely about how you handle them.
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Chapter 4: Karazhan
You've made it an unexpected distance, all the way to Karazhan. This is notably less intense than what you've just been through, and this place shall introduce three whole new archetypes for you to go down. Well, you could have run them before, but you get the point. This is a turning point for summoner individuality, and I hope you come out of it better knowing yourself.
Chapter 5: Gadgetzan Mayhem
I'm impressed, not many make it this far through the book. Welcome to Gadgetzan, and welcome to the Kabal. Here you'll find a number of caster freaks who use their hands to shoot fire and stuff (A complete waste of spellcasting potential) as well as some helpful fellows who'll show you the ropes on making potions. It's not hard when you get used to it, I promise. This chaotic place is perfect for a villain such as yourself, but you'll have to stay safe as there're some people who've also caught wind of how objectively fantastic summoning is.
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Chapter 6: The Beasts of Un'Goro
You wanna hear a little secret? Well you can't, you'll need to earn it. Welcome to the birthplace of quests, yours of which is to summon a beast that I'm sure you've heard of, who'll tell you something I'm sure you HADN'T heard before. You'll just need to search for him beforehand. It's not just him though, there're also elementals and dinosaurs and all sorts of interesting goodies about. You'll just need to find them. Good luck on your Journey.
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Chapter 7: The Frozen Throne
Waiting for you around these parts, the Lich King himself sits. Be proud to be worthy of that, reader. His powers are truly rewarding, giving you access to your first class cards which heal, with their powerful lifesteal effects. Unfortunately, this isn't always incredibly reliable. If you do face off against him yourself, be afraid of his curse. With less board slots, good luck defeating him with anything but the biggest of minions.
Fall before my army! Watch as your friends and loved ones die under my servants! Hahahahahaha!
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Chapter 8: Monster-Ridden Catacombs
This is the final chapter of the book. You are indeed an excellent summoner to have made it this far, but don't think your journey is over after this point. The Witchwood is just around the corner... For now, have some fun with support for all your favourite decks, and a number of scary beasties. Have fun adventuring down there, and good luck to you in your future adventures!
From the ground the rocks, citrine birthed. Its catastrophic strength returns foes to the earth.
Hey, so even if you didn't win the competition, you do win a prize from me. Custom flavor text for your entire class (except the Spellstone and Death Knight because you already made it). McF4rtson already wrote flavor text for his Sea Witch class, so this can kinda make up for that. This is also my second attempt at making this post because my computer crashed on me once making it before.
Prepare for trouble!
He's really lonely and just wants to have friends.
That's one way to fire up the crowd.
Poor Millhouse Manastorm.
Summoners have a very strict education system.
Mephilia likes to play Burnout.
Her animations only run at 30 frames per second.
It's both a unit of weight and a unit of currency.
You're telling me THAT swallowed King Mukla!?
Make it double!
A face only a mother would love, except that its mother barely loves it at all.
Azeroth's hottest rock band with the songs "Gimme Safehouse", "Paint it Blue" and "(I Can't Get No) Appreciation".
It's like regular anger, only savager.
Her mentor is none other than LLEEEEERRROOOOOOOYYY JJEEENNNNKKKKKIIIINNNNNSSS.
Some people prefer to call it "Creature Ambush", and some others call it "Minion Ambush".
(this is a reference to how the equivalent of minions in Hearthstone are referred to as "creatures" in MTG and "monsters" in Yu-Gi-Oh!)
You made it once, you can make it again.
Number 1 lesson in summoning is to not panic. Most people do it anyway.
The main reason Summoners never become good comedians. They're laugh always scares away the crowd.
I thought adrenaline was pretty wild already.
I think you mean "Azerothquake".
Finding glasses in his size is difficult.
But I wanted to go right...
But what would an evil counterpart to an already evil character be?
Most common way for Summoners to cheat at soccer.
Owns and runs Kofko Wholesail.
Whispers of the Old Gods + One Night in Karazhan
It's abandoned until an Old Gods decides to corrupt it.
NO, NO, NO!!! IT'S OLD GODS, NOT RUIN!!!
Some people are into it. You never know.
Surprisingly squeaky clean.
Literally just signs that say "The End" on them. They appear to do the job just fine.
Yeah, I definitely need to clean the carpet.
Not a big fan of Corrupt Fiverunners.
C'THUN WANTS YOU!!!
She's mad because she didn't get perfect grades in propheting school.
It doesn't run when it's on a shark. It's more like a Menagerie Swimaway.
A purrfect pun.
Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
Well apparently she cares if you control a Secret or not.
"Why isn't this in One Night in Karazhan" - Everyone when they look at this card for the first time.
You just activated my Trap Potion!
Has a hard time trying to get on the couch.
POTION... POTion... Potion... potion...
Fatale-ity! Get it?
Especially good at creating sock puppets.
"Help, I was trying to summon a Wisp, but I accidentally summoned The Ancient One."
Expert in cheating at Poker and Hearthstone.
Journey to Un'Goro
It's a great escape, but it sounds less great when you explain it to your friends. "Hey, how did you get out?" "I played my Great Escape spell card." *crickets chirp in the background*
A little bit different than a Stereologist.
Hornnose see, Hornnose do, Hornnose want to do it too.
Skipping across oceans isn't really its thing.
You're not dead. You just feel like you were 5 seconds ago.
A bit overcomplicated if you ask me.
If your bodyguard is so brittle, maybe you should hire a different bodyguard.
Uh, what's 2 + 2 again?
He's very thin skinned, so don't make fun of him.
Knights of the Frozen Throne
A tad undercooked. Just a little, tiny bit.
The Summoner equivalent of bird watching.
PEW! PEW! PEW! PEW!
When Lifescales die, they turn into...
I'm sure you would like souls too if you tried it.
It's amazing how many Tuskarrs you see with Trouble up their sleeves.
It's not really a monologue when you did it this late into the game though.
Killing generations of rats is Mephilia work.
He REALLY needs to take a shower, like right now.
Kobolds and Catacombs
Never shares with anyone. Can't blame him though. Every time he tries, someone tries to steal something.
MRRRGGGLLL TAKE CANDLE!
You know how siblings are.
"I really should've saved my Pyroblast for that" - The last Mage who adventured into these catacombs.
But it's not even a hunter card. Why not call it Fortuna Summoner?
Creampuffs make surprisingly good guild recruiters.
Has lots of very interesting looking brothers and sisters.
Medivh used to keep monstrous animals in his menagerie, but it was turning party guests away.
Also known as a Carnivorous... Cylindrical Trapezoid. Whatever shape it's supposed to be.
Hope you enjoyed reading.
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I definitely enjoyed reading, and I'm surprised that you managed to come up with really good flavour text for all the cards. That's some dedication. I will say I'm offended you called Baby Gryphon ugly however. I'm not really sure what to say to properly thank you here, nothing I say will be able to compare to what you've actually done, so I feel rather spoiled right now.