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Icaria, the Liberator is appraised as one of the best legendaries in the game, if not the best Rakano legendary unit. When played, she can easily snowball the game into a crushing victory, or force multiple removals while still affecting the general game state.
While a 5/5 unit for 7-power with a high influence requirement (3x, 3x) might be underwhelming, she makes it up for it by being the unit with the most battle skills ever, for a total of 5. The most interesting part is that all of them combine well with each other, making it so that she'll always provide an advantage when played no matter what: her Warcry Warcry:
When this attacks, the top unit or weapon of your deck gets +1/+1. is rather unique, as it is the only warcry that buffs your next drawn unit or weapon by +5/+5; such powerful effect can be easily activated on the turn you play her thanks to Charge Charge:
Can attack the turn it is played.; Flying Flying:
Can only be blocked by other units with flying. gives her a bit of evasion, making it difficult for her to be blocked by other units; Endurance Endurance:
Ready's on each player's turn, and can't be stunned or exhausted by spells or effects. allows Icaria, the Liberator to attack without fearing the danger of having her exhausted while still being immune to any Stun effects; finally, Aegis Aegis:
Protected from one enemy spell or effect (but not from battle damage). makes it difficult to kill her through removals as well.
Remember however that she's not invincible: some cards can hard-counter her, in the sense that while you'll still get your Warcry activated, she'll die as well. Sandstorm Titan has more stats than her while being a 4 drop and at the same time it negates Flying. Scorpion Wasp is a great card to kill her, as its battle skills go through both Flying and Aegis while being able to be played directly from hand. Once her Aegis is popped, In Cold Blood will not just kill her, but also give her Voidbound Voidbound:
This card can't leave the void. and make you discard all copies of her that are not on the board (in this case, if the buffed unit was another Icaria, the Liberator, they essentially negated the advantage she provided). Moreover, there are other units with Flying that are both cheaper and can easily deal with a 5 health unit, like Hunting Pteriax, Umbren Reaper, Impending Doom, Sapphire Dragon and Thunderstrike Dragon. Lastly, given her high cost she'll remain in your hand for most of the time, which makes her vulnerable to discard-from-hand, Silence Silence:
Remove all text from a card and its attachments.-from-hand, transform-from-hand and cost-increase-from-hand cards (like Treachery, Steward of Prophecy, Rain of Frogs, Slow).
Because of both the cost for playing her and the effects she brings, Icaria, the Liberator is usually played either as a deck centerpiece (Icaria Blue (a deck)) or as a rather powerful drop (Midrange/Armory decks). In both cases, a single hit from her is enough to make your next unit/weapon a must-answer threat, with such value increasing for every turn she's left alive.
For how much it regards other cards, she goes well with units that have either Revenge Destiny:
Automatically play when drawn, then draw another card.
The first time this is killed, give it Destiny and put it into the top ten cards or your deck., Charge or Aegis. About weapons, Stonescar Maul and Auric Runehammer are very good choices, with the best one being Starsteel Daisho. A particular mention goes to a few specific cards for how well they interact with her.
- Rise to the Challenge lets you directly draw either Icaria, the Liberator or the unit/weapon she buffed from your deck, while also giving it +2 attack.
- If you have her already in the Void, Honor the Fallen can be used to give all of her battle skills to an unit in play.
- Having Sower of Dissent in play will reduce the cost of the buffed card by 5 as well, without even considering that Icaria, the Liberator is a Valkyrie, which triggers Sower of Dissent's Ally Ally:
Ally abilities happen as soon as you have a unit of the named type. This can be when you play the unit with Ally or later of there's none of the needed type in play..
- If you have Hero of the People already on board, dropping Icaria, the Liberator will turn her into a stronger Icaria, the Liberator (being 6/6 instead of 5/5).
- Bulletshaper helps you play Icaria, the Liberator faster thanks to his Summon Summon:
Does something when played. (+ influence) and Ultimate Ultimate:
Can only be used once. (discard a spell for +2 power this turn).
- Rizahn, Greatbow Master does not really interact with her, but his 6 power cost, conditional Lifesteal Lifesteal:
When this deals damage, you gain that much . and Summon can help you into stalling the game 'till the next turn so that you may play her.
When this attacks, the top unit or weapon of your deck gets +1/+1. 5 gives the top unit of your deck +5/+5.
Icaria's Warcry will increase if given more Warcry effects.
In the lore, Icaria is a Valkyrie who rebelled against Rolant, the Iron Fist.