In the letter to the Hebrews the author looks to the O.T. stories and practices to draw parallels to the present day fulfillment of God’s promises. This gives us the perfect setting for an O.T. / N.T. hybrid set like you’ve never seen before! If you haven’t seen the announcement on the Redemption CCG Facebook page – check it out!

The centerpiece of the Cloud of Witnesses set is Hebrews chapter 11. This passage has been affectionately named the “Hall of Faith” or the “Cloud of Witnesses.” In this portion of the letter the author cites many stories of O.T. people whose faith in God produced acts of righteousness.

Cloud Cards

Each member of the “Hall of Faith” mentioned by name in Hebrews 11 (and a few who are implied by the text) is receiving a new card with the cloud icon on it. Even though many of these Heroes are reprints of previously released Heroes, the cloud icon is unique to this specific version. For example, prior versions of Joshua do not count as a cloud Hero but the new Joshua does.

Joshua_CoW

Some of the Heroes from the “Hall of Faith” already have some highly competitive cards in the game of Redemption. When printing a new version of these Heroes, we’ve made a concentrated effort to give players a card that will create an interesting deck building choice between the two available versions. Like Jacob who previously could band to Captain of the Host (and other angels) or play a Genesis Enhancement. Now players will need to choose between those great options and the cloud Jacob.

Jacob_CoW

Every cloud Hero printed in the Cloud of Witnesses set is also receiving a related “Faith of (Hero’s name)” Enhancement. Each “faith” Enhancement also has the cloud icon on it. The “faith” Enhancements all have the clay brigade because their stories are told in Hebrews to encourage N.T. believers. They also have a second brigade that matches a brigade of their namesake Hero. For example, Faith of Abel has both clay and green even though Abel is blue and green.

Abel_CoW

Why the Cloud Icon?

I’m glad you asked! The cloud icon allows for special interaction between certain cards mentioned in Hebrews. The set’s namesake card, Cloud of Witnesses, works with both cloud Heroes (the faithful from the past) and clay Heroes (those whose faith is being encouraged).

Cloud_of_Witnesses_CoW

There are a number of other cards in the set that interact with cloud cards as well. The Letter to the Hebrews can search your deck for a number of really nice cards from the book of Hebrews provided you have enough faith (Enhancements) to utilize it.

Letter_to_the_Hebrews_CoW

I fully expect players to enjoy searching out old favorites from the book of Hebrews, like Falling Away. But there are plenty of new cards to grab as well, like The Throne of Grace, Eternal Covenant, Salem, Reverence and Awe, Entertaining Angels, Deceitful Sin, or Egyptian Treasures. It can also search for the two new Dominants in the set!

There are several other cards in the set that interact with cloud cards, often interacting with the cloud Heroes. Cloud Heroes like Abel and Samuel have cool interaction with other cloud Heroes. Faith Enhancements like Faith of Gideon and Faith of Jacob get a bonus when played on a cloud Hero.

I Wish I Was a Cloud Hero

A couple of my favorite Heroes in the set that are NOT cloud Heroes work really well with cloud Heroes.

Melchizedek is mentioned more times in the book of Hebrews than he is in the rest of the Bible. It goes without saying that his 4th variation is included in this set. Unlike some of his predecessors, I expect this version of Melchizedek to see some serious play.

Melchizedek_CoW

The only angel is the set works far better with humans than he does with his angelic brethren. Is your favorite theme lacking a The Angel Under the Oak type card? Is there a Hero that your deck really wants to get early in the game? Maybe this guy is a good fit for your deck. And if that Hero is a cloud Hero, all the better!

The_Angel_of_the_Winds_CoW

Something New

You’ve probably noticed a couple interesting things about these cards that’s different than every other Redemption card you’ve ever seen.

First, instead of spelling out “cloud” on these cards we’ve used the cloud icon in the special ability. This is something new that we’re trying out in the Cloud of Witnesses set. Depending on how it’s received it’s something that we may do more of in the future.

Some of the cards we’ve previewed today have a fancy multi-colored border. This is something special we’ve done this year for 33 out of the 36 rare cards in the Cloud of Witnesses. The remaining three rare cards are the 2015 National Winner Creation cards and also have a special border unique to those 3 cards. Our hope is that you’ll find this to be one of the best looking Redemption sets ever!

Throughout the next four weeks you can look forward to seeing previews for almost all of the 129 cards, including 3 new Ultra Rare cards, in the Cloud of Witnesses set. Stay tuned to Land of Redemption for many more previews!

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18 thoughts on “Cloud of Witnesses Introduction (***SPOILERS***)

  1. Wyatt_Marcum

    I’m not feeling the cloud logo in the abilities, personally. it leaves a kinda blank in my head when I’m reading it that messes me up a bit. thats the best way for me to explain it, anyways. but a cool concept. and I think I am going to be making a deck with Melchizedek fairly soon if I can.

    1. Gabe Post author

      The cloud in the special ability doesn’t look as good on these preview images as it does on a full quality image or print. I’ll try to improve the quality on those to see if it helps. Hopefully you’ll find it easier to read when you see the cards in person!

      Melchizedek is a very fun card! With some of the new Lost Souls coming out there may even be a time where you decide to search your own deck for a Lost Soul and draw 1!

    2. Justin A.

      I have found the easiest thing to do is to simply read the icon as the word “Cloud.” Once you get your brain to make that association it’s just like reading it as if the word “cloud” was there. It took me some time when we started testing so I am guessing that will be the same for other people as well.

  2. Jonathan Gomez

    Two new dominants… I wonder if a reprint of Falling Away will be one of them.

    1. Gabe Post author

      I promise you’ll find the answer to that question right here on Land of Redemption over the next few weeks! 🙂

  3. Joey Elliott

    The dual color borders look awesome! this set already looks so cool

  4. Patrick W

    I liked the multi-colored background. It’s a great new feel to the cards. I also am not a fan of the icon in the text. The reason it works for other card games is that it’s often only a duo tone or single color without gradients. The icons typically are formatted a bit differently in other cards. Like in Magic, all the abilites their own left aligned paragraph similar to a list fomat. But in Redemption, our abilities are often just one paragraph of text containing all abilities in one chunk. I myself would like it spelt out or even abbreviated (like O.T. or N.T.) .

  5. John David Cunningham

    Wooo!!! So pumped for the new set!! What a great article! I love the cloud icons and the uniqueness it offers! Very 2016! So excited to see more spoilers and for the release! Can’t wait to get these!!

  6. ironisaac

    all i have to say is i’m glad its not those “what if” characters from april fools day!

  7. Polarius

    Couldn’t be happier with the icon in the ability. The next great leap forward will be being able to have much richer SA’s since tons of space would no longer be eaten up by such unwieldy words as “evil character,” “good enhancement,” etc. Instead, we would have nice, compact dragons and bibles and all sorts of icons we already have indexing for. A tangent improvement will be renaming “remove from game.”

  8. Joey

    Love the way these heroes zoom in on a new section of the person’s life or attributes! Along those lines, what about one of these verses for Jacob (Israel):

    “Gather together and hear, O sons of Jacob; And listen to Israel your father.”‭‭ Genesis‬ ‭49:2

    This lines up well with Hebrews 11 highlighting Jacob’s blessing, albeit specifically of Joseph’s sons, but the theme fits his new ability well.

    Or to bring emphasis to his first printing with the name of Israel:

    “He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.””
    ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭32:28‬ ‭NASB‬‬

    1. Gabe Post author

      Great suggestions, Joey! If the cards weren’t on the way to the printer I’d totally recommend a change. But alas, it’s too late now.

  9. Ivan

    Why is Melchizedek not declared as an angel? The book of Hebrews says about him in 7:3 “Without father, mother, or ancestry, without beginning of days or end of life, thus made to resemble the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.”

    1. Gabe Post author

      There are a number of different beliefs about Melchizedek. This version embraces the human king/priest. There’s not really a way to represent all beliefs in one card and keep it balanced. Redemption also tends to gravitate to the more mainstream views when there are ideas that contradict one another.

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