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Sentinels Strategy Guide

THE PINECONE GUIDE TO THE SENTINELS

 

This guide uses Flamethrower49's Basic Outline, which is ironic considering what Flamethrowers do to Pinecones.  These guides are a community effort and if you can provide any suggestions or constructive criticism, I will modify them accordingly.

 

  • Best Attack: Dark Delusions

  • Best Team Support: Hippocratic Oath

  • Best Personal Support: Team Communication

  • Primary Damage Type: Melee, Psychic

  • Secondary Damage Type: Infernal, Energy

  • Worst Card: Caliginous Form

  • Nemesis: La Capitan

 

Welcome to the Kings (and Princess) of one-shots. The Sentinels are a team inside a team, and their play style reflects it. Mastering the connections between your heroes in the key to bringing any opponent to their knees.

 

The Base Powers:

The Sentinels give you four different power options right off the bat, which makes them able to adapt to the situation at hand very easily. The Idealist, with her Telekinetic Jab, is the most straightforward, providing extra damage whenever it's needed. This goes from average to excellent while Sentinel Tactics is in play, as it is essentially a free power each turn, provided you didn't already use a damaging one-shot. Doctor Medico's power would be decent on any hero; its use is amplified when you're using a team of low-health heroes who need healing constantly. Mainstay's base power is good for the same reason—best used when there is a card (or Villain) in play that hits all hero targets or the hero target with the lowest HP—and it pairs fantastically with Human Shield once you have it active. Writhe's power, Extract, is less useful. It can be used to help Tachyon discard a burst, or to set up Omnitron-X or Setback for a Timeshift/Risk (in the former case, you can set up anyone on Omnitron-X's team). Otherwise, it is more of an afterthought power, used only when your other heroes are incapacitated or there's nothing to hit/heal/protect against.

 

The Signatures:

Hippocratic Oath is usually the first signature you go for with Unique Capabilities. The reason is that it allows you to turn any anonymous one shot into a burst of health; not only for your heroes, but for the others on your team too. Sentinels of the Multiverse does not have a dedicated healer deck—the closest is Tempest, who whittles away many a power phase creating a Cleansing Downpour—but it does have a dedicated healing character in Doctor Medico. Medico is by far the most team-oriented (“team” referring to the other players) than any of his Sentinel comrades. Hippocratic Oath has the additional bonus of automatic health regeneration each turn! And if you call now, we'll include three other heroes in your Doctor Medico package!

 

Ahem. But seriously, having Hippocratic Oath in play helps keep all of the good guys in the fight, which is especially important for the low-health Sentinels.

 

Durasteel Chains are next on the list of Signatures you should search for. They give you the ability to increase the damage of any anonymous one-shots, and they also allow Mainstay to make great use of his otherwise limited Human Shield. If you have the Durasteel Chains, Human Shield, and Block all active, you can redirect any damage to Mainstay and reduce it by two. The Naturalist's Rhino form can rarely do better. It's a difficult combination to set up or to maintain, but when it works it WORKS.

 

Next is the Idealist's Aura of Vision. The Sentinels usually don't need too much help as far as cards are concerned, thanks to Team Communication, but your allies very well might (as you may if you haven't gotten a Team Communication yet) and as such this is a great card to have around. I wouldn't search for it over Hippocratic Oath or Durasteel Chains with Unique Capabilities, but if you draw it, or you already have the other two, or someone just had to discard their hand, then get Aura of Vision into play as soon as possible.

 

As with his backstory and his base power, Writhe seems to come up short here. Caliginous Form is a damage redirect card—at the villain no less—but unfortunately a very poor one. For one, Writhe has no way of making sure that the damage is going to be coming his way, as he is usually neither going to be the Hero target with the highest HP or the lowest. You can deliberately not heal him to keep damage going his way (still upset about the whole bank-robbing thing, eh?), but even then it only redirects the first instance of damage each turn. And even then the redirected damage is reduced by two. It's not a terrible card, but it's by far the worst of the signatures, and usually the Sentinels will have something more useful to play on hand.

 

Hero Specific Cards:

 

Doctor Medico's only specific mentions other than on his Signature are Restorative Burst and Horrifying Dichotomy. Restorative Burst is a good revival card if one of the others goes down (make sure to keep Medico himself alive or you'll only have three revival cards, rather than six). It also gives everyone a 1 HP heal, which adds up when considered alongside Hippocratic Oath and M.D.. Horrifying Dichotomy is a great one-shot, although its effect changes when Hippocratic Oath is in play. Not necessarily less useful, just different.

 

 

Other than Durasteel Chains and Human Shield, Mainstay is mentioned specifically on Good Hero – Bad Hero. It's an okay card; not the best healing effect you have, but a usable one, and the three extra damage (four with the Chains) is nice. Just because Mainstay is not mentioned on many card does not mean that he's less useful; he's the go-too guy for your anonymous one-shots once his Chains are in play, making him the best damage dealer—if not the most frequent—on the team.

 

One shots are where Writhe really starts to (pardon the anti-pun) shine. Fling into Darkness can instantly dispose of any 7 HP or lower target, which is pretty darn good. Blackout is a great AoE attack, which becomes just as strong as Dark Delusions while the Durasteel chains are in play. Dark Delusions is the best one-shot in the Sentinel's deck, not because it is leagues above the others but because it reliably deals 5 damage to one villain target and 2 to all others without needing any other cards in play than two of your characters.

 

The Idealist has decent one-shots herself. In addition to the fantastic Dark Delusions, she has Positive Energy, which heals and provides a decent AoE. She also has Telekinetic Wallop, which goes from worthless to fantastic with her in play. 3 damage to all villains is the best AoE the Sentinels have. The Idealist must like multitasking, which—let's be honest guys—girls are better at.

 

Non-Specific Cards:

Sentinel Tactics, as mentioned before, is something you should get into play as quickly as possible. The Sentinels LOVE being able to use extra powers. Second Chance is another revival card; the best you have, as it doesn't depend on Doctor Medico's presence. Unique Capabilities not only gets you an instant Signature, but it lets you draw a card too, making it fantastic. Speaking of drawing cards, Team Communication is far and away the best draw card in the game. 4 cards instantly is ridiculous; getting to play one of them too is insane. Theoretically you can chain all of your Team Communications together to draw 10-12 cards, although doing so isn't always the best idea (know whether the villain or the environment has a card that might force you to discard your hand before using this strategy). If you draw one early game, you'll likely be set as far as cards go for the game's entirety. Finally, Coordinated Assault is a good card, equaling Ra's Fire Blast or Tempest's Lightning Slash. It can even get up to 6 damage with the Durasteel Chains. The obvious downside is that the power drops as your heroes drop, so this is just another reason to keep them alive and well as much as possible.

 

Weaknesses:

No ongoing or environment removal, and very susceptible to villain AoE attacks. Also, if you lose one, and you can't bring him or her back immediately, your entire strategy can fall apart as crucial heroes are not there to perform their one shots. Luckily, thanks to the vigilant Doctor Medico, keeping your heroes alive is easier than it might seem.

 

Teamups:

The Sentinels play like a heavy damage character (i.e. Haka, Ra, or K.N.Y.F.E.) crossed with a lot of HP restoration. As such any team will appreciate their presence; especially one going in against a villain who puts out damage fast. As for them, anyone who gives them the ability to play more cards or use more powers is their pal.  

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Writhe's Signature goes from crappy to awesome when the Sentinels come into the equation for highest HP.  With Oath, Chains and Caliginous the Sentinels become an incredible team of tanks, with healing reduction and redirection.  The damage from the redirection isn't good (except when the damage is really high or irreducible) but it is damage not taken.

Early on it is by far the weakest signature, but when everyone's health gets low and Mainstay and Writhe can be the highest it gets really good.

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Really to me the only cards I think just stick around in my hand is Restorative Burst and Second Chance.   Everything else is just a matter of which order I want to play them.   

 

I do think you underrate Extract from Writhe a bit.   Deck manipulation can be helpful for any deck.   I'm not saying it becomes your go to power every turn but I feel some games have gone smoother because of that.   Initially, I thought the same as you but from seeing others use it fairly well my opinion changed.  


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Powerhound_2000 wrote:

I do think you underrate Extract from Writhe a bit.   Deck manipulation can be helpful for any deck.   I'm not saying it becomes your go to power every turn but I feel some games have gone smoother because of that.   Initially, I thought the same as you but from seeing others use it fairly well my opinion changed.  

 

I do suppose that if you have Sentinel Tactics in play, you could use it as the second power after Telekinetic Jab if nobody needs Medico's immediate attention.  What sorts of circumstances did you see in those games when you saw it work well?

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One case would be against the Chairman as you get rid of some nasty cards or possibly put an underboss in the trash.   Potentially you could put one of the few less damaging cards on top.   It can also be good for heroes like Tachyon to get burst cards in the discard.   It's helpful just to pull cards that other players or yourself might not have gotten to since it's on the bottom of the deck.   I'm sure there are other villains or specific cases it can be helpful but that's what comes to mind at the moment. 


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I appreciate your strategy guides, Pinecone.  These have done a great deal to help me figure out how some heroes are supposed to be played.  And in some cases, you've pointed out some pretty huge things I've overlooked.  (Especially in this guide and the one for the Naturalist.)

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Nice guide Pinecone!

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Pinecone3 wrote:
Blackout is a great AoE attack, which becomes just as strong as Dark Delusions while the Durasteel chains are in play. 

I've read this line several times now, and I just can't figure out how Durasteel Chains makes Blackout better.


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Edit: nevermind, see Phantaskippy's reply below.  


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Chains is out:

You have Writhe hit Mainstay.

It's like using it to hit Fixer when Fixer has Crowbars or Jackhandle in play. (but not as good)

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phantaskippy wrote:

Chains is out:You have Writhe hit Mainstay.It's like using it to hit Fixer when Fixer has Crowbars or Jackhandle in play. (but not as good)

Ah, of course.  The old "a target" could be a good guy play.  Even after 100s of games that one is stll so counterintuitive to me.  It's this big blind spot in my strategy.


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I haven't played them much, but I've found Mainstay's power to be especially critical, given the Sentinels's low health and vulnerability to AOE's. Dr. Medico's healing is close second, simply because there's not much healing in SoM and the Sentinels have plenty of damaging one-shots (Writhe's power is a bit weak. Hopefully the promo will fix that).

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I wouldn't say Writhe's power is weak but moreso that it is situational.   I feel the same about his power on the promo card as well.  


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DrScott wrote:

Ah, of course.  The old "a target" could be a good guy play.  Even after 100s of games that one is stll so counterintuitive to me.  It's this big blind spot in my strategy.

I try to remember the scene in Avengers when Iron Man shoots Cap's shield, which is then redirected to the Chitari in the area... 


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Powerhound_2000 wrote:

I wouldn't say Writhe's power is weak but moreso that it is situational.   I feel the same about his power on the promo card as well.  

It's very hard to see a situation where using Wrirhe's ability is better.than straightforward DR, damage, or healing. Omnitron-x stacking, Tachyon, Prime Warden AA, maybe a couple of others. Still, it has to make.The random chance of a good pull you can combo better than any of the above, which would be rare.

I just saw that you can't use promo Writhe with hero cards. 

Still, you can plan it's use with several villains -- Dawn, The Chairman, Voss, the Matriarch, probably others.

I wonder -- can we mix and match the promo sentinels with the regular ones?

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Objulen wrote:
It's very hard to see a situation where using Wrirhe's ability is better.than straightforward DR, damage, or healing. Omnitron-x stacking, Tachyon, Prime Warden AA, maybe a couple of others. Still, it has to make.The random chance of a good pull you can combo better than any of the above, which would be rare.
I like Writhe's power a lot because it hits the sweet spot in Villain deck control, without being too powerful or just informative. My reasoning in using it is for Villains that I know I want to avoid X card above every other one. La Capitan is a good example, once the ship is in the Trash I want to avoid the card that brings it back ("All together now" I think) the most above every other card in her deck. Several Villains has this, either with their wipe cards or big hits: Omnitron, Dawn, Voss (Forced deployment), Chairman (Prison break), Gloomweaver (Relics), Kaargra (the one that flips her), etc.

Of course, I only use it when it's the only source of Villain deck control. The thing I like is that you can't abuse it and make the game too easy, like Infrared Eyepiece can, because it will not always be useful. But when it is, you earned yourself a turn against the Villain's Big Guns. The other deck control I like is Nightmist one (Astral Premonition?) since with her it's an actual decision go for that power above the others.

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Objulen wrote:

It's very hard to see a situation where using Wrirhe's ability is better.than straightforward DR, damage, or healing. Omnitron-x stacking, Tachyon, Prime Warden AA, maybe a couple of others. Still, it has to make.The random chance of a good pull you can combo better than any of the above, which would be rare.I just saw that you can't use promo Writhe with hero cards. Still, you can plan it's use with several villains -- Dawn, The Chairman, Voss, the Matriarch, probably others.I wonder -- can we mix and match the promo sentinels with the regular ones?

Again I said it's situational.   I may not use it frequently but there are spots I will use Writhe's power.   As to the promos you can mix and match them with the physical card game but my understanding in the video game is that will not be the case as they are intended to be together as a set.  


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Cards like Infrared Eyepiece are strong, but they do come with one negative. Writhe can eliminate that negative.


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Pydro wrote:

Cards like Infrared Eyepiece are strong, but they do come with one negative. Writhe can eliminate that negative.

Eh, I'm not sure it's a negative at all. At least, depending on the deck.

Putting Huginn or Muninn at the bottom of the deck instead of in the trash is a lot safer, for instance. Ditto for Dawn's Citizens, Apostate's Relics, and other decks that let the villain pull from the trash and not the deck.

The power is good, however, with hero decks that let you draw from the trash -- in most games, unless you're playing as Nightmist, the Scholar or Tachyon, whatever card is at the bottom of your deck might as well not be in the deck at all. Getting to put it on top or in the trash puts it somewhere accessible if you've got Tempest, Argent Adept, Scholar or, in the case of equipment, Mr. Fixer on the team.

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The negative part isn't that it goes in the deck and not the trash. The negative part is that it takes two or three cards cards from the top of the deck. Cards like Infrared Eyepiece work great if you find that horrible card and move it. If you don't, suddenly, that card just got closer to the top and closer to being played. Writhe can put the "not so bad card" that you had to move to the bottom and put it on top, saving everyone another turn from horrible destruction. Not to mention that it, also, allows someone like Wraith to do something else with her power phase.


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Take Citizen Dawn, if Infrared Eyepiece reveals 2 Citizens that wouldn't be bad to have in play, you can put the other one back on top on The Sentinel's turn. Next round will The Wraith uses Infrared Eyepiece, you know you will not reveal dual Devastating Auroras. If you place Devastating Aurora, Return with the Dawn, or Channel the Exclipse on bottom, Writhe can discard it. 

At least this is what I think Pydro is talking about it.

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Objulen wrote:

I wonder -- can we mix and match the promo sentinels with the regular ones?

I don't see any reason why you couldn't.

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Comparing a base power to a card that can be played seems like an odd comparison. No one's sitting around talking about how Crush is terrible when compared to Tactical Shotgun. Writhe is the only non-promo hero with base power villain deck manipulation. Comparing his base power to IR Eyepiece, Astral Prem, or Extrasensory Awareness (which is, IMO, the best villain deck manipulation, personal preference.)  Writhe's power is good, and most importantly, it gives the Sentinels a good mix of base powers; offense, defense, healing, control. I find myself using Writhe fairly frequently, especially as a second power with Tactics.  

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A better comparison would be Dark Watch Visionary.

Getting closer to the bad cards is only an issue if stop stacking the villain deck.

And it is situational, but Writhe's power is so situational that it's hard to justify. I can see possibly using it to duck some nasty surprises, but you are just as likely to hurt yourself as help yourself when using it with the villain deck. 

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Getting closer to the bad cards is only an issue if stop stacking the villain deck.

That's part of the problem. Once you start, you are almost required to continue, and you lose out on a lot of other things. Stacking the villain deck might be useful, damage is (almost) always useful. I have had a bunch of games that would have ended mush sooner if I did damage instead of trying to stack the villain deck. It can be a great defensive play if it works, but going on the offesive always helps. If that big horrible card is 8 cards down, and you find it after 4 uses of Infrared Eyepiece, you could have instead down 35-40 damage. That's alot of damage.

In the case of Writhe, I would absolutely use his power to put that "not so bad card" card back on the top (especially after Visionary puts 2 not-so-bad cards on the bottom), since 5 or 3-3-3 damage or -1 damage from Wraith can be better than one of the other Sentinel's powers.

Don't get me wrong, I think the those types of cards are very powerful, and I use Infrared Eyepiece a lot (although it's more for the extra card). I just no longer always use them at every chance I get.


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I am not trying to say that it isn't situational, just that you said above:

Objulen wrote:

It's very hard to see a situation where using Writhe's ability is better.than straightforward DR, damage, or healing. 

and I can think of several situations where you would want to use it.

However, even without those situations, I don't think it is so bad. You can't move bad cards from the top of the deck like other cards, but it can still be very useful if you want to stack the villain deck. Assuming you are not playing against a villain that loves the trash (in those cases you would need to consider other things), look at what the power does for you you:

1) If you draw a really bad card, you then you know that the really bad cad (or at least one copy) is not on or near the top of the deck (and is now no longer in the the deck at all). This knowledge can be very useful.

2) If you get a no-so-bad card, put it on top, and you don't have to worry about a bad card next turn, and you know the bad card is not on the bottomw of the deck.

Honestly, either option is good to know, if stacking the deck is something you want, and if you use it constantly, you will be in good shape. Is it as good as some of the other villain deck stacking stuff, no, if only because it only reveals a single card instead of 2 or 3. In other cases, you get to choose what would be the better card for the heroes. With Writhe, you have to go into saying "I am only try to avoid XYZ". If XYZ doesn't come up, move the card so it doesn't come up. If it does, trash it. It is a slightly different way to look at things, but it can be extremely effective.

It does have some negatives, like trashing the card (which can sometimes be good), but it also has some positives like how it combos with other cards. But the Sentinels have other options, so being weaker/different isn't so bad. However, as you pointing out up above, sometimes, even many times, straight damage, etc., is better. Straight damage/damage reduction, etc. being better, might be more of a reflection of those abilities being better  than stacking the deck, especially with the Sentinels, than the ability being weaker.


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I'm not saying that the power doesn't have some use, just that I have hard time seeing it as being worth the opportunity cost.

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Well if you have a round where the Sentinels can't be dealt damage I would be more inclined to use it especially with Sentinel Tactics out.   I could use it to stack the villain deck or setup a hero with a card they might not have seen otherwise.  


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Depending. Healing would be a good option, or damage. If there's a lull for a round it's a good choice when you have nothing else to play, but that's kind of my point ;-)

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Hence why we've said situational.  It's a good base power but the Sentinels have other options that more often than not will take priority. 


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Keep in mind there are similarly-situational powers for other heroes, they're just on a card in their deck. In those cases, you have to get the card out to use it, first, whereas the Sentinels start with all their available powers in play.

I tend to look at Writhe's and (to a lesser extent) Medico's powers as the situational ones, with Mainstay's and Idealist's as the primary.


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Something which I believe is easy to miss...
Hypocratic Oath does not require that the target selected to take damage by Medico be the target that regains HP.... it is a smart move to target another Sentinel (to take advantage of Nemesis bonus) even if you plan on healing another hero.... better yet target Chrono-Ranger with Hunter and Hunted in play or TermiNation Absolute Zero.

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Which also means that damage to Villains can become healing for heroes, which is relevant if you want to turn Blackout into one of the best healing effects in the game.


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Arcanist Lupus wrote:

Which also means that damage to Villains can become healing for heroes, which is relevant if you want to turn Blackout into one of the best healing effects in the game.

Never thought of that one.... sounds like a great way to deal with The Matriarch.

I did just play a game where I used Fling into Darkness to destroy a full health manifestation and heal a hero by 3.

So many fun Sentinels combos!

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I'd also note in the guide that the Sentinels are especially susceptible to Ongoing and Equipment destruction since their Signatures are unique and Unique Capabilities only draws from the deck, not the trash. So if a board wipe comes out after you've set up, you can't get them back again easily.

I'd also note that Caliginous Form is great when Irreducible Damage is involved and coming at the team -- I had a game once where Writhe ended up highest HP and Gloomweaver's Crimson Pin ended up on him, meaning that every turn Gloomweaver smacked himself. The Compulsion Cannister is also a winner here, with the added benefit of scoring a power use if Sentinels Tactics is out. Pop an Infection on him and enjoy the free damage at the start of your turn (though if Hippocratic Oath is out, Dr. Medico is the obviously better choice for infection).

One thing I've noticed in the video game as well -- the reduction happens first, then the redirect, meaning that Writhe effectively has 2 DR on the first shot every turn, which makes him a fantastic tank.

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I may not agree on your opinions for Wrtih's base power or his Signature card, but other than that I think you've made a solid how-to guide. :)