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[XCAPS20] Akiata [Balance/Growth]/Finesse vs EricF [Blood]/Strength/Growth

Well well well, @EricF we meet again! I trust you have been honing your codex skills since last we played. I have, unfortunately, been somewhat distracted by “real” life. I thought I’d try my hand with a new deck and here in round one I have the perfect opponent to help me learn it!

I hope you and yours are keeping safe in these troubled times, and I look forward to many more lessons in tournaments to come.

Best of luck!

P1T1

MYSTICAL FOREST: Whenever you would ready a unit or hero during your turn, you may put a +1/+1 rune on it instead.


StartingHand Workers

STARTING HAND
Young Treant
Forest’s Favor
Merfolk Prospector
Spore Shambler
Playful Panda


WORKERS
Spore Shambler


NextHand

Rich Earth
Tiger Cub
Ironbark Treant
Verdant Tree
Rampant Growth


Discard

Young Treant
Merfolk Prospector
Forest’s Favor


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid - ($4)
Worker - ($3)
Play Playful Panda (2/2), a Wisp (0/1) arrives - ($1)

Float ($1)
Discard 3, draw 5


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader:
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger: Wisp (0/1)
  • :pschip: Technician:
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • :exhaust: Playful Panda (2/2)

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 20

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 5
  • Deck: 0
  • Disc: 3

Gold:

  • Gold: 1
  • Workers: 5

@EricF’s turn!

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glhf2u2atj

P2, Turn 1
  1. Charge — Magic
  2. Pillage — Magic
  3. Nautical Dog — Tech 0
  4. Bloodburn — Tech 0
  5. Scorch — Magic -> Worker

5 gold (5)
Worker (4)
Rook (2)
Nautical Dog (1)
Discard 3, Draw 5. Float 1 gold

SQL - L1 Rook (2/4 +1)
Scavenger - Nautical Dog (1/1)

Base - 20

6 workers, 1 gold
Hand: 5
Deck: 0
Discard: 3

Next Hand
  1. Makeshift Rambaster — Tech 0
  2. Mad Man — Tech 0
  3. Careless Musketeer — Tech 0
  4. Bombaster — Tech 0
  5. Bloodrage Ogre — Tech 0

‘atj’ I’m thinking is ‘at this juncture’, but I’m not confident that’s it.

P1T2


Tech StartingHand Workers

TECH
Discord
Nimble Fencer


STARTING HAND
Rich Earth
Tiger Cub
Rampant Growth
Ironbark Treant
Verdant Tree


WORKERS
Spore Shambler
Rich Earth


NextHand

Discord
Verdant Tree
Tiger Cub
Merfolk Prospector
Forest’s Favor


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid + float - ($6)
Panda plays in the Mystical Forest, rather than readying.
Worker - ($5)
Play Ironbark Treant - ($2)
Begin constructing Tech I building - ($1)

Float ($1)
Discard 3, reshuffle, draw 5


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Ironbark Treant (1/2+AAA)
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger: Wisp (0/1)
  • :pschip: Technician:
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • :exhaust: Playful Panda (3/3, +)

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 20
  • :heart: Tech I HP: 5

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 5
  • Deck: 3
  • Disc: 0

Gold:

  • Gold: 1
  • Workers: 6

@EricF’s turn!

P2, Turn 2

Careless Musketeer — Tech 0 -> Worker
Bloodrage Ogre — Tech 0
Makeshift Rambaster — Tech 0
Mad Man — Tech 0
Bombaster — Tech 0

Tech in Bird Nest x2

6 gold (7)
Makeshift Rambaster (5)
Rook, Dog, and Baster kill Ironbark
Mad Man (4), kills Wisp
Worker (3)
Bloodrage Ogre (1)
Discard 1, rs, Draw 3. Float 1 gold.

Technician - BRO (3/2)

L1 Rook (2/3)
Makeshift Rambaster (1/1)
Mad Man (1/1)

Base - 20

7 workers, 1 gold
Hand: 3
Deck: 4
Discard: 0

Next Hand
  1. Bombaster — Tech 0
  2. Bird’s Nest
  3. Bird’s Nest

P1T3


Tech StartingHand Workers

TECH
Tiny Basilisk
Nimble Fencer


STARTING HAND
Merfolk Prospector
Tiger Cub
Forest’s Favor
Verdant Tree
Discord


WORKERS
Spore Shambler
Rich Earth
Verdant Tree


NextHand

Ironbark Treant (1/2+AAA)
Rampant Growth
Young Treant
Nimble Fencer


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid + float + Scavenger - ($8)
Worker - ($7)
Summon and midband River Montoya (2/4) - ($3)
River casts Discord, rattling Rambaster and Mad Man back to discard pile - ($1)
Play Merfolk Prospector (1/1) - ($0)
Playful Panda kills Bloodrage Ogre, takes 1 damage, you draw 1.

Float ($0)
Discard 2, draw 3, reshuffle, draw 1


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Merfolk Prospector (1/1+A)
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician: L3 - River Montoya (2/4)
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • :exhaust: Playful Panda (3/2, +, 1 damage)

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 20
  • :heart: Tech I HP: 5

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 4
  • Deck: 5
  • Disc: 0

Gold:

  • Gold: 0
  • Workers: 7
Thoughts

No Tech I - I guess multicolour is too expensive.

Bird’s Nest and… charge? Thunderclap then Charge with say Bombaster? Dunno, it’s playng out a lot of cards. Maxband Rook? Maybe just an expensive Scorch and a midband Rook to get a tech break / hero kill?

I’ll play out one extra patroller to defend against Rook’s midband. Seems a likely usage of extra funds. Not too sure about what to do with my extra $2. I’ll midband River and hope she survives behind a chump Merfolk.

@EricF’s turn!

P2, Turn 3
  1. Bombaster — Tech 0
  2. Bird’s Nest -> Worker
  3. Bird’s Nest
    +Pillage

Tech 2x Blooming Ancient

7 gold (8)
Worker (7)
Bird’s Nest (5)
Tech I (3)
Rook eats Prospector
Discard 2, Draw 3, rs, Draw 1. Float 3 gold.

Scavenger - Bird (1/1)
Technician - Bird (1/1)

L1 Rook (2/2) w/ Nest

Base - 20
Tech I - 5

8 workers, 3 gold
Hand: 4
Deck: 6
Discard: 0

Next Hand

Blooming Ancient
Bloodburn — Tech 0
Nautical Dog — Tech 0
Charge — Magic

P1T4


Tech StartingHand Workers

TECH
Wandering Mimic
Potent Basilisk


STARTING HAND
Young Treant
Nimble Fencer
Rampant Growth
Ironbark Treant (1/2+AAA)
Discord


WORKERS
Spore Shambler
Rich Earth
Verdant Tree
Ironbark Treant (1/2+AAA)


NextHand

Tiger Cub
Nimble Fencer
Tiny Basilisk


Discard

Merfolk Prospector (1/1+A)
Wandering Mimic
Potent Basilisk
Discord
Rampant Growth


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid - ($7)
Play Young Treant (0/2, Can’t attack), I draw 1 - ($5)

draw

Discord!

Worker - ($4)
River casts Discord, scattering the birds. You gain a gold and draw a card - ($2)
Play Nimble Fencer (2/3, Haste) - ($0)
Nimble Fencer and Playful Panda break your Tech I building, your base to 18.
River kills Rook, maxbands and heals.

Float ($0)
Discard 1, draw 3


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader:
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician: Young Treant (0/2, Can’t attack)
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • :exhaust: Playful Panda (3/2, +, 1 damage)
  • :exhaust: Nimble Fencer (2/3, Haste)
  • :exhaust: L5 - River Montoya (3/4)

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 20
  • :heart: Tech I HP: 5

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 3
  • Deck: 1
  • Disc: 5

Gold:

  • Gold: 0
  • Workers: 8
Thoughts

Rook on a silver platter? Okaaay. It’s gotta be Dinosize right? Dinosize on the birds, or on hasty red units… that’s a great combo. Floating three gold too… maybe double Dinosize? Also in a position to go for Tech II next turn. I guess no Heroe’s Hall because it can’t be defended? All very strange. Crash Bomber is a likely tech choice so maybe a tech break isn’t a bad idea.

Young Treant makes a great blocker that Rook can’t suicide into, and one in five to fish out Discord again. And look at that, out it comes.

So now I can clear the board and get a tech break… I’d have to go down to 3 cards, and EricF will be able to swing back hard, but I think it’s still the best play.

@EricF’s turn!

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P2, Turn 4

Blooming Ancient
Bloodburn — Tech 0 -> Worker
Nautical Dog — Tech 0
Charge — Magic
+Bombaster

Tech MoLaC and Bloodlust

8 gold (12)
Worker (11)
Max Arg (5)
Rebuild Tech I
Bombaster (3)
Tower (0)
Discard 3, Draw 5.

SQL - Elemental (3/3 +1)
Elite - L5 Arg (2/5)
Technician - Wisp (0/1)

Bombaster (2/2)

Base - 18
Tech I - 5
Tower - 4

9 workers, 0 gold
Hand: 5
Deck: 0
Discard: 6

Next Hand

Bloodrage Ogre — Tech 0
Makeshift Rambaster — Tech 0
Mad Man — Tech 0
Pillage — Magic
Blooming Ancient

P1T5


Tech StartingHand Workers

TECH
Appel Stomp
Wandering Mimic


STARTING HAND
Tiny Basilisk
Nimble Fencer
Tiger Cub


WORKERS
Spore Shambler
Rich Earth
Verdant Tree
Ironbark Treant (1/2+AAA)


NextHand

Forest’s Favor
:exhuast: Nimble Fencer (2/3, Haste)
Tiger Cub


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid - ($8)
Skip Worker
Play Tiny Basilisk (1/2, Deathtouch, Un-stop/attack-able by T0 units) - ($6)
Play Nimble Fencer #2 (2/3, Haste) - ($4)
Begin constructing Tech II buidling… BALANCE! - ($0)
River exhausts to sideline Water Elemental.
Playful Panda and Nimble Fencer trade with Arg. Levels fizzle.

Float ($0)
Discard 1, draw 1, reshuffle, draw 2


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Tiny Basilisk (1/2+A, Deathtouch, Un-stop/attack-able by T0 units)
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger: Nimble Fencer (2/3, Haste)
  • :pschip: Technician: Young Treant (0/2, Can’t attack)
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • :exhaust: L5 - River Montoya (3/4)

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 20
  • :heart: Tech I HP: 5
  • :heart: Tech II HP: 5 (Balance)

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 3
  • Deck: 8
  • Disc: 0

Gold:

  • Gold: 0
  • Workers: 8
Thoughts

Well I was expecting lots of hasty, frenzied red things. EricF’s recovered handsize, whilst mine continues to diminish.

It’s somewhat expensive, but I think the chance to knock over Arg here will prevent any nasty Growth buffs landing next turn, so I’ll go for it.

@EricF’s turn!

P2, Turn 5

Bloodrage Ogre — Tech 0
Makeshift Rambaster — Tech 0
Mad Man — Tech 0 -> Worker
Pillage — Magic
Blooming Ancient

Tech in Crash Bomber and Kidnapping

9 gold (9)
Worker (8)
Tech II Growth (4)
Elemental Kills Nimble Fencer, you get a gold
Drakk (2)
Pillage, your base takes 2, I steal that gold (2)
Bombaster kills the Young Treant, you draw
Bloodrage Ogre (0)
Discard 2, rs, Draw 4

SQL - L1 Drakk (1/3 +1)
Scavenger - BRO (3/2)
Technician - Wisp (0/1)

Bombaster (2/2)
Elemental (3/1)

Base - 18
Tech I - 5
Tech II - 5 (Growth)
Tower - 4

10 workers, 0 gold
Hand: 4
Deck: 7
Discard: 0

Next Hand
  1. Blooming Ancient
  2. Bird’s Nest
  3. Kidnapping
  4. Nautical Dog — Tech 0

P1T6


Tech StartingHand Workers

TECH
Nature Reclaims
Nature Reclaims


STARTING HAND
Forest’s Favor
:exhuast: Nimble Fencer (2/3, Haste)
Tiger Cub
Discord


WORKERS
Spore Shambler
Rich Earth
Verdant Tree
Ironbark Treant (1/2+AAA)
Tiger Cub


NextHand

Merfolk Prospector (1/1+A)
:exhaust: Playful Panda (3/2, +, 1 damage)
Wandering Mimic


Discard

Nimble Fencer (2/3, Haste)
Young Treant (0/2, Can’t attack)
Discord
Forest’s Favor
Nature Reclaims
Nature Reclaims


Tech 2 card(s)
My base to 18.
Get Paid + Technician Draw (but no Scavenger gold!) - ($8)
Worker - ($7)
Summon Argagarg Garg (1/3), a Wisp (0/1) arrives - ($5)
Play Nimble Fencer (2/3, Haste) - ($3)
River casts Discord, again. Your Wisp and Elemental dissapate, you draw a card - ($1)
Tiny Basilisk trades with Drakk. Levels to Arg who midbands.
Nimble Fencer defeats Brogre, takes 2 damage. You gain (and keep!) a gold.
River kills Bombaster, takes 1 damage from Tower.

Float ($1)
Discard 1, draw 3


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Wisp (0/1+A)
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician: L3 - Argagarg Garg (1/4)
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • :exhaust: L5 - River Montoya (3/3, 1 damage)
  • :exhaust: Nimble Fencer (2/1, Haste, 2 damage)

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 18
  • :heart: Tech I HP: 5
  • :heart: Tech II HP: 5 (Balance)

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 3
  • Deck: 4
  • Disc: 6

Gold:

  • Gold: 1
  • Workers: 9
Thoughts

Growth… hmmm, well, I’ll grab some Nature Reclaims for that …

Definitely getting my money’s worth out of Discord this game.

And did EricF pickup pillage again after the reshuffle? It it worth casting expensively? We shall see.

Still kinda waiting for the other shoe to drop. I still have the initiative here, but EricF’s infrastructure is pretty well developed and I can’t get to it this turn.

@EricF’s turn!

P2, Turn 6
  • Blooming Ancient
  • Bird’s Nest
  • Kidnapping
  • Nautical Dog — Tech 0
    +Pillage

Your Base takes 1 from Drakk death
10 gold (11). Tech nothing.
Blooming Ancient (7)
Rook (5)
Bird’s Nest (3)
Arg (1)
Nautical Dog (0)
Move some of the 6 runes to protect against Discord
Discard 2, Draw 4

SQL - Bird+ (2/2 +1)
Elite - Wisp+ (2/2)
Scavenger - L1 Rook (2/4) w/ nest
Technician - Nautical Dog+ (2/2)
Lookout - Bird+ (2/2)

Blooming Ancient++ (4/6)
L1 Arg (1/3)

Base - 18
Tech I - 5
Tech II - 5 (Growth)
Tower - 4

10 workers, 0 gold
Hand: 4
Deck: 2
Discard: 4

Next Hand
  1. Bloodlust
  2. Crash Bomber
  3. Makeshift Rambaster — Tech 0
  4. Blooming Ancient

@Akiata you’re up

Edited to reflect a flying Mimic.

P1T7


StartingHand Workers

STARTING HAND
:exhaust: Playful Panda (3/2, +, 1 damage)
Merfolk Prospector (1/1+A)
Wandering Mimic


WORKERS
Spore Shambler
Rich Earth
Verdant Tree
Ironbark Treant (1/2+AAA)
Tiger Cub
Merfolk Prospector (1/1+A)


NextHand

Wandering Mimic
Potent Basilisk
Rampant Growth


Discard

Nimble Fencer (2/3, Haste)
Young Treant (0/2, Can’t attack)
Discord
Forest’s Favor
Nature Reclaims
Nature Reclaims
:exhaust: Playful Panda (3/2, +, 1 damage)


Tech 0 card(s)
Get Paid + float - ($10)
My base belatedly to 17 from Drakk’s death.
Worker - ($9)
Play Wandering Mimic - ($5)
Build a Tower - ($2)
Maxband Arg. Water Elemental (3/3, Anti-air) arrives - ($0)

Float ($0)
Discard 1, draw 3


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: L5 - Argagarg Garg (1/5+A)
  • :psfist: Elite: Water Elemental (3+1/3, Anti-air)
  • :ps_: Scavenger: Nimble Fencer (2/1, Haste, 2 damage)
  • :pschip: Technician: Wandering Mimic (4/4, Haste, but also Flying)
  • :target: Lookout: Wisp (0/1, Resist 1)

In Play:

  • L5 - River Montoya (3/3, 1 damage)

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 17
  • :heart: Tech I HP: 5
  • :heart: Tech II HP: 5 (Balance)
  • :heart: Tower HP: 4

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 3
  • Deck: 1
  • Disc: 7

Gold:

  • Gold: 0
  • Workers: 10
Thoughts

That’s a well executed swing from EricF. I can’t get to Rook without prohibitively expensive losses, so I’ll wall up a bit. I can’t really stop the Blooming Ancient… and I don’t think my deck is built too well to cope.

@EricF’s turn!

Mimic is flying because birds exist, and bird is in SQL, can’t get to rook.

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It’s ok: I’m pretty sure I have lethal against anything that doesn’t involve 15 hp worth of patrollers, not counting the max-band Arg.

Sorry, work’s a bit mental will get to this in the next few hours. 15 HP’s worth of patrollers you say? Hmmm.

OK, I’ve edited my turn - I apologise for the delay. @EricF’s turn!

P2, Turn 7:

10 gold (10)
Blooming Ancient (6) [3 moveable runes]
Makeshift Rambaster (4) [5 moveable runes]
Existing Ancient picks up all the runes, kills Arg, takes 2 damage, my Arg to L3
Rook attacks Water Elemental and dies
One bird kills Nimble Fencer
The other bird kills the Wisp
My Wisp finishes off the Water Elemental
Drakk (2) [7 moveable runes]
Bloodlust, giving the new Ancient and Drakk Haste (0)
Ancient picks up all the runes, attacks under Mimic for 10
Rambaster picks up all the runes, attacks under Mimic for 10 gg! @zhavier

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Wow, very elegant solution! Well played, thanks for the game.

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