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[XCAPS21] Round 2: dwarddd [Truth]/Disease/Present vs flagrantangles [Ninjitsu]/Anarchy/Future

Let’s see how this matchup goes @flagrantangles : )

P1T1


StartingHand Workers

STARTING HAND
Manufactured Truth
Jail
Lawful Search
Spectral Aven
Bluecoat Musketeer


WORKERS
Bluecoat Musketeer


NextHand

Building Inspector
Reputable Newsman
Arrest
Porkhand Magistrate
Traffic Director


Discard

Jail
Manufactured Truth
Lawful Search


Tech 0 card(s)
Get Paid - ($4)
Worker - ($3)
Aven - ($1)

Float ($1)
Discard 3, draw 5


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader:
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician:
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • Spectral Aven(2/2) flying illusion

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 20

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 5
  • Deck: 0
  • Disc: 3

Gold:

  • Gold: 1
  • Workers: 5
thoughts

I see no good ways for him to pop an illusion that’s not patrolling, i think unphase is about it, so preliminarily gonna spam illusions…

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P2T1


Starting Hand Workers

STARTING HAND
Aged Sensei
Snapback
Fox Viper
Morningstar Flagbearer
Smoker


WORKERS
Fox Viper


Next Hand

Grappling Hook
Safe Attacking
Savior Monk
Sensei’s Advice
Fox Primus


Discard

Snapback
Smoker
Morningstar Flagbearer


Tech 0 card(s)
Get Paid - ($5)
Worker - ($4)
Summon Setsuki Hiruki. - ($2)
Hire an Aged Sensei. - ($1)

Float ($1)
Discard 3, draw 5


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader:
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger: Aged Sensei 1/1
  • :pschip: Technician:
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • Setsuki (1) 1/3 - Expensive to attack

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 20

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 5
  • Deck: 0
  • Disc: 3

Gold:

  • Gold: 1
  • Workers: 6
Thoughts

Give me money?

@dwarddd’s turn!

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P1T2


Tech StartingHand Workers

TECH
Argonaut
Spectral Hound


STARTING HAND
Reputable Newsman
Traffic Director
Arrest
Porkhand Magistrate
Building Inspector


WORKERS
Bluecoat Musketeer
Porkhand Magistrate


NextHand

Lawful Search
Arrest
Manufactured Truth
Jail
Argonaut


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid + float - ($6)
Worker - ($5)
Tech 1 - ($3)
building Inspector - ($2)
Quince - ($0)
Aven kills sensei

Float ($0)
Discard 3, reshuffle, draw 5


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Quince(1/3a)
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician:
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • Spectral Aven(2/2) flying illusion
  • Building Inspector(1/1) pay 1 more for buliding
  • Mirror(0/1) illusion

Buildings:

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

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 5
  • Deck: 3
  • Disc: 0

Gold:

  • Gold: 0
  • Workers: 6
Thoughts

well, unfortunately for the ‘experimental’ part of this tournament, going hard on illusions just seems the best thing to do… something to do with Present and Disease’s many ways of popping illusions could be fun with dreamscape i guess; but anything relying on too much hero setup is weak to snapback
oh yeah i still don’t want to be patrolling any illusions so tech an argo for defence and a hound for attacking (if i don’t draw argo not so bad as they’ve locked themselves out of Zane for a bit)

P2T2


Tech Starting Hand Workers

TECH
Calypso Vystari
Calypso Vystari


STARTING HAND
Grappling Hook
Safe Attacking
Savior Monk
Fox Primus
Sensei’s Advice


WORKERS
Fox Viper
Fox Primus


Next Hand

Smoker
Calypso Vystari
Grappling Hook
Morningstar Flagbearer


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid + float + Scavenger - ($8)
Worker - ($7)
Hire a Savior Monk. - ($5)
Build a very expensive Tech I. - ($2)
Research Safe Attacking. - ($1)

Float ($1)
Discard 2, reshuffle, draw 4


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Savior Monk 2/2A
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician:
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • Safe Attacking - 1A for Tech 0 and 1 units when they attack
  • Setsuki (1) 1/3 - Expensive to attack

Buildings:

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

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 4
  • Deck: 3
  • Disc: 0

Gold:

  • Gold: 1
  • Workers: 7
Thoughts

I think we go for Setsuki Ultimate + Calypso to move all the bits out of the patrol zone. Maybe that’s just stupid when the Ninjitos can have stealth and haste? Let’s try it anyway.

@dwarddd’s turn!

P1T3


Tech StartingHand Workers

TECH
Hyperion
Hyperion


STARTING HAND
Jail
Lawful Search
Arrest
Manufactured Truth
Argonaut


WORKERS
Bluecoat Musketeer
Porkhand Magistrate
Jail


NextHand

Hyperion
Reputable Newsman
Spectral Hound
Traffic Director


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid - ($6)
Worker - ($5)
Aven hits Monk
Quince kills Monk takes 2
Hire Argonaut - ($2)
Manufactured Truth BI into an Argonaut - ($1)
Pay 1 so Pseudonaut can kill Setsuki, dies when it turns back into an Inspector later, Quince midbands - ($0)

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


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Argonaut(3/4a) readiness
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician:
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • Spectral Aven(2/2) flying illusion
  • Mirror(0/1)
  • L3 Quince(1/4)

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

after drawing as convenient a hand as that the only real choice was whether to lose mirror or BI to the monk, while BI could ping his tech 1 and may impose another fine yet the Mirror is better as a threat of transforming it by maxbanding Quince

as i’m down on a card already why not avoid Truth and follow up on this lead with some Present aggression, big units are also fun to copy with Quince

@flagrantangles’s turn!

P2T3


Tech Starting Hand Workers

TECH
Glorious Ninja
Porcupine


STARTING HAND
Grappling Hook
Calypso Vystari
Smoker
Morningstar Flagbearer


WORKERS
Fox Viper
Fox Primus
Morningstar Flagbearer


Next Hand

Sensei’s Advice
Snapback
Calypso Vystari


Discard

Savior Monk
Grappling Hook
Glorious Ninja
Porcupine


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid + float - ($8)
Worker - ($7)
Hire Calypso Vystari. - ($6)
Build Tech II - Ninjutsu. - ($2)
Hire a Smoker. - ($1)

Float ($1)
Discard 1, draw 3


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Smoker 1/1A
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician: Calypso Vystari 2/2
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • Safe Attacking - 1A for Tech 0 and 1 units when they attack

Buildings:

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

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 3
  • Deck: 0
  • Disc: 4

Gold:

  • Gold: 1
  • Workers: 8
Thoughts

Well, we’re going to have to switch now that Setsuki is DEAD.

@dwarddd’s turn!

P1T4


Tech StartingHand Workers

TECH
Temporal Distortion
Tricycloid


STARTING HAND
Traffic Director
Spectral Hound
Reputable Newsman
Hyperion


WORKERS
Bluecoat Musketeer
Porkhand Magistrate
Jail
Traffic Director


NextHand

Lawful Search
Manufactured Truth
Hyperion
Building Inspector(1/1) pay 1 more for buliding


Discard

Reputable Newsman
Hyperion
Temporal Distortion
Tricycloid


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid - ($7)
Worker - ($6)
Tech 2 Present - ($2)
Hire Spectral Hound - ($1)
Argonaut kills smoker takes 1
Aven kills Vystari, you draw (vystari is in your discard before you draw, i usually have to look this one up :slight_smile: )
Quince hits your tech 2 for 1 dmg

Float ($1)
Discard 2, draw 4


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Argonaut(3/3a) readiness
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician:
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • Spectral Aven(2/2) flying illusion
  • Mirror(0/1)
  • L3 Quince(1/4)
  • Spectral Hound(3/3) illusion

Buildings:

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

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 4
  • Deck: 1
  • Disc: 4

Gold:

  • Gold: 1
  • Workers: 8
Thoughts

the snapback target on Quince now is big enough I don’t want to tech any of his spells yet, but still this looks fine from here Hyperions start arriving next turn

@flagrantangles’s turn!

You need gold for that.

Lol thank you, miscounted when i thought about the turn in my head so when it added up ‘fine’ i didnt think twice… have edited turn above

P2T4


Tech Starting Hand Workers

TECH
Glorious Ninja
Fox’s Den School


STARTING HAND
Calypso Vystari
Sensei’s Advice
Snapback
Glorious Ninja


WORKERS
Fox Viper
Fox Primus
Morningstar Flagbearer
Sensei’s Advice


Next Hand

Grappling Hook
Porcupine
Savior Monk


Discard

Snapback
Glorious Ninja
Fox’s Den School


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid + float - ($9)
Worker - ($8)
Hire a Glorious Ninja. - ($3)
Hire Calypso Vystari. - ($2)
Summon Vir Garbarean. - ($0)

Float ($0)
Discard 1, draw 3


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Calypso Vystari 2/2A
  • :psfist: Elite: Glorious Ninja 5/3 - Haste, Swift Strike
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician: Vir (1) 2/3
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • Safe Attacking - 1A for Tech 0 and 1 units when they attack

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 20
  • :heart: Tech I HP: 5
  • :heart: Tech II HP: 4

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 3
  • Deck: 2
  • Disc: 3

Gold:

  • Gold: 0
  • Workers: 9
Thoughts

I can’t imagine I’m going to win but I think we need to put Calypso into SQL to prevent it from being picked off by the Aven. We put the Ninja in Elite so it can murder a Hyperion, should one be coming. That said, it will just die to a Tricycloid so I guess we’re just hoping for a Hyperion. Vir is here just to pad everything out and potentially give me some CARDS.

@dwarddd’s turn!

P1T5


Tech StartingHand Workers

TECH
Temporal Distortion
Now!


STARTING HAND
Building Inspector(1/1) pay 1 more for buliding
Hyperion
Lawful Search
Manufactured Truth
Arrest
Temporal Distortion


WORKERS
Bluecoat Musketeer
Porkhand Magistrate
Jail
Traffic Director


NextHand

Now!
Hyperion
Reputable Newsman
Tricycloid
Temporal Distortion


Discard

Lawful Search
Building Inspector(1/1) pay 1 more for buliding
Manufactured Truth
Arrest
Temporal Distortion


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid + float - ($9)
Argonaut kills Vystari takes 2
Spectral Hound kills Vir takes 2, Quince Maxbands, you draw
Pay 2g to turn Mirror into a Glorious Ninja - ($7)
Glorious Ninja’s reflection duals him, they swiftly trade
Pay 2g to make another Mirror - ($5)
Hyperion from hand, mirror copies - ($0)
Hyperion real destroys your tech 2, i draw
Hyperion fake and Quince destroy your tech 1, i draw
Aven puts your base on 14

Float ($0)
Discard 5, draw 5


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Argonaut(3/1a) readiness
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician:
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • Spectral Aven(2/2) flying illusion
  • L5 Quince(1/5)
  • Spectral Hound(3/1) illusion
  • Hyperion(4/5) haste, attacks: draw a card
  • Mirrored Hyperion(4/5) trash if hyperion or Quince leave, illusion

Buildings:

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

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 5
  • Deck: 0
  • Disc: 5

Gold:

  • Gold: 0
  • Workers: 8
Thoughts

firstly this matchup was tilted my way from the start, you have no practical way to pop illusions on my backline and as P1 i could stay aggressive enough to avoid patrolling them (where they could be grapple hooked, vystaried and Zaned)

T1 - hiring Setsuki does let you cast white starter spells without penalty, but it meant i didn’t have to fear Zane charging in and lets me be more aggressive without needing to patrol so much, tough choice

T2 - with my offensive start with Aven it’s unlikely you’ll be doing much attacking for a while so Safe Attacking might not see much use; considering you ended up low on cards in this game consider a tower here instead of a second card? also will limit my aven to 2 more attacks

T3 - Calypso Vystari again is better when you’re doing the attacking, a beefier tech 1 may have stalled me more, when you saw you were floating 1g on turn 2 a Gilded Glaxx wouldn’t have even stopped you building tech 2
also T3, considering you’re low on cards, if the technician draw hadn’t produced Glorious Ninja (I’m assuming you didn’t tech him on turn 2!) the 4g spent on tech 2 could’ve had no immediate effect, anything else to spend it on?

I don’t want to give unsolicited advice (proceeds to do just that) so I hid it in the thoughts spoiler, but after the game if you want to read my ‘thoughts’ tab on this turn I wrote some things I would’ve done differently in your position for this game

@flagrantangles’s turn!

Ya got this right, but on turn 3 the building inspector should’ve gone to your discard after your discard/draw step, as your turn ends after that step.

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Good point and good reminder. I will keep that in mind in my future MT plays.

I don’t mind the advice, but I always feel like I want to have some kind of disclaimer regarding it. I love how many people want to help build skill, but the years of reading and even asking advice have revealed to me that I do not have any aptitude for Codex. I used to be more upset by that, but I’ve come to peace with it.

All this to say that your advice is probably good and great and is almost certainly wasted on me. I’ll read it and maybe yours will be the one that breaks through, but years of experience with myself says that I probably won’t be able to parse or internalize your advice in any meaningful way.

And just to drive this home with a moderately funny anecdote, I’ve played a pretty significant number of games with a friend who is better than I am where they played with no hidden information whatsoever and I still lost every single one of them. I just don’t play or understand this game in a skillful way.

P2T5


Tech Starting Hand Workers

TECH
Jade Fox
Hidden Ninja


STARTING HAND
Grappling Hook
Porcupine
Savior Monk
Smoker


WORKERS
Fox Viper
Fox Primus
Morningstar Flagbearer
Sensei’s Advice
Smoker


Next Hand

Hidden Ninja
Glorious Ninja
Porcupine
Calypso Vystari


Tech 2 card(s)
Get Paid - ($9)
Rebuild Tech I.
Summon Captain Zane who trades with the Argonaut. - ($7)
Summon Setsuki Hiruki. - ($5)
Worker. - ($4)
Hire a Savior Monk. - ($2)

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


Board Info:
In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Savior Monk 2/2A
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :ps_: Scavenger:
  • :pschip: Technician: Setsuki (1) 1/3
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • Safe Attacking - 1A for Tech 0 and 1 units when they attack

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 14
  • :heart: Tech I HP: 5

Economy Info:
Cards:

  • Hand: 4
  • Deck: 6
  • Disc: 0

Gold:

  • Gold: 2
  • Workers: 10
Thoughts

Well, all of my expectations are being met.

@dwarddd’s turn!

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I am confident my attempt at advice is nothing special so disclaimer fully accepted and I’m just glad you enjoy the game : )

As for dealing with what bomber pointed out, please can a judge approve what I say next or tell me to do something else:

not for flagrantangles as I mention cards you didn't see

At the start of T5 I would have had an empty deck with Arrest in hand instead of BI, I’m happy to miss the opportunity to use arrest without having to draw it so can I roll back to the line “Hyperion real destroys your tech 2, i draw” and draw from a reshuffled deck including BI?

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Ah yes there i go assuming the people helping to judge watch all the matches 24/7 without being pinged…

Let’s see who’s a judge, @zhavier or @FrozenStorm can you help pls?

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I’m watching you 24/7 :kissing_heart: and would like to help but since I’m not a competent person, I will keep you company till judges arrive :slight_smile:

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@bansa you’re knowledgeable, trustworthy, and online enough to be a judge, ask @charnel_mouse to make you official :wink:

Let me read up on the issue here, I’ll edit in a response…

EDIT okay let me clarify w/ dwarddd:

I don’t think you need to roll anything back or fuss too much about the deck state. Your turn 5 was valid minus the deck state issue that’s known from Bomber’s note and it’s too hard to roll back and would not have affected the outcome significantly. My advice to resolve the error is to just play on at this point; the BI being out of sorts for cycling doesn’t seem to have affected anything significantly to my eye.

Thank you for pinging me, I’ve got a lot going on work-wise and life-wise right now so I’m definitely just a player in this tourney right now, not watching other games closely!

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Yea I concur with FrozenStorm if I’m understanding the situation correctly. Not sure about being a judge but thanks for the recommendation :wink:

I assume your friend doesn’t play here? I wonder how much Codex presence there is outside of the forum. Maybe they are intimidated by the idea of PBF plays as I was before.

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