Caralad vs @Hobusu
- Start off strong with a K into Q establishing an early lead. Then I ease off the gas, with a few block/block turns, before throwing out a silent AA…into a block. Hobusu is shocked at the fact that good move, in fact was not good? Attempt to follow up a normal throw with a cross up 8, but get hit with a King to the face for my greed. We return to block city, finally getting our first Giant Growth attach, then just play some fairly save stuff with fast J. At this point, both our hands are pretty full with 10 for me, and 12 for Hobusu. Hobusu goes for the raw Bunk, straight into a block, letting me attach the second block. Sadly with AA in the discard, my dodge follow up can only really be a K, followed up next turn by yet another K, catching his A dodge and bringing him to 24. I sniff out the 7 and hit it with a 5 attack, into slow J. The life lead at this point is pretty solid, and even after a 7 into AA from Hobusu, I’ve still got more than enough to finish the job.
- I start of brave with a normal throw, followed by an attempted cross up 4 which got blocked. However, I then lose my nerve, throwing some attacks into Hobusu’s blocks, and dodging when he was willing to keep blocking, allowing him to build up a big Oni hand. I then get punished for my first block with an 8 attack. Well, if things aren’t working, keep throwing! Catch an oni dodge with a K throw, but Hobusu catched my desperation 6 attack with a 5 of his own. I try to bait out a middling normal with a 3 block into 8 block, but instead bait out an 8 attack to crush me. 10 attack hits my throw, and I’m down to 34 hp, and in trouble. I finally get what i wanted, and punch out a 8 attack with my 4 into J, and then uphawk a 7 throw, bringing the HP to 34 vs 39. we go dodge/dodge and block/dodge a few turns, then hobusu finally reveals his first face card in combat, hitting my 5 with his Q. I block a J, and a small sliver of BU hope shines through. However, my next turn dodge is hit by the 10est of throws. I think, “well that’s likely his last throw in hand. I’ll just dodge”. Turns how he had a 7 throw waiting for lethal.
And now for the reason I don’t play more Onimaru. This match was just brutal, although Hobusu and I kept the mood light with plenty of JUSTICE and TRUUUUTTH. I catch Oni with a couple of early throws, the second into a 6 and J for some MHG bonus. Then the soul crushing moment, of hitting a raw pilebunker into Hobusu’s 10 throw, and following up with AA for a grand total of 44 damage. Hobusu achieves the moral victory by hitting my 10 throw with a throw of his own, but 2 jab into J finishes the job
yeaaaaah, this was pretty much the opposite of that last game. This time I’m the one getting the moral victory, as I’m tossed from pillar to post. Hobusu starts with almost the dream opening sets hand and hits a J, into 5 6 K++, pumping with a Q and 10. Yowza! (What I didn’t know, was he also had a joker in hand!) A gold burst to grab AA later, and I’m on the ropes. Degreys 7 protects me from the perfect, but it’s only a matter of time before i lost one more combat, and expire
An opening 22 damage throw combo from sets opens me up, but I hit the K to keep the life lead. I joker a q combo from a 4 card sets, mostly the draw new cards than prevent the damage. I get crossed up on a SotF turn, but I recognise that Sets hand must be awkward, as he only plays 3 into 4 and J. I punish sets with a throw into a high normal, and then another throw, where i let the FD go, revealing Hobusu’s Joker. My K throw finds a 6…block from setsuki. I lay of the gas, and am punished with a 7 throw, allowing him to escape the hand. Warstomp knocks down the sets, but he wakes up with a K throw. I figure blocking is the safe option here, as he likely has no throws. Can’t predict the topdeck throw though. Throw into straight grabs an ace from his deck, then warstomp takes that ace away. I throw his second K throw, hit the 8 normal for exact lethal.
GG’s Hobusu. This longer report was just for you.