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[XCAPS21] Round 4: FrozenStorm [Peace]/Demonology/Growth vs charnel_mouse [Bashing]/Peace/Strength

GL HF @charnel_mouse !

XCAPS21 R4: Player 1, Turn 1

P1 [Peace]/Demon/Growth vs P2 [Bashing]/Peace/Strength

Starting Hand

Reputable Newsman
Building Inspector
Jail
Lawful Search
Arrest

Events of Turn:


Upkeep:

  • Get Gold (4)
  • Tech 2 cards in (except turn 1)
All Teched Cards

Main:

  • Vandy (2)
  • Building Inspector (1)
  • Worker (0)
Workers

Forgotten Fighter

  • :pspurpleshield: Patrol as below
  • Discard 3 Draw 5

Board Info:

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 20

In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Building Inspector (1/1+1armor)
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :pspig: Scavenger:
  • :exhaust: Technician:
  • :target: Lookout: Vandy (2/3 lvl 1)

In Play:

  • nothin

Economy Info:

Cards:

  • Hand: 5
  • Deck: 0
  • Disc: 3

Gold:

  • Gold: 0
  • Workers: 5

End of Turn Hand

Manufactured Truth
Traffic Director
Spectral Aven
Bluecoat Musketeer
Porkhand Magistrate

End of Turn Discard
My Thoughts

Having Vandy here feels a little like cheating, probably do a HH plan? Be a bully, play for Meta, fall back on Peace T2 (or maybe Growth)?


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Have fun! Not sure what I’m doing, here.

P2T1

Starting hand: 5

Tenderfoot
Brick Thief
Helpful Turtle
Fruit Ninja
Spark

Thoughts

I have no idea what my plan is here. FrozenStorm has both Peace and Growth, so he can out-engine me if it comes to that. Most of the plans I can come up with involve two specs: for example, Garrison + Drill Sergeant + Barbarbarian + Morningstar Pass. I definitely want Drill Sergeant, a rune engine is pretty nice with access to hasted units (Messenger).

However, I can’t work out a decent way to deal with mass weenies, which we’ll probably see here if FrozenStorm doesn’t manage to fire off a Metamorphosis. Barbarbarians get overpower, otherwise I’d be looking at Revolver Ocelot or Onimaru stuff for sparkshot. Maybe a Final Smash would actually be useful against a rune engine? DeGrey could also be handy, against Onimaru and Argagarg.

I need to deal with Vandy first, though. Rook is the default option here, and I might need Birds to try and deal with her effectively, anyway. Not much I can do about the Traffic Director, unfortunately, unless I can cheaply Wither it next turn.

Do I put Brick Thief or Rook in front here? Can Rook be killed in Squad Leader? Only by maxbanding Vandy, I think: Aven + Manufactured Truth + midband is too expensive. Rook goes in front, then.


Get paid - (5)
Worker - (4)
Garus Rook - (2)
Brick Thief, your base to 19 - (0)


:psblueshield: Rook L1 2/4+1A
:target: Brick Thief 2/1 (resist 1+1; attacks: 1 damage to a building, heal another building for 1)

:heart: Base HP: 20


Hand: 5

Timely Messenger
Older Brother
Granfalloon Flagbearer
Bloom
Wither

Deck: 0
Discard: 3

Tenderfoot
Helpful Turtle
Spark

Card-count check (opponent-viewable)

Expected: 10
1 on board
5 in hand
0 in deck
3 in discard
1 in workers
Total: 10


Gold: 0
Workers: 6

5 x start
T1: Fruit Ninja

Don’t we all in this tourney XD

XCAPS21 R4: Player 1, Turn 2

P1 [Peace]/Demon/Growth vs P2 [Bashing]/Peace/Strength

Starting Hand

Manufactured Truth
Traffic Director
Spectral Aven
Bluecoat Musketeer
Porkhand Magistrate

Events of Turn:


Upkeep:

  • Get Gold (5)
  • Tech 2 cards in (except turn 1)
All Teched Cards

Dark Pact, Shadow Blade


Main:

  • Traffic Director (4)
  • Vandy pings Rook for 1 damage
  • Midband Vandy (2)
  • Worker (1)
Workers

Bluecoat Musketeer, Jail

  • :pspurpleshield: Patrol as below
  • Discard 3 rs Draw 5

Board Info:

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 19

In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Traffic Director (1/1+1armor)
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :pspig: Scavenger: Building Inspector (1/1)
  • :exhaust: Technician:
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • Vandy (3/4 lvl 3 resist 1)

Economy Info:

Cards:

  • Hand: 5
  • Deck: 3
  • Disc: 0

Gold:

  • Gold: 1
  • Workers: 6

End of Turn Hand

Lawful Search
Spectral Aven
Arrest
Porkhand Magistrate
Reputable Newsman

End of Turn Discard
My Thoughts

Forgot rook is a serious PITA, this is not gonna be super fun…


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P2T2

Starting hand: 5

Timely Messenger
Older Brother
Granfalloon Flagbearer
Bloom
Wither

Thoughts

Can I kill Vandy here?

  1. Brick Thief trades with Traffic Director, midband Rook - (2g), Bloom Rook (0g), Rook kills Vandy. Skips a worker, and Rook is on his own at L7 4/3, with Building Inspector on the board. Full hand next turn. Lose 4g+2c to gain 5g+1c, so 1g-1c. Probably not worth skipping a worker.
  2. Brick Thief trades with Traffic Director, Timely Messenger trades with Building Inspector (5g), Bloom Rook (3g), Wither Vandy (0g), Rook kills Vandy. Skips a worker, Rook is at L3 3/3. Hand on 4 next turn. Lose 8g+4c to gain 5g+2c, so -3c. Definitely not worth skipping a worker.
  3. Wither Traffic Director (4g), Timely Messenger trades with Building Inspector (3g), Rook and Brick Thief kill Vandy, worker, Tech I. Rook on L3 2/1. Hand on 4 next turn. Lose 5g+3c to gain 5g+2c. Oh, but I can’t target Traffic Director, never mind.

Not in a way that’s particularly economical. Option 1 is close to being OK, leaving Rook at L7, but I don’t think it’s worth skipping a worker so early. I’ll just clear what I can, leave two units with resist in patrol so Vandy can’t just blast through with Shadow Blade and kill Rook. It does mean FrozenStorm can manipulate his gold so that her doom doesn’t target anything on my side, but I’ll take the risk.

Holding on to Granfalloon Flagbearer instead of Wither, for Onimaru / Argagarg spells.

Teched cards: 2

T2: Bird’s Nest, Overeager Cadet


Get paid - (6)
Timely Messenger - (5)
Older Brother - (3)
Worker - (2)
Tech I - (0)
Rook kills Traffic Director
Timely Messenger trades with Building Inspector, you get a gold
Discard 2, shuffle 8, draw 4


:ps_: Brick Thief 2/1 (resist 1; attacks: 1 damage to a building, heal another building for 1)
:target: Older Brother 2/2 (resist 0+1)

Rook L1 2/3 (1 damage)

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


Hand: 4

Spark
Bird’s Nest
Overeager Cadet
Timely Messenger

Deck: 4

Tenderfoot
Helpful Turtle
Granfalloon Flagbearer
Bloom

Discard: 0
Card-count check (opponent-viewable)

Expected: 10 + 2 teched
2 on board
4 in hand
4 in deck
0 in discard
2 in workers
Total: 12


Gold: 0
Workers: 7

5 x start
T1: Fruit Ninja
T2: Wither

Note Rook on 2hp not 3, Vandy put one in him as did TD

XCAPS21 R4: Player 1, Turn 3

P1 [Peace]/Demon/Growth vs P2 [Bashing]/Peace/Strength

Starting Hand

Lawful Search
Spectral Aven
Arrest
Porkhand Magistrate
Reputable Newsman

Events of Turn:


Upkeep:

  • Get Gold (6+1float+1scav)
  • Tech 2 cards in (except turn 1)
All Teched Cards

Overeager Cadet x2
Dark Pact, Shadow Blade


Main:

  • Tech 1 (6)
  • Reputable Newsman, blocking 2 (4)
  • Vandy kills Older Brother, takes 2
  • Porkhand Magistrate (1)
  • Worker (0)
Workers

Lawful Search, Bluecoat Musketeer, Jail

  • :pspurpleshield: Patrol as below
  • Discard 2 Draw 3 rs Draw 1

Board Info:

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 19
  • Tech1 HP: 5

In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Porkhand Magistrate (2/3+1armor)
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :pspig: Scavenger:
  • :exhaust: Technician:
  • :target: Lookout: Reputable Newsman (0/3 blocking 2)

In Play:

  • Vandy (3/2 lvl 3 resist 1)

Economy Info:

Cards:

  • Hand: 4
  • Deck: 5
  • Disc: 0

Gold:

  • Gold: 0
  • Workers: 7

End of Turn Hand

Shadow Blade
Manufactured Truth
Dark Pact
Building Inspector

End of Turn Discard
My Thoughts

Well hopefully no Vines here, I’ll be safe to go hard next turn and start setting up Meta / Tech2


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Bonk

P2T3

Starting hand: 4

Spark
Bird’s Nest
Overeager Cadet
Timely Messenger

Thoughts

Nice, no Vandy spells. If I expend my entire hand (workering Bird’s Nest), then I can kill Vandy and hit level 7. A little annoyed I forgot about Newsman, but Brick Thief lets me go straight for Earthquake instead. I’ll start off with teching Garrison + Sergeant first, though, see what I want as my fourth card this cycle. Hoping Rook doesn’t get killed by a copied Aven.

Teched cards: 2

T2: Bird’s Nest, Overeager Cadet
T3: Drill Sergeant, Flagstone Garrison


Get paid - (7)
Worker - (6)
Spark, Porkhand Magistrate takes 1A damage - (5)
Timely Messenger - (4)
Timely Messenger suicides into Porkhand Magistrate for 1 damage
Brick Thief trades with Porkhand Magistrate, your Tech I to 4
Midband Rook - (0)
Rook walks past Reputable Newsman, kills Vandy, hits level 7, takes 3 damage
Overeager Cadet
Discard 0, draw 2


:exhaust: Overeager Cadet 2/2

Rook L7 3/2 (can ignore lone patrollers; 3 damage)

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


Hand: 2

Tenderfoot
Bloom

Deck: 2

Helpful Turtle
Granfalloon Flagbearer

Discard: 6

Older Brother
Drill Sergeant
Flagstone Garrison
Spark
Timely Messenger
Brick Thief

Card-count check (opponent-viewable)

Expected: 10 + 4 teched = 14
1 on board
2 in hand
2 in deck
6 in discard
3 in workers
Total: 14


Gold: 0
Workers: 8

5 x start
T1: Fruit Ninja
T2: Wither
T3: Bird’s Nest

Turn 3 whiff strikes again, nice draw!

XCAPS21 R4: Player 1, Turn 4

P1 [Peace]/Demon/Growth vs P2 [Bashing]/Peace/Strength

Starting Hand

Events of Turn:


Upkeep:

  • Get Gold (7)
  • Tech 2 cards in (except turn 1)
All Teched Cards

Blooming Ancient, Might of Leaf and Claw
Overeager Cadet x2
Dark Pact, Shadow Blade


Main:

  • Arg (5)
  • Worker (4)
  • Tech 2 Growth (0)
Workers

Building Inspector, Lawful Search, Bluecoat Musketeer, Jail

  • :pspurpleshield: Patrol as below
  • Discard 3 Draw 5

Board Info:

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 19
  • Tech1 HP: 4
  • Tech2 HP: 5 GROWTH

In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Reputable Newsman (0/3+1armor)
  • :psfist: Elite: Arg (1+1/3 lvl 1)
  • :pspig: Scavenger:
  • :exhaust: Technician: Wisp (0/1)
  • :target: Lookout:

In Play:

  • nothin

Economy Info:

Cards:

  • Hand: 5
  • Deck: 0
  • Disc: 6

Gold:

  • Gold: 0
  • Workers: 8

End of Turn Hand

Overeager Cadet
Traffic Director
Overeager Cadet
Spectral Aven
Arrest

End of Turn Discard
My Thoughts

Didn’t think it’d be a bingo of haste like Spark + TM that’d do me in like that… I spose I go for Growth and hope I can generate enough runes / MoLaC pressure to compete with Rook max now… at least that totally sunk Charnel’s cards and I can catch way up with DP and burn still with Blade…


Perhaps, but I might be spending a few turns paying for it.

P2T4

Starting hand: 2

Tenderfoot
Bloom

Thoughts

I was going to get another round of teching in, but I think I’m better off getting my hand size back up, and trying to draw into Garrison / Earthquake before I fall behind. With that in mind, I’m taking the second Cadet before the second Sergeant.

Do I want to float 2 gold, or build an add-on? I think the add-on can wait, until I see whether I need another blocking hero. If not, I might want to go for DeGrey, or a Colossus to close out the game, if I don’t just take an Air Hammer to exploit FrozenStorm’s weak anti-air.

Bloom becomes a worker, since Sergeant will mostly replace it.

Teched cards: 2

T2: Bird’s Nest, Overeager Cadet
T3: Drill Sergeant, Flagstone Garrison
T4: Earthquake, Overeager Cadet


Get paid - (8)
Worker - (7)
Tech II Peace - (3)
Maxband Rook - (2)
Rook kills Reputable Newsman
Discard 1, draw 2, shuffle 9, draw 1


:exhaust: Overeager Cadet 2/2

Rook L8 4/6 (can ignore lone patrollers; two lives)

:heart: Base HP: 20
:heart: Tech I HP: 5
:heart: Tech II HP: 5 (Peace)


Hand: 3

Helpful Turtle
Granfalloon Flagbearer
Overeager Cadet

Deck: 8

Older Brother
Drill Sergeant
Flagstone Garrison
Spark
Timely Messenger
Brick Thief
Earthquake
Tenderfoot

Discard: 0
Card-count check (opponent-viewable)

Expected: 10 + 6 teched = 16
1 on board
3 in hand
8 in deck
0 in discard
4 in workers
Total: 16


Gold: 2
Workers: 9

5 x start
T1: Fruit Ninja
T2: Wither
T3: Bird’s Nest
T4: Bloom

Yeah have to hope you get really unlucky with your next draw here!

XCAPS21 R4: Player 1, Turn 5

P1 [Peace]/Demon/Growth vs P2 [Bashing]/Peace/Strength

Starting Hand

Overeager Cadet
Traffic Director
Overeager Cadet
Spectral Aven
Arrest

Events of Turn:


Upkeep:

  • Get Gold (8)
  • Tech 2 cards in (except turn 1)
All Teched Cards

Might of Leaf and Claw, Dark Pact
Blooming Ancient, Might of Leaf and Claw
Overeager Cadet x2
Dark Pact, Shadow Blade


Main:

  • Maxband Arg (4)
  • Vandy (2)
  • Overeager Cadet
  • Overeager Cadet
  • Traffic Director (1)
  • Worker (0)
Workers

Spectral Aven, Building Inspector, Lawful Search, Bluecoat Musketeer, Jail

  • :pspurpleshield: Patrol as below
  • Discard 1 rs Draw 3

Board Info:

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 19
  • Tech1 HP: 4
  • Tech2 HP: 5 GROWTH

In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Arg (1/5+1armor lvl 5)
  • :psfist: Elite: Wisp (0+1/1)
  • :pspig: Scavenger: Overeager Cadet (2/2)
  • :exhaust: Technician: Overeager Cadet (2/2)
  • :target: Lookout: Vandy (2/3 lvl 1)

In Play:

  • Water Elemental (3/3)
  • Traffic Director (1/1)

Economy Info:

Cards:

  • Hand: 3
  • Deck: 7
  • Disc: 0

Gold:

  • Gold: 1
  • Workers: 9

End of Turn Hand

Shadow Blade
Might of Leaf and Claw
Blooming Ancient

End of Turn Discard
My Thoughts

Let’s hope no Garrison chain… given it was at best 20% to draw odds are in my favor anyway. MoLaC is now the win condition so let’s see if we can make that work!


Only one card after the shuffle, so probably.

P2T5

Starting hand: 3

Helpful Turtle
Granfalloon Flagbearer
Overeager Cadet

Thoughts

Whoof, that’s a big board. I suspect I’m losing to Might of Leaf and Claw next turn. If not, then hopefully I can hold the line for a Garrison/Earthquake here.

Teched cards: 2

T2: Bird’s Nest, Overeager Cadet
T3: Drill Sergeant, Flagstone Garrison
T4: Earthquake, Overeager Cadet
T5: Air Hammer, Drill Sergeant


Get paid + float - (11)
Worker - (10)
Overeager Cadet #2
General Onimaru - (8)
Maxband Onimaru, Soliders arrive - (1)
Discard 1, draw 3


:psblueshield: Onimaru L8 4/5+1A (frenzy 1; readiness)
:psfist: Soldier #1 1+1/1 (sparkshot)
:ps_: Overeager Cadet #1 2/2
:exhaust: Soldier #2 1/1 (sparkshot)
:target: Overeager Cadet #2 2/2

Rook L8 4/6 (can ignore lone patrollers; two lives)
Soldier #3 1/1 (sparkshot)

:heart: Base HP: 20
:heart: Tech I HP: 5
:heart: Tech II HP: 5 (Peace)


Hand: 3

Drill Sergeant
Timely Messenger
Brick Thief

Deck: 5

Older Brother
Flagstone Garrison
Spark
Earthquake
Tenderfoot

Discard: 3

Air Hammer
Drill Sergeant
Granfalloon Flagbearer

Card-count check (opponent-viewable)

Expected: 10 + 8 teched = 18
2 on board
3 in hand
5 in deck
3 in discard
5 in workers
Total: 18


Gold: 1
Workers: 10

5 x start
T1: Fruit Ninja
T2: Wither
T3: Bird’s Nest
T4: Bloom
T5: Helpful Turtle

Here’s the full edit @charnel_mouse!

XCAPS21 R4: Player 1, Turn 6

P1 [Peace]/Demon/Growth vs P2 [Bashing]/Peace/Strength

Starting Hand

Shadow Blade
Might of Leaf and Claw
Blooming Ancient

Events of Turn:


Upkeep:

  • Get Gold (9+1float)
  • Tech 2 cards in (except turn 1)
All Teched Cards

Dinosize, Brave Knight
Might of Leaf and Claw, Dark Pact
Blooming Ancient, Might of Leaf and Claw
Overeager Cadet x2
Dark Pact, Shadow Blade


Main:

  • Might of leaf and claw (7)
  • Water Elemental hits Onimaru, MoLaC to 1
  • Shadow Blade Oni dead, vandy to midband, discard #2 of 3 (4)
  • Vandy kills scav and sparkshots elite, you get 1g, MoLaC to 2
  • Arg kills techn, you draw 1, MoLaC to 3
  • OC trades with lookout, MoLaC to 4
  • Other OC kills soldier, MoLaC to full charge
  • Wisp (now MoLaC charged) breaks your tech 2, your base to 18
  • Blooming Ancient (0)
  • skip worker
Workers

Spectral Aven, Building Inspector, Lawful Search, Bluecoat Musketeer, Jail

  • :pspurpleshield: Patrol as below
  • Discard 0 Draw 2

Board Info:

Buildings:

  • :heart: Base HP: 19
  • Tech1 HP: 4
  • Tech2 HP: 5 GROWTH

In Patrol:

  • :psblueshield: Squad Leader: Traffic Director (6/6+1armor)
  • :psfist: Elite:
  • :pspig: Scavenger:
  • :exhaust: Technician:
  • :target: Lookout: Blooming Ancient (7/9)

In Play:

  • Arg (6/9 lvl 5)
  • Vandy (8/7 lvl 3 resist 1)
  • Overeager Cadet (7/6)
  • Wisp (5/6)
  • Might of Leaf and Claw (6 runes, active)

Economy Info:

Cards:

  • Hand: 2
  • Deck: 5
  • Disc: 4

Gold:

  • Gold: 0
  • Workers: 9

End of Turn Hand

Dark Pact
Reputable Newsman

End of Turn Discard
My Thoughts

MoLaC success! Pretty sure no upgrade removal either so that’s probably GG WP :slight_smile:


Shadow Blade hits Brick Thief and I don’t draw Stampede, so even if it wasn’t too late I can’t even take down your buildings. I’ll resign there, well played!

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Did you mean Earthquake and not Stampede? I think you did.

GG WP!

Whiffing my T3 draw and then losing vandy on a lineup with both my vandy spells felt pretty doom and gloomy, and I think you’d have been better off laying Birds + OC and not going so hard at her. The card cost there was just not worth killing her. I think you win if you let Vandy max but work your way to the earlier Garrison , but tough that neither of our decks had great hero-hate for max Vandy or Rook. I had the odds in my favor for turning things around on the reshuffle better!

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If the Newsman hadn’t shown up at just the wrong time, that’s what I’d have done, yes. I think I let myself get a bit too paranoid about the threat of Shadow Blade. I went in knowing there was going to be an engine race, so I should have just held my nerve and rushed to Garrisons. Even with the Birds blocked, with Garrisons up, I could have more easily gotten help from Brick Thief to get a good Earthquake off, which is what I vaguely tried to pivot to.

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Right I forgot I was blocking birds LMAO my bad

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