Bees stands for Boring Elves Eat Shorties (aka Dwarves)! I'm currently rated 1753, although ~30 of these points came from a brief 4-game stint with Firestorm. But yeah, elves in the 1700s! whee Here's the build, I'll talk about stuff after: SRC_Shabrys Level 20 Elf Warrior Double-edged Sword Bejeweled Shortsword Lochaber Axe Spiked Tlahuiztli Twisting Shield Crusty Helm Goat Boots Superb Mobility Superb Impaling 2 x Dancing Cut 3 x Vicious Thrust 1 x Weakened Armor 1 x Elven Maneuvers 1 x Hardy Mail 1 x Reliable Mail 1 x Ouch! 1 x Slippery 2 x Pushback Parry 1 x Potent Stab 1 x Elvish Insight 1 x Barbed Platemail 3 x Nimble Strike 3 x Powerful Hack 1 x Unreliable Block 2 x Impaler 1 x Weak Chop 1 x Dangerous Maneuver 1 x Mail 1 x Backbiting Strike 1 x Immovable 3 x Impaling Stab 1 x Powerful Bludgeon 1 x Obvious Maneuver 1 x Hard To Pin Down SRC_Titanomachia Level 2 Elf Priest Huetotl's Firebrand Whiteglow Flail Mail Of The Martyr Rusty Buckler Naradoc's Boots Shuddering Relic Shuddering Relic Shuddering Relic Risky Trickery Focused Piety 1 x Elven Trickery 2 x Nimble Strike 1 x Dodge 3 x Flanking Move 3 x Enervating Touch 3 x Altruism 5 x Mass Frenzy 2 x Fiery Stab 3 x Martyr Blessing 1 x Triple Heals 4 x Vulnerable 1 x Boosted Heal 1 x Immovable 1 x Horned Plates 2 x Parry 1 x Sundering Strike 1 x Impenetrable Nimbus 1 x Barge SRC_Guillotine Level 1 Elf Warrior The Bludgeonator Bejeweled Shortsword Lochaber Axe Spiked Tlahuiztli Slippery Shield Crusty Helm Goat Boots Risky Trickery Savvy Attacker 1 x Hardy Mail 3 x Vicious Thrust 1 x Weakened Armor 1 x Strong Bludgeon 1 x Flanking Move 1 x Team Run 1 x Ouch! 3 x Able Bludgeon 1 x Slicer 1 x Reliable Mail 1 x Barbed Platemail 3 x Nimble Strike 3 x Powerful Hack 1 x Unreliable Block 1 x Impaler 1 x Elven Trickery 1 x Weak Chop 1 x Dangerous Maneuver 1 x Vulnerable 1 x Mail 1 x Obvious Maneuver 1 x Immovable 1 x Powerful Bludgeon 2 x Obliterating Bludgeon 3 x Hard To Pin Down As you can see, I use basically the same items as other high-rated players. Good combination of damage+step attacks on the weapons, traits on the non-weapons for consistency, etc. The only thing that makes this somewhat unique is that I'm running 3 elves. I was very fortunate to have 2 Risky Trickeries, but even 1 would be enough - the warrior with Risky Trickery could have Cautious Mobility (though in that case I'd probably run Double-Edged Sword, or a second Bejeweled with some other equip shuffling). Both Risky Trickery and Superb Mobility should be obviously excellent items, and those cards have all won me many games. Elven Trickery is a no-brainer. Slippery lets you sneak behind an enemy and smack them for a lot; Elven Maneuvers is basically a free Martyr's Blessing, and Elvish Insight lets you plan your attack perfectly. Very standard (and boring) Mass Frenzy Priest. I should probably change Rusty Buckler to Twisting Shield, freeing up a token for Bleneth's Frenzy Medallion, as (surprise surprise) Mass Frenzy makes the team extra deadly. I really like playing with this team. It's stressful at times, but winning is super fun. I can also pretend to be special because not too many other people run elves, haha. I actually switched to 3 elves when the Gladius maps rotated in earlier this season. Before then, I was running 2 elves and 1 dwarf (hit ~1670), and the dwarf getting stuck behind difficult terrain really, really sucked. My main complaint with Dwarves is their stupid Walk. You're incredibly dependent on step attacks to go anywhere, and if you don't get any (or if a Wizard Frost Jolts you, or the annoyingly popular WW/WWE), you have a stranded, useless character. This team seems effective against most teams, including Firestorm. Against FS, you can get in on the enemy team faster, and start piling on damage! And they're hurting themselves too, which sorta makes your job easier. I don't play much, but I haven't lost to someone below 1500 in my last 60 games (which was probably when I was in the 1500s, myself). Indeed, winning streaks are very beneficial for raising your rating and not losing to people. These are highly recommended, and are much better than the alternative. Might have more to say later! But this seems ok for now.