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Discussion in 'Deck Building' started by Arnie, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. Arnie

    Arnie Kobold

    Streamlined elf hyper-aggro. The main points of the build are 1) minimise the risk of having a stranded warrior 2) pressure opponents with super high momentum, kill characters before they get to cast their cards.

    Key combos
    1. Pathfinding + step attacks. Pathfinding is probably the best card in the game when it has a deck set up to abuse it.
    2. Card draw (Inspiration, Altruism, Pathfinding etc) combined with Leadership
    3. The card filtering mentioned in 2 combined with buffs-- Mass Frenzy, Righteous Frenzy, Blind Rage, Frenzy Aura

    Niche cards
    Some of the cards in this build are usually not considered good but have specific importance.

    1) Icy Block.
    Icy Block is the best block for this build. Getting it off on a warrior early in a fight usually means I can just kite it and kill the other characters over the next 2 turns. Also, I find the 50% chance is actually better than, lets say, a 66% chance Weak Parry. This is cos most warriors that can outdamage the elves have very uneven attacks (eg. 11 damage Mighty Hack and 17 damage Oblit).
    **THIS section to be continued

    Play style
    vs Firestorm
    This is the easiest matchup. Just stay out of sight while closing them down, heal with Team Heal whenever the whole team is 3 or more hp down. Discard Raging Strikes to Leadership whenever possible.

    vs 3DC
    Tricky but very winnable. The priest is much less valuable in this match so use it to bait or hog the victory point. Discard Hit The Deck, Lifesaving Block and Dodge (unless you have an opportunity for it), keep Quick Reactions.

    Pathfinding is completely crucial to this matchup. Usually if you have it, you can pretend that an encumbered elf is helpless, lure them into coming closer for flame-jets or wtv, then pop it and wreck. Note: sometimes you should pop it before commiting if you suspect they have Short Perplexing Ray.

    vs Combat-centric builds
    Regardless of 3war/2war1wiz/2war1priest/3priest etc, the playstyle is usually similar. Aim to pincer a character with the 2 elf warriors, killing them without giving them a chance to block.
    General guildlines:
    1. If opponent has used Mass Frenzy and you don't have your own, be more cautious than usual. Try to avoid and full-scale fight and instead try to catch one character isolated
    2. Lifesaving block is the best card in these matchups
    3. If you can figure out what weapons opponents are using, try to play around them. For ex: if they are playing lots of bludgeons, its likely an Infused Greatclub, so use Team Heal to keep the elves above 17hp as far as possible, try to bait it out with blocks, etc.
    4. Against armour builds, always try to conserve Frenzy Aura, send in another character to take the attacks first
    5. If you have Lifesaving Block in hand, Raging Strike is worth more than armour. It is also sometimes worth keeping if you have Mass Frenzy or anticipate needing more attacks.
    6. !!!! Important. Because of the streamlined nature of the build, it is best to fight as early as possible. The build has a very consistent damage density and at most only 3-4 redundant cards in any match-up. As such, it is usually best to engage once you can commit, to prevent opponents sculpting perfect hands.

    I'm probably retiring this build soon, and maybe quitting Cardhunter alltogether. Please feel free to steal the build, its fairly easy to build (the epic elf racials can be replaced with Trained Insight, the Lochaber can easily be another Rageblood Dagger, Mouse Boots are not crucial. St Olaf's Fiery Pike and Bejeweled Shortsword are probably the hardest-to-find items the build needs.)
    Please give feedback or comments if you feel like it!

    Level 12 Elf Warrior

    Level 1 Human Priest

    Level 1 Elf Warrior
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2014
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  2. Phaselock

    Phaselock Bugblatter

    Like this guide. Takes a lot of mental skill to pull off elven plays. Fwiw, there will be more elf cards in the upcoming expansion, maybe you'll stick around. ;)
    Hope it helps.
  3. neoncat

    neoncat Feline Outline

    Great build. Are the warriors not identical because you don't have another Lochaber / Perfect Insight?

    Also, Fool's Coif is an interesting choice. You're probably the only 1300+ player running it...
  4. Arnie

    Arnie Kobold

    ya I don't. I'm not sure if I would run another Lochaber though, I think one is enough for the whole team (rageblood is more damage). I prob wouldn't run Vibrant Pain even if I had it, because rageblood is more damage... I wish there was an all VT weapon...

    Anyw, really? What do people usually use? I find the cards useful against all matchups (QR for wizards, LB for combat)
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  5. Huey Laforet

    Huey Laforet Orc Soldier

    What blasphemy is this?!
  6. Sir Veza

    Sir Veza Farming Deity

    Apologies to the "VP Is The Most Broken, OP Item In The Game" contingent, but it's not blasphemy, just reality. Sometimes VP just isn't worth 2 gold tokens.
  7. Flaxative

    Flaxative Party Leader

  8. Huey Laforet

    Huey Laforet Orc Soldier

    What do YOU know about reality Mr. I-don't-play-MP-games?
  9. Flaxative

    Flaxative Party Leader

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  10. Huey Laforet

    Huey Laforet Orc Soldier

    My point exactly!
  11. Lord Feleran

    Lord Feleran Guild Leader

    It might be VP isn't worth 2 major tokens.. only when you have one already on the same character lol. And even then only MIGHT be. And since very first games are against very weak players, 42 wins/56 games isn't anything special, many have been there. Lucker was even at 84% at some point.

    Edit: Arnie, lol, no.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2014
  12. Arnie

    Arnie Kobold

    Bejeweled does almost 4 damage per attack on average more than VP. Dash+ all the step attacks and the racial cards mean NS isn't necessary. I can see how VP is essential on non-Elf warriors tho
  13. Sir Veza

    Sir Veza Farming Deity

    I know a LOT about reality, but I admit I'm a bit weak on silly games. ;)
    You all may be right, but I have 5 VPs on the test server, and usually do better with a Loch & 2 bejeweled shortswords. Of course that's just against Mom and Cardotron. It may be different with expert players.
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2014
  14. Aiven

    Aiven Orc Soldier

    Thanks for sharing the build! Some interesting items there I've been sleeping on :)
    Last edited: May 7, 2014
  15. doog37

    doog37 Hydra

    I have to say I have become a big fan of Gauntlets Of The Giant and especially for the Frenzy Aura, it adds penetrating, can't be cycled or purged off and even when hit it is still a 50-50.
    I played against a similar build and made the mistake of letting one of my warriors get hung out. It was over FAST!

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