Post by Captain Garak on Jan 29, 2004 18:44:28 GMT -5
I discovered something that I found interesting while attempting the Promsdale map today.
After conquering Kazatega yesterday with a special "Kazatega Deck" (carrying a Gouda according to armadi's suggestions and heavy on Wind creatures, with a few Water - along with a Kelpie - thrown in for good measure), I went back to my original, all-over-the-place deck for Promsdale. Partnered with Leo, we were literally wiped all over the map.
So, on a lark, I decided to switch back to my "Kazatega Deck" for my next attempt. I managed to land a Gremlin and a Griffon early-on, and eventually, I had managed to level both of them up to Level 5, commanding more than 2,000 Manna as toll for each. With that setup, I managed to bankrupt Ryvern twice, and Leo and I finished that match with over 12,000 Manna total, and our opponents had less than 2,000.
So, I'm beginning to lean back toward the "Better decks are built on one or two colors" theory of play, as opposed to the "balanced colors" strategy I had been employing.
I guess we'll just have to see if my "mirror" opponent at The Heavenly Altar knows how to use that Kazatega Deck, too....
I played the Altar battle today with, you guessed it, a solid Yellow deck. The same one I had just used at Kazatega to Gouda myself the 2 medals.
There were some painful drawbacks that had me wishing I'd played a scramble deck--one based on combinations that the AI would've had a harder time putting together. When two decks are entirely yellow, Goudas kill everything. And when two decks are entirely yellow, Goudas kill everything. The hardest part of the match was keeping the shadow from stealing my developed lands. It was impressive to watch him play the simple cards I'd put in there for "just in case" situations (Tearing Halo, Cleric, for instance)--perfectly in order to stymy me. His Gremlin+Masamune went past my defense in exactly the way I intended it to. Painfully.
All things considered, conservative play prevailed (the AI seems set to attack, now and then, when it can't win), but more than once I wished I had played one of my more gimmicky decks, that would have been harder for the AI to execute. I think that battle ended up taking me more than 80 turns. Insanity.
Post by Captain Garak on Feb 3, 2004 15:43:10 GMT -5
No, not yet.....
However, my Kazatega Deck was again successful on its first attempt on the Dunnan map against the guy (sorry, forgot his name, but he's the one who is quite focused on things like dinners and feeding his creatures) who appears there after you have beaten Zeneth three times.