| FORESTRY||2021-01-03 02:10:10|
I've ran into Leta quite often lately in the ladder, so I thought, why not analyze some games and see what I can learn.
I could have more replays, but i realized that files with the same name overwrite each other... there used to be a client function for auto-save, but maybe it was a different version, so a bunch of games got lost in the sea.
-The first 4 turns apparently are the most game defining and important of them all.
-One should always try to "read" in turn 1 what the opponent might have in Fire and Earth card slot #4, which is actually not that hard since they can only have 10 thru 12 cost cards there.... for example, if you have FireElemental and Dragon, they 99% have Armageddon (and 100% cant have Inferno)... also, if you have EarthElemental and Hydra, they 99% have MasterHealer.
*****Related to mana generators
-Having F3 and F6 simultaneously is extremely strong, because you can replicate F3s efficiently and putting opponent in bad position.
-One great answer to W5 is overrunning the board if in some manner you can verify he does not have LightningCloud... A4s presence efficiency is just horrid, A8 is inneficient for creature control, and A10, A11 and A12 are all bad answers to horizontal pressure... although WallOfLightning can actually be a great answer to creature pressure, but thats dependent on certain combinations (f11, E11).
-E5 is a great card that tests the opponents ability to respond efficiently, which makes it similar to F3, but E5 has greater potential for impact... if opponent tries to overrun the board, it could merely be a bait to use StoneRain... if the opponent uses a sweep, it can set him at a mana deficit... and if it doesnt get killed fast enough, Earth mana gets out of control.
(Edit: there was also a client version with a pause function, does anybody know where i can find?)
Modified by FORESTRY on 2021-01-05 16:07:40
| FORESTRY||2021-01-03 02:34:50|
Beast Vs. Control (Lose)
My only 3 true options to start where: W3 or W5.
A W5 opener could be chained into F4, and then into E7 and A9... but I didnt possess F11 nor E9, so that was a huge blind gamble.
W5 could also be chained with F5 into A9, but its the same story as before.
So I went double W3 route to get to F10... but the DampingTower shut it down and i was kinda forced to skip turn.
When his golem came down i coulda Draked it instead of Wolverine, but i was stubborn to get to F10 and the destruct threat was still there.
After the PoisonCloud i couldnt even save the Wolverine with Hamster, cause f11 hit for 21...
Overall, i think my crucial mistake was playing E11 which didnt live long, and said power coulda been used for E7... this in conjuction of using A6 instead of Titan coulda given me a reasonable reach to drop him before he did...i wrongly assumed i could get board control, but F11 and PoisonCloud makes it very difficult... also, having F11, A10 and E10 is very strong, and he abused it properly.
Modified by FORESTRY on 2021-01-03 17:55:01
| FORESTRY||2021-01-03 20:37:54|
*********************Beast vs Cult (Win)***
I didnt have initiative and he started F3...
F1 could win the slot, but it would ruin the board for me cause no W4 or W7
x2 W3 gets me to F10
W5 gets me nowhere in the short term
A2s passive will not work
A4 wins the slot but reveals my healing and is expensive
E1 is sort of passive and i could get overrun by W4 if he has it
Scorpion is sort of expensive answer to this and implies a dead turn to cast poison
The problem with F3 is that one can play one after another and is very cost efficient, so i just played things that could kill them without the need of any additional support... it seems he was just buying time to get into Reaver and W11, but considering he lost the board so hard and that i also had Titan it was not particularly effective... what was effective tho, was how he cleared the board with Dragon and Call to Ancients.
He went into E11 and expended f9 to regain control of the board... he went into Blind Prophet and W11... i would have actually lost the game right there if i had not played W12 to mitigate it and if i didnt have Scorpion and Titan to kill them fast enough.
In the end, Beast won the board as its expected in the matchup, even after the Dragon controlling the board for a bit... also, his greedy mana plays got shot down because i had Scorp, W12 and Titan, and if i lacked any of those cards, it woulda actually worked.
Modified by FORESTRY on 2021-01-04 08:41:41
| FORESTRY||2021-01-05 15:25:26|
Golem vs Time (Lose)****************************
In any standard matchup, W5 is a reasonable opener... but in such a presence heavy matchup that is golem vs chronomancer its practically suicide and here is why...
Leta just ran me down with very agressive presence: drake, spiders, priestess and overlord, and finally hunter and mino.
I shoulda just opened with sea sprite or berserkers to have a strong presence instead of playing catch-up with cloud and chieftain... because i just got brute forced by Priestess... i tried to play it too fancy and got overrun.
| FORESTRY||2021-01-05 15:45:48|
Sorc vs Control (Win)*********************
Leta opened with E5... i could either kill it quick with IceGolem and Sorc2 (at a mana deficit but with a slight presence superiority), but one thing ive learned is that he uses that card as "efficiency bait", to provoke a deficit in the opponents mana.
So i just replied with F3, and he actually made the mistake of placing his W3 next to the Hermit, which was a perfect setup for Sorc2... in the end, hes the one that got "efficiency baited" because he used A8 to clear literally ONE of the f3s... so already here hes made 2 mistakes or innefficient plays.
I throw Troll and mortal Phoenix on the board, and he chose to StoneRain his own F10 just to clear this out... which was about an even mana trade.
I threw an F3 to block the injured F10, but he tried some type of timing with AncientGiant and Ctrl1s.
So the situation goes that i block Giant with MindMaster, disintegrate it, and catch up in board with firewalls... but im at 12 life with his fresh F10 and a leftover Ctrl1 unblocked... and his A8 is ready again, so if i dont heal i just die... he pressures my mana with W12, and i need to block something.
So i block the F10 with Cloud, and he did another mistake, he coulda killed it, but chose to spam Ctrl1s, so i just spammed RitualofGlory till he surrendered.
I think that in the opening moves not only did he do mistakes, but he also played too passively against Sorcerer... Sorc is just one of those classes that you cant give breathing room or theyll find extremely cost efficient situations.