July 1, 2014 by Hectares
The June ForgeWatch Invitational Qualifier was challenging and the diverse field made for some memorable games. In round five of the Swiss I faced off against JMO101 and my 3-1 record meant that dropping this match would make continuing to the elimination rounds unlikely.
This screenshot shows a turn that had potential to decide the outcome of the match.
Situations like this happen frequently when playing the AU Flex archetype, and it’s important to consider every card for both present and future value. In the screenshot the game has gone late and I am looking to end things as soon as possible.
I went with the following line for immediate pressure and to give myself good options on the next turn:
Move Brightsteel Gargoyle 3 (Lane 4) to Lane 2
Play Thundersaur in Lane 4
Play Ferocious Roar
Move Brightsteel Gargoyle in Lane 3 to Lane 1
The next few turns played out in my favor and I attribute the win to keeping both Gargoyles alive this turn, which limited the number of outs my opponent had to their big damage and high mobility.