The Breakdown – Dragoborne – Offering of Souls

This article is rated Experience Levels 3-6.  This article series is intended to cover a wide range of topics about this game, and will help players of all kinds when it comes to knowing their deck or the deck of an opponent.

Welcome to the Breakdown.  thenightsshadow here, and as we do each time on the Breakdown, we look at several questions about a topic, then get on down to breaking down what makes it tick and how one should approach playing it.

This time, we’re covering a special card from Dragoborne, Offering of Souls, and the theme for this article is going to be “Recognizing Lines of Victory”, so even for those that don’t play Offering of Souls they can still get something out of this article.

As a reminder, here are the general questions we ask ourselves for each card.

1) Competitively, why should I play this card over other cards?
2) What colors should we use, and what kind of cards would work ideally with this card?
3) How do we deal with an opponent with this card in mind?
4) What main problems can arrive as a result of playing this deck?

Once we answer these questions,  there will be questions about those questions, but we’ll cover those afterwards.

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The Breakdown (Lite) – Dragoborne – TD03 Alpha Dominance

This article is rated Experience Levels 3-4.  This article series is intended to cover a wide range of topics about particular decks, and will help players of all kinds when it comes to knowing their deck or the deck of an opponent.  Since this is a lite version, however, we will mainly cover what a player beginning or new to Dragoborne should know.

Welcome to the Breakdown.  thenightsshadow here, and as we do each time on the Breakdown, we look at several questions about a series, then get on down to breaking down what makes the series tick and how one should approach playing it.

This time, we’re covering the third Trial Deck of Dragoborne, Alpha Dominance, and the theme for this article is going to be “Utilizing Card Disadvantage”, so even for those that don’t play or obtain Alpha Dominance they can still get something out of this article.

As a reminder, here are the general questions we ask ourselves for each set.

1) Competitively, why should I start with this Trial Deck over other Trial Decks?
2) What are our ideal plays from Turn 1 to the end of the game?
3) How does our play look like versus an opponent?
4) Where are our good and bad matchups?

Since this is a Breakdown Lite, we’ll be focusing more on the first three questions in particular.

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The Breakdown (Lite) – Dragoborne – TD02 Mystical Hunters

This article is rated Experience Levels 3-4.  This article series is intended to cover a wide range of topics about particular decks, and will help players of all kinds when it comes to knowing their deck or the deck of an opponent.  Since this is a lite version, however, we will mainly cover what a player beginning or new to Dragoborne should know.

Welcome to the Breakdown.  thenightsshadow here, and as we do each time on the Breakdown, we look at several questions about a series, then get on down to breaking down what makes the series tick and how one should approach playing it.

This time, we’re covering the second Trial Deck of Dragoborne, Mystical Hunters, and the theme for this article is going to be “Spending Useful Resources”, so even for those that don’t play or obtain Mystical Hunters they can still get something out of this article.

As a reminder, here are the general questions we ask ourselves for each set.

1) Competitively, why should I start with this Trial Deck over other Trial Decks?
2) What are our ideal plays from Turn 1 to the end of the game?
3) How does our play look like versus an opponent?
4) Where are our good and bad matchups?

Since this is a Breakdown Lite, we’ll be focusing more on the first three questions in particular.

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The Breakdown (Lite) – Dragoborne – TD01 Shadow Legion

This article is rated Experience Levels 3-4.  This article series is intended to cover a wide range of topics about particular decks, and will help players of all kinds when it comes to knowing their deck or the deck of an opponent.  Since this is a lite version, however, we will mainly cover what a player beginning or new to Dragoborne should know.

Welcome to the Breakdown.  thenightsshadow here, and as we do each time on the Breakdown, we look at several questions about a series, then get on down to breaking down what makes the series tick and how one should approach playing it.

This time, we’re covering the first Trial Deck of Dragoborne, Shadow Legion, and the theme for this article is going to be “Turn Management”, so even for those that don’t play or obtain Shadow Legion they can still get something out of this article.

As a reminder, here are the general questions we ask ourselves for each set.

1) Competitively, why should I start with this Trial Deck over other Trial Decks?
2) What are our ideal plays from Turn 1 to the end of the game?
3) How does our play look like versus an opponent?
4) Where are our good and bad matchups?

Since this is a Breakdown Lite, we’ll be focusing more on the first three questions in particular.

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The Breakdown – EN Weiss Schwarz – Kancolle: Fleet in the Deep Sea

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This article is rated Experience Levels 3-6.  This article series is intended to cover a wide range of topics about particular sets, and will help players of all kinds when it comes to knowing their set or the set of an opponent.

Welcome to the Breakdown.  thenightsshadow here, and as we do each time on the Breakdown, we look at several questions about a series, then get on down to breaking down what makes the series tick and how one should approach playing it.

The set we’re going to cover in this article is Kantai: Fleet in the Deep Sea, which I’m going to refer to as Abyssals shorthand since the full title is kinda wordy, and the theme for this article is going to be “Expanding a Counter Broadly”, so even for those that don’t play Abyssals they can still get something out of this article.

As a reminder, here are the general questions we ask ourselves for each set.

1) Competitively, why should I play this set over other sets?
2) What is the ideal set up from Level 0 to Level 3?
3) How does our play look like versus an opponent?
4) Where are our good and bad matchups?

Once we answer these questions,  there will be questions about those questions, but we’ll cover those afterwards.

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The Breakdown – EN Weiss Schwarz – Kantai Collection

If you haven’t read the Introduction to the Breakdown, click here to check it out.  It provides the context for the full series and lets you know how to read these articles.  If you’ve read it already, then continue on!

This article is rated Experience Levels 3-6.  This article series is intended to cover a wide range of topics about particular sets, and will help players of all kinds when it comes to knowing their set or the set of an opponent.

Welcome to the Breakdown.  thenightsshadow here, and as we do each time on the Breakdown, we look at several questions about a series, then get on down to breaking down what makes the series tick and how one should approach playing it.

The set we’re going to cover in this article is Kantai Collection, and the theme for this article is going to be “The Importance of Board Control”, so even for those that don’t play Kantai Collection they can still get something out of this article.

As a reminder, here are the general questions we ask ourselves for each set.

1) Competitively, why should I play this set over other sets?
2) What is the ideal set up from Level 0 to Level 3?
3) How does our play look like versus an opponent?
4) Where are our good and bad matchups?

Once we answer these questions,  there will be questions about those questions, but we’ll cover those afterwards.

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