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 Post subject: Sacrificing: Scrolls or Resources ?
PostPosted: May 31st, 2013, 12:48 
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One of the big mistakes I’ve seen from new players is sacrificing for scrolls when they should be sacrificing for resources. I’m going to explain the different situations you will encounter during play, and how I generally deal with them.

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You should be sacrificing for either scrolls or resources every single turn, unless you are confronted with a situation where you are forced to play your hand without doing either. For example, you may have a Burn and Spark - which you desperately need to get rid of a Great Wolf.

At the start of the game, you should always be sacrificing for resources over scrolls. If you don’t build up your resources early game and your opponent does, then you will not be able to keep up with their field presence. This will allow them to have control over the game and you make things unnecessarily harder for yourself. As a general guide, I would say that sacrificing for scrolls when you have 5 or less resources is incredibly dangerous. That’s not to say that you should stick to 5/6 resources. I usually try to get to 7 then focus on sacrificing for scrolls unless I have a decent opportunity to sacrifice for resources.

While it can be daunting to continually sacrifice for resources while your enemy is playing more creatures at the start, eventually you will get to the point where you can play 2 or 3 scrolls a turn (depending on their cost). In these early stages it is vitally important to make use of any scrolls that will let you draw scrolls, Sister of the Fox, Burn and Pother are a few examples of low cost scrolls which allow you to draw. This will give you more options when it comes to sacrificing.

Sometimes it is necessary to gain more resources even if it means you will have no scrolls in hand. However, this will also largely depend on your opponent. If they have less resources than you, then it is safer to sacrifice for scrolls (although not ideal) if you really need to. It can also be tempting to try and draw into a certain scroll. For example, if your opponent has played a Kinfolk Brave – you may want to find a Spark to get rid of it. But it’s much more worthwhile to sacrifice for resources, play a structure, then a large creature and deal with the threat when you can.

During the late game you should be keeping a close eye on your opponents resources. Make sure you don’t fall behind them by too much. If they are on 8 and you are on 7 it should be ok, but if they’re on 10 and you’re still on 7, then that’s potentially 1 more scroll a turn they can play (an extra Burn, Skirmisher, or Mangy Wolf coming your way!).

If you keep this advice in mind when playing you will be in a strong position and will be able to make the most of the scrolls in your hand.

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 Post subject: Re: Sacrificing: Scrolls or Resources ?
PostPosted: May 31st, 2013, 14:14 
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Great advice as always.

When sacrificing your only scroll in hand vs playing it instead, one thing to note is that a robust deck with a lot of redundancy (i.e. scrolls that fulfill similiar functions such as Burn, Spark, Violent Dispersal for removal) can more reliably sac for scrolls and be confident in that they will have at least one good option between the two scrolls just gained.

On the other hand, a more varied deck (for instance, a deck with Quake as the only removal spell) has a much harder decision whether to sac or not if they draw Quake as their first scroll for the turn and it's the only scroll they have in hand if they have a need to clear out an opposing creature. This is one of the reasons I tend to favor redundancy in the decks I build.
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 Post subject: Re: Sacrificing: Scrolls or Resources ?
PostPosted: May 31st, 2013, 14:42 
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If you guys keep pumping out all this advice, us newbies are gonna be masters of scrolls before we even play! :lol:
Great posts, both of you :>
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 Post subject: Re: Sacrificing: Scrolls or Resources ?
PostPosted: May 31st, 2013, 15:04 
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Niaum wrote:
If you guys keep pumping out all this advice, us newbies are gonna be masters of scrolls before we even play! :lol:
Great posts, both of you :>


Lol I compleatly agree, thanks Grump cat ;)

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 Post subject: Re: Sacrificing: Scrolls or Resources ?
PostPosted: June 1st, 2013, 21:28 
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Thank you for the information GrumpCat, I plan on filling my head with this stuff before Monday. Hope to see you Monday... but afraid to battle you.

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 Post subject: Re: Sacrificing: Scrolls or Resources ?
PostPosted: June 4th, 2013, 19:44 
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When you sacrifice, is the card returned to the hand to be drawn again later? If so is it returned to effectively a random position or is it sent right to the back?
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 Post subject: Re: Sacrificing: Scrolls or Resources ?
PostPosted: June 5th, 2013, 07:36 
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This really needs to be seen my more people, most of the people I play against in beta only get up to 4 resources, or 6.
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 Post subject: Re: Sacrificing: Scrolls or Resources ?
PostPosted: June 5th, 2013, 13:09 
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Thaks for the guide !
I still have a question :
Let's imagine it's my turn, I have 2 scrolls in my hand and 5 ressources, according to the guide, I should sacrifice at least one more time for ressources, but that would put me in a dangerous situation where I'll only have 1 scrolls to play for one or two turns, so what should I do ?

Yeah I know that shouldn't happen with a good use of scrolls like Kabonk, Burn, Heritage, etc, but Precons decks don't have those cards or just 2 or 3 in the entire deck. And since sacrificing for scrolls early is a rookie mistake, I assume that those Scrolldiers are actually playing with precons or slightly customised decks with such drawing power.
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 Post subject: Re: Sacrificing: Scrolls or Resources ?
PostPosted: June 5th, 2013, 16:34 
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If your really in danger, and you know that what you have in your hand can help you, then by all means, play it :P

Just remember that if you sacrificed for resources first, your going to lose that lead and possibly your opponent may overtake you in resources. However, if what's in your hand can't save you, but you do need something, then sacrifice for Scrolls, but try and leave one Scroll in your hand. This still means you can play 2 Scrolls in your turn, but it means your next turn you will have the additional option to sacrifice for resources again, and still play something :)

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 Post subject: Re: Sacrificing: Scrolls or Resources ?
PostPosted: June 5th, 2013, 18:20 
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I see ! Thanks for the complementary tip :p.
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