We’ve been having some hands-on with the new hero Fai and having a blast! Fai is an easy-to-learn hero with very clear combo lines; which is great for new players who are just getting into Flesh and Blood.
Here are 5 tips to help those of you keen on the hero to hit the ground running piloting this hyper aggressive character:
Fai is all about Draconic chain links; an average play line should allow you to get at least 3 attacks off; if your hand doesn’t allow for that, then consider using the cards in that hand for defense
Getting up to 3 Draconic chain links is critical as it allows you to retrieve a Phoenix Flame from the graveyard which is perfect for chip damage assuming your opponent blocks prior attacks
Use Searing Emberblade in your play line; Fai’s weapon really helps you to work your way up to having 4 Draconic chain links in your turn
Offense is the best defense! With Fai, be aggressive; the moment you are defensive you lose momentum with the character
Try to sink your cards that have the Rupture effect for late game. Cards such as Rise Up will allow you to close up games with effects such as Dominate
Hope these simple tips help! In the meantime happy hobbying and have an awesome one this week!
Here’s Part 2 in our Do’s & Don’ts series about getting into FAB.
A New Player’s Experience After Buying Some Box Sets, Singles and Playing Draft
Picking up from where we left off in the first part of the series. Here are a few more things to help peeps who are keen on Flesh and Blood to get started.
If you already have a build in mind, buying singles will always give you the best bang for your buck. Unfortunately this is only possible if the cards you need are available on the secondary market. As a new player it was hard for me to find Out of Print (OOP) staples to build a competitive deck plus staples can be EXPENSIVE!
Thankfully, Legend Story Studios (LSS) recently released History Pack 1 which contains booster packs that contain cards from Welcome to Rathe, Arcane Rising & Crucible of War. History Pack 1 is a more affordable way to get your hands on such staples. You may have to spend a bit to get what you want, but that’s part of the fun of a TCG; packs cracking! Yeah!
As the Flesh and Blood is class-based, new players would find themselves locked out from some heroes and classes as some them are from sets such as Welcome to Rathe & Arcane Rising; which is where History Pack 1 comes in. Cracking packs from History Pack 1 is great way to build your collection in order to play some of the older heroes & classes.
Contributing to the Ecosystem
You can also opt to buy or trade cards from other members of your local community as they become available. It is really in the best interest of the FAB community to work together to grow a healthy base of new players & case/box crackers. A healthy ecosystem ensures that players can purchase or trade with other players to get the cards that they need/want.
LSS is also trying their best to reintroduce older classes through products such as the recent “Classic Battles: Rhinar vs Dorinthea” dual deck set.
If you want to get competitive as a new player locating OOP staple cards is going to be a challenge plus it can get expensive as veterans & other competitive players will be looking for those cards. Older Legendary equipment and OOP class-specific cards are very sought after hence the price!
Here are some super useful cards that you should look out for as a new player:
Command and Conquer
Art of War
Most Local Game Stores (LGS) host Classic Constructed games in events for their weekly Armouries which makes it even harder for new players get into the game. Finding a store that supports beginner-friendly formats such as Commoner is a must if you want to ease into the game and just have a fun time. Alternatively participating in Blitz is also a great way to get into the game and to gain experience facing-off against other heroes.
If you really want to go competitive be prepared to spend! To prepare for the competitive scene, it’d be best if you could proxy cards such as Fyendal’s Spring Tunic, etc. so you can get used to the style of play using such cards. Finding a store that supports proxying in local games really helps you to learn the nuances of the game. Proxying only buys you some time though, because to compete at a higher level of play it’s only fair that you own and run the actual cards.
Sourcing for these cards takes both time & money but that’s exactly what’s fun about the hobby. Cracking packs and meeting other members of the FAB community as scour the secondary market is very rewarding. Nothing quite beats the feeling of securing a Legendary from a random pack & meeting new friends.
That’s all for now. Tune in for Part 3 which hopefully will be done soon.
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A New Player’s Experience After Buying Some Box Sets, Singles and Playing Draft
I got into Flesh and Blood (FAB) at the start of April 2022 and got hooked by the beautiful cards and addictive gameplay. Here are some of the things that got me interested in FAB:
The classes look like they come out of an RPG
In the gameplay, the heroes engage in heated battles by playing attack and defense cards just like a fighting game
The combat system is very unique & intricate; which is very different from other games such as Magic The Gathering, Hearthstone and other popular card game systems
But I digress, I’m writing this piece not to sell you on Flesh and Blood but this series of articles is about my experience throughout the course of buying booster boxes, cases and singles over the short span of time I’ve been in the hobby.
TCGs cost a bomb and can be a big money sink. It’s not for the faint-hearted but FAB has amazing art and gameplay which reallly makes me excited!
Anyways, as I started to get into the game I bought one box from currents sets and even tried to source for older out-of-print sets such as Welcome to Rathe, Arcane Rising and Crucible of War. The reason went down this route is because I wanted to experience the cards that each set had to offer and to see if i could use them in my deck builds. I thought it’d be easy to own decks for every character & class so I could try out all the heroes but quickly discovered that FAB is not like Magic The Gathering which allows you to build a deck as long as you can resource the right coloured mana.
Here are some things to consider if you’re just getting into the game.
Most people will first get into the game with a pre-con Blitz Deck featuring a hero and start out by learning the game first. I recommend starting slow and buy packs from the box sets that are specific to your hero. The game is character & classed based so it’s always good to purchase booster packs from sets that your hero originates from. I made the mistake of buying stuff from every set available.
Decking Out for Classic Constructed
If you are pick up an entire box of booster packs, you will never have enough cards to build a deck for both Classic Constructed (CC) or Blitz. Why? The reason is simple, when you purchase an entire box of boosters or when you crack packs, you’ll end up owning a bunch of Majestics & Rares that are scattered across different heroes & classes, and you will never have enough to build a deck for either formats.
The count of Majestics in a box of booster packs range between 7 to 9+ Majestics. A case contains 4 boxes of booster packs, 1 box contains 24 packs. Even if you purchase a case of FAB, you might not be able to amass enough cards to assemble a play set of 2 to 3 named cards to build a Blitz or CC deck. You most likely would have to purchase singles off the secondary market to complete your build.
In most published builds, Legendary equipment are needed in order to be competitive and aqcuiring such cards can be tough! Legendary drops range from 2 to 0 drops in a case of Flesh and Blood booster packs. It is more likely a case would contain 1 Legendary drop but there are instances where a case can be duds.
Participating in a case break by class that is organised by your local game store is the best way for a new player to acquire the many Majestic, Rare and Common cards that are needed to form playsets for your hero. Check out this video if you aren’t sure what a Case Break is.
I’ll stop here right now as the post is getting a little too lengthy; tune in next week for Part 2!
After a super quiet lull over Ramadhan and Hari Raya here in Malaysia, some Kill Team games have finally started happening in the store and as such I’ve been personally focused on playing with my Plague Marines against a good friend who has been coming to support the store.
Focusing on one particular faction has been good as we’re having much more fun with the game and I’m doing better at gaining Victory Points whilst taking full advantage of the strengths of the Death Guard as such I’m able to make full use of Disgusting Resilience which makes them really tough to kill.
Key to each faction is the use of Strategic Ploys and Tactical Ploys and as such I’m able to do better in games by spending Command Points to utilise these two devastating ploys:
I have yet to use Tactical Ploys properly and I think I would have done better in last weekend’s game if I had used them which could’ve turned the tide of the game. The deciding factor in last weekend’s game was probably my lack of use of Tactical Ploys such as Effluent Demise which would have weakened the Heavy Intercessors even after taking out my guys pluys Revolting Durability & Dig In which would have lessened the damage & toughened my Plague Marines. That being said; kudos to my buddy Tabah who played to the objective of the mission which was to plant bombs on a key structure that I was defending.
I guess the point I’m trying to make in today’s post is that it’s actually a good thing to consistently play with one army similar to how one would focus on one hero in a TCG like Flesh and Blood. The experience build up makes for more fun games and increases your odds of winning. Thankfully Warhammer games are a lot less tense compared to a TCG which is a breath of fresh air as I’ve been playing a lot of Flesh and Blood these days.
In my next game of Kill Team, I think it’s time we started taking additional equipment along to add my spice to our games. Am looking very much forward to this weekend! Plus I think it’d be good to start a campaign and experience something that a bit more of a narrative in order to have a more fun Kill Team experience.
As an asides, if any of you are free this weekend; do swing by Nexus International School this Saturday, 28th May from 10am till 2pm for Warhammer Marketplace; a swap meet fund raiser organised by the Warhammer Alliance Club.
Swing by to try out Kill Team and also Flesh And Blood plus there’ll be second-hand Warhammer & assorted hobbying booths set up during the event. Hope to see some of you there!
I had my first Booster Draft experience a couple of weekends ago and I walked away with some valuable lessons that helped me to build a deck list of my own for Young Oldhim which I am particularly proud of.
Here are 3 lessons I learnt from FAB Booster Draft. Enjoy!
Read the card descriptions. I know it sounds basic but spending time reading card descriptions will help you to figure out the synergies that are possible and come up with your own combos.
Playing Draft forced me to pay more attention to the cards I had gathered which allowed me to discover little combos that I could pull off. That gave me the confidence to create my own deck build for Young Oldhim based on the combos that I developed during my Booster Draft experience.
Have a theme for your deck build. When I played Draft one of the key things that I realised some of Guardian cards in Tales of Aria could do was to be imbued with Dominate through fusion or by playing a set-up card in your previous turn. The experience prompted me to build a Commoner deck for Blitz that does exactly that. Dominate!
Have a look at the deck build here and I hope this post encourages everyone to build their own lists rather than just copy one off the Internet. It is a satisfying feeling to defeat someone especially if the build is your own.
We recently organised a Booster Draft Armory and cracked a box of Tales of Aria in the store which was shared out between 8 people. In case you haven’t played Draft before here’s what happens:
Each person gets 3 packs each
The first pack is opened and Tokens are pooled
Then each person picks one card before passing the remainder cards to the person on the left; cards are placed face down
This goes on till all the cards have been picked out
Pack two is opened and the same thing happens except this time the remainder cards are circled to the person on the right
Once all the cards from pack two have been distributed out then all players get some time to look at the cards they have collected so far to determine which character they want to play
The final pack is then opened and the cards are then circled to the person on the left
Once all packs have been opened everyone is given an opportunity to assemble their decks with a minimum of 30 cards
Tokens from the pool are distributed with additional Character Tokens provided by the store if needed
For more detailed instructions as to how Booster Draft is played; check out the Official FAB website here.
As it was my first time playing Booster Draft it was quite an experience so here are 3 tips for beginners.
Generic cards first
Take the Generic / Element type cards first so you’ll have useable cards regardless of what Character you end up picking
When do I specialise?
You can start specialising cards early if you’re fairly certain from the get go what Character you’d be piloting. If not, specialisation can happen when pack two is being circulated.
Deny your opponents
Sometimes; taking that Majestic or Rare card is a good idea even if you don’t need it as taking possession of said cards denies your opponents powerful cards to use against you (plus it doesn’t hurt that you add a powerful card to your own collection). Also, if you understand how other Characters work it makes sense to take even the Common cards that’d give your opponents an advantage. For e.g. Ball Lightning is a pretty powerful card and denying a Briar or Lexi player of that card could be instrumental in your strategy.
All in all it was a fun experience and one that I’d definitely take part in again. Also, the experienced thought me some fundamentals that allowed me to build a deck list of my own for Blitz which I am particularly proud of. Look out for a future post on it.
If you’re an old hand at Trading Card Games, then this post isn’t for you; BUT if you haven’t given the likes of Magic the Gathering or Pokemon a try then you’ve tuned in to the right place.
I got into Flesh and Blood somewhere in January 2022; which is a fairly new entrant in the TCG space. The cards are beautiful and the game is really enjoyable; which when compared to Warhammer is more pick up and play. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve stopped painting my minis (partly due to the fact that I just recently opened my own small business) but I digress… this being my first TCG it was a little daunting at first so here are a few tips if you want to get into a TCG like Flesh and Blood.
Tip 1: Pick up a starter deck
Most TCGs have some form of starter kit that will give you a set of cards which is ready to play right out of the box. Flesh and Blood for example has Blitz starter decks which are perfect to learn the game. Magic The Gathering’s Commander format also has pre-configured starters in the form of Commander Decks.
Tip 2: Find a community that is beginner-friendly
One of the pitfalls of getting into TCGs is that veterans tend to be not so beginner-friendly largely because the community likes to flex with all their powerful & rare cards. It’s a big plus to settle in a store that promotes new player-friendly activities that are more casual which is something that the Storm Gate team is trying really hard to achieve in our community.
Tip 3: Play more games with your starter deck
I made the mistake of jumping in too quickly and started picking up boosters fairly early and added them to my collection which changed the composition of my Flesh and Blood Blitz Starter Decks. Whilst it’s fun to crack open boosters; it’s always good to hold off on reconfiguring your deck build so you can learn how to play the deck you bought first. TCGs have various mechanics and in some cases like Flesh and Blood; every hero has unique mechanics and types of cards that you’ll need to learn. Which is why it is important to play with others who can accommodate more basic decks.
Tip 4: Get into deck-building last
Configuring your deck and building your deck list is probably one of the more interesting aspect to the hobby but also the most difficult. Placing cards into your deck requires more familiarity with your own particular deck & hero’s mechanics. Swapping cards in and out willy nilly can result in a deck that doesn’t work hence why it is good to actually copy deck lists online first before you attempt to create your own deck list. Playing with a deck that doesn’t work isn’t fun unless your opponent is kind cos’ if you play against an unforgiving opponent it’s going to be a not-so-fun time. Heh!
That’s all from me. I hope I can find time to write more about my personal journey into TCGs. If anyone is keen to learn more about Flesh and Blood or experience the game swing by the store in Setia Alam.
In order to get enemy units off the table, strategically one of the things you can do is to employ weapons that have high Armour Penetration which would make it harder for your opponent to make saves against wounds.
This of course gets negated if the enemy unit has Invulnerable Saves but it should work against most enemies and it’s something to consider when selecting the weapon load out on a unit.
But in terms of game balance, whenever you select a weapon with high AP, there usually is a trade-off either in terms of range or an attribute that limits your use of the weapon.
My favourite HQ, the Skorpekh Lord has an awesome melee weapon which I love to use when he gets up close and personal. Drum roll…
This super weapon deals 3 damage for every successful hit and has -4 Armour Penetration which in most cases results in enemies beign unable to save. The weapon also has a +2 Strength boost which in the case of the Skorpekh Lord makes hitting the enemy easier at Strength 8! So if all 4 Attacks go through that’s a 12 wounds of damage which would kill most enemies. The only downside is that you get a -1 to hit rolls when they are being used. This weapon is neat!
What are your favourite weapons that penetrates armour? Do share in the comments!
One of the fun things about the hobby is adding units to your army; for those who aren’t really into the the minutiea of the game then go ahead and add whatever looks good to your collection but as I am learning; if you want to be able to win some games then you’ll have to spend a bit more time taking some things into consideration before you pick up a new model.
My Necron army are of the Novokh Dynasty; and they are supposed to be blood-thirsty robots who are theoretically able to do well in melee combat hence why I am doing what I can now to take advantage of that by picking units that are supposed to do well in melee.
So right now my Novokh army lists have been built around the following rules that are unique to them:
Utilising the Novokh’s stratagem Blood Rites whichs adds 1 Attack to models in a squad
Making my Skorpekh Lord the Warlord so I can leverage on Blood-Fuelled fury which is a Warlord Trait that inflicts a Mortal Wound upon an unmodified wound roll of 6
Taking advantage of Protocol of the Hungry Void when it activates which allows Novokh to use both directives which improves an attack’s AP on an unmodified roll of 6 and adds 1 to Strength when a unit charges
To try to take advantage of the above, I’ve tried to field the following units in every game I’ve played but to no avail.
These guys look really cool too but I struggle to get them into melee which makes me wonder if I am using them wrong or maybe I need 3 more?
I’m hoping these guys can do some damage whilst escorting a Noble HQ with their Invulnerable Saves so he can unleash hell on the enemy. I need to pick the right HQ now who devastates in melee.
This guy is too cool not to field and he does do very well in melee. The struggle right now is how do I get him into melee. Even though he has a movement characteristic of 8 inches it’s a challenge getting him close to do the damage that he is supposed to do. Which is why I’ve started equipping him a Veil of Darkness as a relic so he can teleport with the Skorpekh Destroyers.
So far my army hasn’t fared well as I’ve been playing games against Blood Angels who are much more superior in melee. Hopefully I’ll be able to get a game with other factions to determine if my strategy is viable or not.I guess winning isn’t something I can achieve so soon until I’ve played enough games of Warhammer 40K.
In the meantime I still need to figure things about my Necron army composition. I’d love to get some tips from veteran players and readers alike. So do leave a comment or drop me a line on Facebook. I’d love to ideas about army composition and how you go about putting your own army lists together.
Till next time, have a fun time hobbying and an even more fun time gaming!
As I get more Warhammer 40K under my belt, I realise one of the more useful abilities for a melee-based army is to have an ability or equipment that confers Invulnerable saves is crucial.
The weakness of a melee based army is that they are largely unable to shoot and your goal is to get your units to charge distance then to enter the Fight Phase as soon as possible.
What is an Invulnerable Save?
Invulnerable Saves are also super important if you’re going against a HQ or enemy unit that has weapons with high (AP). Conversely when you’re picking a target it’s best to sometimes save your high AP shots for targets with no Invulnerable Save in order to gain more dominance on the table top. There is always that chance that your shots are wasted should a target success on their Invulnerable Save roll.
I’ve tabled my Skorpekh Destroyers twice so far and they really are not that great when they come under fire. In the two games where I’ve fielded them it would appear that they are better used in reserve and under cover to hold objectives and such.
Trying to make your way to an opponent’s units with a melee based unit seems futile even if they have a high Move characteristic which is why I’ve equipped my Lychguard with Dispersion Shields that gives them a 4+ Invulnerable Save!
I’ll try to use my Lychguards in my next 40K game to move an HQ to an objective or to make an attempt at destroying an enemy unit. Or maybe I’ll just see how far I can get them to an enemy under fire as opposed to using them in their bodyguard roll.