Torrey’s #HivePizza #BrawlReport - Brawl Ending 9-25-2021

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This is my very first Splinterlands brawl report, and my first time posting on this account in a loooong time.

I brawl with the guild called “Pizza 1 The Stuffed Crust”. Our guild took 2nd place this brawl, only a hair behind 1st place. This brawl was definitely more challenging than the last one. Nonetheless we all scored some merits and all guildies entered their teams on time, which is a huge win!

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Battle Breakdowns

I went 8-1 W/L ratio in this brawl, with one opponent who failed to submit a team. I brawled in Fray 4, which has rules allowing only Alpha/Beta cards and limits all cards to Level 1 (Novice league). The new Gladius brawler cards aren't technically Alpha/Beta, but they are allowed.

Battle 1. Win! Brawl rules: Standard Rules, 15 Mana cap.

The opponent made a server tactical error, placing a ranged monster in the first position. Easy win.

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Battle 2. Loss! Brawl rules: Silenced Summoners, Holy Protection, 12 Mana Cap.

This time I went Jarlax (2 mana) summoner to save 1 mana. The summoner debuff from Zintar (3 mana) wouldn't be applied anyway, because of the Silenced Summoner rules. Other than that our teams are almost a mirror. I went with Whistling Damon instead of Twisted Jester, effectively trading 1 health for bloodlust, all other traits match. Also with the extra mana I was able to throw in Undead Priest for the Weaken debuff, which negates the 1 extra health on Twisted Jester anyway. However, the opposing sniper attacked first each round, taking out Whistling Damon, and then it was over. I still think my team selection was better, and RNG cost me this win.
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Battle 3. Win! Brawl rules: Blast, mana cap 23.

We both played Fire splinter. Elemental Phoenix was a key player here. If Phoenix hadn't dodged the sniper attack, the outcome might be different. The battle ended with 4 of my monsters alive.

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Battle 4. Win! Brawl rules: Super Sneak, mana cap 40.

I had a lot of fun with this one. We both played water splinter and went nuts on melee. Our teams were similar and I was surprised to see the opposing team with the same neutral monsters (Hydra and Raging Impaler). The legendary summoners are great for these >30 mana cap battles. Having Crustacean King (healer) kept the Frost Giant topped up, while Isgold Vorst picked off enemy monsters and stacked stats from blood lust.

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Battle 5. Win! Brawl rules: Poison, Commons only, mana cap 23.

I took a risk in this team selection, choosing legendary death summoner. Usually I don't use 5 mana cost summoners for this low of mana cap. But I wanted to get the health debuff to help poison along to take out some of the lower health monsters. The game ended with 2 of my monsters up. Life Leech and Bloodlust abilities prevented the Witch of Warwick (gladiator) from dying to poison.

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Battle 6. Win! Brawl rules: Super Sneak, Commons only, mana cap 18.

At first, I thought I was outgunned in this match. Crustacean King somehow dodged an attack. Pit Ogre made up for the miss with a pretty clutch Stun ability landing on Alva. Then it was over.

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Battle 7. Win! Brawl rules: Melee Mayhem, mana cap 48.

I used the legendary death summoner (5 mana cost) again, a great fit for the high 48 mana cap. I also went heavy melee including gladiator, because of the ruleset which allows melee monsters to attack from any position. I like to play Lord of Darkness in the back so that sneak attacks can trigger Enrage, but in hindsight, I should've swapped him/her with Haunted Spirit in this match. The opponent must have had a lot of spare mana.

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Battle 8. Win! Brawl rules: Blast, Poison, mana cap 26.

I was very nervous about this one. With the blast and poison rules, I knew there would be a ton of damage being inflicted. I tried to stack as much health as I can, going with life splinter for the +1 health summoner buff. I was worried that my first 2 monsters would be taken out quickly, making Spirit of the Forest (legendary) unable to attack.

That's exactly what happened after the first poison tick. I barely scraped out a win, the game ended because of poison, and I had only 1 monster with 1 health left standing.

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Battle 9. Opponent fled

Wrapping Up

While there were some close calls and 1 loss, this was overall a great result! I've had a lot of fun compiling this brawl report, and I hope you enjoy it to.

Shout to @kennyskitchen/ @kennysgaminglife who kicked off the whole BrawlReport initiative and encouraged our whole guild to participate.

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