Alright! Welcome back to the draft. Just a reminder that we are playing against two brainless opponents that just take the first card they see.
Here is what we drafted in Age one. We went heavy on the upgrades and even did a little hate drafting against the Loki player in the room (there’s always one).
Here is what our player board looks like after that age. Thanks to Frigga’s Succor we were able to nab some quick pillages and even accomplished our quest, which is much better than expected considering we didn’t draft a single battle card. We opted to increase our horn stats since it will help make Frigga’s Succor more effective. We are aiming to draft cheap or free things with the aid of Frigga’s Charm so we don’t need to worry too much about rage.
Now…on to Age two! Here’s our opening hand:
I see some good cards. I’m tempted to snag a quest or one of those battle cards since we are severely lacking in that department. Lord of Axes is also a great card to get our stats up, but the cost of it makes me hesitate since our rage is kind of low to start age two. Experts in Arms would be nice to increase the strength of our warriors we are attempting to flood the board with, but again I hesitate because that also increases their cost. Perhaps we hate draft against the Loki player again? Probably not at this point because I feel it would hamper our own hand of cards too much for a first choice.
I’m going with none other than the Dark Elf. The secret battering ram straight to Yggdrasil. I draft this not only because of its awesome ability to invade directly into Yggdrasil, but also because it’s one of the best deals in the entire game. You really get a return on your investment of one rage if you plop the elf down in Yggdrasil. You really can’t beat that.
Onward to hand two!
Once again I am tempted by the quests, but at this point I’ve seen four of them so I’m betting I’ll see at least one of these guys again in a future hand. I’m a gambling man so I’ll push my luck and hope to nab one later because I’ve got my eyes on one card in particular; the battle card, Heimdall’s Watch. By now there are some annoying battle cards floating around, the Loki player keeps stealing everyone’s rage and this is age two, which contains one of the most powerful battle cards in the game, Odin’s Tide (each player destroys everything except for one figure in the battle). For that card alone, we are drafting Heimdall’s Watch, especially since we drafted the Dark Elf and with the Dark Elf there always comes an epic Yggdrasil battle…a battle that can be perfectly ruined by Odin’s Tide. It’s going to take some cunning on our part, but at this point we have to assume that card is in our opponents hands.
Or we can mess with the Loki player…that’s always fun.
I am immediately interested in the boat upgrade, Fire Dragons, since we drafted the Sea Serpent in the first age. It would definitely give us a nice boost in glory, but I’m worried about our stats. We don’t have any real battle cards yet, pillaging is going to be more difficult this age and we have passed quests in the last two hands. But there is an easier solution than what first meets the eye. Tyr’s Challenge. Yes, it means we will have to dump one of our current upgrades, but I think it is worth it, especially with our ace in the hole, Dark Elf. Repillaging already pillaged provinces is a huge advantage and one that really will twist your opponent’s strategies because if played correctly with Frigga’s Succor, we can storm the board and fly around like a whirling dervish pillaging to our hearts delight. And on top of that…it’s totally free! And we like free.
Hand four and we are back to our original hand….and would you look at that Yggdrasil quest. We are totally taking that low hanging fruit since we should have a good hold there.
Hand five arrives and at this point we can’t really take anymore upgrades or monsters without damaging our established strategy…so luckily there is a nice quest for us! Can’t go wrong with those!
Hand Six and it’s another easy pick. Two great monsters and I’m pretty tempted by that Wolfman because he really is a solid creature…but sorry fur brain, we want Tyr’s Rage to hopefully soundly win a big Yggdrasil battle.
Alrighty Ragers, here is our hand! I think we did even better in Age two. We’ve already got a well oiled engine up and running from age one so these cards really play right into what we’ve been doing, but now we can punch some folks in the mouth, get our stats way up and go on some quests. This should be a very exciting age for us so don’t screw it up! RAGE ON and I’ll see you all next time!