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  • Thanks for the write up! I wish I could have been there! sounds like there were some great games (not to mention the ashes legends of that past. If any of you guys read this, please come back to slack!!!)

    congrats on the win once again!

  • Complete Your Collection Tournament (Dallas 2019) – Champion Report 2

    Here is a report on my route to 5-0 at the final organized Ashes tournament, held in Dallas TX. I posted a copy of my deck here:

    By winning the event I was given the awesome award of picking the final Phoenixborn left standing at the end. Even though I played Harold in the tournament, I picked Jericho, as she is my personal favorite and is always fun to play.

    The folks at PHG did a great job organizing the event. I was especially happy to see that a number of players who had dropped off the competitive ashes playing scene (Elliot, Erik, Nick, Kian, to name a few) came back for this event. I only started playing Ashes competitively last year. So, this was a chance for me to meet and play against some of these legends of the game for the first time.

    As for the event itself, my first two matches were against Aradel decks. The first of these was piloted by Tony, a relatively new player. His deck used Gilders, Bear, Butterfly Monks and Owls. I had a better position on the battlefield throughout the match, but Tony did a really good job clearing my bears with gilder ping and water blast, thereby limiting the damage he took (I often ended up swinging with Gilders and Owls). Later in the match when he had several butterfly books on the battlefield I had to switch over to frost bite to push through the final damage. My second match was against Jessica, who also played Aradel, relying on divine conjurations (lion + lioness) and butterfly monks and Jaguars. Lions are a tough play against Harold because he can mark them and remove without sacrificing anything valuable. I also was able to ice-trap a blue-jag. This gave me a big edge on the battlefield and I was able to swing for critical damage in round 3 (I think).

    My 3rd match was against Elliot, playing a variation on the Namine deck he used to win GenCon in 2017. Because of all the ping in my deck I had a dominant board position through most of the match and I was ahead on damage throughout. Nonetheless, focused butterflies mitigated damage to Namine considerably and Elliot summoned a LOT of butterflies in this match. I used Harvest Soul on butterflies to avoid triggering last blessing. I switched over to mill/burn later in the match (owl + frost bite), and I was able to deck my opponent. Elliot countered by using ceremonial dice to return anchornauts to hand. While it was clear that I would soon win the match via frost bite + mill damage (I still had a lot of life left), our match went to time. Elliot was extremely gracious by not pushing for a technical draw. He could have created a technical draw by meditating away his butterfly books, stalling the game more than the 2 turns granted when time is called. Side note: 50 minutes is tough when butterflies are involved.

    My 4th match was against Xander playing an updated version of his One Trick Pony deck used back in AIL 1.0 [Stallions, Bears and Shadow Spirits]. At this point, Xander and I were the only 2 undefeated players (there were some draws). Gilders assisted by hunter’s mark gave me a big advantage on the battlefield. I also put considerable damage through onto Vicky without taking much on Harold. Xander was able to clear out several of my bears via Crescendo and Seeds of Aggression, but he was unable to put any meaningful illusion pressure on me (he had very bad luck with drawing IC) before I put critical damage onto Vicky.

    My final match was against Christian. He was running Coal with spirits, butterflies, bears and hammer knights. This was the only match-up all day where I did not have an upper hand on battlefield from early on. Credit a combination of HK aftershock, slash, and 100 blades for that. This did not surprise me. Christian is an excellent player and Coal is awesome!! Nonetheless I maintained adequate board presence and was also able to trade damage with Coal. Move of the match for me was playing a remorse on Christian late in the game. I think he had about 3 cards left in his draw pile and almost none in hand. This was effectively a 4-damage remorse, as Coal was already going to take draw damage between rounds. It also forced Christian to meditate away his butterfly books. Coal put more damage on me than anyone else all day, but Harold has a lot of life to work with The match ended with Coal taking draw damage between rounds.

    It was fun to play against a number of old-school decks. Unlike many big tournaments where the newest PBs are over-represented, I did not see anyone playing James or Fiona. My biggest concern going into the tournament was Vicky meteor, and I was a little surprised no one brought this. My other big surprise is that I was able to put draw damage onto my opponent in three of my five matches. Going in I viewed mill as an unlikely win-con for me, but memory drain proved valuable throughout the day.

    I am of course sad that PHG is no longer producing new content, but this was a nice event with a lot of great people, and I hope to keep playing Ashes with many of them into the future.

  • bdwain#454p published a deck!

    Jun 24, 2019 PDT

    Lulu Draft Deck

    Lulu Firststone

  • bbroughm#44&h commented on the deck Fear the Bear (4th at Complete Your Collection):

    Jun 24, 2019 PDT

    I love the 3x Gilder in Jessa. Sorry I didn't get to play against you Nick. We have all benefitted greatly from your playtesting work over the years. Thanks !!!!

  • Gekoga#7rxd published a deck!

    Jun 24, 2019 PDT

    Flash Fire (Complete Your Collection Tournament)

    Lulu Firststone

  • Congratulations!

  • bbroughm#44&h published a deck!

    Jun 23, 2019 PDT

    The Three-Eyed Vampire Returns - Dallas Championship Deck

    Harold Westraven

  • Love the use of Reaping Angel to jump start the recursion engine with mounting Sun Sister!

  • Marimbist11#27c* commented on the deck Fear the Bear (4th at Complete Your Collection):

    Jun 23, 2019 PDT

    Ice Trap helps against Iron Workers in mount decks and Shadow Spirits at 2 life.

  • Leonard03#9-oh commented on the deck Fear the Bear (4th at Complete Your Collection):

    Jun 23, 2019 PDT

    Is the 2x Ice Trap for any particular unit?

  • alchemister#8a*b published a deck!

    Jun 23, 2019 PDT

    Justify: Two Trick Ponies

    Victoria Glassfire

  • Marimbist11#27c* published a deck!

    Jun 23, 2019 PDT

    Fear the Bear (4th at Complete Your Collection)

    Jessa Na Ni

  • Skaak#1st! commented on the post Reminder: Turtle Dice:

    Jun 23, 2019 PDT

    Since the cards are using all the official icons and layout, I don't have any plans to bulk order them. We will certainly provide files and possibly instructions for printing them yourself, though (there's a lot of services for printing custom playing cards in small quantities at costs that are roughly the same as the MSRP for the original expansions, whereas that's not so much the case with dice).

  • Karmancer#61wk commented on the post Reminder: Turtle Dice:

    Jun 22, 2019 PDT

    I'm still interested, but you already have my feedback. Is there a similar plan for the fan decks, maybe drive through cards or some such thing?

  • bsngnr#0z74 published a deck!

    Jun 22, 2019 PDT

    Complete your Collection Tournament - Angel Mounts (3-2-0)

    Orrick Gilstream

  • Cronos Genesis#9i6t published a deck!

    Jun 22, 2019 PDT

    Rimea Torture Deck

    Rimea Careworn

  • Cronos Genesis#9i6t published a deck!

    Jun 22, 2019 PDT

    Summoner Fiona

    Fiona Mercywind

  • Reminder: Turtle Dice 2

    This is a reminder that you should indicate if you are interested in Turtle dice (custom dice I will produce that are compatible with Ashes Time dice, but do not use any infringing icons):

    I'll leave the form open until July 1st, 2019, at which point I will finalize the order based on the amount of interest. I'm planning to order a few extra, but if you want to make sure you get a set, please do let me know you're interested before July 1st! (Filling out the form isn't an obligation to buy, of course! You'll have a chance to see pictures of what the physical dice look like before any money changes hands.)

  • lhurgoyf#7ij! commented on the post Do you really want to live forever?:

    Jun 20, 2019 PDT

    What exciting ideas! I’m very interested as well!

  • NIUMath#1tss commented on the post Do you really want to live forever?:

    Jun 19, 2019 PDT

    Two were posted on the ashes online facebook page since this. I need to transfer them over here.