Flamewave or Nah? Understanding "Value Fai"

by Will Reinhardt 11th August 2022 0 : 00
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Despite the banning of Stubby Hammerers, Fai is still a top contender in the current meta. The explosiveness of the deck from turn one is no longer as explosive without them, but as we will see, Fai can generate a great deal of value from the combination of his weapon plus his ability to fetch Phoenix Flames from his graveyard. Even playing a so-called "straightforward, non-combo" strategy can win games through constant value-generating lines of play, available in most hands.

In previous articles, I've analyzed lines of play seen in Boltyn decks in an effort to understand how to generate the most value over the duration of a game. We will do the same for Fai here, by first looking at the foundation of Fai’s turns, then the amount of damage the deck is able to output by hand size. Once we have a framework for how we expect our typical hands to play out, we will be able to build better decks by assessing how well single cards fit into that strategy.

Forging a Foundation

Before we begin our line by line examples, let’s set up a basic equipment package that we can reference during our assessment.  We’ll use Mask of Momentum, Fyendal’s Spring Tunic, Tiger Stripe Shuko, and Snapdragon Scalers. Our weapon of choice is Searing Emberblade.

Let’s also quickly run down what Fai wants to do. To maximize his ability, we want to make it as free as possible, meaning we don’t want to have to pay resources to get a Flame out of the graveyard if we don’t have to.  We’d also like to swing his weapon, since having three damage available to use on the board lessens the necessity to keep cards in hand, generally. Ideally, we'd like to pay for our sword and our hero power with a single blue pitch- and if we can float a resource, all the better!

In general, a Fai turn will look something like this: play an attack action, swing the weapon, retrieve and play the flame from discard, finish the chain with a valuable attack action. If your first attack action is Draconic, chain two is a decent time to spend your blue pitch on the weapon and Fai's ability.

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Will Reinhardt

Will Reinhardt enjoys many card games, but none more so than Flesh and Blood. He loves any opportunity to share his passion for the game, strategy, and tips he's learned along the way. He now runs Cardboard Cast, creating content whenever he is not chasing his toddler around the house. Will is based in Roanoke, Virginia, USA.