Taking Aim: How to Win with Azalea

by Wesley Lingard, Mark Chamberlain 21st October 2021 13 : 26
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On Sunday Sept. 5th, over a year's worth of dedication to Azalea finally paid off. Wesley placed 2nd in the RC Crew Road to Nationals, making him the highest achieving Azalea player in the world...

But the day before I scored that second place, I competed in the Unplugged Games Road to Nationals, where I lost four out of six rounds of Swiss.

I was devastated that I had performed so poorly, and hastily put together a Dorinthea deck to replace Azalea for the RC Crew event the next day. As I was practicing with my new substitution, the betrayal ate at me. "It was just a bad day," I told myself. "If I stick with Azalea- the deck I know, and the deck they don't expect- I'll have better odds at winning."

Dedication, experience, and confidence pay off.

Class Banner Azalea

Why Azalea?

What I love about Azalea is her ability to modify her hand. In a typical four card turn, you can pitch one card to use Death Dealer, put an arrow into your arsenal, draw a new card, then swap the arrow for another new card using Azalea’s ability.

Likewise, you could start your turn with a card facedown in your arsenal, then use Skullbone Crosswrap to flip it up and opt the top card. You then either have a card you want on top, or you have removed a less useful card from the top. Following that, you could either play the card from arsenal, then repeat the process above, drawing the good card; or you could swap the arsenal card out for the good card on top of your deck with Azalea’s ability, play that card, then use the above process to draw a new card.

It sounds complicated, but once you get in some practice, it becomes second nature; the archer's draw becomes a muscle memory.

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Wesley Lingard

Wesley Lingard has been playing Flesh and Blood nonstop since the release of Arcane Rising, and has had lots of time to study the game. Wesley lives in Australia, which is where he plans to climb to the top of the competitive scene. His favourite deck to play is Ranger, because of its mechanical complexity and because it isn't such a meta deck.

Mark Chamberlain

Our narrator, Mark Chamberlain, is a long-time card game player-- but they're all sitting on the shelf while he practices Guardian in Flesh and Blood. Mark is based out of Colorado Springs, USA.