The Dawnblade's Edge: Critical Evaluation of Dorinthea

by Will Reinhardt 28th October 2022 6 : 43
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The FAB world is once again abuzz with phrases like ‘open meta’ and ‘mid range’, and rumors of the rise of decks that adapt to game situations.  Player skill level continues to increase, and there seems to be a surge of deck builders looking to assess ‘above curve’ value in their builds.  With the recent ban and suspended list keeping some of the recently popular linear strategies at bay, Dorinthea Ironsong has begun to carve out a place for herself.

Most decks find value in either the attacking end of the spectrum or the blocking end, but Dori finds herself in the middle.  This is known as ‘midrange’.  Her cards are flexible and do not push her heavily into either the attacking or blocking strategies.  From an equipment perspective, Dori has the proverbial ‘fridge’ to block with, and nearly all cards in the deck block for 3, making Dori one of stronger non-Guardian heroes when it comes to defense.

Although Dori’s attacking strategy is not pushed as heavily as Ninjas or Runeblades, this sword-wielding heroine operates on an axis that most heroes cannot.  Her cards support both a proactive and reactive gameplan, and can be tuned to focus on one of these gameplans more heavily depending on how it's built. 

In this article, we’ll look at a couple key cards that support either strategy.

Proactive Play

To get an idea of the power of Glistening Steelblade - the newest addition to Dori's toolkit - let’s consider a turn where the opponent chooses not to block, and allows us to get the full value from it.

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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.