Hey guys, thanks for an amazing article. As a Bravo player - I am finding there is so little content on strategy out there. This was a huge help - however, please see this as my offical begging request for you to go a bit more indepth on the Disruption version of Bravo. I am getting my ass handed to me regularly by Fai , Viserai and Briar. Id love to know how I can refine this even more.
Also one more thing - did you mean to have Rouse the Ancients as a Sideboard card , and Erase Face as main board on the fabdb link you posted?
Hey James, thanks for reaching out. I've updated the sideboard on fabdb.
The offensive strategies for Bravo against Fai, Viserai, and Briar are almost identical: Throw undominated attacks that encourage them to use up their armor as early as possible (otherwise they would need to block with at least 2 cards, which turns off their turn), and only dominate attacks when you're sure they can't block the crush effect.
However, there are some key differences:
Fai wants to race. Many have tuned their decks to end the game within 3-4 turns, using explosive 5-card hands with Spreading Flames and Art of War to delete their opponents. Knowing this, if you can force a Fai to block with even 1 card when they want to go off, you greatly reduce their damage potential.
Viserai wants to mid-range. They can trade efficiently on a 3-card hand with Mauvrion Skies + 2-cost attack + Rosetta and don't mind doing so until they hit their Mordred Tide or Revel in Runeblood cards. One trick against Viserai is to punish them as much as possible early while they are building up Runechants to gain a life lead...and then committing to blocking as much of their damage as possible once they decide to go off...since it'll take them another couple turns to set-up again.
Briar actually doesn't mind blocking with their Embodiment of Earth buff until they see Channel Mount Heroic or Force of Nature. Whenever you're ready to hit them with a big dominated attack, you need to consider using armor to soak up their attacks to prevent them from getting that Embodiment of Earth token.
The point I'm trying to illustrate here is that even among the aggro heroes, there are different speeds they want to operate on. Your goal is to NOT let them do what they want comfortably. Try playing these heroes yourself on Talishar to get a feel of what their patterns are like, and you'll get a much better idea of how to block them as Bravo. All the best!
Have you browsed our older articles yet? You might start here: https://rathetimes.com/articles/another-round-refining-bravo-for-the-road-to-nationals
Great article! I've mostly played Bravo as well. Thanks for these insights!
I thought 2 Red Macho Grandes was odd -- those don't seem to be in the fabdb decklist.
Thanks Tommy, yup those red Macho Grandes shouldn't be in. Was experimenting with them post-Nationals. Will clean up in abit
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