en-us The Rathe Times - https://rathetimes.com The Rathe Times is a bespoke news and content outlet for the fantastic trading card game, Flesh & Blood. Exploring the Fringes: Calling an Audible https://rathetimes.com/articles/exploring-the-fringes-calling-an-audible Each class has a big pool of cards to swim in. Don't limit yourself to the mainstream. %am, %06 %b %2021 %11:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/75d1d8dd-a25a-47bb-b25f-af19d0d2d3b1/Banner_alex_flexrune.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C41%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/exploring-the-fringes-calling-an-audible Exploring the Fringes: Tinkering with Dash https://rathetimes.com/articles/exploring-the-fringes-tinkering-with-dash Each class has a big pool of cards to swim in. Don't limit yourself to the mainstream. %am, %11 %b %2021 %01:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/747fc7af-87c4-45fb-83aa-c9cedbdd3b36/Banner_alex_mechtheory.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C61%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/exploring-the-fringes-tinkering-with-dash Thoughts and Baubles: Launch Edition https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-launch-edition Welcome to The Rathe Times! In this special launch edition of Thoughts and Baubles, we take a look at the state of the game, online tournaments, and Monarch fearmongering. %am, %11 %b %2021 %01:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d4fbe64f-2633-48ee-b602-d2a011f749a9/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-launch-edition FaB101: Rhinar and the Brute Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-rhinar-and-the-brute-class Learn the basics of Rhinar's Brute strategy, from weapon selection to hand management. %pm, %16 %b %2021 %18:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/92ad3860-2c5e-4238-b028-133ca6be5e98/Class101BannerBrute.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-rhinar-and-the-brute-class Matching Up with Runeblade https://rathetimes.com/articles/matching-up-with-runeblade Prepare your Viserai deck with strategies for all matchups in the Classic Constructed format. %pm, %23 %b %2021 %14:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/a9210f7b-40ab-4b7c-8b92-29536f428775/Banner_Chun_Runematch.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/matching-up-with-runeblade Building Constructed Azalea - Part 1 https://rathetimes.com/articles/building-constructed-azalea-part-1 Ranger has proven a difficult class for many to get their head around, and if the meta is any clue than she is certainly a tough nut to crack. Hayden Dale walks us through his journey with the infamous Ranger, sharing insights and advice on this hero requiring finesse. %am, %11 %b %2021 %01:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/6b04ed3e-a7af-43f8-b9a5-dfa2d4f3db38/Banner_Hayden_Ranger.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/building-constructed-azalea-part-1 No, Pricy First Editions Are Not Destroying the Game https://rathetimes.com/articles/no-pricy-first-editions-are-not-destroying-the-game Many are scared that first edition boxes are ruining the game due to their increased cost. Although this is a fair concern, it's not entirely accurate. %am, %11 %b %2021 %01:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/ab22ea26-d99d-4284-b9cd-3e69b38769a6/monarch.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C521%2C3000%2C1515 https://rathetimes.com/articles/no-pricy-first-editions-are-not-destroying-the-game Building Constructed Azalea - Part 2 https://rathetimes.com/articles/building-constructed-azalea-part-2 In part 2 of this 4-part series, Hayden returns with Azalea in tow, after a few weeks of testing and with some fresh ideas. %am, %11 %b %2021 %01:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/6b04ed3e-a7af-43f8-b9a5-dfa2d4f3db38/Banner_Hayden_Ranger.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/building-constructed-azalea-part-2 FaB101: Viserai and the Runeblade Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-viserai-and-the-runeblade-class For those willing to delve deeply and invest the time to learn, Runeblade can be a complex and rewarding class to bring to tournaments of any size. %am, %11 %b %2021 %01:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/ef8bb63a-30a5-4b98-97d7-a8fe1b95d7d2/Class101BannerRuneblade.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-viserai-and-the-runeblade-class Bravo on a Budget https://rathetimes.com/articles/bravo-on-a-budget Wesley shows what Guardian can do with nothing but Commons. %pm, %09 %b %2021 %15:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/04d8dc80-0a81-4152-9344-530068be81ff/Banner_budget_bravo.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=2%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/bravo-on-a-budget Building Constructed Azalea - Part 3 https://rathetimes.com/articles/building-constructed-azalea-part-3 Part three of Hayden's Azalea experiment expands the classes she's been tested against and includes a host of fringe card choices to see her across the line, bringing with her a rain of arrows. %am, %11 %b %2021 %01:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/6b04ed3e-a7af-43f8-b9a5-dfa2d4f3db38/Banner_Hayden_Ranger.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/building-constructed-azalea-part-3 Are We Ready for Player Vs. Environment? https://rathetimes.com/articles/are-we-ready-for-player-vs-environment Wesley thinks the signs are pointing to a PvE mode on the horizon. What might that look like in Flesh and Blood? %am, %11 %b %2021 %01:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/55249a6c-9873-4534-946b-a8ed63c2a59a/Banner_Wesley_Brawnhide.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/are-we-ready-for-player-vs-environment Building Constructed Azalea - Part 4 https://rathetimes.com/articles/building-constructed-azalea-part-4 In his conclusive finale, Hayden resolves his deep dive into Ranger with some game plans, sideboarding, matchup-specific advice, and a word of warning of how not to play her. %am, %11 %b %2021 %01:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/6b04ed3e-a7af-43f8-b9a5-dfa2d4f3db38/Banner_Hayden_Ranger.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/building-constructed-azalea-part-4 Interview with Saint Hung https://rathetimes.com/articles/interview-with-saint-hung Saint Hung is by now a renown figure within the Flesh & Blood community. In this interview, I try and find out what makes him tick, why Flesh & Blood, and what else keeps him occupied. %am, %11 %b %2021 %01:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/0abe2a21-d11d-46ce-8964-7dc633b8d0ff/ScreenShot2021-03-08at3.28.16pm.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=319%2C52%2C1677%2C845 https://rathetimes.com/articles/interview-with-saint-hung The Encounter https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-encounter In this introductory piece, Kirk explores an encounter between Katsu, and a chance engagement with the brute, Rhinar. %am, %11 %b %2021 %01:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d6a40efe-f2ad-4978-bb11-9df245f15319/katsuvsrhinar.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C28%2C1596%2C805 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-encounter Building Azalea with Hayden Dale https://rathetimes.com/articles/building-azalea-with-hayden-dale Azalea has a reputation as the weakest Hero in the Crucible of War era. Hayden Dale sets out to contest that in a 4-part series, finally concluded here at the Rathe Times. %am, %11 %b %2021 %01:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/6031648c-c7ce-4fb8-bc30-1b00422323df/ClassBannerAzalea.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/building-azalea-with-hayden-dale Rayvwen - YouTube Deck Tech channel https://rathetimes.com/articles/rayvwen-youtube-deck-tech-channel Rayvwen has been creating YouTube deck tech videos now for some time. His unique appeal? The quality of the videos he produces. Let's find out more about him. %pm, %17 %b %2021 %14:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/a3a61689-87f9-4d9d-bd43-e4f7acf4a788/rayvwen.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C65%2C2491%2C1258 https://rathetimes.com/articles/rayvwen-youtube-deck-tech-channel Steelblade Supremacy: How Dorinthea Loosened Ira's Chokehold on Blitz https://rathetimes.com/articles/steelblade-supremacy-how-dorinthea-loosened-iras-chokehold-on-blitz Davis Kingsley, having recently won three of the Skirmish events he's competed in and placed Top 8 in the rest, shares his thought process, winning deck, and advice on how to approach a meta shifting towards Warrior domination. %am, %16 %b %2021 %03:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/369feb39-bd6e-4cfc-85db-f7ae7fa18104/Banner_davis_pro.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C41%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/steelblade-supremacy-how-dorinthea-loosened-iras-chokehold-on-blitz Is There More to Bravo? (Or is he as shallow as he seems?) https://rathetimes.com/articles/is-there-more-to-bravo-or-is-he-as-shallow-as-he-seems Bravo is good with a hammer, but is that all there is to him? %pm, %18 %b %2021 %14:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/420e7b30-1a62-4fdb-aa3d-76a7654fd27e/Banner_alex_bravo_1d.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/is-there-more-to-bravo-or-is-he-as-shallow-as-he-seems FaB Finance: An Introduction https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab-finance-an-introduction Are you new to the financial side of card games? Do you find the mass of acronyms and specialized vocabulary thrown around on Flesh and Blood social media to be impenetrable? Let Ada Korman (aka- Freyja) get you started on the basics of cardboard finance. %pm, %19 %b %2021 %14:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/4ebee4ec-63e7-40b5-8a53-cc7ba71d1648/Banner_Markets2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C54%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab-finance-an-introduction Drone of Brutality BANNED! https://rathetimes.com/articles/drone-of-brutality-banned Drone of Brutality has become the first Flesh and Blood card to be banned from the two major formats! What does this mean for the game? %pm, %18 %b %2021 %14:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/1f593682-eec4-432b-b142-c5bd481dffe6/Banner_newsdroneban.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/drone-of-brutality-banned The Lore of Monarch: Clues and Speculation https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-lore-of-monarch-clues-and-speculation The lore of Flesh & Blood is rich and mysterious; the intricate connections between characters, places, and events are subtle at best. So what do we know heading into Monarch? What are these monstrous beings attacking Rathe? Where are they from? And why is war breaking out? %am, %26 %b %2021 %06:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/9a6c41c7-b8bc-4877-998b-7a0cccdaf731/monarch-theories.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-lore-of-monarch-clues-and-speculation Arcane Rising: 1 Year (and 1 More Box) In https://rathetimes.com/articles/arcane-rising-1-year-and-1-more-box-in Welcome to Rathe holds most of the prestige for being the first set, but Arcane Rising deserves more recognition as the expansion that lived up to the initial promise. Join Alex for a reflective narrative box opening. %pm, %27 %b %2021 %13:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d55c3e02-d6a3-4429-9cae-0c85b31afd7e/arcane_rising_home.width-10000.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C530%2C4000%2C2020 https://rathetimes.com/articles/arcane-rising-1-year-and-1-more-box-in The print run of Flesh & Blood's Welcome to Rathe (Alpha) https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-print-run-of-flesh-bloods-welcome-to-rathe-alpha LSS today updated the Collector's Centre with some information that collectors and investors would have crawled over their dead grandmother to know. Finally, it's here - and we take a look at what that means. %am, %27 %b %2021 %11:%40:%37 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/41e18477-74f0-47ad-8879-fcbaa005e16f/wtr-numbers-header.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C96%2C1596%2C804 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-print-run-of-flesh-bloods-welcome-to-rathe-alpha State of the Market: End of March 2021 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-march-2021 In this series, Ada (Freyja) reviews the important market changes of the past month, discusses significant events, and makes predictions about what will happen to the Flesh and Blood singles and sealed markets in the short and long term. %pm, %29 %b %2021 %23:%59:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C61%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-march-2021 The Next Evolution of Ira: A Wizard's Perspective https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-next-evolution-of-ira-a-wizards-perspective A new style of Ira is turning the patient, vengeful ninja into a bloodthirsty torrent of blades and kicks! What is driving this change, and how will the meta shift around it? Read about the new developments, and the insights of a wizard player into how Kano fits into the evolving metagame. %am, %01 %b %2021 %05:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/b79dc005-df02-4853-b7f8-7f9ca1a7f26d/Banner_ira_evolve.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C5%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-next-evolution-of-ira-a-wizards-perspective Arknight Ascendant: Viserai's Rising Star in the Blitz Metagame https://rathetimes.com/articles/arknight-ascendant-viserais-rising-star-in-the-blitz-metagame While the spotlight has been resting firmly on Ira and Dorinthea during the Skirmish series, Viserai has been making a place for himself in the shadows. Kevin Brayer explains the deck that's brought the Arknight into the Top 8. %pm, %30 %b %2021 %23:%30:%14 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/94524ec7-c96f-4569-8da8-b2435d5da2b4/Banner_Runeblade_Pro.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C44%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/arknight-ascendant-viserais-rising-star-in-the-blitz-metagame FAB101: Kano and the Wizard Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-kano-and-the-wizard-class Leave behind the strength of might and muscle. Embrace the strength of will and knowledge. %am, %02 %b %2021 %03:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/c85707ef-ef2e-4eb4-828a-8b348e3bc204/Class101BannerWizard.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-kano-and-the-wizard-class Rhinar Hates Everything https://rathetimes.com/articles/rhinar-hates-everything The meta is hard. Why not counter everything? %am, %08 %b %2021 %01:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/25785293-0f0d-4e2d-9e04-a12efaeb7152/ClassBannerRhinar.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=1%2C52%2C648%2C327 https://rathetimes.com/articles/rhinar-hates-everything Breakpoint Boost https://rathetimes.com/articles/breakpoint-boost This deck aims to answer a single question: How quickly can we achieve Maximum Velocity? %pm, %08 %b %2021 %18:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/25785293-0f0d-4e2d-9e04-a12efaeb7152/ClassBannerDash.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C75%2C510%2C257 https://rathetimes.com/articles/breakpoint-boost The Monarch Preview Hub https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-monarch-preview-hub Catch up on Monarch previews across the internet. Let the Rathe Times dig up the links for you. %pm, %11 %b %2021 %20:%32:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/599290f3-4ca9-4431-8edc-196d21d0a20b/mon_art100.width-10000.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=70%2C516%2C2408%2C1214 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-monarch-preview-hub The Aggro Series: Katsu in Classic Constructed https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-aggro-series-katsu-in-classic-constructed In this 3-part series, Hayden Dale explores a side of Flesh and Blood Classic Constructed strategy that has been fairly untouched: aggressive decks. Today we wander into Katsu. %pm, %12 %b %2021 %17:%04:%19 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/1cd64819-4b26-4c32-8b21-e57f3370d169/Banner_katsu_pro.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-aggro-series-katsu-in-classic-constructed Thoughts and Baubles: April 2021 Edition https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-april-2021-edition We're only just wading into Monarch previews, but there's already so much to discuss! Will Talents make the Original 8 less playable? What's going on with Legendaries? And why the last few weeks of April- and not Monarch's release- is the perfect time to bring in new players! %pm, %14 %b %2021 %13:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/29367e8e-aabb-4133-9c4e-d396a73465fe/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1189%2C599 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-april-2021-edition Monarch Spoiler: Memorial Ground https://rathetimes.com/articles/monarch-spoiler-memorial-ground In honour of those who fought for the Light, and fell in the battle against the Shadow; their names shall always be remembered. The Rathe Times would like to introduce to you: Memorial Ground. %am, %15 %b %2021 %01:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/b286f636-cdf0-42f3-9c81-1136303bfb7b/MON_PRV_0301.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C251%2C1600%2C808 https://rathetimes.com/articles/monarch-spoiler-memorial-ground FaB Economics: Monarch Unlimited https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab-economics-monarch-unlimited It's time to crunch some numbers and settle the debate: what's the cheapest way to build a playset? %am, %20 %b %2021 %03:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/da5f4571-defe-4ef6-b176-df0a6aa01086/banner_economics.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab-economics-monarch-unlimited Top Tier Strategy: Be A Good Person https://rathetimes.com/articles/top-tier-strategy-be-a-good-person Once known as "the Magic Jerk", Michael would have done anything within the rules to win. He hopes to save you from making the same mistakes, and explains why the road to pro play is paved with goodwill. %pm, %23 %b %2021 %13:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/aea528f3-3516-4632-9bb7-ca5d5701b5d6/banner_beagoodguy.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/top-tier-strategy-be-a-good-person A Shadowy New Challenger Approaches! https://rathetimes.com/articles/a-shadowy-new-challenger-approaches The Demonastery has its second new face of the Monarch set. Kevin gives his first impressions of the exciting new direction Chane takes the Runeblade class. %pm, %17 %b %2021 %18:%38:%27 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/aea528f3-3516-4632-9bb7-ca5d5701b5d6/banner_chane_earlylook.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C61%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/a-shadowy-new-challenger-approaches Sick of Warrior? You Should Be Grateful for Boltyn... https://rathetimes.com/articles/sick-of-warrior-you-should-be-grateful-for-boltyn Warrior is all about efficiency and consistency. Which is why expanding the card pool is probably a good thing. %pm, %21 %b %2021 %13:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/16b5551a-daba-4762-8cce-16befa1b2ffe/banner_supremacy.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C53%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/sick-of-warrior-you-should-be-grateful-for-boltyn The Mechanologist Theory https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-mechanologist-theory With the debut of Light and Shadow Talents, a new theory has risen up concerning the Mechanologist "class"... %pm, %22 %b %2021 %23:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/8f9c185c-2bef-41bb-9d81-7066619251d8/banner_mech_theory.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C62%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-mechanologist-theory Starting Strong with Monarch: Competitive Advice for All Formats https://rathetimes.com/articles/starting-strong-with-monarch-competitive-advice-for-all-formats A new set can be a daunting prospect in TCGs, with hundreds of new cards and interactions to learn and understand. While experience is the best teacher, there are things you can do to give yourself an edge coming out of the gate. %pm, %27 %b %2021 %14:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/6fc0c490-47e2-4c2f-b551-cd5b0b972079/Banner_Pro_Monarch.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=2%2C15%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/starting-strong-with-monarch-competitive-advice-for-all-formats Adjusting Guardian for the Monarch Meta https://rathetimes.com/articles/adjusting-guardian-for-the-monarch-meta The more things change, the more they stay the same. Guardian is one of the classes that Monarch didn't revisit. How will Guardian decks change for the new Monarch landscape? %am, %01 %b %2021 %01:%57:%58 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/047e0271-c5a3-4b07-aec9-af08ea04932f/banner_guardian_mon.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/adjusting-guardian-for-the-monarch-meta State of the Market: End of April 2021 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-april-2021 In this series, Ada (Freyja) reviews the important market changes of the past month, discusses significant events, and makes predictions about what will happen to the Flesh and Blood singles and sealed markets in the short and long term. %pm, %03 %b %2021 %21:%39:%18 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-april-2021 Bolstering the Beginner: Card Evaluation https://rathetimes.com/articles/bolstering-the-beginner-card-evaluation Recognizing powerful and effective cards in Flesh and Blood is a skill within your grasp. Gemini dives into a few ideas that will help you determine for yourself whether that card is, in fact, a "good" card. %pm, %05 %b %2021 %18:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/472b0652-b557-4bd3-af2e-0ae5dbf98a96/Banner_cardeval.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C39%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/bolstering-the-beginner-card-evaluation Adjusting Ranger for the Monarch Meta https://rathetimes.com/articles/adjusting-ranger-for-the-monarch-meta The more things change, the more they stay the same. Ranger is another class that Monarch didn't revisit. How will Ranger decks fare in the new Monarch landscape? %pm, %06 %b %2021 %14:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/3e666a02-49a0-4797-b652-6f2fd04509e0/Banner_ranger_mon.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/adjusting-ranger-for-the-monarch-meta Monarch Day 1 Decklists https://rathetimes.com/articles/monarch-day-1-decklists Michael Clair, Vazerum, and Jacob Smith bring you three well-tested Monarch Blitz decks to get you started. %am, %08 %b %2021 %00:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/0e373a33-a331-467e-83db-00accc08be2c/Banner_Blitz_day1.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/monarch-day-1-decklists Top Tier Strategy: Making Mistakes- and Learning From Them https://rathetimes.com/articles/top-tier-strategy-making-mistakes-and-learning-from-them Michael is back to talk about mistakes, and how to make the most of them! %am, %12 %b %2021 %05:%27:%25 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/c6b7a61d-65ae-4308-8dbf-ee61da14d807/Banner_mistakes.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C41%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/top-tier-strategy-making-mistakes-and-learning-from-them Discovering the Soul of Boltyn https://rathetimes.com/articles/discovering-the-soul-of-boltyn Boltyn is newest addition to our legion of Warriors, and he brings with him a new level of deckbuilding complexity that has not been present with either of his predecessors. %am, %14 %b %2021 %11:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/c3b1b74a-0e81-4486-b5b6-fdb90c071150/Banner_boltyn_soul.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/discovering-the-soul-of-boltyn Thoughts and Baubles: May 2021 Edition https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-may-2021-edition How the FaB community saved the 1st Edition Monarch experience. Why weapons- and specifically, a wide array of them- are doing more for deck diversity than any card type in the game. %pm, %19 %b %2021 %13:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d4fbe64f-2633-48ee-b602-d2a011f749a9/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-may-2021-edition Shifting Shadows: Chane and the Emerging Monarch Meta https://rathetimes.com/articles/shifting-shadows-chane-and-the-emerging-monarch-meta Jacob Smith, aka jokerjake7, shares his predictions for where the Constructed meta is going, how Chane fits into that, and how he deals with the other contenders. %am, %17 %b %2021 %11:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/ffe8b78b-adb1-4a88-ba5c-cab9bc1cb44e/banner_shiftingshadows.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/shifting-shadows-chane-and-the-emerging-monarch-meta Kingdoms: The Treasure Hidden Within https://rathetimes.com/articles/kingdoms-the-treasure-hidden-within As the forces of Light and Shadow reach the apex of their war, what comes next is uncertain for the fate of Rathe. Fortunately, Legend Story Studios has left some clues right in front of our noses. %pm, %21 %b %2021 %17:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/c2ef5ffa-5778-4121-b41c-83fda0c8ca65/KingdomPredictions.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/kingdoms-the-treasure-hidden-within FAB201: Advanced Arcane https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab201-advanced-arcane Take your Wizard game to the next level with this sophomore-level course in Kano. %pm, %25 %b %2021 %12:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/3671fee3-1594-43f5-9bb2-89d0e01ff08c/Class101BannerWizard2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab201-advanced-arcane Shadow Brute on a Budget https://rathetimes.com/articles/shadow-brute-on-a-budget Levia is a powerful new force of reckoning on the battlefield. Explore her shadowy potential in this powerful budget Blitz deck designed by Drew Cordell. %pm, %27 %b %2021 %16:%02:%50 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/f556f825-14e6-40c8-ae11-f6bed79a83d4/banner_levia_blitz.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/shadow-brute-on-a-budget Body, Mind, and Ironsong: Hatchet Dorinthea https://rathetimes.com/articles/body-mind-and-ironsong-hatchet-dorinthea The Hatchets of Body and Mind offer a completely fresh take on Dorinthea. %pm, %28 %b %2021 %13:%09:%16 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/667e8366-a5ad-4f52-ae21-f8a54d207319/banner_hatchet_dori.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/body-mind-and-ironsong-hatchet-dorinthea Shedding Light on Prism https://rathetimes.com/articles/shedding-light-on-prism Prism may have been a dominant player in sealed Monarch, but converting that success to the Classic Constructed format has been more challenging than expected. Conor has put in the hours and is ready to share what he's learned to take your Prism game to a competitive level. %pm, %28 %b %2021 %21:%35:%27 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/ed7fbf7e-47c4-42e3-b95e-2f76742ab128/Banner_prism_cc.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C42%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/shedding-light-on-prism Bullying Bravo into Ira's Blitz https://rathetimes.com/articles/bullying-bravo-into-iras-blitz While Bravo's prospects are improving, his toughest rivals- Ira and Dorinthea- will continue to have a presence in Blitz. How does Cayle McCreath, the most famous Guardian player in the world, tech for this inevitable matchup? %pm, %31 %b %2021 %21:%47:%22 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/bf0d8878-a32d-4c22-b7b4-3e3ee594ff7c/Banner_cayle_bravo_ira.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C39%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/bullying-bravo-into-iras-blitz State of the Market: End of May 2021 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-may-2021 In this series, Ada (Freyja) reviews the important market changes of the past month, discusses significant events, and makes predictions about what will happen to the Flesh and Blood singles and sealed markets in the short and long term. %am, %01 %b %2021 %02:%26:%35 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=2%2C6%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-may-2021 Shedding Light on Prism: The Matchups https://rathetimes.com/articles/shedding-light-on-prism-the-matchups A continuation of "Shedding Light on Prism", Conor Grant offers matchup-specific advice on sideboarding and strategies for answering the meta. %pm, %03 %b %2021 %23:%54:%57 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/ed7fbf7e-47c4-42e3-b95e-2f76742ab128/Banner_prism_cc.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/shedding-light-on-prism-the-matchups Converting Your Magic Credits to a FAB Major https://rathetimes.com/articles/converting-your-magic-credits-to-a-fab-major Many of the skills and concepts you’ve learned from Magic will carry over to Flesh and Blood. %am, %08 %b %2021 %02:%23:%48 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/90fb14fc-645d-499e-893d-94ce002fee1c/Banner_convert.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/converting-your-magic-credits-to-a-fab-major Bolstering the Beginner: Combat Roles https://rathetimes.com/articles/bolstering-the-beginner-combat-roles There are aggressors and there are defenders. Understanding your role in the matchup is essential to inform your decisions. %pm, %10 %b %2021 %18:%17:%02 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/5be348a5-49aa-4861-b080-54f566b2c3ea/Banner_combatroles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/bolstering-the-beginner-combat-roles Relentless Aggression: Terrorizing Blitz with Levia (Part 1) https://rathetimes.com/articles/relentless-aggression-terrorizing-blitz-with-levia-part-1 Embrace the destructive power of a fully-unleashed Levia. %pm, %10 %b %2021 %19:%11:%41 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/51c952f2-ab85-45ae-8073-307f676a6696/banner_levia2_blitz.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/relentless-aggression-terrorizing-blitz-with-levia-part-1 Relentless Aggression: Terrorizing Blitz with Levia (Part 2- Matchups) https://rathetimes.com/articles/relentless-aggression-terrorizing-blitz-with-levia-part-2-matchups Embrace the destructive power of a fully-unleashed Levia. This article is a continuation that focused on the matchups against other heroes. %pm, %10 %b %2021 %20:%22:%38 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/51c952f2-ab85-45ae-8073-307f676a6696/banner_levia2_blitz.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/relentless-aggression-terrorizing-blitz-with-levia-part-2-matchups My FaB Journey: A Look Back https://rathetimes.com/articles/my-fab-journey-a-look-back A month of personal firsts has Alex feeling like he's truly arrived on the FaB scene. Why getting involved in a game's community is so rewarding. %pm, %14 %b %2021 %23:%51:%38 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/0244c4c2-8e9d-4cb5-8f63-36c48f62bb56/Aria_Matte.width-2000.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1208%2C609 https://rathetimes.com/articles/my-fab-journey-a-look-back The Art of Community Building - Part 1: Generating Awareness https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-art-of-community-building-part-1-generating-awareness In this short series, Joey shares tips on getting FaB to catch on in your community: generating awareness, partnering with Local Game Store owners, and building on momentum. %pm, %17 %b %2021 %23:%48:%25 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/983b16fb-60c0-4dff-8b9f-adf5188064e8/Banner_Community.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C36%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-art-of-community-building-part-1-generating-awareness Thoughts and Baubles: June 2021 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-june-2021 Monarch has inspired exactly the kind of growth this game needed, with new players taking an interest every day. Now, it's up to the community to keep them here. %am, %19 %b %2021 %02:%04:%01 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d4fbe64f-2633-48ee-b602-d2a011f749a9/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-june-2021 Welcome to Flesh and Blood! https://rathetimes.com/articles/welcome-to-flesh-and-blood Getting into any TCG for the first time can be overwhelming. This article goes over the basics of how to get started, from formats and heroes to best buy-in approaches. %pm, %22 %b %2021 %17:%55:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/4725dc3a-3170-420d-9e25-ee7557c03e64/Banner_introduction.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/welcome-to-flesh-and-blood Cash In with Kassai https://rathetimes.com/articles/cash-in-with-kassai Between her excellent passive ability and potential to blow opponents out with overwhelming card advantage, the overlooked Warrior Kassai is an extremely exciting and flexible hero to pilot. %pm, %23 %b %2021 %23:%09:%49 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/8d7d26c4-7be4-40da-9008-eaa8acb596bf/Banner_Kassai.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C41%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/cash-in-with-kassai Climbing the Mountain: How to Prepare for a Major Event https://rathetimes.com/articles/climbing-the-mountain-how-to-prepare-for-a-major-event On June 5th, players from across Oceania came together for the Calling. For myself and many others, the journey up that mountain started from the moment the first spoiler was revealed. Today, I invite you to join me on a journey that ultimately lead to a second place finish at the Aotea Center. %am, %26 %b %2021 %02:%35:%03 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/e358a4a3-7194-49ec-af4a-1835e3be26cc/Banner_Calling.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/climbing-the-mountain-how-to-prepare-for-a-major-event State of the Market: End of June 2021 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-june-2021 In this series, Ada (Freyja) reviews the important market changes of the past month, discusses significant events, and makes predictions about what will happen to the Flesh and Blood singles and sealed markets in the short and long term. %am, %01 %b %2021 %00:%02:%10 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-june-2021 The Importance of Sequencing in Flesh and Blood https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-importance-of-sequencing-in-flesh-and-blood Sequencing your actions correctly can often provide a substantial advantage in Flesh and Blood. This article goes into more detail on careful sequencing and three ways it can improve your game. %am, %03 %b %2021 %00:%56:%50 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/f8efb016-a17f-48fb-9412-31759bb124db/banner_sequencing.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C57%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-importance-of-sequencing-in-flesh-and-blood Arknight Evolutions https://rathetimes.com/articles/arknight-evolutions While Chane steals the spotlight, Viserai is learning new tricks... %am, %07 %b %2021 %01:%11:%49 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/6410b89f-73b7-4771-8cb2-a336938c2472/Banner_Arcanix.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C12%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/arknight-evolutions What We're Playing: Mark Chamberlain https://rathetimes.com/articles/what-were-playing-mark-chamberlain This week, the Rathe Times writing team is getting personal and talking about the decks they're putting on the table. Learn what our narrator, Mark, has been dabbling in lately. %am, %07 %b %2021 %02:%12:%14 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/747fc7af-87c4-45fb-83aa-c9cedbdd3b36/Banner_alex_mechtheory.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C23%2C1152%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/what-were-playing-mark-chamberlain What We're Playing https://rathetimes.com/articles/what-were-playing This week, the Rathe Times writing team is getting personal and talking about the decks they're putting on the table. %am, %07 %b %2021 %02:%16:%57 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/747fc7af-87c4-45fb-83aa-c9cedbdd3b36/Banner_alex_mechtheory.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C61%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/what-were-playing What We're Playing: Alex Truell https://rathetimes.com/articles/what-were-playing-alex-truell This week, the Rathe Times writing team is getting personal and talking about the decks they're putting on the table. Check out what the Rathe Times editor is obsessing over! %pm, %07 %b %2021 %20:%50:%33 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/747fc7af-87c4-45fb-83aa-c9cedbdd3b36/Banner_alex_mechtheory.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C61%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/what-were-playing-alex-truell What We're Playing: Joey Senart https://rathetimes.com/articles/what-were-playing-joey-senart This week, the Rathe Times writing team is getting personal and talking about the decks they're putting on the table. When Joey isn't acting as ambassador to the game, what does he mess around with? %am, %08 %b %2021 %01:%49:%23 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/747fc7af-87c4-45fb-83aa-c9cedbdd3b36/Banner_alex_mechtheory.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C61%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/what-were-playing-joey-senart What We're Playing: Snapshots https://rathetimes.com/articles/what-were-playing-snapshots This week, the Rathe Times writing team is getting personal and talking about the decks they're putting on the table. Join us for a few quick snippets from the Pro writers! %am, %09 %b %2021 %05:%16:%35 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/747fc7af-87c4-45fb-83aa-c9cedbdd3b36/Banner_alex_mechtheory.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C61%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/what-were-playing-snapshots Optimizing Auras https://rathetimes.com/articles/optimizing-auras Conor Grant (Prism UwU on Discord) returns to the Illusionist class from another angle. If you like convoluted, intricate decks that require you to think, this might just be the deck for you. %pm, %09 %b %2021 %23:%46:%17 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/6efb81be-3b56-4eac-a1fe-d2db4e315748/banner_aura.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=2%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/optimizing-auras The Showstopper (Part 1) https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-showstopper-part-1 Drew Cordell explores the duality of Guardian, pairing high defense with staggering offense at the flip of a switch. In Part 1, we look at the decklist and explore its central strategy. %pm, %12 %b %2021 %23:%51:%58 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/b65b7e67-a12f-4526-bf8e-c86fedb24a34/banner_bravodepth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-showstopper-part-1 The Showstopper (Part 2) https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-showstopper-part-2 Drew Cordell explores the duality of Guardian, pairing high defense with staggering offense at the flip of a switch. In Part 2, we talk matchup-specific strategies and sideboarding. %pm, %12 %b %2021 %23:%49:%39 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/b65b7e67-a12f-4526-bf8e-c86fedb24a34/banner_bravodepth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-showstopper-part-2 The Attack Action Podcast https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-attack-action-podcast The Attack Action Podcast is a regular outlet for Taylor and Isaac, providing the Flesh & Blood community with a regular podcast that provides great insights & humour around our beloved game. %pm, %14 %b %2021 %15:%25:%51 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/51891947-ab94-4b72-b7f7-4c53eb693228/attack-action-podcast-splash.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C25%2C1200%2C605 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-attack-action-podcast Hidden Gems: Variant Foils https://rathetimes.com/articles/hidden-gems-variant-foils When is a foil more than a foil? Ada (aka Freyja) talks about variant foils and their place in an evolving market. %pm, %16 %b %2021 %12:%05:%46 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/371434af-283e-46ac-be0f-7af843fa037c/Banner_tribute.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/hidden-gems-variant-foils Bolstering the Beginner: Playstyles https://rathetimes.com/articles/bolstering-the-beginner-playstyles Aligning your own strategic inclinations with those of your Hero is the easiest way to feel comfortable and confident with your deck. %am, %17 %b %2021 %00:%38:%45 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/a7ea7aaa-e258-4645-b0ba-cd2ec953eabd/Banner_brutes.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/bolstering-the-beginner-playstyles Thoughts and Baubles: July 2021 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-july-2021 Are unsolved heroes the key to a healthy meta? And are there any heroes left unsolved? %pm, %17 %b %2021 %20:%38:%53 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d4fbe64f-2633-48ee-b602-d2a011f749a9/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-july-2021 The Benji Trap https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-benji-trap Sometimes, a Hero's ability is more of a guideline than a rule. %pm, %23 %b %2021 %20:%45:%18 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/c2831c22-da7e-44bf-98d7-5342553f383c/Banner_benji.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-benji-trap An Interview with Artist Federico Musetti https://rathetimes.com/articles/an-interview-with-artist-federico-musetti Meet the creator of some of Monarch's most iconic art! %pm, %24 %b %2021 %16:%44:%02 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/1b0fd45d-b62e-44b6-84a8-6ab7fb39d2af/Banner_Federico.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C11%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/an-interview-with-artist-federico-musetti The Art of Community Building - Part 2: Partnering with Your Local Store https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-art-of-community-building-part-2-partnering-with-your-local-store Generating awareness is a great way to get a store owner to consider a product. Now let's talk about capitalizing on your hard work and getting events going. %pm, %28 %b %2021 %15:%50:%36 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/27325ad8-bd1e-433b-96e9-647a17f47c35/Banner_Community2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C38%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-art-of-community-building-part-2-partnering-with-your-local-store Diving Back into Darkness: Preparing Chane for the Road https://rathetimes.com/articles/diving-back-into-darkness-preparing-chane-for-the-road Jokerjake7 revisits Chane in preparation for Road to Nationals. Learn how to hone your deck in an increasingly hostile meta, and how to stand out in a saturated field. %am, %30 %b %2021 %02:%28:%55 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/886aac09-67a1-4643-bd46-d18886a03b08/banner_chane_mirror.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=2%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/diving-back-into-darkness-preparing-chane-for-the-road State of the Market: End of July 2021 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-july-2021 News of Aria and the release of CRU Unlimited. How are July's events reshaping the market? %am, %03 %b %2021 %02:%58:%30 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-july-2021 Another Round: Refining Bravo for the Road to Nationals https://rathetimes.com/articles/another-round-refining-bravo-for-the-road-to-nationals With Road to Nationals ramping up to full swing, Drew Cordell explores his latest iteration of competitive, Classic Constructed Guardian after almost a month of heavy testing, designed to improve the Prism matchup without making sacrifices against any of the other top contenders of the format. %pm, %06 %b %2021 %15:%09:%33 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/291e62ad-e4a7-4066-beb9-721782b29e8d/banner_guardiansmash.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C6%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/another-round-refining-bravo-for-the-road-to-nationals Dropping the Dawnblade: Axe Dorinthea and the Road to Nationals https://rathetimes.com/articles/dropping-the-dawnblade-axe-dorinthea-and-the-road-to-nationals In the opening week of Road to Nationals, Hatchet Dorinthea came out of nowhere to win an event. Christian Gilbert shares what led him to this unexpected deck- and why it worked. %pm, %09 %b %2021 %23:%25:%07 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/2b2dec1c-de64-4cf4-8f28-2a0d91a642e3/Banner_hatchet_dori2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C41%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/dropping-the-dawnblade-axe-dorinthea-and-the-road-to-nationals Keep Your Enemies Close: The Benefits of Playing Other Classes https://rathetimes.com/articles/keep-your-enemies-close-the-benefits-of-playing-other-classes Drew Cordell explores the benefits of diversifying your experience- even for players committed to one class. %pm, %14 %b %2021 %14:%10:%58 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/0a82b82e-61d5-4f3b-9684-edff286bdd0f/Banner_Pro_2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/keep-your-enemies-close-the-benefits-of-playing-other-classes An Interview with James White of Legend Story Studios https://rathetimes.com/articles/an-interview-with-james-white-of-legend-story-studios James White is the enigmatic and persistent lead game designer and co-founder of Legend Story Studios, as well as the mastermind behind the growing worldwide gaming sensation: Flesh and Blood TCG. %pm, %13 %b %2021 %12:%35:%31 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/ab8b087a-a90a-48c3-a7d5-624e87f890a3/interviewthumbnail-rt.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C45%2C1280%2C644 https://rathetimes.com/articles/an-interview-with-james-white-of-legend-story-studios Have We Misunderstood Levia All Along? https://rathetimes.com/articles/have-we-misunderstood-levia-all-along If Road to Nationals has shown us anything, it's that Levia is the new Azalea. But what if everything we know about building and playing Levia is wrong? %am, %17 %b %2021 %03:%19:%58 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/ebd1c0da-3f1d-4c44-911a-4b1334815cb3/Banner_levia_revised.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C33%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/have-we-misunderstood-levia-all-along Levia, the Misunderstood: Matchup Guide https://rathetimes.com/articles/levia-the-misunderstood-matchup-guide Matchup guidance for Mark Chamberlain's Levia build. %am, %18 %b %2021 %04:%53:%31 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/ebd1c0da-3f1d-4c44-911a-4b1334815cb3/Banner_levia_revised.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C24%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/levia-the-misunderstood-matchup-guide Thoughts and Baubles: August 2021 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-august-2021-2 The Road to Nationals series has showcased the very best aspects of the game. %pm, %18 %b %2021 %23:%59:%17 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d4fbe64f-2633-48ee-b602-d2a011f749a9/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C36%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-august-2021-2 So What's the Deal with Shiyana? https://rathetimes.com/articles/so-whats-the-deal-with-shiyana Ada looks back on her whiffed RF Shiyana prediction, and attempts to figure out what exactly is going on with the Diamond Gemini’s price. %am, %21 %b %2021 %01:%33:%17 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/06640f34-889d-47aa-befe-804d5a6a4415/ClassBannerShiyana.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/so-whats-the-deal-with-shiyana Wandering the Road to Nationals: A Katsu Deck Guide https://rathetimes.com/articles/wandering-the-road-to-nationals-a-katsu-deck-guide Off the back of a week 1 RtN win, Max Thomas talks us through what makes Midrange Katsu a premiere deck in today's meta. %pm, %21 %b %2021 %19:%17:%18 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/9a6a343b-412f-4d01-9171-5840179e453a/Banner_FindCenter.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/wandering-the-road-to-nationals-a-katsu-deck-guide The Rathe Times Promo giveaway https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-rathe-times-promo-giveaway Legend Story Studios has been kind enough to provide The Rathe Times with a fair number of card promos to giveaway, as well as a playmat! Read on to find out how to boost your chances of winning! %am, %02 %b %2021 %00:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/653a5f29-2fde-4434-9640-51359a44cee2/header.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1191%2C600 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-rathe-times-promo-giveaway FAB101: Prism and the Illusionist Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-prism-and-the-illusionist-class Learn the basics of Prism the Light Illusionist in this introductory course into her abilities, cards and flavor. Pick a deck from her many styles of play and start your illusionist journey here! %pm, %27 %b %2021 %23:%55:%34 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/3b9ad1fe-64ba-49ad-a821-e49bbd80c42b/Class101BannerIllusionist.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=2%2C45%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-prism-and-the-illusionist-class FAB101: Azalea and the Ranger Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-azalea-and-the-ranger-class Why get up close and personal when you can kill from a distance? Learn the basics of the Ranger class. %pm, %30 %b %2021 %21:%17:%36 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/567651ec-f90f-4660-8c48-bd06016e8148/Class101BannerRanger.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C47%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-azalea-and-the-ranger-class Mindfulness According to Katsu https://rathetimes.com/articles/mindfulness-according-to-katsu The difference between an aggro deck and a control deck is often less about the cards and more about the mindset. Derek Watring draws from 2 Road to Nationals wins as he explains how a change in perspective can gain card advantage in a game of inches. %am, %31 %b %2021 %00:%34:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/b69a1e36-b6a7-4e81-9956-e7acf5a68ab0/Banner_blocking_ninja.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/mindfulness-according-to-katsu State of the Market: End of August 2021 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-august-2021 Ada talks preorders, the potential impact of The Calling Las Vegas, and the larger world of collectible cards. %pm, %01 %b %2021 %13:%43:%13 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=2%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-august-2021 Tales of Aria: Winter's Wail https://rathetimes.com/articles/tales-of-aria-winters-wail Tales of Aria spoiler season is now well on its way, and the Rathe Times is here to show you that the Guardian archetype has been revisisted, with a majestic weapon that will literally freeze your enemies in fear! %am, %03 %b %2021 %04:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dc09a5f3-ea31-4186-aa0b-618c82afd6d9/winterswailspoilerheader.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1191%2C600 https://rathetimes.com/articles/tales-of-aria-winters-wail Another Round: Bravo Matchup Guide https://rathetimes.com/articles/another-round-bravo-matchup-guide Drew Cordell's article on refining Bravo for the Road to Nationals was met with a huge response, and its impact continues to grow- our very own Mark Chamberlain won a RtN piloting this deck! Now, Drew answers the call for a matchup guide in this addendum to the original article. %pm, %03 %b %2021 %14:%18:%15 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/291e62ad-e4a7-4066-beb9-721782b29e8d/banner_guardiansmash.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C6%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/another-round-bravo-matchup-guide Lexi, Azalea, and the Looming Ranger Rivalry https://rathetimes.com/articles/lexi-azalea-and-the-looming-ranger-rivalry Ranger was in dire need of a competitive boost. But with only a few days of previews, has Lexi already upstaged Azalea? And what will this do to the dedicated community of Ranger players? %pm, %03 %b %2021 %18:%26:%32 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/6c8e5321-697b-43a6-943d-48c2a3b3ff1f/Banner_Ranger_Rivals.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=2%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/lexi-azalea-and-the-looming-ranger-rivalry Taking the L: Learning from your Losses https://rathetimes.com/articles/taking-the-l-learning-from-your-losses A loss is a humbling experience; you’re going to think about where you’ve made mistakes, what could have been done differently, how close you were to winning and it’s going to feel bad. But let's talk about what you can take away from them. %am, %07 %b %2021 %03:%41:%43 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/e35d893d-12b2-419f-ade1-4a01eb1bf21b/Banner_takingtheL.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/taking-the-l-learning-from-your-losses Flesh and Blood is a Team Sport https://rathetimes.com/articles/flesh-and-blood-is-a-team-sport When we sit down to the challenge of a game of FaB, we do it alone- but in every moment leading up to it, you benefit from being part of a competitive team. %pm, %08 %b %2021 %14:%27:%40 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/77d854da-cecd-45f8-a6f4-b822d3b57333/Banner_teamsport.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C42%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/flesh-and-blood-is-a-team-sport Why Is Boltyn Excelling in Europe? https://rathetimes.com/articles/why-is-boltyn-excelling-in-europe Data from the Road to Nationals painted a picture of a Chane-dominated meta. But specifically in continental Europe, Ser Boltyn leads the pack. Davis Kingsley of TowerNumber9 examines this unique pocket meta, turning to one such Boltyn player for insights. %pm, %13 %b %2021 %22:%44:%14 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/be0fdc59-d4f4-41ea-829d-7a8960ff5de8/banner_boltyn_euro.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C32%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/why-is-boltyn-excelling-in-europe Thoughts and Baubles: September 2021 Edition https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-september-2021-edition Mark Chamberlain brings his experiences at The Calling in Las Vegas to Thoughts and Baubles, giving you an inside look at the biggest event to happen in the Flesh and Blood world this year. And Alex discusses how this may impact the community in the coming months. %am, %14 %b %2021 %02:%29:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d4fbe64f-2633-48ee-b602-d2a011f749a9/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C5%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-september-2021-edition Pitch Perfect: Why Pitching Matters in Limited More Than You'd Think https://rathetimes.com/articles/pitch-perfect-why-pitching-matters-in-limited-more-than-youd-think Limited is an extremely skill-intensive format- and pitching toward your endgame is one of the most reliable skills you can bring to the table. %pm, %17 %b %2021 %23:%28:%47 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/4bc204f9-eed9-451d-b7c8-c04ab458a105/Banner_pitching.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/pitch-perfect-why-pitching-matters-in-limited-more-than-youd-think Building Briar: Sowing the Seeds of Success https://rathetimes.com/articles/building-briar-sowing-the-seeds-of-success In a double feature, Jacob and Kevin explore both sides of Briar's elemental affinity. %pm, %20 %b %2021 %17:%54:%18 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/f9a970ca-bbf2-4aa2-891e-0a549cb47100/banner_briaraffinity.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=2%2C36%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/building-briar-sowing-the-seeds-of-success Beyond 1-0: A Guide to Data Doll https://rathetimes.com/articles/beyond-1-0-a-guide-to-data-doll At the core of Metrix is the beeping heart of Data Doll. She is the eyes and ears of Metrix’s esteemed scientists. But can this experimental hero take a place among the champions of Rathe? Or is she forever a science fair project? %pm, %20 %b %2021 %22:%49:%09 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/27b7891d-1e0b-48b8-8132-e7733dfc83df/banner_datadoll.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=2%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/beyond-1-0-a-guide-to-data-doll Seeds and Duskblade Banned! Where Does Chane Go From Here? https://rathetimes.com/articles/seeds-and-duskblade-banned-where-does-chane-go-from-here Chane loses a key card and gets denied a new one! What does this mean for the ubiquitous Shadow Runeblade? %pm, %21 %b %2021 %18:%01:%01 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d7b4cdba-5c1f-4786-b982-aff97f6f6483/Banner_Seeds.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C65%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/seeds-and-duskblade-banned-where-does-chane-go-from-here Tales of Aria: Day 1 Blitz Decks https://rathetimes.com/articles/tales-of-aria-day-1-blitz-decks Alex, Drew, and Kevin share their Day 1 deck lists for the three new classes in Tales of Aria. %pm, %21 %b %2021 %18:%28:%17 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/3786bfc0-73d5-435d-8214-e81888dc665e/toa_art_01.width-10000.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C257%2C5000%2C2519 https://rathetimes.com/articles/tales-of-aria-day-1-blitz-decks Playmat Prospects https://rathetimes.com/articles/playmat-prospects What kind of future do FaB playmats have? Ada applies a financial lens to this ever-expanding pool. %pm, %23 %b %2021 %14:%18:%35 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/1cf934a7-a1c3-4d7d-81ed-71781e56bcc8/volthaven.width-10000.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C2848%2C1437 https://rathetimes.com/articles/playmat-prospects Tales of Aria: Theorycrafting and Speculating on a New Release https://rathetimes.com/articles/tales-of-aria-theorycrafting-and-speculating-on-a-new-release Drew shares his best practices and tips to get the most out of a new set and logically evaluate the merits of new cards, both financially and in your own deckbuilding. %pm, %27 %b %2021 %23:%06:%25 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/16d3184c-c584-442d-8da5-4f969e6f5270/banner_theory.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/tales-of-aria-theorycrafting-and-speculating-on-a-new-release Refining Oldhim on a Blank Canvas: Part 1 https://rathetimes.com/articles/refining-oldhim-on-a-blank-canvas-part-1 Drew invites you to walk alongside him as he develops, adapts, and refines Oldhim from new release to honed contender. %pm, %30 %b %2021 %18:%48:%48 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/2101478f-7c8f-4f35-95be-58e731aa0479/Banner_OldhimPRO.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/refining-oldhim-on-a-blank-canvas-part-1 Refining Oldhim- Early Thoughts and Introduction https://rathetimes.com/articles/refining-oldhim-early-thoughts-and-introduction Drew invites you to walk alongside him as he develops, adapts, and refines Oldhim from new release to honed contender. This free introduction shares some early insights into the core of Oldhim, setting up the 4-part Pro series that begins today. %pm, %30 %b %2021 %20:%36:%31 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/2101478f-7c8f-4f35-95be-58e731aa0479/Banner_OldhimPRO.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C41%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/refining-oldhim-early-thoughts-and-introduction Mastering the Elements: Winter's Warriors https://rathetimes.com/articles/mastering-the-elements-winters-warriors Elemental Essence gave us wide areas of overlap between the heroes found in Tales of Aria. But despite sharing a common pool of cards, these heroes use their elemental affinity in very different ways. Today we look at Ice. %am, %02 %b %2021 %02:%52:%04 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/78525e9d-c249-4d5a-a55d-4daed5160712/Banner_ElementIce.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/mastering-the-elements-winters-warriors State of the Market: End of September 2021 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-september-2021 Tales of Aria has dropped, and how has the market reacted? Ada Korman is here with your monthly update. %pm, %04 %b %2021 %17:%16:%02 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-september-2021 Mastering the Elements: Autumn's Army https://rathetimes.com/articles/mastering-the-elements-autumns-army Elemental Essence gave us wide areas of overlap between the heroes found in Tales of Aria. But despite sharing a common pool of cards, these heroes use their elemental affinity in very different ways. Today we look at Earth. %pm, %08 %b %2021 %15:%28:%17 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/6e09ad77-e805-484e-b8f2-c5d448f540cf/Banner_ElementEarth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/mastering-the-elements-autumns-army Refining Oldhim on a Blank Canvas: Part 2 https://rathetimes.com/articles/refining-oldhim-on-a-blank-canvas-part-2 Drew's Oldhim build is tested and refined, with development focused on matchup-specific decisions. But when Oldhim shows Drew how he earned the title, "Grandfather of Eternity", can anything be done to beat the clock? %am, %11 %b %2021 %02:%54:%45 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/2101478f-7c8f-4f35-95be-58e731aa0479/Banner_OldhimPRO.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/refining-oldhim-on-a-blank-canvas-part-2 Refining Oldhim- Matchup Guide https://rathetimes.com/articles/refining-oldhim-matchup-guide A companion to Refining Oldhim Part 2, this matchup guide goes into strategic considerations and sideboarding for all heroes. %am, %11 %b %2021 %03:%18:%13 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/2101478f-7c8f-4f35-95be-58e731aa0479/Banner_OldhimPRO.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/refining-oldhim-matchup-guide Thoughts and Baubles: October 2021 Edition https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-october-2021-edition Do we really know anything about the meta anymore? %pm, %11 %b %2021 %17:%44:%52 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d4fbe64f-2633-48ee-b602-d2a011f749a9/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-october-2021-edition Mastering the Elements: Lightning's Legion https://rathetimes.com/articles/mastering-the-elements-lightnings-legion Elemental Essence gave us wide areas of overlap between the heroes found in Tales of Aria. But despite sharing a common pool of cards, these heroes use their elemental affinity in very different ways. We wrap it up today with Lightning. %pm, %15 %b %2021 %14:%16:%43 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/1974010c-a36f-4c7b-b91e-d11c8cea65b6/grafit-studio-volthaven-30-04-2021.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=170%2C51%2C1750%2C883 https://rathetimes.com/articles/mastering-the-elements-lightnings-legion Crucible of War: So What's Up With Unlimited Now? https://rathetimes.com/articles/crucible-of-war-so-whats-up-with-unlimited-now Ada weighs in on the Crucible of War OOP announcement. Is CRUU still worth buying, or are you better off putting your money elsewhere? %pm, %18 %b %2021 %15:%11:%38 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/fdd412f7-2c1f-46a6-8cce-79d41837a47f/Banner_cruoop.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/crucible-of-war-so-whats-up-with-unlimited-now Was That Really a Close One? https://rathetimes.com/articles/was-that-really-a-close-one When health totals get low, it's easy to assume the game is close and could go either way. But not all decks win the same way. Davis talks about how life totals can lie. %pm, %19 %b %2021 %18:%49:%26 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/08ee7767-4f71-4dfb-ab75-0eb4028f1971/Banner_closegame2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/was-that-really-a-close-one Taking Aim: How to Win with Azalea https://rathetimes.com/articles/taking-aim-how-to-win-with-azalea On Sunday Sept. 5th, Wesley placed 2nd in the RC Crew Road to Nationals, making him the highest achieving Azalea player in the world. Here's how he did it- and how you can improve your Azalea game too. %pm, %21 %b %2021 %16:%26:%02 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/5936c9c5-9d4b-439a-afa7-5c91774dbcfa/Banner_azalear2n.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/taking-aim-how-to-win-with-azalea Taking Aim: Matchup Guide https://rathetimes.com/articles/taking-aim-matchup-guide In this continuation of Taking Aim: How to Win with Azalea, Wesley offers sideboarding and matchup-specific advice for Ranger. %pm, %21 %b %2021 %20:%12:%22 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/5936c9c5-9d4b-439a-afa7-5c91774dbcfa/Banner_azalear2n.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/taking-aim-matchup-guide Keeping it Simple with the Commoner Format https://rathetimes.com/articles/keeping-it-simple-with-the-commoner-format While the Commoner format may be pitched as a way for new players to wade in without the disadvantage of a shallow collection of cards, it has hidden potential as a casual outlet for a laid-back game. %am, %26 %b %2021 %03:%41:%02 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/82c73618-6b4c-4782-b8d4-2316f474adb1/Banner_commoner.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/keeping-it-simple-with-the-commoner-format How I Meta-Gamed Vegas (and What I'm Doing for Nationals) https://rathetimes.com/articles/how-i-meta-gamed-vegas-and-what-im-doing-for-nationals Tyler Horspool was halfway to winning the Calling before he even showed up in Las Vegas. Here's how he set himself up for success. %am, %29 %b %2021 %02:%11:%38 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/65d2b6b1-8bf9-4270-8e18-01e7b8d1a5d4/Banner_callthemeta.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/how-i-meta-gamed-vegas-and-what-im-doing-for-nationals Refining Oldhim on a Blank Canvas: Part 3 https://rathetimes.com/articles/refining-oldhim-on-a-blank-canvas-part-3 With another 50 games of Oldhim under his belt, Drew offers advanced insight into pitching, reverses his earlier opinions on a few cards, and critically examines fatigue. %am, %02 %b %2021 %03:%25:%58 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/2101478f-7c8f-4f35-95be-58e731aa0479/Banner_OldhimPRO.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/refining-oldhim-on-a-blank-canvas-part-3 State of the Market: End of October 2021 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-october-2021 An otherwise relatively calm month saw one major market event in the eleventh hour! The market report is a few days late, but for good reason. Read on! %pm, %04 %b %2021 %19:%32:%11 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-october-2021 Does Chane Have His Swagger Back? https://rathetimes.com/articles/does-chane-have-his-swagger-back Is Chane primed for a comeback? Davis interviews Alex Keeler, who piloted Chane to a 2nd place finish at the Cincinnati Pro Quest, and discusses the strategic shift required to get Chane back on track. %pm, %05 %b %2021 %17:%49:%57 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/956464a0-76e7-4b25-bdc5-e144174e2471/Banner_chaneback.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C26%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/does-chane-have-his-swagger-back FAB101: Boltyn and the Warrior Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-boltyn-and-the-warrior-class Ser Boltyn draws on strength from within to turn the tide of battle. Learn the basics of Boltyn, where Light and Warrior strategies meet. %pm, %09 %b %2021 %19:%45:%42 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/9b8218ea-a84d-4191-8080-c8a8d2dbd79b/Class101BannerWarrior2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C38%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-boltyn-and-the-warrior-class Thoughts and Baubles: November 2021 Edition https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-november-2021-edition Nationals showcased the diversity of the game- if you can brush away the Briars. But is the explosive growth of the newest Runeblade a sign of balance problems, or simply a consequence of online communities? %pm, %10 %b %2021 %17:%46:%37 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d4fbe64f-2633-48ee-b602-d2a011f749a9/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-november-2021-edition Preparing for Skirmish Season https://rathetimes.com/articles/preparing-for-skirmish-season Skirmish season offers a significant format transition from the standards of the last several months. Drew Cordell helps you get your feet beneath you. This article covers general advice for Skirmish now and going forward; this is followed by a Pro article covering the specifics of Tales of Aria. %pm, %11 %b %2021 %17:%19:%16 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/88359c35-22b9-4dda-8fb8-e9c1624228ed/Banner_skirmish.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/preparing-for-skirmish-season Preparing for Skirmish Season- November 2021 https://rathetimes.com/articles/preparing-for-skirmish-season-november-2021 Skirmish season offers a significant format transition from the standards of the last several months. Drew Cordell helps you get your feet beneath you. This article covers the specifics of the Tales of Aria Skirmish season. %pm, %11 %b %2021 %18:%08:%14 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/88359c35-22b9-4dda-8fb8-e9c1624228ed/Banner_skirmish.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/preparing-for-skirmish-season-november-2021 Autumn Frost: Why I Took Lexi to Nationals https://rathetimes.com/articles/autumn-frost-why-i-took-lexi-to-nationals Runeblade may have dominated the US Nationals, but it was Lexi who stole the spotlight when the Top 8 was announced. Isaac Jessen shares with us why an Ice Ranger was the perfect counter to the Briar field. %am, %16 %b %2021 %03:%58:%06 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/b678be8f-0856-455f-ac95-f1b0aa71c2c4/banner_icelexi.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C60%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/autumn-frost-why-i-took-lexi-to-nationals Lightning in a Bottle: The Case for Synergy https://rathetimes.com/articles/lightning-in-a-bottle-the-case-for-synergy Frank Hung makes his debut with a close examination of synergy and its importance in deck building. %pm, %19 %b %2021 %22:%30:%13 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/0d5de1e5-01e9-43e7-947b-0e7021e81451/banner_balllight.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C18%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/lightning-in-a-bottle-the-case-for-synergy Managing Your FaB Team https://rathetimes.com/articles/managing-your-fab-team There are many ways to manage a team that can regularly place in the top 10% at tournaments. Here, Mark shares his experience of team management- practical tips for maintaining cohesion, improving your skills, and getting results! %pm, %22 %b %2021 %20:%29:%39 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/de7d74c8-485f-431b-8d7d-12f529a5d57e/banner_captain.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/managing-your-fab-team Content creation - at Instant Speed! https://rathetimes.com/articles/content-creation-at-instant-speed It's been a while, but our next Community Spotlight article focuses on the new, but refreshing and quality content from our friends at Instant Speed! Read on to see what their team is up to and why. %am, %04 %b %2022 %03:%42:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/cbfda207-cc3b-4369-9751-eb7efe9d393d/E_bqu3HWUAIQnmD.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C12%2C679%2C343 https://rathetimes.com/articles/content-creation-at-instant-speed Dorinthea Unsheathed: Punishing with Hidden Information https://rathetimes.com/articles/dorinthea-unsheathed-punishing-with-hidden-information A punisher mechanic asks your opponent to make a decision, and punishes them for choosing wrong. Dorinthea is a prime example of punisher mechanics- but she falls victim to them just as often! %pm, %25 %b %2021 %16:%03:%46 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/f8fbd487-7f84-4b89-8e54-dba683dbd59b/banner_punisher.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/dorinthea-unsheathed-punishing-with-hidden-information The FaB Cube Part 1: Making the Case for Cube https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-fab-cube-part-1-making-the-case-for-cube Mark makes the case for draft as the premiere format for Flesh and Blood, laying the groundwork for his series on constructing a FaB Cube. %pm, %30 %b %2021 %20:%34:%27 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/cd46cb61-585a-4fd0-866c-1bccce930215/banner_draftcube.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-fab-cube-part-1-making-the-case-for-cube Three Forms of Card Advantage https://rathetimes.com/articles/three-forms-of-card-advantage Gaining momentum is key to winning any card game. Davis talks about three ways to use cards to gain an edge on your opponent. %pm, %02 %b %2021 %20:%44:%08 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/bf4a6660-dd70-408b-a24d-a743e7ca2776/Banner_3cards.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C32%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/three-forms-of-card-advantage State of the Market: End of November 2021 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-november-2021 ToA Unlimited! Out of Print announcements! Everfest! What have all these news items meant to the market? %pm, %03 %b %2021 %21:%54:%45 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-end-of-november-2021 Refining Oldhim on a Blank Canvas: Part 4 https://rathetimes.com/articles/refining-oldhim-on-a-blank-canvas-part-4 Drew Cordell concludes his Pro series on Oldhim in the face of an environment that's gone green. %am, %07 %b %2021 %01:%53:%56 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/2101478f-7c8f-4f35-95be-58e731aa0479/Banner_OldhimPRO.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/refining-oldhim-on-a-blank-canvas-part-4 Deck Stacking: Leaving the Casual Sphere https://rathetimes.com/articles/deck-stacking-leaving-the-casual-sphere In a world of hyper-aggro meta decks and 10 minute games, the art of defeating the seasoned control player has fallen into distant memory among the player base. Re-kindle the art of stacking the deck in your favor with part 1 of a 3-part series and leave the casual sphere behind for good! %pm, %10 %b %2021 %23:%41:%27 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/46cb8009-cc94-4eaf-baa4-5422246d526e/Banner_pitchstack.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C60%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/deck-stacking-leaving-the-casual-sphere Thoughts & Baubles: December 2021 Edition https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-baubles-december-2021-edition It's been a huge year here at the Rathe Times! Join the project lead, Kirk, as he reminisces and recounts what got the Rathe Times started, and the journey that has led us to its first Christmas! %pm, %12 %b %2021 %23:%06:%44 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/29367e8e-aabb-4133-9c4e-d396a73465fe/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1189%2C599 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-baubles-december-2021-edition Shattering the Meta with Ice Lexi https://rathetimes.com/articles/shattering-the-meta-with-ice-lexi Isaac Jessen took Ice Lexi to a Top 8 finish in Orlando. Now, he brings his expertise to you in a Pro deck tech and matchup guide. %am, %14 %b %2021 %03:%09:%45 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/45b4024f-4320-4ee6-9f42-785ee6095aa2/Banner_lexipro.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/shattering-the-meta-with-ice-lexi Unlocked: 2021's Pro Chane Articles Are Now Free https://rathetimes.com/articles/unlocked-2021s-pro-chane-articles-are-now-free In the second round of freeing our Pro content, two past articles on Chane are now available to everyone. %pm, %15 %b %2021 %16:%44:%34 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/7f796a15-f902-40cd-8d4f-09ee55a1458e/Chane_FMusetti_Concept_Design2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=1117%2C179%2C1669%2C843 https://rathetimes.com/articles/unlocked-2021s-pro-chane-articles-are-now-free Speculating on Reprints https://rathetimes.com/articles/speculating-on-reprints Ada takes a look at the cards most in need of a reprint and speculates on how likely they are to appear in Everfest- as well as what happens if they're not. %pm, %17 %b %2021 %14:%26:%55 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/92dc43c3-0b32-4f05-bca5-3f45bfe1d26a/Banner_Reprints.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C44%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/speculating-on-reprints State of the Market: December 2021 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-december-2021 Join Ada for one final look back at FaB in 2021. %pm, %03 %b %2022 %19:%15:%15 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-december-2021 The Tenets of Deck Construction https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-tenets-of-deck-construction Frank Hung is an advocate for constructing your own deck, especially in the early stages of your FaB journey. But where do you begin? %pm, %04 %b %2022 %14:%46:%03 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/c818ee96-68e2-4e55-97e3-cfd732f7b842/Banner_deckbuild.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-tenets-of-deck-construction At Home in Aria: Updating Bravo for the ToA Meta https://rathetimes.com/articles/at-home-in-aria-updating-bravo-for-the-toa-meta After several months of Oldhim, Drew returns to an old favorite, redesigning Bravo for a Briar meta. %pm, %06 %b %2022 %18:%37:%28 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/534c893e-0c34-4cf2-ba93-78c5f43b9561/Banner_ProBravoTOA.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/at-home-in-aria-updating-bravo-for-the-toa-meta At Home in Aria: Matchup Guide https://rathetimes.com/articles/at-home-in-aria-matchup-guide After several months of Oldhim, Drew returns to an old favorite, redesigning Bravo for a Briar meta. This is a follow-up to "At Home in Aria: Updating Bravo for the ToA Meta", focusing on matchups and sideboarding. %pm, %06 %b %2022 %22:%45:%33 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/534c893e-0c34-4cf2-ba93-78c5f43b9561/Banner_ProBravoTOA.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/at-home-in-aria-matchup-guide Blitz Week https://rathetimes.com/articles/blitz-week We don't know much about Everfest, but we do know this: Blitz is back in center stage! %am, %07 %b %2022 %01:%12:%19 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/98e31a08-a554-4a27-b2d9-620ea985e4bd/Banner_blitz_EVE.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/blitz-week The Taming of the Brute: Teaching Kayo Self-Control https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-taming-of-the-brute-teaching-kayo-self-control On the surface, Kayo seems primed for reckless aggression. But giving in to the berserker is a recipe for disaster. %pm, %08 %b %2022 %18:%07:%13 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/82e28a99-ed6e-4067-9723-5ee87d5dd05e/Banner_kayo.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C61%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-taming-of-the-brute-teaching-kayo-self-control The Multifaceted Mirror https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-multifaceted-mirror Stuck for ideas? Are there too many appealing options? Ever the diplomat, Shiyana has a tantalizing proposition for you: Play all of them. %pm, %09 %b %2022 %15:%36:%11 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/39e08186-699d-41b1-a228-4cd443c040b4/Banner_Shapeshifter.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-multifaceted-mirror Pruning the competition - Banned and Restricted announcement https://rathetimes.com/articles/pruning-the-competition-banned-and-restricted-announcement Everfest is not the only thing shaking up the constructed meta games. LSS dropped a bombshell today that sets the stage for the coming tournament season. Read on to find out what happened. %am, %12 %b %2022 %10:%07:%48 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/6a093ffa-9f63-412f-89ad-58a5eadd7623/banned.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1200%2C605 https://rathetimes.com/articles/pruning-the-competition-banned-and-restricted-announcement Going to Ground: Building Oldhim for Blitz https://rathetimes.com/articles/going-to-ground-building-oldhim-for-blitz Blitz Week concludes with a thorough look at converting Oldhim for a faster format. %pm, %13 %b %2022 %14:%46:%15 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/9342f7d9-731d-43a0-98ca-4711eff40508/Banner_glacial.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=2%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/going-to-ground-building-oldhim-for-blitz Learning from Other FaB Teams https://rathetimes.com/articles/learning-from-other-fab-teams Being on a team means constantly striving to improve. In the conclusion of this series, Mark has gone to the community to pick up advice from FaB teams across the world. %pm, %17 %b %2022 %14:%47:%48 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/5adf8586-3e50-457c-a3c3-8fb5575b35d1/Banner_unified.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C32%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/learning-from-other-fab-teams An Introduction to Buyouts https://rathetimes.com/articles/an-introduction-to-buyouts Ada gives an introduction to buyouts in the collectible card market: what are they, how do they work, and how does that apply to Flesh and Blood? %pm, %20 %b %2022 %17:%28:%44 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/5f5b9ea6-913e-406a-a91a-83bb850b3a88/Banner_buyout.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/an-introduction-to-buyouts Reading Your Opponent: Playing Both Sides of the Table https://rathetimes.com/articles/reading-your-opponent-playing-both-sides-of-the-table Preparation is key to playing a strong match, but there are also several ways with which you can maintain an advantage against your opponent by correctly reading and adjusting to their play. %am, %21 %b %2022 %00:%16:%52 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/be8729ba-9980-4968-9c7a-d2ce156ab4de/Banner_Cardholder.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/reading-your-opponent-playing-both-sides-of-the-table A Ninja Wanders Into a Festival: Preparing Katsu for Everfest https://rathetimes.com/articles/a-ninja-wanders-into-a-festival-preparing-katsu-for-everfest From the inception of the game, the Ninja class has been a cornerstone of the meta. In the wake of Briar's neutralizing, Katsu is primed for a comeback. %pm, %24 %b %2022 %22:%25:%57 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/a81cc3b3-1f1f-47d5-b814-e7cef5559887/Banner_katsuever.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C136%2C1018%2C512 https://rathetimes.com/articles/a-ninja-wanders-into-a-festival-preparing-katsu-for-everfest Everfest Preview: Vexing Quillhand https://rathetimes.com/articles/everfest-preview-vexing-quillhand Rathe Times' exclusive preview is here! %am, %26 %b %2022 %03:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/e89fd9d8-db6c-429b-9c99-8a6d8e2a6d46/Banner_vexing.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C26%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/everfest-preview-vexing-quillhand Inventory Assets: Taking Stock of the Items of Everfest https://rathetimes.com/articles/inventory-assets-taking-stock-of-the-items-of-everfest Everfest has put Items in the spotlight like never before. Take a closer look at how they work, and who they work for. %am, %28 %b %2022 %00:%56:%45 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d3bdc54b-d9ab-45cf-ac54-85e3ead29910/Banner_items.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C41%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/inventory-assets-taking-stock-of-the-items-of-everfest Is Charging Worth It? Card Evaluation Through Boltyn's Eyes (Part 1) https://rathetimes.com/articles/is-charging-worth-it-card-evaluation-through-boltyns-eyes-part-1 Will breaks down card evaluation by the numbers, and applies that methodology to one of the great questions of our time: is Charging your Soul even worth the trouble? %pm, %31 %b %2022 %19:%37:%10 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/cf2d2ce8-d1f1-4d51-b843-a5cd719d626a/Banner_charging.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C60%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/is-charging-worth-it-card-evaluation-through-boltyns-eyes-part-1 State of the Market: January 2022 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-january-2022 Everfest is nigh! What can we expect when the latest expansion hits the market? What should you be looking for as you crack packs? What's in the carnival slot anyway? %pm, %01 %b %2022 %20:%28:%36 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-january-2022 Power Levels, Silos, and Opportunity Costs https://rathetimes.com/articles/power-levels-silos-and-opportunity-costs With Everfest, we begin to see the class card pools reaching critical mass. Is FaB showing any hints of power creep? How do we weigh opportunity costs? Can decks afford to silo in their strategies, or do they need to diversify to answer the meta? %pm, %04 %b %2022 %13:%42:%29 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/0fda6039-2f6e-49ef-baff-045cb9bed17f/Banner_pickacard.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/power-levels-silos-and-opportunity-costs Cold Snap: An OTK Iyslander Theorycraft https://rathetimes.com/articles/cold-snap-an-otk-iyslander-theorycraft Steven Young has been brushing away the snow to uncover the strategies of Iyslander- and has found a promising direction that's nothing like the Wizard decks we've experienced to date. %pm, %07 %b %2022 %19:%29:%49 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/3db1c802-310c-4fec-939f-532853a1b9c5/Banner_iyslander.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C11%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/cold-snap-an-otk-iyslander-theorycraft Closing Time: An Early Valda Deck Guide https://rathetimes.com/articles/closing-time-an-early-valda-deck-guide Valda may be yet another Guardian hero, but with a unique focus on card draw, her playstyle is entirely different. %am, %11 %b %2022 %00:%56:%40 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/770195d8-6e44-4b92-ac18-ac8421e95bc8/Banner_Valda.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/closing-time-an-early-valda-deck-guide The FaB Cube Part 2: Constructing the Cube https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-fab-cube-part-2-constructing-the-cube Mark dives further into the world of Cubing, introducing the Set Cube formula as well as his own Refined Set Cube for Welcome to Rathe. %pm, %15 %b %2022 %16:%08:%31 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/cd46cb61-585a-4fd0-866c-1bccce930215/banner_draftcube.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-fab-cube-part-2-constructing-the-cube The Light Returns to Everfest: Early Development in Aura Prism https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-light-returns-to-everfest-early-development-in-aura-prism Last November, Tyler Horspool piloted Prism to an unexpected first place finish at The Calling: Las Vegas. Driven to the shadows by Briar, Prism is primed for a comeback. %pm, %18 %b %2022 %16:%46:%12 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/e82e675e-b076-4be8-924c-4898787c1139/Banner_reflection.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-light-returns-to-everfest-early-development-in-aura-prism The 3 Ninjas Strike Back! https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-3-ninjas-strike-back While many of you may not recall the incredible cinematic effort that shares a title with this piece, these 3 Ninjas are sure to have a lasting impact on the new meta. %am, %22 %b %2022 %02:%16:%16 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/a7e252c1-3859-44d5-9888-c7a072f359e4/banner_3ninjas.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C12%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-3-ninjas-strike-back Till Death: Updating Azalea for a Top 4 Finish https://rathetimes.com/articles/till-death-updating-azalea-for-a-top-4-finish Loyalty pays off in Flesh and Blood. Wesley returns with updates to his Taking Aim deck, backed up by real results in Brisbane, Australia. %pm, %24 %b %2022 %14:%39:%54 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/a47b74c0-a042-417b-9684-7aab4ddf8dff/Banner_Seek.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/till-death-updating-azalea-for-a-top-4-finish Thoughts & Baubles: February 2022 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-baubles-february-2022 Everfest is the biggest game-changer since Monarch. Here's why. %pm, %27 %b %2022 %22:%06:%18 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d4fbe64f-2633-48ee-b602-d2a011f749a9/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-baubles-february-2022 Major Tournament Prep and the Mantra of Respect https://rathetimes.com/articles/major-tournament-prep-and-the-mantra-of-respect Preparing for a major tournament goes well beyond the tabletop. %pm, %27 %b %2022 %22:%51:%26 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/664f38a6-42a7-4b38-a830-69ee77d6ce08/Banner_respect.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/major-tournament-prep-and-the-mantra-of-respect Confronting the Elements with Viserai https://rathetimes.com/articles/confronting-the-elements-with-viserai While Bravo fights to maintain his hold on the meta against a resurgent Prism, Viserai is primed for a comeback. Drew shares tips and a matchup guide for a midrange deck prepared to challenge the top heroes in Flesh and Blood. %am, %01 %b %2022 %01:%26:%56 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/767c3846-57be-4363-a329-7634bb5505c0/Banner_vispro.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/confronting-the-elements-with-viserai Taking the Initiative: When and Why to Take First Turn https://rathetimes.com/articles/taking-the-initiative-when-and-why-to-take-first-turn No matter how consistent you make your deck, there's always one element left entirely to chance: who plays first. How do you make the most of it when lady luck gives you the choice on play or pass? %pm, %04 %b %2022 %15:%27:%50 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d13752fa-8893-46f9-b419-5e29ba457fc7/banner_warfare.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/taking-the-initiative-when-and-why-to-take-first-turn Charging into Everfest: Boltyn's Signature Style In A New Era https://rathetimes.com/articles/charging-into-everfest-boltyns-signature-style-in-a-new-era In this follow-up to his prior examination of Charge's card efficiency, Will talks about the modern Boltyn build. %pm, %11 %b %2022 %16:%49:%15 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/cf2d2ce8-d1f1-4d51-b843-a5cd719d626a/Banner_charging.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/charging-into-everfest-boltyns-signature-style-in-a-new-era State of the Market: March 2022 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-march-2022 Everfest settles into the market, while some Legendaries of the past are experiencing notable movement. Plus, Ada speculates on where CF Bravo may be heading when his star has set. %pm, %14 %b %2022 %21:%47:%43 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-march-2022 At a Crossroads: Exploring Korshem https://rathetimes.com/articles/at-a-crossroads-exploring-korshem Korshem's current reputation is eclipsed by the impact of the other landmark, the Great Library of Solana. But Korshem has potential waiting to be tapped. %am, %15 %b %2022 %00:%55:%07 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/1e7c9532-d351-4c5b-967b-87fa05de6982/banner_korshem.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/at-a-crossroads-exploring-korshem Thoughts & Baubles: March 2022 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-baubles-march-2022 Your local FaB scene is a treasure. Don't spoil it. %pm, %16 %b %2022 %16:%22:%53 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d4fbe64f-2633-48ee-b602-d2a011f749a9/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-baubles-march-2022 Meanwhile, In the Deserts of Volcor... https://rathetimes.com/articles/meanwhile-in-the-deserts-of-volcor The Everfest may be in full swing, but elsewhere in Rathe, Kassai is preparing for a Blitz. A recent influx of support has pushed this young Warrior to the forefront of the class. Will you be prepared for the Cintari Sellsword? %pm, %18 %b %2022 %18:%48:%55 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/45957451-1841-4446-b4df-9b6c3c97e1cc/banner_kassai_evr.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/meanwhile-in-the-deserts-of-volcor Risk Management in Flesh and Blood https://rathetimes.com/articles/risk-management-in-flesh-and-blood In this definitive series, Drew talks about improving your risk assessment skills to firm up your lines of play and secure more wins. %am, %22 %b %2022 %03:%29:%55 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/cbd7135e-78a6-4d41-ae6c-8f9aa893eb3e/Banner_RiskAssess.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/risk-management-in-flesh-and-blood Exploring the Fringes: Prism's Night Out https://rathetimes.com/articles/exploring-the-fringes-prisms-night-out The card pool for Illusionist is still pretty shallow; but while we wait for more Illusionist support, let's have a little fun! %pm, %24 %b %2022 %22:%22:%18 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/6109d561-01b7-4236-8042-3947f41f94c4/Banner_lifeofparty.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/exploring-the-fringes-prisms-night-out FaB101: Levia and the Brute Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-levia-and-the-brute-class Learn the basics of Levia and the Shadow Brute class, from weapon selection and patterns of play to managing blood debt. %am, %17 %b %2022 %01:%09:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/bd13ccf2-231f-4c96-8edd-43882329742e/Class101BannerBrute2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C41%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-levia-and-the-brute-class FaB101: Dash and the Mechanologist Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-dash-and-the-mechanologist-class Learn the basics of Dash the Mechanologist in this introductory course, from lines of play and weapon selection to item packages. %am, %17 %b %2022 %01:%16:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/b4f93ff8-be89-457b-8790-9e90b815d35f/Class101BannerMechanologist.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-dash-and-the-mechanologist-class How Bravo Kept His Title: A Sideboarding Guide https://rathetimes.com/articles/how-bravo-kept-his-title-a-sideboarding-guide Fresh off his first place finish at The Calling: Indianapolis, Michael Hamilton shares his strategy into the major competitors in the Everfest Classic Constructed meta. %pm, %28 %b %2022 %22:%46:%23 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d238c272-d4fc-48da-9b6d-69f2c31fd65d/Banner_BravosEverfest.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C11%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/how-bravo-kept-his-title-a-sideboarding-guide The New Age of Kano https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-new-age-of-kano While Kano has always commanded respect in the Blitz format, he's remained an unconventional choice for Classic Constructed. But Everfest has given Kano the tools to change that narrative. %pm, %01 %b %2022 %14:%08:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/b27a0700-3b25-4c30-ab6c-26ce51203d84/Banner_wizardEVR.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-new-age-of-kano How to Annoy an Ollin: A Yorick Deck Guide https://rathetimes.com/articles/how-to-annoy-an-ollin-a-yorick-deck-guide Prepare yourself for shenanigans with Pro Tour: New Jersey's exclusive promotional hero, Yorick! %pm, %01 %b %2022 %13:%08:%40 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/5add08f8-4d81-4374-b039-78440c0acf8f/Banner_yorickthepest.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/how-to-annoy-an-ollin-a-yorick-deck-guide Keeping FaB Love Alive https://rathetimes.com/articles/keeping-fab-love-alive Processing and accepting failure is an unsung skill. Here are a few practices essential to maintaining a healthy relationship with this game. %pm, %04 %b %2022 %21:%53:%46 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/72230226-92e6-4381-8cf1-ab3b8e6923ab/Banner_facefailure.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C27%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/keeping-fab-love-alive Effective Playtesting https://rathetimes.com/articles/effective-playtesting Make the most of your playtesting by going into it with a plan and knowing what questions you'd like to answer. %pm, %07 %b %2022 %21:%37:%35 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/22d407d8-79f1-4352-af71-b8cd8915f65f/Banner_playtest.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C41%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/effective-playtesting Computer Learning: Data_Doll.EVR https://rathetimes.com/articles/computer-learning-data-dollevr The EVR update for Data Doll MK II did more than just add a Micro-Processor. If you haven't taken a look at the latest model, it's time you refreshed. %pm, %11 %b %2022 %14:%32:%29 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/6bf1af13-d141-43c1-9a0a-be1118154101/Banner_datadollevr.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C17%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/computer-learning-data-dollevr Thoughts & Baubles: April 2022 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-baubles-april-2022 LSS has charted a bold path forward for Flesh and Blood- and it's perfect for preserving your local play group. %pm, %14 %b %2022 %23:%06:%26 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d4fbe64f-2633-48ee-b602-d2a011f749a9/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=2%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-baubles-april-2022 Don't Settle With Starvo https://rathetimes.com/articles/dont-settle-with-starvo Aggressive Starvo decks that try to fuse every turn must accept that the individual card quality is terrible. Don't settle for less. %pm, %15 %b %2022 %16:%25:%44 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/0f50790d-9990-4554-a91f-c1ddc31573ce/Banner_Pulverize.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/dont-settle-with-starvo Making Your Tournament an "Event" https://rathetimes.com/articles/making-your-tournament-an-event Not every tournament needs to be an event. But when you want to drive attendance and leave people talking, these tips may be just what you need. %pm, %19 %b %2022 %17:%59:%15 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/3f742344-20ff-4804-8799-8a264ae48f25/banner_event.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/making-your-tournament-an-event Card Evaluation by Roles: A Value Perspective https://rathetimes.com/articles/card-evaluation-by-roles-a-value-perspective Card evaluation is a key skill in TCGs- one that takes center stage at a new set's release. Michael Hamilton shares his own method of card evaluation, a formula based on the value of a card in each of its possible roles. %pm, %22 %b %2022 %13:%42:%18 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dda51a7d-3217-4fa8-87c4-e1338a65019f/banner_cardevalrole.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C41%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/card-evaluation-by-roles-a-value-perspective Volcor, Iyslander, and the New Horizon https://rathetimes.com/articles/volcor-iyslander-and-the-new-horizon Uprising previews have unexpectedly arrived, and everything is changing. %pm, %22 %b %2022 %20:%50:%23 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/b7bc29ee-92e4-491b-b474-2ab7daf7b998/banner_uprising.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/volcor-iyslander-and-the-new-horizon Maintaining the Frost: Adjusting Iyslander https://rathetimes.com/articles/maintaining-the-frost-adjusting-iyslander The new banned and restricted announcement has made waves in the blitz scene, with the Runeblades and Kano being knocked down a peg. But Iyslander was caught in the collateral damage. How do these bans impact her, and how can she perform in the micro-meta before Uprising? %pm, %27 %b %2022 %18:%32:%20 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/7535b32c-6ce4-4888-abbd-d8322805b2a2/Banner_iyslanderstill.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/maintaining-the-frost-adjusting-iyslander Simple Joys: Commoner Rhinar https://rathetimes.com/articles/simple-joys-commoner-rhinar "Nothing quite compares to the snarling roar the brutes unleash when they feel that their territory is threatened." Rhinar in Commoner is a force to be reckoned with. %pm, %28 %b %2022 %18:%16:%21 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/b701555f-b882-4492-92be-9cf565d2c00e/Banner_commonbrute.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=2%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/simple-joys-commoner-rhinar Finding Your Voice: Entering the World of Podcasts and Video Content https://rathetimes.com/articles/finding-your-voice-entering-the-world-of-podcasts-and-video-content Dipping your toe into the vast sea of content creation can be intimidating. Matt walks you through what to expect, and how to best approach the humble beginnings. %pm, %02 %b %2022 %21:%56:%05 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/66304b1b-9daa-4b78-b154-d149f7c1539f/banner_findyourvoice.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=2%2C29%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/finding-your-voice-entering-the-world-of-podcasts-and-video-content State of the Market: April 2022 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-april-2022 We finally know what FAB 2.0 is! What does that mean for the future of the market? And how have existing sets fared in the light of 2.0 (and History packs)? %pm, %03 %b %2022 %13:%34:%16 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C5%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-april-2022 Moving Forward without Skeleta https://rathetimes.com/articles/moving-forward-without-skeleta After a strong showing in the recent ProQuest series, Viserai was poised to be a top contender for the upcoming Pro Tour. However, the recent suspension of Bloodsheath Skeleta- a core card for both aggressive and control-oriented Viserai playstyles- has thrown the classic Runeblade hero for a loop. %am, %04 %b %2022 %04:%44:%58 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/468d0177-1a78-41c2-9be5-f41839b35baa/Banner_runeshop.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/moving-forward-without-skeleta Herald of Rebirth Giveaway https://rathetimes.com/articles/herald-of-rebirth-giveaway LSS sent us a Content Creator Kit! %am, %02 %b %2022 %00:%17:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/0f88eb6b-ffca-473c-bdb5-1cbd1a2ef0bd/Banner_rebirth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/herald-of-rebirth-giveaway Forged for War: A Buyout Story https://rathetimes.com/articles/forged-for-war-a-buyout-story In late 2021, I attempted to corner the market on a promising Guardian card. Here's what I learned. %am, %10 %b %2022 %03:%42:%56 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/51b8b3e8-1278-4441-80ad-e7df947b9c38/Banner_buyout2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/forged-for-war-a-buyout-story Uprising Preview https://rathetimes.com/articles/uprising-preview The sands beneath their feet slip and stream and suddenly rush ahead of them, swirling and forming. They had not considered the desert floor ash before, but as they stood before the draconic illusionist, their mistake became clear: her tools were all around them. %am, %27 %b %2022 %01:%12:%24 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/802a5475-d5f9-4557-875b-13ce4bb7a4f7/Banner_uprisingpreview.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/uprising-preview It's Pro Tour Weekend and I'm Stuck at Home! https://rathetimes.com/articles/its-pro-tour-weekend-and-im-stuck-at-home Couldn't make it to Jersey this weekend? Here's how to make the most of it. %pm, %13 %b %2022 %15:%18:%21 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/3c91067e-dae5-47e8-89eb-858c472683f9/Banner_protourathome.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/its-pro-tour-weekend-and-im-stuck-at-home Breaking Belittle: Commoner's Most Innocuous Powerhouse https://rathetimes.com/articles/breaking-belittle-commoners-most-innocuous-powerhouse The Commoner format is a place where unexpected cards can shine in the limited card pool. But what happens when a popular and proven combo from CC and Blitz finds its way there? %pm, %24 %b %2022 %14:%27:%35 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/da72cfff-5c14-4410-9063-2f0341408c37/Banner_belittle.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/breaking-belittle-commoners-most-innocuous-powerhouse Thoughts & Baubles: May 2022 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-baubles-may-2022 Rathe Times contributors in real life! And we look at preparing for new players in the wake of increasing exposure. %pm, %26 %b %2022 %14:%30:%31 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d4fbe64f-2633-48ee-b602-d2a011f749a9/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-baubles-may-2022 Being the Bigger Man: Why My Chane Doesn't Belittle https://rathetimes.com/articles/being-the-bigger-man-why-my-chane-doesnt-belittle At this point, Belittle/Minnowism is an established Chane staple. So why did I pull it from my Pro Tour list? Sometimes you need to challenge conventional wisdom. %pm, %26 %b %2022 %15:%27:%41 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/eab86b57-3fd2-4dcb-9173-4cbe19267330/Banner_nobelittle.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/being-the-bigger-man-why-my-chane-doesnt-belittle Once More Into the Void: Making the Final Push with Chane https://rathetimes.com/articles/once-more-into-the-void-making-the-final-push-with-chane The Pro Quest season may be your last chance for a while to run Chane in Classic Constructed. If you're hoping to get in on Chane's winning streak, Kevin Brayer shares his 11th place Pro Tour deck, along with some tips and tricks he learned piloting Chane to those heights. %pm, %28 %b %2022 %14:%50:%11 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/bd6fc209-78ce-475e-b099-5fdf5416f8df/Banner_ursur.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/once-more-into-the-void-making-the-final-push-with-chane FAB101: Lexi and the Ranger Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-lexi-and-the-ranger-class Learn the basics of Lexi and the Elemental Ranger class in this introductory course, from lines of play and weapon selection to fusion and elements. %am, %17 %b %2022 %04:%02:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/8989bc75-ee9b-4926-b360-7dba827c737c/Class101BannersRanger2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-lexi-and-the-ranger-class FAB101: Katsu and the Ninja Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-katsu-and-the-ninja-class Katsu epitomizes the Ninja combo line strategy, but stands to be redefined in Uprising. %am, %17 %b %2022 %03:%13:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/5f53db19-8682-4370-807b-69ab7f1901ff/Class101BannersNinja.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-katsu-and-the-ninja-class Commoner Staples https://rathetimes.com/articles/commoner-staples The very premise of a Commoner format determines that it should not be hard to acquire any cards. Here are some staples you should be considering every time you build a deck. %pm, %29 %b %2022 %15:%48:%26 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/75f91d1d-8254-46c9-abe6-290c2c3f62aa/Banner_commonerstaples.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/commoner-staples State of the Market: May 2022 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-may-2022 Ada shares tips on how to invest in Uprising, and looks at how Living Legend has impacted card values. %pm, %03 %b %2022 %13:%02:%51 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C8%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-may-2022 FAB101: Bravo and the Guardian Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-bravo-and-the-guardian-class Learn the basics of Bravo and the Guardian class, from Crush and Dominate to Auras and Equipment. %am, %17 %b %2022 %03:%12:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/272b4096-9161-4347-ab2c-7f5e68c3ec46/Class101BannerGuardian.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C26%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-bravo-and-the-guardian-class Community Spotlight: Contributor Projects https://rathetimes.com/articles/community-spotlight-contributor-projects Today we're shining a spotlight on our amazing authors' other projects. %pm, %29 %b %2022 %16:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd80d379-2a90-42f9-8d10-7df2794d8818/csrd_scn_00013.width-10000.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C62%2C1323%2C667 https://rathetimes.com/articles/community-spotlight-contributor-projects The Heroine of Mount Heroic https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-heroine-of-mount-heroic Channel Mount Heroic has become the new standard for Briar. Parker Brown explains how we got there, and if Briar retains the highland going into Uprising. %pm, %07 %b %2022 %18:%18:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/60d10c86-9cb5-4552-8a9a-140180382309/Banner_mountheroic.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-heroine-of-mount-heroic Thoughts & Baubles: June 2022 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-june-2022 Does the grandeur of the Illusionist aesthetic cause an imbalance in the game's collectibility? And proudly introducing our new Player's Guides section! %am, %17 %b %2022 %02:%53:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d4fbe64f-2633-48ee-b602-d2a011f749a9/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-june-2022 FAB101: Chane and the Runeblade Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-chane-and-the-runeblade-class Chane's access to banished power pushed him to the forefront of competitive play, earning him the title of Living Legend. Learn how to harness the power of the shadows. %am, %17 %b %2022 %01:%58:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/39c04c99-f1e1-4528-aa27-a8feffbd569a/Class101BannerRuneblade2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-chane-and-the-runeblade-class Priming the Prodigy: The New Dorinthea in Blitz https://rathetimes.com/articles/priming-the-prodigy-the-new-dorinthea-in-blitz The new Classic Battles box has gotten a lot of attention for Dorinthea's new specialization. But does the new Quicksilver Prodigy create fresh opportunities for Dori in Blitz? %pm, %10 %b %2022 %18:%20:%09 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/fe18f2b2-a632-4ee2-923e-221f99984179/Banner_doriprodigy.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C20%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/priming-the-prodigy-the-new-dorinthea-in-blitz Should I Go First? Evergreen Lenses to Inform Your Decision https://rathetimes.com/articles/should-i-go-first-evergreen-lenses-to-inform-your-decision Break away from hero-centric axioms and learn to evaluate the evergreen game principles that influence the decision to go first or second. %pm, %13 %b %2022 %12:%57:%02 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/cc28c2b3-3220-457d-90e5-c51505dd1d20/Banner_first.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C14%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/should-i-go-first-evergreen-lenses-to-inform-your-decision FAB101: Oldhim and the Guardian Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-oldhim-and-the-guardian-class Oldhim is built to stand the test of time. Outlast your opponents, weather the storm, and whittle them down with your trusty hammer until they’ve run out of power to fight back. %am, %17 %b %2022 %02:%41:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d011f698-8d58-4b46-a7ba-4c0f9c13c156/Class101BannerGuardian2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-oldhim-and-the-guardian-class FAB101: Briar and the Runeblade Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-briar-and-the-runeblade-class Balanced between offense & defense, between magic & might, Briar bridges the gap between humanity and nature. %am, %17 %b %2022 %03:%23:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/aed3a71a-fb17-49cb-8e4d-8505e788f8ee/Class101BannerRuneblade3.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-briar-and-the-runeblade-class Uprising Primer- Sealed and Draft https://rathetimes.com/articles/uprising-primer-sealed-and-draft If you- like me- are a limited aficionado and are planning to slay pre-release and Road to Nationals, then you want to get acquainted with the format right now. %pm, %15 %b %2022 %21:%38:%36 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/5f79a283-0dee-4f06-bb81-8d6e2b04bbb1/Banner_UprisingSealed.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C38%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/uprising-primer-sealed-and-draft FAB101: Dorinthea and the Warrior Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-dorinthea-and-the-warrior-class Warriors live by the sword. Bluff your opponent with reactions that climb over defenses. %am, %17 %b %2022 %04:%15:%16 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/56e7d4d3-4d10-4940-b51e-c20a4fab0cfe/Class101BannerWarrior2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C36%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-dorinthea-and-the-warrior-class Decision-Making in Team Blitz https://rathetimes.com/articles/decision-making-in-team-blitz The new Team Blitz format introduces many new strategic considerations. Sean takes his own experience with Team Blitz and extracts general lessons for anyone hoping to try playing 3-headed FAB. %pm, %21 %b %2022 %23:%49:%16 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/4f516e59-7dd9-4687-b13a-bfff75333a1c/Banner_teamblitz.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C41%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/decision-making-in-team-blitz The Next Link: Moving on from Chane https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-next-link-moving-on-from-chane Chane attains Living Legend status in Classic Constructed! So what do you turn to now? %pm, %24 %b %2022 %12:%43:%33 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dc978e1a-6870-46c7-987b-5a99370e5722/Banner_MovingOnChane.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C2%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-next-link-moving-on-from-chane Cold Calculation: 3 Ways to Play Iyslander https://rathetimes.com/articles/cold-calculation-3-ways-to-play-iyslander The Uprising has arrived, and with it a lonely frost mage has been caught in the crossfire! Check out these week one decklists for Iyslander, Stormbind in Classic Constructed. %am, %28 %b %2022 %00:%22:%26 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/108c1345-d077-47a6-b48a-a17aa9fda825/banner_iyslander3.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/cold-calculation-3-ways-to-play-iyslander Starvo's Sunset: Moving on from Bravo, Star of the Show https://rathetimes.com/articles/starvo-s-sunset-moving-on-from-bravo-star-of-the-show Bravo's time as Star of the Show has come to an end. Now that his Living Legend is secure, who should you cast in the role? %pm, %30 %b %2022 %13:%59:%47 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/129d54a7-5746-44c4-b2f9-f97c49644b1d/Banner_MovingOnStarvo.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/starvo-s-sunset-moving-on-from-bravo-star-of-the-show FAB101: Iyslander and the Wizard Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-iyslander-and-the-wizard-class Combining arcane damage with icy control, Iyslander brings a dynamic playstyle to the table. Learn the basics of the Elemental Wizard, from fusions to frostbite to freeze. %pm, %05 %b %2022 %13:%29:%17 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/07869ca4-6e44-4297-9ed9-a95cc8535ba7/Class101BannerWizard2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-iyslander-and-the-wizard-class State of the Market: Uprising's Release https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-uprising-s-release In the first of three installments, Ada examines the Uprising market shortly after release. %am, %08 %b %2022 %02:%05:%02 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-uprising-s-release Dashing into Uprising: Outfitting Mechanologist for a New Metagame https://rathetimes.com/articles/dashing-into-uprising-outfitting-mechanologist-for-a-new-metagame Dash boasts one of the most flexible hero powers in the game. How does the Inventor Extraordinaire respond to the developing Uprising meta? %am, %26 %b %2022 %05:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/9588468c-e611-48f7-8bbd-ead5461d3721/banner_dashoutfitting.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/dashing-into-uprising-outfitting-mechanologist-for-a-new-metagame The Art of Ash: Brewing Dromai for Classic Constructed https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-art-of-ash-brewing-dromai-for-classic-constructed Dromai has been making a strong impression in the early Uprising tournament scene, but her playstyle is anything but intuitive. Kevin offers a core understanding of Dromai's strategy to work from no matter which build you pursue. %am, %15 %b %2022 %03:%18:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/e2d3762d-9eb9-4b20-b60e-40a853a6639b/Banner_sand.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-art-of-ash-brewing-dromai-for-classic-constructed Always the Underdog: Tips for Maining Outside the Mainstream https://rathetimes.com/articles/always-the-underdog-tips-for-maining-outside-the-mainstream Entering competitive tournaments doesn't have to mean you set aside your favorite hero. Alex shares his tips on honing your skills and refining your deck to pilot your main into any field. %am, %10 %b %2022 %03:%13:%29 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/73716932-d518-4be5-8134-dda3ca8e7e41/Banner_engarde.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/always-the-underdog-tips-for-maining-outside-the-mainstream FAB101: Dromai and the Illusionist Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-dromai-and-the-illusionist-class Dromai has completely changed how we approach Illusionists, engaging a whole new subset of players with her dramatic board development. %am, %15 %b %2022 %03:%31:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/f8f9afac-4a7c-4371-9bef-d13575035aa0/Class101BannerIllusionist2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-dromai-and-the-illusionist-class Playing with Fire: Focusing Your Fai Deck https://rathetimes.com/articles/playing-with-fire-focusing-your-fai-deck Fai, Rising Rebellion, is one of Uprising’s hottest new heroes; and while he may seem like a straightforward aggro deck, there is plenty to consider. %pm, %18 %b %2022 %23:%14:%29 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/48bcd883-c6d2-412d-a8e5-f9cfca45229e/Banner_faistrat.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C61%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/playing-with-fire-focusing-your-fai-deck State of the Market: Uprising Revisited https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-uprising-revisited In the second of a three part series, Ada tracks the changes in card values from two cases of Uprising. %pm, %21 %b %2022 %12:%53:%52 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-uprising-revisited Iyslander on the Road to Nationals https://rathetimes.com/articles/iyslander-on-the-road-to-nationals James Adams sets out on an icy path from the Bleak Expanse to Nationals, seeing strong prospects for the Elemental Wizard. %pm, %22 %b %2022 %15:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d0ec7aac-e19c-4fa4-ad50-8987fd073638/Banner_icenats.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C61%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/iyslander-on-the-road-to-nationals Dashing into Uprising: Playing Midrange Matchups https://rathetimes.com/articles/dashing-into-uprising-playing-midrange-matchups Dash has the capability to respond to any matchup, if you know how to. %am, %26 %b %2022 %06:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/e2cf14b1-20e3-4e4c-9b11-1ef79b2f2645/Banner_convection.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/dashing-into-uprising-playing-midrange-matchups Defending Against Arcane Damage https://rathetimes.com/articles/defending-against-arcane-damage The first time you face down arcane damage, it can feel unblockable; and even with experience, adjusting your gameplan to arcane prevention can feel like a nuisance. Here are some techniques to help your arcane blocking game. %am, %31 %b %2022 %09:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/8f181251-c5b6-4087-bc07-1dff7226b3c9/Banner_ArcaneDefense.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/defending-against-arcane-damage Dealing with Disruption https://rathetimes.com/articles/dealing-with-disruption With a third Ice hero dropping Frostbites in Classic Constructed, disruption strategies have never been more prevalent. To truly prepare for the meta, you need to expect the unexpected. %am, %05 %b %2022 %02:%27:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/92884a75-b21a-4054-b3a5-cc8ce0345df9/Banner_disruption.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C14%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/dealing-with-disruption Fighting Fai: A Competitive Takedown Guide https://rathetimes.com/articles/fighting-fai-a-competitive-takedown-guide Fai has made an explosive impact on the fresh Uprising tournament scene. Preparing for him is necessary for any competitive aspirations. %pm, %02 %b %2022 %19:%15:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/824bc22e-3d65-4d2d-b724-53dc41a2e41e/Banner_faifighter.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fighting-fai-a-competitive-takedown-guide State of the Market: Uprising One Month Later https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-uprising-one-month-later In the final segment of a three-part series, Ada sees how Uprising's value held out after 1 month on the market. %pm, %09 %b %2022 %17:%35:%05 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-uprising-one-month-later Flamewave or Nah? Understanding "Value Fai" https://rathetimes.com/articles/flamewave-or-nah-understanding-value-fai Even without Stubby Hammerers, Fai is a strong choice in the current meta. As he's done with Boltyn, Will analyzes cumulative value across Fai's gameplan to create a framework which can evaluate possible card choices. %pm, %11 %b %2022 %19:%23:%04 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/2a794832-d346-4d5e-a503-62e56fb2f044/Banner_flamewave.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/flamewave-or-nah-understanding-value-fai Take Your Shot: Why This Might Be Azalea's Moment https://rathetimes.com/articles/take-your-shot-why-this-might-be-azalea-s-moment I'm not saying Azalea's the next meta hero. But if you've been waiting for her moment, the competitive landscape has never looked more favorable. %pm, %16 %b %2022 %21:%05:%32 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/efe8b044-386f-45f7-b865-dacbfd53527c/banner_trishot.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C41%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/take-your-shot-why-this-might-be-azalea-s-moment An Overview of Sideboarding https://rathetimes.com/articles/an-overview-of-sideboarding Sideboarding is a topic worthy of in-depth discussion, but the most common interactions tend to be fairly high level. Kevin breaks it down to the core concepts to get you started. %pm, %19 %b %2022 %23:%49:%21 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/07af66cc-688b-4dc9-ab97-54c2bd49db48/Banner_sideboard.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/an-overview-of-sideboarding Opportunities to Fail: The Strategy of Giving Your Opponent Choices https://rathetimes.com/articles/opportunities-to-fail-the-strategy-of-giving-your-opponent-choices Much is said about the advantage of removing options. But what can we gain by forcing decisions to be made? %am, %23 %b %2022 %03:%55:%41 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/11484ba0-d27a-4e4a-89d8-1a87bbc1c750/Banner_Choices.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/opportunities-to-fail-the-strategy-of-giving-your-opponent-choices Steam & Plasma: The Hybrid Approach to Dash https://rathetimes.com/articles/steam-and-plasma-the-hybrid-approach-to-dash With a recent showcase at The Calling: Singapore, the hybrid Mechanologist engine is ready for action. %pm, %26 %b %2022 %13:%22:%27 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/c026b4ab-bfb2-4c31-9135-7a5bcb228245/Banner_MechSplit.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/steam-and-plasma-the-hybrid-approach-to-dash Thoughts & Baubles: August 2022 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-august-2022 Prism exemplifies what Living Legend is supposed to be. %pm, %30 %b %2022 %18:%03:%16 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d4fbe64f-2633-48ee-b602-d2a011f749a9/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-august-2022 How to Top 8 a Pro Tour https://rathetimes.com/articles/how-to-top-8-a-pro-tour Shahmir Samee piloted Briar to a Top 4 finish at Pro Tour: Lille, and now shares his tips on being prepared for a major event. %pm, %01 %b %2022 %13:%37:%20 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/415a21ac-8c3c-4713-988a-7aafc8881b17/banner_flicker.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C41%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/how-to-top-8-a-pro-tour The Illusion Fades: Moving on from Prism, Sculptor of Arc Light https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-illusion-fades-moving-on-from-prism-sculptor-of-arc-light As Prism joins the Living Legends of Classic Constructed, Light Illusionist players will need to decide where to go from here. James Adams examines Prism's central features and draws parallels to other heroes in the game. %pm, %02 %b %2022 %13:%06:%27 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/f509168c-821e-4dd8-8d25-af77813fc6bf/Banner_MovingOnPrism.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C32%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-illusion-fades-moving-on-from-prism-sculptor-of-arc-light State of the Market: September 2022 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-september-2022 What do we find in Prism's wake? Where are Uprising's Legendaries going? And what should we expect from Dynasty, market-wise? %pm, %05 %b %2022 %17:%55:%51 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/dd98c75b-dd2a-4c91-9284-5dac723f25b0/Banner_MarketMonth.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C5%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-september-2022 Making Better Bets: Part 1 - Gameplay https://rathetimes.com/articles/making-better-bets-part-1-gameplay Let's use a fancy probability tool called hypergeometric distribution to refine our in-game decision-making. Less intuition! More math! %pm, %08 %b %2022 %13:%47:%52 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/8f9c185c-2bef-41bb-9d81-7066619251d8/banner_mech_theory.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/making-better-bets-part-1-gameplay Making Better Bets: Part 2 - Deckbuilding https://rathetimes.com/articles/making-better-bets-part-2-deckbuilding Build better decks and sideboards using the mystical powers of probability. %pm, %08 %b %2022 %14:%23:%11 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/8f9c185c-2bef-41bb-9d81-7066619251d8/banner_mech_theory.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/making-better-bets-part-2-deckbuilding Budget Builds: Dash's Scrapyard https://rathetimes.com/articles/budget-builds-dash-s-scrapyard When considering picking up a new deck, it's worth asking a few questions. "Are the Legendaries important?“ "How cheap is it to build this hero?“ "Is the deck viable on a budget?“ Our Budget Builds series aims to put you on a competitive playing field without a big financial investment. %pm, %13 %b %2022 %15:%18:%53 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/316ba56c-1d2c-492f-bfaa-cfbd7f93fd94/Banner_Meganetic.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C41%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/budget-builds-dash-s-scrapyard The Rise and Fall of Command and Conquer https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-rise-and-fall-of-command-and-conquer Has Command and Conquer, once the pinnacle of power in Flesh and Blood, lost some of its luster? %pm, %16 %b %2022 %13:%34:%15 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/69870378-9e4f-4deb-8fad-d88cf75713a7/banner_candc.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-rise-and-fall-of-command-and-conquer Strategy and Sideboarding with the Brute Queen https://rathetimes.com/articles/strategy-and-sideboarding-with-the-brute-queen Fresh off a victory at the Malaysia Nationals, Nitya Kalaichelvan addresses why Rhinar was the right choice for the meta, how to shift strategies, and her tips for sideboarding against the competition. %am, %20 %b %2022 %00:%38:%31 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/b65e103a-d327-482f-974d-f41ff1589b52/banner_pulping.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/strategy-and-sideboarding-with-the-brute-queen Dynasty Preview https://rathetimes.com/articles/dynasty-preview Far from your noble 'Robin Hood', the Assassin has no intention of giving away the silver stolen by the blade. %am, %31 %b %2022 %07:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/25e820e5-551f-4596-bb4f-5de7710ea8aa/Banner_dynastypreview.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/dynasty-preview Volcor Lore: What to Expect in Dynasty https://rathetimes.com/articles/volcor-lore-what-to-expect-in-dynasty Uprising gave us a closer look at the fiery region of Volcor, and with Dynasty just a few months away, tensions within the region are reaching a boiling point- a volcano ready to burst and wash away everything in its path of destruction. %pm, %23 %b %2022 %14:%25:%30 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/de50984a-09fd-45f4-978f-6b16938bc233/VolcorPrimer_Header.png?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/volcor-lore-what-to-expect-in-dynasty The Rise of the Specialist https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-rise-of-the-specialist For so long, the mantra of the meta has been to pursue your general education while following the trends. Isaac Jessen believes it's time to choose a major. %pm, %27 %b %2022 %14:%19:%47 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/21c68bb1-8c30-482a-a0d2-bc8966c066f9/Banner_gaze.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-rise-of-the-specialist Changing the Script with Bravo https://rathetimes.com/articles/changing-the-script-with-bravo People often underestimate just how adaptable Bravo can be to every situation. By siding in the right cards, he can be either an unstoppable force, an immovable object, or anywhere in between %pm, %29 %b %2022 %18:%36:%35 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/22e69b3a-013a-40a5-a208-fafdc35f8ea4/Banner_bravofaces.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/changing-the-script-with-bravo Thoughts & Baubles: September 2022 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-september-2022 The Nationals circuit has shown that the original heroes of Welcome to Rathe and Arcane Rising still have what it takes to compete- and the wisdom of a non-rotating format. %am, %01 %b %2022 %08:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/d4fbe64f-2633-48ee-b602-d2a011f749a9/ThoughtsandBaubles.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C20%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/thoughts-and-baubles-september-2022 FABDB Deck Builder Doubles Down on Data https://rathetimes.com/articles/fabdb-deck-builder-doubles-down-on-data A major update to FABDB's deck builder adds statistical integration with games played on Talishar. %pm, %02 %b %2022 %13:%19:%26 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/6bf1af13-d141-43c1-9a0a-be1118154101/Banner_datadollevr.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/fabdb-deck-builder-doubles-down-on-data Rolling with Rhinar https://rathetimes.com/articles/rolling-with-rhinar Clay takes a critical look at Scabskin Leathers, using probability to explain when and why you should choose to roll. %pm, %04 %b %2022 %14:%18:%30 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/122ae8d0-734a-4aef-a63f-9bb21472d455/banner_highroll.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/rolling-with-rhinar Pumping the Brakes on Blitz https://rathetimes.com/articles/pumping-the-brakes-on-blitz The changes made to the Blitz format in the latest Banned and Restricted announcement sent a message that is pretty easy to read: LSS clearly wanted to slow things down. %pm, %05 %b %2022 %19:%38:%08 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/6fcc1815-94a2-4b89-b700-c9628b8d8c0a/banner_banned.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/pumping-the-brakes-on-blitz The Complete Guide to Wounded Bull Iyslander https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-complete-guide-to-wounded-bull-iyslander In a surprising turn of events, Michael Hamilton rode a Wounded Bull to victory at the US Nationals. Go in depth with the strategy and matchups of this unexpected Iyslander deck. %pm, %06 %b %2022 %14:%19:%01 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/e7f10c2f-1ba0-4ed3-b536-38445d737ebc/Banner_woundedbulliyc.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-complete-guide-to-wounded-bull-iyslander The Spice: How to Add Your Own Flavor to a Pro Decklist https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-spice-how-to-add-your-own-flavor-to-a-pro-decklist In the wake of Nationals season, casual players are inundated with honed, competitive decklists to base their builds on. But when it comes time to put your own spin on that Top 8 deck, how can you be sure you're not undercutting everything that made it successful? %am, %14 %b %2022 %11:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/80e3c5bc-679a-4d5e-b4d1-66fc766eaa6e/Banner_vipox.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-spice-how-to-add-your-own-flavor-to-a-pro-decklist Preparing for the Triple Format of Worlds https://rathetimes.com/articles/preparing-for-the-triple-format-of-worlds Flesh and Blood Worlds 2022 is being played as a three-format event. Players will compete in Classic Constructed, Uprising Draft, and Blitz in their battle for the title of World Champion. %am, %12 %b %2022 %01:%53:%13 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/c2021fd5-ee8a-456c-b47f-6e4e8f6de219/Banner_Worlds.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/preparing-for-the-triple-format-of-worlds Weapon of Choice: Aligning Your Weapon with Your Strategy https://rathetimes.com/articles/weapon-of-choice-aligning-your-weapon-with-your-strategy Consider your weapon in light of the role it plays in your deck's central strategy. %am, %25 %b %2022 %09:%30:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/c15e1a04-985c-419f-83ab-834b23b88937/Banner_weaponofchoice.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C38%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/weapon-of-choice-aligning-your-weapon-with-your-strategy Burn Them All: An Aggressive Dromai Decklist https://rathetimes.com/articles/burn-them-all-an-aggressive-dromai-decklist Parker Brown has a decklist that pushes Dromai aggressively- but holds a defensive sideboard just in case. %pm, %21 %b %2022 %13:%44:%52 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/fe3d7a1e-72a4-4882-ab00-8cc222aee53a/banner_burn.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=2%2C66%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/burn-them-all-an-aggressive-dromai-decklist Blitzing from the Shadows https://rathetimes.com/articles/blitzing-from-the-shadows Chane continues to make his presence felt in the Blitz format, and Kevin's here to remind you why. %pm, %21 %b %2022 %14:%11:%28 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/a0873b75-060b-4b5b-ac3d-250777afcacc/banner_chaneblitzx.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/blitzing-from-the-shadows 10 Mistakes We've All Made https://rathetimes.com/articles/10-mistakes-we-ve-all-made We've all been there. %am, %05 %b %2022 %07:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/344e519d-84ba-4094-a470-189a1cb9311e/Banner_mistakes2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/10-mistakes-we-ve-all-made The Dawnblade's Edge: Critical Evaluation of Dorinthea https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-dawnblade-s-edge-critical-evaluation-of-dorinthea Dorinthea's reactive style can easily appear powerful, but does it hold up to scrutiny? How do we evaluate cards within a balanced, midrange deck? %am, %28 %b %2022 %02:%22:%49 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/7b1a5047-9d4d-4db1-8047-4ca46365ca4e/banner_warriorwill2.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=2%2C29%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-dawnblade-s-edge-critical-evaluation-of-dorinthea Unlikely Utility: The Search for the Next Wounded Bull https://rathetimes.com/articles/unlikely-utility-the-search-for-the-next-wounded-bull While Flesh and Blood’s card pool is still relatively shallow, there are clearly some diamonds in the rough waiting to be mined and refined. %am, %01 %b %2022 %10:%00:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/875e0b4c-b893-4a3b-9fb2-c7df1cd2e6ad/Banner_flex.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C12%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/unlikely-utility-the-search-for-the-next-wounded-bull The Unifying Theory of Value https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-unifying-theory-of-value Clay explains the theory behind Michael Hamilton's Worlds-winning deck and shows you how to put it to use in your own play %pm, %08 %b %2022 %14:%29:%05 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/8037e792-11a3-44b0-94cf-c40f4acf68ae/Banner_icespirit.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-unifying-theory-of-value The Winners and Losers of Dynasty https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-winners-and-losers-of-dynasty Dynasty is here! And as with all expansion sets, there's something for everyone. Who made the biggest gains- and who got left behind? %pm, %11 %b %2022 %20:%13:%06 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/261f6e36-22fa-4e46-99cc-1f479bb02ec1/Banner_dynasty.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=0%2C0%2C1149%2C580 https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-winners-and-losers-of-dynasty Data Doll v3: Integrating the DYN Patch https://rathetimes.com/articles/data-doll-v3-integrating-the-dyn-patch Dynasty offers major updates to the dark horse of the Mechanologist class, Data Doll. Stian is ready to bring you up to speed on her new features. %pm, %15 %b %2022 %14:%28:%30 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/34e37f4d-789a-457f-a3b4-470c9f5addd7/Banner_bios.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C69%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/data-doll-v3-integrating-the-dyn-patch Dynasty of the Demonastary https://rathetimes.com/articles/dynasty-of-the-demonastary Jumpstart your deckbuilding as we examine Dynasty's Runeblade card pool through the lenses of Chane, Briar, and Viserai. %am, %18 %b %2022 %11:%58:%00 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/9969650f-65b5-4e2f-baad-ddbc779c3555/Banner_blessoccult.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/dynasty-of-the-demonastary Brainstorming for Fun and Profit https://rathetimes.com/articles/brainstorming-for-fun-and-profit Steven Young goes down the rabbit hole with a Brainstorm deck that might crown Kano as the meme king of Flesh and Blood. %am, %23 %b %2022 %05:%57:%31 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/0e5cf8fa-da1d-479c-947c-0ceb4dc64a01/Banner_brainstorm.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/brainstorming-for-fun-and-profit Exploring an Expansion: Updating and Unraveling Your Decks https://rathetimes.com/articles/exploring-an-expansion-updating-and-unraveling-your-decks Expansion sets offer new cards for every class, presenting a deckbuilding challenge: how do you integrate and adapt the new hotness with your old standbys? %pm, %25 %b %2022 %19:%44:%50 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/75f3ccb8-fc41-4de1-9ca7-b60b341b48a4/Banner_ponder.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/exploring-an-expansion-updating-and-unraveling-your-decks Starting Strong with Iyslander: Decklists for Every Budget and Upgrade Paths Between https://rathetimes.com/articles/starting-strong-with-iyslander-decklists-for-every-budget-and-upgrade-paths-between Since Uprising elevated her status, Iyslander has reshaped the meta around her icy presence. While top tier builds require steep investments, it's entirely feasible to get results from a budget build, and to build up from there. James takes you every step of the way. %pm, %29 %b %2022 %15:%24:%43 https://rathetimes.imgix.net/2a482b6d-42af-43f8-9bed-10a97a67b605/banner_weathervane.jpg?auto=compress%2Cformat&fit=min&fm=jpg&q=80&rect=3%2C0%2C1149%2C579 https://rathetimes.com/articles/starting-strong-with-iyslander-decklists-for-every-budget-and-upgrade-paths-between