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 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 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-and-blood-s-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-and-blood-s-welcome-to-rathe-alpha State of the Market: End of March 2021 https://rathetimes.com/articles/state-of-the-market-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-march-2021 The Next Evolution of Ira: A Wizard's Perspective https://rathetimes.com/articles/the-next-evolution-of-ira 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 Arknight Ascendant: Viserai's Rising Star in the Blitz Metagame https://rathetimes.com/articles/arknight-ascendant-viserai-s-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-viserai-s-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 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 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-ira-s-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-ira-s-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-we-re-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-we-re-playing-mark-chamberlain What We're Playing https://rathetimes.com/articles/what-we-re-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-we-re-playing What We're Playing: Alex Truell https://rathetimes.com/articles/what-we-re-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-we-re-playing-alex-truell What We're Playing: Joey Senart https://rathetimes.com/articles/what-we-re-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-we-re-playing-joey-senart What We're Playing: Snapshots https://rathetimes.com/articles/what-we-re-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-we-re-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-aug-2021 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-aug-2021 So What's the Deal with Shiyana? https://rathetimes.com/articles/so-what-s-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-what-s-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/fab-101-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/fab-101-prism-and-the-illusionist-class FAB101: Azalea and the Ranger Class https://rathetimes.com/articles/fab101-azalea-and-the-ranger-class With all eyes on the Ranger class, there's never been a better time to learn the basics of Azalea than now. %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-you-d-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-you-d-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-competitive-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-competitive-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 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 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-autumn-s-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-autumn-s-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-lightning-s-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-lightning-s-legion Crucible of War: So What's Up With Unlimited Now? https://rathetimes.com/articles/crucible-of-war-so-what-s-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-what-s-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-at-the-meta-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-at-the-meta-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 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 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 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