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Don’t be lazy

I’m writing this at the tail end of a KOTE game I lost due to not thinking things through. This article is a long time coming, so let’s dig in. But do remember this is how my brain works, yours may differ. Update the board state in your mind When I plan out my turn, I hold in my head the current board state...

Getting better at games

You can’t improve indefinitely by playing, at a certain point you’re going to hit a limit where playing more isn’t going to improve you as a player any further. This article is written with KeyForge in mind, but really, it applies to any game, or actually, anything at all you’re trying to get better at. Also of note, it is completely fine if you...

Benchmark deck explained

In my recent article about the Obfuscation variant I am developing I mentioned using a benchmark deck. It seems a lot of people were looking for a more in depth look at how this works, so instead of answering to everyone individually, I decided to elaborate. Problem There are variants out there that might punish you for bringing too strong or too weak a...

Testing a new variant – Obfuscation

There are a number of keyforge Archon variants that allow players to pick decks from a wider pool of decks, and not only the top 1%. I don’t like them very much, so I came up with my own. Existing solutions The most commonly played solution is Adaptive, or the fan made Adaptive Short aka Appraisal. Another fan made option is Tesla, which is...

Mass Mutations spoiler – Fission Bloom

Mass Mutation is coming! As are (fully authorized) spoilers of the upcoming Keyforge expansion! We at Timeshapers were lucky enough to get one of the cards from Fantasy Flight Gaming to “spoil” exclusively to our listeners. In today’s special minisode of the Timeshapers Podcast, we reveal Fission Bloom – a logos artifact with some interesting potential and beautiful art. Listen in as we try...

Mass Mutations spoiler – Purify

My friend Kiivii got his hands on some MM decks and was kind enough to send it my way to spoil, so here it is, Purify! Sweetness, this cards looks like so much fun! First, it fits nicely with the new Sactum anti-mutant theme, And I love the art. The knight looks powerful and honorable, but the art also does a good job of...

Shadow worlds day 1

Over the weekend of May 2nd, team KiP (Discord) ran Shadow Worlds day one, an online unofficial replacement for official worlds championship that has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. First, I would like to thank KiP for providing me with an outlet for my own, and the community’s competitive desires over this global crisis. The previous tournaments ran by KiP have been chock...

Winning Mentality

At the Utrecht Grand Championship a friend approached me and asked me to write an article about my winning mentality. I have tried to sit down and write it for a while, but it was not until the Santumonius Invitational – Glorius Few, that I finally understood the missing piece: Losing mentality. Matching expectations During my experience in competitive keyforge I have matched my...

Discarding creatures to the Quixxle gods

Some board states or cards may cause you to choose to discard a creature rather than play it. I already covered one such situation in my article about soft locks. There are more situations that may merit discarding a creature, and some Worlds Collide cards spring to mind: Quixxle Stone, Fangtooth Cavern, Red Alert and Unnatural Selection. Quixxle Stone Quixxle stone is undoubtedly one...

Contest Results: In Search for a Search card

I called for you good people to design a search card for the gigantic Deusillus. There were 19 submissions, some multiples by the same people. I will review my top choice from each person, but show all the submissions for your enjoyment, and then announce the winner of the $10 coupon for Burger Tokens! Andrew Cartwright – Shaking Jello One of several Jurassic Park...