Becoming a Combat Master: 5 Principles to Improve Your Game – Metrix Daily

Becoming a Combat Master: 5 Principles to Improve Your Game

Sharpen your Senses


You play Fab regularly, you know the main rules and basic theory, but you still end up losing games. What are you doing wrong? How do you take your game to the next level? 

These five principles will help you become the next Combat Master!



1. Never Blame Luck For Your Loss 

This is probably the most common issue I see players make. Yes, Flesh and Blood has a luck element to it, just like any other game, but blaming luck for a loss reduces your ability to learn and improve your game

We’ve all been there. Your opponent draws a natural ninja chain, or you rolled a 1 on skabskin leathers. These things happen and might be the reason why you lost the game, but always look back at the game and think of different plays you could have done. Maybe you could have done more damage the turn before your opponent had a blowout turn? Maybe that skabskin roll wasn’t worth the risk? Maybe some cards in your deck weren’t working as well in that particular matchup?

The thing that helped me improve my game the most in the last few months was having a chat with my opponents after the game and go over the different plays and see how it could have played out better. Check your ego at the door, go over the game and make adjustments in your list and playstyle to win the matchup next time.


“Ponder and deliberate before you make a move.”

Sun Tzu, The Art of War



2. Never Give Up

Every player that ends up at the top tables of every tournament I’ve played at has this trait. Never giving up means playing your hardest all the way until someone’s life hits 0.

I have versed so many players, who would have a hiccup in their game, maybe a bad draw or a simple misplay. You can see their shoulders slump, head look down and whole demeanour change – they gave up already. As an opponent, this just makes my game easier to win.

Flesh and Blood is a game of comebacks. We’ve all seen the games that early looked very one-sided, then progressed to both players grinding out on 1 life each. This is because in general, blocking damage is easier than attacking. If you’re behind, you can block up as much damage as you can and hope to chip a bit in return. Sometimes all it takes is for your opponent to get a bad draw to put you back into winning position. NEVER. GIVE. UP! 30 life behind? Nope. Never give up. 

Always think of your outs. Think of the cards left that might make a difference in your deck, maybe even make some loose plays. You never know when your opponent might lose their momentum. 


“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity”

Sun-Tzu, A Arte da Guerra



3. Never Underestimate Your Opponent

Personally, this is the hardest lesson for me that I am still learning. I feel like a particular matchup is an automatic win and drop my guard down, or verse an opponent I usually win against. If you’re winning and happy with your playstyle, you will become predictable.  Your opponent on the other hand, is coming up with ways to beat you! Eventually you will have a tough time.

I’ve noticed this in the weekly leagues hosted by Card Merchant and Metrix Daily. There were some opponents I would verse and beat regularly. I wouldn’t change my playstyle or list, meaning they could go back to the drawing board and make necessary changes to eventually start winning. And they did! Never think that a matchup is yours all the time  – play your best at all times – especially when you’re ahead in the game!


“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”

Sun Tzu, The Art of War



4. Play The Strategies You’re Passionate About

Ultimately Flesh and Blood is about having fun. The enjoyment from the game comes from creating new strategies, pulling off cool plays and outplaying your opponent. If you keep playing the same strategies, or using someone else’s simply because they are effective, you will lose that enjoyment.

Evolving your game consistently means you are keeping your opponent on their toes, while refreshing the spice of your list can keep you engaged in the game. And there is nothing more satisfying than winning with a new play that completely takes your opponent by surprise


“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”

Sun Tzu, The Art of War



5. Play Your Opponent’s Game, Not Just Your Game

This one is probably the hardest one. You know your deck inside out. You’ve played tonnes of games versus a number of heroes. You know what plays to make and when. Now it’s time to do the same for your opponent. Once you know what plays they are hoping for, if you pay attention to their threats and how they are trying to win, you get a better overall picture of the game.

Many players focus too closely on their own side of the field, with little regard to the other side. While this can work if you’re playing well, it leaves you vulnerable to blowout plays in the late game. Have a general idea of the threats your opponent is pitching. You don’t have to remember every card in order, but paying close attention to their threats means if it gets to late game, you know what to expect and when.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

Sun Tzu, The Art of War



Now these principles are an easy to remember way for improving your mentality going into the game, as well as building and learning after a win or loss. Always look back on the game and see if you gave it your best shot. The best resource for learning and improving your game? Your opponent. Ask them what they were struggling with, which of your threats they weren’t worried about and what they found easy to play around. This information is the best thing for improving your matchup. 

While the five principles are a great overall mentality to improving the game, I will look at some specific aspects of the game that each one of us can improve. Whether it’s organising your pitch costs or evaluating plays. Stay tuned for more tips!

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