Friday, November 13, 2009

How does blade and trap stacking work?

A question from the Awesome Pyromancer, Ms. Jessica:
Most of my attacks don't take all the blades and traps I use.

For example: I cast 3 blades on myself, and a trap. The sunbird only uses one blade and the trap.

Why is that? (I could have finished that boss! Hrmph.)

Great question! I know this confuses a lot of people. Let's talk a bit about how blades and traps really work.

1- Think backward. When you stack traps, they will always come off backwards. In other other words, the first trap you cast will be the last trap removed. So when stacking traps you need to think backwards. This is also the reason why if a prism comes after a regular variety shield is played, it will skip past the shield.

2- No two may be alike. You can't cast two death blades and have your spell use it twice. However a death blade and a treasure card death blade may be stacked . . . because they are different from each other (the treasure card usually does a little bit more damage than the regular card). Another example: a death trap from a necklace (blue card) is slightly different than a death trap and a death trap treasure card; therefore, all three may be used in one spell.

3- Don't be fooled by spirit traps. For the longest time I thought that if I cast a spirit trap, convert, and another spirit trap that I would catch the death trap from one and the life trap from the other after the convert. How wrong I was!

I made a video here for you all to watch that illustrates the power of trap stacking. Now, I'm no super death wizard . . . he did a skeletal pirate for 3 million damage, but this is my first attempt at a "big hit" using the treasure cards that have been hanging out in my backpack for quite some time now. It was time to at least give it a shot.

*grabs popcorn*

hehe, that was fun.

You'll notice that each one of those cards played were slightly different, and therefore, I was able to stack them up and pat Malistaire on the back for putting in some good effort.

Hope that helps!

Happy Dueling!


Sierra Starsong said...

4. While traps come off backwards (most recently cast to oldest), blades (including Weakness) trigger forwards in the same order they were cast.

I like to picture the spell cards being cast into big piles. My damage spells go from me up and out through the blades, then down through the pile of traps & shields to my target.

Sierra Starsong said...

PS Loved the way you slowed the spell down, between blades and traps I counted 22 boosts. Sweet!

Jessica said...

Thanks a bunch for answering my question! I was pondering that for a while now.

Sierra, I'll remember that!

The Infamous Super Death Wizard said...

Congratulations on your half a million hit!

Elijah Stormheart said...

Hey, Friendly! There's a Meet and Greet going on now if you want to come.

jesse ^_^ said...

OMG that was awesome friendly. congrats on your hit personally I hate stacking but hey it's part of the game eventually I got used to it.