I've got a little over 200 battles in, mostly victories (minus the 40+ solo bots.) I've come to find that if you start with 3 pills to open you'll generally win the match. here's why:
Doesn't really matter who goes first, just look at your opponents cards and play what's best for the start. Since I play the Fang Pi Clang
, my openers are usually Kati
, or Yu Mei
. Even Zinfrid
is a nice fake for an opener.I've seen time and time again, people playing 1-2 pills or 5+ to start. 3 pills beats 1-2 pills obviously. The reason I say it beats 5+ is because the next following turns your opponent is gonna flip about how much they spent on 1 attack. The 2nd turn is pretty important. If you won the first round, then go with 3 pills again. if you lost, they'll more than likely go for the kill, or just attempt to hold back and fake you. Since they spent so much to attack you first round, you can directly counter them by spending just as much as they did. You'll win your round and even out on pills or they'll be completely out. With Fang Pi Clang
, the match usually ends by the 2nd or 3rd round, rarely does it go into 4 rounds.
There's only 2 thing that screws and 3 pill opener, one is 4 pills. It's strange than 5 puts a player in such a bad spot, but 4 is just the right spot. A 1 to 3 pills spent difference is no problem, 3 to 5 is game changing. I tried doing 4 for awhile but if your opponent plays 1-2 pills you're just as screwed as playing 3 to 5.