@ express's question:
There are several common leads in Elo
, but the point of a lead is to create an advantage, either in LIFE or PILLZ. Usually sound leads have one (or more) of the following properties:
1) Unpredictability. Take a 4 damage card like Gertjan
banned, but you get the idea). 0 pilling him is a common play, and if your opponent 0 pills as well, you're up a free 4 damage. Of course, it's only 22 attack, so they COULD 3 pill their 7 power card... but what happens if you throw 1-2 pills on Gertjan
? The idea is you're most LIKELY pilling him lightly, but your opponent needs to overpill to avoid a 4 damage. Gertjan
is a SAFE, low pill threat in that he almost always forces pills from your opponent, or you get a free 4 damage off.
2) Strong lifegapping. Ector
has been mentioned as a strong lead. First, he's a 3*, so he may not be the strongest card in your hand (leading with your nuke is risky, because if your opponent beats it, you're down your best card). Second, he has a whopping DR-resistant 6 damage. AND, he has SOB, which cuts out a lot of attack/power manip and forces your opponent to pill precisely. Third, his damage gives you the threat to pill heavily. Anything from 0-6 pills can be played pretty safely on Ector
, depending on your opponents hand, and this unpredictability makes him a strong lead. Leading with Ector
(except against SOA) is a safe, reliable lead.
Use these two factors to keep your opponent guessing and maintain the pressure.