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I finally beat Slay the Spire on Ascension 20 (Ironclad). (I’m only around 7-10 for the other characters).

Written by taogaming

January 28, 2020 at 8:07 pm

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  1. I’ve gotten all 4 to 6. I fell down a bit of a hole with the Watcher. It’s a perfectly powerful character, but mess up your stance (or accidentally do a Conclude too early) and you can screw yourself up. I’ve died far too often with it due to stupid mistakes.

    Mark Delano

    January 30, 2020 at 4:20 am

  2. I’ve beaten A20 with all four (although Ironclad was Dead Branch + Corruption cheese). Definitely worth the two hundred hours of play.

    Eugene Hung

    January 31, 2020 at 7:10 pm

  3. I’m only on about 6 across the board (except Watcher). Any tips?

    Peter Sarrett

    January 31, 2020 at 7:29 pm

  4. The biggest tips. 1) don’t be afraid to skip cards if they don’t improve the average card in your deck. SKIP is often a strong choice, especially once you get to around 20 cards in the deck (although many of my winning decks have around 30-35 – just make sure not to litter your deck with too many mediocre cards once you’ve improved the starter deck). 2) The dominant strategy is to trade HP for elite fights, and use campfires for non-rests as much as possible, relying on beating the boss and cards/relics to heal. This often means entering boss with roughly 50% max hp or less, and pathing to hit as many elites as you can handle without dying. You can use a campfire to rest if it gets you another elite. 3) Always address short-term needs over long-term needs at high ascension. In early Act 1, you need front-loaded damage to take down elites efficiently. Even if you get a cool scaling card like Catalyst offered, it’s junk in Act 1 compared to a card like Dash. Even though Dash is pretty much a poor card in Act 3, you need Dash NOW to beat the A1 elites so you can stockpile relics, gold, and get really good cards. After the last elite or beating Gremlin Nob, then switch to improving your deck’s damage mitigation (don’t take too many skills before beating Nob). In Act 2, your priority is improving mitigiation, a source of AOE damage for elites, and scaling damage for the boss. Act 3 is fixing any holes in your deck and adjusting it to match the boss (don’t take lots of 0-cost cards vs. Time Eater, minor powers vs. Awakened One).

    Eugene Hung

    January 31, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    • Ayup. Be dangerously offensive. Sometimes you lose, but if you pull it off (by upgrading instead of resting for the final boss of an Act, or taking an extra elite on borderlnie health) you’ll be much better placed. The number of Boss fights I’ve taken at 20-40% health has grown the more I’ve played.

      My only minor quibble is that “when to transition from Act I (frontloaded damage) to Act II (scaling damage) isn’t clear cut. I’ve seen Jorbs (one of the strong streamers) grab a card in Act I early/mid to never play it until Act II. But in general, yes, short term.

      taogaming

      February 3, 2020 at 9:14 pm

  5. I’m up to A8 with all 4. As I go up I’m finding the Silent the toughest in the early going. It starts with a larger deck so early added cards have less of an impact, particularly if you’ve replaced your starting relic. If I can get over that first phase it gets significantly easier.

    Mark Delano

    February 4, 2020 at 7:43 am


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