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Sunday, September 23, 2012

AMASS 以逸待劳 (yǐ yì dài láo)

Posted by Ricky Chua On 11:51 AM No comments
Description:
One of the smartest military tactics ever conjured from the human mind, AMASS is the translation for the ancient Chinese phrase 以逸待劳, which means to "wait at leisure while the enemy labours". Sound familiar? This is actually one of the famous 36 Stratagems 三十六计. Unfortunately, it is impossible to re-create the conditions for this tactic in SanGuoSha. After all, nobody needs to do any long marching just to reach you. Therefore the game creators decided to produce a similar effect by allowing your team to amass useful cards, giving the same effect as a "fresh army". Nice one!

What it does:
AMASS is a kingdom-based tool card that boosts the quality of you and 1 of your teammate's on-hand cards. By drawing two new cards and subsequently discarding two which you do not prefer, your kingdom maintains a high quality of cards for both offense and defense.

How to use it:
During your action phase, you can use AMASS on yourself and all players in the same kingdom as you. You are the first to draw 2 cards, followed by your teammates in the usual anti-clockwise order. Once everyone of your kingdom has drawn 2 cards, you are the first to discard 2 cards, followed by your teammates in the usual anti-clockwise order. 

[Edited on 23 Sept 2012] During your action phase, you can use AMASS on yourself and all players in the same kingdom as you. You are the first to draw 2 cards, and then you discard 2 cards (on-hand or equipped). After that, the next teammate in the usual anti-clockwise order gets to draw 2 cards and discard 2 cards. This process continues until everyone of your kingdom has drawn and discarded.

Historical basis:
Literally “wait at leisure while the enemy labors”, this card is designed for Lu Xun 陆逊 and his victory at the Battle of Yiling 夷陵之战. The illustration of this card even features him. Enraged by the murder of his sworn brothers, Liu Bei 刘备 led a massive force to invade the Wu Kingdom. Lu Xun was assigned Commander-in-Chief by Sun Quan himself. Despite the susception and rejection from the veteran generals, Lu Xun employed a defensive strategy to await for the Shu troops. Liu Bei's troops wore themselves down over the arduous march. Once the Shu troops became intolerant of the summer heat and moved into the woods, Lu Xun ordered a mixture of BLAZE 火计 and encirclement to devastate the Shu troops, thus saving the Wu Kingdom and dealing Liu Bei a psychologically fatal blow.

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