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Sunday, September 23, 2012

BLAZE 火攻 (huǒ gōng)

Posted by Ricky Chua On 10:49 AM No comments
One of the more complicated cards to use, BLAZE can be very useful... if you know what you are doing. It is an inefficient tool for causing damage to an opponent since it needs to expend 2 on-hand cards, though that might be well worth it if your opponents are under the effects of IRON SHACKLES 铁索连环 or has equipped RATTAN ARMOUR 藤甲 or both! You can also just use it to glimpse one of your opponent's on-hand cards, especially if it is the only card left in his or her hand. Peek-a-boo!

What it does:
If damage is dealt, the victim receives 1 unit of fire attribute damage. Since it is fire attribute damage, all players shackled to the victim also receive 1 unit of fire attribute damage. Accordingly, victims equipped with RATTAN ARMOUR receive 2 units of damage.

How to use it:
During your action phase, you can use BLAZE on another player with on-hand card(s). The target player needs to reveal an on-hand card (the entire card should be visible to all players in play). If you can discard an on-hand card with the same suit of the revealed card, you deal 1 unit of fire damage to that player.

Historical basis:
There are numerous instances in Romance of the Three Kingdoms where fire is used in sieges and attacks, the most famous being the Battle of Red Cliffs 赤壁之战. Cao Cao 曹操's ships were shackled together after being tricked by Pang Tong 庞统. When his ships were set on fire by Huang Gai 黄盖, Cao Cao's entire fleet was engulfed in flames and, thus, suffered a severe loss. This also forms the historical basis for fire damage being able to transmit via IRON SHACKLES.


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