That's impressive. I should get back to Slay the Spire someday. It's one of those platinum trophies I may never pull off finishing, but the game is super fun.Scott wrote:
> Well, I've finally done it...I beat Ascension 20 with Defect! I never thought I'd
> pull it off with this character, but things just finally started to click. This was
> the run I mentioned yesterday where I swapped into Pandora's Box right at the start.
> The deck was a bit too large, but I had to take any half-decent card I could find
> in Act I or I wasn't going to make it very far. Once the better cards finally started
> showing up, I had to take them too. Mummified Hand never made an appearance, sadly,
> but Ice Cream was a game changer. I'm not sure I would have won without it...it definitely
> would have been a lot harder. I had passed a couple Turbos shortly before getting
> it, then was kicking myself for not taking them. Thankfully, a Turbo+ showed up not
> long after. I bought a relic that I hadn't purchased in a long time, Strange Spoon.
> I used to over-value it when I was new to the game, then didn't take it for the longest
> time, but it was great in this deck. Almost every card in my deck that Exhausted
> was great to play again if it didn't Exhaust, except for maybe Boot Sequence. Fission
> of course was the best example, but getting extra plays out of Core Surge and Chill
> was great too. Here's the deck:
> One interesting (and annoying) interaction I found in this run was with Mutagenic
> Strength and Core Surge. When I got the Augmenter Event, my deck wouldn't have benefited
> from the J.A.X. card, and I really didn't have 2 cards I could afford to Transform,
> so I just took the Mutagenic Strength and moved on. Later, I bottled Core Surge (to
> make it more likely I'd have the artifact charge before playing Biased Cognition)
> so I was playing Core Surge on Turn 1 almost every fight. After a little while I
> noticed the artifact charge was gone even though an enemy hadn't hit me with a debuff.
> Apparently, if you have an artifact charge, it will cancel out the loss of the 3
> strength from Mutagenic Strength at the end of your first turn. This doesn't make
> sense with how artifact charges typically work. In every other case I've ever seen,
> you have to have the artifact charge BEFORE the debuff is applied in order to negate
> it. But the debuff from Mutagenic Strength (lose the +3 strength at end of turn)
> is applied right at the beginning of the fight, so it doesn't make sense that the
> artifact charge negates it. Because of this weird interaction, I often had to skip
> playing Core Surge on turn 1 if I wasn't able to find Biased Cognition, then try
> to find them together later in the fight. It definitely made things harder than they
> needed to be!
> Here are my A17-A19 decks, if anyone is interested:
> With that, I'm officially done with my goal of beating Ascension 20 with all 4 characters!
> I was going to take a break after this, but I think I'm going to jump straight into
> my next goal, A20 heart kills with each character! This one is going to be really