Set:

Arka Sodara

Arguably the most powerful unit in the game, Arka Sodara is an autobuy in just about every set it appears in. You will absolutely need to buy it. The gamepedia article (written partly by me) tells you most of what you need to know about using it: you don't want to get it first usually unless it's denying a good amount of absorb.

Defense Grid

The largest absorber in the game, we'll want this for sure, even though Arka is also a 7 HP absorber, because Arka isn't incompatible with other absorbers: we can and should spend most of the game attacking with Arka while we absorb on Defense Grid. In base+Defense Grid you probably get 4-5 Engineers to produce Drones faster, but some of the other units here will lower the optimal econ size a bit.

Tia Thurnax

Perhaps the most aggressive unit in the game, Tia Thurnax is yet another strong legendary that you'll want to keep in mind. Buying her too early is usually fatal, but well-timed she can turn around a seemingly lost position like nothing else. The sudden pressure is brutal against someone relying on red. And in this set both players are forced to have red.

Thorium Dynamo

A highly efficient alternate econ unit, Thorium is something you should almost never skip. I actually kind of hate this unit because it forces green on both players and also restricts build choices a lot, but it's here, so we'll have to deal with it. Note that in sets with Thorium you should not get a third Engineer, because the only reason to do that is to get more energy so you can spend more gold per turn on Drones, but Thorium allows you to do that without buying additional Engineers. Also this covers the green production so we won't need to buy Conduits to get Tia.

Ferritin Sac

Ferritin Sac is a utility unit, not something you get unless you have something very specific you want to buy with the blue. Defense Grid is a perfect example of when it's good to get Ferritin Sacs - you probably don't want three Blastforges in this set, so just use a Ferritin Sac to get the third blue one time.

Immolite

Immolite is approximately as efficient as Tarsier without the offensive finesse it provides (slightly better). In the early game you'll want to buy some Tarsiers first since they're better at low inflation, but once it gets into the mid game Immolites become better. Alternating between Immolites and Tarsiers could also help as it makes it harder for the opponent to defend on the on turns and harder for them to efficiently spend their blue on the off turns.


The strategy, therefore: Open with Thorium Dynamos (not t1, of course, but mix them in as they fit into your build), but don't wait too long to start getting attack, because Arka Sodara and Tia Thurnax will punish overly passive play. Also don't buy too many Dynamos because you want some real Drones to eventually buy Tia Thurnax with (and to turn into Forcefields against Tia). You want to buy Arka Sodara before Defense Grid (because if you buy Grid first then Arka's promptness is wasted), but you also don't want the opponent to deny your absorb, so probably try to wait until they have about 10 attack or more (at which point you will want Defense Grid immediately thereafter). Finally, don't get three Blastforges; use Ferritin Sac to get your Defense Grid.



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