It’s not surprising that Scholar was crucial to this win (which conveniently took exactly as long as my morning commute, despite my fear that I wouldn’t be done by the time I had to start working). What is surprising is that he accomplished this feat with no Flesh to Iron. Instead, massive amounts of healing plus triple Energy Form and Twist the Ether made him the ultimate lemon cannon, and Riveting Crane plus Pipe Wrench ensured Akash was vulnerable at all times, except when literally all Equipment was being repeatedly destroyed.
Dark Visionary is a borderline liability in this match; stacking decks in a game this long tends to result in a massive pile-up of bas stuff when the decks start to run out. She can take out Entombs with Mental Divergence, but otherwise she mostly didn’t contribute too much other than the Twist the Ether. Wraith did okay, despite constantly losing her stuff; mostly she was important for being the only source of Environment destruction apart from Setback, who does it with a distinct downside.
My earlier loss was interesting because it reflects on a situation I’ve had in a previous game; I thought I had uploaded the log of it, but apparently not, or else I have no idea how to find it. It was a situation where a brambled Scholar was the only one left, but remained sufficiently invincible that he could eventually grind out a win by letting Atlantis kill the softer target. I tried for that again after losing Setback early on, then having a giant Eruption which took out the girls and left Fixer barely alive for like two rounds. Alas, while the vampires freeing Scholar was a theoretical possiblity, it turned out to be less likely than a Rejuvenating Entropy turning his Iron-Coated Iron* back into flesh. He had high teens HP, but against multiple Rockslides and Phalanges, he still cratered in one turn. Fun to picture him being held fast for several hours, then just suddenly going “sblortch” (points if you recognize that sfx).
- This by the way is my answer to what multiple Flesh to Irons mean. One is iron skin, two is iron musculature (aka literally flesh), and three is iron bones. I figure the artwork here shows him with two layers up, if only on his hand, while the art of Solid to Liquid is probably him having all three of them out, so he’s completely oozy and regrows from any injury in seconds, while it otherwise takes half a minute or more. And Energy Form is the most obvious one, so I think that picture shows a single application.