Ive been playing warmachine since escalation dropped,however i stopped playing around halfway through mk2,ive now picked the game up again with pirates also got a cephalyx force,yet to play it though),ive played around 8 games with pirates so far (2 wins,1 against pre nerfed hayley2 and caine2),so im still very much in the learning phase with the mini faction.
I own everything pirate wise,with a growing pool of non pirate stuff,so its not like i am lacking options.
any general tips on how to play effectively???
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At the broadest sense: Understand that even at its most competitive, the game is for fun. Even the best laid plans are undone by dice, my enjoyment of the hobby increased 3-fold when I divorced "wins" from "playing well".
Otherwise, the game is immense. Knowing your opponents stuff ends up being just as vital as knowing your own, so learning what other people you play against have and what it can do is super useful.
Work out at the start of the game where you stand on takebacks, cocked die, adherence to clock, that sort of thing.
Take absolutely everything you read about the game with a super serve grain of salt.