Coach’s Corner for Scrolls is a video series where top players review key strategies and thought processes for Scrolls (the genesis of which can be found here).
Episode 4 -
Cantor’s Top 2 “Turn Thinks” 1. Moving units pre-emptively and trying to improve your positioning even when it doesn't seem important.
Learned several neat things from this session including: - Positioning – huge – separates the top players from average - Counting cards – yours and opponents - Call your top decks (I need to top-deck this…)
Though the last one sounds a bit voodoo(ish), it comes up again in EP 6 or 7 - basically it's a methodology to reinforce counting cards :)
A good explanation for why calling your topdecks is valuable came to me the other day, well after we did the recording.
The first level of optimizing your play is to figure out the best play you can make with what you have, and if that uses the same number of resources that you currently have, to sac for scrolls instead of resources, and then look for the best play again to see if it has improved with the 2 new cards.
But the next level on top of that is seeing the board state and recognizing, that yeah, I could do a pretty good play with (say you currently have N resources) N+1 resources, so I should sac for resources. But if I sac for scrolls and topdeck say, a machinated, a bombard, a speed, a damning curse, w/e is important for you at that time, my play would be SO much better, that I should still sac for scrolls here, especially if the play with N resources isn't that much worse than the one you would make if you had sac'd for resources.
Basically its an extra layer of strategy to sometimes gamble a little on your topdecks because you have identified the value of some other cards in your deck, rather than just working to maximize the use of what you already have in hand.
Sysp explains some of the nuances behind card sacrificing.
SpiffyDrew reviews strats and thought processes during games