Boss Breakdown: Ryu
Ryu, Dragon Goddess, Shogun of the Eastern Provinces commands an army of highly trained Samurai, using her keen sense of strategy to lay waste to enemies through clever tactics and careful positioning of troops. She spreads her Samurai throughout the battlefield, controlling as much territory as possible, growing stronger with each tile she claims.
Ryu has many Promotion cards that upgrade her Samurai, allowing them to become the deadliest minions in the game. Ryu typically sits back in the early game and begins spreading out her Samurai to control as much territory as possible, upgrading them over time in preparation for a coordinated strike on her enemies.
Ryu can protect her Samurai by giving them Bushido tokens with Bestow, making sure that they survive as long as possible so she can continue to reap the rewards of her conquests. Ryu’s ultimate ability, Celestial Katana, allows her to strike an enemy boss for each space she controls, rewarding careful positioning of Samurai around the board.
Deck Breakdown - Key Cards
Ryu’s signature card is Dragon Shogun. It allows her to place Samurai in spaces adjacent to her instead of her space, allowing her to spread out her Samurai more quickly and efficiently.
Meditation allows Ryu to search her deck for any Promotion in her deck and put it into her hand. Samurai have many potential promotions and being able to find the perfect one for a given scenario can make the difference between winning and losing.
Sacred Bushido is definitely a promotion to keep in mind if you are searching with Meditation. It gives the first Samurai you make each turn a Bushido token, and having more durable Samurai every turn without paying any more for them makes it very easy to amass the Samurai army that Ryu is always trying to rally.
Once Ryu has filled up the board with Samurai and gets her enemy on the back foot, a timely Lightning Strike can put the game out of reach for an unsuspecting enemy. It allows Ryu to destroy all enemy minions in a space up to two spaces away from her and move into that space, clearing the way for Ryu to brawl an enemy boss and closing the gap.
Once Ryu decided to turn the corner and get aggressive on an opponent, her spread out Samurai might have trouble backing her up if things start to go awry. Luckily, Bajutsu moves each Samurai 2 spaces, allowing them to quickly traverse the board and converge on enemies.
Arena Mode Role
In Arena mode, Ryu clogs up the battlefield with hard to kill Samurai, making her a great defensive asset that will give opponents nightmares if they are trying to assault objectives that Ryu is near.
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