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Strategy[edit | edit source]
Blood Phage is a fairly efficient way to get both income and constant , much more so than buying pairs of Drone+Tarsier (in fact it's often better to click a Blood Phage and buy another instead of just buying two Tarsiers). However the true strength of the unit is not in raw efficiency, but in the click ability.
The click ability is very versatile and can add significant value, being a strong way to spend in the midgame when it may be difficult to continue spending all your on attacking units, and a strong way to use the extra when buying expensive odd-red units like Centurion or Shadowfang. Since Animus provides for 6, buying Animus to power the click ability is as efficient as Drones.
Blood Phage is a major enabler of rushes in what would otherwise be high-economy sets. The reason is that two of the biggest drawbacks of going low-economy in a set with big absorbers or powerful expensive attackers are that you often lock yourself out of buying the bigger, more efficient attackers, or end up wasting tech when you are forced to add two Blastforges for the Energy Matrix. Blood Phage mitigates both drawbacks: it provides tech sink through it's click ability and allows you to keep increasing your economy even as you buy attack.
It's not unreasonable to buy 1 or 2 Animus in a Blood Phage set just to buy and power the Blood Phages, if it fits well into your build.
Openings[edit | edit source]
Player 1 often wants to play the following build in Blood Phage sets:
- T + Blood Phage
- Blood Phage + T, or click Phage and buy Phage + B, or click Phage and buy RDB if need defense
Due to the efficiency of this build, player 2 is often motivated to go faster:
- D + Blood Phage (floating a red, but it's worth it)
- TTD if opponent buys Wall, T + Blood Phage if opponent neither buys Wall nor counterattacks, click Phage and buy RDB if being attacked
This early attack is especially good in a Blood Phage mirror match, because player 1 will be facing already on the turn they want to buy Tarsier + Blood Phage. And if they go Rhino to absorb it, then they can't afford their Phage and will likely end up wasting red when they do decide to make time for it.
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