Learning L5R | Unicorn v. Dragon – Game One

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Find the Unicorn decklist here –

Jump right in and learn Legend of the Five Rings with us, starting with Unicorn Clan v. Dragon Clan! Rules will be missed. Awful decisions will be made. This is what it looks like when you sink your teeth into a new system.

Head to our Learning L5R blog below to find decklists for these clans, general deck building advice, and other videos in this series!



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  1. I know rules will be missed and I havn't seen the whole thing yet just saw yall Duel. You don't reset your honor dial "back to what it was" you leave it at whatever you bid for the duel. That can help set you up to trigger other events/effects.

  2. Wow, Guys! Thank you for making this video! I feel so excited to watch it!

  3. THANK YOU! i've been craving some L5R game seasions with good quality video and people that actually commentate on what is going on in the game.

    If i could like this video more than once i would

  4. I laughed out loud @ 54:40
    Great video overall. I'm really starting looking forward to get my own copies of the game.

  5. Enjoying this! The winner of the "coin flip" actually decides if they want to go first or second according to the current rules reference. Also what the gentleman above me said about the dueling honor dials being the new number is important.

  6. That was a great watch, thanks! Question, and sorry if you've already answered this elsewhere, but how many core sets of the L5R LCG would one have to buy to have a complete play set of the core material?

  7. Fantastic. Please do one more with Crane!

  8. Please stop referring to characters by their family name. In Japan, the family name is placed first. It will be confusing for listeners if you refer to Shinjo Tatsuo and Shinjo Altansarnai both as Shinjo. Also, if it isn't too much trouble, please look up the proper pronunciation of the Japanese terms used in the game.

  9. A good habit to be in is to abbreviate characters to the last part of their name. The first of the two names on the card is a family name, and we're going to see a ton of Mirumotos, Shinjos, and Bayushis as things progress. Raitsugu, Tatsuo, etc are the characters' individual names.

  10. God knows I want to love the game, but man, it feels more like a boardgame than a card game, I don't know if I could grow the spine to learn it…

  11. I found you guys some five years ago when i was getting into Netrunner and wanted to see how good players played, in tournaments and the like. Almost getting nostalgic to learn a new game with you guys, a game that I am as excited for as I was for Netrunner all those years ago. Looking forward to more videos 🙂

  12. Sorry to nit pick but! You declare conflicts, not challenges. Challenges must be from some other LCG because 90% of the people I've played make that mistake 😄

  13. Again, great content. Very glad that you're putting these out, though I'm still undecided whether or not it's making the wait for my copies all the more agonising! I've got to ask Steven; did you have 'Let Go' and fail to draw it? Tense game and well played to both.

  14. I'll be honest, I'm stunned that you didn't decide to use an Assasinate at 1:04:00. I saw them in your hand in the video, and giving up that province and conflict is such a huge hit, especially because you could have used Assasinate to make it a 0 to 0 conflict, returning Fire to the unclaimed rings pool so that you could swing it back in for the Dishonor on the Dragon Clan Champ.

  15. Great video and explanation of phases. I'm still on the fence with this one though.
    I love the theme, the cards etc but still, there's so much going on it's pretty overwhelming.
    Took couple yrs before I decided to purchase Netrunner. I read the rules several times online and watch video after video for that game.
    Now I'm doing the same with L5r.
    Do you guys think this game is harder to learn than Netrunner?

  16. Commenting before watching*:
    Isn't Dragon the strongest, and Unicorn the weakest? Why match these two clans?

  17. Just chiming in with some praise. Hey… there are lots of L5R play vids on YouTube (both liveplay and via TTS) and I thank all content creators for these. But I really enjoyed this vid because you managed to shuttle in a boatload of teaching while keeping the game lively with the back-and-forth conversation of long-time friends. Kudos to you guys, you're awesome.

  18. Steve huge misplay on not taking those water rings early (first two turns) it creates a lose lose situation for Zach if he doesn't defend the conflict he has one of his characters bowed and if he defends and wins the conflict he loses one of his two characters and you still essentially force him to waste a fate on the bowed character without him even being able to fight you.

  19. Awesome video! Just the content I was looking for.

  20. This might be my ignorance speaking, as I haven't actually played the game at all. But doesn't Endless Plains automatically break when an attack is declared?

    Unless I'm reading the text wrong it scans as breaking as soon as an attack is declared, subsequently killing an attacking character. Then the conflict happens etc. etc.

  21. do you ship products to other countries? or only to americans?

  22. At 55:30, I believe the conflict should have been unopposed. It does not matter that Steven originally had a defending character in the conflict. What matters is that at the time of the skill count, Steven has no ready or bowed defending character with at least 0 skill (no "-").

  23. Great, awesome to watch you two play. I want to say that's the first time you have shared you playing together right?

  24. This was absolutely fascinating to watch, and a great learning experience. Thanks ever so much, keep'em coming.

  25. Awesome stuff!! L5R, as watchable as it is playable, and its sure hella playable! o/ Though, you guys seem to be in the habit of referencing individuals by their family name o.0 sounds odd.

  26. Erk, Unicorn. Not water ring to start turn two?

  27. the one thing I noticed is that you guys dont tend to use the preconflict action window between each fight. it did not seem to effect your game at all but figured it was worth mentioning.
    no matter what, great to see games for this and already pot commited for my additional cores through my flgs

  28. Praying that you'll do at least another one in this serie !

  29. How did Steven play Oathkeeper without paying the two fate cost for it?

  30. Correct me if I'm wrong here, but all of your out-of-clan cards have to come from one clan, right?

  31. I think you guys over value honor. Especially unicorn.

  32. Fantastic play through! The flow of the game and the strategy that evolved throughout the game were awesome. Looking forward to more play throughs.

  33. Thanks for the great game and explanations. Cheers!

  34. #AskCovenant I was confused by the title, as Zach seems a bit Crab-by to me… (Sorry had to be done). Jokes aside, great game! Also, an interesting point about honor dials: For actions that target the choices made on the dial, (I Can Swim/ Good Omen) when you change the dial in a duel, the new number chosen now effects the game state for the cards not the draw dial number. This is due to the alteration it for the duel… (I know, another layer of strategy)! Keep up the great work! <3

  35. Province at 1:28:00 should not have broken due to Imperial Favor.

    Otherwise, excellent video.

  36. I was on the fence with this game, but my interest increased during the play through, then vengeful oathkeeper was played and now I'm working out how many core sets I should be getting….

  37. That is exactly how a gameplay vid should be. Well talked through, clear rules and explanations, cards shown for reference, all really viewer friendly. Really, really well done.

  38. Fantastic! I was on the fence about this game but after watching your coverage myself and a few other locals are sold. I really appreciated the commentary while you played, it introduced the mechanics and strategies beautifully. Can't wait for the next video. Thank you!

  39. As always, Team Covenant remains the peerless ambassador of FFG. This video is the perfect tone, a fantastic step up from the GenCon learn to play, this shows some of the depth that this game promises.

    Cannot wait for more vids and cannot wait for 5th October when I get my sets 😎

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