DeGrey fights for Truth, Justice and Pilebunkers. His abilities make it easy to start his offence, or protect himself from reckless dashing strikes.Spectral Push
- Great offence and defence through superior positioning and fear of Pilebunker.
- Abilities are simple to use but require a lot of thought to play around.
- Can't speed up or slow down the rate cards are drawn to control time out, barring extremely rare corner cases with Pilebunker.
- Pilebunker may end up weak or useless with bad draws and become a bluff at best.
Default StrategyDeGrey wants to use Spectral Push
When players are cautiously entering 8~10 range, Spectral Pull can be used to put them where you have a strong dashing strike, and Spectral Push can be used to move forward while keeping the opponent at a comfortable distance. With hands that are weaker at long range, Pilebunker allows bold plays such as moving to 6~7 range. The opponent will have to think hard before going for a dashing strike.
Regarding Pilebunker, don't always hoard 4s. Certainly three 4s is too much to hang onto. A pair is often ideal. Even a single 4 is great provided some 4s are in the discard pile. If the opportunity to dashing strike with 4s presents itself, strongly consider it. A successful offensive opening is worth more than perhaps landing Pilebunker later.
Keep in mind you can't cover every option. 4s and 5s defend against opponents trying to avoid letting you Pilebunker but you need 1, 2 and 3 to guarantee a retreat into Pilebunker. Sometimes you wont have any 4s, either. DeGrey is flexible, so play to the hand you're dealt.
Fighting Against DeGrey
This is a hard match up to learn, there're extra questions to think about on top of the usual gameplay:
"Will moving to this dark/light space get me pushed/pulled somewhere bad?"Before moving, check if being pushed
The obvious way around this is to dashing strike with 4s or 5s. That's not always possible though, so keep an eye on what's in the discard. If you dashing strike with 1, 2 or 3 DeGrey must retreat with 3, 2 or 1 to Pilebunker. If he's unlikely to have the card needed to pilebunker you, it might be worth going for.
If you are a character that can manipulate the turn time out happens, try to make sure you get the last decision in the round. DeGrey has next to no ability to control time out, and he's so hard to rush down that time out is often a good chance to win even when on the back foot.
Don't be discouraged if you eat a bunch of Pilebunkers while you figure the match up.
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little safety deserve neither." -
Credit to Fim for this strategy guide