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I have seen many threads about ice being too powerful because of their gear. I do not agree with this. I think people just need to learn new strategies. So, I will share some advice on how to beat a legendary ice with full gear.
Let us assume that the ice wizard is also using the crafted athame and ring which boost heal upto 80++ %. Another assumption is that you are going second, killing from first is easy so if you can kill from second, you should not have any problems killing from first.
In order to beat a good ice, you need to know how they play. Most of them use a combo attack.
1. Some ice like blading up before hitting. Some of them even use triple blades and gargantuan attack. This will hit you hard. The only good thing about this is that it is very predictable as they will not be attacking you until they are fully armed. But remember, once they start attacking, it will be a combination of attacks.
2. The best ice, imo, are those that are unpredictable. Sometimes they blade, sometimes they dont. They are sneaky in their attack. Their deck has a great variety of ice spell (blizzards, ice elf, frostbite, angel, freeze, giant, colossus) and they use them all.
3. There are ice who only use stun for a kill. This is one of the most dangerous ice. As they will not use any stun (freeze or giant) early in the game but when they do, it usually ends up with you being dead.
Now what strategies can you do to kill an ice.
1. Use your minion.
If the ice likes to blade up before attacking, make him waste his blades and pips. You can do this by bringing out your minions. If you are second, a good ice will kill your minion asap. Since you already know that your minion will not survive long enough to cast a spell, you might want to shield yourself before summoning a minion. Why? Because a gargantuan or bladed blizzard not only kills your minion but will hit you a good amount of damage. Once you summon your minion, obviously you try to shield him and hope he lives to cast a spell.
Know that if you were lucky to shield your minion, ice is most likely going to use snow angel or two blizzards.
2. Spam weakness. Weakness whenever you can.
For fire, spamming weakness is easier because of efreet. Depending on your situation, you may even want to use efreet even if the ice is shielded. The 90% weakness will buy you more time and if ice is using an ice wand, it will even make his blades (or attack) useless.
3. Spam infection.
To kill an ice, you most likely need to have a good attack combo. But before you do the combo kill, make sure that the ice has infection or is very low in pips. Otherwise, he will just heal your attack. You should always carry max infections even when fighting other schools. If you can get the diadem of despair from Diego, get it.. two more infection is very useful..especially with spritely pets being so common now.
Remember a satyr (using crafted athame and ring) can heal around 1700hp.
4. Good attack timing.
Attack to lower his health. Just so he will be in range of a killer combo attack. But not too low that he will be forced to heal back to full health. If you attack with big spells too early, he will immediately heal it off.
You should know by now to win the bubble war. Do not start using the bubble until he does, when playing second. Unless of course you have 3 on hand atm, then you can use it. Once the bubble war is on, make sure that you always have another bubble on hand. So that when he change it back, you can change it again. Place some bubbles in side deck if you have to.
When you are second, you always have to think ahead. You need to make sure that you are out of a combo attack range at all times. Watch their pips closely. You have to be able to switch from defensive to attack mode depending on their pips and health.
6. Ice minion.
Some ice carries upto 7 minions. Good thing most of them dont. Kill ice minion asap. But beware that they might be using their minion to waste your pips too. Pay attention to what they do when they first summon minion. Because when you kill it and they re-summon it, they will probably use the same strategy. Ex. if they shield the minion right after being summoned, expect that when he summons minions in the future, it will be shielded the next turn.
Use gargatuan AoE spell to kill minions. This is to make sure that you also place huge damage on ice.
Sometimes I would let minion live for a couple of turns because I know that it will be replaced right after I killed it. And also because I do not have a lot of pips. What you can do is shield yourself and save pips for a double AoE attack.
Know that if you are losing the pip war and he is ready to attack, if he summon his minion and he has a full set of pips, while you only have two pips. Dont kill minion at once. Shield instead. The minion might be a distraction for you to waste your pips so you cant heal when he attacks.
7. Make use of your training points in Celestia.
Thats why it was given to you, use it. Conviction (from Diego) is useful. If you think he will attack and you have fortify, then use it. If you like criticals then use vengeance. But do not rely on criticals as it is mostly luck.
8. Side deck
Your side deck is very important. Place minion killers and other attack spells. A few heals and shields. This is to increase our chance of finding spells if our main deck is not working our way.
If your school does not have stun, you might want to buy one freeze (ice stun), or myth stun from the bazaar. You never know when this can be very useful.
9. Know to delete
A lot of people say that they lost because their deck is not working right. Like my friend always tell me, delete until you can make your deck work with you. Until then, your side deck is your best friend.
------ I hope this helps a bit. Be patient when dealing with ice. Do not attack just for the sake of attacking. Just remember attack to lower health, infect, then finish with whatever combo you think can kill him.