Clash of Chaos and Confetti #34: Azul

The Premise and Standings

Each week we’ll face off in a best of three series playing a different board game from our collection.  The winner claims the moniker of C&C Clash Champ for the week.  The loser feels their confidence begin to crumble like poorly laid tilework.  The lesser player also gets to choose the game for the next week.

We will maintain a record of wins and losses throughout the year to see who finishes 2022 as the ultimate board game champ in our household.

Our current C&C Champion is Confetti after winning last week’s Jaipur battle.

Pre-Clash Current Standings:

  • Weekly Winner: 14 Chaos – 18 Confetti
  • Individual game wins: 46 Chaos – 44 Confetti

After losing last week, Chaos had chosen Cryptid.  Then, we realized that Cryptid requires at least three players, so we’re pivoting to Azul!

The Game – Azul

Azul is a strategic title placement game that will have players working to score points as they build their mosaics.

The rules are pretty straightforward.  Several factory discs (amount depends on number of players) will be set out with four random tiles.  Players will take turns selecting all of one color from either one of the factory discs or from the center pool.  Once any tiles have been taken from a factory disc, the rest fall into the center pool.  

As players select their tiles they will place them in an available row.  If a player fills up the row’s required slots they will be able to add a tile to their mosaic at the end of round.  However, if they grab too many tiles for a row or grab tiles with no where to put them, they will fall to the floor and cost that player points.  

Tiles added to their mosaic will earn players points, and adding tiles adjacent to already placed tiles will earn even more points.  Players will want to try to complete rows, columns, and tile sets in order to earn bonus points at the end of the game.  However, they must carefully time their tile additions because one anyone finishes off a row, that will end the game at the conclusion of the round.

Players must compete for tiles and thoughtfully plan out which areas of their mosaics are most worth completing.  

Azul is a battle of art, beauty may be subjective, but gaming dominance is not.

Chaos’ Pre-Clash Thoughts:

Traditionally, I beat Confetti at Azul pretty easily.  However, I can’t seem to gain any momentum in these clashes, so I guess we’ll see how this goes.

Confetti’s Pre-Clash Thoughts:

I was really looking forward to playing Cryptid, but a bit bummed we had to pivot. When we first got Azul, we were pretty evenly matched. The more we’ve played, the more Chaos figured out the strategy, and he often beats me pretty handily nowadays. Hopefully I can figure out a way to play more competitively for this Clash. 

Game 1 –

Confetti started the first game, but both players had some fine choices in tiles.  Confetti did a better job of getting adjacent tiles the first round, so she took a slight lead.  For the rest of the game she never relinquished the edge she gained.  

Chaos tried to catch up but just could not close the gap.  Both players finished a row on the same round (Chaos actually completed two), but the win was never in doubt.  Confetti completed a color set while Chaos could only get four out of five of any color.  

With all her bonus points at the end of the game, Confetti trounced Chaos.

Game 1 Winner: Confetti

Game 1 Score: 58 Chaos – 79 Confetti

Game 2:

Chaos started this game and he initially did a much better job of connecting his placed tiles.  He took a solid lead at the beginning of the and maintained it for a good amount of time.  Then, his advantage fell apart drastically.

In the second to last round, Confetti forced Chaos to take a bunch of tiles he couldn’t place.  At the end of the round, Chaos lost fourteen points.  Then, during the final round, Confetti cut Chaos off from access to what he needed again, causing more dropped tiles and gaps in his mosaic.

Confetti happily grabbed points while Chaos was busy sweeping up the shattered pieces of any hope of winning.

Game 2 Winner: Confetti

Game 2 Score: 84 Chaos – 101 Confetti

Game 3: 

With the championship already decided, there was no need for a game 3.

Your Winner and RETAINING C&C Clash Champion: Confetti!

Chaos’ Post-Clash Thoughts:

At this point we should probably just rename this feature “Confetti Crushes Chaos.”  Lately, I just can’t seem to get it together for these clashes.  

Confetti’s Post-Clash Thoughts:

I’m really excited I managed to pull out this win because I’ve really struggled beating Chaos in Azul the last handful of times we’ve played. I had two great games, which makes me feel super good. I feel bad that I keep winning, but not bad enough to willingly relinquish my title! 🙂 

New Standings:

Post-Clash Standings:

  • Weekly Winner: 14 Chaos – 19 Confetti
  • Individual game wins: 46 Chaos – 46 Confetti

Next Week:  Exploding Kittens

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