An introduction to legendary coaching

One of the difficulties in discussing Blood Bowl is that what is easy to visualize is often discussed while what is vaguer is mostly left out.

For example, interesting skill combos and kickoff formations are easy topics because there are a limited number of ways to approach them. However, as soon as a coach gains a certain level of experience, he realizes that these aspects are far too represented in discussions. It is normal, we repeat these topics over and over again because they are easy to visualize.

In reality, stronger progress can be made by understanding the structure of a drive. When to wait and when to rush. How to use the tempo. When to maximize blocks and when to revert to mobility. When to tempt faith with a sub-optimal play because the situation will soon have deteriorated beyond control. How to slowly drag out of position a strong defensive formation. The list of these tactics that are extremely difficult to visualize could grow much longer.

But then again, this is not all there is as a Blood Bowl game is also a duel between two coaching minds. As such, the ability to correctly read and understand your opponent’s temper, intentions, risk tolerance, and what makes him react is paramount to efficiently leverage. Sadly, this is not a skill that can be easily taught in a few minutes by reading a few articles. Instead, it must be developed by slowly and patiently raising a coach’s awareness, for a lack of a better word.

That is why, in this legendary coaching section, you will read very few tips anchored in reality. At this level, it is no longer a question of “do this against that”, but it is much more about blood bowl philosophies and musings.