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During the prep phase, you must "ready" each of your cards once, which is the opposite of engaging: to ready a card, simply rotate it 90° counterclockwise. If a card is ready at the beginning of your turn (face-up, oriented so you can read the text), then it doesn't rotate during this step.

If a card reaches the ready orientation during this step, it indicates that an action is now finished. If a face-down card reaches the ready orientation, turn it face-up. The list below will explain what to do with new cards that have just been turned face-up.

Phases (Turn 2)
→ Prep phase
  • Build phase
  • Move phase
  • Combat phase
  • Cleanup phase
New Mosquito or Abomination

Discard the top card which was morphing. The new Mosquito or Abomination can be placed anywhere in your base.

New Upgrade

Place the upgrade to the side of the playing area. It cannot be discarded or affected by other players.

Next, your Command Structures can spawn Maggots. Place two new Maggots face-up next to each Stagnant Reservoir, and one new Maggot face-up next to each Festering Corpse. Do this even if the structures are engaged.

Once you have finished the prep phase, you can begin the build phase. The following list gives all of the actions that you may be able to perform during this phase. The list is largely the same as the one given during the first turn, with some new details added.
Phases (Turn 2)
  • Prep phase
→ Build phase
  • Move phase
  • Combat phase
  • Cleanup phase


Morph a Mosquito

Place a Mosquito card face-down underneath a Maggot, then engage both cards once.

Mosquitoes are used for a variety of purposes, including spreading the Virus and morphing defensive units.

Research an Upgrade

There are upgrades for which you already have the tech requirements: Suppression, Infection II, Contagion I, Atrophy, Fatigue, and Delirium. Find the upgrade you want, then pay its cost by moving the specified number of Maggots from your base to your deck. Place the upgrade face-down underneath the Stagnant Reservoir or Festering Corpse, then engage both cards twice. Note that each structure can only research one upgrade at a time.

Upgrades are very important for the Virus, but they only become useful after you've started attacking your opponent.

When you've finished the build phase, you can move on to the combat phase. Here we will introduce another important action for the Virus: infecting units. During the combat phase, each Mosquito can be used to morph a new abomination or infect an existing one, but not both.

Phases (Turn 2)
  • Prep phase
  • Build phase
  • Move phase
Combat phase
  • Cleanup phase
Morph an Abomination

Use the Mosquito to attack a Maggot or another Mosquito, which is as simple as declaring "I am attacking this target with this Mosquito". Place an Abomination underneath the target card, then engage both cards once.

The Abomination is the only Virus unit which can deal damage directly. It can also be sacrificed later on to help produce more Maggots each turn.

Infect an Abomination (new)

Use the Mosquito to attack an Abomination. Place a Carrier card face-down underneath the Abomination.

Infecting an Abomination will allow you to sacrifice it later to create another Festering Corpse.

When you've finished your turn, click on the next player's race below. If everyone has already taken their first turn, click "next" to continue the tutorial.

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