Today I would like to share with you some observations / strategies which I deem noteworthy when playing Azul. I am not claiming I am professional player in that boardgame but after over~10 games I can share some hints / tricks which played for me.

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  • even after couple of games of Azul, you see that it is very difficult to fill the 4th and 5th row – simply, it sometimes hard to get in one round all that tiles in one color. Thus this is not surprising, that when taking your initial tiles, it is best to take maximum: either three (2) or even four (1) – the latter never happened to me to be quite honest:


  • while first point is really basic and rudimentary rule for many players, I find much less awareness among Azul gamers for my next proposition: it is obligatory in first four turns to fill always one- and two-tiles rows:


There are to reasons for this: first, you really start to score a lot of points very quickly – see above picture from turn three – 10 points seems like a nice prize. Second, you really control the game then – you decide when it will finish or can easily react when somebody else tries to finish.

  • last but not least, try to get one particular color set every turn – but not at the expense of strategy point two. Ten additional points at the end of the game is a nice bonus.

And one more thing – not a strategy but a suggestion – play the advanced version. It really gives you much more freedom and is much more interesting then basic one 🙂