The majority of these openings are only available to Player 2, due to starting with an extra drone. In most cases, Player 1 will be one or two gold short when attempting a P2 opening. However, many of the openings do become available to Player 1 if [[Doomed Drone]] or, in some cases [[Wild Drone]], is in the set. Examples of this include [[#Delayed Tia Thurnax|Delayed Tia Thurnax]], [[#Turn 4 Rush|Tatsu Nullifier Rush]], and [[#Double Scorchilla|Double Scorchilla]].
# ... Shadowfang
Astute opponents can easily counter this if they recognize it on Turn 1. A common counter is to cut a drone themselves on turn 2 to rush out a Blastforge, then follow up with a Steelsplitter, and later a Wall. Applying minimal but immediate pressure to the Shadowfang rusher will crush the strategy. This counter was even effective prior to the Shadowfang nerf on September 2014.
However, Player 2 is not obligated to follow through with the rush on Turn 2. As Prismata developer Elyot notes, the Turn 1 play can actually be an effective gambit:
Similar to the Delayed Tia Thurnax opening, this build gets out a Shadowfang one turn later than the fastest possible route, but compensates with the resources to play Shadowfang + Rhino every turn
. It is available to Player 2.
# ... DD
# ... Shadowfang + Rhino
# ... etc...
Slight variation S,frostbite instead of first S,R : http://play.prismata.net/?r=KX1H3-LbMrO