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An alpha strike refers to an all-out attack, in which a player (more often than not, who believes that he or she will win from that attack) aims to deal a lethal amount of damage to the opponent. Since this leaves the attacker defenseless, it is generally used when the attacking player is positive that his attack will result in a win. Such attacks are often accompanied by spells or abilities (such as Overrun, Garruk Wildspeaker, or Relentless Assault) that will create a nearly hopeless situation for the opponent.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
The term comes from the computer game MechWarrior, where it describes the firing of all of the player's weapons simultaneously.