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Greetings Fellow WizKids Fans!

 

I know that many of the HeroClix and Dice Masters players out there are also fans of the superheroes that are represented in those two amazing games. If you’re following me on Twitter, Instagram, or both, then you’ll see lots of crossover content; everything from my weekly comic book haul and cosplay pictures all the way up to celebrity meet and greet photos. On occasion, I find the need to write an article about my experiences whether they’re good, bad, or both.

This past weekend was the 39th annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois.

Program Cover

2017 marks the 45th year that Metropolis, IL has been designated as the adopted “Home of Superman.”About Us on the Superman Celebration website.

Metropolis is almost two hours from my home in Tennessee, and since we knew we couldn’t attend Origins this year, we thought we’d take a one day road trip to visit Metropolis to experience the celebration, and hopefully get to meet Dean Cain (best Superman in history – in my opinion). There was a nice line up of artists that were scheduled to attend, as well as a few other big stars of Superman related media, such as Margot Kidder (Lois Lane) and Sarah Douglas (Ursa) from the classic Christopher Reeve Superman movies.

The Superman Celebration allows for free entry into the celebration, but many of the attractions will cost you a little bit. The Superman Museum has a $5 entry fee, which I didn’t do this year due to time constraints. I want to be able to look at everything and enjoy all of the museum and not rush through it. I have plans to venture into it next year!

There are lots of food trucks that line the streets along with many outdoor vendors. I saw several of the shops that are located on Market Street had their doors open and signs on to attract some of the celebration attendees. There are plenty of things to do besides shops and food. There were lots of free panels with the artists and celebrity guests that you could attend. There were costume contests, inflatable playgrounds, and so much more! There was even a fair offsite that was there for the celebration.

But our day started out long before any of the vendors or attractions were open. We left home at 3:00 am, because there were going to be free tickets to meet Dean Cain handed out at 7:00 am. We really wanted to be sure we gave ourselves a good chance to get at least one ticket. Leaving that early got us there at 5:00 am, and put us in line behind roughly 50 other folks. We were very fortunate to have gotten there when we did, because shortly after, lots of folks started rolling in. At 7:00 am, they started handing out the tickets and all five of us got into the same session time!

Tickets

Once the tickets were acquired, we took Market Street to browse the booths! But none were open… I think that’s my only complaint. They scheduled a ticket handout at 7:00 am and nothing was opening until 9:00 or 10:00 am. We all just sat around together for about two hours, taking a few pictures of the local scenery, until the gift shop opened up.

The street began to bustle with cosplayers and celebration-goers somewhere around 9:00 am. Hannah and I were darting off at every opportunity to snap pictures of cosplayers. Not all of the pictures below were taken early in the morning, but these were most of the cosplayers that I had a chance to see. A few pictures were taken by North or Hannah – which I’ll note.

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Once we were able to grab some of that awesome carnival style food, we headed to Artist Alley around 10:00 am. The artists were happy to sign the program book for free and many artists were signing several books for free too. I even saw a few giving out some quick sketches!

Artists 1Artists 2

And speaking of sketches, I knew that Mr. Todd Aaron Smith didn’t work on Batman Beyond, but I still wanted him to do a sketch on my blank Terry McGinnis card.

Todd Aaron Smith Sketch

I’ve heard more than my fair share of artists say that these cards are not easy to sketch on. I hate asking for sketches knowing the difficulty they face with the gloss finish on the cards. WizKids – this definitely needs to be fixed so that the artists can do sketches they’re proud of. I love that he was able to get some pencil work on the card and I love that he did the Bat shadow. It feels like he’s watching over Terry!

There was a large building that they called the ‘Super Con’ on Market Street, around the corner from Artist Alley and down from Thor’s Gym (yes, there is a gym there called Thor’s Gym). There were lots of vendors with lots of awesome goodies for sale. There were comics, collectibles, toys, Pops, memorabilia, gaming items, and so much more! It was such a great place to browse and I didn’t get to spend near as much time in there as I wanted to.

The official Superman of Metropolis had just finished with his photos at the statue around 11:00 am, but I was lucky enough to catch him for a quick shot before he left.

Metropolis Official SupermanMetropolis Superman

Around 11:15 am, Dean Cain was going to be at the Superman statue for folks to take pictures. This was one of the many free events taking place. We rushed over a little before 11:00 am, just to be sure we got a good spot. There were some timing issues, from what I was told and Dean Cain didn’t make it to the statue until about 11:45 am. Thankfully, the temperature wasn’t too high, but being in the sun without shade was brutal. But he made it up to the statue and posed and chatted with fans for a few minutes before heading to his Q&A.

We walked around for a little while longer, trying to see as much as we could, take what photos we could, and just taking in everything before we needed to head over to the Dean Cain signing. We ventured back to Artist Alley to finish collecting some of the autographs that I showed earlier, and found ourselves in some pretty long lines. I had planned to talk to Gwenda Bond again and purchase some books, but I was only able to get those few autographs I still needed before we needed to head down to the Baymont Theater to meet Dean Cain.

I searched all over north west Tennessee for a copy – any copy – of her Lois Lane books. Since I began writing my blog, I’ve become more appreciative of the character, Lois Lane. I used to not like her at all, but that was before I truly understood her. Many of us are lucky to have an role model or idol fall into our laps at an early age. I had Helen Slater as Supergirl and Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman to admire and idolize. They helped me grow into the person I am today. But since I found a side of myself that I didn’t know was there in journalistic type writing,  I wanted something else – and I found it in Lois Lane. But because I wasn’t able to make it back to see Gwenda Bond again, I had to take my search to Amazon. I did secure a paperback copy of Fallout, the first in the Lois Lane series, and I patiently await its arrival.

It’s definitely a good thing that we left early for the Baymont. It’s was an offsite location for Dean Cain and James Marsters to do their signing and table photos in a large, air conditioned atmosphere. There were already folks there lining up at 1:45 pm. The line moved rather quickly, even though he was taking time to talk to folks and interact with them in a personal fashion. I’ve been to several celebrity signings in my day, and hiss appreciation of his fans shows. We paid for our autograph and we got to choose a print from the huge selection that was available. I even got to snap a photo with one of his assistant folks that was dressed as Supergirl.

Cosplay Evil Supergirl and Supergirl

When we approached the table, Dean Cain was very outgoing and polite. He asked our names instead of just reading them off of the paper they handed him, and made quick, but meaningful conversation with us. I apologized for the little one being asleep and that I wish she hadn’t passed out so quick. I got to tell him how I always ‘knew’ when it was time for Lois and Clark to come on the TV (no DVR back then!) and I would make a break for the living room to watch it. And now my little one, no matter where she is in the house, if she hears the theme music start up, she comes running for the TV. He thought that was incredible and told us to take a picture of them together. He signed our print and then knelt down next to her stroller and gave us a picture for her to see later.

Dean Cain AutographDean Cain with the little one

I asked for a hug and when he gave me a hug, I couldn’t hold back the waterworks. I started crying! I had done so well until that point, too. I cried my eyes out when I met my hero, Robert Englund. I didn’t cry when I met Robin Lord Taylor, Sean Pertwee, David Mazouz, John de Lancie, or Rory McCann. I did cry when I spoke to Michael Cudlitz about my friend that I was getting his autograph for, but that’s a special circumstance. I also cried when I met artist Ed Beard Jr. but it’s because of his art that I’m a gamer.

But I thought I would hold it together better, but when I meet someone who helped shape my childhood and some of my best memories, I tend to get a little emotional. He hugged me again when he saw I started crying and didn’t let me walk off until he knew I was okay. This will go down as one of the best moments in my celebrity greeting memories.

After our adventure with one of the greatest Superman actors of my lifetime, we headed to the vehicle and began the trek home. If we weren’t so exhausted from having to leave so early, we probably would have stayed longer. I think we’re going to try for VIP tickets next year, depending on who the guests are of course. I want to spend more time there next year as well. It was so worth the trip and I can’t wait for next year! We also get to go to Origins the week after the Superman Celebration next year (hopefully!).

The trip cost us a half tank of gas, $50 for an autograph, $5 for some cute buttons, and $8 in food. Not bad for so many memories if you ask me!

Taken any cool trips recently?
Have you met any actors/artists/writers/etc?
Leave me a comment and let me know about your experiences!

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Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

WizKids is about to release its annual DC Starter and I’m super excited about the characters that it brings back as well as the new characters it introduces! Be sure to check with your friendly local game store and reserve your copy today. The Monthly Solicits page currently shows a release date of July 12, 2017.

You can find my review video with Mr. DDK on YouTube, here.

Starter Box

Starter

Box Contents

~ Superman Wonder Woman Rulebook
~ 2 Dice Bags
~ 12 Basic Action Dice
~ 16 Sidekick Dice
~ 16 Character Dice
~ 24 Character Cards
~ 10 Basic Action Cards
~ 4 Action Reminder Cards
~ 1 Rules Insert Card

Rulebook

This is the first time we’re getting the first turn rule change detailed in a rulebook. It was announced on November 7, 2016 and you can find it on page 2 and 8.

RulebookRules Change Noted 1

Rules Insert Card

Rules Insert

The rules reminder card is a great quick reference tool for all the affiliations and keywords in the set. This particular rules insert details the first turn rule change.

Rules Insert Back

The back of the rules insert card has a bump for tournaments, which is a great promo piece.

Keywords

You will not find any bold text keywords in this starter. There are plenty of character abilities and a few Globals between the Basic Actions and Characters.

WizKids has a comprehensive list of Keywords on their site. You can also find expanded descriptions for all the keywords on The Reserve Pool‘s site.

Affiliations

We don’t have any new affiliations in this starter, but there are some returning ones.

Justice League
Team Superman
Villains

Characters

Artemis

I’m thrilled to see an Amazon, even if she’s from a different tribe than Diana, she’s still an Amazon. I hope WizKids will eventually add an Amazon affiliation along with many of the other notable Amazon characters. I think all of the versions of Artemis are interesting. Her two When Fielded abilities are very manageable with her TFC (Total Fielding Cost) of two. She’s got really good stats as well, and a purchase cost of five isn’t totally out of reach. I think my favorite version is Renouncing Olympus. I don’t build teams that are centered on keeping Sidekicks in the Field, and this is a great way to keep my opponent from building up a wall. Did I mention that I love having another recognizable Amazon character in the game?

Cheetah
Cheetah is one of my favorite Wonder Woman villains. I love all of her abilities and they all fit the character. She’s not an expensive character to purchase and her TFC is three with a fielding cost of one on all levels. She only has one When Fielded ability, but I don’t think her fielding costs are an issue at all, especially when you factor in her stats as well. I think I want to try using Goddess of the Hunt on a new Villain team I’m brewing. She seems like she would fit best with that build. But each version can easily find a place on a team somewhere!

Giganta

I’m super thrilled to see another Wonder Woman villain in the starter! Even though she isn’t my favorite Wonder Woman villain, I do like her in the comics. I didn’t like her versions from the Green Arrow and The Flash set, so I was glad to see her back again. Her abilities are very thematic for her character and I like them all, but Standing Tall is definitely my favorite! It just so happens that Standing Tall is the only character card with a Global in the starter. Her Global fits with her ability perfectly! You can give her Overcrush with Upgrade – Proton Cannon from the Iron Man and War Machine starter to help her punch through your opponent’s defenses. Her dice stats are the same as her previous set. She’s got really good stats and her fielding costs are great too! My villain team is going to end up having a bunch of Wonder Woman villains on it!

Jimmy Olsen

This is Jimmy Olsen’s debut! Signal Watch and Superman’s Pal are both good for any team that uses Superman or Supergirl. It just depends on your team build and play style. Seeing Is Believing is definitely interesting… but I’m not believing in him. It stops him from being targeted by opponent’s Globals, and stops damage from non-targeting Globals which is cool, but it only prevents Jimmy from taking the damage. And it only works while Superman or Supergirl is active. I just feel like the ability is over complicated and probably not worth using. At least I can build a decent Team Superman team now that we have Conner Kent in the Batman set and Jimmy Olsen! I have too many teams to build and not enough time to build them.

Steve Trevor
Steve Trevor, ally and love interest of Wonder Woman, is making his debut! I like all three cards. Bachelor in a Bind doesn’t have ability text, but did you see those attack stats and fielding cost?! He only cost two to purchase making him a fantastic card for lots of teams that need those cheaper dudes. The Man from A.R.G.U.S. is actually really cool. Steve Trevor has a defense of one on all sides, but he has a 2/3/4 attack line. If you have Wonder Woman active and way to give Steve Trevor Overcrush, he becomes an instant threat. Themysciran Liason is fantastic! You can purchase Wonder Woman for three less when he’s KO’d. With that defense line of 1/1/1, it’s not hard to KO him. His ability will allow you to purchase Wonder Woman outside of your Main Step, and then you get to Prep her too! Perfect!

Supergirl
Finally! A Supergirl I can get behind! Her dice at the exact same model as her World’s Finest dice, but a reversed color scheme. I definitely prefer these dice and this card art to the WF versions. All in the Family feels like it should have been a Flip card. I like her ability, but I wouldn’t want to put her on a team and then not face off against a Villain team. I like Guarding National City, but I hate having a TFC 5 or higher on characters that have a When Fielded ability. Aside from that, she cost seven… I Have All Your Powers! has to be my favorite Supergirl card and ability. I like to give dice Overcrush or make them unblockable. She’s the perfect card for me!

Superman
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, it’s Superman! Superman’s die is the same model as his World’s Finest die, but not the same color style. I prefer the other color style, but I like his stats which are the exact same as Supergirl. Superman has abilities similar to Supergirl’s on some of his cards. Phone Booth also feels like it needed a Flip side and Symbol of Hope does not have an ability that appeals to me for the cost of the character. Living in a World of Cardboard seems kinda cool, but he needs Overcrush or to be unblockable. Sounds like a job for me! Oh, and he’s Justice League – not Team Superman. Guess I need to start looking at Justice League characters now too.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman is the epitome of awesome and now we have some Dice Masters cards to reflect that. With Child of Clay, you can use Unstable Canister on your team and no longer fear it being used against your characters. She’s easy to purchase, but you don’t want her leaving the Field if you can help it. She has a TFC of three which is isn’t horrible, but most of the time I end up rolling the highest level face when I don’t want it. Her fielding costs fit for the stats she has on each level. Ambassador of Peace is another Global stifling ability that stops both players from using Globals on their character cards. This would be better if it just stopped your opponent and not you too. It doesn’t stop either player from using the Globals on Rip Hunter’s Chalkboard or S.T.A.R. Labs, but it stops a player from using Parallax’s Global if it’s on their team. Reflections is probably the most powerful of all three cards. She stops one of the biggest meta cards – Lantern Ring: Limited Only By Imagination. She does cost five, but if I see Ring across the table, I’m going for Wonder Woman first.

Character Thoughts

There are plenty of great beginner character cards in this starter. There are cards that work very well with other cards in the starter, and then you have other cards that make for great additions to existing teams or good starting points for new players to begin building a team with.

There are at least two character cards that I see potentially making it into the Modern Age meta. One of those is Wonder Woman: Reflections for her amazing Lantern Ring stopping ability, and the other is Steve Trevor: Themysciran Liason for his ability to help you get Wonder Woman easier. I’m not totally sure about Steve Trevor, but he is definitely handy. There is a third character that very possibly could find a foothold in Modern Age meta, and that’s Giganta: Standing Tall. With the upcoming X-Men First Class set, she could come in handy.

Team Superman definitely got a needed boost in this starter. For all those folks out there that are struggling to make a Team Superman team function, you’re definitely going to want Jimmy Olsen. I believe that with the addition of Conner Kent from Batman and Jimmy Olsen from this starter, those casual Team Superman builds are going to be running a lot smoother.

Basic Action Cards

Now it’s time to take a look at all ten of the Basic Actions cards that you’ll find in the Superman Wonder Woman starter. Five of these cards are revamped cards, and five are completely new cards, though some of them have similarities to previously released Basic Actions.

W Dimension Door, BAC

This is a revamp of Dimension Door from the Dungeons and Dragons: Battle for Faerûn set. I mentioned this in the video and I’ll say it again; this card should have been called “Boom Tube” to fit with the theme. I know they make references to ‘dimensional doors’ in various media, but I really want this card to be Boom Tube. The art is Booster Gold and Blue Beetle (I think) jumping through a Boom Tube, so at least there’s that.

But as for the card ability – I love it. I don’t like the purchase cost, but if it was any less, it’d be too good. I want to pair this card with that awesome Giganta and just make her totally unblockable. This card also pairs well with the Supergirl: I Have All Your Powers! in the starter.

W Misdirection, BAC

Misdirection is a new Basic Action as far as I can tell, but it has similarities to Teleport. I definitely prefer Misdirection over Teleport for tons of reasons. With a purchase cost of two, this a great card to add to your team if you don’t like Mutation. The additional Prep ability on the burst and double burst is absolutely great! We have definitely been missing those additional dice in the Prep Area. I could totally see using this with some Back For More cards because of that prepping ability. I really like this card and it very possibly could see some Modern Age meta play.

W Plot Twist, BAC

Plot Twist is a new Basic Action, with a really unusual ability. So, WORF, I’m totally going to be asking you about this card. Do I draw from my opponent’s bag, or do they? Can I look in my opponent’s bag before drawing or does that still go against the general rule that you can’t? Do they roll the character dice or do I?

My assumption is that you draw the dice from their bag and roll the characters. I don’t think you would be allowed to look in the bag before you draw because it’s not your bag.

Personally, I don’t like the idea of someone taking my dice bag from me and drawing from it. It just doesn’t feel right… I don’t feel comfortable drawing from my opponent’s bag either. It’s like a safe zone that you know you’re opponent can never violate… until now! This is not a card that I will ever play. I would totally be okay with my opponent drawing the dice, letting me roll the characters, and then fielding any characters I roll for free. Since the card doesn’t specify, I believe that any energy you roll would go to your Reserve Pool, which you could use at your discretion until end of turn.

This is a very powerful card and I’m glad it cost five to purchase. Potentially denying your opponent the chance to draw those two character dice on their next turn could be devastating.

W Resurrection, BAC

This is a revamp of Resurrection from the Dungeons and Dragons: Battle for Faerûn set. You have no idea how happy I am to see this card back. The next one I want back is Nasty Plot, which was a highly underrated card. But for now, I’ll be content with Resurrection. While most use it for its Global, the action ability is not without its benefits. It does cost four to purchase, so it’s a die I don’t buy unless I’m in desperate need of a boost.

W Save Civilians, BAC

This is a revamp of Save Civilians from the DC Justice League set. I have never liked this card. It cost too much for what it does. You have to field a Sidekick to get the ability to trigger – after you use the action die. It works for each Sidekick and that you field, and an Ally will trigger this ability. That’s the only saving grace for this card. Sure, it gets you dice in your Prep Area, but you have to roll this die and roll Sidekicks (or Allies) on the same turn. I feel like it’s too much work for not enough pay off.

W Small Step For Man, BAC

Small Step For Man is a new Basic Action that can be punishing for both players, unless you’re planning ahead for the X-Men First Class set… and using Giganta. I didn’t make the connection with how good this card can potentially be in the future until after we filmed the review video. I’m now looking forward to using this card later! This ability is not a targeting type ability either. There are very few abilities in the current Modern Age meta that don’t target. This is a great way to get those troublesome characters onto a lower, more manageable level.

W Take Cover, BAC

This is a revamp of Take Cover from the Marvel Avengers vs X-Men set. This card is all about the defense. If you’re worried about your characters getting KO’d, then you better be looking at Take Cover. If the die is rolled on a burst or double burst, you can give a character a total of +5D. If that’s not enough, just pay as much Shield energy as you have and they get even more defense! This card pairs well with those other cards that swap the attack and defense of a character.

W Team Up, BAC

Read carefully! This is not a revamp of Teamwork. Team Up is a new Basic Action. There are a few abilities and Globals that give affiliations to characters that could potentially make this a huge nuisance to play against. Team Up only cost four to purchase and if you’re already using three of four different affiliations, you could beef up each of your characters for some massive damage. Now imagine this card paired up with a card like Gorilla Grodd: Force of Mind where all those attacking characters have Overcrush and an additional +1A. I think I just found a new Basic Action for my Grodd team!

W The Outsider, BAC

This is a revamp of The Outsider OP card, with updated wording. In the video, we were discussing the Prep part of the ability. If you draw a die that isn’t a Villain, it goes to your Used Pile. If that die was a Sidekick, the Sidekick goes to you Used Pile and The Outsider action die goes to your Prep Area. That’s such a confusing and complex ability that I don’t want to buy the die and use it, just to save me from having to explain how it works… But I’ll be happy to use that Global! It goes really well with my Two-Face: Double Deal, or a Hit-MonkeyHe’s A Hitman. Who’s a Monkey. turned Villain!

W Truce, BAC

Truce is a new Basic Action that could become very useful against those characters that can’t be targeted, like Raven: Azarath, Metrion, Zinthos! You would want to use characters with a When KO’d ability like Alfred Pennyworth: MI-5 or even Steve Trevor: Themysciran Liason from this starter. This ability does not target your opponent’s characters, so it gets around that Raven ability. Truce is only a purchase cost of three, which is very affordable. And you don’t necessarily need characters with abilities, because your plain Sidekicks will work for either end of this ability.

BAC Overview

Half of the Basic Actions in this starter are revamped cards with updated wording. Most  of those revamped cards are ones that needed to be brought back into Modern Age for various reasons. The only BAC that I don’t like seeing revamped is Save Civilians, but maybe there’s something coming down the pipeline that I don’t know about that makes this card more fun. With only two Starters each year, there need to be mostly good BACs and none of those silly ones.

I really like most of the new BACs as well. I cringe at Plot Twist every time I read it. It makes my soul ache. The idea of some strange hand reaching into my dice bag is just too much for me to take! That may sound silly to many of you, but for someone like me that suffers from varying degrees of social anxiety, it’s a big deal. I surely don’t want to stick my hand in a strange bag either. That card is very unsettling to me.

But overall – the Basic Actions are really good and well worth investing in the Modern Age copies of the revamps.

Action Reminder Cards

Action Reminder Cards

There’s nothing super special about the reminder cards. They’re Blue, Purple, Orange, and Red.

Dice Bags

Bags

I most definitely like the artwork bags more than the plain colored bags. I like to collect these bags too.

Starter Dice
Sidekick and Action Dice

Sidekicks and BA Dice
You get a standard assortment of Sidekick Dice and Action Dice.

Character Dice

You only get two of each character die in the starter. If you’re wanting to put three or four dice on a particular character, you will need to buy a second starter (or trade, exchange, etc.). It’s never a bad thing to have duplicates of the character cards and BACs.

Character Dice

Giganta’s dice are not easy to see because of her icon color. I love Jimmy Olsen’s camera as his dice icon, but I wish his die wasn’t such a flat green. Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor have the best looking dice out of all of them.

Final Thoughts

We haven’t had a starter that was this awesome since World’s Finest. It works within itself, but can also be easily integrated with current teams. Many of these cards can be the corner stone for a completely new team! The characters are all thematic in choice and abilities. The card art is beautiful on all the cards and the dice are pretty, overall.

I also think there are several must haves for the Modern Age meta, one of them being Wonder Woman: Reflections for her Lantern Ring stifling ability. That ability is just too good and I plan to use three or four of her dice for a particular build I’m thinking about. Steve Trevor and Jimmy Olsen are also great characters and purchasing two of these starters for max dice is probably not a bad idea. I also think Misdirection and Truce have their own places in Modern Age. If you’re not interested in the characters, the Basic Actions alone are worth the purchase.

This is definitely the starter to buy if you’re new to the game, and totally a worthwhile purchase for veteran players as well. WizKids has done a great job with this starter and I can’t wait to get my hands on another one!

What are your favorite cards?
What cards do you think will make it into the various metas?
Leave me a comment here or message me on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty and thanks for reading!

Special thanks to WizKids and The Reserve Pool for the use of their sites. And a very special thanks to WizKids for sending me this starter to review and discuss with all of you!

Roll on, Dice Masters!

 

Greetings Fellow Wiz-Fans!

 

Guess what?! We have a third round of WKOs coming this May! You can find the info here and here! For Dice Masters fans, this is huge because WizKids has announced that the format will be a Rainbow Draft! This is the first event of its type for Dice Masters. We’ve always had the Rainbow Draft format and we’ve always had draft side events, but for the main event to be a draft – that’s a first and really awesome!

What’s not awesome is how far and few between the events seem to be right now. The closest one for me is over five hours away. That’s not feasible for me to do in a single day. I can handle a three hour drive, one way, but not five or more. I hope they add more locations for many of those areas lacking a closer location.

It’s still really super awesome that WizKids is officially recognizing Rainbow Draft as a competitive level format with this round of WKOs. This is another huge step in the right direction for the game as a whole.

The prizes for the spring WKOs appear to be the same prizing as the other two rounds of WKOs. I have absolutely no issue with this as this helps players that couldn’t make it to the previous events. It gives those players an opportunity to play for those cards that many of the constructed competitive players already have. I do not like having a tournament season where each event has different prizes. Some players may get overwhelmed if they feel like they have to travel all the different events just to try for different prizes. If someone already has the prizes and they don’t want to go play again, then they don’t have to. If someone already has the prizes and they still want to play, they can because they can trade duplicate prizes. I hope that they don’t alter the prizes for the spring WKOs because I feel like it’s more beneficial to have the same set of prizes for the whole tournament season. We will get a chance to play for different prizes at Nationals, Worlds, and the Origins side events.

Now, for Clix, my limited knowledge of official events is going to show. I’m not sure if they’ve ever done a sealed event as the main event at a WKO before or not. I do know there are sealed side events and that sealed is format in Clix, just like Dice Masters has a sealed format. I think it’s really cool that they’re doing that for Clix this time around. I told Mr. DDK that this makes me want to try a Clix WKO Sealed event – but since there isn’t one close enough, I sadly won’t be able to.

I love that they offer the con exclusives at WKOs too. I know a couple of players that want that cool Spirit of Vengeance Hulk thingy and he’s only $15! I wanted the Turtle Van, but I wasn’t able to get one and now I’m having trouble getting one. I would recommend that you pick up those con exclusives if you’re really want them!

I’m excited about this announcement for the upcoming Spring WKOs, for both Clix and Dice Masters! I hope that this trend continues and WizKids continues to support sealed events as official competitive formats.

Thanks for reading!

Dial it up and roll on!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

A huge announcement just dropped today from WizKids! The biggest parts of the announcement are rotation and a banned card! You can find all the details under the Articles section on WizKids, but here is the direct link to the announcement.

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For a little over a year or so, the community has been buzzing about wanting WizKids to introduce either an ongoing ban list, rotation, or some combination of the two. A WizKids representative told folks at Origins in June of 2016, that a rotation was in the works. This news got the greatest speculative minds churning and discussing possible rotation formats. Now, roughly eight months later, WizKids has officially announced rotation! I know I couldn’t be happier to hear the news! We will have two constructed formats for Dice Masters. Here is an excerpt from the announcement describing them:

Golden Age is the format that includes almost every card released – it’s the present format for constructed. It will continue to contain everything that is released, minus Golden Age banned cards. It’s the format you already know and love playing.

Modern Age will change from year to year. As new sets are released, they will become Modern-Age-legal per the tournament rules for card/die legality. As sets become old, we’ll rotate them from Modern Age and Golden Age to Golden Age only. We expect to make an announcement about which sets will rotate and which will stay once per year.

For those that have played HeroClix, these terms will look familiar. These are the names for the HeroClix formats as well. I love that WizKids kept with that wording when naming the Dice Masters formats. It will help with familiarity for the players that crossover between the two games.

Here is the What is rotation? and Why? – straight from WizKids:

What is rotation?

Rotation describes sets moving from being legal in Modern Age and Golden Age to only being legal in Golden Age. This will happen to the oldest product that is in Modern-Age-legal.

Why rotate?

Rotation keeps the metagame healthy for our most dedicated, competitive players. A smaller card pool means new sets are a bigger part of what everyone can focus on having fun with. For players that enjoy a large card pool, they can still play that way in friendly games and specified events.

Rotation keeps the game accessible to new players. As sets get old, they often become scarce. Staple cards are harder for new players to access, and getting into the game fresh can become challenging when there are very-many sets to collect cards from. Players getting started may even be overwhelmed by the number of gravity feeds and starter sets to choose from. New players are important to us, retailers, and dedicated players in order to continue building the Dice Masters community.

Rotation improves Dice Masters for retailers. The stores with the most successful Dice Masters communities may have the entire line in stock, but that’s a lot to ask for from every retailer who wants to support Dice Masters. Stores are able to keep the line accessible to their customers with fewer gravity feeds in stock, as well as a smaller variety of starters (which ties back to our decision to release fewer starter sets this year).

Rotation is definitely not a bad thing when you look at the bigger picture. You may not be able to play with those older cards, but it opens the door for you to experiment and find new things you like.

So the next thing that WizKids covers is the When? for the rotation.

When will rotation happen?

Modern Age begins on June 1st, 2017. Qualifying events, National Championships, and World Championships held after this date will be in the Modern Age format.

Okay, so they are giving folks three solid months to test play and adjust their teams accordingly for the Origins events. This is a vast improvement on the ‘week notice’ we were given about the first turn rule change for some of the WKOs. This shows they actually listen and care about what the community thinks.

So the next thing they cover is What Sets?.

What will Modern Age consist of initially?

To begin with, Modern Age will contain all sets from DC Comics Dice Masters: War of Light and newer, as well as all promos released after War of Light (September 16th, 2015). At the end of this announcement, see the full list.

Cool! So here is the list:

Comprehensive Modern Age List (announced February 22nd, for official use June 1st)

Modern Age includes the following sets :

  • DC Comics Dice Masters: War of Light
  • Marvel Dice Masters: The Amazing Spider-Man
  • D&D Dice Masters: Faerûn Under Siege
  • DC Comics Dice Masters: World’s Finest
  • Marvel Dice Masters: Civil War
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters: Box Set
  • DC Comics Dice Masters: Green Arrow and The Flash
  • Marvel Dice Masters: Deadpool
  • Marvel Dice Masters: Doctor Strange Team Pack
  • Marvel Dice Masters: Iron Man and War Machine Starter Set
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dice Masters: Heroes In A Half-Shell Box Set
  • DC Comics Dice Masters: Batman
  • Marvel Dice Masters: Defenders Team Pack

Future sets will be considered Modern Age one week after their release date.

The following promos, and any promos releasing in 2017 will also be considered Modern Age:

  • Batmobile: From Wayne Enterprises
  • Iron Fist: The Immortal
  • Robin: Teen Titans Team Leader
  • Starfire: Powerful Friend
  • Nova: Nova Prime
  • Thanos: Gauntlet Wielder
  • Lex Luthor: Legion of Doom
  • Scarecrow: Legion of Doom
  • Mummy: Legendary Undead
  • Gelatinous Cube: Legendary Ooze
  • Half-Dragon: Legendary Humanoid
  • Skeleton: Legendary Undead
  • Gwen Stacy: Spider-Ally
  • Mary Jane: Spider-Ally
  • Supergirl: Crisis on Infinite Earths
  • The Flash: Crisis on Infinite Earths
  • Melinda May: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Terry McGinnis: Batman Beyond
  • Daredevil: Marvel Knight
  • Punisher: Marvel Knight
  • Stargirl: DC Bombshell
  • Lois Lane: DC Bombshell
  • Villainous Pact
  • Ant-Man: Tiny Regret
  • Baron Zemo: Citizen V
  • Thrown Car
  • Mxyzptlk: Golden Age Superman
  • Bizarro: Golden Age Superman
  • Marvel: Amazing Hero
  • Loki: Angsty Asgardian
  • Focus Power
  • Green Arrow: Archery Advocate
  • Roy Harper: Adolescent Archer
  • Strahd: Master of Ravenloft
  • Ant-Man: Classic Avenger
  • Captain America: Classic Avenger
  • Barry Allen: Fastest Man Alive
  • Professor Zoom: Thief

So I thought it was odd that Squirrel Girl is missing from this list. But Squirrel Girl has a set symbol and number for Civil War, #143 of 142. They may just be including her in the Civil War set because of that. Belaphoss and Bat-Mite are missing as well, but also numbered the same with their respective set symbols (thanks! – to the folks in DM Unlimited for pointing this out!). It’s probably safe to say that they’re legal for Modern play so long as their set is legal. Also, I think Marvel: Amazing Hero is probably Ms. Marvel: Amazing Hero. You’ll notice that Black Manta: Deep Sea Deviant is missing. Here’s why:

Why are some promo cards rotated but others remain legal from the same OP kit?

Promo cards that share a collector number with a rotated card rotate with that card (for example, Black Manta: Deep Sea Deviant). Promo cards that are functionally identical reprints of rotated cards (with identical names) but have different collector numbers will remain in Modern Age (for example, Thrown Car and Villainous Pact).

But then, there’s this too!

Also, we’re announcing that Half-Elf Bard: Master Lords’ Alliance will be banned in Modern Age. As with all banned cards, we may unban it depending on metagame conditions. The Rules Forum will maintain a list of banned cards. An easy way to check this list is by visiting: dicemasters.com/bannedcards.

Oh my Pinkie Pie!!! One of the most problematic cards, and a card that shows up on more than half of the top eight teams at loads of events – is BANNED is Modern.

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If you really love your Bard, you can still play him in the Golden Age format. He’s not banned in Golden Age, only in Modern. Along with that specific Bard, you won’t be able to play cards from these sets in a Modern format, as of June 1, 2017:

Which sets are rotating out of Modern Age as of June 1st?

  • Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men
  • Marvel Dice Masters: The Uncanny X-Men
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Dice Masters Series 1
  • D&D Dice Masters: Battle for Faerûn
  • DC Comics Dice Masters: Justice League
  • Marvel Dice Masters: Age of Ultron

So there are only six full sets that are rotating out of Modern on June 1st. Compared to the huge Modern list, I’d say we definitely got a good deal here. As the game continues and grows, the Golden Age list will definitely be larger than Modern.

Here’s what they say about Golden Age:

What if my store wants to run Golden Age events?

Please clearly mark your event as Golden Age in your event’s description on the WizKids Info Network. If you are running a WizKids Premier Event, like a WizKids Open, please make sure this is not contrary to any direction that is given by WizKids.

Also, please note that dicemasters.com/bannedcards will include a list of cards that are disallowed for Golden Age play.

Golden Age Banned Cards

Banned Cards (Golden Age):

  • Relentless: Basic Action Card
  • Swords of Revealing Light: Basic Action Card

So, Golden Age is what most of us call Unlimited or Constructed. Now we have a much better name for it. And the same cards that were already banned, are still banned. Nothing was added to the Golden Age ban list.

Conclusion!

I’m just so happy that they’ve announced rotation earlier than I expected. I didn’t think we’d hear anything about rotation until Origins during Nationals or Worlds. I also didn’t predict a official rotation would go into effect for likely another year. I was off the mark on those predictions, but I did tell my locals that when they announce rotation, they’ll likely call it Golden Age and Modern Age since that’s what they call their Clix formats. At least I predicted that accurately! Golden Age and Modern Age are also descriptions of comic book eras, so it just makes sense. Too bad we can’t fit a ‘Silver Age’ in there somewhere.

I like that they started further back than PDC’s Prime format. PDC has a stricter set list, and I hope they keep it tight like that to balance all the different formats. The newest of players could work their way in at a Prime event, then move to Modern, and finally into Golden Age if they choose to go back that far. I can’t wait to see the reactions from my locals about this awesome rotation news. A few of my locals predicted rotation from WoL and up, which I agreed would be a great starting point.

This keeps Lantern Ring for Ring teams legal and also Guy Gardner for those aggressive players. Guy is definitely more manageable than Bard ever was. There are still lots of counter measures for those teams like Lex Luthor: Ex-Con, Blink: Exile, Bleez: Controlled Rage, and Oni: Greater Giant to combat Ring. Scarecrow: Legion of Doom is still viable to slow Guy Rush teams, not to mention Unstable Canister to reduce the amount of characters in the field, and also Blink – Transmutation to Blink dudes back.

There are so many options open to players now and there is a format for everyone! I don’t think I could have gotten any better news today. Only two things could top this announcement for me; Publisher’s Clearing House knocking on my door (but I don’t play, so it won’t happen), or WizKids finally letting me buy product early to do my article and video reviews before the day of release (but I’m obviously invisible to them!). It’s okay though. I still love them and this amazing game. That’s one reason I write my articles and do my videos – love of the game! The other reason, and probably the biggest reason, is that my articles and videos might help other players. Community is most important!

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Roll on, Dice Masters!

 

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I’m sure many of you have already seen this announcement from WizKids today. I’m excited to see the prizing for Nationals and the surrounding events announced so early. I’m digging some of those prizes!

The following quotes are taken from the announcement:

DICE MASTERS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Entry Fee: Free for qualified participants

Format: Unlimited Constructed

Pairing Structure: Multiple Swiss Rounds followed by a Single Elimination Top 8 Cut

Prize Structure* (All prizing is cumulative):

  • Winner
    • Most Recent Dice Masters Factory Set Available at the Time of the Event
    • 2017-2018 Dice Masters National Championship Qualification
  • Top 2
    • Most Recent Dice Masters Super Rare Set Available at the Time of the Event
  • Top 4
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Hellblazer Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Green Goblin: “Gobby” Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Antihero Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Captain America: Super Soldier Foil Card
  • Top 8
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Scarecrow: Hallucinogenic Vapors Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Punisher: War Journal Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Wonder Girl: Cassie Sandsmark Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Ronin: Lone Warrior Foil Card
  • World Championship Qualifications
    • For every eight players entered into the event (rounded up), one player earns a 2016-2017 Dice Masters World Championship Qualification. If a player is already qualified, their qualification passes down to the next highest ranked player who does not already have a qualification.

CONSTRUCTED DICE MASTERS QUALIFIER

Format: Unlimited Constructed

Pairing Structure: Multiple Swiss Rounds

Prize Structure* (All prizing is cumulative):

  • Winner
    • Most Recent Dice Masters Super Rare Set Available at the Time of the Event
  • Top 2
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Hellblazer Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Green Goblin: “Gobby” Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Antihero Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Captain America: Super Soldier Foil Card
  • Top 4
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Scarecrow: Hallucinogenic Vapors Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Punisher: War Journal Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Wonder Girl: Cassie Sandsmark Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Ronin: Lone Warrior Foil Card
  • Top 8
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Two Face: Double Deal Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Rocket Raccoon: Not a Raccoon Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Big Entrance Basic Action Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters The Front Line Basic Action Foil Card
  • Participation Prize**
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Green Arrow: Robin Hood Sketch Variant Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Hulk Out Basic Action Sketch Variant Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Beast Boy: Gar Sketch Variant Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Vibranium Shield: One of a Kind Sketch Variant Card
  • National Championship Qualifications
    • For every four players entered into the event (rounded up), one player earns a 2016-2017 Dice Masters National Championship Qualification. If a player already earned a 2016-2017 Dice Masters National Championship Qualification in the country in which the event is being held, their qualification passes down to the next highest ranked player who has not already earned a 2016-2017 Dice Masters National Championship Qualification in the country in which the event is being held.

DICE MASTERS QUICK PLAY

Minimum Players/Maximum Players:  4/8

Format: Unlimited Constructed

Pairing Structure: Players are paired against each other randomly. Then, players play a single one-game match. The winner of the each of the matches receives a prize.

Prize Structure*:

  • Winner – Random prize from the following group:
    • Marvel Dice Masters Venom: Symbiotic Organism Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Con Artist Foil Card
    • Dice Masters Faerun Under Siege Half-Elf Bard: Master Lords’ Alliance Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Slander Basic Action Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Kryptonite: Green Death Foil Card
    • Dice Masters Battle for Faerun Prismatic Spray: Lesser Spell Foil Card
DICE MASTERS RAINBOW DRAFT

Minimum Players/Maximum Players:  4/8

Format: Rainbow Draft

Pairing Structure: Players are paired against each other randomly. Then, players play a single one-game match. The winner of the each of the matches receives a prize.

Prize Structure*:

  • Winner – Random prize from the following group:
    • Marvel Dice Masters Venom: Symbiotic Organism Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Con Artist Foil Card
    • Dice Masters Faerun Under Siege Half-Elf Bard: Master Lords’ Alliance Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Slander Basic Action Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Kryptonite: Green Death Foil Card
    • Dice Masters Battle for Faerun Prismatic Spray: Lesser Spell Foil Card

So here are all the prize cards that will be offered at Nats/Nats Qualifiers/Side Events by set, in order of set release:

Avengers vs X-Men
Green Goblin: “Gobby”
Vibranium Shield: One of a Kind

Battle for Faerun
Prismatic Spray: Lesser Spell

Justice League
Constantine: Hellblazer
Constantine: Con Artist
Constantine: Antihero

Age of Ultron
Captain America: Super Soldier

War of Light
Big Entrance: Basic Action Card
Beast Boy: Gar
Wonder Girl: Cassie Sandsmark

Amazing Spider-Man
Slander: Basic Action Card
Hulk Out: Basic Action Card

Faerun Under Siege
Half-Elf Bard: Master Lords’ Alliance

World’s Finest
Scarecrow: Hallucinogenic Vapors
Two-Face: Double Deal
Kryptonite: Green Death

Civil War
The Front Line: Basic Action Card
Punisher: War Journal
Rocket Raccoon: Not a Raccoon
Ronin: Lone Warrior
Venom: Symbiotic Organism

Green Arrow and The Flash
Green Arrow: Robin Hood

Like many of you out there, I’ve been patiently awaiting the announcement of a rotation from WizKids. It looked like we were inching ever closer when the spoilers of the Iron Man & War Machine Starter and the TMNT Heroes in a Half-Shell Box were released. But now, with several cards from sets as old as Avengers vs X-Men getting a foil or blank sketch treatment, I’m left wondering if WizKids is still considering a rotation at all. One thing that this announcement confirms for me is that we probably won’t hear any rotation talk from WizKids, at least until after Nats and Worlds.

My only concern in regards to the prizing choices are how they will be affected by a rotation, if WizKids decides to do it. WizKids has ignored (not declined) all my requests for an interview in regards to several topics including rotation.

And for those of you wondering when the everything is going down, you can find it on the WizKids Road to Worlds Page. Here is the tentative schedule for all events at Origins Game Fair 2017:

  • WEDNESDAY
    • 11:00 A.M.
      • Registration Starts
    • 12:00 P.M.
      • Side Events Start
    • 1:00 P.M.
      • HeroClix Golden Age Deadpool Scenario
  • THURSDAY
    • 9:00 A.M.
      • Registration Starts
    • 10:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix U.S. National Championship
      • HeroClix World Championship Qualifiers Start
      • Side Events Start
    • 11:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Scenario
    • 3:00 P.M.
      • HeroClix Modern Age Power Outage Scenario
    • 8:00 P.M.
      • HeroClix World Championship Qualifiers End
      • Side Events End
  • FRIDAY
    • 9:00 A.M.
      • Registration Starts
    • 10:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix World Championship
      • Dice Masters U.S. National Championship
      • Dice Masters World Championship Qualifiers Start
      • Star Trek: Attack Wing U.S. National Championship
      • Side Events Start
    • 11:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix Golden Age Lil’ Clix Scenario
    • 3:00 P.M.
      • HeroClix Modern Age Theme Team Scenario
    • 8:00 P.M.
      • Dice Masters World Championship Qualifiers End
      • Side Events End
  • SATURDAY
    • 9:00 A.M.
      • Registration Starts
    • 10:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix Team World Championship
      • Dice Masters World Championship
      • Star Trek: Attack Wing World Championship
      • Side Events Start
    • 11:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix Modern Age Meteor Shower Scenario
    • 3:00 P.M.
      • HeroClix Golden Age Joker’s Wild Scenario
    • 8:00 P.M.
      • Side Events End
  • SUNDAY
    • 9:00 A.M.
      • Registration Starts
    • 10:00 A.M.
      • Side Events Start
    • 11:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix Modern Age Traitor Scenario
    • 4:00 P.M.
      • Side Events End

Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I have some excellent news for Dice Masters in and around the Dyersburg area. We will be hosting a Prime Event at the Dyersburg Comic and Pop Culture Con on Saturday, March 18, 2017!

We are still putting all the details together, like entry fee, prizing, etc. We do know that registration for the Prime Tournament will open at 10:00 am and the tournament will begin at 11:00 am. We’re thinking of doing side events, like Drafts and/or Ten Pack Sealed events. A Ten Pack Sealed event is where each participant purchases ten booster of any set and builds their team directly from the packs. These side events will fire as soon as the seats are filled. We will be working on the details for these events, including prizing, and I’ll announce all the details in a future article. This is a great opportunity to come and test a Prime team for the upcoming PDC events in April and May.

There will be several artists at the convention, including Deadpool inker and penciller, John Lucas! This is a perfect opportunity to meet him face to face and commission a sketch on those Deadpool sketch variants! The organizer for the convention couldn’t give me specific details on pricing or how long Mr. Lucas would need to complete a sketch. If I can get that information in advance, I will definitely announce it in a future article.

There will cosplay contests, vendors, and even food on location. Ticket prices for the convention are only $10. Entry fees for events are separate. Keep your eye on the convention website for additional information!

Website: http://dyersburgcomiccon.com/

Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

We finally got our Speedsters Organized Play Kit in this week, and just in time for the weekend!

Participation Card

Jay Garrick: Leadfoot Blank Sketch Card is the participation card. I did a CCW article for this particular card and you can find it here. Jay Garrick is a reprint of the Jay Garrick: Leadfoot card from the Green Arrow and The Flash set.

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My ratings for this card are the same as the ones in my CCW article. I haven’t changed my mind on those but at the time I wrote my CCW article, the PDC Prime format hadn’t been announced yet.

Jay Garrick: Leadfoot Prime Rating

So, I really like this card for Unlimited. I like it even more for Prime. There are plenty of Globals that players can abuse in Prime and Jay Garrick can help you stop them from using them, or at least force them to pay more of their energy to use them. As previously mentioned in my Unlimited rating, he works great with S.T.A.R. Labs Global. If you don’t use that energy for Jay Garrick, you can potentially use it to shuffle some Sidekicks around. I don’t think he’ll be on every team, but he’s totally worth checking out, especially for those nasty characters that have an ability that only Crossover characters can affect. Do not overlook this character for Prime – he might be the piece you need.

Jay Garrick: Leadfoot gets a rating of three out of five stars.
3 Stars

Fellowship Card

Barry Allen: Fastest Man Alive is the Fellowship card. Lots of venues and TO’s determine who gets Fellowship in different ways. I’ve seen folks draw names, vote, roll dice, or even give it to the last place player. At our venue, we have everyone who is eligible roll a D20. The player that rolls the highest number gets the Fellowship card.

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Barry Allen is a Bolt and Fist Crossover character with the Justice League affiliation. Crossover characters must be purchased with at least one of each of their energy types. You are allowed to use Wild energy to purchase a Crossover character. For example: If you had three Fist energy, one Shield energy, and one Wild energy, you would be able to purchase Barry Allen because the Wild counts for the Bolt requirement of his purchase cost. He’s also got a max dice of three – worth noting because many OP exclusive cards have different max dice counts. His dice can be found in the Green Arrow and The Flash set.

Barry Allen has the Fast keyword, which allows him to deal his combat damage before other characters that don’t have Fast. If there are multiple characters with Fast, they all deal their combat damage at the same time, before other characters without Fast.

He has another ability that says Villain characters with the Fast keyword deal no damage to Barry Allen dice. This ability does not specify combat damage or ability damage, so any Villain with Fast that can deal ability damage to Barry Allen dice, would not be able to. This also prevents Barry Allen dice from taking combat damage as a blocker or if he’s blocked by a Villain with Fast.

Competitive Rating

For an unlimited setting, this is probably one of the better Barry Allen/Flash characters, but he would require your opponent’s character to have Fast and be a Villain. There are multiple ways to make characters Villains, but only one way that I can find at the moment to give an opponent’s character Fast. This is totally a conditional card. I love that he has Fast built in, his cost can be reduced, his attack stats are really good, his defense isn’t terrible, and his fielding costs aren’t the worst. I don’t see him making it into the meta though.

Barry Allen: Fastest Man Alive gets a rating of one out of five stars.
1 Star

Prime Rating

For Prime, there are way more options for playable characters with Fast and some are even Villains already. As for ways to give a character the Villain affiliation, not so much so. But I think this card may be able to squeak his way out as a heavy attacker since he already has Fast. Another benefit is that he’s a Crossover character. Like I mentioned above with Jay Garrick, this could be useful against certain teams that benefit from their opponent not using Crossover characters. And while cost reducers are far and few between in Prime, Barry Allen only costs five energy, which is very affordable in the Prime format. I wouldn’t overlook this card, but I don’t think he’s the next big OP card.

Barry Allen: Fastest Man Alive gets a rating of two out of five stars.
2 Stars

Casual Rating

Barry Allen’s abilities are not overly complicated for a beginner to understand. He doesn’t have reminder text for Fast, but finding a definition for it is not a problem. WizKids keeps their Keywords Page updated and that’s where I would suggest players go to find information on keywords they aren’t familiar with. The Reserve Pool has an extended Lexicon page in their Wiki, which is the next place I would suggest players go. Both of those sites are extremely useful for players of all skill levels. Barry’s other ability might be slightly confusing at first for a brand new player, but a little explanation about the Villain affiliation should clear it up quickly. The part about damage is fairly clear, since it doesn’t say only combat damage or only ability damage, but a newer player may not realize he prevents ability damage from Fast Villains. I think this is a great card to use for damage type examples and I don’t think he’s too confusing for a newer player, after his abilities are explained. But because he needs to be explained so much, I can only give him a rating of three stars. If WizKids used the same Villain affiliation symbol for all Villains, I may have been able to bump him up to four stars. The different Villain affiliation symbols still cause confusion among new players, especially when an ability uses only one of the symbols, like Barry’s.

Barry Allen: Fastest Man Alive gets a rating of three out of five stars.
3 Stars

First Place Prize Card

Professor Zoom: Thief is the first place prize card. To get this card, you’ll have to place first out of all the players in the tournament. With myself and Mr. DDK, if we win first place, we always forfeit the first place OP card to the next player. Sometimes, our other players that have won the card in a previous event will pass it down if they win a second event.

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Professor Zoom is a Fist character with the Villain affiliation. Like Barry Allen, he’s got a max dice of three and his dice can be found in the Green Arrow and The Flash set.

Professor Zoom also has the Fast keyword, like Barry Allen.

Professor Zoom’s second ability says that you can pay two less for the turn, to purchase his dice as long as you use a Cosmic Treadmill die. Cosmic Treadmill is a Non-Basic Action from the Green Arrow and The Flash set and it has a common, uncommon, and rare version. You would need to use the Cosmic Treadmill die before attempting to purchase a Professor Zoom die.

Competitive Rating

I don’t see this card hitting any unlimited competitive team. His purchase cost is too high for his stats and the only beneficial ability he has is Fast. His other ability requires you to bring, purchase, roll, and then use a Non-Basic Action that may not be worth considering for the current unlimited meta. I don’t see this card being a good consideration for any unlimited team, even if the team was built around it – I think it would be way too slow to be effective.

Professor Zoom: Thief gets a rating of zero out of five stars.
0 Stars

Prime Rating

I think that the limited amount of cards in the Prime meta could be beneficial to higher cost cards like this. Sure, he requires the Cosmic Treadmill to be completely useful, but someone out there could possibly build a Prime team around Cosmic Treadmill and Professor Zoom. Cosmic Treadmill: Antique Shop Discovery could be a particularly great card with Multiple Man, while also allowing you to purchase a Professor Zoom die. I wouldn’t completely overlook this card, especially since he’s already got Fast and his cost can be reduced. You could potentially roll up a Fast 5A/5D character that only cost one to field. I like him for Prime and may even play around with him for my Prime team.

Professor Zoom: Thief gets a rating of three out of five stars.
3 Stars

Casual Rating

I like this card for beginners. It points the player directly to another card in a current set and the player gets a benefit from actually purchasing and using that die. I think I love this card! Professor Zoom’s abilities are not hard to understand and don’t need lots of explanation. Even though the reminder text is not present for Fast, it’s not difficult to grab a current rulebook or even check the previously mentioned sites for reference on how Fast works. I could definitely recommend this card for a player of any skill level.

Professor Zoom: Thief gets a rating of four out of five stars.
4 Stars

Final Thoughts

For those without a local scene, are they worth traveling for? It really depends on the individual. If you gotta have every blank sketch variant, then you should be looking for these events in WIN. If you love every Barry Allen/Flash card ever, you better be looking for the events too. If you’re looking for the best meta cards, you may be able to pass on this event – if you would have to travel.

If your local scene is hosting Speedster events, I would definitely encourage every local to try and attend the events. While I don’t think these are meta breaking cards, I think there is some level of playable material in the kit. I like all of the cards for different reasons, and while Barry Allen may be confusing for some new players, you should totally try to get one if you love Barry Allen as a character.

This is a decent kit for Speedster fans with three well-known characters to comic and TV series fans alike. I like the character choices and I love the connecting art on Professor Zoom and Barry Allen. I like that Jay Garrick is the sketch variant, because I’m totally gonna try to get a John Wesley Shipp version done. I liked him much better as Jay Garrick than as the Flash – but that 90’s Flash series was fun to watch!

John Wesley Shipp Comparison.jpg

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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I’ve been looking over the upcoming releases for the year and I’ve noticed a few things that I’m really excited about, but also some things that concern me. Before I get into all of it, here is the tentative release schedule for the first part of the year – as of January 5, 2017:

January

No Product

February

2/8/17
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Heroes in a Half Shell Box Set

2/15/17
Marvel
Iron Man and War Machine Starter Set

March

Marvel
Deadpool Family Values OP Kit

April

Marvel
Guardians of the Galaxy Gravity Feed (90 ct)
Guardians of the Galaxy Gift with Purchase (Feed Incentive)

DC
Batman the Animated Series (TAS) OP Kit

May

DC
Batman Gravity Feed (90 ct)
Batman Gift with Purchase (Feed Incentive)
Superman and Wonder Woman Starter Set

Marvel
Defenders Team Pack
Xavier’s School OP Kit

June

Marvel
X-Men First Class Gravity Feed (90 ct)
X-Men First Class Gift with Purchase (Feed Incentive)

DC
Batman the Animated Series (TAS) Villains OP Kit

July

No Product

August

DC
Batman the Animated Series (TAS) Sirens OP Kit

Okay, so here is the list of things I don’t like.

1. May – A Gravity Feed, Starter, and Team Pack are all scheduled for that month. That’s a huge dent to a wallet.

2. There are three Gravity Feed sets scheduled for three consecutive months. So forget about the Starter and Team Pack in May, because April, May, and June all have Feeds scheduled. One of those Feeds was originally scheduled for February and it was pushed back to May. There could be a plethora of reasons that Batman was pushed back and I don’t want to open up speculation about it. I just hope they adjust this release schedule and spread those Feeds out a little more.

3. January, February, and July are void of OP Kits. I get that inventory usually happens at the first of the year and WKOs happen in February, but I wish we had a consistent OP Kit release for each month. This is just a minor dislike and not really a major issue.

4. I don’t like that the Starter releases are months apart. I would have preferred them to both be released in the same month, like both during the last week of April or the first week in May.

Now – on to the positive things.

1. New Turtles! I’m super excited for the new Turtle box and I can’t wait to get my hands on additional TMNT Dice Masters. If we get a new TMNT Box each year, that would be awesome!

2. The new Defenders Team Pack – I’m really excited to see them continuing with this type of product. The format for the product is great for beginners to help them build a better team than just what they get from a single starter.

3. The return of Starters! I imagine these starters will be similar to previous ones, but I can’t confirm anything on those. If they’re like previous starters, they’ll likely just have two dice for each character. I can only hope that those characters will have a Max Dice of two. I can understand how some folks will likely be frustrated if they feel they have to purchase two Starters in order to get more dice. A great solution for this would be for WizKids to utilize preexisting character dice patterns/colors for Starter characters so players can use dice they may already have – or can easily get. Hopefully that’s something that they’ll consider. There is a picture circulating on BoardGameGeek that shows the starter contents, but the text is too hard to read. The picture only shows two dice for each character though and almost all the dice look new, as do most of the characters.

4. I’m really excited for the Batman the Animated Series OP Kits – and there isn’t just one, or two, but three that are currently scheduled! Batman TAS is one of the most positive memories from my childhood and it brings back wonderful thoughts of time I spent with my Great Grandmother. I’m so excited for these kits!

5. On the topic of OP Kits – I’m glad there are more DC OP Kits than Marvel OP Kits because I’m a little burnt out on Marvel kits at the moment.

6. I’m very happy to see the continuation of the ‘Gift with Purchase’ items. I highly suspect them to be cards that are likely obtained when you purchase a Feed and are probably blank sketch variants of a card in the set. I like those a lot because they aren’t functionally different from other cards in the set and that eases the stress on many players that feel like they need a functionally different copy of every card in the game. I personally love these cards and horde them for when I am finally able to make it to a convention to have artists I like draw on them. My feelings wouldn’t be hurt if they changed those Gift with Purchase cards to something else, but I wouldn’t want to see functionally different cards. I think things like that should be saved for major events like WKO’s or Free Comic Book Day.

7. And speaking of Free Comic Book Day – I’m excited about the tentative release date for the Superman and Wonder Woman Starter and I hope they don’t change it. I hope it releases the first week in May or even the last week in April, that way stores have a new item to showcase for FCBD! That would be totally awesome!

8. And a final positive point – there is new product scheduled. I know some of you may think, ‘well duh, of course there’s new stuff’, but let me tell you… I also play(ed) a game I discovered at Origins this past year called The Spoils. The future seemed bright and exciting. We were expecting to hear something about new product any day. Then… they dropped the final letter to the community. It was a goodbye letter. A game that I thought was going to be around, since it was already ten years old, and it was suddenly gone. The same thing happened to me when I was playing the World of Warcraft TCG. One day, the best set of the entire game had dropped, then a week later Blizzard had pulled the plug on the game. So, if you love Dice Masters, be thankful that WizKids is continuing to support the game by creating new product and hosting major events. Be thankful for the communication that they provide through WORF – even if you think it’s minimal communication, it’s something! Be thankful for the friends you’ve made through this amazing game. Be thankful for all the positive things and try to help fellow players. Show some love to WizKids every now and then so that way they know their game is loved and appreciated. I want to see Dice Masters continue to grow and thrive for many years to come!

Final Thoughts

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Greetings Fellow Dice Masters!

 

Yesterday, the PDC (Pro Dice Circuit website and Facebook) announced that they will be adding a Draft Championship format and a new constructed format called Prime Championship. The new Prime format is a constructed format that uses a set rotation.

Quotes are excerpts from the PDC article and applications found here.

Draft Championship Format

The PDC Draft Championships will be familiar, as it is the standard Rainbow Draft that we all know and love! This is a popular format across the Dice Masters Community, and the feedback that we received from players and stores was that everyone wanted a friendly, yet competitive component to it. All BAC’s will be legal for this format, so come prepared with all of your cards, or just bring your trusted two that you always play with!

According to the application link in the article, there will be Draft Kits available for stores to purchase. Please speak with your FLGS before signing them up!

2017 Store Draft Championship Kits Include:
– 1 Custom 2017 Draft Store Championship Playmat
– 10 Double-Sided BAC Color Indicator Cards (2 each for the Top 4, 1 for TO and 1 for Fellowship)
– 10 Custom 6-sided Dice (Extras available at $1/per die)
– 1 Free Entry to a 2017 Draft State Championship

I think a Draft Championship is a really cool idea and I’m really pleased to see the PDC doing this. I hope that WizKids will also add a similar format. Drafting in Dice Masters is a lot of fun, and it’s an ever changing game. No two drafts are exactly alike even if you draft a similar team, you won’t come up against the same teams you did before. Drafting is probably one of my favorite Dice Masters formats.

Prime Championship Format

The second format that the PDC is adding is their version of a constructed rotation, called Prime. We’ve all been anxiously awaiting further word from WizKids on a rotation for official WizKids tournaments, but until then we get a taste of what a rotation could look like on a large scale. This new Prime format is not an official WizKids format. For those that plan to play in WKOs and PDC events, you’ll need to test two teams! We are planning to alternate formats at our FLGS to accommodate both formats.

The PDC Prime Championships will focus on constructed play with the newest released sets, similar to the “Modern” format that is found in other CCG’s. For the first year of this format, all sets from World’s Finest forward will be legal including all OP, Team Packs and starters that were released with or after World’s Finest (Alt-Arts and Alt-Art OP’s rotate out with their original card). As additional sets are released, they will become legal for Prime play. Sets will be rotated out annually so that the format stays fresh, engaging, and open to new and seasoned players alike.

I have seen several players speculate about the Alt-Art cards and their legality in a potential WizKids rotation. I think that WizKids is reprinting certain cards, like Focus Power in the Archers OP Kit, so that players can have access to those cards in a rotation format. However, I have no issue or complaint with the PDC for excluding those reprinted cards. If WizKids keeps the reprinted cards in their rotation format, that will give us a different rotation format with different options for play.

The application link for the Prime Store Championship shows what the Prime Kit will contain. It’s very similar to the Draft Kit, except for the playmat wording and the Championship entry. Remember to talk to your FLGS before signing them up!

2017 PDC Prime Store Championship Kits Include:
– 1 Custom 2017 Prime Store Championship Playmat
– 10 Double-Sided BAC Color Indicator Cards (2 each for the Top 4, 1 for TO and 1 for Fellowship)
– 10 Custom 6-sided Dice (Extras available at $1/per die)
– 1 Free Entry to a 2017 Prime State Championship

The dates for the events will vary depending on venue. The date ranges are:

Draft Championships
February 20, 2017 to March 19, 2017

Prime Championships
April 1, 2017 to May 7, 2017

So how does someone prepare and build for an event that’s so very different from an unlimited format?

If I don’t already have an idea of what I want my team to be centered around, I usually start with a win condition, typically using a character ability. I then try to add utility characters to help move the team along to my win condition, and lastly I choose my Basic Action Cards. I usually choose my Basic Actions Cards last because there are several that are practically staples. Most of those Basic Actions are from sets prior to World’s Finest, so for this new Prime format, the first thing I want to do is familiarize myself with which Basic Actions are available. None of the BACs in the currently allowed OP Kits are legal in Prime. Here is a list of the BACs that are currently legal in Prime (which will change between now and April):

World’s Finest BACs

 

Civil War BACs

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Set One) BACs

 

After I’ve familiarized myself with the current list of Prime-Legal BACs, I’ll move into the Character and Non-Basic Action Cards. From there, it’s just like building a regular team. The only difference will be which cards are available. As you’re building, remember that there are key staple cards that will not be available like PXG, Red Dragon, and Blue-Eyes. The Prime format eliminates the use of any Yu-Gi-Oh! or Dungeons and Dragons cards. This is probably the hardest adjustment to make. I’ve already run into that issue where I instinctively want to reach for a D&D card or YGO card and then remember that I can’t use those cards. Building a team without the usual staple cards will be a challenge for all of us veteran-competitive players. I can’t wait to start working on a Prime team for April!

There are still sets and starters that will be added into the Prime format. I would definitely suggest players begin familiarizing themselves with all the current Prime-Legal cards and maybe even practice team building before April.

Players should keep in mind that this is not an official WizKids announcement. For local play, TOs should continue to do what works for their scene. Talk to the players about the PDC’s Prime format and gauge their level of interest. Try not to alienate players that may not be able to afford to purchase newer starters for BACs. If someone wants to play in local Prime events but doesn’t have the appropriate BACs, they should ask their fellow players and see if someone would be kind enough to loan them some for the event. With the way WizKids has planned starter releases, most players will be able to keep up with the starters now. I think that was a great move on the part of WizKids, and it’s helping them set up for their own rotation.

I’m really excited to see how this new format changes up the competitive scene because while many of us are prepping for WKOs, we’ll also be prepping for Prime events. This will definitely open up more topics of conversation at WKOs and even local events. Our locals are already buzzing about this and we will be scheduling a mix of Prime and Unlimited events beginning in January 2017.

What do you and your locals think of the new PDC Championship formats?
What do you think the cutoff for a WizKids rotation should be?
Should WizKids rotate reprints with the originals?

Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

If you live in the United States, then you might be among the many that are celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday or this weekend. There is also this crazy thing folks do that’s called Black Friday shopping that happens on Thanksgiving now, instead of the Friday after Thanksgiving – which I think is silly. But, I will unfortunately be one of those folks out looking for deals. I don’t fight over towels and sheets. We don’t wait in lines for TVs or phones – we just like to pick over the leftovers. We do not sacrifice family time for Black Friday/Thanksgiving shopping. We go out and scavenge over the DVDs and try to grab an electronic or two if they’re still available.

We also decorate on Thanksgiving weekend, which takes up quite a bit of time. This article will likely be my last article until next Tuesday (Wednesday at the latest). I will also be absent from all my social media outlets for the weekend, so if you send me a message on Facebook or make an inquiry on Twitter, I likely won’t see it until next week.

I will be back next week with a fresh CCW article. I want everyone to have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Eat your fill, be merry, enjoy your company, and recruit as many new Dice Masters as you can!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you Dice Masters out there! May you be surrounded by loving family and friends with a table full of delicious food!

Roll on, Dice Masters!

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