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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

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A new set has just released and it’s loaded with characters that are here to either save the galaxy or destroy it! Guardians of the Galaxy is now available in the US!

You can find the checklist for Guardians of the Galaxy, here.

Box

Promo Card and Pack Insert

W Star-Lord, Let's Dance

This time around, we don’t get a blank sketch variant. We have an alternate art version of the uncommon Star-Lord: Let’s Dance from the set. I’m a huge fan of the blank sketch cards and I was surprised to see the alt art instead. It’s still cool and neat looking and it’s nice of WizKids to give us these alt art cards as a thank you for buying full gravity feeds.

Rules Insert

You can find the Rules Insert online, here. Make sure to check the WizKids Keywords page to see the current and updated wording on Keyword Abilities.

Gravity Feed
Commons

We pulled 112 common cards; 9 of our commons were foil. We didn’t get any duplicate foil commons. I highlighted the ones we pulled foils of with red text, and the total includes the foil version.

x4     #01     Adam Warlock
x2     #02     Agent Venom
x3     #03     Angela
x3     #04     Beta Ray Bill
x3     #05     Black Widow
x3     #06     Captain America
x3     #07     Captain Marvel
x3     #08     Cosmic Cube
x3     #09     Cosmo, Space Dog
x2     #10     Daisy Johnson
x3     #11     Drax
x2     #12     Dum Dum Dugan
x3     #13     Gamora
x4     #14     Ghost Rider
x2     #15     Groot
x2     #16     Hulk
x2     #17     Ironheart
x3     #18     Knowhere
x2     #19     Madame Masque
x2     #20     Madame Web
x3     #21     Mantis
x3     #22     Moondragon
x3     #23     Nebula
x2     #24     Norman Osborn
x3     #25     Nova Corps Uniform
x3     #26     Nova Prime
x3     #27     Quasar
x3     #28     Ricochet
x3     #29     Rocket Raccoon
x2     #30     Ronan the Accuser
x4     #31     S.W.O.R.D. Agent
x2     #32     Squirrel Girl
x4     #33     Star-Lord
x2     #34     Stick
x3     #35     Thanos
x3     #36     The Collector
x3     #37     The Kyln
x3     #38     The Spot
x3     #39     Yellow Jacket
x3     #40     Yondu

Uncommons

We pulled 50 uncommon cards; 9 of our uncommons were foil. We pulled all but one of the uncommons and none of our foils were duplicates.

x1     #41     Adam Warlock
x1     #42     Agent Venom
x1     #43     Angela
x1     #44     Beta Ray Bill
x1     #45     Black Widow
x1     #46     Captain America
x1     #47     Captain Marvel
x2     #48     Cosmic Cube
x1     #49     Cosmo, Space Dog
x2     #50     Daisy Johnson
x1     #51     Drax
x1     #52     Dum Dum Dugan
x1     #53     Gamora
x2     #54     Ghost Rider
x1     #55     Groot
x1     #56     Hulk
x2     #57     Ironheart
x2     #58     Knowhere
x1     #59     Madame Masque
x1     #60     Madame Web
x1     #61     Mantis
x1     #62     Moondragon
x2     #63     Nebula
x2     #64     Norman Osborn
x1     #65     Nova Corps Uniform
x1     #66     Nova Prime
x2     #67     Quasar
x1     #68     Ricochet
x2     #69     Rocket Raccoon
x1     #70     Ronan the Accuser
x1     #71     S.W.O.R.D. Agent
x0     #72     Squirrel Girl
x1     #73     Star-Lord
x1     #74     Stick
x1     #75     Thanos
x1     #76     The Collector
x1     #77     The Kyln
x3     #78     The Spot
x1     #79     Yellow Jacket
x1     #80     Yondu

Rares and Super Rares

You won’t get all the rares in one feed, but you get a good amount of them. We pulled 16 rares and none of them were duplicates; 4 of our rares were foil. We also pulled two Super Rares, which are foil.

#82     Agent Venom
#84     Black Widow
#85     Captain Marvel
#87     Cosmo, Space Dog
#92     Ghost Rider
#93     Groot
#94     Hulk
#101     Nebula
#102     Nova Corps Uniform
#105     Ricochet
#106     Rocket Raccoon
#107     Ronan the Accuser
#108     S.W.O.R.D. Agent
#112     The Collector
#113     The Kyln
#114     The Spot

#122     Groot Thor (Super Rare)
#124     Punisher Sorcerer Supreme
(Super Rare)

New Ability Keywords

Call Out – When a character die with Call Out attacks, you target an opposing character die. The targeted die can only legally block the attacking die that used Call Out on it, and no other die can legally blocked the die that used Call Out. If the die that used Call Out cannot legally be blocked for any reason (an effect made it unblockable, two different dice chose the same target for their Call Out, the die targeted with Call Out was KO’d, etc.) then the effect of Call Out is cancelled.

I like that WizKids is putting a great bit of thought into the details of keywords now. Most of the questions I have are answered just by reading the keyword description on their site. Call Out seems like an interesting control ability that I will definitely need to play around with. Using Call Out is a great way to get around particular blockers to allow your other characters to deal their damage or use an ability that requires the character to be unblocked.

Infiltrate – When a character die with Infiltrate attacks and is not blocked, you may choose to remove them from combat and not deal combat damage to your opponent. If you do, they deal 1 damage to your opponent, and return to your Field Zone.

I’m loving Infiltrate and some of the cards that enhance Infiltrate or help characters with this keyword, like a character with Call Out. Characters that use Infiltrate are dealing ability damage to your opponent – not combat damage. That is very important to remember because ability damage is not the same as combat damage. I really like that I can attack with a character that has Infiltrate, use the ability to deal one damage to my opponent, and still have that character to use as a blocker. This ability was made for players like me that love control pieces and play control teams, but still have that bit of aggro in our blood. I hope this ability works as well as I think it will, and I can’t wait to test it out!

Returning Keywords

Remember to always check WizKids Keywords page for the most recent and updated definitions.

Aftershock
Ally
Continuous
Deadly

Fast
Intimidate
Overcrush

Underdog

Affiliations

There are several returning affiliations and no new affiliations. Inhumans and Mystics only on one character each. King Black Bolt is an Inhuman and Villain. Punisher Sorcerer Supreme is Marvel Knights and Mystics.

Avengers
Guardians of the Galaxy
Inhumans
Marvel Knights
Mystics
Spider-Friends
S.H.I.E.L.D.
Villains

Favorites

Here are several of my favorite cards from my Gravity Feed. Be sure to check out my Gravity Feed Unboxing video to see all of our pulls!

 

Blog Faves 1

Mantis: Celestial Madonna (left) – I loved using Zatanna: Zatanna Zatara from the Justice League set and I miss her, but her replacement has finally arrived! I know Jade from War of Light has a similar ability, but she’s a Bolt character and I wanted a Mask character. I like having a blocker that I don’t mind KO’ing, and sometimes, that stops my opponent from attacking frivolously. She cost three to purchase and has a TFC of one, which is great for her ability.

Nebula: The Family Business (center) – This Nebula has a superb defense across all levels for the fielding cost. Her purchase cost is on point for her ability and stats, making her a great choice for a variety of teams. She’s a nice control piece that will likely yield decent results and possibly be enough of a threat for an opponent to waste a Shriek or DWiz on.

Quasar: Protector of the Universe (right) – A character that cost four to purchase, has a TFC of three with decent attack, and can also go to your Prep instead of Used Pile after smacking your opponent – Yes, please! I love this card! And one of the most awesome things about her? She’s got the Guardians of the Galaxy affiliation! I want to rebuild my GotG team and this is likely going to be one of the first cards I select – unless I see a better version.

Blog Faves 2

The Spot: Dr. Jonathan Ohnn (left) – The Spot is one of my favorite Spider-Man villains, second only to Hobgoblin. I know that many folks out there don’t like him, but I always thought his powers and abilities were interesting. I was super excited to see him in this set and even more excited to see how thematic his abilities are on all versions. But sometimes, it’s the simple things that are most appealing, and The Spot with Infiltrate is my favorite version. It fits him so well! He cost two to purchase and has a TFC of two. His stats aren’t very high, but with Infiltrate, you don’t need high stats.

Adam Warlock: Standing Watch Over Infinity (center) – This card is like Imprisoned, but pumped up and with legs. All you need to do is force several opposing characters to block him and make sure he’ll get KO’d, swipe those dudes and never field Adam Warlock again! Those dudes are forever trapped! This is a ridiculously good control card that’s easily paired with Wasp: Fashionista from the Civil War starter. Being a heavy control player, I’m star-struck by Adam Warlock!

Angela: Art of the Hunt (right) – I’m digging the Infiltrate keyword and here’s a character that gets to do two damage instead of one when she uses Infiltrate. I like her stats and purchase cost and she’s a GotG affiliated character. I can’t wait to get this GotG team put together!

Blog Faves 3

Captain America: Chemistry Project (left) – I’m a control player at heart, but I like these type of cards that allow me to do direct damage to my opponent. Captain America allows me to deal damage and keep my dude too. This helps put my mind at ease about attacking because this is another card I could easily pair with Wasp: Fashionista from the Civil War starter. There are also plenty of ways to prevent lethal damage to character dice, making this card very appealing to me! His dice stats are really good for his ability and his TFC of five shouldn’t be an issue since you don’t want him to leave the field. I also love the new red/white swirl with the blue accents.

Cosmic Cube: Beyond Imagination (center) – Wow! This Cosmic Cube is begging to be added to Satchel teams! You could easily purchase several different action dice in one turn thanks to this card. It only cost two to purchase and would also be an asset to Front Line teams that need to purchase their Front Line dice. You would want to purchase a cheaper action die first, then you can get the three energy discount on the Front Line, making it cost two. Seems like a good idea to me!

Groot: The Monster from Planet X (right) – This Groot has awesome defense stats on level two and three for his ability. He cost four to purchase, but that’s not bad at all for what he does. I am not a fan of his Global because most of my teams are control teams that slowly deal damage and this Global would give my opponent an opportunity to come back. If I were going to use this Groot, I would put him on a team that doesn’t deal much damage until it’s ready for the killing blow. If not for that Global, he would likely have been my favorite card in the entire set! But it is nice to see a Global that helps you gain life without a silly restriction on it, like the one Pizza has. I don’t mind the Once Per Turn limitation, though. I think it’s actually a necessary limitation for any life gain Global.

Blog Faves 4

Quasar: Might of the Quantum Bands (left) – Here’s another great Quasar card! Now I don’t know which one I want to use. This one is more control than the other, but I like the other too. They both have the same purchase cost, so I guess I’ll have to see how my GotG team starts to come together before choosing a Quasar card. I really like this ability though, because it could potentially stifle my opponent’s ability to purchase something that they need. Quasar’s stats are good for a character that needs to stay active.

Thanos: Throwing Down the Gauntlet (center) – I read this card and laughed out loud. This is the perfect anti-Swarm and anti-Rush card! Thanos is such a beast and I love him! The only thing I don’t like is his purchase cost. It’s a justifiable purchase cost, but it’s very hard to play cards that cost six or more and utilize them effectively. I should know – I play Grodd and I played Colossus: Piotr Rasputin at the Owensboro WKO this last time. Colossus got me into top eight, but it was a struggle. I will most likely try to find a way to play with this card. It has DDK written all over it. I love taking near-impossible-to-play cards and finding a way to make them work, at least a casual format.

Black Widow: Spider’s Bite (right) – So, this Black Widow just made me love Infiltrate even more! My Angela can now do three damage when using Infiltrate. And Black Widow is a While Active ability, so I don’t have to attack with her if I think she could be blocked or KO’d when she attacks. WizKids, you really do love your Black Widows, don’t you? I have yet to come across a set with a Black Widow that I didn’t like.

Blog Faves 5

Groot: Growing Pains (left) – I like this Groot because he makes your opponent think long and hard about KO’ing your characters. There is a possibility that this Groot could change the way your opponent would have blocked, which could give you an advantage and a lead in life total. If you load up your Prep Area with character dice, they surely won’t want to Canister that Shriek or DWiz and then KO Groot because then they could be looking at a hoard of level two dudes! Groot is difficult to KO, unless he’s on level one, or you have a way to force a blocker on him and pump that blocker’s attack up. You could even damage your Groot enough with your own Globals/Abilities so when they do block, it KO’s him and you get his ability. He’s definitely an interesting card.

Nova Corps Uniform: A Symbol of Order (center) – I like that this can be equipped to any of your character dice, including that one Sidekick that always wants to be a Sidekick and never rolls energy. Nova Corps Uniform is a great way to clear those pesky Sidekick walls out of the way too. It cost three to purchase, but it’s a decent action die all around. It can be used on any character die, has an useful ability for any character die it’s equipped to, or can be used as energy if you don’t roll the action face.

The Collector: Taneleer Tivan (right) – This card makes my head hurt. You can steal your opponent’s win condition or control piece and use it against them, which seems cool, but it’s not so cool if you’re staring at a Collector on the other side of the board. It’s also a little confusing. What is considered an ‘unpurchased character die’? Is it any target die that’s still on the card or is it a character whose dice have not been purchased at all yet? I’m fairly certain it’s not the latter. I could see where this card could be super useful and it’s a very nice ability to use against someone, but I feel sorry for all the newer players out there that read this card and instantly develop a headache from trying to understand it. I also feel like this card is a little overpowered for his purchase cost.

Blog Faves 6

Groot Thor: I Am Thor! (left) – What I love the most about Groot Thor’s ability is the forethought that WizKids put into the wording. “Prevent all effects that would copy Groot Thor’s abilities, even if he is not in the Field Zone.” Thank you WizKids, thank you so much for this. I think that ability needs it’s own Keyword. That ability makes me love Groot Thor, but his other ability to copy When Fielded effects from active dice is not a favorite of mine – especially not for his cost and purchase conditions. His die is super cute though.

Punisher Sorcerer Supreme: Calm. Dust. (right) – Oh my goodness. I really like this card. Even with the purchase conditions, this card is a wrecking ball! You may not get to pick the character when he’s fielded, but you do when he attacks, so long as it’s got the lowest attack. This still targets your characters, but if you’re running a team that thrives off of KO’ing it’s own characters, this guy could be a option. You can always Blink-Transmutation him back from the Attack Zone to utilize him on a later turn, or use Wasp: Fashionista’s Global to force a dude to block this tank. I love his die too!

Final Thoughts

So far, the internal synergy of this set is looking good for drafts! I’m excited to see how well this set works outside of drafting and I’m totally excited to be able to rebuild a GotG team! I’ve missed playing my old team, but it’s mostly Golden Age now, except for the Drax from Amazing Spider-Man. I like the Drax cards in this set much more. I’m really excited to try Infiltrate and Call Out. They might seem like totally aggressive abilities at first, but they can fit well on a control team. Call Out is especially good for a control team that has problems with opposing characters being in the Field.

I’m not sure what my overall favorite card is yet, but I think The Spot is my favorite thematic card. My favorite dice from the set are pictured below: Angela for her colors,  Captain America for his colors, Daisy Johnson for her die image and colors, and Ironheart for her colors.

Fave Dice

I think there are few meta cards that could potential shake things up, like The Collector and his silliness. I think Infiltrate and Call Out might be something if they work as well as I think they do. Cosmic Cube and The Kyln have some crazy cards too that might see some competitive play on various teams.

This set has something for everyone. There are cards that appeal to all different types of players in both casual and competitive play. I can’t wait to see some of these cards in action!

What are some of your favorite cards in the set?
How do you think the meta will shift, if at all?
What cards are you excited to try in a casual setting?
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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

I’ve just had the greatest weekend of Dice Masters! I went to this WKO with the intention of playing a non-meta win condition and just having fun with it. I wanted to focus mainly on chatting with old friends, making new ones, and trying to make the experience fun for everyone. I hope that everyone else had as much fun as I did!

I also want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! Spread the love!

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My Team

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You can find my team here, on DM Retrobox.

I changed my mind about Grodd – I’m a woman, and therefore change my mind frequently and for no reason at all sometimes. I had been test playing this team as well as Grodd and was really liking Grodd, but in the end, I’m glad I decided to play my competitive version of Gandhi instead.

This team earned a new nickname from a friend this weekend – Hugs. My win condition is Colossus. His ability allows each character die of level two or higher to deal two damage my opponent at the end of my turn. The idea was to field dudes and keep them there if possible and spin them with the Poly Global when I needed to. Poly was there as a potential purchase to help me get dudes into the field or get opposing dudes out of the field. Blink was a crucial piece to help me survive unblocked attackers or bring my taunted level 2-3 characters back to the field.

The rest of the pieces are either utility to help me get to Colossus or meta control pieces. Blue-Eyes and PXG were a must for Colossus to even get going. Elf Thief was an easy pick for the team because he costs two and if my opponent was using Rip Hunter’s Chalkboard Global, I could Rip a Thief on turn one for some early game momentum. Oracle was another easy choice. She is supposed to chill in the field and tax my opponent when they use a Global. Scarecrow was a card I added through test playing. I test played against Bard variants and decided that this Scarecrow was the best piece to add for what I thought would be a predominant piece on other teams. Cold Gun was a really easy choice over Dwarf Wizard. I’m so sorry, my poor DWiz… I loved you so, but in all my test playing with Mr. DDK, I ran into many problems with losing my DWiz to his Cold Gun and Imprisoned. I ultimately decided that an action die would give me more versatility than a character.

For my final card, I had a difficult time choosing. I didn’t know what to add to my team to help it or what I could add to slow my opponent to more my speed. There were a few options that I ran through. One of the options was RareCrow (Scarecrow: Hallucinogenic Vapors), but that would mean I would have to take off Scarecrow: Legion of Doom and I wasn’t willing to sacrifice him. Another option was Rip, just on the off chance my opponent didn’t bring it. There were loads of other options, but none of them seemed better than Rip. I don’t like Bard so he wasn’t even considered. I’m not a fan of Hellblazer, but I did consider him at one point. I decided to test play what I had, with Rip as my eighth card, against some Ring variants. I had way too much trouble with them, so I started digging for a possible response. Ronin came up as an option and I just wasn’t feeling the flow with him on my team. Then, like a glorious ray of sunshine, beaming through the clouds onto a field of pink and purple flowers, I remembered Lex Luthor.

I love my Grodd team and I want to play it in something big, but when the universe tells me to play something else, I listen. I always go with what I feel is right and Colossus just seemed right. I had test played both teams for a while and did all my adjusting to both teams while mulling over which to play. Grodd was a shiny new toy for me, but I’m glad I went with the team I first started working on.

Round One

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Lauren H. was my first round opponent. Apologies for the glare on that gorgeous full art Joker. When I sat down across from Lauren, I was so happy to see her playing a team with a rogue win condition. I have so much fun against fellow players that use something outside the box. Her team was really fast compared to mine, and before I knew it, Angels with Helicarriers were smacking me in the face for double their attack. I think the highlight of the match was seeing two unblockable level two-three Angels with Helicarriers flying at my face while Nick Fury was active. Each of those Angels would have hit me for twelve damage. And seeing her team function like that was amazing, and absolutely a highlight.

I only survived the aerial onslaught because of Blink, which allowed me to push both of her attackers back. I had an Oracle and a Scarecrow in the Field Zone with Colossus, and Scarecrow was stopping her lower level Angel from attacking. She had her Invulnerability Global to increase their attacks in order to get around Scarecrow, but I kept energy handy each turn for Blink. She had hit me for quite a bit with a couple of Angels before I got my Scarecrow in the Field, and if not for Blink, she would have very likely defeated me. She played an excellent game and I couldn’t have asked for a better opponent for my first round. Lauren is a beautiful person and really fun to play against. I hope to see her again at a future event! Many hugs to my new friend!

Record after Round One: 1-0-0

Round Two

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I got to play against Dennis B. in round two. I’ve seen him in the Facebook groups plenty and was excited to be playing against him! He was playing some characters that I’ve been tinkering with as well, Katana being one of them. I loved that he was using Superhero Registration Act – I think it’s a highly underrated card. But then I saw his Betrayal and Iron Fist. Both are not nice against my team. I wasn’t sure which way this match was going to go, but I was determined to have fun either way. Playing against someone as nice as Dennis, it’s easy to have fun and enjoy the match. I got super lucky and had really good rolls, while Mr. Dennis was not as lucky. He attacked me with Tsarina and Iron Fist, knocking my life down quite a bit, but then his characters weren’t being nice to him. I was able to get set up before he could get anything going for him. He needed to get a Hulk, or at the very least a Nightwing, to help clear my dudes out of my field.

I had fun, but it would have been more fun if his dice had been nice and rolled halfway decent for him. I get that it’s a dice game, but Tsarina is the meanest die out there. When she’s on a two fist side and I reroll her hoping for a character, she always comes back up as energy – usually a single fist. I watched that very thing happen to Mr. Dennis and I was heartbroken for him. I still enjoyed chatting with Mr. Dennis, who is super nice and a very good sport. I almost cry when Tsarina does that to me, but he took it in stride and pushed on in our match. He did the best he could with what his dice gave him. I really want to play against Mr. Dennis again one day because he’s such a pleasant person to chat and play with, which makes the game that much more fun.

Record after Round Two: 2-0-0

Round Three

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I faced off against Craig R. in round three. He was playing a Bard variant, which I knew I would have some trouble against. We both had average rolls, with the exception of his Imprisoned die. It did not want to roll up an action face for most of the game. I was able to slowly chip away at his life total with Colossus until he finally got his die to roll on the side he wanted. He then scooped up most of my field, leaving me with only two blockers against a Bard army. When he attacked, he wasn’t able to deal lethal damage to me, which returned my characters to me from Imprisoned. I was able to get my Colossus, Oracle, and Scarecrow back into the field and all of them were level two or higher. This put his life total at six. I realized I didn’t have enough Cold Gun dice to stop all the Bards he had and I thought I was done for because of the massive army that was going to be attacking me next turn. I had forgotten my Scarecrow had returned to the field which would prevent all of his characters from attacking. He had a Dwarf Wizard in the field that had my Oracle blanked. We were about to sign match slips when a spectator pointed out that he couldn’t legally attack and KO me if my Scarecrow wasn’t blanked. We realized our mistake and continued our match.

I felt like the most horrible person in the world at this point, and I told Craig that if he didn’t win, I was going to feel even worse. He used the energy he had in his Reserve Pool and KO’d his Wizard in an attempt to roll and blank Scarecrow on his next turn. He also had an Imprisoned die to roll that turn too. He had to get his Imprisoned die in order to secure his victory, but it didn’t roll for him. He could have used his Wizard, but I could use my Cold Gun when priority was passed to me and KO or blank the Wizard. I was not happy about this victory at all. I felt so awful about it, and I still feel a little bad about it – even now. Craig was a real gentleman and very polite about the situation which I know couldn’t have been easy for someone that was trying very hard to qualify for Nationals. We did get to play again later – which definitely was more fun.

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This was the army that was staring me in the face. It’s missing the Dwarf Wizard because this was taken after the match was officially over. I will discuss my opinion on Bard’s ability later, but all of these characters would have had a +12 to their attack and defense if those Bards had been able to attack.

I’m just glad that Craig did well and made it into the semi finals. He was a great player and I’m happy to have had the opportunity to play against him multiple times in this event.

Record after Round Three: 3-0-0

Round Four

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I was so very excited to play against my fourth round opponent and she tried to make me feel better about what happened in my previous round. I’ve had plenty of conversations in Facebook groups with Michaela K. I loved the episode of TRP’s podcast where she was interviewed and was also a guest host. I heard she was making the trek to Owensboro and I couldn’t wait to meet her! I was lucky enough to get to play against her, even though I knew exactly what was going to happen when I saw that she was playing Beholder. Beholder was the biggest weakness for both Colossus and my Grodd team because I couldn’t tech for Beholder on either team without compromising my team. But Michaela is a great player and pretty much as nice as I expected! Our match didn’t go very long before she blew me up with Beholder and Front Lined Kobolds and Sidekicks. I did what I could, but it wasn’t much. A slow control team like mine does not stand a chance without RareCrow or an action tech like End of Days or Oppression Begins. But I couldn’t risk swapping one Scarecrow for another and even though I lost to Michaela, I think I made the right call in the end. My Scarecrow was way more beneficial in my other matches than RareCrow would have been. I don’t mind losing to a player like Michaela, especially since she was playing such a strong team. I’m still super excited to have met her and I definitely can’t wait to meet up with her again at a future event. Even if we don’t get to play against each other at the next event we’re at, it’ll be awesome just to chat with her again!

Congratulations to Michaela on her Top Eight finish!

She has her tournament report up on The Reserve Pool, which you can find, here. I love seeing multiple reports from the same event because it gives players a multi-perspective view of a single event. Please be sure to check out her article as well. I always enjoy reading her work.

Record after Round Three: 3-1-0

Round Five

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Something pretty amazing happened in the fifth round. I got paired against the same fifth round opponent that I had last year! Josh K. is a super cool guy with a really nifty playmat. Josh and I had fun last year and this year was more fun. I was happy to see him playing another rogue team this year, and that Bard is not the nasty Bard, it’s Half-Elf Bard: Apprentice Order of the Gauntlet. Travis (Mr. DDK) and I like this particular version of Bard, so to see someone playing it at an event of this level made me very happy. It was even more awesome that Josh was playing it! He has a way with rogue teams and if you aren’t careful, he can have you KO’d before you know it. I was being careful and he still Magic Missiled me and attacked me Angels enough that before I knew it, I was at three life! Scarecrow saved me a lot in this game by keeping level one Angels from attacking me. I was using Polymorph to swap his level two-three Angels out with other Angel dice, putting them in at level one. He used his Enrage Global to boost their attack so he could attack with them. Poly-Global is great to use with Elf Thief dice and then feed them to Blue-Eyes, or attack with them, just to see if they get through. This was the only match that I remember attacking in, and if I hadn’t attacked those few times, the outcome would have definitely been different. Luck was on my side again in this match. He had rolled all three Magic Missile dice, got two of them on an action face, but he needed all three of them to secure a victory. With me at next-to-no life, and him sitting in single digits as well, I only needed to end my next turn. Using Poly Global on Thief dice and then cycling them is what helped me get my lower level characters up to Colossus range. I even used Poly Global on my level three Colossus to spin another level one character up, just to push that additional two damage. I ran the risk of him being easier to KO by doing that, but it was the right call.

I was so excited to see Josh and the other players from Indianapolis. They are a great bunch of folks and they’re always fun to play with. I look forward to playing against Josh again in the future and I can’t wait to see what uniquely awesome team he brings nest time!

Congratulations to Josh on his Top Eight finish! Josh finished Top Eight last year as well at Owensboro. I’m rooting for him to finish Top Four or better next year!

Record after Round Three: 4-1-0
Top Eight Seed – 3rd

Top Eight

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I couldn’t have been happier to see that Craig and I would be playing each other in our top eight match. I really wanted to play against him again, and we took special care to pay attention to all of our dice in these matches – lesson learned! I had some pretty terrible rolls, but Craig’s Imprisoned die continued to roll bad. His victories were relatively quick, even with the bad rolls on both sides. I couldn’t keep a character in the Field after he got one of his Imprisoned dice to roll an action face, which left me completely vulnerable to attack. His Bards made quick work of me in both games. We had much more fun in these matches. It didn’t feel as stressful and we just cut up with each other most of the time as we were more carefree and just happy to be in top eight. We both earned our foil, alt-art The Front Line and foil Big Entrance from making it to the top eight. The Big Entrance was the one card that I wanted really bad from this event because I use Big Entrance on lots of my teams.

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I was so very proud of my team for doing so well for me. I was so very proud of Craig too, because he was trying so hard to get his Nationals qualification. There were going to be three qualifications given out from this event, meaning three of the top four players would qualify. As the matches around us finished, we realized that one of the top four already had his qualification, meaning all of top four would be qualified for Nationals! This was super exciting and I was so very happy for Craig. He fought his way up and earned his qualification.

It was a pleasure to play against Craig, and I’m so glad that he got his qualification from this event. He finished in the Top Four and I know how much it meant to him to achieve that goal. I’m also happy to have made a new friend in Craig as well as the other folks from St. Louis! They’re a great bunch of folks and also really great to play against.

Congratulations again to Craig on his Top Four finish, as well as his Nationals Qualification! He absolutely deserves that qualification.

Final Standing in Top Eight – 8th

Final Thoughts

So, I set out to use a crazy rogue win condition, play some Dice Masters, and write about the folks I played against. I think I accomplished that. I had so much more fun this year than I did last year. It felt like there was no passage of time as my friends were arriving and greeting me. You can’t get that warm, fuzzy feeling in any other competitive gaming community. I’ve been around a lot of those other scenes and none of them can even compare to Dice Masters. I got to play against an old friend from last year and lots of new folks. My opponents are no longer opponents – I call them friends. I’ve never seen a community of players like this and it makes my heart swell with joy. I also feel like I picked the best possible team to play. Colossus is definitely all Hugs. My buddy Joe said that I was playing Ponies without using Pony characters. I didn’t realize it until he pointed it out, but he’s totally right. My team matched that awesome MLP playmat! Lots of folks were commenting on how cool and unique it was and I totally have Mr. Glen to thank for that (Review article, here).

Now the world is not all full of sunshine and rainbows, though I wish it was. I have never been so upset in a match as I was in round three against Craig R. He was a really good sport about it and he was upset as well, but I think for different reasons. It really didn’t make me feel good to win that round and when I realized that I was going to win, I couldn’t hold back the tears. I’m super sensitive and wear my heart on my sleeve. But got to match back up in top eight and that was much more fun. So it all worked out in the end and I felt much better about it all after Craig defeated me in top eight.

As far as the meta goes, I didn’t go there with a meta team. Yes, I had meta control pieces, but my win condition is so far from the meta that lots of folks don’t know that card exists. I play different and unique win conditions in order to give those cards a chance to shine, even if every round is a loss, those cards were used and loved for a time. I didn’t go to win – I went to have fun. I feel like everyone should go with that mindset. We drove about three and a half hours, paid $15 entry fees, and had zero expectations about winning. The focus was completely on the fun for me. But Travis and I have discussed the state of the meta for hours upon hours with each other and our locals. We all dislike Bard, with a great passion. Bard should not have the ability it does for a character that only cost four to purchase. We hope they’ll errata the card to a While Active effect, so it won’t stack, but still be a very viable meta piece. If they don’t then I hope they errata it to something to keep it from being too overpowered. Bard’s ability to stack its buffs is just too much. As you saw in my picture above, Craig R. had a +12A/+12D buff to EACH character die. That was an impressive army he going. I just think Bard has too much power and not enough responsibility and he needs to be taught how to be responsible!

I didn’t have room for a Beholder tech, and if there had been a flood of Beholder teams, I would’ve been losing each match for sure. It was a risk I took, mainly because if I had to face a bunch of Beholder teams, I wanted it to be over quickly and not drawn out. I did put it out there on my Facebook that Beholder was my weak spot, but I honestly thought I’d see more Ring variants. I didn’t play against a single Ring team, but I know there were some there. I put a very specific card on my team to help me against Ring teams. Because of how specific Lex Luthor’s ability is, he was of no use to me the entire tournament. I basically played with a seven card team the entire tournament. But that’s part of the risk you run when you’re building and don’t know what the meta will look like at a particular venue. Cold Gun could have been useful against Beholder, but it’s not always the easiest thing to buy and you need them cycling consistently to keep yourself alive against Beholder.

The top eight at Owensboro consisted of my team, Josh K.’s rogue team with Protection Bard, Beholder/Imprisoned, a Mask Ring team, and four Bard variants. I’m happy that we only had four Bard variants in the top eight, but that quickly became the Bard top four slugfest. I’m totally not disappointed that I didn’t make it further, as I didn’t expect to do anywhere near as well as I did. But I thought at least one of the other non-Bard (I’m including Josh’s team as a non-Bard team) teams would make it. I’m proud of all the players in this event. They all played the best they could and I hope that everyone had fun. I didn’t have to try too hard to have fun because everyone was fun to be around!

I know how much it killed Travis’s soul to play with Poly-Venom Bard. He didn’t want to play it, but he wanted to do well and he felt that his Bard variant would get him at least into top eight. He ended up finishing second, losing to Mr. Craig H., in an epic defeat that made the entire crowd erupt into a huge uproar of excitement! They each had won one game and time had been called after they finished their second game and before they had begun their third game. They had to start their third game in turns. I wasn’t watching the game too closely because I always get so nervous when Travis is playing and I don’t want to make him nervous! I did watch the final turns of the match and saw where Travis had a lead on life (by one!) and Mr. Craig H. needed at least two Sidekicks to secure a victory. He rerolled three of his Sidekicks that were showing energy and two of them hit a Sidekick face! Travis jumped up cheering along with all the spectators! Mr. Craig has visited us in Dyersburg before and so Travis and I were thrilled that he won the event! Travis said that it wasn’t really a loss a for him because a friend won, and I couldn’t agree more. There were many hugs between the two of them, cheers, and lots of congratulations going around to everyone for a well-played tournament. Travis and Mr. Craig H. earned their Nationals qualifications in the top four alongside Craig R.

Travis did tell me that RareCrow was his MVP for most of the event, so I bet the KO King from Double Burst will be tickled to hear that!

Big Bang is a stand up venue with the most amazing Tournament Organizer, Mr. Jason A. Cory C. was a wonderful judge and they deserve some super kudos for rocking this event like pros. The event ran smoothly and quickly with a break after round three for lunch. All the players were prompt in finding their seats and everyone seemed to be having a great time. We had 22 players and most of the teams were either rogue or variants of meta teams with a personal tweak. The other employees at Big Bang are always helpful and very patient with folks. Thank you Big Bang for having a copy of IvX #1 for me to pick up! Our store is still waiting for our copies that were short from our order… One of the employees got down into the comic boxes with me, trying to help me find a copy of Uncanny Inhumans #6 (I still can’t seem to find it anywhere – besides online). Great store and great tournament location!

Congratulations again to all those that got their Nationals qualifications!

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Roll on, Dice Masters!

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!