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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Ant-Man: Through the Cracks  from the Marvel Justice Like Lightning Team Pack.

W Ant-Man, Through the Cracks

Ruling – Amplify Keyword Ability

“Amplify: When you use an action die, spin this character up 1 level.”

Amplify will trigger when you use any kind of action die. Using a Continuous action die, a Trap, Gear, or any other action die that remains in the Field Zone or elsewhere in play (ex: Imprisoned) will also trigger Amplify, but only when those dice are moved from the Reserve Pool. Activating a Continuous action die’s ability in the Field Zone is not the same as using the die and it will not trigger the Amplify ability.

Anytime you use an action die, each character die with Amplify in the Field Zone will spin up one level (if able).

If the character die is already at its maximum level, then the character die will not be able to use Amplify and will not be able to spin up. Effects that trigger from a die spinning up will not be triggered if the die does not spin up.

If you use more than one action die in a turn, a character die with Amplify will spin up one level each time. Example: I use Thrown Brick and resolve it’s effect. My level one Ant-Man will spin up to level two. I then use Big Entrance and resolve its effect. My level two Ant-Man now spins to up to level three. Because Ant-Man is now level three, if I use any more action dice, he will not spin up any more.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Ant-Man is a Fist type character card.
~ He has the Thunderbolts and Avengers affiliations.
~ He has a Max Dice of four.
~ This card is a Common and is #2 of 24.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)

There is not a ruling for this specific card.

You can find more info about specific Keywords on the WizKids Keywords page.

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Opinion

I like the idea of using this Ant-Man with some actions that give him Overcrush or makes him unblockable. He looks like he’d be lots of fun in Golden Age, but not sure if he’s viable yet in Modern Age. Fielding him on level one or two and then spinning him to level three doesn’t seem like a stretch for a fun casual team and his stats aren’t terrible for an attacker. His defense is not good at all, but defense isn’t that important for an attacker, unless you want that attacker to survive being blocked. A character with high attack and low defense is great to give Overcrush to.

This Ant-Man uses the exact same die as the one from Uncanny X-Men, so if your local venue is okay with it, you could substitute the dice or add more without having to purchase another Team Pack. Check with your TO first!

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The Mighty Thor Dice Masters set has released! I unboxed a Draft Pack Display and thought I’d share the breakdown of my pulls. You can see the video on my YouTube channel, here. I will not be featuring favorite cards in this article – be looking for that article in the future!

Each pack’s contents are listed below. Foil cards are in red text. The boxes are listed from the front of the display, to the back of the display.

Rules Insert

Rules Insert

Draft Pack #1

Basic Action Cards
Investigation
Shockwave

Commons
Absorbing Man
Hulk
Jarnbjorn
Loki
Ragnarok
Thor (Male)

Uncommons
Balder
Hulk
Sif
Thor (Male)

Rares
Mjolnir
Punisher

Draft Pack #2

Basic Action Cards
Big Entrance
Surprise Attack

Commons
Balder
Billy Club
Crystal
Odin
Punisher
SP//dr
Samantha Wilson

Uncommons
Hogun
Samantha Wilson
Wrecker

Rares
Fandral
Odin

Draft Pack #3

Basic Action Cards
Don the Helm
Investigation

Commons
Crystal
Jane Foster
Kate Bishop
Nick Fury
Sif
The Bifrost

Uncommons
Destroyer
Jane Foster
Loki
Samantha Wilson

Rares
Jarnbjorn

Kate Bishop

Draft Pack #4

Basic Action Cards
Big Entrance
Released from the Ice

Commons
Absorbing Man
Balder
Chipmunk Hunk
Hulk
Loki
Samantha Wilson
Thor (Male)

Uncommons
Absorbing Man
Jarnbjorn
Surtur

Rares
Daredevil
US Agent

Draft Pack #5

Basic Action Cards
Released from the Ice
Villainous Pact

Commons
Billy Club
Destroyer
Heimdall
Karnak
Thorbuster Iron Man
Volstagg
Wrecker

Uncommons
Fandral
Nick Fury
Pepper Potts

Rares
Iron Man
Sif

Draft Pack #6

Basic Action Cards
Odin’s Fury
Shockwave

Commons
Beta Ray Bill
Fandral
Hogun
Malekith
Mr. Fixit
Pepper Potts
Surtur

Uncommons
Enchantress
Mr. Fixit

Rares
The Bifrost
The Bifrost (Duplicate Rare – no dice)
Earth X Thor (SUPER RARE)

Draft Pack #7

Basic Action Cards
Archnemesis!
Get Thee Hence

Commons
Blackheart
Enchantress
Mjolnir
Punisher
Ragnarok
SP//dr

Uncommons
Punisher
Kate Bishop
The Bifrost
Thor (Female)

Rares
Crystal
SP//dr

Draft Pack #8

Basic Action Cards
Don the Helm
Shockwave

Commons
Daredevil
Hela
Iron Man
Jarnbjorn
Odin
Thor (Female)
US Agent

Uncommons
Crystal
Daredevil
Pepper Potts

Rares
Balder
Thorbuster Iron Man

Note – Draft Pack #6

In Draft Pack number six, I opened two The Bifrost rare cards, but didn’t get four dice in the pack. I went back and examined the dice more closely and discovered I had Odin dice, but no Odin card in that pack. When you look at the breakdown of the packs, you can almost immediately guess that the missing card was supposed to be an uncommon, non-foil Odin.I don’t believe it was a foil because there was already a foil uncommon card and three foils total in the pack. But, because this pack had the super rare in it, it could throw off the regular formula. But I’m certain it was an uncommon Odin because there were only two uncommon cards in the pack and the minimum I’ve seen is three.

That’s not a huge loss when you look at what I got in it’s place – a rare Bifrost. I’m definitely not upset about it, but I do not like that there was a miss-pack like this. This could mean that someone out there is missing a rare Bifrost and got an extra uncommon Odin. Miss-packs are bound to happen, but it’s not pleasant when it goes the other way.

Basic Action Card Reprint/Revamps

I pulled ten of the twelve BACs. Here is a list with a list of their previous versions. The orange cards are the two I did not pull. It appears that all the BACs are reprints or revamped versions of previous BACs.

#1 – Archnemesis!
~ Archnemesis (Amazing Spider-Man): Reprint

#2 – Big Entrance
~ Big Entrance (War of Light): Reprint
~ Promo(s): Reprint

#3 – Don the Helm
~ Transfer Power (Uncanny X-Men): Don the Helm is a revamp of Transfer Power. Don the Helm loses the Global and has updated wording, but is otherwise functionally the same.

#4 – Flying Hammer
~ Smash! (Avengers vs X-Men): Flying Hammer cost one more to purchase but has updated wording and is functionally the same.
~ Smash! (Iron Man War Machine): Flying Hammer cost one more to purchase but is functionally the same.

#5 – Get Thee Hence
~ Dark Avenger (World’s Finest): but the Batman affiliation is replaced with the Immortal keyword. Get Thee Hence is not a direct reprint.

#6 – Investigation
~ Gearing Up (Avengers vs X-Men): Investigation costs one less to purchase, but is worded the same.
~ Superhero Registration Act (Civil War): Investigation costs one less to purchase, but doesn’t have the Enlistment keyword. Otherwise, worded the same.
~ Special Delivery (TMNT Box 1): Investigation costs one less to purchase, but is worded the same.

#7 – Midgard
~ Save Civilians (Justice League): Midgard is a reprint.
~ Save Civilians (Superman Wonder Woman): Midgard is a reprint.

#8 – Odin’s Fury
~ True Believer (Amazing Spider-Man): Odin’s Fury has clarified wording but is functionally the same.

#9 – Released from the Ice
~ Reclaim (Heroes in a Half Shell): Released from the Ice is reworded but functionally the same.

#10 – Shockwave
~ Shockwave (Justice League): Reprint

#11 – Surprise Attack
~ Surprise Attack (Age of Ultron): Surprise Attack from Mighty Thor has updated wording but functionally the same.
~ Surprise Attack (Iron Man War Machine): The version in Mighty Thor is a direct reprint of this version.

#12 – Villainous Pact
~ Villainous Pact (Justice League): Villainous Pact from Mighty Thor has the updated wording but functionally the same.
~ Promo (M2016): Villainous Pact from Mighty Thor has is a direct reprint of this version.

Final Thoughts

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of the Draft Packs. I don’t like the extra hoops folks need to jump through in order to get all the Basic Actions. There are a total of sixteen BACs in a display – and there is no reason a sealed display shouldn’t have at least one copy of all twelve BACs. It’s bad enough you need a regular and foil set (if you’re collecting a foil set too), but to open a sealed display and still be missing two to three BACs is just silly.

I also don’t like that I end up missing somewhere around fifteen or sixteen uncommons, especially when I get duplicate uncommons, regardless of them being foil duplicates. I ended up with duplicate rares in the D&D display and that was a little frustrating as well. As a collector, I am greatly displeased with the draft packs and there is no way to convince me that they’re equal or better than a feed (for my collecting) – unless they were $15-$20 cheaper than a feed instead of only $10 cheaper. But if you’re only looking for rare cards, you can guarantee two rares or a rare and a super rare from a $10 pack. For that cost, I’d still rather buy a feed and then buy singles, like I’ve been doing since the dawn of Uncanny X-Men (AvX was a little different and harder to collect).

So, I’m very happy there is a gravity available for Mighty Thor. I wish WizKids would have made a BAC pack for folks that only want the regular BACs from the set and don’t want or have access to the Draft Packs. They could have brought back the Collector’s Box and put foil BACs in it with the cool premium dice. I don’t care about characters, character dice, or boosters – I just want the Collector’s Boxes back with foil BACs and premium dice! That would be awesome to have a Collector’s Box for starters and team packs with foil versions of the cards too.

I like the Draft Pack idea for pre-release events or other special sealed type events, but not as a standard product. I’ve heard several of my locals voice this same opinion.

What do you think of the Draft Packs?
Are you finding it difficult to get a full set of the BACs?
Do you like that they’re all reprints or revamped versions of previous BACs?

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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Scarlet Witch: Careful What You Wish For from the Marvel X-Men First Class set.

W Scarlet Witch, Careful What You Wish For

Ruling – Ability

“While Scarlet Witch is active, during your opponent’s Roll and Reroll Step, your opponent must reroll any Action dice that land on an Action face and cannot reroll any Action dice on energy faces.”

Scarlet Witch’s ability is a While Active ability. A While Active ability is one that works regardless of how many of the character’s dice are in the Field Zone. While Active abilities are like a light – it’s either on, or it’s off.

while-active-light

While Scarlet Witch is active, only during your opponent’s Roll and Reroll Step, if they roll any action dice and those dice land on an action face, they must choose to reroll them. They are not able to choose to reroll any action dice that show an energy face.

Scarlet Witch’s ability applies to all action dice: basic action dice, non-basic action dice, equipment, etc. Anything that is considered to be an action die will be affected by her effect.

If you have Scarlet Witch active, any action dice that show an action face after your opponent rolls their dice during the Roll and Reroll Step, must be chosen by the opponent to be rerolled. They can choose any other dice, except action dice showing an energy face, to reroll with the chosen action dice.

If the rerolled action dice land on an action face after they are rerolled, your opponent does not have to reroll them again. Scarlet Witch’s ability only forces them to choose to reroll them once during the Roll and Reroll Step.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Scarlet Witch is a Bolt type character card.
~ She has the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and Villain affiliation.
~ She has a max dice of four.
~ This card is an Common and is #31 of 124.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)
You can find a ruling for Scarlet Witch, here.

You can find the cross IP compatibility wording, here.
You can find more info about specific Keywords on the WizKids Keywords page.

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Strategy and Opinion

This Scarlet Witch could be powerful in almost any format where action dice are highly utilized. She’s a great soft counter for action dice teams or even a team that only uses one really powerful action die, like Lantern Ring: Limited Only By Imagination. With Scarlet Witch active, your opponent would essentially need to roll their action dice on an action face twice to keep them. Any action dice that are rolled on an energy face are stuck that way. Cards like Parallax will come in handy against Scarlet Witch, so if you’re using Scarlet Witch, don’t bring Parallax too!

I’m highly considering a spot for her on my Modern Age constructed team, mainly because there are so many good action dice out there that could be a problem. I plan to do some test playing with her very soon. It’s so difficult to test play right now because there are still so many sets scheduled for release and there could be something new or something better that would just take her place or make her obsolete.

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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Black Cat: Possessive from the Maximum Carnage Team Pack.

W 02 Black Cat, Possessive

Ruling – Ability

“While Black Cat is active, your opponent must choose to reroll dice that show a ? energy face during their Roll and Reroll Step.”

Black Cat’s ability is a While Active ability. A While Active ability is one that works regardless of how many of the character’s dice are in the Field Zone. While Active abilities are like a light – it’s either on, or it’s off.

while-active-light

During the Roll and Reroll Step, players roll their dice from their Prep Area and then choose any number to reroll. Black Cat’s ability says that during your opponent’s Roll and Reroll Step, they must choose any Wild energy that they rolled and reroll it. This applies to any die that shows a Wild energy face during the Roll part of the Roll and Reroll Step.

If the die rerolls into a Wild energy, they do not have to reroll it a second time, because her ability is only referring to the dice that the player chooses to reroll during the Roll and Reroll Step.

The opponent can still choose other dice to reroll along with the Wild energy that they are being forced to choose.

Black Cat’s ability is does not target dice. The ability applies an effect on the opposing player as long as she’s active. If she is removed from the Field Zone prior to the Roll and Reroll step, the effect is no longer active and no longer being applied to the opposing player.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Black Cat is a Shield type character card.
~ She has the Spider-Friends affiliation.
~ She has a max dice of four.
~ This card is an Common and is #2 of 24.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)
There isn’t a ruling for this specific card.

You can find the cross IP compatibility wording, here.
You can find more info about specific Keywords on the WizKids Keywords page.

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Strategy and Opinion

This card has a unique ability and she’s widely available in all the Maximum Carnage Team Packs. She’s a good control piece to reduce the amount of Wild energy your opponent could get on their turn. She’s got really good defensive stats and her fielding cost is good. Her purchase cost is in line with her stats and ability, making her a great card for any beginner to use.

My only problem with her, isn’t actually with her specifically, but with the release of The Riddler from the Batman TAS Villain OP Kit.

W 02 The Riddler, If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich

He does what she does, but better. Their stats and purchase costs are the same, but she’s a shield and he’s a bolt. I really wish this card hadn’t come out so close to the release of the Maximum Carnage Team Pack, because Black Cat might not see near as much play as she could have, thanks to The Riddler. The only benefit that Black Cat has is that she covers any dice that rolls a Wild, not just Sidekicks. But at the same time, she’s only effective during the Roll and Reroll Step so Parallax is an easy answer for her.

I still think she’s a great card for any beginner or any player that doesn’t have The Riddler. He’s an Organized Play card, so he’s a little harder to get a hold of than a card from a Team Pack.

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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Elektra: Way of the Stick from the Marvel Deadpool set.

W Elektra, Way of the Stick

Ruling – Ability

Elektra has a While Active ability. A While Active ability is one that works regardless of how many of the character’s dice are in the Field Zone. While Active abilities are like a light – it’s either on, or it’s off.

while-active-light

Elektra’s ability says that while she active, all of your character dice that have a purchase cost of two or less cannot be the target of either player’s Global abilities. This means your opponent can’t target your characters with a purchase cost of two or less with a Global, but you can’t target those characters with a Global either.

Elektra’s ability references the printed purchase cost on a character card. If you use a cost reducer to reduce the cost of a character to two or less, her ability will not apply to that character.

Elektra’s ability will also include Sidekicks. Sidekicks are character dice while in the Field Zone, and they have a purchase cost of zero. Since Elektra blocks Globals for character dice with a purchase cost of two or less, this would include your Sidekick dice.

If Elektra’s ability text is blanked or becomes ignored, the character dice under her protection would be vulnerable to Global abilities once again.

Global abilities that do not target can still be applied to the character dice that Elektra is protecting.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Elektra is a Mask type character card.
~ She has the Thunderbolts affiliation.
~ She has a max dice of four.
~ This card is a Rare and is #92 of 124.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)
You can find a ruling for this card, here.

Basic Information

You can find more info about specific Keywords on the WizKids Keywords page.

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Opinion and Strategy

Part of me is always surprised when folks ask about this card. But then the other part of me is not surprised. The rulebook is a great resource to help you start the game, but it doesn’t explain everything and WORF is becoming increasingly difficult to navigate and locate specific rulings. One of those rulings is an older one about the Sidekick dice and their purchase cost being zero, which I can’t find now. I also can’t find it anywhere in the rulebook. Basic information shouldn’t be this difficult for newer players to find. Page 6 and 7 is where most of the Sidekick info can be found, but there is no mention in this section about a Sidekick’s level or purchase cost. On page 24, it briefly mentions that Sidekicks only have one level, but that’s something that should be in the basic information about Sidekicks – not tucked away under the Levels and Spinning section. And since that information is relevant to that section, it should be mentioned there too, but not as the only reference.

But this is the reason that I continue to write these articles. I want to help new players understand card abilities that may be confusing. But I don’t feel like I’m up to writing a comprehensive rules document as most folks would probably disregard it anyway since it wouldn’t be an official document.

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It’s time for another Top List article! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and this one was suggested by John P. on Facebook.

To celebrate my 100th Confusing Card of the Week article, all of the cards on this list have a collector number of 100 from their respective sets. I was really surprised to see how many good cards were on this list. There is a mix of uncommon and rare cards from ten different sets. But wait, there are currently fourteen sets released that have a #100 card, so what about those other four? Well, they just missed the mark and will end up on the ‘Honorable Mentions’ list.

Now, remember, I’m only comparing the card abilities, stats, etc. of these cards with each other. I am not comparing their other versions.

I based my list off of several different criteria:
~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
~ Would I play this card today?
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
~ Are the dice pretty? Just kidding! I do like pretty dice, but it’s not necessary.

And by the way, thank you RetroBox. I love using your website. It makes my research go so much faster! I think your site is one the most visited sites on my computer.

Let’s kick this off with the four cards that just missed that tenth place spot.

Honorable Mentions

14. Captain America: Superhero from Uncanny X-Men

W Captain America, Superhero

Heroic: When fielded, Captain America may pair up with a different Heroic character until the start of your next turn. While Captain America is paired up, he and his partner each gain +4A and +4D.

So, not the worst Heroic ability, but it’s Heroic…

13. Rhino: Persistent Vengeance from Amazing Spider-Man

W Rhino, Persistent Vengeance

When fielded, you may KO target Sidekick. Send it to the Used Pile. If your opponent’s Spider-Man is active, you may do this twice instead.

This guy costs too much for his ability.

12. Drow Assassin: Paragon Humanoid from Battle for Faerûn

W Drow Assassin, Paragon Humanoid

At the end of the attack step, knock out all adventurers engaged with this character.

His ability is too conditional for most games where there are very few Adventurers used. Though, he is great for in set games. But that’s not enough to make my top ten list.

11. Black Widow: Killer Instinct from Avengers VS X-Men

W Black Widow, Killer Instinct

When fielded, spin one target opponent’s character down to level 1.

Back in the day when all we had was AvX to use, she was great if you didn’t have Tsarina. I even used her instead of Tsarina on several occasions, but now, she seems a little lack-luster compared to the rest of these cards. She does make the top of the ‘Honorable Mentions’ list though!

Top Ten of the 100’s
10. Spectre: Blinded By Sin from War of Light

W Spectre, Blinded By Sin

While Spectre is active, all character dice except Spectre must attack each turn.

So if you’re using this card, you’re likely only buying and fielding this guy. His ability keeps all of those nuisance characters out of the field, unless he’s blanked by a DWiz or the Shriek that’s coming in the Maximum Carnage Team Pack. But, if they’re blanking him, they aren’t going to be able to blank your other dudes! He could be a great decoy, or a great back up win condition. I would say that your team needs to be built around this card and the contingencies that come with him in order to make the team viable. That’s one of the main reasons he’s sitting at the number ten spot. But I still feel like he’s more fun to use than the cards on the Honorable Mentions list.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
They’re about average.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
Sure.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
I would say it can be useful.
~ Would I play this card today?
Maybe.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
I would definitely say that he needs a specific team.
~ Are the dice pretty?
They’re okay. They’re easy to read, which is good.

9. Jay Garrick: Guardian of Keystone City from Green Arrow and The Flash

Jay Garrick, Guardian of Keystone City

While Jay Garrick is active, the first time you field a BOLT or SHIELD character die each turn, you may take 1 damage and move a die from your Used Pile to your Prep Area (2 dice if the character is BOLT and SHIELD).

Why is this guy better than the many that came before him? Because he’s cheaper to purchase and field, and his ability works with lots of characters in the game. I don’t like that I have to take damage to move the die from my Used Pile to my Prep Area, because life is a very important resource and if I were going to spend it on something, it’s gotta be good. I could see someone pairing this card with Vicious Struggle, but there are better methods for making that Action lethal. I think he’s a good alternative to Reclaim, if you really need your BAC slots, but you need a way to mitigate that damage. I don’t see this card on any Rush/Blitz type teams because if you’re buying a four cost Jay Garrick, you’re not buying your two and three cost rush characters.

I think this card has some potential, but it’s not overflowing with it. I think he’s a good casual play card, but I don’t see him making any competitive lists anytime soon. Maybe a pilot out there can find a good use for him.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
I think his purchase cost is okay, but since he’s a crossover character, I think his level three fielding cost could have been a one instead of a two.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
Since you want him to stay active, his defense is great.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
It’s useful for what it does.
~ Would I play this card today?
Better than a maybe – possibly.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
I don’t think I’d slap Jay on any team of mine, but I think he needs a more fine-tuned build. I don’t think he needs a team dedicated to his ability though.
~ Are the dice pretty?
They’re one of my favorites from Green Arrow and The Flash. I love them!

8. Taskmaster: Mimic Anyone from Civil War

W Taskmaster, Mimic Anyone

When Taskmaster blocks or is blocked, change Taskmaster’s A and D to match that of any target character die in the Field Zone until end of turn. (Each Taskmaster die may target a different die.)

I think this ability is interesting for various levels of play. You could change his stats to help keep him alive, or change them so he’s KO’d. Putting him on a team with dice that have stats like Hulk or Thanos is great, but you want to use a force block Global like Wasp: Fashionista or Giant Spider: Greater Beast to get the use of his ability. Then you want to give him Overcrush so he can deal damage over the blockers.

The more I look at the card, the more unusual he becomes. I would love to see a team build with him that makes the most of his ability. Feel free to share one in the comments if you’ve played him and like him!

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
Stats – yes. Ability – depends.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
Hard to determine that really.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
It’s useful, but also situational. I don’t think it’s too situational, because you can manipulate the conditions of his ability on that card with a Global.
~ Would I play this card today?
Maybe, it’s not really my kind of card.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
He could be added to any team really. His ability is reliant on other card abilities.
~ Are the dice pretty?
Definitely not. I don’t like the color and his die image is just, okay.

7. Solomon Grundy: Died on a Saturday from Justice League

W Solomon Grundy, Died on a Sunday

KO any character of a lower level engaged with Solomon Grundy after damage is dealt.

I like his ability, but I don’t like that I feel I need him on level three all the time. I would not recommend using a Global like Mutation/Polymorph or Giganta because then your opponent can just spin their dudes up to save them from Grundy’s ability. His ability is great if you pair it with Wasp: Fashionista or Giant Spider: Greater Beast.

Those Globals help you get specific characters dice out the field wither through combat damage or Grundy’s ability. And I guess if he’s KO’d while level one or two, it’s not so bad because he could come back next turn at level three.

He also makes for a great blocker, because his stats are good and if he blocks a character with bigger stats on a lower level than his, he can still take them out. He’s not a far reach with his purchase cost either, which is a plus.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
I think it is for the most part.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
I would like to have seen maybe one more point of defense on all his levels for better survival against multiple blockers, but overall I think it’s fine for single blockers.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
It’s definitely useful, espicially when paired with a force block card. It’s situational only in that it affects lower level character dice, so you want him on level three if at all possible.
~ Would I play this card today?
Most likely.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
You could actually put this card on any team with a force block and he would do well. You definitely don’t need the force block, but it helps.
~ Are the dice pretty?
Yuck – no way. But they fit his character, so no real complaints. I think a pink sparkly die would look out of place with him. I like his image though!

6. Killer Croc: Out of the Depths from Batman

W Killer Croc, Out of the Depths

When fielded, KO all level 1 and 2 character dice with A less than Killer Croc.

So why did this guy beat out the other four cards and make my top ten? His ability paired with his stats could wipe an opponent’s entire Field Zone. His purchase cost is expensive, but I would pay that price to wipe their Field, leaving them open for an attack. This card is easily paired with Small Step for Man from the Superman Wonder Woman Starter.

W Small Step For Man, BAC

This puts all characters in the Field Zone at level one, but when you field your Killer Croc, you’re likely taking out all of their characters. You can use a Global like the one on Giganta: Standing Tall to spin your surviving character dice back up. This card has potential and possibilities – it only needs the right pilot and the right build to make it happen.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
Absolutely. If he was a six cost – he’d be too good.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
Totally. At level one, you’re KO’ing all opposing level one and two dice with an attack of three or less. Seems good to me!
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
I’d say it’s very useful, but slightly situational – which there are ways of fixing.
~ Would I play this card today?
I would love to play this card – TODAY!
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
I don’t think he requires a team built around him, but he may need a team with cost reduction or ramp/churn because he is expensive. But he’ll potentially win you the game if you get him!
~ Are the dice pretty?
Totally not. I am not a fan of the color of these dice, but I get why they chose the colors. I do really like his dice image though.

5. Superwoman: Amazonian from World’s Finest

W Superwoman, Amazonian

If you spend at least BOLT BOLT BOLT to purchase a Superwoman die, immediately roll that die and place it into your Reserve Pool.
Global: Pay 1. You may convert any amount of your energy to BOLT this turn.

So, the only thing holding this card back from making it any higher on the list is her level three fielding cost. I think a two would have been fine because her defense is low. Killer Croc is a two to field on his level three side and his stats are 7A/7D. I definitely don’t think a two fielding cost would break this card at all. I do like her ability, especially if I’m hoping for energy to buy more of her or other dice.

Her Global is the shining point of her card though. This Global allows you to keep your energy on it’s current face and spend it as that energy, or spend it as a Bolt. The Global cost one generic energy too, making it a very handy energy fixing tool for Bolt-centered teams.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
Yes, but her level two and three fielding cost are high.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
They aren’t as good as I’d like them to be. I’m not asking for zero and one fielding costs across all levels, but a three is a little steep for this type of ability. Her Global is what shines the most.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
The ability is useful, but too situational.
~ Would I play this card today?
I have definitely played this card and her other versions. I would play it on the right team.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
She doesn’t need a specific build, but building around her is helpful.
~ Are the dice pretty?
They’re colored thematically and they have a pretty shimmering swirl. I also like her die image.

4. Sangan: Sacrificial Fiend from Yu-Gi-Oh!

W Sangan, Sacrificial Fiend

When this monster gets knocked out, you may pull two dice from your bag. If both are monsters, put them into your prep area; otherwise return them to your bag.

I like this guy a lot in Golden Age. There are so many ways to manipulate the dice in your bag, not mention, KO a character. He’s got low enough defense numbers on all levels that your opponent may not want to attack into him or block him. You can easily KO him with Magic Missile/Unstable Canister, Fabricate, or Blue-Eyes.

I’ve used this card in the past and I like him. There are other ways to prep dice, but this could be more attuned to someone’s play style than the other cards.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
Yes, he’s easy to KO and you can manipulate your bag to increase the chances of drawing character dice.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
Definitely.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
It’s definitely useful, but may require the right timing.
~ Would I play this card today?
I have used him before and would use him today.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
~ Are the dice pretty?

3. Spider-Woman: Playing Both Sides from Age of Ultron

W Spider-Woman, Playing Both Sides

When fielded, deal 2 damage to one opposing character with a printed fielding cost of 0.

I like cheap characters with good stats and good abilities. She can easily take out nuisance characters like a low level Dwarf Wizard or Oracle, or just clear some Sidekicks out of the way for your attack. Even though her fielding costs are not the best, as long as she’s level one or two, it’s manageable.

She also has a great defense for those times you really need her to stay in the Field Zone as a blocker. The higher the defense, the less damage that gets through from dice with Overcrush! And even though she’s not the kind of card I would use, I can’t bump her down on the list because of her overall potential. She’s got a great ability for those annoying Oracles and DWiz’s and I like her for that.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
Definitely for her ability, and I guess the higher fielding cost on level three evens this card out some.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
Level one and two are fine. Seeing as how she’s not expensive to purchase, I can’t complain too much about her level three fielding cost.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
There are lots of zero fielding characters that are really good and used often. I would say she’s more useful than situational, but her ability requires a specific condition.
~ Would I play this card today?
Probably, but she’s not really my play style – I just see her overall potential.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
She can fit on any team without having to build around her directly.
~ Are the dice pretty?
They aren’t ugly, but they aren’t my favorite.

2. Oni: Greater Giant from Faerûn Under Siege

W Oni, Greater Giant

When fielded, you may put target Action die from target opponent’s Field Zone, Prep Area, or Reserve Pool into the Used Pile. Cancel any effect of that die.

I just covered this guy for my 100th Confusing Card of the Week article. I absolutely love this card. There is not near enough Action removal or Action hindering in the game and I think this card is probably one of the best for Modern Age. He was almost number one on this list because of how much I like him, but his situational ability is what held him back. If your opponent isn’t using Action dice much, he’s just a big hitting character die for four energy.

Even though his situational ability has held him out of the top spot, it’s what propelled him to the number two spot. That’s because for every player that doesn’t use Actions regularly, there are almost twice as many that do. And with Unstable Miracle growing in popularity in my area, Oni could be a great response to it. It won’t stop it completely, but it helps stifle some of that Boomerang action. There just aren’t enough Action-reliant teams out there for him to steal that first place spot.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
Yes.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
Yes, but level three might have been able to get away with a fielding cost of one.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
His ability is situational, but it’s a common situation to come across, making his ability very useful.
~ Would I play this card today?
I wouldn’t hesitate if I thought the meta would include half or more Action-based teams.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
He can find a spot on any team without needing his own support.
~ Are the dice pretty?
They are gorgeous! I love the color and his die image is perfect.

1. Lockjaw: King’s Best Friend from Deadpool

W Lockjaw, King's Best Friend

While Lockjaw is active, before your Clear and Draw Step, name a non-Sidekick die. If you draw that die, gain 1 life and each of your Lockjaw dice gets +1A and +1D.

Lots of folks love the common Lockjaw, but this Lockjaw can actually get some use from his attack and defense bonus, because it happens on your turn and not your opponent’s turn. There are plenty of ways to manipulate a bag to increase your chances of drawing the right die. You are always allowed to look in your bag before you draw too, but you have to shuffle those dice up really well before you draw.

I love that he has life gain and a stat buff with his ability. Life gain is definitely useful later in the game, as is a stat buff if you’re hoping to get some damage in. Lockjaw makes for a great blocker too, which is good since you need him active before your turn starts to get the use of his ability. I feel like this card is a little underrated because everyone focuses too heavily on the common version. This guy has a place on a team out there and I hope more folks try using him.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
I think they’re generous.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
More than generous.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
Highly useful, but may need some bag manipulation to increase the odds of calling the right die.
~ Would I play this card today?
I would put this card on any team that had room for him.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
He’s a great card that doesn’t need any support.
~ Are the dice pretty?
Not really. I don’t dig the colors, but they’re thematic and the die image is cute.

Final Thoughts

While most of these cards are just good in casual play, there are a few gems for competitive play hidden away. One being that great Oni card! I’ve gotten a few ideas for teams from the cards on this list and I intend to build one of them for our Modern Age event this Saturday. I’m really happy that John P. suggested this article. This was a lot of fun to write and research and I look forward to doing another Top List article in the future.

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Would you place a card differently?
Let me know what you think!
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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Jervis Tetch: Malice in Wonderland from the DC Batman set.

W Jervis Tetch, Malice in Wonderland

Ruling – Ability

Jervis’s ability is a When Attacks ability. His ability will trigger for each of his dice that attack.

When Jervis attacks, you gain control of a target opposing character die with a purchase cost of four or less. That character die is required to attack, if they’re able, on this same turn.

When a Jervis die attacks, you can target any character die with a purchase cost of four or less, which includes basic Sidekick dice. Basic Sidekick dice are considered level one characters with a purchase cost of zero while they are in the Field Zone.

The targeted die is then moved into the Attack Zone with Jervis to show that both of the dice are attacking.

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When the control of the die ends at the end of turn or when the controlling die is KO’d, you must return the controlled die to the area you took it from. You can use an ability like the Global on Blink – Transmutation (during the Attack Step) to move a Jervis die back to your Field Zone and the controlled die will still be attacking.

If the controlled die would be placed in your Used Pile or Prep Area, it goes to your opponent’s Prep Area instead.

If you control a die that is the same die of a character on your team, the controlled die will reference your opponent’s character card.

Normally, a controlling die cannot attack but because Jervis is required to attack in order to control a die, he is an exception.

Jervis’s ability is not optional. You must take control of a character die with a purchase cost of four or less when you attack with Jervis (if there is a legal target). That die is also assigned to attack, which is not optional.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Jervis Tetch is a Shield type character card.
~ He has the Villain affiliation.
~ He has a max dice of four.
~ This card is a Rare and is #99 of 124.

Examples

These examples are for information purposes only, to show what would happen in certain scenarios. I am not suggesting that these examples are the best outcomes for each scenario and each example only features relevant parts of the turn, not the entire turn.

Example One:
Attacking with multiple Jervis dice.

Game State
~ I have two level two Jervis Tetch (2A/1D) dice in the Field Zone.
~ My opponent has a level three Red Hood: Jason Todd (5A/5D) die and a Sidekick die in the Field Zone.
~ The turn is moving into the Attack Step.
(Attack Step – Assign Attackers)
~ I assign both of my Jervis dice to attack, moving both of them into the Attack Zone.
~ Both of their abilities are triggered simultaneously when they attack.
~ The first Jervis die will gain control over my opponent’s Sidekick die, moving it to the Attack Zone on my side.
~ The second Jervis die will gain control over my opponent’s Red Hood die, moving it to the Attack Zone on my side.
(Attack Step – Assign Blockers)
~ My opponent does not have any characters to assign as blockers.
(Attack Step – Actions and Globals)
~ I choose not to use any Actions or Globals. (This would be the moment that I could use the Global on Blink – Transmutation to push my Jervis back to my Field Zone and not lose control over the controlled dice.)
~ My opponent does not use any Globals.
(Attack Step – Assign and Resolve Damage)
~ Since none of the characters were blocked, they will all deal their attack value in combat damage to my opponent’s life total. Red Hood is going to deal 5, each Jervis will deal 2 each, and the Sidekick will deal 1 – for a total of 10 damage.
~ As soon as the character dice damage my opponent, they move Out of Play.
(Clean Up Step)
~ Character dice that were KO’d by combat damage during the Attack Step are now placed in the Prep Area.
~ Characters blocked, but not KO’d are removed from the Attack Zone, but stay in the Field Zone. The Attack Zone is part of the Field Zone, but only attacking and blocking characters can be in the Attack Zone.
~ Dice that are Out of Play will move into the Used Pile. My opponent’s Red Hood and Sidekick die will go to my opponent’s Prep Area instead of the Used Pile.
~ All effects end unless otherwise specified (like a While Active or ‘End of Turn’ ability).
~ All damage is cleared.
~ End of turn abilities will resolve.
~ My turn is now over and my opponent’s turn will begin.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)
I have a pending question with WORF in regards to the Jervis Tetch cards. There are no official rulings at the time this article was written. I will update with red text when I see an official ruling.

Basic Information

You can find more info about specific Keywords on the WizKids Keywords page.

Turn Order Summary Reference

turn-order

Opinion and Strategy

I really don’t like the wording on any of the Jervis cards. And until there is an official ruling, my ruling is how we will be playing it locally. I wanted to wait for the official ruling before doing a CCW on any Jervis, but I’ve been getting several requests and questions about him. This prompted me to sit down and really pour over rulebooks and WORF posts in an effort to decipher how this obscenely confusing card is supposed to work.

If/when WORF gives us a ruling, I will most definitely update this article, or post a corrected article if need be. I’ve never claimed to be an expert and if you have a different way you think he should be handled, I’m totally up for discussion!

As far as the ability, it can devastating, for sure. He can easily remove parts of that wall to allow for some damage to get through, or take all their characters from the field and smack them with them. I would not use Blink or Distraction Globals because that could hinder your overall goal if your opponent uses those Globals to push their stolen characters back so they get them back.

I think this guy has potential in drafts for sure, but because there isn’t a solid ruling from WORF on him, I’m not planning on testing him in Modern Age or Golden Age.

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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Rip Hunter: Navigate the Sands of Time  from the DC Batman set.

Rip Hunter, Navigate the Sands of Time

 

Ruling – Ability

Rip Hunter’s ability is a While Active ability. A While Active ability is one that works regardless of how many of the character’s dice are in the Field Zone. While Active abilities are like a light – it’s either on, or it’s off.

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Rip Hunter’s ability can only be used once during your turn and only during the Clear and Draw Step. Rip Hunter must be active at the start of your turn to be able to use his ability that same turn. To use Rip Hunter’s ability, you draw dice for your Clear and Draw Step, and then you can send any number of those dice to the Used Pile and draw that many dice. You may choose any number of the dice you’ve drawn to go the Used Pile. You do not have to send them all.

The dice that you send to the Used Pile, go directly to the Used Pile and not Out of Play. This is because those dice have not entered the Reserve Pool.

If a card ability would allow you to draw extra dice during the Clear and Draw Step, you can use Rip Hunter’s ability for those dice as well. For example, if you have a Swarm trigger that allowed you to draw an extra die, for a total of five dice, you can send all five dice to the Used Pile and then draw five more dice using Rip Hunter’s ability. If any of those dice have the Swarm keyword and match an active character of the same name, you get to trigger Swarm again.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Rip Hunter is a Shield type character card.
~ He does not have any affiliation.
~ He has a max dice of four.
~ This card is a Common and is #30 of 124.

Examples

These examples are for information purposes only, to show what would happen in certain scenarios. I am not suggesting that these examples are the best outcomes for each scenario and each example only features relevant parts of the turn, not the entire turn.

Example One:
Using Rip Hunter’s ability.

Game State
~
I have two Rip Hunter dice and a Sidekick die active. I have seven Sidekick dice and one Batman die in my bag.
~ It’s the beginning of my turn.
(Clear and Draw)
~ I don’t have any dice to clear.
~ I draw four Sidekick dice.
~ I use Rip Hunter’s ability, sending three of my Sidekick dice to the Used Pile and I draw three more dice.
~ I draw two Sidekick dice and my Batman die.

Example Two:
Rip Hunter’s ability with Swarm.

Game State
~ I have one Multiple Man: Pile On! die, one Goblin: Lesser Humanoid die, and two Sidekick dice active in the Field Zone.
~ I have a Goblin, Multiple Man, and four Sidekick dice in my bag, and two Sidekick dice in my Use Pile.
~ It’s the beginning of my turn.
(Clear and Draw)
~ I draw four dice: one Multiple Man, one Goblin, two Sidekick dice.
~ I trigger the Swarm ability on Multiple Man and Goblin and draw two more dice: two Sidekicks.
~ I use Rip Hunter’s ability and send Multiple Man and Goblin to the Used Pile.
~ I now draw two more dice, but my bag is empty, so I refill it with the Used Pile (two Sidekicks, Multiple Man, and Goblin). I draw a Goblin and a Sidekick.
~ I trigger Swarm on the Goblin die, drawing one more die – Multiple Man.
~ I trigger Swarm on the Multiple Man die and draw my last die, which is a Sidekick.
(Roll and Reroll)
~ I roll all eight dice and proceed with the rest of my turn.

 

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)
You can find the official ruling, here.

Basic Information

You can find more info about specific Keywords on the WizKids Keywords page.

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Opinion and Strategy

I will continue to stand by my opinion that the dice moved by Rip Hunter need to go Out of Play. I’ve seen Ultraman abuse this to devastating results, as well as Parademon Swarm Burn. However, I will never rule against anything that’s been officially ruled on by WORF and I completely understand the reasoning behind their ruling. I just think it’s absolutely silly.

That being said, Parademon’s Burning Swarm is a team that Mr. DDK and I have been discussing since before they officially ruled Rip Hunter. I really want to use Darkseid: Force of Entropy with Parademon: Strength in Numbers and a cheap Swarm dude, like Multiple Man: Pile On!, because that’s just too silly. Rip Hunter’s ability can make a team like that more lethal. I’ve already played against someone that’s headed that direction with their team anyway, and the Parademon with Goblin Swarm is bad enough.

Rip Hunter has his benefits outside of breaking things. He’s exceptionally handy in drafts and he makes for a great addition to many teams that are desperately missing their PXG Global. He’s obviously not as good as PXG, but it’s totally better than nothing! I’ve been using the Uncommon Rip Hunter with my New Gods, but I might have to swap him for this version, unless I can speed the team up some other way.

I think that Rip Hunter is a good card in the competitive scene, but he does cost four to purchase. It’s not too much, but it could be too slow to use against some teams. Be sure you’re not adding him to your team as a necessary purchase, because if you’re buying him, you’re not buying your win condition (unless he contributes to that win condition). Your team shouldn’t be relying on him to function. If you’re using the rare Dwarf Wizard, this is probably going to be the character you want to target, unless of course there is a much larger threat at the time. But using DWiz to slow their churn is a really good idea early in the game.

If you’re playing casual, he’s a great addition and I don’t think he should be overlooked. He could help some of those casual teams churn through their dice a little faster to get to the good stuff!

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WizKids is about to release its annual DC Starter, Superman Wonder Woman, 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.

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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!

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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Hellcat: It’s Patsy!  from the Marvel Defenders Team Pack.

07 Hellcat, It's Patsy

Ruling – Ability

Hellcat has two different types of abilities on her card. One is a When Fielded ability and the other is a While Active ability.

Hellcat’s When Fielded Ability

A When Fielded ability only triggers when the character die is placed into the Field Zone from the Reserve Pool by paying it’s fielding cost, or by a card ability that specifically says to ‘field’ the character die and not move or place the character die.

Hellcat’s When Fielded ability says that you must name a target opposing non-Sidekick character when you field her die, which will replace any previous choices. Hellcat can only target an opposing non-Sidekick character die that’s in the Field Zone for her ability.

A character with the Ally Keyword can not be targeted by Hellcat because Ally means that the dice is considered a Sidekick while in the Field Zone.

If you field a second Hellcat die while one is still active, you can name the same target opposing character. For example: I field Hellcat and name Batman. In the same turn, I field a second Hellcat and name Batman again.

Hellcat’s When Fielded ability is not optional and must be used if there is a legal target.

Hellcat’s While Active Ability

The second ability on Hellcat is her While Active ability. A While Active ability is one that works regardless of how many of the character’s dice are in the Field Zone. While Active abilities are like a light – it’s either on, or it’s off.

while-active-light

Hellcat’s While Active ability says that your opponent is dealt two damage the first time that they field the named character die. Your opponent will take that two damage each turn, but only the first time they field the character that Hellcat targeted with her When Fielded ability.

Hellcat’s While Active ability is not optional. If Hellcat is active and your opponent fields the named character, they must take two damage. The damage can be redirected, reduced, etc with other game effects or abilities.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Hellcat is a Mask type character card.
~ She has the Defenders affiliation.
~ She has a max dice of four.
~ This card is a Common and is #7 of 24.

Examples

These examples are for information purposes only, to show what would happen in certain scenarios. I am not suggesting that these examples are the best outcomes for each scenario and each example only features relevant parts of the turn, not the entire turn.

Example:
Using Hellcat.

Game State
~
I have a level one Hellcat die and a Fist energy in my Reserve Pool.
~ My opponent has an Alfred die and a level one Batman: Speedy Recovery die in the Field Zone.
~ It’s during my Main Step.
(Main Step)
~ I spend my one Fist energy, moving it Out of Play, to pay for Hellcat’s fielding cost.
~ I move Hellcat to the Field Zone and activate her When Fielded ability.
~ There is only one legal target for her ability, which is Batman. I can’t target Alfred because he’s an Ally and considered a Sidekick.
~ I pass priority to my opponent and they do not use any Globals, passing priority back to me.
~ I decide not to attack, so the Attack Step is bypassed and we proceed into the Clean Up Step.
(Clean Up Step)
~ All dice Out of Play are moved to the Used Pile.
~ All effects end unless otherwise stated.

Now my opponent begins their turn.
(Clear and Draw)
~ My opponent moves leftover dice from their Reserve Pool into their Used Pile.
~ My opponent draws four dice; two Sidekicks and two Batman dice.
(Roll and Reroll)
~ My opponent rolls their dice and they get two level one Batman characters, a Fist on a Sidekick die, and a Mask on a Sidekick die.
~ They choose to not reroll any of their dice.
(Main Step)
~ My opponent pays a Fist energy, moving it Out of Play, to pay for one of the Batman’s fielding costs.
~ They field the Batman die and Hellcat’s While Active ability triggers.
~ My opponent takes two damage, which will trigger Batman’s Vengeance ability – “Whenever you take damage, KO a Batman die and return it to the Field Zone at level 2.”
~ My opponent chooses to KO the Batman die they just fielded and then return him to the Field Zone at level two.
~ My opponent pays a Mask energy, moving it Out of Play, to pay for the other Batman’s fielding cost.
~ They field the Batman die on his level one side. Hellcat’s ability will not trigger again because my opponent has already fielded a Batman this turn.

As long as Hellcat remains active with Batman as her target, my opponent will take two damage the first time they field a Batman die – every turn.

Official Sources

You can find a ruling about this card here, on WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF).

You can find more info about specific Keywords on the WizKids Keywords page.

Turn Order Summary Reference

turn-order

Opinion

I was very confused about Hellcat’s While Active ability and took it to WORF – adding in a few other questions about her that the locals were asking too. I’m so glad they returned with an answer as quick as they did. Thanks WizKids!

I do not like her anywhere near as much as Lyssa Drak and as long as Lyssa is in Modern, I don’t see any good reason to use this Hellcat. She’ll likely be the Lyssa replacement when War of Light eventually rotates from Modern. As for Prime, I’m not sure if she’s worth playing or not. She’s worth testing out for Prime, and it will likely come down to the individual’s style of play.

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