Posts Tagged ‘Draft’

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I’m going to keep it short today. You can find all of the featured matches on my YouTube channel in the July 15, 2017 playlist.

You can even my draft pick video there! This video was streamed live to Facebook from my phone. Sorry about the terrible skinny view on YouTube, but I can’t change that.

I was not drafting to win this event. I was drafting mainly for cards that I need for my collection, as were several other folks. Here is the team I put together from my draft picks.

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I chose Unstable Canister and Cloudkill as my Basic Actions. Unstable Canister was a huge help in all of my games, mainly for its Global. Using the Global helped me get attackers through to hit my opponent’s life total. I was able to get a partial flow with Rip Hunter in one game where I cycled the dice I drew in hopes of pulling my Unstable Canister dice. The primary focus of the team was Red Hood and Cloudkill with a bunch of cheap dudes, but I never got that work for me.

I ended up taking second place, missing first place due to tiebreakers. I had fun, but I think Rip Hunter with Unstable Canister is a really silly way to earn your victories. I wanted to try it for myself just to see how silly it was. While it’s a viable strategy, it really is no fun being on the receiving end. You can try to buy up all of their Canister dice, but in doing so, you put your own strategy in jeopardy – which is how I won my second match. This is not a draft strategy I plan to use in the future because it’s not really my style.

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Greetings Fellow Wiz-Fans!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dial it up and roll on!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

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

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

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

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

Website: http://dyersburgcomiccon.com/

Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Masters!

 

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

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

Draft Championship Format

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

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

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

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

Prime Championship Format

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

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

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

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

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

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

Draft Championships
February 20, 2017 to March 19, 2017

Prime Championships
April 1, 2017 to May 7, 2017

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

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

World’s Finest BACs

 

Civil War BACs

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Set One) BACs

 

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

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

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

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

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

Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

We played a limited event this past Saturday and this type of format is becoming a local favorite. Each player pays a $10.00 entry fee and they are allowed to choose ten boosters from any set that the store has in stock. Players can mix and match if they choose, but the best strategy is usually to choose ten from the same set. We had Battle for Faerûn, World’s Finest, Green Arrow and The Flash, and Deadpool in stock.

My Team

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You can find my team here, on DM Retrobox.

I chose all ten packs from Deadpool. When I opened my packs, the cards I saw that stood out were several Deadpool affiliated characters, and one Lady Bullseye. I was definitely hoping for at least two of her dice, but I only pulled one, so I had to figure out something else. I volunteered to run the store that night so that the owner could spend some time with his family at a Christmas party. When you’re working and trying to build a team, you don’t always get the same amount of time as others to build. I threw a bunch of dudes together and hoped for the best! I picked all the Deadpool folks – without reading them, Free Chimichangas because it gives a defense boost and Deadly, Multiple Man because he has Swarm and I had two dice for him, and Lady Bullseye because – why not? Knowing my time was extremely limited on building, I grabbed Hulk Out and Resurrection for my two Basic Actions. I knew I couldn’t go wrong with a little ramp and Hulk Out to go with Lady Bullseye isn’t a bad idea.

Round One

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My round one opponent had decided to build from the D&D stock. I loved having both Resurrection Globals to use, and that definitely helped me. I was not excited to see that Magic Helmet on my opponent’s team. It was a great counter piece to my Dogpool. I realized I had made a mistake when building my team by adding Outlaw. I only had one die for her, which made her a totally useless character. I could always use her for fodder, but her ability was bunk for me. I also made a huge mistake during this match. I was so focused on buying all of my Deadpool characters (except for Outlaw), that I neglected to buy any of my Hulk Out dice. This gave my opponent an opportunity to use his Big Entrance die and the three energy he rolled to buy all three of my Hulk Out dice at once. I didn’t think I was going to be able to pull off a victory in this match when he started fielding big characters, like his Minotaur, but some well placed blockers and well timed attacks left him practically defenseless. My characters were beefy on defense and heavy on attack stats, helping me find a path to victory. It was a glorious game of agonizing over when to attack and how to block. These are the games that make you feel good, regardless of who won and who lost.

Record after Round One: 1-0-0

Round Two

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I found myself sitting across the table from Mr. DDK in round two. I always have the hardest time defeating him in any game, constructed or otherwise. I was fortunate though, that he missed my Resurrection Global for a turn or two because he didn’t notice it, which I feel slowed him down a little. He hit me pretty hard with a level three Angel Dust, but I blocked most of his other attackers. Letting Angel Dust through was a good choice because she went to the Used Pile and she had to cycle back through his bag. I only needed my Kidpool this game, because my opponent brought that glorious Anger Issues Global. Add a Hulk Out or two into that mix and it was game over for Mr. DDK. I considered myself very lucky that some of his dice didn’t roll for him and most of mine rolled on the side I needed or a side that I could use. He did some major damage though, so it wasn’t a cake walk. I did feel like I could lose the game on any turn if he rolled what he needed. That’s the nature of the game though. It was still a fun match with some back and forth and attacking/blocking strategy.

Record after Round Two: 2-0-0

Round Three

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I apologize for the picture. I totally forgot to snap a picture before we packed up, but he was kind enough to unpack his stuff before he left so that I could at least get a pick of his cards. It was totally my fault that I didn’t get the picture I wanted and I have to thank my opponent again for doing this for me.

This game was incredible. I was fielding characters left and right, and he was constantly attacking me with his Purple Worm. It was pretty intense for several turns, because one misplaced blocker could have put either of us in jeopardy. I took a chance on one of my last turns and attacked when he had several characters. I knew he couldn’t clear my field completely so I’d have some blockers left if he rolled his characters back up. My two Deadly Deadpool dice were very useful this entire match, and even more on this particular attack. I was left with several character dice after the combat was done and my opponent was rolling all of those characters I KO’d on his turn. I was hoping only one or two would roll. He rolled his dice and none were characters. He rerolled the character dice, and luck was on my side – they all came up energy! I will not turn down a victory, but I do not like winning when my opponent has no options and can’t defend themselves – even if it’s because of a bad roll. But aside from how the game ended, the rest of the game was tons of fun. I’m very happy my opponent came to play and he ended up in third place for the event.

Record after Round Three: 3-0-0
Final Standing: 1st

Final Thoughts

We only used ten packs for our first sealed event a while back, and part of me thought that ten packs wasn’t enough. After playing this format a second time with only ten packs, I think ten is probably going to be the magic number. Some players will end up pulling great cards that have wonderful synergy together, and some won’t pull anything that works together at all. It’s not what you pull, but how you use it – with a bit of luck. I definitely had some luck on my side for this event. My team did not have anything that actually worked together for a super cool effect. Lady Deadpool and Kidpool were about all I had, and Lady Deadpool’s ability only made her cheaper to buy – nothing else after you had her. Kidpool worked with any of my Deadpool characters. You don’t have to have a team that functions like a constructed team in an event like this. Everyone is working with what they’ve pulled so everyone is kinda on the same page. Even pulling a Super Rare doesn’t guarantee you win – I had one rare (Dogpool) and I didn’t use his ability a single time. The rest of my team was common and uncommon, and I just threw everything together without really reading most of the cards. In my opinion, the Deadpool set is really good for limited events like sealed and drafts. Everyone is so used to drafting with sets that have cards with crazy good Globals or they play way too much constructed, that they don’t see how much fun this set is. I’m so glad I picked Deadpool to use in the sealed and I would totally do it again.

What are some changes you’d make without changing the spirit of the team?
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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I hope you all have had a wonderful release week/weekend. I know we have had a blast! We typically do a draft on the Saturday after a new set releases to celebrate. While I was looking through the cards in our feed on release day, I realized how much of a slug-fest this set was going to be in draft. I was not wrong! This set has one Global ability and it’s on Motorcycle: Vroom!, which is like a Blink or Distraction Global with an added condition. One of the most important things about drafting this set is to be very careful when picking your Basic Actions!

We had a total of eleven players for our draft, so we split into two pods to draft (one pod of six, one pod of five).

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After drafting – the battles began! I always love seeing these pictures with all the playmats down the tables! We even had players at the very back table too.

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My Team

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Characters
Lady Bullseye: Attack on Two Fronts
Agent Carter: Behind Enemy Lines
Multiple Man: Jamie Madrox
Miguel O’Hara: Spider-Man 2099
Negasonic Teenage Warhead: Bored in School
Free Chimichangas: Best Things in Life
Satchel of Unlimited Weaponry: Sword
M.O.D.O.K.: Twisted Mind

Basic Actions
Resurrection
Big Entrance

Event

So… It was very clear when I started playing my first of four rounds, that I had made a huge mistake with my Basic Action Cards. Lady Bullseye was such a great character, but I needed Overcrush from a Hulk Out or direct damage from Magic Missile – desperately. I totally didn’t need Big Entrance or Resurrection and I’m not sure why I picked them. But that’s why your Basic Action choices are so important! I could have possibly won a game or two if I’d have brought those Hulk Out and/or Magic Missile. I ended up going 1-3-0, my only win being the bye. Even though I had a poor record for the night, I still had tons of fun!

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The pod I was running for the drafting portion had mostly high cost characters in it. I actually purposely drafted M.O.D.O.K. cards, added him to my team, and even fielded him a few times. I have a picture as proof!

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In one of my games, the turn before I was dealt lethal damage, I had all of my Lady Bullseye and Free Chimichanga dice in my Used Pile. The two Big Entrance dice (that I was desperately wishing were Hulk Out dice instead) helped me buy two of those Chimichanga dice. I didn’t take my own advice about Lady Bullseye – lesson learned!

Even though I ended the night with a bye win and three losses, I still got a booster pack prize. We usually give out OP Kit prizes each week, whether we draft or not, but the FLGS is really generous with their additional prizing for drafts. So someone like me, that finished in last place, almost always leaves with at least one booster pack prize.

We also gave away a Deadpool gravity feed from our Thanksgiving Food Drive Raffle. One of our players that has never purchased a sealed feed, and only purchased a single raffle ticket, won the feed! Congratulations again to Craig! He pulled some decent Super Rares too – Wolverine Lord of Vampires: The X-Vampires Will Feed and Lady Deadpool: Earth-3010.

I can’t wait to try different sealed formats with this set! I really like this set a lot, especially for drafting. I think I like this set more than War of Light to draft with, and it’s one of my favorites!

How does this set rank as a draft set for you?
What are some of your favorite draft strategies for this set?
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Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

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We had a Strahd Rainbow Draft Weekend event a couple of weeks ago. I love limited formats and I love D&D stuff, so I was ecstatic to be playing in a Rainbow Draft Weekend event with a D&D theme. We hadn’t drafted the first D&D set at our FLGS, and lots of the locals really wanted cards from Battle for Faerûn, so we decided to draft from that set. We had a total of eleven players and we broke into two pods for the draft, one pod of five and one pod of six.

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I had so much fun drafting this set! I didn’t take pictures of each team I played against, so this report will be a little on the short side and I apologize for that. I went into this draft with several ideas.

  1. If I pulled a Stirge: Epic Beast, I was totally going with it as a win condition.
  2. If I saw lots of Adventurers and Gear, build a team around that.
  3. If I saw a Half-Dragon, go dragons.

Well, I had a rare Half-Dragon in my first batch of packs. I checked the dice on the table and saw lots of dragons and plenty of Half-Dragon dice. I had another Half-Dragon in my other batch of packs, so I knew I would be able to get at least two dice for him. Luckily for me, dragons continued to get passed in my direction, meaning nobody else was actively drafting Dragons.

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I was very pleased with my draft picks, but I was concerned that Swarm teams and low cost teams could overwhelm me. I added Big Entrance to help reduce the cost of my dragons and Resurrection to help me with some energy ramp.

Half-Dragon was of course the key purchase for my team, because after fielding him, the cost of my dragons would be greatly reduced. Green Dragon proved to be my MVD (Most Valuable Dragon) because of his ability to prevent my opponent from blocking. My opponent could ignore the effect, but at the cost of some of their life. Copper Dragon was on my team for additional Breath Weapon attacks and to help against Gear oriented teams. Dracolich was added for his Breath Weapon as well and also because he hits really hard. Blue Dragon was added because he would be a cheaper dragon with a Breath Weapon as well as an additional attacking body. The Unicorn, Umber Hulk, and Prismatic Spray were added because I couldn’t find anything else that I drafted that I wanted to put on my team. I didn’t add Red Dragon because I didn’t want my opponent using it to buy up my Big Entrance dice and I didn’t want additional damage done to my life total because of extra Red Dragon Globals.

My team worked way better than I had hoped and I ended up with a record of 3-1-0, with a faster team being my only defeat for the day. I couldn’t believe how fast I was able to purchase some of the larger dragons with the help of Half-Dragon and Big Entrance. I was even able to purchase two Dracolich dice in one of my games. Green Dragon was a shining light on the team and a huge threat after I built up my Field with other dragons. There wasn’t anyone with a 4-0-0 record, and my tie-breakers (strength of schedule a.k.a. SoS) put me in first place!

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Prize Distribution:

1st: Magic Missile, Human Paladin, Kobold
2nd: Human Paladin, Kobold
3rd: Kobold
4th: Kobold
5th: Kobold

All participants received a Strahd blank card, regular art card, and die. As additional prizing, the store gave out booster packs to all players in the event. The event was a huge success and loads of fun! Thanks to everyone that attended!

For anyone interested in my FLGS events, you can find links on my Dice Dice Kitty FB page. Each event has a link to the WIN Event, so you don’t need to have FB to sign up. It’s always recommended that players sign up on the events in WIN ahead of time. If you’re from out of town and plan to attend one of the events, you can also call the store and let them know! Be sure to keep an eye on the events as some change depending on release dates.

Collector’s Connection
1663 Hwy 51 Byp N
Dyersburg, TN 38024
Phone: (731) 285-6262

Store Hours:
Monday – Saturday
10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sundays
Closed except for special events (call ahead).

Mondays – Casual play at 5:00. Come up anytime between 5:00 and 9:00 and play as much as you want.
Saturdays – 6:00 for Constructed or 5:00 for Drafts

Guests are always welcome for any event or even for casual play on any day, at anytime during regular store hours.

Casual Talk

I also want to take a moment to point out a thread on The Reserve Pool’s Forum. This person has been working to compile a list of places to play by state. If you don’t see your local venue listed, let them know! This is a great resource to help spread the word for casual play. Thank you for putting that thread together!

Casual Play Location Thread

I wish WizKids would add an tool to WIN that allows stores to register casual events, something that just logs a player as having attended the event. The casual event doesn’t need brackets, just a way to register the players and upload the event after all the participants have been added without needing to run a tournament. Some players don’t play tournaments and only play in casual settings. I would love to be able to list our Monday night events in WIN, but I can’t because it’s casual and not a tournament. WizKids – please add this template to WIN.

Casual events are a great way to spread the word about a game, demo the game, and teach beginners some of the more intricate workings of the game. Having a way to list casual events that are searchable in WIN would be a huge advantage for many locations.

Did you play in a Strahd Rainbow Draft Weekend event?
What are some of your favorite D&D cards?
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Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

Rainbow Draft Weekend 2 has officially launched! We drafted DC on Saturday and Marvel on Sunday of this past weekend. We restricted Basic Actions to the corresponding universe each day, and also allowed players to use Organized Play Basic Actions. We had a total of eleven people on each day with a new player on Saturday, an out of town player on Sunday, and returning players as well as regulars! It’s so nice to have new and returning players for big events like this. It helps revitalize and expand the community.

I want to thank WizKids for allowing our FLGS to host the event and we can’t wait to host the D&D RDW. I also would like to thank our FLGS for hosting the event and being so awesome to our community. All of our players, new and veteran, deserve major thanks as well for coming out and playing in one or both events.

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Rainbow Draft Weekend 2 Prizes!

We drafted War of Light on Saturday and Amazing Spider-Man on Sunday. War of Light is such a fun set to draft and we had three Super Rares and chase card pulled during the draft. Amazing Spider-Man is difficult to draft, but can be very fun and rewarding. We had three Super Rares pulled during the draft. The store gave away booster packs for additional prizing and I had leftover OP cards for players that didn’t place in the top. Everyone was able to get at least one of the participation prizes, and we gave away several extras as random prizes on Sunday.

I want to congratulate all of our players that placed and won those hard to get full art cards! Thanks again to everyone that came out this weekend and made it a great weekend! I hope that everyone out there enjoys their Rainbow Draft Weekends and that they’re all successes. I officially declare our FLGS’s first ever (official) RDW – a success! We hope to have many more in the future!

We will be doing our normal Rainbow Draft event for Green Arrow/Flash the Saturday after the set releases. We always do a Rainbow Draft for each set as it releases. If you’re in the area, come on in and draft with us!

Roll On, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

Here is the next installment of my Card Comparison articles! Today, I’m featuring all three versions of Superwoman from the World’s Finest set.

When deciding which version of a character you want to use, there are several things you look at:

~ Purchase Cost
~ Energy Type
~ Ability
~ Global
~ Total Fielding Cost (TFC)
~ Attack and Defense
~ Affiliation (or other icons)

The first thing I noticed about all of her versions was that they all cost five energy. The next thing I noticed was that each version had the same Global and all the abilities had something to do with three Bolt Energy. When it comes down to it, the only major difference is the ability.

Superwoman’s Stats

Superwoman’s die has a TFC of six which is expensive, even for casual play. But Superwoman makes up for that a little bit with her beefy attack stats. You can field her on a lower level and then use something like the Global on Polymorph to spin her up, if you really need her on level three.

Superwoman’s Global

I did a Confusing Card of the Week article covering Superwoman, specifically because of her Global, and you can find it here. Her Global does not work the same way as Iceman, Too Cool for Words. Iceman spins the Sidekick dice to a Bolt Energy, while Superwoman allows you to spend your energy as the type it shows or you can choose to convert it to a Bolt. I like to imagine that using her Global puts a filter over your Reserve Pool and as you spend an energy and it passes through the filter and into the Transit Zone, you can choose to activate that filter and change the energy to a Bolt or spend it as its current face.

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Superwoman’s Cards

A quick note – none of the abilities on her cards require that she be active for them to work.

Superwoman, Lois Lane (Common)

That high purchase cost can be bypassed by using this version of Superwoman. Lois Lane allows you to purchase a die for three Bolt Energy instead of five energy. When you pair this version with the Global, this card makes for a great early game card. I’ve used this version on several occasions on casual teams and she’s a great character for casual play. She’s easy to buy on your first turn and she gives you a really beefy attacking character if you manage to roll her on level two or three. She’s really good in a draft setting as well because of how easy she is to purchase.

This version is probably not the best for any of the major meta teams, even the Bolt Ring teams. I tried to use her, but she was really expensive to field in comparison to other characters that I tried.

Superwoman, Amazonian (Uncommon)

Amazonian has a super cool ability! She has the potential of surprising your opponent when they weren’t expecting it. When you spend at least three Bolt Energy to purchase one of her dice, you can roll it and add it to your Reserve Pool. I like the idea of buying one of her dice and rolling a character, just so I can potentially launch an attack my opponent wasn’t planning on. Being able to surprise your opponent with a level three Superwoman when they aren’t prepared for it could be devastating!

Amazonian, like Lois Lane is not a competitive card, but is great for casual play. She works well with cards like Giant Spider, Greater Beast or Spider-Man, Webslinger because they help Superwoman get around potential blockers. I like to use cards with Globals like the one on Anger Issues for that little bit of extra damage.

Superwoman, Reign of Terror  (Rare)

I really like that Reign of Terror doesn’t require that your opponent have a Batman Family or Villain affiliated character in the Field Zone for ability to work. You still need to purchase her using at least three Bolt Energy, but she will go to your Prep Area so you have her to roll on your next turn! She has the added bonus of doing three damage to all Batman Family or Villain dice in the Field Zone – including yours.

Reign of Terror would be fun to use in a draft, since World’s Finest is loaded with Batman Family and Villain characters. I wouldn’t base a draft strategy around her though, because she’s a rare and you can’t guarantee you’ll draft her. But if I opened her, I would totally try to build around her.

Final Thoughts

I really like all three versions of Superwoman and while they all have a lot of similarities, the different abilities sets them apart from each other and plays to the different play styles of folks. I appreciate that they all have the same Global, making each of their abilities much easier to utilize. I don’t have a favorite because I can find a place for all of them, but I think if I was forced to use only one of her versions, I would try to build around Amazonian with Spider-Man and Anger Issues. I love the whole ‘sneak attack’ feeling and that seems like so much fun!

Test Team

I decided to build a casual team using one of the featured cards. You can find the build on Dice Masters DB, here. I will be playing this team for our Saturday tournament, so be watching for my report!

* There was an error on Dice Masters DB at the time I published this article. It would not let me view my team. I hope that the team is accurate. I will try to redo the team or find a way to fix the link. *

Here are links to all the cards I’m using on the team:

Characters:
Superwoman, Amazonian
Professor X, Recruiting Young Mutants
Blue-Eyes White Dragon, Monstrous Dragon
Red Dragon, Lesser DragonKobold, Greater Humanoid
Goblin, Lesser Humanoid
Kryptonite, Green Death
Spider-Man, Webslinger

Basic Actions:
Anger Issues
Polymorph

What do you think of the different versions of Superwoman?
Is there a card you would like to see an article about?

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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

Wow – what a weekend! I have so much to talk about. I know you’re all probably anxious for my tournament report, but I want to talk about our draft day first. Side event days are just as important as the main event, because that’s one of the best ways to meet folks and have some fun before the seriousness that can come with the main event.

I want to give a huge shout out to all the folks that came to Big Bang in Owensboro, Kentucky. I met several folks on Saturday, made a few new friends, and got to meet someone from TRP face-to-face. The first person I met is the creator of the Sidekick app, Aaron S. You’ll see his awesome custom mat in some of my draft pics. It’s a super cool looking app that I fully intend to purchase. I didn’t even know about the app until I met him on Saturday. I formally met OddballNarwhal, author of the Team Brew Switcheroo articles on TRP. From then, it was an outpouring of introductions, cutting up, fun, and drafts. I had loads of fun drafting with Cory and his wife Sharon, Joe and Logan, Aaron, Narwhal, Corey, Andy P., Adam R., Gabe and his son, Sean, Brad, and of course my husband Travis. If I forgot to add you, I’m very sorry. I tried to make sure I had everyone’s names.

The venue was very accommodating and the staff was very polite and helpful. If they didn’t know an answer to something, they tried to find out as quickly as possible. Jason did an awesome job judging and running the events. If you’re ever in Owensboro, Kentucky, stop by Big Bang and check them out. We would love to come back and play in any major events held here in the future. If you live in the area, this is a great place to play! They’re trying to grow their local community, so stop in often and show your FLGS some love.

I would also like to thank everyone for being so tolerant of our little one when she got a little cranky and also for being so cool about the seating for the drafts.

Draft One

This was our first chance to draft Civil War and even though we had looked at the cards in our Gravity Feed, we really didn’t know what to expect. I went for low cost characters and by my third or fourth pick, I was just grabbing anything that somewhat looked cool. This set is fun, but somewhat difficult because of how defensive some of the characters are. We were not able to use Civil War Basic Actions, so I decided to go with Power Bolt for some damage and Resurrection for some energy ramp.

Draft One

I lost my first draft to Aaron S., creator of the Sidekick app. We just had massive walls of characters and started attacking each other. His Namorita was the better character, KO’ing some of my attackers and sending them to the Used Pile with her ability. It was a great game and I had a blast! I didn’t earn a foil in this round, but Travis won and chose Professor X.

Draft Two

Draft two

This was the defining moment for me. OddballNarwhal from TRP was my opponent. We had already been chatting it up about all things Dice Masters but then… the Struggle to beat Narwhal… was real. He pulled something that I totally didn’t see coming.

Draft Two Team

Needless to say, Narwhal crushed my hopes and dreams of earning my first foil card. Vicious Struggle, paired with Rocket Raccoon and/or Luke Cage makes for a very, very nasty limited Civil War team.

Narwhal used my own Luke Cage Global against me as well as his Rocket Raccoon. When I first saw Rocket in the first draft, I thought to myself, ‘Who would use this in draft?!’ – the answer is: Anyone that brings Vicious Struggle. These two characters are good with Vicious Struggle. But it’s totally not fun to go up against and I must have forgotten how to play, because I didn’t buy a single Vicious Struggle to use against Narwhal. I learned my lesson! Travis was not able to win this round either, so we didn’t earn any foils this round.

I stole his strategy and used it.

Draft Three

There isn’t much to talk about in this one. Travis and I were facing off and our little one was super cranky because of a serious lack of naps. We finished drafting our cards – which we were just grabbing whatever at this point – then Travis conceded to me so he could take the little one for a nap, and this win earned me a foil Miri.

Draft Three

Draft Four

So this is where I ripped Vicious Struggle right off of Narwhal. I had a plan and I was honestly shocked I didn’t see more of it.

Draft Four

The gentleman next to me with the Civil War playmat is the only person I can’t remember, and I don’t think I really had a chance to speak with him much. I apologize!

I was a little concerned in this draft, even though I had a plan. I didn’t see many Rockets early on and I was really worried that someone else was grabbing all of them. I was having trouble finding Luke Cage as well and that’s when I was starting to sweat some. But then, Luke Cage showed up. I really wanted Rocket if I could find him, and I got super lucky! In our second pack of cards, I found two! I was set then and started looking for any extra Rescue I could find. I ended grabbing Falcon too and was really happy with my picks.

Draft Four Team

We got our dice, set up our teams, and started our fourth draft match! I’m so sorry Andy P. The blame falls totally to Narwhal for this match, because he showed me how good Vicious Struggle is with this set in drafts. The Vicious Narwhal struck again and struggle is real! Andy put up a much better fight against me than I did against Narwhal though. He bought one of my Vicious Struggle dice and we were in a Vicious Struggle face off. I was able to out-damage him just enough to win and claim my foil Bane!

Foil Prizes

A wonderful person named Corey traded with me so I could get Phoenix, and complete my set of foils. A huge thanks goes to him for being awesome and trading with me. We didn’t draft anymore on Saturday and we didn’t play any Quick Plays. We drafted two super rares: Iron Man and Steve Rogers.

Travis's SR

After my fourth draft, we decided to call it a day. We had a three and a half hour drive home and a long day ahead of us on Sunday. We had the best time hanging out and drafting with all of our new friends. And thanks to Narwhal, I have a pretty good draft strategy now for Civil War. I think I will call it the Vicious Narwhal strategy.

I can’t wait to draft again this weekend in our FLGS. I have a few other strategies that I would like to try. We left Saturday with this super-warm fuzzy feeling. We couldn’t wait to come back on Sunday!

What are some of your favorite cards to draft?
Did you win any foil cards at a WKO this past weekend?
What is your favorite foil?
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Roll on, Dice Masters!