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Greetings Fellow Dice Masters!


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

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

Draft Championship Format

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

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

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

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

Prime Championship Format

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

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

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

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

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

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

Draft Championships
February 20, 2017 to March 19, 2017

Prime Championships
April 1, 2017 to May 7, 2017

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

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

World’s Finest BACs


Civil War BACs


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Set One) BACs


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

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

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

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

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

Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!


I just wanted to give a shout out to a fellow blogger from across the sea and also to The Reserve Pool.

We’ll start with True Mister Six, British Dice Roller, who was one of the first likes on my blog. I enjoy reading his blog as well because he has a good understanding of the game and he also appears to enjoy a growing and thriving community. I love seeing how folks from different countries can come together and share ideas and thoughts about a common interest. I recommend that anyone who enjoys reading my blog should visit his (if you don’t already) and give him a follow as well!

My next shout out goes to The Reserve Pool. I post a link to this blog in my blog on TRP. Had I started on TRP, I probably wouldn’t be on WordPress. I didn’t know that TRP had a blog section for members though. As much as I visit TRP, you would think that I would have known, but I thought the blogs were for official TRP crew and staff. What I wouldn’t do to be part of the TRP! But then again, I think most of the serious Dice Masters players would almost give an arm or leg to join TRP. But I want to thank TRP for allowing me to promote my blog on their site.

The Reserve Pool just announced this contest that sounds like loads of fun! They have playmats from Turn One Gaming Supplies which winners of the contest can get. The prizes are a Roll Master Playmat or a Roll Master Mini Playmat. I wish I had these products to do a review on, but I do not. From the video review on TRP, the regular size mat looks really cool. I agree with all the pros and cons that they listed in the video, just from what I can see in the video.

One thing I have to add is that I would like to see some different styles with the same or upgraded layout. I would like to see the Turn Order bar on the mats. I think the reason the Transit is above the Used Pile is because when a character attacks and is not blocked, it goes out of play or ‘in transit’ until the end of turn. At the end of turn, it then goes to the Used Pile. But I agree with Dave on this too, I prefer Transit to be under the Used Pile. I have used the Dice Bag section on the WizKids mats as my Transit since they added that to the game back in Uncanny. That will be a hard habit for me to break! It wouldn’t be hard for WizKids to swap the words ‘Dice Bag’ for ‘Transit’ (hint hint WizKids!). But overall, the mats look cool and the layouts are superior to WizKids mats. If I had a My Little Pony one featuring Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Luna, I would just die! Or maybe just a girl-themed one would be cool too (hint hint T1!).

Back to the contest info – sorry for getting off topic a little.
You can enter the ‘Pimp My Mat’ contest via The Reserve Pool. They want you to show them what your worst Dice Masters play surface is! Due date is April 18th to their mailbag address ( Be creative, have fun with it, and show your worst!

~ No product destruction.
~ Has to be a play surface – no bare tabletops though, too easy.
~ Don’t put yourself in the picture. They plan to do a blind judging type thing.
~ No due date flexibility, April 18, 2016.

I’m not completely sure if I’m going to enter this contest or not. I think I might, if I have time to come up with something. I also don’t like trying to win prizes if I don’t need them. I prefer seeing others that need the prizes win them. This contest is totally worth entering though. And if you don’t win a mat, you can always get one directly from T1.

You can also find The Reserve Pool on Facebook and Twitter.

If you know of a blog about Dice Masters that I should be reading, drop me a line here or on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty.
Thanks for reading!

Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!


Not sure if this is ‘major’ news, but it’s at least worth mentioning. Our beloved WizKids Event System has undergone another change. This time, it appears to be cosmetic only. WES has become WIN. WIN stands for WizKids Info Network. Here is a copy of the email that I received from WizKids today.

WizKids for the WIN!

Last week, at the GAMA Trade Show, WizKids discussed the ongoing growth process that the WizKids Event System (WES) has undertaken. Over the past few months, players, retailers, and distributors have seen frequent updates, making the WES more than just a tool for organized play events. WES users have earned achievements, won random rewards, and found information about their local communities, all while the system has continued to grow and develop. Recognizing the WES is no longer just an event system, but rather an all encompassing and evolving information center of WizKids products and events, WizKids announced today that they will be appropriately renaming the site, WizKids Info Network (WIN).

The WIN will continue to support organized play by offering players the ability to easily find local events, collect leaderboard points, and connect with other players and stores. Retailers will still be able to schedule and report events, share activity with followers, and stay on top of upcoming WizKids product releases. With that said, what else is new?

The WIN will not only have a new name and logo; players will now be able to receive product support and replacements, be notified of ongoing rules information and revisions, and find more product and store information. Retailers will have access to data about their events and purchase history, receive increased support on distribution issues, and be able to track their progress and performance. These new and improved features will be rolling out over the next few months to support the initiative.

The WIN will be beneficial to players and retailers while providing more visibility for WizKids. The new changes to the site will allow them to engage more directly with both their distribution network and the player community.  It will track trends to help gauge activity for product purchasing and event performance. The increased visibility will encourage positive behavior for all supporters through a variety of rewards while discouraging negative practices, including conduct violations.

Don’t worry! There’s no need to sign up for new accounts on the WIN. All WES data will stay the same on the WIN.

To learn more about the WIN, and/or sign up for an account, visit:

-The WizKids Team

So it seems that we’ll see some more updates in the (near?) future and it all seems good to me. I like anything that promotes positive atmospheres and that’s what it appears WizKids is trying to do more of.

I’ve updated the link in my Helpful Sites and About This Blog post as well to reflect this change. All of my event links appear to still work and I have had no trouble logging into my account in the new WIN.

Have any questions, news, or info? Share in the comments!

Roll on, Dice Masters!


Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

If you’re here, it’s because of Dice Masters – or you accidentally stumbled upon my ramblings. If you read my first blog post then you know this blog is going to be about all things Dice Masters: strategies, competitive team builds, fun team builds, dealing with RNG, accessories, spoilers (if I can find them), confusing rulings, and more!

You might also be here because I’ve branched out into casual HeroClix play and you’re looking for my tournament articles.

I welcome all gamers of all kinds to check out my articles and thanks for finding me!

Helpful Links

Dice Masters Rules Forum
I use the Wizkids Forums to find rulings or at least a base for rulings. That’s one of the most important sites out there!
Wizkids Rules Forum Home
This is the Forum Home Index. They have the rules forums for all their games here.
Wizkids Info Network
The Wizkids Info Network is where you need to sign up so that you can play in events at your friendly local gaming store (or FLGS) and find tons of other info.
Wizkids Home
This is Wizkids’ home page. If you don’t know already, they make Dice Masters.
WizKids Keywords Page
This is an official comprehensive list of all the Keywords in Dice Masters.
The Reserve Pool
TRP has several different podcasts and is a wonderful resource site for any player.
Double Burst Website and Facebook
This is a great resource for new players and veterans alike! I’ve enjoyed their podcast and recommend it for any Dice Master out there.
Dice Masters Reddit
This is a forum where you can trade and discuss everything Dice Masters!
DM Retrobox
This site is great for team building and researching cards.
Pro Dice Circuit
These folks are super cool. There are PDC State Championships and team lists on their site. You can see what the meta is in other parts of the country compared to where you live.
Dice Masters Dyersburg
This is a link to the group for my FLGS. If you’re in the area, stop on in for a few games!
Dice Dice Kitty Facebook
This is the link to my official Dice Dice Kitty Facebook page!
Dice Dice Kitty Instagram
This is the link to my official Dice Dice Kitty Instagram!
Dice Dice Kitty Twitter
This is the link to my official Dice Dice Kitty Twitter!
Dice Dice Kitty YouTube Channel
This is the link to my official Dice Dice Kitty YouTube Channel!

If you find a useful link, leave a comment here or in the Facebook group and I’ll add it to the list here. If any of the links here are not working, please let me know so I can adjust the post accordingly.

Sellers of Nifty Accessories

These are folks that I have ordered accessories from and have reviews up for their products.

Litko Game Accessories
For all of dice tower and token needs!
Turn One Gaming Supplies
For all your sleeves and other accessories needs! If you want a Roll Master Mat, they have them.
PlaymatMasters on Etsy
Want an awesome playmat design? Check this out!
Inked Gaming
Have a playmat design but need it printed? This is who I use.

About this Blog

This blog is for my opinions on Dice Masters cards, abilities, dice stats, etc. My opinion is not an absolute – it’s a different view point that may help you decide on whether or not to use one card over another. I’m also human, so mistakes will be made. I make calls on cards based on the knowledge I have of Dice Masters and WizKids, but sometimes, WizKids will make a ruling in a different direction. I fully support and enforce all WizKids rulings. I’ve linked a few sites above that also give their opinions. Always do your research and weigh all your options.

I also go over my team builds for the HeroClix tournaments that I play in. I do not currently play competitive HeroClix, yet. I hope to one day be able to move into the competitive scene and look forward to meeting lots of new friends in the Clix Community!


I encourage all players in our area to use good sportsmanship. Treat your opponents with respect, be honest, and above all – have fun! Games are meant to be fun and not taken too serious. I understand that if you pay an entry fee you want to win, but that doesn’t mean you have to be hateful to your opponent if they defeat you.

Lately, I’ve seen an increase in what veteran gamers call elitism, and most of this attitude is centered around which rules questions that WORF chooses to answer. When a player asks for a ruling on a card that you think is simple or obvious, keep in mind that not all players have the same gaming experience or gaming knowledge that you may have. There are also potential language barriers for players to overcome as well. Please be kind and try to be helpful, and if you feel you can’t, then don’t say anything at all. It’s very destructive and damaging to make fun of a person for not knowing what you may consider to be something simple. It’s also very hurtful to criticize WORF for answering a ‘stupid’ question. The person that asked that question because they needed to ask it. Imagine if they saw your hurtful comment and then took it personally. No question is stupid or unimportant if asked in sincerity. I will not tolerate any hateful comments on my articles, or on any of my social media sites – they will be removed.


In some of the posts, specifically in my Confusing Card of the Week posts, I use two different rating systems. One rating is how well the card fits into the constructed format for Competitive Play, and the other is for Casual Play. I use two different systems because one card that’s amazing for a competitive team may be horrible for casual because it’s just too good. Cards that are good in casual are not usually good in competitive play.

Competitive Play Ratings

Golden Age, Modern Age, and PDC Prime

For competitive play, you want a team that’s fast, effective, and lethal. The competitive scene is about taking home the prize, especially if you pay an entry fee to play. I will do my best to rate cards effectively based on information I’ve gotten from competitive events, through personal experience, and reports. These ratings are for constructed formats only – not competitive draft formats. If you disagree with a rating, that’s fine – leave a comment with your opinion!

Zero out of five stars – Cards with this rating are normally not seen at all on top competitive teams. These cards are not recommended for competitive play.
0 Stars

One out of five stars – Cards with this rating are usually not seen on top competitive teams. These cards may have a useful ability but are dependent on a combo or something else for you to get the full benefit of the card. Cards with this rating are not recommended for competitive play.
1 Star

Two out of five stars – Cards with this rating might see some competitive play, but are very difficult to use. These cards may have a useful ability that’s difficult to utilize, but has a huge benefit if you can get it to work. These cards usually require big combo set ups that typically won’t go off until the last minute and aren’t always enough to earn you a victory. These cards are not recommended for competitive play, but are sometimes worth revisiting when each new set comes out.
2 Stars

Three out of five stars – This is the rogue category, not to be confused with Rogue from the X-Men, or Star Wars: Rogue One. A rogue team is one that consists of cards not typically seen in the meta, but can catch the meta off guard and defeat it. You generally only see three or four rogue cards in a top eight list. These cards are usually paired with others, but they can also be solo cards. These cards are recommended for consideration and should always be revisited with each new set.
3 Stars

Four out of five stars – These cards are seen on most competitive team builds, or have the potential to be meta cards. They are powerful on their own or in combos. These could also be important characters for a team mechanic or have an important utility ability or Global. These cards are highly recommended for competitive play and should always be revisited with each new set.
4 Stars

Five out of five stars – Not many cards will get a rating this high. These cards are seen on almost every competitive team build. They are extremely useful and do not require any other cards to be useful. These cards are typically the ones that fuel teams and make other cards playable.
5 Stars

Casual Play Ratings

Casual play should be fun and educational for beginning players. This is not the platform you should bring that new tournament team you want to test to. When you beat down a new player, they many times will not come back because they’ve been discouraged or they think they have to have the best to play for fun. Even more experienced players can become discouraged. These ratings are based mainly on personal experience and observation from our casual group. This type of setting should be strictly fun and entertaining and not where you go to beat down folks with the best teams.

Zero out of five stars – Cards with this rating are ones that are either too powerful for casual play, or they have abilities that are too difficult to use. If they’re overpowered, they will get zero stars because overpowered cards can ruin the game for casual players. I don’t recommend playing these cards in casual settings at all.
0 Stars

One out of five stars – Cards with this rating are usually too complicated or difficult for casual teams. They typically require a more focused team and generally are not fun to play. These cards could also be very powerful for competitive teams but not much fun for your opponents. Some of these cards can still be played for Globals or abilities, but it is recommended that these cards be used with care.
1 Star

Two out of five stars – These cards are ones that have difficult abilities, but can be fun to play when paired with the right cards. They are typically not one of the overpowered cards that ruin games for casual players. These dice usually need to be bought at the right time or need other cards to be effective. These cards are not usually recommended for beginners, but can be used by more skilled players.
2 Stars

Three out of five stars – These are cards that are recommended for beginners. They’re average cards with average abilities. They have easy to understand abilities, or abilities that can be explained easily.
3 Stars

Four out of five stars – These cards are excellent to play in casual. They have Globals or abilities that need little assistance and make for an entertaining game. Cards with this rating can enhance other cards on your team as well. These cards can sometimes have a more complex ability or Global, but they make for great teaching tools against beginners. These cards are highly recommended for casual play.
4 Stars

Five out of five stars – Cards with this rating are some of the best for casual play. The abilities and Globals on these cards can make the game fun and even boost the team they’re added to. These cards can work by themselves or with additional cards without any major complications. These cards are the most recommended for any player of any skill level, especially a beginner.
5 Stars

Half-Star Rating
I will rarely give any card a half of any star. If I do, it’s because it’s too good for the lower star but not quite good enough for the next star. So if I rate a competitive card at four and a half out of five stars, it’s because it may be used on a number of teams, but only because it’s part of a specific combo. It could also be that they’re better than other four star cards, but not quite worth five stars. Cards that get five stars are typically solo cards that do not need other cards, but enhance other cards. So, half-stars are going to be rare, but possible.
4.5 Stars


I’m always open for Confusing Card of Week suggestions, so don’t be shy! If you ask a question in sincerity, then there isn’t such a thing as a stupid or unimportant question. Feel free to leave a comment and ask anything Dice Masters related and I hope you find my articles helpful and enjoyable!

Have an idea for a team?
Have a card you’re confused about?
Want to see an article about something?
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Roll on, Dice Masters!