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

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

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

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

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

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

What is rotation?

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

Why rotate?

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

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

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

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

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

When will rotation happen?

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

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

So the next thing they cover is What Sets?.

What will Modern Age consist of initially?

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

Cool! So here is the list:

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

Modern Age includes the following sets :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But then, there’s this too!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s what they say about Golden Age:

What if my store wants to run Golden Age events?

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

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

Golden Age Banned Cards

Banned Cards (Golden Age):

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

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

Conclusion!

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

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

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

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

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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!