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Greetings Fellow WizKids Fans!

 

There was an article dropped on WizKids, HERE, that has prizing and one event location announcement. Yes, you heard that right – ONE location announcement. Most of us that play Dice Masters and HeroClix had assumed Nationals and Worlds would be held at Origins Game Fair again this year. The reports I’ve seen have said good things about the improvement of operations each year and so one would expect the trend to continue.

Here is what the announcement says:

2018 WizKids National & World Championships!

WizKids is pleased to announce their plans for the upcoming 2018 WizKids National Championships and 2018 WizKids World Championships! This year, there will be numerous National Championships around the globe where players can win limited edition prizes, purchase Convention Exclusives figures, and qualify for the 2018 WizKids World Championships, to be held at an east coast convention this Fall.

Players can prepare for some of the biggest WizKids gaming events of the year by attending a WizKids Open Regional Championship and earning a National Championship Qualification in HeroClix or Dice Masters.  More details on specific dates and locations of upcoming championships will be added soon, so keep a look out for more information on the WizKids Info Network.

For all players that qualify for the U.S. Nationals, WizKids will be hosting the U.S. National Championships at Origins Game Fair, June 13-17, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio.

WizKids is thrilled to announce the 2018 HeroClix Convention Exclusives and For Sale Con LEs to be available at the U.S. National Championships below!

For the first time ever, HeroClix players will have the opportunity to win:

  • Marvel HeroClix: Daredevil Prize Figure*
  • DC HeroClix: Kingdom Come Orion Prize Figure*
  • DC HeroClix: Bombshells Hawlgirl Prize Figure*
  • Marvel HeroClix: Banshee ID Card*
  • Marvel HeroClix: Psylocke ID Card*
  • DC Comics HeroClix: Mr. Freeze ID Card*
  • DC Comics HeroClix: Poison Ivy ID Card*

On top of that, HeroClix players will now be able to purchase:

  •  Marvel HeroClix: The Blackbird For Sale Set*
  • DC HeroClix: Batman Commissioner Gordon For Sale Figure*
  • Star Trek HeroClix Away Team: Kirk and Uhura For Sale Figure*

* product availability subject to change and limited in quantity.

The 2018 WizKids National Championships will be the first time where Dice Masters players can win:

 Marvel Dice Masters Multiple Man: Pile On! Foil Card

  • DC Dice Masters Batgirl: Babs Foil Card
  • Marvel Dice Masters Shriek: Dark Empathy Foil Card
  • Marvel Dice Masters Wolverine: Patch Foil Card
  • Marvel Dice Masters M.O.D.O.K.: Most Powerful Brain Alive Foil Card
  • Marvel Dice Masters Dormmamu: Burning Ambition Foil Card
  • DC Dice Masters Bane: Venom Enchanced Foil Card
  • DC Dice Masters Clayface: The Clayface of Tragedy Foil Card
  • DC Dice Masters Superman: Symbol of Hope Foil Card
  • TMNT Dice Masters Momentum: Basic Action Card Foil Card

– The WizKids Team

So, at first, all I saw were the shiny new exclusives! But then, I re-read the announcement and was instantly sad. I have already booked and planned my trip to Origins. I booked for the entirety of the event because I believed (like many others) that Nationals and Worlds would both be at Origins. I’m not all that certain that this move is good for the health of the Dice Masters game. They’ve already stated that they want to move more toward the casual level play, and splitting these events up between conventions does not seem like a good idea. I feel like a minority in the DM community with this view, but only time and attendance will tell if I’m right or not.

There are some other negatives to this announcement in regards to the Worlds move. Those that could or would travel to both, now have to adjust any travel plans that are currently in place. Those that would like to go to both, may not be able to if they’ve committed all their resources to Origins – like myself. Many may not be able to take off work that many days to attend both. All these could affect attendance numbers at both events for both HeroClix and Dice Masters. Since they won’t tell us where Worlds is being held, this could potentially mess up the travel plans of some players to the extent that they cancel their plans for Origins. Some players won’t bother going to Origins if they think the trip for Worlds will be too far or too expensive. WizKids really should have announced that location in this announcement – or two months ago.

Having Nationals and Worlds at two different events does have a positive note. The volunteers and employees in charge of the events will have less to worry about at each separate convention with only one major event being run.

While I feel WizKids has made the wrong decision to split these events between conventions, there are some positive things in that announcement. For Dice Masters, a Foil Babs and Foil Momentum is super cool! The rest are just kinda cool and not super cool. I would love to have both my TMNT boxes done up in the foil treatment. The older cards that didn’t have foil treatments are definitely more desirable for me than cards you can already get in foil – even if the prizes are alternate art too.

Now, the HeroClix items are what I’m most excited about! I really want a Bombshells Hawkgirl prize figure and I have to get the Kirk and Uhura Convention Exclusive!!! There are definitely other awesome things on this list, like the Blackbird Convention Exclusive and all the ID Card prizes! I’m going to have to get a Blackbird too and some of those ID Cards, if I’m able to. I’m anxious to see what Mr. Freeze will be in the Batman TAS set, as well as Poison Ivy. I don’t imagine those two would be left out of that set since they were really big characters in TAS. I’m very happy to see some villain themed ID Cards.

In conclusion, I’m really sad, almost depressed about the Worlds move. Actually, I think it ruined my day today. But there is always a silver lining. That silver lining comes in the form of Star Trek HeroClix Con Exclusives that I can put my hands on at Origins. Many of my other plans for Origins will remain unchanged, but if I would have known sooner, I would be doing my travel plans a little different. I hope to see you all at Origins for ‘five full days of gaming!’

Are you happy they moved Worlds?
Does this upset your travel plans this year?
Is this a good thing for either game?
Leave me a comment here or on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty and let me know what you think!

Roll on, Dice Masters!

HeroClix, live long and Prob it!

 

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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

The Inhumans have become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to shows like Agents of Shield and now Inhumans. Regardless of whether or not you like those shows, they have spurred the interest of folks to check out the source material. I admittedly was never versed on the Inhumans, but thanks to Agents of Shield, began delving into the lore and history of this group of awesome characters.

The Inhumans vs X-Men comic event is one of my favorite Marvel events in recent comic history. It was the event that brought the Inhumans back into the forefront of Marvel’s comic world for many of myself and local fellow comic fans. Because of IvX, I sought out the Uncanny Inhumans comics and wasn’t disappointed with them.

You can probably imagine my excitement when I saw some Inhumans in the Deadpool set. I built an Inhumans affiliated team with the three affiliated characters as the core of the team. It’s definitely not competitive, but it’s lots of fun to play and that’s what matters! But now, with the cards in this OP Kit, I have new options to play around with for that team!

Participation Prize – Black Bolt: …

Participation cards are usually given to all players that participate in the event. I usually give out the participation prizes to all players, even if they received one from the previous OP event. This may be different at each venue based on how many players and kits the store has available.

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This is a direct reprint of the common card from the Deadpool set. While this card is fun to toy around with, I actually prefer the rare version from the same set, Black Bolt: King of the Inhumans. One of the great things about this card is that he can target himself and boost his attack by three, making him a six attack on level one and two and an eight attack on level three. That’s definitely helpful if you have a way to make him unblockable or your opponent just doesn’t have any blockers in the Field.

This card would be fun to pair with the Madame Web: The Great Web Unravels and Adam Warlock: Standing Watch Over Infinity combo from the Guardians of the Galaxy set. With those two cards, you can potentially clear their entire Field of characters while Black Bolt runs over and smacks your opponent for six or eight damage each turn he’s fielded. This is a build I’ve been thinking about working on for local casual play.

He’s a fun card, and you get a copy just for showing up to the event! I absolutely love this artwork for Black Bolt too. The newest Black Bolt titled comic has some very pretty and unique artwork as well that I’d love to see on a card.

Fellowship Prize – Lockjaw: LJ

The Fellowship Prize is an additional prize for a player, usually one that hasn’t won another prize yet. We used to take votes, but that took way too long. Now, we have each player (except the first place player) roll a D20 in the order of their standings and the player that rolls the highest number, gets the Fellowship card. We also require that players be present to be able to roll for the Fellowship Prize. Some stores give the Fellowship Prize to the player in last place and I’ve even seen stores draw names from a bucket. How you determine the Fellowship player is different for each venue so check with your FLGS to see how they choose their Fellowship player. 

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Lockjaw: LJ is a new card that uses the same die as the Lockjaw cards from the Deadpool set. This art is the cutest! The ability is really cool too, but my hangup is with his purchase cost. Lockjaw’s purchase costs from the Deadpool set are three and four. The version I prefer is the rare, Lockjaw: King’s Best Friend and his purchase cost is three. Since all of Black Bolt and Medusa’s purchase costs are four and five, I can’t see myself playing this version of Lockjaw in Modern Age. His ability is definitely worth the cost, but still too expensive for the current selection of Inhumans.

In Golden Age events, there are ways to discount dice and I could see him being much more fun to play in casual Golden Age events. There are a wider selection of utility cards too that would make a team like that more fun to play with.

First Place Prize – Medusa: Devoted Wife

The first place cards are given to the player that wins the event. These cards are typically new cards and not alternate art or reprint cards.

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Medusa: Devoted Wife is a new card that uses the same die as the Medusa cards from the Deadpool set. Her art is absolutely gorgeous! I was floored when I saw how stunning this card was in person. As for her ability, I love the Deadly keyword on my Medusa cards because it’s very thematic. My favorite Medusa from the Deadpool set is Medusa: Tangled Up. That card ability is by far, the most thematic of all the Medusa card abilities. She has Deadly and the ability to block one or two attacking character dice. This OP Medusa card is also thematic in that she gives Black Bolt the Iron Will keyword.

I do have a major issue, but not with this card. My issue is that all the Black Bolt abilities are When Fielded abilities. Typically when you have a character with a When Fielded ability, you want to either KO them or cycle them quickly through your bag so you can utilize their ability as much as possible. Medusa’s ability is perfect for a character that needs to stay active, but not for one that you want to cycle. I hope WizKids prints a Black Bolt with an ability that will benefit from this Medusa because she’s not a bad card at all.

Note – This Medusa will not grant King Black Bolt: Ruler of Attilan the Iron Will keyword. The card title must be Black Bolt and his title is King Black Bolt. You can find the ruling for this on WORF (WizKids Official Rules Forum).

If you’re not familiar with Deadly or Iron Will, you can find definitions on the WizKids Keywords page.

Conclusion

I love the cards in this OP Kit. Lockjaw may not be my favorite of all the Lockjaw cards, but his art is so cute! Black Bolt and Medusa have art that’s both beautiful and powerful. I would have liked for Black Bolt to have a different ability that would have worked with Medusa, instead of a reprint from Deadpool. They’ve made all new cards in an OP Kit before and I honestly don’t mind reprinted cards with alternate art. I just really want a Black Bolt that I feel is more synergistic with this amazing new Medusa.

For a collector, these are “must have” cards. If you’re looking for the newest and hottest meta cards, this is not the OP Kit you’re looking for. These cards could have some trade value for collectors, so I wouldn’t pass up a chance to play in one or more of these OP events if there are some near you. These cards could be great for casual play too depending on your play style. I think they’re definitely worth the time and effort to obtain.

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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

My FLGS (Friendly Local Game Store) finally got the new Batman: The Animated Series Villains OP Kit in. This OP Kit was due out on June 28, 2017 according to the WizKids Solicits page. I highly suggest bookmarking that page! You can keep up to date on the most accurate release info because it comes straight from WizKids. It’s not always perfect, but it’s far more accurate than asking the distributors. Our OP Kit was delayed due to an internal error with the distributor. But now that we have it in hand, I want to do a short review for it and show folks these cool cards that they could get!

Organized Play Kits

An Organized Play Kit (OP Kit), is a package of special promotional prize cards that stores can purchase to use as prize support for their local level events. These kits are paid for by stores, so most events that have OP prize support will have a small entry fee or require players to purchase a small amount of product as an entry fee. My FLGS asks players to to purchase at least two booster packs of Dice Masters or pay one dollar for their entry fee. If a player were to purchase a starter, that would cover the entry fee and they wouldn’t be required to purchase the boosters as well. This type of entry requirement works great for our locals. Different venues may have different requirements so check with your FLGS to see what they require for their entry fees.

Most OP Kits come with twenty participation prizes, five fellowship cards, and five first place prize cards. The kit is set up to support four-five weeks of organized play.

OP events are suggested to be run as Rainbow Drafts, but our locals could not do a Rainbow Draft for each week of the entire kit. Most of our local events are constructed, but we try to get drafts in where we can. Be sure to check with your FLGS to see what formats they host for their OP events.

Participation Prize

Participation cards are usually given to all players that participate in the event. I usually give out the participation prizes to all players, even if they received one from the previous OP event. This may be different at each venue based on how many players and kits the store has available.

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Harley Quinn: Tough Cookie

This is the participation prize for the Batman TAS Villains Kit – and yes! That’s an alternate art version of the rare Harley Quinn from the Batman set! That’s so awesome that such a great card is the participation prize! You only need to attend an event to get one of these cards.

While she’s active, at the beginning of your turn, if you control at least two different Villain character dice, your opponent loses one life and you gain one life. This is such a good ability because she makes your opponent lose life and not take damage. Losing life is different from taking damage and while damage can be negated by many card abilities, losing life usually can’t. And you gain life too, which is also great! Villains are very strong in Golden Age, and this card helps boost them a little in Modern Age. She’s not expensive to purchase, her fielding stats are great, and her combat stats aren’t too bad, but her defense stats are the important ones and they’re decent. You probably aren’t going to attack with her since you want her active at the beginning of your turn.

First Place Prize

The first place cards are given to the player that wins the event. These cards are typically new cards and not alternate art or reprint cards.

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

The Riddler: If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?

Wow, what a sub-name but I totally love this Riddler’s ability! While he’s active, when your opponent’s Sidekick dice roll a Wild energy, they must reroll them. This card denies your opponent all their Wild energy so long as he’s active. That’s so crazy! Especially since he only cost four energy to purchase! He uses the Riddler dice from the Batman set and his stats are really good for a character with a While Active ability. I can’t wait to get this guy on a team with Harley Quinn: Tough Cookie. I’m such a sucker for these control type cards.

Fellowship Prize

The Fellowship Prize is an additional prize for a player, usually one that hasn’t won another prize yet. We used to take votes, but that took way too long. Now, we have each player (except the first place player) roll a D20 in the order of their standings and the player that rolls the highest number, gets the Fellowship card. We also require that players be present to be able to roll for the Fellowship Prize. Some stores give the Fellowship Prize to the player in last place and I’ve even seen stores draw names from a bucket. How you determine the Fellowship player is different for each venue so check with your FLGS to see how they choose their Fellowship player. 

 

The Joker: The Laughing Fish

I like that the Fellowship cards aren’t typically ‘must have’ cards in regards to abilities. That’s mainly because most Fellowship Prizes are given out randomly and are not always easy to obtain. I love the Batman Family affiliated side (side b), because it helps you field Batman for free since he’s got some awful fielding costs. The Villain side (side a) lets you field Harley for free which isn’t that exciting because she’s got really good fielding stats to begin with. This card is still really cool and definitely worth having for casual Batman Family teams that use a high fielding cost Batman. His defense is great for a While Active ability so you don’t have to worry too much about him getting taken out easily. He also pairs well with the Harley Quinn from this OP kit, since you can Flip the Joker to suit what’s going on with team’s current state. This card uses the Joker dice from the Batman set.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I love this OP kit. It’s got unique character abilities that can be fun to use in both casual and competitive atmospheres. Harley and Riddler make a great pair for a control player like myself. I love silly card combinations, even if they don’t make up my win condition. I got to play against someone using the rare Harley from the set and she definitely adds another level of concern for the player sitting across from her. The Riddler is just silly and is a super awesome control card. He could potentially make your opponent waste a DWiz or Shriek on him while your other pieces are wreaking havoc. The Joker could find his way onto some Batman teams if there’s room for him.

I love the art on the cards because they’re screenshots from Batman: The Animated Series, well, except for the Harley card art. That art is more in the style of The New Batman Adventures. I couldn’t find the exact image in a brief Google search, so I can’t confirm that it’s a screenshot, but it appears to be.

Harley and Ivy

Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series

While Poison Ivy obviously looks different, Harley Quinn looks much the same. I still like the art on the card, but I definitely wish it had been consistent with OP Kit’s theme of Batman: TAS. In the end, it’s a minor issue that doesn’t really affect much of anything. It’s just something I thought I should note for those that notice this type of stuff.

However, There is a misprint on the Harley Quinn card with her set number. Her number in the set is #94, yet the OP card has #95 which is actually Hawk: The Agent of Chaos. WizKids might announce an errata for her promo card number since it could matter later on, or they may not say anything about it at all. In the end, we all know exactly what card it’s supposed to be, so don’t be silly about it.

I give major kudos to WizKids for this awesome OP Kit. The last few kits have been fairly good with playable, but not overpowered, cards and abilities. I’m really impressed with how they’re handling all the aspects of the kits. I know that our locals definitely prefer this style of kit as opposed to the original AvX story line kits. My players are very excited for this event to start at our local venue!

What do you think about the kit overall?
Which card is your favorite?
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Roll on, Dice Masters!

 

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

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

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My Team

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You can find my team here, on DM Retrobox.

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

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

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

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

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

Round One

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

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

Record after Round One: 1-0-0

Round Two

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

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

Record after Round Two: 2-0-0

Round Three

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

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

round-3-craigs-army

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

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

Record after Round Three: 3-0-0

Round Four

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

Congratulations to Michaela on her Top Eight finish!

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

Record after Round Three: 3-1-0

Round Five

round-5-josh-kerner

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

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

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

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

Top Eight

round-3-craig-richards

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

my-spoils

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

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

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

Final Standing in Top Eight – 8th

Final Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations again to all those that got their Nationals qualifications!

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Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

I’m sure many of you have already seen this announcement from WizKids today. I’m excited to see the prizing for Nationals and the surrounding events announced so early. I’m digging some of those prizes!

The following quotes are taken from the announcement:

DICE MASTERS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Entry Fee: Free for qualified participants

Format: Unlimited Constructed

Pairing Structure: Multiple Swiss Rounds followed by a Single Elimination Top 8 Cut

Prize Structure* (All prizing is cumulative):

  • Winner
    • Most Recent Dice Masters Factory Set Available at the Time of the Event
    • 2017-2018 Dice Masters National Championship Qualification
  • Top 2
    • Most Recent Dice Masters Super Rare Set Available at the Time of the Event
  • Top 4
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Hellblazer Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Green Goblin: “Gobby” Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Antihero Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Captain America: Super Soldier Foil Card
  • Top 8
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Scarecrow: Hallucinogenic Vapors Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Punisher: War Journal Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Wonder Girl: Cassie Sandsmark Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Ronin: Lone Warrior Foil Card
  • World Championship Qualifications
    • For every eight players entered into the event (rounded up), one player earns a 2016-2017 Dice Masters World Championship Qualification. If a player is already qualified, their qualification passes down to the next highest ranked player who does not already have a qualification.

CONSTRUCTED DICE MASTERS QUALIFIER

Format: Unlimited Constructed

Pairing Structure: Multiple Swiss Rounds

Prize Structure* (All prizing is cumulative):

  • Winner
    • Most Recent Dice Masters Super Rare Set Available at the Time of the Event
  • Top 2
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Hellblazer Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Green Goblin: “Gobby” Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Antihero Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Captain America: Super Soldier Foil Card
  • Top 4
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Scarecrow: Hallucinogenic Vapors Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Punisher: War Journal Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Wonder Girl: Cassie Sandsmark Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Ronin: Lone Warrior Foil Card
  • Top 8
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Two Face: Double Deal Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Rocket Raccoon: Not a Raccoon Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Big Entrance Basic Action Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters The Front Line Basic Action Foil Card
  • Participation Prize**
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Green Arrow: Robin Hood Sketch Variant Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Hulk Out Basic Action Sketch Variant Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Beast Boy: Gar Sketch Variant Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Vibranium Shield: One of a Kind Sketch Variant Card
  • National Championship Qualifications
    • For every four players entered into the event (rounded up), one player earns a 2016-2017 Dice Masters National Championship Qualification. If a player already earned a 2016-2017 Dice Masters National Championship Qualification in the country in which the event is being held, their qualification passes down to the next highest ranked player who has not already earned a 2016-2017 Dice Masters National Championship Qualification in the country in which the event is being held.

DICE MASTERS QUICK PLAY

Minimum Players/Maximum Players:  4/8

Format: Unlimited Constructed

Pairing Structure: Players are paired against each other randomly. Then, players play a single one-game match. The winner of the each of the matches receives a prize.

Prize Structure*:

  • Winner – Random prize from the following group:
    • Marvel Dice Masters Venom: Symbiotic Organism Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Con Artist Foil Card
    • Dice Masters Faerun Under Siege Half-Elf Bard: Master Lords’ Alliance Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Slander Basic Action Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Kryptonite: Green Death Foil Card
    • Dice Masters Battle for Faerun Prismatic Spray: Lesser Spell Foil Card
DICE MASTERS RAINBOW DRAFT

Minimum Players/Maximum Players:  4/8

Format: Rainbow Draft

Pairing Structure: Players are paired against each other randomly. Then, players play a single one-game match. The winner of the each of the matches receives a prize.

Prize Structure*:

  • Winner – Random prize from the following group:
    • Marvel Dice Masters Venom: Symbiotic Organism Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Constantine: Con Artist Foil Card
    • Dice Masters Faerun Under Siege Half-Elf Bard: Master Lords’ Alliance Foil Card
    • Marvel Dice Masters Slander Basic Action Foil Card
    • DC Comics Dice Masters Kryptonite: Green Death Foil Card
    • Dice Masters Battle for Faerun Prismatic Spray: Lesser Spell Foil Card

So here are all the prize cards that will be offered at Nats/Nats Qualifiers/Side Events by set, in order of set release:

Avengers vs X-Men
Green Goblin: “Gobby”
Vibranium Shield: One of a Kind

Battle for Faerun
Prismatic Spray: Lesser Spell

Justice League
Constantine: Hellblazer
Constantine: Con Artist
Constantine: Antihero

Age of Ultron
Captain America: Super Soldier

War of Light
Big Entrance: Basic Action Card
Beast Boy: Gar
Wonder Girl: Cassie Sandsmark

Amazing Spider-Man
Slander: Basic Action Card
Hulk Out: Basic Action Card

Faerun Under Siege
Half-Elf Bard: Master Lords’ Alliance

World’s Finest
Scarecrow: Hallucinogenic Vapors
Two-Face: Double Deal
Kryptonite: Green Death

Civil War
The Front Line: Basic Action Card
Punisher: War Journal
Rocket Raccoon: Not a Raccoon
Ronin: Lone Warrior
Venom: Symbiotic Organism

Green Arrow and The Flash
Green Arrow: Robin Hood

Like many of you out there, I’ve been patiently awaiting the announcement of a rotation from WizKids. It looked like we were inching ever closer when the spoilers of the Iron Man & War Machine Starter and the TMNT Heroes in a Half-Shell Box were released. But now, with several cards from sets as old as Avengers vs X-Men getting a foil or blank sketch treatment, I’m left wondering if WizKids is still considering a rotation at all. One thing that this announcement confirms for me is that we probably won’t hear any rotation talk from WizKids, at least until after Nats and Worlds.

My only concern in regards to the prizing choices are how they will be affected by a rotation, if WizKids decides to do it. WizKids has ignored (not declined) all my requests for an interview in regards to several topics including rotation.

And for those of you wondering when the everything is going down, you can find it on the WizKids Road to Worlds Page. Here is the tentative schedule for all events at Origins Game Fair 2017:

  • WEDNESDAY
    • 11:00 A.M.
      • Registration Starts
    • 12:00 P.M.
      • Side Events Start
    • 1:00 P.M.
      • HeroClix Golden Age Deadpool Scenario
  • THURSDAY
    • 9:00 A.M.
      • Registration Starts
    • 10:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix U.S. National Championship
      • HeroClix World Championship Qualifiers Start
      • Side Events Start
    • 11:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Scenario
    • 3:00 P.M.
      • HeroClix Modern Age Power Outage Scenario
    • 8:00 P.M.
      • HeroClix World Championship Qualifiers End
      • Side Events End
  • FRIDAY
    • 9:00 A.M.
      • Registration Starts
    • 10:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix World Championship
      • Dice Masters U.S. National Championship
      • Dice Masters World Championship Qualifiers Start
      • Star Trek: Attack Wing U.S. National Championship
      • Side Events Start
    • 11:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix Golden Age Lil’ Clix Scenario
    • 3:00 P.M.
      • HeroClix Modern Age Theme Team Scenario
    • 8:00 P.M.
      • Dice Masters World Championship Qualifiers End
      • Side Events End
  • SATURDAY
    • 9:00 A.M.
      • Registration Starts
    • 10:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix Team World Championship
      • Dice Masters World Championship
      • Star Trek: Attack Wing World Championship
      • Side Events Start
    • 11:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix Modern Age Meteor Shower Scenario
    • 3:00 P.M.
      • HeroClix Golden Age Joker’s Wild Scenario
    • 8:00 P.M.
      • Side Events End
  • SUNDAY
    • 9:00 A.M.
      • Registration Starts
    • 10:00 A.M.
      • Side Events Start
    • 11:00 A.M.
      • HeroClix Modern Age Traitor Scenario
    • 4:00 P.M.
      • Side Events End

Roll on, Dice Masters!

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!

 

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?
Leave me a comment here or on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty, and thanks so much for reading!

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.

draft-team

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?
Thanks for reading and please remember to follow me here and on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty!

Roll on, Dice Masters!