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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Huntress: Cry for Blood from the DC Batman set.

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Huntress has two abilities. One is the Flip Keyword and the other says that she can’t be blocked by Sidekicks. I want to go over the second ability first.

Ruling – Ability

Both sides of Huntress’s card says that Sidekicks can’t block her. Regardless of which side she’s showing, Sidekicks will not be able to block her when she attacks. This include characters that have the Ally Keyword, because while those dice are in the Field Zone, they are considered to be Sidekicks. Ally characters are only considered Sidekicks in the Field Zone and nowhere else.

The Attack Zone is still considered to be part of the Field Zone, so while an die that has the Ally Keyword is attacking or blocking, they are still considered to be a Sidekick.

Ruling – Flip Mechanic and Flip Keyword

The Flip keyword allows you to flip that character’s card to it’s other side at the start of your turn. Only cards that have the Flip keyword can be flipped at the beginning of your turn.

The Flip Icon shows that the cards has two sides. Some cards have the Flip Icon but not the Keyword. These cards have a specific trigger or specific timing that they can be flipped. Below is a picture of the Flip Icon, which can be found on the left top corner of the text box on Flip cards.

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Dice will reference the card’s current side, even if it was flipped by another game effect during the turn. The card face that is currently showing will reflect how the die works.

Some characters have different affiliations and different abilities on each side of their card. It’s very important to check your Flip cards at the start of your turn, before your Clear and Draw Step. Once you clear your Reserve Pool and draw your four dice for the turn, it’s too late to flip any of your cards with the Flip keyword.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Huntress is a Bolt type character card.
~ She has the Batman Family affiliation on Side A and the Villain affiliation on Side B.
~ She has a max dice of four.
~ This card is a Rare and is #97a and #97b of 124.

Examples

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

Example One:
Flipping Huntress.

Game State
~ I have one level three Huntress (4A/3D) die in the Field Zone and her card is on Side A. I also have a level three Batwoman: Code of Honor (5A/4D) die in the Field Zone and her card in on Side A (Common Ground – Batwoman can’t be blocked if she attacks with at least one Villain character die.).
~ My opponent has one Sidekick die in the Field Zone.
~ It’s the very beginning of my turn, before my Clear and Draw Step.
(Beginning of Turn)
~ I look at my characters with the Flip keyword and decide if I want to flip any of them.
~ I decide to Flip my Huntress to Side B where she has the Villain affiliation, because I can attack with her and Batwoman later in my turn and my opponent won’t be able to block either of them.
(Clear and Draw)
~ I now clear dice from my Reserve Pool and draw four dice from my bag.
~ The rest of the turn proceeds as normal.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF)
WORF doesn’t have an official ruling on this card yet.

Basic Information

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

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Opinion and Strategy

I really like this Huntress with the uncommon Batwoman because they can get through those Sidekick walls fairly easily. It limits your opponent’s blocking options too and gives you a better idea of how they’ll block. The flip cards are definitely more interesting and more useful than I had anticipated. I like that Huntress isn’t expensive and can potentially be a turn one purchase if you don’t have any other options. She’s cheap enough to buy multiples of her die too, making her a force to reckoned with if your opponent is relying on Sidekicks and Ally characters to be blockers. Huntress is really great in drafts and casual play. I think she might have a place on some teams out there, but I don’t think she’s a must have for the competitive meta. If you see her across the table from you, be sure you keep something else besides a Sidekick or Ally to block with – or she’s most likely going to hit you. She may not hit hard on her own, but add them up and throw in another character like Batwoman and you might be in trouble!

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

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Ruling Ability

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

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Shiklah’s ability says that while she’s active, you move a Sidekick die from your Used Pile to your Prep Area, but only at the beginning of your turn. If Shiklah is not active when your turn starts, you can not use her ability even if you field her later that turn. The beginning of your turn is before your Clear and Draw Step, so if you don’t have any Sidekick dice in your Used Pile before your Clear and Draw Step, you won’t be able to use her ability.

Ally characters only count as Sidekicks while they are in the Field Zone. Allies do not count as Sidekicks anywhere else, so you could not move an Ally character with Shiklah’s ability.

Any dice put into your Prep Area before your Roll and Reroll Step, cannot be rolled during your Roll and Reroll Step. Sidekick dice that are moved using Shiklah’s ability are not eligible to be rolled during the Roll and Reroll Step on the turn they are moved. They can be rolled that turn using other game effects such as Momentum or X-23.

Shiklah’s ability is not optional because it does not say that you ‘may’ move a Sidekick die from your Used Pile to your Prep Area. As long as she’s active at the beginning of your turn and you have any Sidekick dice in your Used Pile, you must move one into your Prep Area.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Shiklah is a Mask type character card.
~ She has the Deadpool affiliation.
~ She has a max dice of four.
~ This card is a Rare and is #112 of 124.

Examples

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

Example One:
Using Shiklah’s ability.

~ I have two Shiklah dice in my Field Zone and three Sidekick dice in my Used Pile. I have no dice in my Prep Area.
~ At the beginning of my turn, before my Clear and Draw Step, I must use Shiklah’s ability. I move one Sidekick die from my Used Pile to my Prep Area.
~ (Clear and Draw) I move any leftover dice from my Reserve Pool and place them into my Used Pile. I draw four dice from my bag and place them in my Prep Area – but keeping them separate from the Sidekick die I just moved there.
~ (Roll and Reroll) I roll the four dice that I drew this turn, but not the Sidekick that was put into my Prep Area at the beginning of my turn.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF) does not have a ruling for this specific card.

You can find a ruling about dice placed in the Prep Area before the Roll and Reroll Step, here.

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Ratings

You can find a guide to my ratings, here.
These are personal opinion of the card being showcased and not an official reflection of current major meta.

Golden Age Rating

I would be really surprised to see this card make it onto any competitive level Golden Age team. There are way too many other cards that are much more effective and easier to utilize. I can’t give her a zero rating though because she is an alternative form of churn that doesn’t rely on a Global. While she’s not the best option for churn, she can’t be shut down by Global nullification like PXG can.

Shiklah: Succubus gets a rating of one out of five stars.
1 Star

Modern Age Rating

I could see Shiklah finding her way onto a few teams in the Modern Age format. She’s a more delayed form of churn, but if you keep her active, you’re always gonna have at least a Sidekick in your Prep Area every turn. I’m not quite convinced that she’s better than a rogue team character. She’s got a unique ability that requires her to be active at the beginning of your turn. This gives your opponent a whole turn to get rid of her if they want to. She can be blasted out of the field with a Cold Gun, or even bolted with the Global on Unstable Canister. But I guess if your opponent is spending their resources for that, they aren’t spending them on anything else.

Shiklah: Succubus gets a rating of three out of five stars.
3 Stars

Prime Rating

I’m not crazy about this card in Prime either. Her defense stats aren’t the best if you’re looking at an uncommon or rare Cold Gun across the table from you. It can take her out on two of her sides and mess with your churn flow. Personally, I’d rather use Stepford Cuckoos than Shiklah because I’m guaranteed a character or Sidekick die with Cuckoos, where Shiklah relies on there being Sidekicks in the Used Pile. She’s not a first pick for me in any format. She’s not a terrible card and I’ve seen others use her effectively for their team, but I’m not feeling her for my teams.

Shiklah: Succubus gets a rating of three out of five stars.
3 Stars

Casual Play Rating

I do not like this card for casual play. She causes so much confusion, like Lockjaw does if he KO’s dice with his ability. I just had a discussion about X-23 and this card with several different folks, trying to explain how the dice moved via her ability interact with dice drawn for the Roll and Reroll Step and with X-23. She’s a great card to use for X-23, but the confusion over the Roll and Reroll Step makes her very difficult for beginners to use. I’ve watched advanced players get confused over this card, and Lockjaw too. Many players do not realize that they can’t roll those dice that were just placed there on that turn. It’s a very common mistake and one that I know I’ve made several times. I do not recommend beginners use this card right away. I would recommend that players on a more advanced level try using her with cards like X-23 and Momentum to help teach other players.

Shiklah: Succubus gets a rating of two out of five stars.
2 Stars

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WizKids has decided to make starters an annual release instead of releasing them with each gravity feed (I can’t tell you how happy my wallet is right now!). I feel like this is a really good move on their part because it makes it easier to format a rotation and also makes it easier and more affordable for new players to enter into the game. To my understanding, Marvel and DC will each have an annual starter release.

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You can find my review video on YouTube, here.

Starter Box

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Box Contents

~ Iron Man and War Machine Rulebook
~ 2 Dice Bags
~ 12 Basic Action Dice
~ 16 Sidekick Dice
~ 16 Character Dice
~ 24 Character Cards
~ 10 Basic Action Cards
~ 4 Action Reminder Cards
~ 1 Rules Reminder Card

Rulebook

Standard rulebook, but it does not detail the first turn rule change. WizKids had already announced that the earliest rulebook to detail that change would be the DC Superman/Wonder Woman starter rulebook.

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Rules Reminder Card

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The rules reminder card is a great quick reference tool for all the affiliations and keywords in the set.rules-insert-back

The back of the rules reminder card has a bump for tournaments, which is a great promo piece.

Keywords

There are several returning keywords in this set, as well as a new one.

Returning Keywords:
Ally
Continuous
Fast
Iron Will
Overcrush

New Keywords:

Suit Up – NAME
Suit Up is a new keyword ability in this starter. Each character with Suit Up has the name of another character or characters directly after it. When you purchase a character die with Suit Up, you may KO the named die in order to field the Suit Up die at level two.

Suit Up can only happen when you purchase the Suit Up character die. It replaces the location of where the purchased die will go. If you purchase the die and place it into your Used Pile and continue with your turn, you will not be able to back up to use Suit Up.

I really like Suit Up because it lets you field that character die at level two, even though you have to KO another (specific) character to do it. This ability can be particularly useful with characters that have a When Fielded or When KO’d ability, like Pepper Potts: Stark International for Rescue’s Suit Up.

WizKids has a comprehensive list of Keywords on their site. You can also find expanded descriptions for all the keywords on The Reserve Pool‘s site.

Affiliations

New!
Stark Industries

Returning

Avengers
S.H.I.E.L.D.
Spider-Friends

Characters

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So… I like all three of Howard Stark’s cards. I can think of several teams that each one could find a home on. Brilliant is definitely going to find a home on my casual version of Hugs that I played at the WKO. I can easily take La Jinn off the casual team build and put Howard Stark in his place. I guess Iron Will is a good benefit too, I just haven’t seen it used much. I love Expert Businessman for any of my Overcrush teams (and I have several). Father is great for any Sidekick/Ally based team because he can’t be the target of Globals on his burst side. They’re all fairly good in their own way and I’m sure folks can find at least one of these that they like. I want to throw a reminder out there for sacrifice – A sacrificed character will go to the Used Pile and not the Prep Area. I’m sure folks can find a way to use this to their advantage, but it’s something to keep in mind when playing Brilliant or Expert Businessman. They also require that you do it at the start of you turn, which is a specific timing and reduces the amount of shenanigans, but they’re still really good cards. Howard Stark could also find a place on a S.H.I.E.L.D. team. His costs are low and he’s a Mask character too. There are plenty of uses for Mask energy, even in Prime.

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Rocket Powered Punches is really the only one of the Hulkbuster Iron Man cards that I like. I’m sure there are plenty of folks that like Model 36 for his ability to barrel through those cost six or higher characters, and Bustin’ Makes Me Feel Good’s ability to gain life from KO’ing a six or higher cost character die, but those are not my style. I prefer to Suit Up a cheap Iron Man into Rocket Powered Punches. It could really throw off your opponent’s game if they aren’t expecting it! I don’t think these cards are going to see much play in unlimited, but depending on the pilot, we might see some make an appearance into Prime.

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Celestial Slayer is definitely my favorite of the three because it’s got the ability and Global of the other two versions in one card, but it rightfully cost one more to purchase. If you like just the ability or just the Global, you could get one of the other two for one less on the purchase cost. To use the Global, you don’t really need to purchase the die, so what would hurt to use Celestial Slayer instead of Earth X? I love cost reducers of all kinds, and the fielding cost on some of the Stark Industries dudes are kinda high. Spinning one dude down to decrease that fielding cost could be the difference between some wasted energy and being able to buy a cheaper dude. One energy can make a difference. I’m a little excited for future Marvel sets to see what new Stark Industries characters we get! You could definitely build a solid, casual Stark Industries team just form this starter, but the prospect of improvements is always exciting.

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I like Version 2.0 because he’s a cheap Stark Industries character. Waldoes is too, but I’m not sure his Suit Up is all that useful. Spider-Man: “Public Menace!” is the only Spider-Man I can think of to use with Iron Spider: Waldoes. You could always use Iron Spider for itself. I’m not sure I like Waldoes at all. Hopefully we’ll end up with a better Spider-Man in the future that we could pair with him. For a Stark Industries team, I’d much rather use Version 2.0 though. Too Cool For Words, not Iceman, looks fun but he may be a little harder to maneuver as a four cost on a Stark Industries team. If there were other two or three cost Stark Industries characters, other than Rescue, I would definitely consider Too Cool For Words instead of Version 2.0. All of these Stark Industries characters make me excited to try this theme team out! Worth noting, Iron Spider is the name of this card, but the one in the Amazing Spider-Man set is Iron Spidey. That means you could use both, but Iron Spidey will not work for Suit Up.

jarvis
Oh my! An Avengers Ally!!! This could be rather useful. I really like all of Jarvis’s cards, but Chief of Staff is probably my favorite, even with a purchase cost of five. I think he needed to be expensive though, because it’s not too hard to field a bunch of zero-low fielding cost characters and then drag the game out because you just gained a bazillion life. I’m glad his purchase cost is five, and it doesn’t mean he isn’t viable in certain formats, just that he’s got the right cost for his ability. I really like that Butler has that Global that we saw on Iron Manor, but if you’re using Jarvis with Avengers, it’s not going to be all that useful. I guess that’s why he has that direct damage ability on him that does ability damage to a character die equal to the number of character dice you fielded that turn – and it counts Jarvis, so you’re doing at least one damage. I think I like Loyal Confidant and Chief of Staff equally. It just depends on the team, really.

rescue
Mark 1616 is perfect if you need a cheap Stark Industries character, but she only has a max dice of two. Resilient and Catching a Jet are both awesome for using their Suit Up abilities with their other card abilities. You purchase a Rescue, KO a Rescue in the Field Zone (sending it to the Prep Area), and then field the purchased Rescue at level two. Next turn, I get to roll that Rescue that I just KO’d and hopefully get to use her other ability. I really like Resilient more than Catching a Jet, but they each have their place. I would likely use Resilient on Stark Industries team, or almost any Prime team. Her ability works whether she’s active or not… How good is that?! It’s similar to Rescue: Stark’s Equal from the Civil War set, just hurting and not healing. Too bad you can’t use both on one team.

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Model 5 is a cheaper Suit Up character with the Stark Industries affiliation. No other frills, just Suit Up. He’s okay, but I like Deep Space and #14-C much more! I can’t decide which one I like better. I guess Deep Space would be my pick if I didn’t want to add a six cost character to my team, and he’s got some potential for life gain. #14-C has that possible KO avoidance and Overcrush on two sides.Such tough decisions with Space Armor Iron Man!!! I like two too many!

war-machine
And yet another dilemma. I like all three of War Machine’s cards. I like Model II because he’s the cheapest and has Fast. I like “Rhodey” because he also has Fast, he has the additional ability to do direct damage to my opponent if he KO’s a character with combat damage, and he only costs one more to purchase. There are plenty of ways to boost an attack stat in Dice Masters, making this guy pretty good. I’d likely pick him over Model II, unless I just couldn’t put a four cost character on my team… But honestly – I usually have room for four cost characters. I also really like JRXL-1000, and not for his Suit Up. He’s Fast, and Sidekicks can’t block his level one side. You can always boost that attack stat to do more damage, and he only costs four to purchase.

Character Thoughts

I like lots of these characters, especially for a more casual setting. I think these are great characters for a new player to start with and build off of. There are lots of fun gimmicks and different types of abilities that make the game interesting. I think any player could enjoy building and using a Stark Industries team for any fun local event.

On the more competitive end, I think one or two characters might squeak into the unlimited and Prime formats, but overall, not many are going to find a place in the most competitive metas at this time.

I would still recommend purchasing at least one of these starters for some fun characters to build teams with. For a new player, I definitely recommend the starter for the characters, or even two starters for the max dice.

Basic Action Cards

This starter has some really interesting Basic Action Cards that are new to the starter, and it has some revamps of older Basic Actions Cards. If the characters weren’t enough to prove this starter is worth buying, hopefully these Actions will!

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I’m not a fan of this card. Suit Up is too new and there are only ten cards with the keyword. I guess if you were playing in a semi-limited type format where players were supposed to use Iron Man and War Machine cards, then I could see someone possibly using it. This card is likely not going to be in the unlimited major meta or even Prime, unless Rescue finds a place, which I doubt too. One thing that I do like about this card is that it causes loss of life and not damage. That’s typically a big deal because you can’t effectively redirect or avoid it. Life loss is a mechanic you would need life gain to overcome.

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Cone of Cold from Battle for Faerûn has been revamped! It needed it too. They updated the wording and for those that didn’t want Dungeons and Dragons Dice Masters, they now have access to this BAC. It’s a great way to spread the damage around, but if your opponent only has one character die and you have two, your dice are getting blasted too – unless that’s what you want. I like that both Cone of Cold cards say that you can’t use that action if there aren’t at least three character dice in the Field Zone. I like that Global for teams that use a force block ability as well. Overall, I like this card for both the Action and the Global. The revamping of the wording makes it much easier for newer players to understand.

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Wow! What?! This card is so crazy. This Action Die hangs out in the Field Zone and slowly depletes each player’s life if they don’t attack. Hypervelocity causes loss of life and not damage, which is a great way to get damage across with minimal resistance. You have to keep an aggressive streak or you’ll start to lose life as well! It looks like action removal is going to be a major addition to many teams, because unless this is on one of the two burst sides, it’s not leaving! There isn’t a ton of action hate in Prime – if any… so watch out for this in Prime. Folks may be adding some life gain cards to their team to help balance that loss of life.

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Here is yet another great direct damage card. This card is ability damage and not loss of life, so any abilities to reduce, alter, redirect, etc are viable for folks to use against this ability. I still really like this card for some of the Prime Storm: Extra Lightning teams floating around. It’s not a huge deal if your opponent doesn’t field many characters because it’s still going to do a minimum of two damage. It’s a little expensive to purchase against a team that doesn’t look like it’s going to be putting dudes in the Field Zone though.

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Here we have a revamp of Smash! from AvX. They have updated the wording on this card as well. I love seeing these older BACs being revamped. This makes them available for Prime, and also more easily accessible for new players. I’m not big on using Smash! for the action, but the Global is great against Overcrush. If Turtle Van isn’t your style, you can always go for Smash! if Overcrush is a problem you’re running into.

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This is a revamp of Surprise Attack from Age of Ultron. This is another card with updated wording that definitely reads better than it’s AoU version. I haven’t used this card a lot in the past (if at all…), and I guess this is an okay BAC, but there are definitely better ones out there. I’m still not a fan of this particular card, but even so, glad they revamped it for newer players!

Upgrade BACs

The last four BACs in the starter are all called Upgrades and each have a specialization. They all cost two energy and they each have a risk/reward for using them on specific energy type characters. I like this idea a lot and I can’t wait to try some of these on some Prime teams! These also make for great limited additions when you can’t decide what to use and you don’t want to bring Power Bolt because your opponent may want to buy it too. I also really like that they called them all Upgrade – Specialization. That leaves room for them to make different BACs that have a name like Smokescreen that’s different from Upgrade – Smokescreen.

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Upgrade – Fortification
The name sounds stout and sturdy, like a character with Iron Will. When you use this action, your character will gain Iron Will. The risk to doing this is that you will lose two life if that character is not a Shield energy type. It’s a risk vs reward type of card, so if you want your Gorilla Grodd to have Iron Will, it’ll cost you two life. And since it’s loss of life, you can’t get around it as easily without life gain. I like this Upgrade because you don’t typically see Iron Will on any team. There are several characters with Iron Will, but they just aren’t worth playing in a competitive meta. I think this Basic Action may make Iron Will a more usable keyword.

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Upgrade – Proton Cannon
Wow, that sounds like it could shoot thru anything, like a character with Overcrush. This Upgrade will give one of your characters Overcrush, but if they aren’t a Fist type character, they get KO’d at the end of the turn. This is another risk vs reward, but for certain teams, that risk may actually be the reward. I think Lady Bullseye: Attack on Two Fronts just got a a Proton Cannon attached to her.

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Upgrade – Smokescreen
This Upgrade sounds like something a ninja would use to sneak away or sneak around a bunch of folks. When you use Smokescreen on a character die, that die gets +1A. If it’s a Mask type character die, it can’t be blocked. So there isn’t a risk on this Upgrade because you get the +1A no matter what. You benefit more if it’s a Mask type character die that you use it on. I can think of a few Mask type characters that would great to pair this with.

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Upgrade – Unibeam
And lastly, the Unibeam. It sounds like something a character would use on a more focused attack, maybe to take someone out before they had a chance to do anything to them. When you use Unibeam on a character die, it gets +2A – not too shabby for a two cost action. But if that character die is a Bolt type, it gains the Fast keyword. That sounds about right for a Unibeam! So like Smokescreen, no real risk, just an even better reward for using it with a Bolt type character die.

BAC Overview

There are quite a few new BACs that I really like, mainly the Upgrades, but a few others too. I like the assortment of abilities on the BACs, and I’m really digging the increased use of loss of life instead of just throwing damage in there. With the increase in abilities that use loss of life or paying life mechanics, we might actually see an increase in the use of cards that have life gain. Hypervelocity is definitely my favorite of all the Basic Action Cards and I can’t wait to start building around it!

Action Reminder Cards

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There’s nothing super special about the reminder cards. They’re Cyan, Orange, Pink, and Gray.

Dice Bags

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I most definitely like the artwork bags more than the plain colored bags. I like to collect these bags too.

Starter Dice

Sidekick and Action Dice

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You get a pretty standard assortment of Sidekick Dice and Action Dice.

Character Dice

You only get two of each character die in the starter. If you’re wanting to put three or four dice on a particular character, you will need to buy a second starter (or trade, exchange, etc.). It’s never a bad thing to have duplicates of the character cards and BACs.

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Final Thoughts

The only negative thing I have to discuss about the starter is the number of character dice. I’m not sure if WizKids is entertaining other options or not, but I would like to see this changed in the future. I would be okay with certain characters only having a max dice of two while most of them have a max dice of four, and then changing the packaging to accommodate the extra dice. The TMNT characters have a max dice of three… but a box big enough to hold more than four of each. I’d pay five more dollars just to get max dice with my characters. If Mr. DDK and I both want to use Howard Stark with max dice, we will have to buy four starters… Maybe releasing the starters in the big box format, like the TMNT boxes, would be a solution to the max dice issue because they would have plenty of room for the dice. They could keep a lot of the characters as a max dice of four, and reduce some of the more expensive characters to max of two and put the max dice for each character in the box. I have never found a moment that I wished I had three Splinter, Shredder, or Krang dice… they could have easily been a max of two to allow for a fourth die on the cheaper dudes, like the Foot Ninjas. Maybe this is something WizKids can look into doing? I’d rather buy two big box releases, like TMNT, than four starters to accommodate two players.

I really do like the starter contents though. I like how fun and easy the characters are to use and understand. I love the new and revamped BACs. I really hope they continue to make different ‘Upgrade’ styled cards for BACs. Those fit very thematically in the starter and all of them have fun and interesting abilities, especially for a draft team! I love the idea of a Stark Industries themed team and can’t wait to build it and play it – after I buy a second starter for the additional dice I need. I like the Suit Up ability too, but I hope they continue it and add more of the needed characters with abilities that will have better synergy. It’s still a fun and unique ability to play around with and I plan to use Rescue and her Suit Up in my Stark Industries team.

This is a great starting place for a new player. You can add a Team Pack to the starter and roll with it!

What are your favorite cards?
What cards do you think will make it into the unlimited or Prime metas?
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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

WizKids has released another complete box set for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! This set is called, Heroes in a Half Shell. If you purchase this box set, you will get the entire set, max dice for each character, and a bunch of other goodies!

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This box can be played as a stand alone product, added with the previous TMNT Box Set, or mixed in with the vast library of Dice Masters cards to enhance any team for various formats. This box set is great for casual players and seasoned players alike. If you’d like to take a look at the previous TMNT Box Set, you can find my review here.

You can find my review video on YouTube, here.

Dice Building Game Box Set

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Box Contents

~ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rulebook
~ 4 Color Coordinated Paper Playmats
~ 4 Color Coordinated Dice Bags
~ 12 Basic Action Dice
~ 32 Sidekick Dice
~ 48 Character Dice
~ 48 Character Cards
~ 10 Basic Action Cards
~ 4 Action Reminder Cards
~ Collection Tray with Clear Cover

Rulebook

Both this rulebook and the one from the first box have the doubles start up rules in the back. The rulebook feels durable and looks really nice. It’s one I’d like to keep on me as my reference rulebook.

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Keywords

There are several returning keywords in this set, but you won’t find any new ones.

Ally
Overcrush
Swarm
Turtle Power

WizKids has a comprehensive list of Keywords on their site. You can also find expanded descriptions for all the keywords on The Reserve Pool‘s site.

Affiliations

We don’t see any new affiliations, but the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle affiliation returns in this box set. The other affiliation you’ll find is one that crosses over almost all other IPs, Villain.

Characters

If you haven’t seen any or most of the 2012 animated series, but plan to watch it later – you may want to skip reading some of this. I discuss lots of things from that series which could be seen as spoilers.

april

April makes her second appearance in Dice Masters. This time, she looks a little different. We now have the 80s animated version and the 2012 animated series version of April. She’s a Shield character and all of her versions have a cost of two. She has the Ally keyword on all three cards and each card does something directly related to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle affiliation. Please take note – she does not carry the TMNT affiliation herself! No Mere Damsel is absolutely my favorite of all three because she’s easy to purchase and helps reduce the cost of your other TMNT characters. A cheap character with Turtle Power seems really good for any team built around the TMNT affiliation. I don’t think any version of this April will make it into the unlimited scene, and it’s not likely she’ll see Prime play either unless someone finds a super awesome TMNT team build.

casey-jones
Casey Jones is back again as a Fist character with a purchase cost of two and three. Penalty Box is pretty handy for gaining life, but life gain is not all that prevalent in unlimited or Prime. I think he may be a nice tech piece for someone that can’t decide what their eighth character should be and it’s great that he has a Global already built in that helps his ability. I don’t like either of his other cards in this box. Penalty Box is not a bad choice for playing in casual or limited type event. Casey Jones would be an easy addition to any team that needs a cheap character. Although he’s not a Villain affiliated character, he could still be added to a Villain team and wouldn’t necessarily break theme because he was a vigilante that wasn’t always a friend of the Turtles.

donatello

Donatello is my dude! All of Donnie’s versions cost five energy, and we see the return of Turtle Power to the Turtle cards on Notice Me!. I don’t think Turtle Power is especially useful on characters that cost more than three or four. Something I like about all four Turtles is that they all have a version that does something similar to Intellectually Inclined. When they attack, they can each deal two damage to target character die or opponent if you pay an energy that corresponds to their energy type. Donatello is a Bolt character, so when he attacks, you can pay a Bolt energy to deal the two damage. I like that they all have a similar ability like that. Intellectually Inclined is my favorite of the three. Technologic would only be useful in a limited format where you’re only using the TMNT box sets. I don’t think that any version of Donnie will make it into unlimited play, but it’s possible that Intellectually Inclined might find a rogue home in Prime.

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Foot Ninjas are back! They are Bolt characters that all have the Ally keyword and all cost three energy. Shinobijutsu has the Swarm keyword as well, but it has the same issue as the other Swarm Foot Ninja from the first box set – max of three dice. I find Swarm to be much more effective when you have four or more dice for the card. Shinobijutsu also works with Shredder, so if you’re playing this guy in a limited setting, he may be fun. But then I saw Stick to the Shadows and fell in love with this card. I’m the type of player that loves Overcrush or direct damage, like the type of ability damage on Stick to the Shadows. The only trouble you might have is getting two or three of them active at the same time to attack with. I can see this version possibly making a splash in the Prime format, but not likely in unlimited. I don’t much care for the ability on Glass Jawed.

hamato-yoshi
First newcomer card – Hamato Yoshi. Hamato Yoshi suffers from an identity crisis over the various canons for TMNT. In one canon, he was the man that owned Splinter. Splinter watched and mimicked his movements while he was practicing martial arts. Splinter mastered the martial arts from his cage. Splinter went on to become the mutated rat we all know and love. In another canon, Hamato Yoshi was the adversary of Oroko Saki (Shredder) and was followed by Saki to the US. Yoshi was later exposed to mutagen causing him to mutate into a rat-man because he was mostly in contact with rats since he was living in the sewer with them.

Now, as for card abilities, I don’t like any of them. None of these type of cards fit how I play. All of the versions are expensive Shield type characters, and even the Global on Shidoshi isn’t good enough to justify adding him to a team. If you’re looking at him for limited or casual play, I’d probably go with Shidoshi. He would help your other attackers get through and with his huge defense, he might just survive!

karai
Karai is another new character to Dice Masters. She’s no stranger to fans of the comic and the 2012 animated series. Her card art comes from the 2012 series. She’s a four cost Fist character without an affiliation, and all of her versions do something in relation to Sidekicks. I really like Dark Lineage, because she could help slow the damage coming from Front Line teams. You have to keep her in the Field Zone though, which is not easy to do since Front Line typically runs Imprisoned (in unlimited) and they would snatch up any Karai threat. I could see her being really useful in Prime, casual, and limited. I’m not excited about Torn Between Two Worlds, but she could potentially eliminate a threatening Ally. I like anything that’s cheap to purchase and buffs my Sidekicks, like Uneasy Alliance. My favorite is definitely Dark Lineage, even though I like Uneasy Alliance a lot.

leatherhead
Leatherhead – the Cajun Gator that’s typically a villain in the TMNT universe, but becomes an anti-hero of sorts in the 2012 series canon. All the fun, conversational characters seem to cost the most… He’s also a new character to Dice Masters. He’s a five and six cost Shield character that does something with TMNT characters on all his versions. Of all of them, I like I Guarantee! the best, but none of them seem good for unlimited or even for Prime. In a limited format where you’re only playing with the TMNT boxes, I Guarantee! would definitely be my pick for a Villain team. He’s got some really beefy stats too and his fielding cost isn’t bad.

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Leonardo is our next Turtle in the box. All of his versions are five cost Fist characters. Fearless Leader has Turtle Power, which like I mentioned before, I don’t like on a five cost character – even in limited. Multifolded Steel is kind of interesting, if you somehow found a way to use the TMNT affiliation effectively. Plight of the Eldest is by far the best of the three. He has that cool ‘burn’ type ability that you can pay a Fist energy to use when he attacks. Just like with Donnie, I don’t think Leo is gonna see any unlimited play, and possibly only a rogue status in Prime. As for casual and limited, I could totally see someone finding a use for one the Leo cards.

metalhead

Metalhead makes his debut in the Dice Masters world. This character has a majorly distorted backstory. And like his backstory, his abilities are all over the place. Rogue Robot, purchase cost of five, gets an attack and defense buff for each other non-Metalhead TMNT affiliated character die – not character, but character die. This could potentially make him a monster of an attacker or defender. I’d say he’s probably my favorite of the three, but he’s not going to see any unlimited play and most likely not any Prime play either. His place to shine is limited and casual. Dissociative Identity works with other non-Metalhead TMNT character dice, making that die unblockable when he attacks. I don’t see him making it into unlimited or Prime either. Upgrading the Arsenal is probably the best candidate for Prime, but I doubt he’ll even make it to a rogue status. When he’s fielded, you can deal damage to a Villain die equal to his attack. It’s good, but not great. I still prefer Rogue Robot for fun stuff.

michelangelo

Here’s the party dude, Michelangelo! His five cost Turtle Power version on Booyakasha! is at the bottom of my list. Insatiable Appetite is the direct damage ability version, and since Mikey is a Mask character, this makes him very useful. Chuck and Chuck II: The Sequel has a very situational ability. There are ways to manipulate blockers and attackers to help ensure that situation happens, but it takes a lot to set up and use. Insatiable Appetite is my favorite and it looks like all those similar burn ability Turtles are going to my preferred versions. I don’t think any of Mikey’s cards will see any unlimited play and maybe only a rogue status in Prime, just like his brothers. For casual and limited, Insatiable Appetite is the way to go!

raphael

Rude dude Raphael is a five cost Shield character with the awesome ‘burn’ ability on Nightwatcher. He also has Turtle Power on Controlling His Temper, which is not exciting. Second Son could be useful in limited because he keeps your TMNT affiliated characters safe from being targeted by opposing action dice and Globals. I like Second Son a little more than Nightwatcher because his ability could be somewhat useful in a Prime format, depending on what TMNT affiliated character you can effectively use. As far as unlimited goes, there isn’t much that can break into the current meta unless it’s cheap and fast. I would love to give Second Son a try in casual and limited.

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Speaking of cheap, Renet Tilley is only a three cost Bolt character with decent abilities for all her cards. This is her first appearance in the universe of Dice Masters. Now, Renet has been around for a long time, but most folks don’t have a clue who she is. She has a lot to do with time traveling, which already scores her some negative marks in my book (as a character outside of Dice Masters). I don’t like needless time travel and she was a careless Time Master in the 2012 series. She is a friend of the Turtles, but she does not have the TMNT affiliation on her cards. As far as her card abilities go, 79th Dimension of Null-Time is definitely my favorite. Being able to spin that Cold Gun over to a burst face is HUGE! She’s likely going to see play in both unlimited and Prime. Impeccable Timing has an interesting ability that I need to play around with before saying I like it. Apprentice Timestress is a lesser version of Kang: The Conqueror or Scarlet Witch: Controls Probability. I can see all of her versions finding homes in limited and casual play, but 79th Dimension will most likely make it into unlimited and almost certainly into Prime. As a side note, the t on the end of her first name is not silent.

shredder

Shredder is a huge iconic Villain in the TMNT universe, so his cards deserve to be huge in purchase cost and have outrageous abilities that you’ll probably never get to go off. Surprisingly, Shredder has two versions that only cost six to buy. I know, it’s still a six cost character, but I expected him to be seven and eight costs. Scarred is interesting, but most likely not as useful as he could be since he costs six and then you need to Field him. His monstrous eight cost version, False Bushido, is not worth the effort it takes to get that ability to go off. Dining on Turtle Soup! is easily my favorite of the three. There are Globals that can force a character to attack, or better yet, force multiple characters to block and only attack with Shredder. That seems so silly and fun – I really want to build around that for our next event. Getting him into the Field could be difficult, but that’s when Polymorph Mutation comes in handy. He seems like a fun casual character, but I don’t see him making any team in unlimited or Prime.

slash

Slash is another of those Villains turned anti-hero later in the 2012 series. I kinda wish we had a version that wasn’t a Villain for that reason since they used the 2012 series art for the card. Don’t misunderstand me – I’m super excited to have Slash in our Dice Masters world. He’s a Bolt character with a purchase cost of five on all cards and each version has an ability that has something to do with ‘burn’ type ability damage. Specimen 6 deals damage equal to his attack to target opposing character die that isn’t blocking him. I like it, but I don’t love it. He won’t see unlimited play and I doubt he’d make a rogue status in Prime. Portal from Dimension X deals damage equal to his level to an opponent when he’s KO’d. You can pair that with Blue-Eyes or a Fabricate keyword to get some direct damage in to your opponent. It’s a relatively expensive way of burning your opponent and I don’t see it being used in unlimited or even Prime. Never Liked the Name “Spike” has a when KO’d ability as well. He deals damage to your opponent equal to the total amount energy in their Reserve Pool. I could see this being used in unlimited, if he didn’t cost five to purchase. I’m not sure how much Prime play he’ll see since there aren’t many effective or useful ways to KO your characters to get the most out of his ability. I like this version the best though, because I can easily use him in a casual setting and have fun with him.

tiger-claw

Tiger Claw is a new character to the TMNT universe, as far as I can tell. This is also his Dice Masters debut. There are several other tiger/cat mutant like characters, but I think this specific character didn’t come around until the 2012 series. Tiger Claw is another one of those expensive Villain characters, but one of the abilities and the stats almost make me want to attempt to play this card. I feel like Lost Humanity is too expensive for his ability, and Kraang Experiment just doesn’t seem good to me. I don’t like KO’ing my opponent’s character dice like that because it gives them more dice to roll on their next turn. I don’t see either of those two versions making it into unlimited or Prime. Seeking Vengeance is the version that I like the best and I’m a sucker for pricey characters that I can’t play in unlimited. I love Cheetah: Cursed Archaeologist, and Seeking Vengeance’s ability and attack stats are double that of Cheetah’s. Unfortunately, his cost is double too. I don’t think this card has a place in the current unlimited meta and I’m not sure he’ll make it in Prime either. As for the casual scene, this guy looks like loads of fun for a Villain team!

triceraton

Triceratons are a race of alien creatures that look like a triceratops-man thing. In almost all the TMNT universe canon, they’re strictly villains, which makes them Villains in Dice Masters! I welcome Triceraton to the Dice Masters universe! Triceraton is a Fist character with purchase costs of four and five. Cretaceous Crusher is the only four cost and he has no ability text. There are definitely cheaper Villains with better abilities for unlimited, and probably Prime too. But if you really need a four cost Villain with no ability, here he is! For limited play, he’s a great addition to a Villain team since he’s one of the cheapest. Orders from Captain Zorax gets a bonus of three to his attack, but only when he attacks. That would make his level one attack a total of six, and his level three attack a total of eight. That’s not too shabby. Loyal to a Fault has one of my favorite words as his keyword – Overcrush. I’d like to be able to buff his attack stat if I were to use this version, and there are definitely ways to do that. I think I like this dude better than the other two versions. For unlimited and Prime, I can’t see any Triceratons making the cut. For casual and limited, I think these guys are a great addition to Villains.

Character Thoughts

Renet Tilley is by far the most useful of all the characters in the box. Foot Ninjas and Karai are also good. Is the box worth purchasing for just those three characters? Maybe, depending on how bad you want or need those abilities. If you’re not excited yet, wait until you see the Basic Action Cards.

Basic Action Cards

The biggest selling point for this box set is probably the vast assortment of Basic Action Cards. Sure the characters fun and some are possible meta dudes, but with revamps of some major meta BACs in this box, I can’t think of a better argument to buy a box or two – that’s right, I said two.

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Hello Anger Issues! I can’t tell you how happy I am to see a revamp of Anger Issues that will be legal for Prime. I have an attack buff and Overcrush all in one Action with Haymaker. This card is really high on my list of favorites for the BACs in this box. It’s a great card for all different formats from unlimited and Prime to casual and limited.

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I did a quick search on DM RetroBox for a card that did something similar to this and I couldn’t find one. This ability seems really familiar to me but I can’t find where I’ve seen it. Ingenious Tactics is an interesting card. Using this action die will prevent all combat damage to each of your attacking character dice. I really like this BAC, but I’m not sure how I’m going to use it yet. It’s handy for keeping your dudes in the Field when your opponent’s blockers will likely get KO’d. I’ll be playing around with this to see if I can find a use for it, but the one major deterrent is the cost. If I’m paying five for an action, it better be AMAZING.

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Everyone is going crazy over this BAC. I don’t think folks are going to realize how much of a risk it is to use it until they try it on a team. Everyone went crazy over Pizza! until they realized how much is clunked up their bag and wasn’t as useful as they thought. I don’t think this die is gonna clunk up your bag or slow you down, but the risk you run by using this on your team is that your opponent can nab all of them before you even have a turn. I really love the ability on this BAC, but if my opponent brings this and I go first, I’m stealing all the Momentum.

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Welcome to Prime, Polymorph. This revamp made me happier than Haymaker. I’m a big  Poly-Player so it’s safe to say that Poly is getting replaced with Mutation. I love Turtles, so if I can replace a card with a TMNT version, I’m so going to. I don’t think this card needs much of a review since it’s a major unlimited meta card. Now it gets a shot in Prime, which I imagine it will be on many teams out there.

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Okay, several folks aren’t excited about this BAC, but I am. When a character is sacrificed, it doesn’t get KO’d, therefore it doesn’t gain the advantage of a When this character is KO’d ability. Mysterious Shredder Transport only costs three to purchase and has a great benefit. It’s a form of removal, which is not something we have a lot of in Prime. In an unlimited format, sacrificing characters could gum up someone’s bag or ruin someone’s plan. I really like this card and I’m totally gonna test it.

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Nefarious Broadcast is another BAC that I think could be highly useful. It can clear buffs or other active effects that come from Global Abilities and stop Globals from being used for the rest of the turn. This hurts you too, but if you’re not relying on active Global effects or planning to use any Globals, then you have nothing to worry about. It only cost two to purchase, so it’s an easy turn one purchase on a bad roll. I imagine someone will find a way to work this onto a team in unlimited and I can see it being used in Prime – especially since there are buff Globals available in Prime. For casual and limited play, it could be useful but completely depends on the local meta.

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Escape Incarceration, minus the Resistance, has found its way into Prime… wait – it’s already Prime-Legal. Reclaim does cost one less than Escape Incarceration, which could be what makes someone choose Reclaim over Escape Incarceration. Escape Incarceration didn’t take off in unlimited, and I don’t see Reclaim finding a foothold either. As far as the Prime format goes, it’s possible we could see Reclaim over Escape Incarceration. A really bad roll on turn one could leave you with only two energy instead of three – and the wrong energy type too. This wouldn’t be a bad backup option and may be more useful to you than Nefarious Broadcast. In a casual and limited atmosphere, this BAC is definitely one I’d recommend over Escape Incarceration. It’s simpler to use and cost one less to buy.

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This is a revamp of Enrage from Uncanny X-Men. I can’t say that I’ve ever found a use for Enrage in an unlimited format where Invulnerability was available to me. There are plenty of taunt Globals out there, so the best thing about this BAC is the Global. This gives us a Bolt energy buff Global for Prime, which I don’t think we had. There are times where I’d rather have a Bolt buff than a Fist buff Global. It’s not a BAC that I’d toss to the side and forget about, but it’s not one that’s high on my list of BAC’s.

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This BAC is a revamp of Transfer Power from Uncanny X-Men, and a combination of Monster Reborn‘s ability and the Global on Mystic Box from the Yu-Gi-Oh! set. Transfer Power is a very useful card in unlimited, and now we have a revamp of it for Prime. I imagine that Splinter’s Teachings will see lots of play in Prime. For casual and limited, this is an awesome card, and not just for it’s Global. Like its predecessor, it only cost three to purchase, making it a good buy on your first turn if you don’t get the right energy for your characters. I would definitely recommend this BAC for both the competitive formats as well as casual and limited play.

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Here is my second favorite BAC in this box set, the Magic Missile revamp. I love Mutation, but Unstable Canister is a close second. The major difference between Unstable Canister and Magic Missile’s abilities are that Canister references a TMNT affiliated character and Magic Missile references an adventurer. This BAC will allow Batman Family Bat-Bomb to go off easier with a more reliable way to KO Alfred dice in the Prime format. It’s also great for Storm: Extra Lightning on a Prime team. For a casual or limited format, this is a great card. BACs that cost three or less are ones that I prefer.

BAC Overview

Wow! Talk about a loaded box! This box has all the major BAC abilities that anyoen could want! Oh, except for Big Entrance… I love that card almost as much as Polymorph. I would love to be able to use it in Prime. Here’s hoping it’ll see a revamp in the Superman/Wonder Woman starter. But really, you couldn’t ask for a better comprehensive assortment of BACs. Not only does this help new players that can’t afford all those different starters, but it helps other players that didn’t want to purchase D&D products. Good call, WizKids.

Action Reminder Cards

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The four Action Reminder Cards are color coordinated with the four Turtles, which is a nice touch. It makes it easy for players to use their favorite color of the four, or play with their favorite Turtle’s color.

Paper Playmats

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Just like the previous box set, the paper playmats’ artwork and color coordinate with the four Turtles. There are lots of reminders and tips on the playmats to help new players.

Dice Bags

The four dice bags are the normal paper bags that we’ve seen in the previous box set and other starters. The dice bags have artwork and colors that coordinate with the Turtles, just like the first box set. I love that they do that, making it easy for anyone to pick their favorite Turtle and represent them. #TeamDonnie Purple for me please!

Action Dice and Sidekick Dice

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You’ll get enough Sidekick dice for four players as well as four different colors of Basic Action Dice. The Actions are color coordinated with the four Turtles, just like the bags and playmats.

As with the first box set, each of the Turtles have their very own dice designs. These are the dice for each of the four Turtles from the first box set.

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These are the dice for the four Turtles from the new Heroes in a Half Shell box set.

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I think I like the first set’s dice best, but images on the second set’s dice are cool too. They used silhouettes of the Turtles from the 2012 animated series.

Storage Box

The picture on the right shows the box with both sets of dice and cards, including both sets of Sidekicks and Basic Action Dice.

The first box set didn’t have the clear tray cover which caused lots of transporting issues. Dice would slide and bounce all over the box, and even jam themselves in such a way that the box lid would lift up and possibly spill the contents everywhere. I’m so happy that WizKids added the clear cover to this box. I can put all of my TMNT dice in this second box and not worry about the box lid coming off just because the box tilted or slid onto its side in the car.

Final Thoughts

There were major improvements from the first box set. I loved the first box, but I’m in love with this one. When a new player joins our group, this is going to be the very first product that I recommend for them to purchase – not just because I love TMNT so much, but because you can’t find a better assortment of vital and useful card abilities in any other Dice Masters starter or box set. If you’re new to Dice Masters or you’re trying to help a new player with recommendations, this is the product to look at. Many of these cards are great for casual and limited play, but also highly useful in the new PDC Prime format and even unlimited.

Aside from the obvious usefulness of many of the cards for unlimited and Prime, I love how the cards work so well together within the box too. A new player can combine both box sets for even more Turtle fun! These two boxes make for a great purchase for any Turtle fan that wants to play a game using their favorite TMNT characters but doesn’t want to jump all in to the larger world of Dice Masters.

WizKids has done some amazing things with the additions of the Box Sets, the yearly Starters, and the Team Packs. It makes the game more affordable for folks that also play other collectible games, therefore keeping those folks in the community. It also allows players like myself to expand into the other games that WizKids produces, like HeroClix, where I wasn’t able to before. I really feel like WizKids is on the right track, so long as they can better balance their release dates. That’s another growing pain that younger games experience and the balancing act will come with time. They’re just now introducing the yearly starters, so once they find the best form of product releases, the release date balancing should improve. I’m excited for what the future holds for Dice Masters. I hope that WizKids decides to branch out into other IPs and release them as all inclusive Box Sets.

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For this week’s confusing card of the week article, we’re going to take a look at Punisher: War Journal from the Marvel Civil War set.

I’m also adding a new Prime Rating to each of my Confusing Card of the Week articles. They will follow the same rating system as the Unlimited Competitive Rating, since Prime is also a competitive format. You can find a breakdown of how I choose my ratings on my sticky article, Helpful Sites and About this Blog.

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Ruling – Ability

Punisher has a When Fielded ability. This type of ability only works when you move the character die into field either from your Reserve Pool by paying its fielding cost or by an ability that specifically tells you to field the character die. Swapping the die into the Field Zone or moving/placing the die by other means will not allow you to use the When Fielded ability.

“Field a character at level one from Used Pile.” This type of wording would allow you to use the When Fielded ability.

“Move a character from your Used Pile to the Field Zone at level one.” This type of wording does not allow you to use the When Fielded ability.

Punisher says when you field his die, each non-Sidekick character die that you field for the rest of the turn gains the keyword, Intimidate. Each non-Sidekick character that enters the Field Zone after Punisher will be able to use Intimidate.

Intimidate is a When Fielded ability that allows that character to remove another character die from the Field Zone until end of turn. You can target an opposing character die or one of your own character dice. The removed character die is placed to the side next to your character cards, but do not place it on the character cards. Nothing else can effect the removed dice because they are no longer in the play area.

At the end of turn, the removed character dice will return to the Field Zone at the level they were on when they were removed. These dice do not return until the Clean Up Step, so they will not be eligible as blockers during the Attack Step.

When a character with a When Fielded ability is returned to the Field Zone after being removed by Intimidate, you do not get to activate that ability. The returning character dice are not being fielded.

A character with the Ally keyword would not be able to use the Intimidate granted by Punisher’s ability. When a character with Ally is fielded, they are considered a Sidekick as long as they are in the Field Zone. You are not able to use Intimidate on your characters until they are fielded. If Ally were a triggered ability, like a When Fielded ability, you would be able to choose the order in which they triggered. Ally is a static type effect that happens as soon as the conditions are met. This does not give you a window to use Intimidate.

Miscellaneous Card Information

~ Punisher: War Journal is a Fist Character.
~ He has the Thunderbolts affiliation.
~ He has a max dice of four.
~ This card is an Uncommon and is #92 of 142.

Examples

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

Example:

~ I have a Punisher die, a Sidekick die, an Alfred die, a Wolverine die, an Oracle die, and four fist energy in my Reserve Pool (all my character dice are level one). My opponent has a level three Hulk die and a Sidekick die in the Field Zone.
~ (Main Step) I spend one fist energy (moving it Out of Play) to pay Punisher’s fielding cost, and then field my Punisher die. All non-Sidekick characters that I field for the rest of the turn will gain Intimidate.
~ (Main Step) I spend one fist energy (moving it Out of Play) to use the Global on Anger Issues and target my Punisher die to give him +1A (for a current total of 5A).
~ (Main Step) I field my Sidekick. The Sidekick does not get to use Intimidate.
~ (Main Step) I field my Alfred. He is an Ally as he enters the Field Zone, so he does not get to use Intimidate.
~ (Main Step) I spend one fist energy (moving it Out of Play) to field my Wolverine die. He is not a Sidekick, so he gets to use Intimidate. I target my opponent’s Hulk die and my opponent moves that die next to my character cards, showing that it’s removed from play.
~ (Main Step) I field my Oracle die. She is not a Sidekick, so she gets to use Intimidate. I target my opponent’s Sidekick die and place it next to their Hulk die.
~ (Main Step) I pass priority to my opponent. My opponent does not use any Globals, and passes priority back.
~ (Attack Step – Assign Attackers) I assign my Punisher, Wolverine, and Sidekick as attackers.
~ (Attack Step – Assign Blockers) My opponent does not have any characters to block with.
~ (Attack Step – Actions and Globals) I spend my last fist energy (moving it Out of Play) to use the Global on Anger Issues and target my Punisher die to give him +1A (for a total of 6A). I pass priority to my opponent to give them an opportunity to use Globals. They do not use any and pass priority back to me.
~ (Attack Step – Assign and Resolve Damage) All of my attackers are unblocked and assign their damage to my opponent. Punisher would deal six damage, Wolverine would deal four damage, and the Sidekick would deal one damage, for a total of eleven damage. These unblocked characters are now placed Out of Play.
~ (Clean Up Step) All dice that are Out of Play are moved to the Used Pile. All effects end (unless otherwise stated). The two characters removed from play by Intimidate are placed back in the Field Zone on their previous levels.


Official Sources

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

You can find an official definition for Intimidate on the Keywords Page.

You can find additional information on Intimidate in The Reserve Pool’s Lexicon page, here.

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Unlimited Competitive Play Rating

I do not see this character making it onto any competitive unlimited team. He cost high, his TFC isn’t good for what his ability does, and he is conditional. I say he’s conditional because there are plenty of competitive teams that don’t need active character dice and not many (if any) of your own characters that benefit from returning to play without being ‘fielded’. Vicious Struggle teams don’t normally field any characters. Other teams would likely not be threatened by the temporary removal of their characters. It might be an annoyance for the one turn, but then you would need to cycle Punisher, and any other characters you’re using with him. If WizKids rules that you can use Allies with Punisher, then that may make him a little better, but still not a card I’d consider for a competitive format.

Punisher: War Journal gets a rating of zero out of five stars.
0 Stars

Prime Play Rating

With the loss of Elf Thief and the lack of cost reduction, this card does not seem very useful in Prime. I will admit, he’s more appealing for a Prime format where you’ll likely see more teams with characters that stay fielded, but you still need to work hard – probably harder – to get this crazy combo to go off. I wouldn’t expect to see him in any top teams in the Prime format either. There are still much better options for crazy combos, and even fun combos that require much less work and are not as frustrating to get functioning.

Punisher: War Journal gets a Prime rating of one out of five stars.
1 Star

Casual Play Rating

I don’t particularly like Punisher for casual play either. His ability can be confusing and difficult to use in a casual setting. A more experienced player could use this card as a teaching tool, but I think there are better alternatives for that. I think the right pilot could run a team with him and cheap fielding characters effectively, but it still would require specific card choices and a really good understanding of the game. If you’re playing in a casual setting and you want to try something different, then maybe this card could give you that. I can’t recommend this card for a brand new player, but more experienced players might be able to build a fun team with him.

Punisher: War Journal gets a casual play rating of two out of five stars.
2 Stars

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We held a special event on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It was original scheduled for the Saturday before, but since Deadpool released earlier that week, we had our draft that day. Players were limited to what characters they could use by the primary color of their dice. These were the colors that were available to use:

Brown/Tan
Black
White
Grey/Silver
Clear
Yellow
Red (including Cranberry color, like Lady Bullseye/Katana)
Orange
Green

For the dice that are split colored, like Batgirl from Green Arrow and The Flash, as long as one of the colors was on the list, the character was available to use.

My Team

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You can find my team here, on DM Retrobox.

My utility cards for this team were Red Dragon for my Actions and a little extra damage when buying them, PXG, Bane for taunting troublesome characters, and Rip Global. My main goal is to Rip any Lady Bullseye dice or Hulk Out dice when I know I’m drawing the other. Black Bolt is on the team for a little added attack value or to pump up Lockjaw as my backup attacker if I need him. Lockjaw, other than backup, is there to help wipe the little dudes from the Field or get additional damage on the Field. Satchel was there for me to use on Hulk Out dice if I didn’t have anymore to buy and needed that one extra Overcrush ability. This team is built to be aggressive and put pressure on my opponent.

Round One

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I was fortunate enough to face off against Mr. DDK in round one. He blew me up really quick with Ultraman and Kryptonite. It didn’t long for me to meet my demise with him having an Ultraman, Elf Thief, and Dwarf Wizard in the Field. He used his Kryptonite to blank one of my characters, then used my Magic Missile Global directly to me, Imprisoned my Field, Hulk Out didn’t help him but he put it on Ultraman, then used Front Line and that was all she wrote! I was only able to get one Lady Bullseye in for four damage before I was toast.

Record after Round One: 0-1-0

Round Two

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My second round opponent and I had fun going back and forth for a few turns. He was trying to use Outlaw, but she didn’t want to cooperate with him at all. It took him an attack or two to realize that he shouldn’t be blocking my Lady Bullseye with the character that she targeted for her double damage ability, especially when she had Overcrush applied to her. It took several turns, but Lady Bullseye finally took down my opponent. Rip Global came in handy this game. I was able to Rip a Hulk Out once and then Rip a Lady Bullseye another time.

Record after Round Two: 1-1-0

Round Three

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Apologies for the lack of an actual picture here. I completely forgot to snap a picture of my opponent’s team before we packed up. This game was another back and forth battle for the entire game. He used Dwarf Wizard on my Lockjaw, which didn’t bother me too much. I didn’t let Lockjaw leave the Field so that Dwarf Wizard would keep his target unless my opponent bought another. I didn’t want my Lady Bullseye becoming Dwarf Wizard’s new target. Magic Missile Global helped me keep Shannon Carter out of my way after she was hit with Lady Bullseye’s double damage ability. A couple of well placed attacks with pumped up Sidekicks took my life down fairly quickly, but several Lady Bullseye dice with Overcrush were more than enough to secure the game for me.

Record after Round Three: 2-1-0
Final Standing: 3rd

Final Thoughts

Something that two of my opponents didn’t do, or forgot to do, was use my Magic Missile Global against my Lady Bullseye. She only has one defense which I didn’t take into consideration when adding Magic Missile to my team. If I were to build a team around her and keep Magic Missile, I would need to increase her defense or just use Elf Thief to steal their energy. Magic Missile came in handy on more than a few occasions. I really like the Lady Bullseye with Overcrush combo and if you add a little control or defensive elements, there could be some potential for a lower tier competitive team. I really want to try and build a team utilizing her with Overcrush.

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Today, we’re going to take a look at  Venom: Abandoned the Stinger  from the Marvel Civil War set.

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Ruling – Ability

Venom’s ability is a While Active ability. While Active abilities work regardless of how many of that character’s dice are in the Field Zone. While Active abilities are like a light – they’re either on, or they’re off.

Venom’s ability says that you may pay a Mask energy to give your Sidekicks either a +1A or a +1D until the end of turn. Allies will benefit from this ability because they count as Sidekicks while in the Field Zone.

There is no limit to how many times this ability can be used, provided you have the resources to do so. You are not required to choose the same bonus each time you use Venom’s ability in a single turn. If you use it once to give an attack bonus, you may use it a second time to give a defense bonus.

This ability can be used anytime you could use a Global Ability because it does not have a required trigger. Abilities like this are similar to the new keyword ability, Synergy. It’s almost like a Global that your opponent doesn’t have access to, but it requires you have the character active in the Field Zone.

Affiliations and Types

Venom: Abandoned the Stinger is a Mask Character and has the Thunderbolts and Villain affiliations.

Examples

These examples are for information purposes only, to show what would happen in certain scenarios. I am not suggesting that these examples are the best outcomes for each scenario.

Example One:
Ability use in Main Step (either player’s turn).

~  (Main Step) I have one Mask energy and two Wild energy in my Reserve Pool. I have two Venom dice and three Sidekick dice in the Field Zone.
~ (Main Step) I spend one Mask energy (moving it Out of Play) to give all three of my Sidekick dice +1A.
~ (Main Step) I spend one Wild energy as a Mask energy (moving it Out of Play) to give all three of my Sidekick dice +1D.

Example Two:
Ability use in Attack Step (turn player).

~ (Attack Step) I am the turn player, or active player. I have two Mask energy in my Reserve Pool. I have one Venom die and two Sidekick dice in the Field Zone.
~ (Attack Step – Assign Attackers) I decide to attack with my two Sidekick dice, moving them into the Attack Zone.
~ (Attack Step – Assign Blockers) My opponent doesn’t have any characters to block with.
~ (Attack Step – Actions and Globals) I can now use Action Dice, but I don’t have any that I want to use. I then look at Globals and abilities that can be used as Globals. I choose to use Venom’s ability.
~ (Attack Step – Actions and Globals) I spend one Mask energy (moving it Out of Play) to use Venom’s ability and give my two Sidekick dice +1A.
~ (Attack Step – Actions and Globals) I spend one Mask energy (moving it Out of Play) to use Venom’s ability a second time and give my two Sidekick dice another +1A. This gives my Sidekick dice a total of 3A.
~ (Attack Step – Actions and Globals) I pass priority to my opponent. They do not use any Globals.
~ (Attack Step – Assign and Resolve Damage) My opponent will take a total of six damage from their life and my Sidekicks go Out of Play.
~ (Clean Up Step) All of the dice that are Out of Play move to the Used Pile. All effects end unless otherwise stated.

Example Three:
Ability use in Attack Step (non-turn player).

~ (Attack Step) I am the non-turn player, or inactive player. I have two Mask energy in my Reserve Pool. I have one Venom die and two Sidekick dice in the Field Zone.
~ (Attack Step – Assign Attackers) My opponent attacks with a character that has two attack and one defense (2A/1D).
~ (Attack Step – Assign Blockers) I decide to block with one of my Sidekick dice.
~ (Attack Step – Actions and Globals) My opponent can now use Action Dice, but doesn’t have any to use. My opponent does not use any Globals. My opponent passes priority to me.
~ (Attack Step – Actions and Globals) I spend one Mask energy (moving it Out of Play) to use Venom’s ability and give my two Sidekick dice +1D.
~ (Attack Step – Actions and Globals) I spend one Mask energy (moving it Out of Play) to use Venom’s ability a second time and give my two Sidekick dice another +1D. This gives my Sidekick dice a total of 3D.
~ (Attack Step – Assign and Resolve Damage) The attacking character is 2A and 1D. My Sidekicks both have 1A and 3D. The attacker will assign its one damage to my blocking Sidekick’s three defense and my Sidekick will assign its one damage to the attacker’s one defense.
~ (Clean Up Step) My Sidekick is not KO’d so it returns to the Field Zone. My opponent’s attacking character is KO’d and goes to the Prep Area.

Official Sources

UPDATE!
There has been a ruling added to WORF for abilities like Venom’s. You can find it, here.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any official sources regarding abilities that don’t have specific triggers. I hope that WizKids will either answer my question or another submitted by someone else about this on WORF. I recently had a discussion on Reddit in regards to these type of abilities. This is the argument I made for my ruling on these type of abilities (edited the card example and some grammar):

Without official guidance, we’re left to deduce when these abilities can be used. It doesn’t make sense that they would function at an odd place in the turn order without explicit instruction. That narrows down where they can be used to the Main Step and the Attack Step. Most logically, it should be available during the Main Step. That means that the turn player could use Venom’s ability at any time during the Main Step. That shouldn’t be a dispute at all for this type of ability. The dispute is over the Attack Step and non-turn player turn.

Venom does not say that you must use his ability during the Main Step. This is enough to make me believe that they turn player can use it during the Attack Step after blockers are assigned, which is when most other abilities and Globals would be used. It doesn’t make sense that you could use it before blockers or after assigning damage.

Venom does not say that he can only be used on your turn. He doesn’t say that he can be used on your opponent’s turn either. But based off of other card abilities, I would say that there would be stipulations in the text saying that you can’t use it on your opponent’s turn. The only time a non-turn player can do anything on the turn player’s turn is after being passed priority during either the Main Step or after blockers are assigned in the Attack Step.

One could argue that because it doesn’t say you can use it on your opponent’s turn that it’s not an option. At this moment, the only argument I have against this is that there are other abilities that can be used on your opponent’s turn that aren’t Globals and they don’t say anything about what turn you can use them. Most of these type of abilities have a specific trigger, but there is evidence of the option to use an ability on an opponent’s turn.

This reasoning is why I’ve ruled abilities like Venom’s as usable anytime you could use a Global Ability, or as though it was a Synergy ability. Always check with you TO ahead of a tournament and see how they wish to rule the card. Until we have an official ruling on WORF, it is possible that these type of abilities could be ruled differently at other venues.

As a general etiquette rule, you should always ask your TO about cards that don’t have official rulings. You are always free to share my rulings with your TO, but remember that my rulings are not official as I am not affiliated with WizKids.

I absolutely believe that abilities like this are the exact reason WizKids created the Synergy keyword. Another Reddit user mentioned this as well. I am very happy that they created the keyword and I hope that they make an errata for cards like Venom that help clarify when these abilities can be used. There isn’t a huge list of cards with abilities that don’t have specified triggers, so making a list of them and giving them Synergy in an official errata would clear up so much confusion.

Competitive Play Rating

Venom totally has potential to be a beast in competitive play, but what hinders him is his purchase cost. There are great Ally characters that could benefit from Venom, but the meta still moves a little too fast for Venom to gain any decent momentum. I could see someone using him as a rogue card or on a rogue team that could catch opponents off guard and slide into a top cut somewhere. If he was a four cost character, he’d be awesome! His fielding costs and stats are on point and the new Swarm Multiple Man (Deadpool set) would be great with Venom! I hope that this card finds its place in competitive play someday.

I also think the confusion over his ability may deter some players from trying to use him. The inconsistent rulings in different locations would be a huge problem for anyone trying to use this card on a regular basis.

Venom: Abandoned the Stinger gets a competitive play rating of three out of five stars.
3 Stars

Casual Play Rating

I’m not a fan of this card for casual play. The biggest reason is the lack of an official source for the use of his ability. You can explain how a card is supposed to work (or how you believe it’s supposed to work), but newer players benefit from being able to see and refer back to the source if need be. This causes lots of confusion and earns him low marks for casual play. If your locals have a good understanding of the rules and how the turn order works, I see no issue with players using Venom. The problem will start when a new player joins the group. As a TO, be consistent with your local rulings and if you decide to change a ruling, make sure all your players are clear on the change and why you made it. If you’re a casual player reading this and your TO has ruled differently than I have in my article, you can show them the article, but don’t be combative over their ruling. TO’s have the final say in their local venues, unless they can see an official ruling states differently. Not everyone will interpret card text the same and as I mentioned before, I’m not affiliated with WizKids.

Venom: Abandoned the Stinger gets a casual play rating of one out of five stars.
1 Star

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Today, we’re going to take a look at S.T.A.R. Labs: Advanced Research from the DC Green Arrow and The Flash set. WizKids beat me to posting a ruling about this card today. I’m glad they did though, because now I have an official link for it!

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Ruling – Ability

The ability on S.T.A.R. Labs says that a target Bolt or Shield character die that you control deals its attack value in damage to another target character die. When you use this Action Die, you choose one of your Bolt or Shield character dice in the Field Zone. You then choose another target character, whether it’s one of your opponent’s or one of your own. Your character will deal damage equal to its attack to the other character. You can increase or decrease the attack value before using S.T.A.R. Labs so your character deals more or less damage than its printed value. See Example One and Example Two.

S.T.A.R. Labs is a Crossover Non-Basic Action Card.

Crossover
Crossover cards are cards that have two or more different energy types. In order to purchase a Crossover die, you must spend at least one of each of the card’s energy type. S.T.A.R. Labs is a Bolt/Shield Crossover card which means you must spend at least a Bolt and a Shield energy in order to purchase one of the dice. A Crossover card’s purchase cost can be reduced by card abilities (Blue-Eyes White Dragon: Monstrous Dragon), but you still must spend the appropriate energy types to purchase the dice. See Example Three.

Ruling – Global

S.T.A.R. Labs also has a Global ability that lets you move a Sidekick from your Used Pile to your Prep Area and another Sidekick from your Used Pile to the Field Zone, for the cost of a Bolt and a Shield. You must have at least one Sidekick in your Used Pile to use this Global. If you don’t have two (or more) Sidekick dice in your Used Pile, then you would move one Sidekick to your Prep Area and the rest of the Global would fizzle. You do not get to choose which portion of the Global to use if you only have one Sidekick in the Used Pile. This Global falls under the ‘do as much as you can’ general rule. See Example Four.

This Global can be used during the Attack Step after blockers are assigned. When you use this Global during the Attack Step, you cannot use the Sidekick you just fielded as an attacker or blocker because the Global part of the Attack Step is after assigning attackers and assigning blockers. See Example Five.

You can use this Global as many times as you have the energy to pay for it and as long as you have at least one Sidekick in the Used Pile. All dice used during your turn go Out of Play until the end of your turn, which means any Sidekick dice used on your turn will not be in the Used Pile until the end of your turn. You cannot move any Sidekicks that you just spent as payment for the Global. This Global can also be used on your opponent’s turn. See Example Six.

Affiliations

S.T.A.R. Labs: Advanced Research is a Non-Basic Action Card and it does not have any affiliations. Some Non-Basic Action Cards do have affiliations.

Examples

Example One:
Using S.T.A.R. Labs.

~ (Main Step) After my Roll and Reroll Step, I have three Wild energy and a S.T.A.R. Labs die in my Reserve Pool. I also have a level two Superman die (Shield character, 7A) in the Field Zone and my opponent has a character with a defense of five in the Field Zone.
~ (Main Step) I use my S.T.A.R. Labs Action die and choose my
Superman die and my opponent’s character die.
~ (Main Step) My opponent’s character will take seven damage which is enough to KO it and it goes to the Prep Area.

Example Two:
Increasing attack value before using S.T.A.R. Labs.

~ (Main Step) After my Roll and Reroll Step, I have three Wild energy and a S.T.A.R. Labs die in my Reserve Pool. I also have a level two Superman die (Shield character, 7A) in the Field Zone and my opponent has a character with a defense of eight in the Field Zone.
~ (Main Step) I spend one of the Wild energy to use the Global on Anger Issues to increase my Superman die’s attack value by one for a total of eight.
~ (Main Step) I use my S.T.A.R. Labs Action die and choose my
Superman die and my opponent’s character die.
~ (Main Step) My opponent’s character will take eight damage which is enough to KO it and it goes to the Prep Area.

Example Three:
Reduced purchase cost.

~ (Main Step) I have two Bolt energy, one Wild energy, and Sidekick in my Reserve Pool after my Roll and Reroll.
~ (Main Step) I field the Sidekick.
~ (Main Step) I spend one Bolt energy and KO the Sidekick to use Blue-Eyes White Dragon’s Global which reduces the cost of the next die I purchase by two energy.
~ (Main Step) I spend my other Bolt energy and a Wild energy and purchase a S.T.A.R. Labs die. I must spend a Bolt and Shield, even though Blue-Eyes reduced the cost by two.

Example Four:
Global with less than two Sidekicks in the Used Pile.

~ (Main Step) I have two Bolt energy, one Shield energy, and one Wild energy in my Reserve Pool after my Roll and Reroll. I also have three Sidekick dice in my Used Pile.
~ (Main Step) I spend one Bolt and one Shield to move one of the Sidekick dice in my Used Pile to my Prep Area and another one to the Field Zone as a Sidekick character.
~ (Main Step) I can spend my other Bolt and my Wild to use the Global again, but I will only be able to move the last Sidekick die to the Prep Area. I don’t have a second one to move to the Field Zone.

Example Five:
Global during the Attack Step.

~ (Attack Step) I have two Bolt energy, one Shield energy, and one Wild energy in my Reserve Pool after my Main Step has ended. I have four Sidekicks in my Used Pile.
~ (Attack Step – Assign Attackers) I assign all the characters that I want to attack with.
~ (Attack Step – Assign Blockers) My opponent assigns any characters that they want to block with and chooses which attackers they’re blocking.
~ (Attack Step – Actions and Globals) I can now use any Action Dice that I have in my Reserve Pool (which is none), and I can also use Global abilities.
~ (Attack Step – Actions and Globals) I spend one Bolt and one Shield to use the S.T.A.R. Labs Global. I move the first Sidekick die to the Prep Area and then the second to the Field Zone.
~ (Attack Step – Actions and Globals) I spend one Bolt and one Shield to use the S.T.A.R. Labs Global a second time and move the first Sidekick die to the Prep Area, then the second to the Field Zone.
~ (Attack Step – Assign and Resolve Damage) The two Sidekicks I moved to the Field Zone with the S.T.A.R. Labs Global are not attacking or blocking, so they deal no damage. The rest of the attackers and blockers resolve damage as normal.

Example Six:
Global during your opponent’s turn.

~ (Opponent’s Main Step) I have two Bolt energy, one Shield energy, and one Wild energy in my Reserve Pool after my Roll and Reroll. I also have one Sidekick dice in my Used Pile.
~ (Opponent’s Main Step) After my opponent passes priority to me, I spend one Bolt and one Shield to move the Sidekick dice in my Used Pile to my Prep Area. The Sidekick dice I spent for the Global go into my Used Pile. I cannot move one of these to the Field Zone because they were not in the Used Pile when I paid for the Global.
~ (Opponent’s Main Step) I can spend my other Bolt and my Wild to use the Global again. I have two Sidekicks already in my Used Pile, so now I can move one to the Prep Area and then move the other to the Field Zone. The Sidekick dice I spent for this use of the Global are now in my Used Pile.

Official Sources

You can find the official ruling on the S.T.A.R. Labs Global, here.

Page 22 of the World’s Finest Rulebook under As Much As Possible vs Costed Effects discusses the ‘do as much as you’re able’ general rule.

Competitive Play Rating

This card could very possibly be the replacement for PXG, should rotation or ban remove PXG. It’s definitely a card to keep in mind, even though it’s not a first pick while PXG is around. With PXG being such a predominant card in the current meta, I don’t see this card making it on many teams. I look forward to a rotation/ban list so that cards like this one will actually see play. PXG speeds the meta up too much, but a Global like this one feels a little more appropriate. You will still get your bit of ramp, but at an increased cost with conditions. Don’t let this card leave your memory banks! For a future non-PXG meta, I could easily bump this card up to three or even four stars, but for now, it’s only at two.

S.T.A.R. Labs: Advanced Research gets a competitive play rating of two out of five stars.
2 Stars

Casual Play Rating

This is a great card for casual play, but even with rotation looming, not all venues are going to enforce rotation. For those that do, this is a great replacement. The Global can be a bit confusing at first, until a newer player gets used to the ‘do as much as you’re able’ rule. The regular ability has some strategy to it that some new players may not fully understand at first and could find it slightly confusing. I could easily recommend this card for more advanced players and it could be used to teach strategies to newer players.

S.T.A.R. Labs: Advanced Research gets a casual play rating of three out of five stars.
3 Stars

 

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Today, we’re going to take a look at Foot Ninja, Ninja Syndicate from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Box Set. Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of my CCW articles! I started them in our local Facebook group and later moved them here to my blog. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to pick a card from my favorite set!

Foot Ninja, Ninja Syndicate

Ruling – Ability

Foot Ninja has the Ally keyword. A character that has Ally counts as a Sidekick while that character is active in the Field Zone. It will not count as a Sidekick anywhere else.

Foot Ninja has another ability that says he gets +1A and +1D for each other Sidekick die in the Field Zone. This ability counts each Sidekick other than that die. It will count other Foot Ninja dice since they have Ally. This ability will also count your opponent’s Sidekick dice, including any Ally characters they have in the Field Zone. This bonus changes based on the number of Sidekick dice in the Field Zone, and the bonus is active all the time.

Example:

~ I have two level two Foot Ninja, one Mary Jane, Jackpot (Ally), and three Sidekick dice in the Field Zone. My opponent has two Sidekick dice in the Field Zone.
~ I count up all the Sidekick dice in the Field Zone for my Foot Ninjas. The total is eight, but the Foot Ninjas do not count themselves. They each get +7A and +7D.
~ I decide to attack with my Foot Ninjas with a 9A on both.
~ My opponent decides to block each of my Foot Ninjas with one of their Sidekicks.
~ During the Globals part of the Attack Step, my opponent uses the Global on Magic Missile to do one damage to each of my three Sidekick Dice.
~ Each of my Foot Ninjas will lose 3A because there are three less Sidekicks in the Field Zone, making them a 6A and not 9A.

Max Dice

Most of the character cards in Dice Masters have a max dice number of four. There are lots of cards that have a different mas dice number and Foot Ninja is one of them. His max dice number is three. Always remember to check your dice numbers!

Official Sources

There currently are not any official sources referencing this specific card.

*** EDIT ***
There is an official ruling now available on the WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF). You can find it HERE.

Competitive Play Rating

I think this card would be great when paired with Hulk Out or Falcon, Recon, but I think it requires way too many conditions to be really good or even viable in the current competitive meta. There is a lot of Magic Missile out there that can eliminate the fuel for this card. You would have to have a way of protecting your characters from being targeted by your opponent, which is not hard to accomplish, but that adds even more moving parts to a team that already needs too many. If the major competitive meta was a little slower or didn’t have Bard (yeah, I went there), then more diverse teams could shine.

Foot Ninja, Ninja Syndicate gets a competitive play rating of two out of five stars.
2 Stars

Casual Play Rating

This card looks like a ton of fun for a casual setting. I have a team build in mind for him using an Ally or two and Hulk Out or Falcon as well as White Tiger for her Global. I can’t wait to try it! Foot Ninja is not a complex card once his abilities are explained. I can easily recommend this card for a player of any skill level. He has a low purchase cost and his fielding costs can’t get much better. He also has the Villain affiliation and would make a decent addition to many casual Villain teams. He only has three dice, but that’s not that big of a deal for a character like this. Another reason this card is great for beginners is that you don’t have to use a fancy combo with it – you only need Sidekicks to boost his stats.

 Foot Ninja, Ninja Syndicate gets a casual play rating of four out of five stars.
4 Stars

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Today, we’re going to take a look at Falcon, Aviary from the Marvel Civil War set.

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Ruling – Ability

Falcon has the Enlistment ability. Enlistment allows you to gain a benefit based on the card text, but your opponent may prevent the ability if they KO one of their characters. Falcon’s Enlistment is also a ‘While Active’ ability. ‘While Active’ abilities will only check that you have at least one of the character dice in the Field Zone. The ability will not trigger for each active Falcon die.

Falcon says that while he’s active, you gain one life when your opponent fields a Sidekick. Your opponent may prevent this from happening if they KO one of their character dice. They may choose any character that they have in the Field Zone, including the Sidekick they just fielded. The Sidekick is eligible to be KO’d because it has to completely enter the Field Zone to trigger the Enlistment ability.

A character with the keyword Ally will trigger Falcon’s Enlistment because Falcon checks to see if you put a Sidekick in the Field Zone and Allies count as Sidekicks while in the Field Zone.

Note – Your life total can not go above 20.

Example 1:

~ I have two Falcon dice in my Field Zone.
~ My opponent fields a Sidekick die.
~ I announce my Enlistment ability and give my opponent an opportunity to react.
~ My opponent chooses to not KO a character die.
~ I gain one life. If I’m at 20 life already, then my life total remains 20.

Example 2:

~ I have two Falcon dice in my Field Zone.
~ My opponent fields a Sidekick die.
~ I announce my Enlistment ability and give my opponent an opportunity to react.
~ My opponent chooses to KO the Sidekick they just fielded.
~ I do not gain any life.

Official Sources

Here is the official Ruling for Half-Elf Bard, Master Lords’ Alliance, which can be used to clarify whether Sidekicks count as character dice in the Field Zone.

Here is the official Ruling for Save Civilians which can be used to clarify about Allies.

Competitive Play Rating

I really like this card for both competitive and casual play. While I don’t see this card making top lists in many major events, it’s possible a rogue team could get him into a Top Cut somewhere. By the way – he’s an awesome draft pick! He has a total fielding cost (TFC) of four, which is a little on the pricey side for competitive play. His level one and two are both a cost of one which isn’t too bad, so unless you’re rolling him on level three consistently, you’ll be paying one energy to field him. He has a great purchase cost of three energy. He also makes your opponent think twice about fielding their Sidekicks and Allies the later the game goes. Depending on the team your facing, Falcon could help them too as an alternative to KO something for an ability. Falcon’s Enlistment would be like throwing gasoline on a fire for my Alfred/Dick Grayson BatBomb team. I still really like this card but with Falcon, Recon in the meta, I just don’t see Aviary getting much action outside of rogue teams or just simply casual play.

Falcon, Aviary gets a competitive play rating of two out of five stars.
2 Stars

Casual Play Rating

For casual play, this card is fantastic! In a meta practically void of Bards and Vicious Struggle, this card can shine. His ability is not difficult to explain or execute, so beginners can play this character with little trouble. He’s a great character for a beginner team with his purchase cost of three and total fielding cost of four. Keeping him alive may be a bit of trouble, but with a Global like the one on Ant-Man, Pym Particles, he should be okay. I’m totally planning on building a team utilizing these two and maybe even Nick Fury, Patch!

 Falcon, Aviary gets a casual play rating of four out of five stars.
4 Stars

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