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Greetings Fellow Clix Fans!

 

I recently played in my first HeroClix WKO. I had the pleasure of playing in Owensboro, Kentucky at my home away from home, Big Bang Toys – Comics – Games. I always enjoy visiting this venue because the employees are always nice and as helpful as they can be, the play space is more than adequate for multiple events, and the venue is always clean and well stocked on toiletry supplies. You’d be surprised how many places I’ve visited for large events, and the venue has run out of toilet paper…

I’ve made many friends at this venue and they are the most important reason that a three and half hour drive is more than worth it.

I prefer to play casual events, because I’m able to play the pieces I want to play without worrying about the new competitive hotness. So, I’m not a competitive player by any stretch of the imagination. I prefer to spend my time as a judge, but I promised a dear friend of mine that I would play in the WKO.

I had no intention of playing a competitive team build, and I didn’t. I played a team that was built around an idea given to me by my friend, Sam Powell, the same dear friend that I made the promise to.

At Origins, she told me about a strategy using Pip the Troll and chase Kirk, where you use Pip to carry Kirk up to opposing pieces and then he makes his free Close Combat Expert attack that same turn. Sounded like some fun shenanigans to me! It was an idea that used a Star Trek piece and I knew I could build a fun team around it. Chase Sulu immediately popped into my head because he has a free attack like Kirk, but it’s Blades/Claws/Fangs. My team was born. All I needed to do was fill out the rest of the 160 points. I wanted to use the Mighty Thor starter Hulk, on his 100 point line, because that piece has become a favorite of mine. I love his Quake at no cost after he moves. After setting those four pieces out on the table, I noticed they all had one really important thing in common… they were all shirtless. I new what I had to do next – find 60 points in shirtless dudes! One of my favorite Donatello pieces is 60 points, so I put him on the team and was super proud of my Shirtless Squad! When Sam and Daniel convinced me to play in the Owensboro WKO, I realized that my Donatello was Golden Age… so I needed a 60 point Modern Age replacement. They were going to let me use Mangog and Surtur, but I really didn’t want to play competitive pieces – because I’m a casual player. So I went on the hunt for a replacement. I stumbled across a 60 point, shirtless, Pizza Face and knew I found my piece.

The Friday before the WKO, I went to Jo-Ann’s and found pizza buttons, drew angry faces on them, and then glued them to poker chips to use as my Living Pizza bystanders. I filled out my team sheet and packed my stuff up, ready to trek to Ownesboro the next morning. I did not go into this WKO with any delusions of winning. I went into this event with two goals: earn points in at least one game (that weren’t ID cards), and have fun!

My Team
WKTP17-002 Pizza Face
60

AI008 Pip The Troll

40

TREKOS049 Captain Kirk

50

TREKOS050 Lt. Sulu

50

TMT106 Hulk
100

Total = 300
WKO team
Maps and Objects

~ Harley’s Apartment
~ Wakanda
~ Underground Cavern (I call it the Horta Caves because that’s what it is in the show.)

~ One Heavy Object
~ Two Light Objects

Round One – Sam Powell

I got to play my first competitive event match with Sam – and this was the first time we have ever played against each other. Talk about excited!!! I couldn’t wait to play and show her my team. She was playing her SamCap/Overdrive/Starfox team, which is pretty cool to see in action. I got six Living Pizza bystanders because she had six figures in her starting area. She seemed concerned about the threat of the flying angry pizzas, and I didn’t fully understand it until it was too late. I totally underestimated my angry pizzas.

I won map roll and we went to the Horta Caves. I started by taking Kirk and Sulu and hiding them behind some blocking with Pip – about half way across the map. I did some Sidestepping with Pizza Face and he carried a tiny pizza dude with him. Hulk moved and carried a pizza with him. I moved a living pizza and ended my turn. Sam popped Overdrive, perplexed several defenses, and positioned for the next turn.

She had pumped up Mangog’s defense and that made me change my strategy because I was going to go after him, but with a super high defense and no Perplex or Prob on my team, I wasn’t going hit him. I decided to push Pip and carry Kirk and Sulu into her starting area to go after Starfox. Starfox rolled out of both Kirk and Sulu’s free attacks with his Super Senses. I knew I was done for at that point. My heavy hitters were in the worst spot they could possibly be in – right next to Starfox and Mangog. Pip was pushed so he wasn’t doing anything next turn. Kirk and Sulu got a series of attacks on their next turn, but none landed due to Super Senses.

Kirk was taken out easily and it seemed like it all went downhill for me after that. I tried my best to recover, but I had realized my mistake from my first turn and knew there was no coming back from it. I should have carried Pizza dudes – not Kirk and Sulu. Her team had little to no damage reducers on most of the pieces and with Plasticity and Poison, I could have done some damage. But it was far too late now. Hulk tried to take out Mangog with an 11 attack against his 19 defense, and missed his attack by one point. Mangog retaliated and Hulk (who was previously damaged in the game) was gone.

At this point in the game, all I wanted to do was score non-ID points. I moved a pizza adjacent to Starfox and moved Pip near Moira so I could drop Sulu next to her and *hopefully* Blades her to death. Sulu free attacked – and rolled a six on Blades! I know… taking out a Moira is nothing to write home about, but it was more than enough for me because I accomplished a goal of mine! I scored non-ID points!

There was a moment that one of my little pizza dudes was able to let his pepperoni fly! Starfox attacked the one I had just moved up next to him. Starfox needed to roll anything but a critical miss to smack the poor little pizza dude into oblivion. Starfox rolled a critical miss… Pepperoni Barrel Roll!!!

It didn’t take Sam long to clean up what was left of my team and it earned her a victory for round one – but I achieved what I believed was going to be my hardest goal of the day – I scored points! Sam and I had a lot of fun playing, and I’d love to play more games with her in the future. We had a lot of fun in Battle Royales at the end of the night too.

Record: 0-1-0
(36 points)

Round Two – Chris Milligan

If you’ve ever listened to Sam and the other ladies on the Clixed Off podcast, then you know Sam does not like Goblin King. Since I had never really played competitive events, I didn’t understand just how frustrating and non-fun this piece is to play against. Chris was playing Goblin King with Loki’s Staff. This entire match was a load of misses by my dudes, and a bunch of picking powers that would drag out the match by my opponent. He eventually started picking powers to speed up the game. There isn’t anything else to report.

Warning – Incoming Griping

I don’t complain often about matches, but this can’t be helped. This was literally the only time I didn’t have fun – all day.

With that said, I’m going to really offend and piss some folks off with this, but let me make this clear – I don’t care. If you’re gonna play this type of team, you have no right to get offended or butt-hurt when someone gets frustrated or upset over having to play against you and your team.

I don’t give up – ever. I will still fight and try to do something, even if it’s just one click of damage. Giving up is ridiculous. I guess that’s the Klingon in me. Choose your enemies and your battles wisely. If the choice is not yours, and victory can not be achieved, don’t just lie down and die – fight to the end until you see the gates of Stovokor. That’s the honorable way to do battle. There is nothing honorable about Goblin King. If you want cheap and shallow victories, he’s for you. And this is why I’m not a competitive player. If I don’t earn my victory – it means nothing.

As for my opponent, I don’t blast folks openly in my blog and this time is no different. But I will admit that the DDK most of you know, was not the same DDK during this match. I was mean, harsh, and nasty. I won’t apologize for it either. Just know that when I tell you I’m a casual player with a casual team – I’m not joking. Don’t come at me with competitive trash talk and a competitive attitude. I’m there to have fun, so be cool and have fun with me.

Record: 0-2-0
(36 points)

Round Three – Jacob Carlisle

So, my next round opponent had been sitting next to me in the previous round and saw the train wreck that was my round two match. I don’t think he was scared of my attitude or anything, but he was definitely not as open to conversation as most folks would be when they’re sitting down and about to play. That’s my fault though, because I let my attitude get out of hand in round two. Jacob was playing Unimind with a Wolverine ID card. I think he had the Symbiote on his team too, but I don’t remember. I won map roll and we went to Harley’s Apartment.

This game was much more fun that round two. I don’t mind single figure teams, and I don’t mind pick-a-power dudes – so long as it’s not Goblin King. Unimind is a figure that I’ve played against before and it wasn’t just a slogfest of misses. If I remember correctly, I think I actually hit Unimind and did at least one click of damage. That’s all I was trying to do against Unimind. There were bad rolls on both sides, but we still had fun playing. My team tried its best, but for these types of opponents, I only get one Living Pizza and those don’t do much against dudes with the shiny damage reducers. Kirk and Sulu tried their hardest and so did Hulk. It didn’t take my opponent long to realize that he could drop Power Cosmic for his super Perplex and not worry about being blasted really hard. I didn’t have an Outwit on my team, and Unimind loves teams without Outwit.

Jacob was a fairly newer player and was an overall friendly person once he realized I wasn’t the big mean nasty he had previously observed. I hope to see him at future events and maybe get to play against him again.

Record: 0-3-0
(36 points)

Round Four – Jeremy Stallings

This match almost didn’t happen. He was going to concede to me and let me have the win, but I talked him into playing the game out. He was playing two SamCaps, Overdrive, Shifting Focus Doctor Strange, Power Woman, and some IDs. I think he had Moira too, but I can’t remember. Admittedly, I didn’t even notice Power Woman until near the end of the match because she was on her special click that gave him an additional action.

I was excited to play this round with Jeremy because he had what looked like a fun team to play against. I love Shifting Focus Doctor Strange and I knew I could get in trouble if I wasn’t careful around him. I won map roll and we went to the Horta Caves. I started with six Living Pizza bystanders and Pip carried two of them half way across the map. Hulk and Pizza Face carried one each. His Boxing Ring was in the center of the map and he rushed up with Overdrive and Doctor Strange carrying the SamCaps. I knew they were coming for me! He dropped several ID characters on me: Wolverine, Chamber, and Brood X are the ones I remember. Wolverine tore up my guys because they were all on my side of the map.

I didn’t waste any time and played true to my aggressive play style. I started maneuvering my pizzas, much to Jeremy’s dismay. He knew they had Plasticity and Poison, but he didn’t realize they flew until they flew across the Boxing Ring. I based several of his characters and went straight for his taxis with my other dudes. He failed his breakaway rolls and that left his SamCaps vulnerable to Poison pizza.

He tried to get away from the pizzas, even taking a few out, but in the end, they were swarming him. I wanted to go after his last SamCap, but then I noticed Power Woman. He told me she gave him an additional action, but I didn’t realize she was actually on the map. That was my fault for not asking more questions. I learned that she would come in once he other pieces were gone. I didn’t know how many clicks she would have and I didn’t know what her powers would be – I’d never seen her dial. I took a chance and took out the last SamCap.

Power Woman was activated. I had Pip the Troll and three or four pizzas left. I was certain defeat was on the way. Power Woman came out with a vengeance and headed for the Boxing Ring and squishing a pizza along the way. I decided to fight to the bitter end, because I don’t give up! I ran my angry pizza bystanders into the Boxing Ring and based Power Woman, knowing I had to critically hit to deal any damage because she wasn’t going to take damage from Poison. Pip was sneaking up behind her, but before he had a chance to get there, one of my Living Pizzas critically hit Power Woman! Jeremy revealed that she only had the one click, meaning I took out his team! I was in disbelief!

We had such a fun game. We were trying to out-maneuver each other and it truly felt like we were playing the game the way it was meant to be played – the fun way! It was anyone’s game. All he needed to do was take out Pip and he’d have won. My Living Pizzas are zero point bystanders so if my other dudes are all gone… the flying pizzas become flightless piles of goo and I lose. This was an epic match and we were both happy that we played it out!

Record: 1-2-0
(36 + 260 = 296 points total for the day)

Conclusion

Overall, I had a great experience for my first HeroClix competitive event. I achieved both goals I had set for myself, and achieved a bonus goal by actually winning a match. I went into this event with a team like my Shirtless Squad, to prove to all the players out there that you can play casual teams in competitive events and still have fun – win or not. It’s all about your mindset. I didn’t have delusions about my team’s ability to perform in a competitive atmosphere. I understood the consequences of going into an event like this without Perplex, Prob, or Outwit on my team. Most of my opponents liked my unique and fun approach and I received lots of compliments on my angry pizza dudes. They were fun to make and even more fun to see moving across the map in an angry horde.

It was special day for me because I got to play against two friends that I had never played against – even in Battle Royales. Sam and I played several BRs once Top 8 started. We had loads of fun in that too and even got to pick at each other a bit too. Sorry, Sam! It was just too tempting to send my Joker and Ivy after you! It was all in good fun though, and fun was had by all in the BRs. I even got to play a game of Junk Orbit while I was there.

Big Bang is also a treasure trove of toys, comics, and games. I can’t go to Big Bang without finding something that I’ve been looking for. Thank you to Big Bang for hosting! Thank you to Daniel for judging – it’s a thankless job most of the time but judges deserve some love too! Thanks to everyone that chatted with me and I hope to see everyone again soon!

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Would you play a crazy team like the Shirtless Squad in a WKO?
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     LLAPLive long, and Prob it!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

My FLGS in Dyersburg, Tennessee was lucky enough to be chosen to host a WKO for the Fall 2017 season. It was a day full of fun with friends from out of town and I hope we have an opportunity to host another in the future. We drafted from the Marvel X-Men First Class set. We had a total of nine players, four rounds, and a top cut of four. I have featured matches on my YouTube channel, here.

Oops! Mistakes Happen

I was asked a ruling question in round one, regarding Xaviers School: Unique Curriculum, which says, Draw dice from your bag until you draw an [X-Men Affiliation] character die or your bag is empty. Prep 1 of the drawn dice, and add the rest to your Used Pile.” The question was, ‘can I refill my bag with dice in my Used Pile until I draw an X-Men character die?’ I said yes, because somehow, my eyes and brain didn’t see or register the text on the card that said “or your bag is empty”. That was totally a bad call on my part and I take full responsibility for that poor ruling. The mistake was caught in round two and I apologized to the players and the TO for my error. If you watch the featured match for round one and see an error in regards to that card, that’s what happened.

Team Lists

Click the player’s name below to view their team list on RetroBox.

Bailee R.
Jared W.
Ryan K.
Travis F.
Kat F.
Craig H.
Craig R.
Craig T.
Rusty L.

Round One – Rusty L.

Rusty is for the most part a local. He lives out of town, but makes it in when he can for drafts or other important events. He’s there enough that we consider him a local. Anytime Rusty and I play, we have lots of fun and this time was no different. My entire team was built using X-Men and Villain character dice. Rusty had two characters that would completely shut down my team and I didn’t realize it until it was too late. I immediately noticed his Sentinel, so I went for several X-Men early game, as well as Emma Frost to help my defend against his Boom Boom. I struggled throughout this entire game to create a field presence, but it was all in vain. Emma Frost was a double edged sword in this match. I was preventing one damage from Boom Boom, but she was leaving me completely vulnerable to Onslaught. I put up the best fight I could, but I couldn’t break through his defenses and he defeated me.

Record: 0-1-0

Round Two – Craig R.

Craig R. and I had the opportunity to play against each other, not once – but twice, at the WKO in Owensboro earlier in the year. We played against in each other in the Swiss rounds, and again in top eight where he defeated me to move on to top four. We had fun then and this time was no different. He’s a great player and definitely fun to play against because while we both take the game seriously, we’re more relaxed and are able to joke with each other and just enjoy the match. We had such a close game in this event, with the game coming down to single digit life totals and who could draw and roll what they needed. Boom Boom is a tough character to contend with and I didn’t purchase my Emma Frost until very late in the game. I don’t know that she would have helped me achieve victory, but she definitely would have slowed my defeat if I’d bought her sooner. In the end, his dice came through and he was able to defeat me for a glorious round two victory!

Record: 0-2-0

Round Three – Bailee R.

I got to play against one of my closest Dice Masters friends in round three. Bailee is strong player and I knew that her Blob could give me some trouble if he scooped up one of my important dice. I also knew Havok could be problematic for me too. I knew I needed to be careful of Avalanche, since I brought Mutation – which would help his ability. We had fun, but our dice would not cooperate with us at all. It didn’t seem like either of us could get anything we wanted or needed. We both struggled against our own dice more than we did against each other. That’s the way it goes sometimes, and because of both our bad luck, it resulted in a tie. Bailee and I always have fun with each other, regardless of dice rolls. She’s such a great person to play with and I was thrilled to see her at the event and just as happy to play against her!

Record: 0-2-1

Round Four – Bye

bye-player-pony

I scored a victory! I had to defeat the bye player for it, and with how my team had been rolling in this event, I thought the bye player might actually defeat me. But I was able to secure my one and only victory in round four!

Record 1-2-1

Final Thoughts

When Jeff, the TO, saw that there were nine players, he offered up an additional top eight prize for the ninth place spot. He also added in additional prizing in the form of boosters, based off of standings. There was an additional top four prize card that players in fifth through ninth place were allowed to roll for. Each player in those placings rolled a D20 and the highest roll won the Shocking Grasp card. This was really awesome of him to do and all the players were super nice and appreciative of the additional prizes. To Jeff, on behalf of all the locals and visitors, thank you for all you do for our community!

Well, I saw my final standing was ninth place out of nine players, but I was not disappointed in myself or the way I handled my team. I did the very best I could with what I had, but it just wasn’t enough. That’s something that I’m totally okay with because I hope for the best and prepare for the worst. I was prepared to be in last place before we were ever handed our draft bags. I’ve said this many times in many of my articles, what really matters is that you have fun! I had a lot of fun and I enjoyed seeing my fellow players from out of town and can’t wait to see them again! Thanks to Mr. Craig (Craig H.) for being so awesome and hooking me up with lots of trades.

We had several players that were planning to attend, but due to unforeseen circumstances, most of them culdn’t make it. I hate that I missed out on seeing some of our friends from out of town and I hope all is well! As for our locals, we’re very thankful that Rusty was able to make the drive up. We’re also extremely grateful to Bailee for being able to make the event before having to go straight to work right after round four. That’s some serious dedication! I hope that all my other locals are finally over whatever struck them so suddenly.

I look forward to our next event and I hope we’re able to host other WKO’s in the future! Thanks to WizKids for selecting my FLGS as a host. I’m not sure you know how much that meant to all of us.

Good luck to everyone that’s attending future WKO’s!

Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Wiz-Fans!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading!

Dial it up and roll on!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

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

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

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My Team

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You can find my team here, on DM Retrobox.

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

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

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

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

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

Round One

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

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

Record after Round One: 1-0-0

Round Two

round-2-dennis-beard

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

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

Record after Round Two: 2-0-0

Round Three

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

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

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

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

Record after Round Three: 3-0-0

Round Four

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

Congratulations to Michaela on her Top Eight finish!

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

Record after Round Three: 3-1-0

Round Five

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

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

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

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

Top Eight

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

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

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

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

Final Standing in Top Eight – 8th

Final Thoughts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Congratulations again to all those that got their Nationals qualifications!

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This was our last opportunity to play test with our locals before the WKO. Unfortunately, many of our players were either out sick or working, leaving us with only four total players. Mr. DDK volunteered to sit on camera each round so that everyone else had a chance to be on it at least once. I don’t think any of us are ever excited about playing under the eye of the camera every round. You can find the videos on my YouTube channel.

My Team

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You can find my team here, on DM Retrobox.

Same concept as last week, except the one minor change I made. I replaced Elf Thief for Constantine: Antihero. I intended to use Hellblazer, but completely forgot I had Antihero in my bag. At least this helped me make up my mind on which Constantine to use.

Round One

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You can see my first round match on YouTube, here. I purchased a Slander really early because he Ripped an Oracle and I wanted to be able to use my PXG or other Globals without having Oracle tax me. I would have purchased Cold Gun instead if I had the right energy, but this is the exact reason that I added Slander. It’s helpful at times when you can’t get your Cold Gun. Oracle is a huge problem for me, but I can’t add her to my team because I really don’t have room for her. I instead use control pieces that help reduce or eliminate her effect but can also be used for other troublesome cards as well. But she’s still an issue, as she was in this match. Near the 7 minute mark in the video, I keep a Cold Gun with no bursts so I could KO Oracle. I was so focused on getting her out of the Field that I probably should have just rerolled the Cold Gun in hopes of energy. I would have had enough to purchase Grodd with the Bolt/Fist energy side of Cold Gun. I don’t think it would have made that much of a difference in the end result of this match, but it’s something for me to keep in mind for future games where it could make a difference. I took a massive beating from this team, but Mask Ring is my ultimate weakness.

Record after Round One: 0-1-0

Round Two

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I faced off against Craig in the second round. I knew that if he was able to get a few good hits in with Hit-Monkey before I could get Grodd up and going, I would be done for. He purchased a Flying Car early to put it on Hit-Monkey’s card. He also purchased a few Hit-Monkey dice, but wasn’t able to get them to go off. I purchased Grodd as early as I could, with the help of some Tsarina and Guy dice that decided to roll double energy instead of characters. He couldn’t get his team going and my team performed much better than in my first match, enabling me to secure my first victory.

Record after Round Two: 1-1-0

Round Three

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I had to face off against Olivia’s Vicious Struggle team in round three. This is not your standard VS team, so playing against it is a little different. You not only have to worry about her VS dice, but you also have to pay attention to her characters. I completely forgot about her VS dice and went right for my win condition. I was afraid I had made a huge error by doing this, since you need to play the VS Mini-Game against VS teams. I knew if I could get some Tsarina dice in the Field and put her life low enough, she would have a more difficult time against me. I purchased Grodd very early in the match and with the help of Tsarina and Guy, was able to pull off a victory before her VS destroyed me. I had to time my attacks carefully, so as not to conflict with any active VS abilities. Watching life totals is crucial in matches like this as well. If you watch the video where Olivia faced off against Travis, you’ll see why Vicious Struggle is such a risky team to play. Olivia ended up in third place and won a Scarecrow: Legion of Doom.

Record after Round Three: 2-1-0
Final Standing: 2nd

Final Thoughts

While Antihero is somewhat helpful against a team that relies on Action Dice, I don’t find him to be as useful as I’d like. I can make them reroll one action die, once. If they’re using Parallax and playing the Lottery, there is a really good chance that they’re going to get that die back on the face they want. Playing with Antihero in this event just confirmed that I need to use Hellblazer instead. I think that final change should round out my team to how I want it. I am at a huge disadvantage against Mask Ring teams with this team. I’ll be sure to get some more testing in during the week with Mr. DDK, and anyone that ventures up to our FLGS throughout the week.

Thoughts on the WKO

I’m super excited to see all of my old friends from last year that are able to venture out again. I’m even more excited to meet all the new friends that I’m going to make this year, because I know of lots of folks that are planning on going that I haven’t met yet – and I can’t wait!!! I don’t think I can express my excitement adequately in words, so I’ll let this picture of Pinkie do it for me.

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I’m not expecting to win any matches this year – at all. Last year was just pure luck. I know some of you may be thinking, ‘why drive four hours and pay $15 to play a rogue team that you’re convinced will lose?’

Because I can, and because it’s not about winning. I’m strictly focusing on having fun with my rogue team, meeting folks, and just the overall experience of it. It’s not a defeatist outlook. As long as I’m happy playing my team and walk away with at least one new friend, I’ll feel like a winner!

I had so much more fun hanging out with folks than I did winning my matches last year. Sure, winning is awesome, but it’s not what the game is about for me. I want to find fun combos or different team builds and run with those – win or lose. I don’t expect to see any Grodd teams or many other rogue teams. I do expect a flood of Ring, Vicious Struggle, and Bard. I refuse to play VS because I don’t think it’s a healthy card for the game, but don’t think I won’t play the mini-game. I also won’t play Bard because I don’t like Bard. I won last year with a Ring team – Nova Ring. I will not play another Ring team regardless of how good it is, because I want to play something different from last time. I do not and I will not criticize anyone for playing what they want to play. If you’re wanting to play VS, then play it. I won’t ignore you or be rude to you just because I don’t like the card. I want everyone to play the team they want to play and have fun!

I hope to meet lots of new friends and have lots of fun this year! If you don’t know me, you can find me pretty easy – I’ll be in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle shirt, and TMNT pajama pants (if Mr. DDK lets me out of the house in them). Don’t be shy – because I’m super shy around folks I don’t know. Safe travels to all my fellow Dice Masters out there!

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With the WKO quickly approaching, I decided to give one of my team considerations a test run in our tournament. If you watch the tournament videos on my YouTube channel, I have to apologize for the excessive amount of background noise. The store is very busy on Saturday nights and it’s really hard for me to play and mitigate the excessive noise at the same time. Hopefully, the regulars will get used to me filming and be a little more aware of their volume and conversation content. My irritation shows a little in the videos and I apologize for that as well. It’s very frustrating when you can’t hear what the person sitting across from you is saying.

You may hear me reference someone named Donatella, but that’s just my life tracker.

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My Team

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You can find my team here, on DM Retrobox.

I want Lady Bullseye to work – really bad. But I think she’s too difficult to maneuver in such a fast meta. I do love Overcrush though and it’s almost as if Gorilla Grodd was made for me. Mr. DDK suggested using Tsarina and Guy Gardner with Grodd, which I thought was a good idea so I did it. This has been one of the team ideas I’ve been throwing around for the WKO, so I figured that this would be a perfect chance to test it. I added Elf Thief for Mask energy and little bit of control, which I never used – not in a single game. Cold Gun is there to help me get around nasty characters like Dwarf Wizard or Ronin. Rip, PXG, and Blue-Eyes are all utility cards. I chose Slander as one of my Basic Actions because it works like Cold Gun but doesn’t damage – just in case I need to blank a character without damaging it. It’s also one cheaper and doesn’t require specific energy, but it’s not Continuous like Cold Gun. I chose Invulnerability for it’s Global, and because I might be able to use its ability if I bought the die.

Round One

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You can watch my first round match on my YouTube channel, here. I was up against North and the Unlimited version of his Satchel team. My first purchase was probably wrong in this game. I couldn’t decide between Guy and Tsarina and I Ripped a Guy instead of Tsarina. I think I would have been better off with Tsarina instead of Guy because when I rolled him on my next turn, I got stuck with him on a character face. I would rather have had a Tsarina since she doesn’t have to attack each turn. I also got a little purchase happy when I bought Grodd early game and I didn’t reroll any Sidekicks in an attempt to get a Shield to Rip him. I was left with a Bolt and I didn’t really have anything to use it for. I hate when that happens because I feel like I’m wasting resources. I ended up purchasing one of North’s Imprisoned dice to help me get around Ronin and any potential blockers, as well as removing characters he could spin down in order to prevent Tsarina’s ability damage. We did make an error in the game where I had Imprisoned his Ronin, but he didn’t return his Ronin after Tsarina damaged him with her ability. He should have gotten Ronin back and been able to use him as a blocker, since Imprisoned would have left before the Assign Blockers portion of the Attack Step. It happened again later when I was attacking for lethal damage. I didn’t realize that until watching the video and writing this report that we both overlooked that. If I had been paying closer attention to the card abilities, Tsarina would not have been part of the final attack and I would still have been able to claim a victory. I unfortunately won the first round with two unintentional game play errors, but without the video, I wouldn’t have noticed it.

Record after Round One: 1-0-0

Round Two

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You can watch my second round match on my YouTube channel, here. I was facing off against Hannah’s Action Burn team in round two. This match was relatively short, and a bit of a revenge match from last week. The tables were turned this week and I didn’t roll as well as I would have liked, much like the trouble Hannah faced last week when her team wanted to give her issues. We both had a rough start, but Hannah’s team bounced back quickly and there wasn’t much I could do. I probably should have purchased as many of her Magic Missile dice as I could, just to slow down her damage output. I shouldn’t have Ripped my second Grodd, even though it didn’t matter much in this particular game, but I should have purchased more Guy and Tsarina dice instead. Sometimes games just don’t go the way you’d like them to and this was my moment for the bad rolls. Hannah did well with her comeback, and she made the right choice in clearing my field with her Magic Missile Global so that she could attack and secure her victory.

Record after Round Two: 1-1-0

Round Three

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I got to face off against one of my own teams in round three. Olivia wanted to use a variation on my Girl Power team, so I let her borrow it. She fielded lots of Sidekicks early in the match and even purchased a she-Hulk early game. Black Cat was a troublesome character as she made me reroll some of the characters I needed to keep in the Field. Luckily, they all came back up on character faces, but the threat of them leaving the Field scared me a little. I Ripped and purchased a Grodd around mid-game, but I needed to get my Guys back in the Field. They were proving to be very difficult to work with since they are required to attack each turn. When it came time to start attacking, Guy came through for me. She blocked my first big attack of Grodd and Guys, which returned most of them to the Field Zone. I drew what was left of my Guy dice and some Tsarina dice and was attacking for lethal damage on the turn after my first major attack. She had mostly Sidekicks as blockers and no way to avoid the massive amount of Overcrush damage from my Guys.

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

Final Thoughts

I hope that everyone takes something away from this report – especially from my mistakes. We are not defined by our mistakes, but by how we learn from them. I’m so glad that error was caught on video because this gives everyone a chance to review it and make mental notes about it so that they don’t make that mistake later, or have it made against them like North did.

Now, about the team itself. I really love this team. It’s definitely a top contender for what I’ll be playing at the WKO. I do not like Elf Thief though, and I’m probably going to replace him for either Constantine: Hellblazer or Antihero. While I like Cold Gun, I almost feel I don’t need it if I’m using Slander. Sure, it does damage and it possibly blanks a dude, but Slander blanks too. I definitely  don’t think I need both, and I’m probably swapping one of them for something else. I just have to decide which one to take off the team and what to put in its place. I like Tsarina, Grodd, and Guy as the main core of the team, so that won’t be changing. It’s nice to know that I don’t necessarily have to have all of the pieces to win as they’re all great on their own. They’re just really silly together and I love it!

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

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

Draft Championship Format

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

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

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

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

Prime Championship Format

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

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

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

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

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

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

Draft Championships
February 20, 2017 to March 19, 2017

Prime Championships
April 1, 2017 to May 7, 2017

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

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

World’s Finest BACs

 

Civil War BACs

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Set One) BACs

 

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

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

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

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

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

Roll on, Dice Masters!

Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

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

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

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

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

Draft One

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

Draft One

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

Draft Two

Draft two

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

Draft Two Team

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

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

I stole his strategy and used it.

Draft Three

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

Draft Three

Draft Four

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

Draft Four

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

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

Draft Four Team

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

Foil Prizes

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

Travis's SR

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

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

What are some of your favorite cards to draft?
Did you win any foil cards at a WKO this past weekend?
What is your favorite foil?
Drop a line in the comments or on Facebook at Dice Dice Kitty and thanks for reading!

Roll on, Dice Masters!