February 22, 2010

Redirecting Attacks is Fun

We're well past the 1-year mark when it was learned that the VS System game was no longer going to be produced by UDE. And I'm happy to say that things are still going strong for our hobby league. Our players are having a good time in our weekly tournaments and we've seen some cool new decks arise from the themed formats I've been setting up in our monthly schedule.

Last week's Ban-10 tournament saw some pretty interesting decks hit the table such as Secret Society, Speed Force, Team Superman / Crime Lords, League of Assasins, and Avengers. I know I'm forgetting Will's deck in there, but I didn't play against him so I'm not entirely certain what kind of dirty tricks he was using this time around.

One of the things that I realized was just how good our players are at building decks. Even without 50 of the most disliked or powerful cards being available to build with, people still come up with excellent combos and interesting effects. Jordan's Speed Force deck was especially punishing. One of those things that I bet would be a blast to play, but stinks to see hit the table against you.

As for me, I finally built a viable version of a deck I have had in mind since we did our Marvel Universe release celebration so long ago. It's simply titled "Deflection"...because what it lacks in cool it needs to make up for with a nifty name. Ok ok, the name is lame, but the deck isn't that bad!

1x Underground Laboratory
4x City of Tomorrow - Team-Up

Plot Twists:
2x Face the Master
2x Hired Hit
1x The Family
2x Assault On Hellicarrier 13
1x Untouchable
2x Marked for Death
3x Good Night, Sweet Prince
3x Desperate Sacrifice
3x Home Sweet Home
1x Fury of the Amazons

3x Armed Escort
1x Lasso of Truth
3x Cosmic Cube

4x A.I.M. Agents, Army - A.I.M. (1)
4x Sin, Synthia Schmidt - Raid (2)
2x Doctor Sun-Creator of Project Mind (2)
3x Albert Malik <> Red Skull - Axis Of Evil (3)
4x Red Skull, Alexsander Lukin - Raid (3)
4x Master Man, Max Lohmer - Raid (4)
3x Wonder Woman - Deflection Diva (5)
1x John Henry Irons<>Steel-Steel Drivin' Man (5)
1x Taskmaster - Mnemonic Assassin (6)
1x Kara Zor-El <> Supergirl - Female Fury (7)

The ideal setup is Red Skull on 3, Master Man with an Armed Escort on 4, and a Wonder Woman and City of Tomorrow on 5. Once you're set up, the idea is to use Wonder Woman, Armed Escort, Desperate Sacrifice or Hired Hit in order to deflect any and all attacks into Master Man.

With Red Skull usually alone by himself in the back row he's a ripe target, even without having an Armed Escort on the board. Most smart opponents will aim to avoid attacking Master Man at all, but with all the tricks available there to deflect, it is almost impossible to avoid unless you simply don't attack me at all. At which point, I will attack you on 6 and 7 with my ever-growing Taskmaster.

Good times for all. Well, maybe just me.

February 18, 2010

Ban List Tournament Reminder

Ok I'm really late with this, but the card lists have all been available since Sunday in the comments for the last post. Here's the list in easy readable order, and keep in mind that ALL version of a card are banned if it has been reprinted in any other sets:

MOR-105 The New Brotherhood
MOR-101 Lost City
MOR-112 Dr. Doom Victor Von Doom
MOR-183 Cover Fire
MOR-189 Flying kick
MOR-210 Press the Attack

MSM-109 Bamf!
MSM-130 Devil's Due

DGL-024 Sinestro Green Lantern of Korugar

DJL-049 Guy Gardner Egomaniac

DCR-017 Michael Holt <> Mr. Terrific

DLS-187/MVL-258 Mobilize

MVL-029 Bererker Rage
MVL-045 healing factor
MVL 204 Dr.doom diabolical genius
MVL-217 Mystical Paralysis
MVL-267/MOR-214 Savage Beatdown

MCG-039 Pathetic Attempt
MEX-013 Silver Surfer's Board

MAA-003 X-Men Assemble!
MAA-019 Holocaust <> Age of Apocolypse

DCL-065 Beast Boy, Freak of Nature
DCL-141 Earth 3
DCL-144 Crime syndicate of Amerika
DCX-023 Superman/Batman Robot
DCX-026 A Clash of Worlds

MUN-026 Spider-Man, Secret Avenger
MUN-032 Captain America's Shield
MUN-064 Radioactive Man, Containment Suit
MUN-081 Speedball Is Dead
MUN-095 Iron Man, Mighty Avenger
MUN-117 Wolverine - Agent of Shield
MUN-185 Hulk, Green Scar
MUN-293 Quantum Bands
MUN-312 Invasion Plans
MUN-326 superhuman registation act

MEV-012 Havok - Proud Son
MEV-014 Jack Frost
MEV-057 James Proudstar - Warpath
MEV-165 Blink!
MEV-172 Warp Shards
MEV-179 Deadpool - Party Pooper
MEV-190 Mesmero, Vincent
MEV-202 Vision - Earth-10101
MEV-206 Weapon Plus Satellite
MEV-218 Alex Wilder - Child Prodigy
MEV-225 Victor Mancha - Son of Ultron
MEV-259 Muramasa Blade
MEV-274 No More Mr. Nice Guy

MEQ-013 Goblin Glider 2.0