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  1. Life in the Casual Lane

    Although I enjoy the tension of an elite tournament, most of my Dice Masters playing time is spent in casual events.

    I’ve “officially” – meaning what is recorded in WIN – played 680 games (as of the writing of this article) and several dozen more that have not been recorded. The vast majority of these games were under casual circumstances.

    I’ve also been a TO for my FLGS for over 3 years, since the AvX days, and being in this position requires me to create new approaches to the game to keep my player-base interested and entertained.

    The following are several of these approaches, and the rationale behind them, that I’ve employed over the years to maintain a vibrant DM gaming group within a casual format.

    1. Be consistent
    This means keeping the same day and time for your event. The cooperation of your game store is a big part of this. People like consistency and plan their lives around it. If you constantly have to change ...
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  2. 2017 U.S. National Championship Tournament Report - Top 8 Finish

    Dice Masters US National Championship 2017
    Origins Game Fair
    Columbus, OH
    ?? Qualified, 48 Actual Players
    5 Rounds Swiss, cut to Top 16
    My Team

    TL;DR: I’m stealing Michaela’s format. Sue me.


    Going into the day, I wasn’t quite sure about what team I wanted to play. The STL crew had come up with a few teams during our play testing and this team only surfaced on the Monday before Nationals. Ben Caplan and Michaela Kuba had been talking about it and it fit my style of play so this ended up being it. A month and a half of play testing out the window, because “why not?” I had a relatively good feel as I played this during World’s Qualifications and had a good first pod run. The only change that was made from qualifications to Nationals was the inclusion of Bane. Not having any removal on the team was a weakness that needed to be shored up.

    Round 1 Swiss - Jared Quist - Team List
    I went second.

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  3. 2017 U.S. National Championships Tournament Report - 1st Place

    "You can't control me, you can't destroy me, and there is no prison in the universe that can hold me." - Darkseid

    Welcome to my recap of the 2017 U.S. Nationals Tournament at Origins, where I went 13-0 on the day and took 1st place. I didn't take notes or pictures of the teams, so all of this comes from memory. Apologies for any errors that might be present throughout the recap.

    A couple of months ago, some of the St. Louis players decided to start meeting on a somewhat regular basis to gear up for Nationals and Worlds. 5 of us had qualified for Nats - Matt H, Michaela K (Top 4 Worlds), Craig H (Top 16 Worlds), Craig R (Top 8 Nats, Top 32 Worlds), and myself. We started with what we knew would either be unaffected or got stronger with rotation - Mask Ring and Ultraman. With Mask Ring running the Action Tax Oracle, it would end up slowing down Ultraman and controlling the game from there. I made the suggestion of running Lantern Ring specifically ...
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  4. Could Hush: Dr. Thomas Elliot be the new PXG?

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    I was playing around with making an all villain team using only the Batman set for the next event. Even though I failed at that, I think stumbled across what could be the new meta. With just a little help Hush: Dr. Thomas Elliot could be turned into an insane ramp machine by only being paired with one other card. What card you ask? Well, none other than the appropriately named Trusted Friend. Specifically, when it comes to its global.


    The best way to visualize how it works is as an alternative more powerful form of Swarm or even an anti-Swarm when it when it comes to game play mechanics. Where instead of having to draw from your bag hoping you get that next Swarm die, you are always getting Hush die from Prep and you are always adding to it. The best part is unlike PXG where it costs 1 energy to put 2 in Prep. With this combo it always only costs 1 and is only limited to how many Hush ...
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  5. 2017 U.S. Nationals Team Lists

    Ryan Williams
    Too big to fly
    Blink Transmutation
    Elektra way of the stick 4
    Star labs uncommon 1
    Bane uc 1
    Luke cage uc 1
    Guy Gardner 4
    Ring c 1
    Grodd r 1
    Lantern ring 2

    Andy Krouse
    Too big to fly
    Blink transmutation

    Guy Gardner 4
    Dwiz 2
    Lantern ring 2
    Bane uc 1
    Batman always prepared 2
    Elf thief 4
    Elektra wots 2
    Oracle master investigator 1

    Daniel Gingerich
    Too big to fly
    Blink transmutation

    Ronin sr 4
    Oracle internet interference 2
    Scarecrow lod 2
    Raven amz 2
    Elf thief 4
    Chalkboard c 1
    Lantern ring 2
    Clayface r 1

    Patrick Barley
    Mutation
    Long live the resistance

    Multiple man sr 6
    Wonder girl Cassie 3
    Static Virgil 2
    Dove Danger 3
    Hawk might makes right 2
    ...

    Updated 1 Week Ago at 06:54 PM by Bankholdup

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