• Reading the Rainbow - How I Spent My Rainbow Draft Weekend

    Hello everyone, and welcome to Reading the Rainbow! This is our series that talks about the best way to play Dice Masters... The Rainbow Draft! My favorite Dice Masters event, The Rainbow Draft Weekend, returned on July 30th with RDW Part 2! I had the opportunity to take part in four different drafts over that first weekend, and I wanted to share my drafted teams and talk a little bit about how each one did. Hopefully, it can give you some ideas of what (and what not) to do in your events!

    EVENT ONE - July 30th
    War Of Light - The Rusty Scabbard

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    For my first event of the Rainbow Draft Weekend (TWO!), I traveled to The Rusty Scabbard in Lexington, KY. I opened my very first pack and saw a Black Lantern Batman staring at me. Even though I knew that I would be breaking my own rule by drafting him and that I likely would not be using him, I went ahead and picked him up. But since that was the first thing I opened, I had time to start a plan with my first group of cards. When I opened my second packs (the first I'd be drafting), I noticed an abundance of Saint Walker, so I decided to make the best of it. There were not any Lantern Rings, though, and that was a problem. I picked up Warth to do some work if my Saint Walkers were all purchased, and was able to supplement with the common Lantern Battery (which counts as Green Lantern in the Field), Guy Gardner (who also counts a Green Lantern), and Jade. I rounded out my team with Rare Bleez (in case someone else got that Limited Only By Imagination that you must always assume is floating around), and Uncommon Miri Riam. We were limited to DC Basic Actions for this event so, with all those low cost characters on my team, I elected to go with Big Entrance (one cost Saint Walker anyone?) and Too Big To Fly (strictly for the pump Global, since my team was awfully punchy).

    Luckily, I never had to face that dreaded Rare Ring. The team ran like a charm. In each game, I followed the same basic strategy:
    Turn 1 (or Turn 2 if no one was kind enough to bring Villainous Pact) - Buy Big Entrance and plop that sucker in my bag
    Turn 2 (or Turn 1, see above) - Start purchasing Walkers and Guy.
    Turn 3 - Whenever - Get Guy (or Jade, on one occasion) into the field, get Saint Walks-a-lot out, and start aggressively attacking.

    Lyssa got used in several games as well. She's a very limited form of Control that can make your opponent think twice about fielding dice. The nice thing about her in Draft is that she won't have many viable targets to choose from. Generally, a person isn't going to have too many characters in their bag at once... or, at least, the "danger" will be a clear choice.

    I was also fortunate enough to have the rolls mostly go my way. In one game, I was able to purchase three Saint Walkers using a Big Entrance and put them all in my bag. When I rolled them, they each came up on their Level two or three faces, and I had energy to field them.

    Since there were fourteen people at this event, we played four rounds. I was able to pilot this team to a 4-0 record, and first place for this draft. But our day was only half over...

    EVENT TWO - July 30th
    Age of Ultron - The Rusty Scabbard

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    I know several people were able to pick up those beautiful Alt Art Marvel cards at WKOs earlier in the year. As the 19th place finisher in the event that I went to... I was not. I opened my first packs without anything extremely useful, except for a Super Rare Thanos(?!?). My second group got even better. I opened an Uncommon Ultron Drone. I drafted it first (obviously), and was passed a hand with another Ultron Drone. I drafted that little feller, and was passed ANOTHER hand with a Drone. I rounded out my selections with Rare Agent (in case Rare Wasp or another troublemaker showed up), Coulson to pump up my Sidekicks, and Ultron to add a little damage if needed.

    The thing is, when you have Ultron Drones and SR Thanos, there really is only one strategy.

    We were limited to Marvel BACs for this one, so I went with Hulk Out and the (Marvel OP) Villainous Pact.

    Again, for my strategy, I used a KISS model. KISS, obviously, stands for "Rock and Roll All Nite (and Party Every Day)". The plan of attack was extremely simple. Buy Drones and Hulk Outs. Give Overcrush to a drone, force a block, send all that damage to my opponent and make Thanos cheaper. I had a scary moment in one game when the Kentucky State PDC Champion recognized the threat and, going first, purchased two of my Hulk Outs for use with his common Giant Man. I was able to hold on in that game (and the other games) to go 4-0 and claim the pretty Alt Art cards that eluded me at the WKO in May. I felt pretty good on the long-ish ride back home, but little did I know that conflict awaited us.

    Warning! Subtle Foreshadowing Has Occurred!

    EVENT THREE - July 31st
    Age of Ultron - Heroes Comics & Gaming

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    My second day of Rainbow Drafting took place at one of my "home" stores, Heroes Comics & Gaming in Louisville, KY. Even though it is a relatively new store, the Dice Masters scene is growing. This particular event only had seven players, so it was a three round affair. That being said, all seven players (well, at least six of them, since I was there) are no slouches. Just like the day before, I knew there would be no easy games.

    The draft did not go my way. Even though I wanted to try a different strategy, I had still hoped to "defensively draft" some Ultron Drones and things to keep them from being used against me. That did not happen. I was able to snag one Drone, but there were a surprising number of those pink dice in our Rainbow. I was able to grab something nice late in the draft: Rare Starhawk. Had I known that this was the tact I would be taking, I would have grabbed the Common or Uncommon as they came around. Luckily, I still had enough time to switch my "Uh... I Dunno" strategy to an "Avengers/Guardians" one.

    Since I had no Ultron Drones, and since most everyone there knew about the Overcrushing Drone plan, I had to defend myself. Once again, we were limited to In-Universe BACs only. I selected Selective Shield, knowing that the Global could keep me relatively safe. Suffering and Satisfaction could give those big bonuses to characters that were already pumped up by Starhawk's ability.

    Spider-Woman became my shocking MVP for this team. I was able to purchase Starhawk early in each game, and then grab her and Gamora. Once I had those pieces out, I attacked early (and often). Captain Marvel was purchased in virtually every game for a big hitter providing one sided ramp. Thanks to these behemoths (and the protection granted by my Selective Shield Global), I was able to eke out three victories to go 3-0 and win the event.

    EVENT FOUR - July 31st
    War of Light - Heroes Comics & Gaming

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    Finally, it was time for the last draft of my RDW2 bender. This time, I was able to get a Super Rare Lantern Battery, and I knew that any team in a draft with that card has a good chance. I built around Munk and Indigo-1, letting them give each other bonuses. I finally got my Common Lantern Ring, but it really was only there to look pretty. I did manage to get ahold of my two favorite support pieces in War of Light, Rare Bleez and Uncommon Lyssa Drak, and used them to great effect.

    My first game went fine, and I felt like this team might have what it takes... until I ran into Joe. Joe who, by the way, I have called out on both a podcast and in an article. I tried to convince him that these were all in good fun, but he sat down across from me with Dice Masters Murder in his eyes. It was actually the fourth game that we'd played that weekend, and I led our series 3-0. This time, Joe had drafted the other SR in our pod, Starfire - Koriand'r. He had put together a sweet Teen Titans team, and I was in trouble from the very start. When a good player has a brilliant draft and then makes no mistakes piloting their team, good things happen for them. He was playing his Titans perfectly, bringing in his other three Titans then attacking with Starfire. Since that SF deals damage when attacks for every other Titan in play, things got painful quickly. My perfect streak for the RDW2 was over.

    Oh, remember my friend who drove me to Lexington the day before? When we met in his event, she was 2-0 and I was the lucky one who got to "punch up" and play an undefeated player. She had drafted a heavy team with a nice fashion accessory: the Rare Lantern Ring. The only thing that saved me, of course, was the Rare Bleez. She managed to hit me for half of my life in one shot, but I weathered the storm and eventually won. (A week later, she would have her revenge at a Constructed event and beat me in roughly five minutes... but that's neither here nor there).

    Sometimes, a tournament gets a little funny. Joe beat me. I beat her. Then, she beat Joe. There were several 3-1 players sitting at the top of the event. My 3-1 was good enough for a second place finish (due to Strength of Schedule), and Amanda (ye olde Lexington driver) was the winner. It was her second Rainbow Draft win and, as the person who taught her the game, I felt a deep sense of pride as she proceeded to do a victory dance around the store. The entire store.

    All in all, I think I had a pretty good series of games. I went 14-1 in Rainbow Draft play over two days, and was able to (mostly) use four different strategies to get there. Sometimes drafts don't go as well as you hope... and sometimes you end up with two usable Super Rares. I am extremely pleased that the Rainbow Draft is such a competitive format in our local area. Playing with so many good players in and around the city has made me a much better drafter. Hopefully, you can see what I drafted and use some of it to have a great draft too. I have one more Rainbow Draft Weekend event to attend on August 27th at The Destination in Louisville, KY. Hopefully, I'll be able to have as much fun as I did during this weekend.

    How did your RDW2s go? Were you able to pull some great cards? Did you come up with a strategy that no one else had seen before? Did you make a jalopy of a draft into a Batmobile of a win? Let us know in the comments!

    Next week, I'm going to take you along with me into a World's Finest draft. Thrill along with me as I make great choices and major missteps while selecting my twenty four cards. Until then: keep cracking packs you crafty drafters!
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. radynski's Avatar
      radynski -
      Three super rares in four events? That's crazy lucky.
    1. agentj's Avatar
      agentj -
      Dancing around the store eh? Video or it didn't happen.
      Grats on your SR pulls and your wins. Someday I hope to be that good at drafting, until then, I will keep reading and trying things out. Thanks for the articles. Where is the reading the rainbow on yugioh and avx?
    1. OddballNarwhal's Avatar
      OddballNarwhal -
      Quote Originally Posted by radynski View Post
      Three super rares in four events? That's crazy lucky.
      And, uh... I got two booster packs as additional prize support for the War of Light draft, and pulled a Black Lantern Superman (which I actually needed for my collection). It was a crazy lucky kind of weekend.
    1. OddballNarwhal's Avatar
      OddballNarwhal -
      Quote Originally Posted by agentj View Post
      Dancing around the store eh? Video or it didn't happen.
      Grats on your SR pulls and your wins. Someday I hope to be that good at drafting, until then, I will keep reading and trying things out. Thanks for the articles. Where is the reading the rainbow on yugioh and avx?
      Thank you. As far as AvX and YuGiOh, based on my personal experience with drafts from these sets:

      AvX - Obviously grab the Super Rares, probably draft cards and dice you need for your collection but, if you are playing to win, go for Punisher McRook.

      YuGiOh - The best thing you can do for YuGiOh Rainbow Draft is not listen to me. We all have a blind spot, and YGO might be mine.
    1. StrangeBrew's Avatar
      StrangeBrew -
      My luck at pulling the SR cards isn't nearly as good.
    1. pk2317's Avatar
      pk2317 -
      I believe I have pulled 1 Super-Rare in a draft. Ever.

      No, wait, I pulled the SR Flash once. But that hardly counts :P
    1. OddballNarwhal's Avatar
      OddballNarwhal -
      I am not normally so lucky at getting them. I just had a super duper lucky ducky weekend.
    1. Yort's Avatar
      Yort -
      My DC RDW2 I ended up with a very similar team to yours, but was lucky enough to snag the Lantern Ring. Not the rare one, but the +1A/D one. Unfortunately I was only able to get 2 Saint Walkers, but still not bad. It went mostly ok until I met up with David. He had gone Indigo/Munk - thankfully not both of the good ones, his Indigo wasn't as useful, but I think he had 3 of the 2-cost Munks. He had also gotten the Wonder Woman that would let his sidekicks be unblockable if he rolled 3 shields, so he brought along The Front Line which would give any unblocked character +3A.

      Now, even with 3 Munks, this can still be tricky to pull off - you gotta get Wonder Woman out there, and then you gotta buy and roll the Front Line on the same turn you have three shields. And, of course, you need some sidekicks to then attack with.

      Well, as it happened, I couldn't roll a character to save my life, and he rolled sidekicks at like 70%. Which meant that not too long in, he was pretty much cycling his whole bag every turn, and when he did roll TFL, he didn't even need to make his sidekicks unblockable, as he already had 6 or 7 of them along with a couple of other characters to attack with.
    1. TheWynner's Avatar
      TheWynner -
      Great coverage. I would really love to draft one of these days. I may have to run up to Dave's stomping ground one of these days and pick his brain and give draft a shot. As an old MTG player draft was a fun format but for some reason I always preferred sealed.
    1. OddballNarwhal's Avatar
      OddballNarwhal -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheWynner View Post
      Great coverage. I would really love to draft one of these days. I may have to run up to Dave's stomping ground one of these days and pick his brain and give draft a shot. As an old MTG player draft was a fun format but for some reason I always preferred sealed.
      I loved sealed as well in MTG, but Draft really "does it for me" in DM. We had a World's Finest draft last evening, and we had a few players who had never even played before. It was great teaching them the ins and the outs and doing it in a low(er) pressure environment. I recommend it for everyone, if for no other reason than to get some "thinking on your feet" experience for the constructed games.
    1. Yort's Avatar
      Yort -
      Quote Originally Posted by OddballNarwhal View Post
      I recommend it for everyone, if for no other reason than to get some "thinking on your feet" experience for the constructed games.
      I like both/all formats, but I must confess that I used to view Rainbow Draft as sort of the "lesser" of them. That's where you went for fun, or for novices, but Unlimited Constructed was the real test of ability.

      Then I ran up against some really good drafters, and my opinion totally changed. You can certainly float through a draft and do well, but when you watch an expert in action, it's straight up impressive. One of our local players in particular is a master at not only formulating an efficient draft strategy from the cards he's getting passed, but also combining those cards in creative (and lethal) ways with just the right BAC to take it from decent to deadly.