• Mistakes Part Two: The Learning Continues

    So, picking up from last time, I was prepared for the Month Two OP.

    I mentioned before, that comics were my gateway in to Dice Masters, not gaming in general. The Avengers vs X-Men series that the first set is loosely based on was a pretty decent comic book event, all things considered. The effects and fallout of what transpired are still being felt and brought up today. Two of my favorite comic book characters, Spider-Man and Cyclops, were both in this event. While Cyclops was center stage, Spider-Man was mostly in the background… until issue #9 of the event. The cover had a great image of Spider-Man. He was bloody and battered, his costume was ripped and torn, but he still looked heroic; poised for action. Issue #9 featured Spider-Man taking on two immensely strong opponents by himself to buy time for his other teammates. He got the snot kicked out of him, but he survived, and successfully bought his team the much needed time. So, that image of Spider-Man, from the cover of Avengers vs X-Men #9, is regarded pretty highly in my mind. A very cool character moment in the comic, represented by a great cover.

    This is the image of Spider-Man they chose for the Month Two OP Event prize card. The card ability for Spider-Man The Amazing was pretty darn cool too. My team focused on Avengers, with Hulk, Iron Man, and Black Widow, and having Nick Fury along to help field them… I bet I could find a way to fit Spider-Man The Amazing on my team since this version of the character has the Avengers team ability. I was determined to win this prize.

    My Team: Exact same as last time. Hulk Green Goliath, Iron Man Philanthropist, Green Goblin Norman Osborn, Silver Surfer Sentinel, Black Widow Tsarina, Nick Fury Mr. Anger, Magneto Sonderkommando, and Cyclops If Looks Could Kill. My actions were the same as before as well: Thrown Car and Force Beam.

    My strategy: Pretty much the same as before. I left Cyclops on my team, simply because I didn’t have another character I would rather have. I was NOT going to forget about my Magneto’s global this time around. I liked my team, and my chances. I was more focused and more familiar with my team this time around. If I got just a little luck to go my way, who knows what could happen.

    3 rounds, best of 3, business as usual. First round I lost 0-2 to Gobby and Tsarina again. But honestly, I could have lost to a litter of kittens. In the two games I lost, I fielded 1 Black Widow and 3 sidekicks… in 2 games. Everything else was just coming up energy. My opponent even commented after his second win that he has had unlucky games like that too… but not 2 in a row. We laughed. Well, I laughed on the outside. Inside I cried. He was a decent sport though. He had an uncommon I was still missing from my collection, but I didn’t have anything he needed, so he just gave it to me for free. To make up for my unluck. My next 2 rounds I won 2-1. They were against inexperienced players that I just had fun playing with. I was actually helping teach them the game as we played. Both were super nice people. In both instances I won the first game, took it easy the second game and experimented with my strategy. Maybe buy this character first instead of that character kind of thing. I lost the second game in both matches, then really turned it back on dominate the third game to secure my victory. I finished 2-1, and tied for one of the Spider-Man The Amazing prize cards. It turns out our tie breaker is the number of individual games you lose… since I took it easy on those rookie players, and lost 1 game each time, I lost the tie breaker. No Spider-Man prize. I was pissed… more pissed than I should be at a game. I mean, this is what I get for playing competitively. I ended up buying a Spider-Man The Amazing on ebay. I know I should have tried to attend another event or trade for one, instead of supporting people who sell the prize cards, but I was bitter. And at the end of the day, I really wanted that awesome looking Spider-Man in my collection.

    Ugh… So what did I learn? I learned not to go easy. I can still use my team to its most lethal capacity and be a nice guy who is fun to play against. I was having a good time with these players, who I didn’t really feel a threat from, and got a little too arrogant. I need to remember all of the times I have been unlucky, and that I cannot take any game for granted, even if I’m coasting to victory. There will be turns and games where the dice come up sour. I just need to assume that will happen to me next turn, and put myself in the best position possible.

    Now, the Month Three OP is approaching. I am making a couple changes to my team this time around. It doesn’t help that we still don’t know if it will be draft or constructed. So, I have to have 2 different game plans…

    My Draft Team: Hulk Green Goliath, Green Goblin Norman Osborn, Silver Surfer Sentinel, and Nick Fury Patch. Basic actions are Invulnerability and Force Beam.

    My Draft Strategy: That’s right. No Iron Man and I’m using a new Nick Fury. This Nick Fury doubles the damage of Avengers if they are unblocked. Hulk can sweep to clear out blockers. Then I can pay 1 bolt to increase Hulk’s attack power (thanks to Invulnerability’s global), and let him attack for double damage. +1 attack gets doubled to 2 attack. Good investment. Hopefully I can be quick and end the game before I regret not having life gain.

    My Constructed Team: Hulk Green Goliath, Iron Man Philanthropist, Green Goblin Norman Osborn, Silver Surfer Sentinel, Black Widow Tsarina, Nick Fury Patch, Magneto Sonderkommando, and Spider-Man The Amazing. (Same basic actions as above: Force Beam and Invulnerability.)

    My Constructed Strategy: Get Hulk out early, and then try to get him support with Black Widow. Bring out Nick Fury so I can deliver a knockout blow. Iron Man can be called upon if I need life gain, and Spider-Man is there if the game is at a standstill. With Hulk and Black Widow, I’m confident I could get the fist energy needed to trigger Spider-Man’s ability. Magneto, Green Goblin, and Silver Surfer are just there for their globals. Nick Fury powers up my Avengerswhile Hulk, Black Widow, Iron Man and Spider-Man are ALL Avengers. I really like Invulnerability’s global with this Nick Fury. If unblocked, I can take 1 bolt energy, and make it 2 damage to my opponent. That’s a worthy payoff.

    So, what do you think of my new strategy? Have I been able to enlighten anyone with the mistakes I’ve made and learned from? Hopefully my next article will not be titled “Mistakes Part Three”. Maybe the next time I write, it can be titled “How I Finally played Mistake-Free Dice Masters And Won The OP Prize Card”. Fingers crossed. Until then, roll on.
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