• AGE OF ULTRON SPOILERS

    If these are real these are awesome - posted to the Dice Masters Discussions FB group. Take a look. I'm publishing this NOW but will fill in commentary as I get to digest. Apparently, these are spoilers from Canadian Nationals, so they seem to be legit.

    EDIT: Commentary complete.

    Maria Hill

    This is a different kind of ramp, and a new sign of some tribalism amongst the shield characters. It's almost like Swarm, except from your Used Pile. Speaking of Shield, we have a SHIELD faction!




















    Kang

    We've seen this before from The Atom in DC. I'm still not a huge fan of it, but his defensive numbers are solid on one face, horrid on the others. It's enough that maybe it forces a "rock and a hard place" type choice for your opponent, and if it comes to it, he can still block on your turn.



















    Wasp

    WOW. You wanted an answer to crazy globals? This is it. Turn one buy? Easy. Turn two buy? Even easier. Your opponent wants to PXG three times? Not no mores. And can you imagine when you get Cyclops Field Leader out? Yikes. That global isn't bad either for energy rich teams. This will make non-global means of churn more important.



















    Captain Universe

    A spoiled Super Rare? Ye Gods! I like the ability and the stats are fine for a six cost, but I don't know that the ability is worth it for the cost that she has. There could be crazy things for this on an Avengers team, and it's another means of acceleration, but the jury is out for me. You're already paying up to three to field this and THEN do that ability and pay more? And energy could be at a premium thanks to Wasp. Eh.




















    Rocket Raccoon

    I'm not wow'd by the ability, BUT I want to see Groot before I pass judgement. Because it wouldn't be surprising to see that Groot and Rocket have some kind of synergy. We'll see. Survivability is always good, though.


















    Iron Man

    Iron Man is a bolt now. We knew that. This time we get to focus on his attack stats. He brings a familiar global - paying to make a villain - but now it acts as a self-buff for him. DC brings us a lot of villains and villain synergies, and so did UXM. This is going to be an interesting piece to slot in there.




















    Pepper Potts

    A TWO COST BOLT CHARACTER?! Wow. So many people have wanted one of these that isn't named Johnny Blaze so that it could pair with Johnny Storm or Firestorm - or just provide us with more cheap bolts. Here she is. This is an interesting ability, but with a TFC of ZERO, we're in business. She could be a lot of places with teams that want to exploit bolts.
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    1. Jthomash2's Avatar
      Jthomash2 -
      Love this. All of it. Might need to check your pronouns for Captain Universe, though. Lest mine eyes deceive me... Not a dude. And 135/142, but SR? 8 in the set? What's going on here?
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      I don't know these Marvel people - LOL.
    1. Necromanticer's Avatar
      Necromanticer -
      I gotta say, I'm incredibly hyped for Maria Hill. Any character that allows me to pull dice out of the used pile is a character I want on my team. Add to that, she has an affiliation to play around with and I'm officially sold. (also, Pepper Potts has me interested as well with that TFC of 0. I can never complain about a character I don't have to pay to field)
    1. DigitalFirefly's Avatar
      DigitalFirefly -
      This set is looking really cool. Can we have it now?
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      I wish.
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      Jthomash2 - then next 8 cards are basic actions.
    1. Wifey's Avatar
      Wifey -
      Wasp - I agree with everything you predict. This can definitely be a game changer against opponents who have a team dependent on globals. Very cool.

      I really like Pepper's ability - I have several mainly bolt teams and, as you said, it's nice to have a 2-cost bolt character. I find myself wanting to build a more defensive team, and this card may have a good role in one.
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wifey View Post
      Wasp - I agree with everything you predict. This can definitely be a game changer against opponents who have a team dependent on globals. Very cool.

      I really like Pepper's ability - I have several mainly bolt teams and, as you said, it's nice to have a 2-cost bolt character. I find myself wanting to build a more defensive team, and this card may have a good role in one.
      It's an answer we sorta had with Jinzo, but now it's there early enough to be more meaningful.
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      It's an answer we sorta had with Jinzo, but now it's there early enough to be more meaningful.
      Totally agree. Going to probably swap her in for my Jinzo in the Action Control team. Going to need to look at whether I want to stick with Kobold ramp though. She and Constantine makes control decks a new layer to the meta now.
    1. Gabe's Avatar
      Gabe -
      These are some really cool and interesting cards but I suspect they are fakes.
    1. TRPEvan's Avatar
      TRPEvan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmeld View Post
      Jthomash2 - then next 8 cards are basic actions.
      It'd only be 7, which seems really low for a total BA count. Also, assuming they're not alphabetizing her based on Universe (which I *believe* would be wrong), C is pretty early to be the last SR in the set. Could we only have like 5-6 new basic actions? Or maybe there actually are like 8 super rares this time...hope if that's the case they've made them more like 2-3 to a gravity feed if so!

      One other thing - look at the green on the uncommons (Kang, Maria Hill) - it's a lot lighter than normal! I don't know if that supports the idea of these being fake, or if it's just how these images were captured, or if they're FINALLY doing something about how difficult it was to tell commons and uncommons apart at a glance.
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      Think so? Why would they put fakes on the stream?
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Yeah Gabe, these were on the Twitch stream.
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      I could definitely see the number of BACs going down, although this set IS larger than any other set so far, besides AvX. It will be interesting to see that number conflict resolved.
    1. DigitalFirefly's Avatar
      DigitalFirefly -
      Wasp is #133 and Captain Universe is #135. So Captain Universe is either the first or second SR.
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      Signs point toward 8 SRs. leaving us with the same number of cards as in DC, but with 4 extra SRs (138-142) It will indeed be interesting to see how they distribute that number.

      DC had 24 starters, 10 BACs, 39 commons, 31 Uncommons, 30 rares and 4 SRs

      We could reasonably expect something along the lines of
      24 Starters, 10 BACs, 42 Commons, 31 Uncommons, 27 rares, 8 SRs or some such.
    1. geneinkc's Avatar
      geneinkc -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmeld View Post
      Signs point toward 8 SRs. leaving us with the same number of cards as in DC, but with 4 extra SRs (138-142) It will indeed be interesting to see how they distribute that number.

      DC had 24 starters, 10 BACs, 39 commons, 31 Uncommons, 30 rares and 4 SRs

      We could reasonably expect something along the lines of
      24 Starters, 10 BACs, 42 Commons, 31 Uncommons, 27 rares, 8 SRs or some such.
      I've been spending some time with the numbers and everything that we know so far. I believe that the distribution is this:

      1-24 Starters (24)
      25-34 Basic Actions (10)
      35-74 Commons (40)
      75-106 Uncommons (32)
      107-134 Rares (28)
      135-142 Super Rares (8)

      Now, if all 8 super rares correspond to characters in the set, then 4 characters will have too many cards. I don't think this is the case.

      We've seen some evidence that suggests that at least one Infinity Stone is in this set. My theory is that cards 139-142 are Infinity Stones, each with a Max of 1. I believe that the Infinity Stones only exist as super rares (which is why they would be Max:1).

      It's the only way that I have been able to reconcile the numbering scheme.
    1. Trevor W.'s Avatar
      Trevor W. -
      I have to say, I'm most excited for Pepper Potts and Wasp. Granted, I'm not super happy that they keep putting these awesome anti-global abilities on rare cards, but at least the game is starting to realize how it needs to respond to earlier stuff.

      I'm also really intrigued by Pepper's ability, especially the idea of having a character that literally cannot attack. Her stats are really low, but she's also already far better than the TFC 0 Kobold. 2-cost Bolt is also pretty astonishing, and exciting! We've now got excellent 2-cost masks, fists, shields, and bolts, so that'll really round things out a bit better. I'm still hoping to see more 1-cost heroes, but seeing Pepper is very exciting, and I can't wait to see what her other versions do.

      I'm also excited to see new characters emerging with different team affiliations. SHIELD and Guardians is a start, since we only have Avengers, X-Men, and Villains in the other sets, and more variety is *desperately* needed. My only fear is that there will only be a small handful of cards with those factions, instead of enough to run a full team comp (like with JSA from DC). I'm still curious as to why we have Legion of Doom *and* Villains in DC, but I'm sure there will be some clarification by Wizkids on that at some point.

      Future's so bright, I gotta wear shades. Looks fantastic.
    1. Trevor W.'s Avatar
      Trevor W. -
      It's also interesting to note that the colors provided here for the Maria Hill die and the Pepper Potts die are different than in earlier promotional pics of the dice. The Maria Hill die was originally shown as being blue, and the Pepper one more the color of Maria Hill's die in this promo.
    1. Wicked Nerd's Avatar
      Wicked Nerd -
      SUPER EXCITED!!!! It's like Christmas morning, I wasn't expecting spoilers but look here they are and the spoiled cards are good enough to get the creative juices flowing hooray