• Draft Report: DC Dice Masters 5-16 at Mr. Nice Guy Games in Monoreville, PA

    I was very excited to get the first ever rainbow draft going on in our local area. I knew many people who were there, but others I was meeting for the first time. We were expecting ten people. We ended up with 17. I couldn't believe it! Once again, a set of extremely nice and personable people. This community just can't be beat.

    We decided based on the player count do two draft pods, and the store owners and employees (who put on some of the best game tournaments in the area) helped keep things going smoothly, even with the odd number in one pod. Further, since they do a cookie cake for the winner of things like these, they wanted to cut to a top four, two from each pod, to determine a winner rather than just go for a winner from each draft.

    Not only were we playing for a cake and the Superman card (and of course the participation prize), but they also threw in booster pack prizes from the set of your choice. Fantastic idea from them!

    First, here is video from all five rounds of the draft. Thanks to MNGG for letting me run a feature table!

    Here are links to the top four teams:

    1st Place: Dave M, Bolts
    2nd Place: Jayson, Pawn Wall
    3rd Place: David F, Green Lantern Actions
    4th Place: Jamez, Green Lantern Buff

    We had a lot of players of varying skill levels but everyone was very positive and, I'd say, did a fantastic job. As I mentioned earlier, you can see some of the games right now on YouTube - the owners let us put together a feature table and record games. I wanted to get the video up fast, but perhaps later on we'll get commentary on one or more of the games too.

    My draft could not have gone better, and you can read about that here and also check out some of this week's The Attack Zone podcast for more details. Suffice it to say, I ended up with a textbook bolt team.

    I think what I saw more than anything was an attempt to wall up and then chip away. This was the case in most games that I played, and across the board opponents had difficulty keeping up with the speed of the bolts, especially with Red Tornado helping keep the pace going.

    My team mostly performed as I wanted it to. I was able to stick to my intended purchase order without much deviation. Several times, Firestorm simply didn't want to be a character (so I just bought another Firestorm, who was much more partial to the idea). Even when I had to delay on my Firestorm, I was able to use Distraction to pull back Hawkman and/or Cheetah from less favorable situations. There was so much going on that I don't remember a lot of the details of individual matches. I played against some people with some really cool ideas. I can tell you about some cool things that I saw though in general:

    - Use of a nifty blocker control team with Black Canary and other, similar characters that forced me into bad blocks and no-blocks.
    - Invincible Pawns with Wonder Woman, who then would serve as a wall as uncommon Firestorm, common Cheetah, and common Black Manta would chip away with direct damage.
    - Flooding with more characters than I could block, forcing me to take incidental damage and/or block with things I'd rather not have blocked with on multiple turns.
    - Someone who I didn't get to play using the Flash/Lex idea that I discussed just the other day. I think it would have been more effective with either less incidental buying from him or use of something like Red Tornado or something else that lets you keep dice moving.
    - Another guy that I didn't get to play got a lot of use out of uncommon Deadman to shut down characters who do damage when they attack.

    We're already looking at more events and casual play days as well - it's very exciting to see the floodgates open, giving us the chance to play more Dice Masters with more great people.
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      It seems that you used the "player going first cannot re-roll their dice first turn". How did it work out? I noticed you went second in two games and won them all. Did you keep track of those stats?

      Awesome videos, and I would have loved to be a part of it. Seventeen people?! Crazy!
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      No we didn't use that at all. I think most people just took their first rolls.

      Going first or second didn't really seem to matter for me. I think it's a much smaller thing in this draft format.
    1. KingMatticus's Avatar
      KingMatticus -
      Thanks for sharing man! I really like the videos and the willingness you had to not just play your game but to help along the way and kind of remind the other players as they were playing if they were missing a step.
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Yeah, that's just how it has to be, and I'm cool with it. The only way to build it up is to be approachable and welcoming.
    1. Mathrin's Avatar
      Mathrin -
      Our area stores only allow basic actions from the set you are drafting. Always feels wrong when I see out of set BAC cards on a draft team.

      Nice write up and hope to see more of them.
    1. Kevin's Avatar
      Kevin -
      I would love to do this at my local store. As it stands we have about 6 that frequent. You are inspiring me, Dave!