• The Prep Area Podcast 03: Economy Worlds Team, AiA and Little Cup

    Welcome to Episode Three of the Prep Area! Hosts RJ (RJRETRO) and Patrick (Shadowmeld) will discuss a new Meta they created called "Little Cup"! Evan from the flagship podcast will be here to discuss a team we call "Apologies in Advance". And finally, Shadowmeld has come up with a way to play Dean Leyland's championship Worlds team... on a budget.

    As always, if you want to correspond, tweet at @TheReservePool with the hashtag #TPADM.

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    If you would like to follow along, here are the two teams:
    Super Sidekicks (Little Cup)
    Apologies in Advance
    Dean Leyland's Worlds Team
    Shadowmeld's Economy Worlds Team
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. paradox22's Avatar
      paradox22 -
      The linked little cup super sidekicks team has johnny storm in it instead of Aquaman. The podcast listed Aquaman. Not sure if the change was intentional, just letting you know.
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      I don't think we switched it out! Good catch! Can you fix that, @Shadowmeld ? I won't be home for a while.
    1. AJV1785's Avatar
      AJV1785 -
      Fantansic podcast, I really enjoy reading and listening about how to create solid teams on a budget. It's definatly possiable in this game.
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      Fantastic comment. Thanks for listening!
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      Quote Originally Posted by RJRETRO View Post
      I don't think we switched it out! Good catch! Can you fix that, @Shadowmeld ? I won't be home for a while.
      fixed, thanks for the heads up. I was doing a few iterations, must not have saved the last one.
    1. Zubu's Avatar
      Zubu -
      I think the link to Super Sidekicks (Little Cup) is wrong. It has rares and uncommons listed.
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      Bah... My link skills fail.
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      YOU HAD ONE JOB.

      Well, two jobs. The co-hosting thing is pretty important.
    1. jbrannan1's Avatar
      jbrannan1 -
      When a card references a Monster does that also means Villian? Is it synonymous with Character?

      Help me understand the what's what.
    1. IgwanaRob's Avatar
      IgwanaRob -
      Quote Originally Posted by jbrannan1 View Post
      When a card references a Monster does that also means Villian? Is it synonymous with Character?

      Help me understand the what's what.
      Monsters in D&D is more of character type affiliation, and is not the same as a villain.

      http://wes.mfv.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=4586
    1. Scorpion0x17's Avatar
      Scorpion0x17 -
      @Shadowmeld and @RJRETRO .

      Re: final Justice League team challenge.

      My favourite three characters are Constantine, Zatanna, and Swamp Thing.

      Now, building a team around Constantine, or Zatanna?

      No problem!

      But, Swamp Thing?

      Oh, what did they do to you Swamp Thing!?

      So, please help.

      I need a Swamp Thing team!

      And if happens to also have the other mentioned two, well, that would be great!
    1. SarkhanMad's Avatar
      SarkhanMad -
      @RJRETRO @Shadowmeld
      after having looked at the cards from a little cup perspective, I began to wonder if a "medium cup" might make for a more diverse meta. I realize that GG, HT, Storm, Lord of D-Ring, are all uncommon, but are there enough "other" quality uncommons to still make this a better format than commons only?

      Have you guys considered it?
    1. RJRETRO's Avatar
      RJRETRO -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion0x17 View Post
      @Shadowmeld and @RJRETRO .

      My favourite three characters are Constantine, Zatanna, and Swamp Thing.

      Now, building a team around Constantine, or Zatanna?

      No problem!

      But, Swamp Thing?

      Oh, what did they do to you Swamp Thing!?

      So, please help.

      I need a Swamp Thing team!

      And if happens to also have the other mentioned two, well, that would be great!
      Oh, man! Great suggestion! I also would like to see a team with the Swamp Thing. I'll pitch the idea to Shadowmeld and see what he can do!

      Quote Originally Posted by SarkhanMad View Post
      @RJRETRO @Shadowmeld
      after having looked at the cards from a little cup perspective, I began to wonder if a "medium cup" might make for a more diverse meta. I realize that GG, HT, Storm, Lord of D-Ring, are all uncommon, but are there enough "other" quality uncommons to still make this a better format than commons only?

      Have you guys considered it?
      We have! Little Cup is special, because it really restricts which cards you have access to. A common+uncommon is something I've thought about, but I'm not sure how feasible it is. At that point, Why not just use constructed?

      Not shooting it dead, just saying it's not in the immediate plans. Now an "Uncommon" tier by itself? That could be fun.
    1. fun4willis's Avatar
      fun4willis -
      Quote Originally Posted by SarkhanMad View Post
      @RJRETRO @Shadowmeld
      after having looked at the cards from a little cup perspective, I began to wonder if a "medium cup" might make for a more diverse meta. I realize that GG, HT, Storm, Lord of D-Ring, are all uncommon, but are there enough "other" quality uncommons to still make this a better format than commons only?

      Have you guys considered it?
      Our FLGS runs what they term a Prince Format tournaments. This included Commons and Uncommons and restricts Rares, Super Rares, Promos, and Promo Basic Actions.
    1. SarkhanMad's Avatar
      SarkhanMad -
      Quote Originally Posted by RJRETRO View Post

      We have! Little Cup is special, because it really restricts which cards you have access to. A common+uncommon is something I've thought about, but I'm not sure how feasible it is. At that point, Why not just use constructed?

      Not shooting it dead, just saying it's not in the immediate plans. Now an "Uncommon" tier by itself? That could be fun.
      all uncommon was what I was referring to... sorry didn't make that clear...
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      Quote Originally Posted by Scorpion0x17 View Post
      But, Swamp Thing?

      Oh, what did they do to you Swamp Thing!?

      So, please help.

      I need a Swamp Thing team!
      Challenge Accepted
    1. jevansfp's Avatar
      jevansfp -
      Consider swapping Human Paladin for Dr Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts to do min 8 damage every time you fire off the beholder's ability. More apologies will be necessary.
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      The paladin is needed to allow you to swing for lethal un- distractioned. Also, doing incidental damage, like Dr. Strange breaks imprisoned. That is entirely counter to the point here.
    1. jevansfp's Avatar
      jevansfp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmeld View Post
      The paladin is needed to allow you to swing for lethal un- distractioned. Also, doing incidental damage, like Dr. Strange breaks imprisoned. That is entirely counter to the point here.
      Yep. I relistened to the podcast on the way to work and realized that. It could be a fun final blow, bringing out 8+ if you had whittled them down enough, but Human Paladin sets you up for a nice final blow as well AND protects you from Relentless and Transfer Power.