• 2015 Dice Masters German National Championship Top 8

    The Dice Masters German National Championship took place on August 1-2, 2015 in Zu den vier Winden, Bochum this year. From what I have heard there was a great turnout for the primary constructed event and the rainbow drafts. According to WizKids original posting on their events information page, the structure was an round of qualifiers until they reached top 8 and then they competed for the championship with a structure of multiple Swiss rounds followed by a single-elimination cut.

    The prizes were as follows:

    Winner:
    Invitation to the 2016 Dice Masters World Championship
    Marvel Dice Masters Avengers vs. X-Men Super Rare Set

    Top 2:
    Black Widow: Tsarina Full Art Card

    Top 4:
    Cable: Techno-Organic Full Art Card

    Top 8:
    Professor X: Recruiting Young Mutants Full Art Card

    Participation Prize:
    Beast: Mutate #666 Full Art Card and Harley Quinn: Dr. Harleen Quinzel Full Art Card

    The following is the list of the top 8 teams and their pilots as provided by someone in attendance at the event. I will comment on the top 2 finishers a bit with how they may have won and put to use their strong finishers.


    Winner
    Tischel181
    Transfer Power
    Distraction
    Zatanna Zatanna Zatara 3
    Doomcaliber Knight Skeletal Warrior 2
    Psylocke Kwannon the Assassin 3
    Professor X Trainer 2
    Green Goblin “Gobby“ 4
    Solomon Grundy Buried on a Sunday 3
    Blue-Eyes White Dragon Monstrous Dragon 1
    Human Torch Johnny Storm 2


    This is a well-balanced team with some serious ramp and serious removal components. With three different ways to ramp/churn and two ways to perform spot removal, this team I would imagine relied on the tried and true method of Gobby+SKs+Storm=success. DCK slowed down any potentially harmful action dice coming his way. Congrats to the winner!


    Second
    Tathic
    Distraction
    Imprisoned
    Constantine Hellblazer 3
    Doctor Strange Master of the Mystic Arts 2
    Beholder Master Aberration 2
    Iceman Too Cool for Words 2
    Professor X Trainer 2
    Prismatic Spray Lesser Spell 3
    Morphing Jar Canopic Jar 4
    Blue-Eyes White Dragon Monstrous Dragon 2


    Imprisoned and Beholder together doesn't surprise me here, and with Doc Strange for punch and action dice affects we have the framework of an infamous AiA team here. Most of you know how that works, if you don't then I would suggest you read up on it here.r Distraction protects the Beholder, and Constantine provides some early control until this fires off. Great job!

    Top4:
    KrosmasterKai
    Gearing Up
    Focus Power
    Beast Genetic Expert 4
    Storm 'Ro 3
    Falcon Recon 2
    Professor X Trainer 1
    Angel Inspiring 2
    Green Goblin Goblin Lord 4
    Captain America Natural Leader 2
    Cyclops If Looks Could Kill 2




    Wilson
    Enrage
    Nasty Plot
    Kobold Greater Humanoid 4
    Constantine Hellblazer 3
    Storm Weather Witch 3
    Elf Wizard Greater Order of the Gauntlet 2
    The Joker Clown Prince of Crime 2
    Loki Loki Laufeyson 3
    Dracolich Paragon Undead Dragon 2
    Obelisk the Tormentor Fist of Fate 1






    Top8:
    OdyMandrell
    Polymorph
    Invulnerability
    Ant-Man Biophysicist 4
    Black Widow Tsarina 4
    Wolverine Formerly Weapon Ten 4
    Doomcaliber Knight Fiendish Fighter2
    Professor X Recruiting Young Mutants 1
    Slifer the Sky Dragon Lightning Blast 1
    Iceman Too Cool for Words 2
    Nick Fury Patch 2





    NiandoBG
    Polymorph
    Transfer Power
    Human Torch “Flame On!“ 2
    Jinzo Trap Destroyer 2
    Green Goblin "Gobby“ 3
    Professor X Charles Francis Xavier 2
    Human Paladin Lesser Emerald Enclave 1
    Kobold Greater Humanoid 4
    Stirge Epic Beast D&D 4
    Red Dragon Epic Dragon D&D 2





    Baron_von_Hansen
    Invulnerability
    Distraction
    Psylocke Kwannon the assassin 4
    Scarlet Witch Unity Squad 2
    Cerebro Supercomputer2
    Human Torch “Flame On!“ 2
    Iceman Too Cool for Words 1
    Pyro Pyrokinetic 4
    Cable Techno-Organic 2
    Cyclops Field Leader 3





    Notedas
    Dimension Door
    Magic Missile
    Cerebro Supercomputer UXM#94 2
    Storm Wind-Rider AVX#92 2
    Wolverine Formerly Weapon Ten AVX#126 3
    Scarlet Witch Unity Squad UXM#114 3
    Captain America Natural Leader AVX#5 2
    Human Torch Johnny Storm AVX#78 2
    Nick Fury Patch AVX#115 2
    Black Widow Tsarina AVX#129 4

    Comments 11 Comments
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      Did your voice get hoarse from all the Apologies you made today, @Tathic ?

      I'm happy to see someone putting the core of Apologies in Advance to use in a competitive setting. Congratulations on second place. Would really like to hear your war stories.

      Also, super read on the meta there in Germany with no one bringing a force attack global.
    1. digitallimit's Avatar
      digitallimit -
      Seeing a Flame Swordsman where there should be a Canopic Jar on that second team. And a Beholder where there should be a Kobold in the top 4. And of course the AoU cards aren't appearing. Mo' cards mo' problems!

      As for this line-up, there is a lot of interesting stuff here. I'm most surprised that Johnny Storm wasn't as prevalent as Human Torch. Do the Germans not know how fantastic Johnny Storm is?
    1. The Rev's Avatar
      The Rev -
      I think the biggest surprise is that no one in top 8 had a hulk
    1. Indy Mon's Avatar
      Indy Mon -
      I love these articles and these events. People should be careful, however, about drawing any large scale conclusions about the teams here. There were ten players at German Nationals (http://wizkidseventsystem.com/match.php?EVENT_ID=109778). There were 65 people at Spanish Nationals, however. The larger the field, the truer the test of the teams.
    1. Dave's Avatar
      Dave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Indy Mon View Post
      I love these articles and these events. People should be careful, however, about drawing any large scale conclusions about the teams here. There were ten players at German Nationals (http://wizkidseventsystem.com/match.php?EVENT_ID=109778)
      Good call, though at the same time, minus Hulk, it's a who's who of Dice Masters teams... Patch Avengers, JSwarm, a variant on Dean's, etcetera.

      Correctly evaluating tournament results is difficult, especially in this game with so many cards available but only 8 making up the core of your team, which is why an inward-focused team (2-3 cards win con, 2-3 efficiency/support, remainder protection from threats) seems to have the best chance, as we've been discussing here and elsewhere. The best lesson is that you simply can't mess with everything.

      REALLY interesting to see so much Psylocke, as she's largely been avoided lately. Only one Jinzo though, and two BEWDs... Perhaps YGO distro in Deutschland wasn't so big, hence the lack of Millennium Puzzles?
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dave View Post
      Good call, though at the same time, minus Hulk, it's a who's who of Dice Masters teams... Patch Avengers, JSwarm, a variant on Dean's, etcetera.

      Correctly evaluating tournament results is difficult, especially in this game with so many cards available but only 8 making up the core of your team, which is why an inward-focused team (2-3 cards win con, 2-3 efficiency/support, remainder protection from threats) seems to have the best chance, as we've been discussing here and elsewhere. The best lesson is that you simply can't mess with everything.

      REALLY interesting to see so much Psylocke, as she's largely been avoided lately. Only one Jinzo though, and two BEWDs... Perhaps YGO distro in Deutschland wasn't so big, hence the lack of Millennium Puzzles?
      Or more specifically @Dave , the fact that there are only 2 Blue-Eyes. Also, they're from 1st and 2nd place. Guess that guy deserves his huge market boom.
    1. Ressless's Avatar
      Ressless -
      I am not sure what to quote here so i will do this:
      all posts?!?
      I was reading here some interesting things. But yes the guessing about the teams and the why is why is just, not everybody i think is watchting the Nationals US or the Worlds or something similar like this. (And hey i can only speak for my scene, i only know Timo over Facebook for some reasons. So sorry i am not correct some details!)
      But we have players that build there teams on there local meta, some maybe ask around in the internet to refine and polishing there Ideas (like me with my Crush Team). Some maybe like the Team Idea and build around some cards that are useful.
      It is the thing that the players (maybe even the TOP8) have created and invented Teams on there own without knowing the so called "ongoing meta" on the otherside of the world. And then maybe playing them against friends and other people in their local store to test them, or maybe even not, just knowing how to play the Cards together.

      But in summary i think it is a big and good step in the right direction here in germany. And i hope to see next year more events around in the bigger cities.
    1. Isawa_mo's Avatar
      Isawa_mo -
      In the second team, wouldn't Dr. Strange immediately negate the Imprisoned?
    1. fun4willis's Avatar
      fun4willis -
      Quote Originally Posted by Isawa_mo View Post
      In the second team, wouldn't Dr. Strange immediately negate the Imprisoned?
      You could choose one of your own characters to take the two, Dr. Strange Ability, damage. This would not negate the Imprisoned BAC.
    1. Tischel181's Avatar
      Tischel181 -
      Actually 3 BEWDs, but one player had forgotten the matching die.

      Final was hell and I won also with luck.
      First was a lose, with 5 life points. One turn more for me and I would had the win.
      2nd was 20 to zero for me.
      3th was the longest and hardest match after a long tournament day, win with 3 life points.

      I'm really happy that I took the journey (almost 1000km that they, 26h awake), really nice people, players that love the game, a cool location ( a gamers bar) and of course the win of the constructed.

      Personally I can say, I cannot see Hulk anymore... overplayed, and also I would need a global to ping in my opponents turn, and this would be not good for my SK ;D And I used DCK too less, maybe I change him for anything similar, and johnny for flame on ( but guess not). But my backbone was zantanna. best cases are field for free, trigger torch and get the just bought die into prep caused used are in transit and usually my used pile is empty at the start of my turn cause of pxg and zantanna.
    1. Isawa_mo's Avatar
      Isawa_mo -
      Quote Originally Posted by fun4willis View Post
      You could choose one of your own characters to take the two, Dr. Strange Ability, damage. This would not negate the Imprisoned BAC.
      Completely forgot he could damage a character instead.