• Reading the Rainbow War of Light Draft Episode 1 The Globals



    Welcome back folks! Last time we talked about Listening during the draft, so we could pick up key clues to help us earn victory. Today though, we start our series on War of Light. War of Light (WoL) is set to his US stores in two days, and I know we're all eager to see what is on the horizon. In preparation for any midnight Rainbow draft events, or even just Rainbow Draft Weekend events happening that might be drafting WoL, I'm here to discuss the myriad of Globals you will find in this set.

    Let's take a look at the Globals found on or new Basic Actions first:


    As we can see, looking these cards over, these global effects aren't that new or innovative. Lethal Force gives us a duplicate to the Mjolnir ping (1 damage) global, and while it is more expensive than Magic Missile, it makes for an interesting tool in the hands of a Bolt team. Monument to Evil gives us a villain maker global, with little new about it other than being the first two type energy cost. It's more difficult to use now, so plan for that cost to be worth what ever effect you're trying to combo with the villain affiliation. Lastly, Stealth ops gives us an effect similar, but possibly more powerful than the Polymorph global. Rather than spinning down to spin up, you instead spin any target down at the cost of two masks. All three of these globals give us the tools we need to make solid teams work in both DC and WoL formats, and give us access to effects that we previously were lacking in those limited formats.


    Moving on, we come to the only real energy fixing global in all of DC, Parallax. I have been playing this guy a fair bit, as you will hear on tomorrow's episode of the Prep Area, and I think I've come to the conclusion that Parallax is basically the new Ice Man - Too Cool For Words. Ice Man's global has us spending one energy to set all of our SKs to Bolt faces. Parallax does something similar, allowing us to reroll all of our active dice, or our reserved dice, at the cost of one generic energy. Watch out for this global though, it can be a true energy sink, and end up costing you the game trying to get a stubborn character face to roll. Try to only use this global to reroll your fielded sidekicks and get a hidden burst of energy, so you can push in for a victory. Once you've got that strategy down, then look to expand the uses of this global.


    This global is very similar to Venom's Fist global from AvX. The major difference between Hal and Venom's globals though is that it can spin a character up or down with no cost other than a bolt and a villain affiliation. While this global might come in handy, with only one character even having a burst face in this set, we are unlikely to see it used in large combos.


    This global synergizes VERY well with Big Entrance, the BAC. Big entrance allows you to get a shopping discount and then place the cards in the bag immediately. By playing Big Entrance, you can use this global to prep a die and clear space to draw that new purchase the next turn. Basically, it's a harder to execute Resurrection Global that you'll want to bring on action die teams.


    Nothing new here with Spectre. This global is the Carrion Crawler global and is great for clearing out sidekicks. This can also be a useful way to prep a sidekick if you have stray bolts or ?s at the end of your opponent's turn.


    The last of the non-Black Lantern globals, we have Mera. I could talk about her here, but with the myriad of discussions we have going on on the forums, I figured I'd link you to the relevant Mera thread, and you could make your mind up on how she's used.



    Last, but certainly not least, we have this beautiful ramp global. Rolling diversely is now rewarded with this global. More importantly, this global is the first in a hopefully large line of globals that cost no energy, but instead net you energy. These characters are big, but if you get one, the expenditure is well worth it. Good luck getting one of these globals to show up in a draft though. No seriously, good luck!

    That's been a quick overview of the globals for WoL. I'd like to thank you all for reading along. If you have any questions or predictions for WoL feel free to post them below!
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    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Indy Mon's Avatar
      Indy Mon -
      Fewer globals but more impactful. I like this trend
    1. monkeydishes's Avatar
      monkeydishes -
      I think that Mera global will wind be being a game changer. She adds masks at a cheap cost and that global will be a very economical play along with PXG. The only problem I see is her weak stats and ability out of set. It would be really difficult to go into a tournament with two players who only bring in globals with no real game abilities. I'm interested to see if there is a Mera card in this set with the same global but with a better ability.
    1. Ressless's Avatar
      Ressless -
      Quote Originally Posted by monkeydishes View Post
      I think that Mera global will wind be being a game changer. She adds masks at a cheap cost and that global will be a very economical play along with PXG. The only problem I see is her weak stats and ability out of set. It would be really difficult to go into a tournament with two players who only bring in globals with no real game abilities. I'm interested to see if there is a Mera card in this set with the same global but with a better ability.
      Yeah she is definitely the Paladin of Combat! A fast shield against Striker Teams such as Fury Patch, Overcrush and FWT. But then again Gobby doesnt care about her, Nova and Tsarina also. Well it is a tricky game after all.
      But i hope we will see more different Teams that are strong and competitive.
    1. LarsEmilLarsen's Avatar
      LarsEmilLarsen -
      Any word on why some of the new globals (Parallax and Batman) use the word "use" instead of the word "pay". Since other globals in the set still use "pay", there must be a difference?
    1. Shadowmeld's Avatar
      Shadowmeld -
      There is no difference, only a lack of a good writing style format. For proof, what does "spend one bolt mean? "