• The Transition Zone: Pro Dice Circuit Prep Part 1

    There is an excitement in the air in the Dice Masters community for what the immediate future holds and it is coming to fruition here very soon. In fact, some of you may have already experienced it. It is called the Pro Dice Circuit, or PDC for short. There will be opportunities at the local store, state and regional levels to play at a competitive level and see how you stack up against others.

    For some of you, this may be the first truly competitive event in Dice Masters you have faced. Sure, we play at our local stores and have a built in meta, but what if you are the best there-are you good enough to compete with others? What if your meta is three people? Or DC only? Or restricted constructed play? There may not have been a measuring stick for you to use like there will be now with the PDC.

    So today, for this week's edition of The a Transition Zone, we are going to exam what your transition from casual or local player will look like when it moves to a bigger stage in these events. For the first half of this two part series, we will look at what you need to do before the day of the event and how it will influence what happens once your competitive day arrives.

    1-Know your team

    There are so many good cards, combos and teams out there. You may find yourself switching between a few yourself when you play constructed. But right now, I'm giving you the best piece of advice I can when it comes to picking your starting 8 and BACs-do it now. And don't change it. Once you know your team, lock it in and commit to it. It can be dangerous to switch stuff around at the last minute-this often will end up poorly. You will need to play around with different variations, but once you have it stick with it.

    2-Play your team

    Practice may not make perfect, but it will make you prepared. When you fail to prepare, you should prepare to fail in gameplay. These games will allow for success to the pilot who knows the team he or she is using and has been practicing with it consistently. We have talked about this in the past, but practice online, in person or in any way possible. Take advantage of the local meta and play when you can as much as you can.

    3-Know their team

    What might your opponent bring? What is the hotness in the meta and what types of cards would you possibly run into? There are a number of powerhouse cards and combos outside of what you put on your team-you need to know what those combos might be and more importantly how you will react to them. Do you have an answer to all of the different approaches an opponent may take? If you don't normally play D&D because no one at your local scene does, maybe it is time to start reviewing those cards and practice against them.

    Next time we will discuss what you should expect the day of the event and how to best be prepared for your local and distant events. Until then, good luck for those who are already starting to play in their PDC events!