• Hello I'm New...Avengers vs X-Men For Brand New Players



    Welcome to another week of “Hello, I'm New…” where we attempt to help you, the new dice masters player in getting into this game and answering questions often seen from new players.

    As a new player, there is nothing more daunting then getting into a game well after an established catalog of cards have been seen. This reigns true for almost any collectible, competitive game. Walking into Dice Masters today can cause your head to spin when you realize there are over 1200 cards to pick from, collect and figure out how they interact together. This question, in this form has come up often on forums and discussion threads that I have seen:


    “I can't seem to find anything except for the AvX starter, no packs. Which AvX cards do I need? Which are worth the investment?”


    So where we are at, when it comes to The first of the series Avengers vs X-Men is trying to figure out which cards you need to make the investment in now. A lot of the cards are pricey, and as a new player, this becomes a possible stumbling block to moving into the game in a by type of competitive arena.



    The history

    When Dice Masters first hit the shores, they ran into a significant yet positive problem: their game was super popular. And so here they have this game that people wanted and not enough to go around. To compound that, they had shipping issues that severely limited the product hitting the stores and getting into the hands of people who really wanted it. So the AvX packs became very difficult to get a hold of and they shot up in value quickly.


    The now

    Here we are with these higher valued cards still having significant value. They still sell for a lot, they are still sought after cards. In fact, just a few weeks ago there was a guy who posted on social media that he had “lucked out” to find 10 packs for $30. That is a 300% mark up on pack price for a set that is just barely out of print. That says a lot about the mystique of this set. In fact just last week I drove quite a bit for the chance to buy a feed (which they didn't have) and a few friends contemplated driving many hours to pick up a few gravity feeds.

    There have been articles and posts written about AvX and its affect on the meta, the best cards and rankings for the set, but for the new player just approaching this game I wanted to list the top cards worth the investment in this set. These are the cards that today are tier 1 cards. Some of them are a given and are fairly pricey, like Gobby and Tsarina. But others are still worth the work of finding them now before they are out of reach through availability or just being priced out. These are the cards (outside of the starter) that are worth getting into your collection:


    Tier 1 cards for Avengers vs X-Men Dice Masters:




    I want to know more

    I am not the catch all expert on the field of AvX. In fact, there have been many articles and discussion about the set here on our site, and since it has been around the longest you should expect to see quite a bit on it. Follow these links to go back into our archives and find what was and has been said about these cards:

    Basic Action Cards

    Top 10 AvX Cards Podcast
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. mtsouth's Avatar
      mtsouth -
      The starter set is VERY strong and the commons are pretty good as well. Quite a few of the uncommons are useable as well. Dr Doom common gives UC Vulture his +4A anytime you field a sidekick since the -1/-1 KOs it instantly. My son like to use Silver Sable Hero for Hire to make Spider-Man Wall Crawler unblockable, thus allowing his card ability to trigger. Running an Avengers team? Nick Fury-Mr Anger allows them to be fielded for free.

      Lots of useful "toys" in this set that are still viable today.
    1. StrangeBrew's Avatar
      StrangeBrew -
      Great article. I think one of the most important things for a new player to remember about AvX is that the BACs are all in the starter still available. Also, many of the starter cards keep getting better as new sets appear.
    1. ccm00007's Avatar
      ccm00007 -
      Great article. Thanks!

      When you think about it, the "Tier 1" list illustrates just how scary AVX is as a whole. I mean, that's 15 of only 92 cards in boosters that are listed as "Tier 1", and that list doesn't even include Angel Soaring, Punisher McRook, Mr Fantastic (an alternative to Phoenix to force people to attack), and a lot more cards that I see frequently used at my local store. It's just a scarily strong set.
    1. Scum's Avatar
      Scum -
      30 for 10 packs? Thankfully I managed to get my set completed last year. I can't imagine paying that amount.
    1. gladiator_posse's Avatar
      gladiator_posse -
      I see the appeal of Formerly Weapon 10, but why don't I ever see or hear Canucklehead on these AVX lists? I have had much more success with the SR than I have Weapon10 because it does not require additional energy/globals to land a blow. Surely it belongs on this list over NOGG...Great article by the way. I'd like to see one for each of the sets during the lull (NOT a D&D fan) leading up to Worlds Finest.
    1. memmek2k's Avatar
      memmek2k -
      Quote Originally Posted by gladiator_posse View Post
      I see the appeal of Formerly Weapon 10, but why don't I ever see or hear Canucklehead on these AVX lists? I have had much more success with the SR than I have Weapon10 because it does not require additional energy/globals to land a blow. Surely it belongs on this list over NOGG...Great article by the way. I'd like to see one for each of the sets during the lull (NOT a D&D fan) leading up to Worlds Finest.
      As far as I know, FWT is usually played on control-esque teams as a win condition, at which point the extra energy is worth the extra damage.
    1. gladiator_posse's Avatar
      gladiator_posse -
      I get that FWT has a role on one type of team, but that doesn't explain why Canucklehead gets overlooked. I'm going to chalk it up to the fact that it is a super rare and thus less available--though there are super rares on the list above.

      Perhaps it's more a statement on how strong Tsarina and Gobby are then how 2nd Tier Canucklehead is, but I prefer thinking of rarity being independent of usefulness. If anything, Tsarina and Gobby are in a tier all their own--Tier Zero, while Canucklehead belongs with the other Tier 1's above.
    1. StrangeBrew's Avatar
      StrangeBrew -
      Quote Originally Posted by gladiator_posse View Post
      I get that FWT has a role on one type of team, but that doesn't explain why Canucklehead gets overlooked. I'm going to chalk it up to the fact that it is a super rare and thus less available--though there are super rares on the list above.

      Perhaps it's more a statement on how strong Tsarina and Gobby are then how 2nd Tier Canucklehead is, but I prefer thinking of rarity being independent of usefulness. If anything, Tsarina and Gobby are in a tier all their own--Tier Zero, while Canucklehead belongs with the other Tier 1's above.
      I'm not the pro level player that some of the gamers posting at TRP are, but my thoughts are these. The biggest issue in comparison to Tsarina and Gobby is that on one turn you could purchase 3 Tsarina dice, 2 Gobby dice, or one of each with an energy left over. I believe Canucklehead got more love when the AvX was new, but it has been overshadowed by newer cards that use the unblockable mechanic. There may also be the phenomena at work of "too much sugar for a nickel, but not enough for a dime". At 6 pt.s for the die, Canucklehead is in that weird zone. Kitty Pryde Shadowcat at 4 pt.s or Thanos The Mad Titan at 8 pt.s seem more likely choices, at least to me. I did in fact recently choose to use this version of Kitty Pryde over Canucklehead in an X Men theme deck partly because of the cost and partly because of the global. I don't know if this is a satisfying answer for you, but those are my ideas.
    1. gladiator_posse's Avatar
      gladiator_posse -
      Quote Originally Posted by StrangeBrew View Post
      Kitty Pryde Shadowcat at 4 pt.s or Thanos The Mad Titan at 8 pt.s seem more likely choices, at least to me. I did in fact recently choose to use this version of Kitty Pryde over Canucklehead in an X Men theme deck partly because of the cost and partly because of the global.
      Great point...I too would not profess to be a DM pro. I think with all of the cost reduction/economy aids available (post-AVX) I do not get as jaded when it comes to purchase costs. I definitely overlooked the Kitty Pryde though (with her TFC of 1).
    1. StrangeBrew's Avatar
      StrangeBrew -
      Quote Originally Posted by gladiator_posse View Post
      Great point...I too would not profess to be a DM pro. I think with all of the cost reduction/economy aids available (post-AVX) I do not get as jaded when it comes to purchase costs. I definitely overlooked the Kitty Pryde though (with her TFC of 1).
      The more I play with this card the more I like it. As you said, the TFC is fantastic. The first turn unblockable is also a great mechanic, especially with the low TFC, but that life tax global puts it over the top for me.
    1. fishstix43's Avatar
      fishstix43 -
      Just wanted to say that this series of articles has in fact been immensely helpful to me as a new player trying to understand the scene.