2016 Kentucky State PDC Championships
by, 04-27-2016 at 10:03 PM (2667 Views)
On April 23rd, the two-year anniversary of the release of Dice Masters, The Destination in Louisville, KY played host to the 2016 Kentucky State PDC Championships. Ten players slugged it out for the top prize... but how did your intrepid (and "handsome") reporter do?
Here is the team that I decided on:
x4 x4 x2 x3
x1 x2 x3 x1
The team had many names: "Redd Rover", "Crash Into Me", and "Team Half the Time" (which was how often it actually worked in testing). I originally built this team as an answer to Bard Blitz (but we'll get to how it did against that a little later).
My first game was against Kurt. He and I have battled it out at almost every event that we've both attended, so it was fitting that we met in the first round. He brought a team based around Angel - Soaring (that Unblockable with Action Dice scamp), Cerebro - Super Computer, and Jinzo - Trap Destroyer. I started the game perfectly, using Thousand Dragon's Global to snap up all three of my Vicious Struggles in the first two turns. "This is going great", I thought. "Oh yeah?", thought my dice.
Starting turn three, I began having problems rolling energy to power my Professor X Global. I was getting all of the bolts I needed (and this team needed a lot), but was unable to roll more than four dice a turn. Kurt, on the other hand, was marching steadily toward Jinzo. In the meantime, he was also purchasing several Angel and Cerebro dice. He used Cerebro to great effect, first on Ultraman, and then on my Dwarf Wizard. The extra fielding cost really slowed me down, but I was able to get a Dwarf Wizard into the field to shut off Jinzo. It came too little, too late though, and Kurt was able to skate through with Angel enough times for the quick victory. I did manage to knock him down to ten life... but obviously each player starts with twenty of those. I began my PDC day 0-1.
My next game was against Cory. He is a strong player that brought a very nice Control team:
x2 x4 .x2 x1
x3 x1 x3 x4
I started out strong again, purchasing all three of my VS. He countered, purchasing some Tsarinas and a Joker. He played Joker on my Dwarf Wizard, locking him down. I was fortunate enough in this game, however, to keep the dice going into my bag to a minimum with PXG. In one turn, I managed to roll all three of my Vicious Struggles. When I noticed my opponent had only one , I forced him to make a choice by taunting both Tsarina and Joker to attack. I refused to spin down a character, taking two damage and causing six to Cory. He chose to keep Joker on the field to prevent me from doing anything nasty with my Wizard, so I took three more from Tsarina while he took nine. After that, I was able to use a Magic Missile and one more VS + Taunt to win. Cory is a very strong player, and I felt fortunate to escape and go to 1-1.
My next game was against Jacob, who was a fellow Final Four friend from the Store PDC event back in January. He had just come off of a devastating win using Nova - Human Rocket. He also brought a Lantern Ring and Gobby for good measure.
The game turned out to be brutal. We both got exactly what we wanted in the opening turns. I used his Red Dragon Global and my Thousand Dragon Global to pick up all three VS again in the first two turns. He countered by picking up a quick Nova and all of his Magic Missiles. Again, the dice were with me and I was able to cycle through my bag by keeping my Sidekicks in my Prep Area with Professor X. While waiting for his Nova to hit the field, I also managed to purchase all three of my Magic Missiles. He started pinging me two damage at a time but, on my turn, I was able to get two Vicious Struggles. His Nova came up, and he fielded him. It was the opening I needed. Using Redd, I invited him to attack. I pinged Nova a couple of times to ricochet two-for-one damage back to my opponent. Then, I let Nova walk on through to the other side for even more big damage. When the dust cleared, I had somehow won the damage derby to go 2-1 on the day.
For my final game (Spoiler Alert!), I met the only Bard Blitz team at the event. We have seen this team over and over (and over) again in the past month, so there is no need to go into specifics. This team used Cloudkill in place of Relentless/Swords, but otherwise was a Garden Variety Bard Blitz. We sat down, my opponent Gabe won the roll to go first, I rolled each of my Sidekicks one time each, he fielded three SKs, a Jar, a Miri, and a Bard... and I was 2-2.
I missed the cut to Top 4, but played in an extremely enjoyable Amazing Spider-Man draft while the PDC Proper finished up.
In the finals, Gabe played against Sean. Sean is an amazing player who I first met (and played against) during the PDC Store Championships. I got him that time, but he has beaten me more often than not in our subsequent games. He made it to the finals using an inspired Mask Ring Mafia team:
x4 x4 x4 x2
x2 x1 x1 x1
I wasn't watching the final match, but I know that this team fought the good fight. However, despite his best efforts, the Bard Blitz proved too much and won the day. In fact, while the match against me was likely the shortest of his day, Gabe was able to take the BB through the event without dropping one match. While it is something we expect from this team, it was a good piece of piloting nonetheless.
The happy winners! Sean (left) and Gabe (right)
All in all, it was a fun day of Dice Masters. We had several original teams, including an great take on the "Cockroach" Alfred/Retaliation team that just missed the cut to Top 4, and a brilliant Villain team that held its own against the heroes.
Our store tends to focus on Rainbow Drafts and, while I still consider that to be my favorite way to play, a good Constructed "Anything Goes" event every once in a while can be great. Now to iron out the kinks in my "Redd Rover" team in time for the WKOs...