Reverse Life tournament
by, 01-30-2017 at 10:32 AM (920 Views)
This is a tale about creativity and getting schooled by a 10-year old.
We had a "Reverse Life" tournament this last weekend. The change in the rules were relatively simple - instead of starting out at 20 life and going to 0, each player started at 0 life and the first person to reach 20 life won. Just as you cannot go over 20 life in a normal game, you could not take damage that would put you below 0 life in this format.
Team building for this format was quite fun - there are actually a lot of cards to choose from! I saw several Constantine: Trinity Wars, I saw a bunch of Iron Man: Philanthropists, I saw some Vampires. Some people brought Pizza, others brought Long Live the Resistance, some brought Heroic Defense.
My team was mainly centered around Iron Man (when he takes damage, you gain life) and using Static to trigger him. This worked quite well normally, as Static avoided the need to rely on globals. As a secondary, I also threw on a PowerGirl/Steel combo, but I only got that to go off once.
Another team was a Sidekick/Ally team built around Heroic Defense and Red-Eyes B. Dragon - he'd build up a wall of sidekicks and the dragon, play Heroic Defense, attack with the dragon to KO all those sidekicks and gain 20 life in one turn with Heroic Defense.
Yet another team was centered mostly around the AvX Beast and a force attack global, with one other clever addition.
And here we come to where I get schooled by a 10-year old girl.
We start off the game, and her first purchase is Lyssa Drak (at the start of you turn, name a character. Your opponent must pay 2 life to field that character). Nice, I think, good way to keep my life low while she gains her way to 20. A couple of turns later, she has Lyssa out, calls my Static. I roll Static, but I'm not worried - at this point, we're both still at 0, so big deal right. I go to field Static, because I can't go below 0 life.
"You can't field her," she says. "She says you *must* pay 2 life to field it, and you don't have 2 life to spend. So you can't."
I look at her, letting this logic sink in. Then I had to redirect my mental energies to prevent myself from responding with "Oh, sh*#, you're right!"
From that point on, I was locked down. If I did manage to squeak one buy and field it somehow, she'd just force it to attack into her Beast, or even let it through if necessary.
This was a LOT of fun, and I recommend it. Certainly makes you think about cards in a different way!
(Full disclosure, we did exclude Wolverine: Lord of Vampires just because it was a SR that would be harder to get/proxy.)