How to Teach Dice Masters
Greetings fellow masters, and aspiring masters, of dice. This article is intended to be a teaching guide to help experienced players teach new players how to play Dice Masters. As such, I will be using cards from across many sets to build two teams that should work well together to teach the basics of the game, some of the keywords, and some of the concepts involved in playing the game. The cards I chose are all commons and a single uncommon so they should be accessible to most players and ideally they are already part of your collection. The specific cards I chose are less important than the concepts they are meant to teach, so I encourage you to adjust or even replace the teams as you see fit.
What’s up friends? Brown Messiah bringing you another Errata That! follow up from Layne and his dad Mark out in Indiana. This is our second run on this article and my hope is to get this series running in tandem with the segment as we record them, I have been working with Layne and Mark, fans of our Errata That! segment we feature on the show. They like it so much that Layne has taken to creating his own custom cards based off our own erratas that we have on the podcast. Check out Episode 18 and Episode 23 to hear what we had to say about Hawkeye: What Kind of Arrow? from Age of Ultron and White Lantern Wonder Woman from Green Arrow and The Flash. Thank you Layne and Mark for doing us the honor of inspiring your creativity and we hope to keep these articles going to keep it casual and keep it fun in DIce Masters. Now let’s check out these erratas!
By Steve the Sage.
Although it isn’t part of the current meta, the aspect of gaining life in Dice Masters is very appealing to me. There are a few cards that have actually worked for me in casual play. Although this will not be a complete list of cards that gain life, it will be those that I have used or intrigue me.
First off, is the Silver Sable, Wild Pack from The Amazing Spider-Man starter. For me, she has not only saved me, but won me many games. She is a 4 cost with solid stats. Like the common Cheetah from the Justice League set, after a while, she gets annoying for your opponent. Her ability is when she is blocked, I gain a life, and my opponent loses a life. So, I am always attacking with her. I don’t need a force block, because at a 3, 4, or 4 attack, my opponent can only let it through so many times. Levels 1 and 2 have a small defense, so if she is blocked, she will probably be back next turn.
Deadpool Draft Strategies
By Dr. J
After having an opportunity to draft the new Deadpool set, the Double Burst crew is back with another installment of our draft strategies! The new set is great and has a lot of awesome cards in it. There is a problem though, a lot of these cards are amazing in a constructed format, but most of them don’t synergize well in set. This can make a Deadpool draft particularly challenging. Don’t get me wrong, it is still a blast to draft, but it may take a little more brain power to come up with a great draft team. But don’t worry, because Double Burst has got you covered. We’ll lay out a few of the draft strategies that worked for us and you can try them out, or you can put your own spin on them and let us know how they worked out for you. So without further ado, let’s get into the strategies.
Dying your Dice
Many of us have oodles of extra sidekick dice. We bought each starter set to get those Basic Action and character cards, while accumulating lots of extra dice sidekick dice in the process. Some of us even went and purchased the collector’s boxes that added another set to your collection.
So what should we be doing with all of these extra, white, boring sidekick dice? You dye them!
Create variety to your game, and dye a set to match that beautiful mat you have. Also, don’t forget about all those extra action dice you have sitting around, those can get spiced up as well. Although these are not officially tournament legal, many casual local events will allow you to play them (just ask your Tournament Organizer first).
Here is a simple recipe to create that awesome set of dice that will have all your friends in envy.
Image courtesy of Wizkids
Wiz Kids Open – Greeley, Colorado Recap
By Steve the Sage
Four players from Utah attended this event. Not all survived, but one rose to conquer all. Okay…we went to Greeley, Colorado for the WKO. “We” includes Doctor J, Ben, Mike and myself. It was a great time despite the seven hour drive each way.
Each one of us ran a different team. Mike brought a Bard control build. Ben used Red Eyes, B. Dragon from Yu-Gi-Oh, that relied on Fighting BAC to clear your opponent’s board. Doctor J used a control deck using a combination of Killer Frost, Hellblazer and Lyssa Drak. I ran a Lantern Ring mask and bolt team.
First and foremost, a big shout out to Nerd Store where it was held. Another one, along with a hug, to Kirsten Lunde, the TO who did a great job.
We arrived in Greeley about 7 a.m. Saturday morning. After resting a few hours, we went to the Nerd Store to get in a few side events. We mostly did the drafts. As a team we did well. Most of us competed in 3 or 4 side events and walked away with some good looking foils.
Sunday was the big event. There were 12 different players from Utah, Colorado, and Nebraska. Most had unique decks.
One of the most played cards I noticed was the BAC, Resurrection. Fortunately, there were no Vicious Struggle decks.
In the first round, I competed against DC, from Nebraska, with an aggro deck. I did win, but my opponent rolled terribly. In a rematch it was much closer. Mike and Doctor J also both won.
Second round, I faced my friendly foe, Doctor J. While the match went long, he ultimately won. Ben and Mike also won.
Third round, I was paired up against Mike. Mike had a truly awesome day, but more about that later. I was 1-2. Ben lost as well, and Doctor J tied.
Fourth and last Swiss round. I faced Beth from Colorado. She was running a Zoom, Elf Thief, Front Line combo. I was holding my own, but slipped once and lost. My tournament was over. Ben’s was over as well. Doctor J and Mike won and both made it to top 8.
Doctor J faced the player he had tied earlier, and lost. Mike won.
Mike faced the same Sidekick oriented team that Doctor J lost to. Mike won again.
So it was Mike’s Bard team against another Bard team. Very hard fight but Mike prevailed to win the WKO.
The remainder of the players participated in a Rainbow Draft.
Overall, there were two aspects that impressed me. First, the variety of different teams played. I expected to see the Half Elf Bard teams. I also counted on Vicious Struggle teams, but there weren’t any.
Second, was the new first turn rule. I believe it was the reason I saw the variety of teams. After this last weekend, I am a huge fan of it.
So, another seven hour drive back and we returned early Monday morning. All of us had a great time. I am looking forward to the next WKO in February and seeing my new friends again.
Image Courtesy of Wizkids
Draft Cheat Sheet
Written by Zacgree
This is a little cheat sheet that Double Burst has come up with to help you out in your drafts. It lists our favorite cards in the set and a little reminder on how they can help you win your draft. That way no matter what you pull in your packs you can find something that works for you. Good luck!!