Early Wednesday morning (3 AM) my friends and I (all eight of us) headed out for Indianapolis, only to arrive 12 hours later. We nabbed badges for those that forgot to preorder and settled into our hotel for a night of pre-gaming er… gaming.
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Sunday 23 January 2011, at Canberra’s annual CanCon gaming convention, was like Back to the Future for the remnants of Australia’s Vs System playing community.
Twelve players from near and (not too) far gathered for the first of Vs System.org’s 2011 Mega-Weekend World Tour. Five Sydney players joined with seven locals to give the event a hint of yesteryear, when players from around the country would gather for big events like $10Ks and PCQs. Granted, those events used to attract more than 12 players, but this is the closest we’ve had since PC Sydney.
“At the far end of the table, Sydney’s Ryan Dare pits his Mental X-Men against Canberra’s Chris Chapman’s Rallying Avengers. Centre, visitor Lindsay Hemming went old school with a largely MOR-based Common Deck deck against Canberra’s Andrew Sinfield, playing a DLS-based Darkseid’s Elite deck. At the near end of the table, Sydney’s Troy Armstrong and his Secret Society deck faced off against Canberra’s Pete McCook and his Wolverine Direct Attack deck.” READ MORE »
Christmas is coming, and the Players Council has something special planned for you (we promise it won’t be as lame as the Star Wars’ Christmas Special)! Starting next year… Mega-Weekends are coming back!
That’s right. You’ll finally have an excuse to log off vssystem.org, sift through your card collection, renew your driver’s license, and meet up with fellow players IN PERSON!
This is all going to be made possible through a generous donation of time from fellow dot-orgers. Because of this we ask that you make a serious effort to show up and support these events if they are reasonably close to you (or if they’re unreasonably close to you, but you’re filthy rich!). READ MORE »
After several weeks of testing the time had finally come to see if I would be able to defend my title of UK National Champion, in a day long VS Marathon. Would it be another glorious victory (or at least a respectable defence) or ignominious defeat. Read on True Believers to find out:
When KardKrazy first posted the idea for the tournament, I was excited. A chance to travel and play at a bigger event was just the shot in the arm I needed to get pumped about VS. Then he announced the format would be BYOT Golden, and I suddenly became beyond excited. Golden Age is my favorite age to play in, and BYOT is the most “pure” of Golden deckbuilding. I immediately started delving into my favorite teams, trying to predict an impossible metagame. I looked at Injustice Gang handflood, SHIELD Burn, Doom stall, X-Men, and finally settled on MKKO. I had a version that I had started building back when my store did a BYOT, but other things got in the way and I never picked it back up. The decklist went through a lot of development before I settled on the final version.
Black Cat, Thrillseeker x4
Mikado and Mosha, Angels of Destruction x2
Black Widow, Femme Fatale x1
Punisher, Suicide Run x4
Daredevil, Fearless Survivor x4
Blade, Independent Contractor x4
Ghost Rider, The Devil’s Rider x2
Luke Cage, Street Enforcer x4
Wolverine, Covert Predator x1
Punisher, Captain America x2
Vengeance, Spirit of Vengeance x1
Spider-Man, The Spectacular Spider-Man x1
Ghost Rider, Spirit of Vengeance x1
Punisher, Angel of Death x1
Plot Twists: 28
Savage Beatdown x4
Flying Kick x4
Crime and Punishment x4
Finishing Move x4
Quick Kill x4
Wild Ride x3
Have a Blast! x2
The idea behind the deck was not a new one. Make sure your opponent has no characters whatsoever, and end the game by attacking directly, usually on turns 5/6. Couple of notes:
- The draw engine of Black Cat/Luke Cage can make it possible to Quick Kill on 3 and 4 without losing your hand entirely.
- I played around with the numbers on the search cards, and 6 felt right. 4 Wild Rides is too many, and you end up burning yourself out when you have to use one for a 6 drop.
- Against a stall matchup, Vengeance/Ghost Rider can usually seal the deal.
- Punisher at 5 is a naughty god in almost every matchup. I almost never attacked with him, preferring to activate him on initiative to suicide Black Cat into my opponent’s biggest drop.
- Putting two Have a Blast! in was a metagame call. There are too many things in Golden Age that rely on ongoings and locations that MKKO has no defense against. Sometimes you draw it, sometimes you dont.
The day of the event, my crew from my local HL at Groovy Geckos Comics and Games in Williamsburg VA met at the pancake house near the shop at 7:30 AM to fuel up. We took 3 cars to the event, each carrying 3 people. I remember joking with the crew that out of top 8, I expected most of us to make it.
3 hours in a car listening to punk rock and drinking Red Bull later, we finally arrived at the event. There was a small snafu in that Google Maps lied to us and told us to turn left instead of right, but it all worked out and we arrived 22 minutes ahead of schedule. After meeting KK and thanking him for running the event, we got down to business. 21 people all told, and we were told that we would be running seven 30 minute one game matches, with a cut to top 8 drafting MEV under two game matches, single elimination. I shuffled up and put my game face on, ready to play.
1 – Dallas – Family of Four
Dallas was part of my team, and he groaned when I laid Punisher on 2. We’ve played this matchup before, and Family of Four needs characters to get the most out of the deck. After KOing a few of his early drops, things finished on turn 6, my initiative. I underdropped with Vengeance and Black Cat, activated Punisher on Black Cat to punch through the massive 13/13 She-Hulk. I then swung Vengeance into his 5 drop with a Crime and Punishment to stun and burn so that Blade and Luke Cage could attack to the face for the win. (1-0)
2 – Heather – X-Men Energy Burn
Another Gecko’s player. I felt horrible for Heather in this game. She completely missed all drops until turn 4, and I hit a perfect curve. By the time she dropped Bishop, I had all the pumps and KO effects needed for another win. (2-0)
3 – Ian – Spider-Stall
This was one of four Spider-Stall decks at the tourney, and I’d tested this matchup. I needed to KO his 3 on 3 and his 4 on 4 to have a chance. I made a mistake on 4 and attacked with 2 drop Punisher to the face instead of going for the Finishing Move. When I tried to KO Punisher to KO Spider-Man (4), I got PA’d. Nevertheless, things finished up on 4 when I actually attacked with Punisher (5) into Ben Reilly with Ghost Rider (6) on the board for massive burn. Ghost Rider then used a Flying Kick to swing into Sensational Spidey for enough damage to make him extend his hand. (3-0)
4 – Ken – Spider Stall
Ken was the one I had playtested with for about a month before the event. I knew his deck, and he knew mine. The only thing left to do was shuffle up and play. Things started well, but I made the mistake of using Quick Kill on Black Cat on 2 instead of saving it for his 3 drop. Then, I proceeded to miss my 5 drop completely, and got most of my board tapped down. My only character, Luke Cage, managed to swing into an unreinforcable Aunt May with 3 Beatdowns and a Crime and Punishment, dropping Ken to 8 endurance. We drew for turn 6, and I whiffed again. No characters whatsoever, while Ken flashed Ben Reilly and recruited the 3 drop Spider-Man twice, pulling counters and tapping down my board. He then swung directly and put me in the negatives. (3-1)
5 – Whitey – Mauraders
Another Geckos player. At this point I was starting to wonder if I would play anyone from NC at all, or if I was simply here to clean up the VA crew. This match was a disaster. I Mikado’d and Quick Kill’d his Vertigo on 1, and dropped Punisher on 2, feeling confident. He then No Man Escapes the Manhunters on 2 of my characters on 3, reducing my board presence. We kept trading back and forth, but things ended for me on 7 off initiative, when I missed my 7 drop and couldn’t crack back for enough damage to even it up. (3-2)
6 – Nate – Hellfire Club
Not much to tell on this match. Nate almost had to drop from his last game, as he wasn’t feeling well. As soon as we sat down, he lurched and went to the the bathroom to vomit. He realized he couldn’t continue, and had to drop. (4-2)
7 – Kevin – Blackbriar Thorn
I finally get to play someone from NC, and it turns out to be the TO for the event. I have hideous luck against this deck, for some reason. Every time I’ve ever played it, I come really close to winning, but lose horribly, no matter what I’m playing. I decide that it won’t happen again. I KO Blackbriar on 2 and 4, and Kevin hangs in there, punching me directly and making the most of his Magic Plot Twists, keeping it close. Turn 7 I’m at 15, and he’s at 10. I have Spider-Man (6), Punisher (5), and Blade (3). He has June Moon (4), and Zatanna (3). He activates June Moon, stunning Blade. (12 to 10) He then recruits June Moon (6) and Madam Xanadu and passes. I have the Mobilize for 7 drop Punisher, but instead decide to go off curve with Woverine (4), Daredevil (2), and Black Cat (1). Kevin thinks deeply, doing the math in his head over and over, and finally decides to activate June Moon on Spider-Man, stunning him. (6 to10). He then Activates Xanadu, picking up a Magical Conduit and using it to pay 5 endurance to pump Zatanna to be able to attack Punisher (6 to 5). I activate Punisher, choosing Black Cat and pass. Both characters stun (1-3). I send Black Cat into June Moon, pass. Both characters stun (0 to -6). I then swing direct with everyone else, and Kevin extends his hand.
I’ve made the draft! I must mention I’ve never drafted before, but I understand the concept, and I’m intimately familiar with MEV. Also, out of the top 8, 6 are from Geckos. We are storming this tourney! In my first pack is a Wolverine, Unleashed which I quickly snag. I then get passed no Weapon X characters, but start getting all the X-Force I can handle, both plot twists and characters. I fill out almost an entire curve of X-Force, with the exception of a Raza on 2 and a Lady Mastermind on 3. I shuffle up and get ready to play.
1 – Kevin
Kevin has almost an entire Exiles deck together, complete with Proteus, Blink, and Mariko. He swarms out and overruns me in the first game, which runs almost the entire time limit. We go into overtime, and I miss my 3 drop. (Sad face)
So ends the ECS. We end up leaving the store at 10, and hitting the Waffle House for some much needed sustenance before the long drive back to VA. If I had to do it over again, I’d probably run more Black Widows over Mikado, and PA over Have a Blast!
Mad props to KK and The Hobby Shop for putting on an awesome event and an incredible day. Next time we do it at Williamsburg.
Hello Vs. System fans,
Carlos here. This is the first of the weekly check-ins to let you know what the council has been up to. We want to keep communication up and we don’t ever want to go “all UDE on you” by disappearing behind a curtain. (Not that I’d ever let that happen. I mean, would YOU feel safe disappearing behind a curtain with Kamiza? I thought not.)
Here we go:
+ Discussion. A lot of it. There are many things to tackle and we’re trying to make a master list. I think, once we’ve narrowed it down a bit, we’re going to come to You Guys and let you vote on where we should be spending most of our energy. Look for more on this next week.
+ Patrick’s “Secret Project”. Kamiza and Patrick talked about putting together something cool for the masses to vote on and then enjoy. Going to keep this one under wraps for just a little bit longer, as we want to have our ducks in a row.
+ Endorsing The Format Poll. After a brief discussion, the council thinks it’s way cool what Kariggi put together. We think it’d be great if vs. players used this is as a guideline for the next three months. Which, according to Kariggi, would mean:
BYOTTG in March
DC Golden Alter Ego in April
Golden Age in May
+ Hobby League Round Up – Dragon is looking to collect info on all the Hobby Leagues around the world in an effort to put a bit more “organized” in “Organized Play”. Look for posts from him on Monday.
+ Council Guidelines – When do you get to vote us out? What does the council REALLY stand for? What are council thoughts on an official potato chip for Vs.? All things we’re grappling with.
So there you have it. Week 1. Most of the stuff listed above isn’t quite ready for prime time, but we’re getting there. Feel free to leave comments/thoughts/ideas/love letters here.
Carlos (on behalf of The Council)
Here’s his Golden Age Horsemen deck list for the BYOT portion of the event held last Saturday (he also won the super crossover portion, making him the undisputed champ!):
3 Havok – Age of Apocalypse
1 Caliban – Pestilence
4 Cyclops – Age of Apocalypse
1 Mr. Sinister – Famine
1 Dark Beast – Age of Apocalypse
2 Abyss – Age of Apocalypse
1 Apocalypse – Age of Apocalypse
4 Sunfire – Famine
4 Apocalypse – Mutant Messiah
2 Apocalypse – Age of Apocalypse
1 The Beyonder – Inhuman
1 Cloak of Levitation
It stalls. Like crazy. The “Shift”-factor is nuts and the 8-drop Apoc is unforgiving. We love it.
If you’ve got a Top 4 deck list you’d like to see up here, give carlosthedwarf or kamiza a shout-out via PM or email us at .
Ever since UDE announced that they’d no longer be supporting our favorite game, the idea of having a “player’s council” has been thrown around. It was TBS who first proposed it, and many in the community rallied behind the idea. But hammering out the details has been difficult. What will the council do? How do we choose who is on the council? Are they going to make my Howard the Duck Legend deck become a reality by sanctioning an unofficial animal-based expansion? (<– Don’t tell us we were the only ones thinking that.)
Trying to answer all these questions in order to get to the “voting on council members” part has slowed progress down considerably.
After talking about this for a bit, we came up with an idea. We’d put together a temporary council (2 months) whose goals would be:
+ Establishing Council Guidelines – including a “Mission Statement”, establishing when and how often new members are voted in, etc. Basically, we’re setting up a temporary council to make the first REAL council that much easier to manage.
+ Pick some low hanging fruit – there are some topics that aren’t all that controversial, yet still need to be addressed. Establishing multi-forum communication paths, coordinating teams that want to work together on similar projects so we’re not duplicating efforts, etc.
The council, and especially this temporary council, isn’t going to “undo” anything that UDE did. We love the game as is, but we also realize that a large number in this community want to have some fan-created fun (whether it be fan sets, online tournaments, OP structure, whatever…). We’re going to make it easier for them to do that by helping to organize their efforts.
To those opposed to the idea of a council we say, “give us a chance”. We’ve got a great group of people ready to work with us on a variety of projects. Embrace the projects you like. Ignore the ones you don’t. Again, the council is here for guidance and organizational help, not setting rules on how you can or can’t play Vs. now that UDE is gone. How you play Vs. is, and has always been, up to you.
I’d also like to make something else very clear – while the council may “virtually meet” here for now, VsSystem.org is not it’s home. The council is here for the Vs community and “belongs” to anyone who loves this game, regardless of which site you most frequently visit. And to that point, we’ll be communicating with all three forums (Vs. Realms, TCGPlayer, and VsSystem.org) on a regular basis.
All that said, we’d now like to introduce the 5-member temporary council, who were picked for their dedication to the game and their diverse skill sets.
We want to draw your attention to three great Vs. events coming up this month. If you attend, and we hope you do, please grace us with your tourney reports!
Event 1 – Hobby Kingdom (Burlington, Ontario)
Saturday, Feb. 21st – 10:30 am
BYOTT – $15
(also – Possible SA Random Punks!)
Click here for more info.
Event 2 – Michigan Mega Weekend (Livonia, Michigan)
Friday, Feb 27th – Sunday, March 1st
Multiple events over three days!
Click here for more info.
Event 3 – WonderCon (San Francisco, California)
Saturday, February 28th – 2-7 pm
(The Dwarf will be there!)
GA BYOT – Free
Super Cross-Over Sealed – $10
Click here for more info.
Do you have an event or Hobby League? Post it in our Organised Play forum and our Event Calendar
…and if you LOVE Vs., you’re going to LOVE the Valentine’s Day contest going on over at TCGPlayer.com.
The rules are simple:
1) 60 card minimum deck, Golden Age with banned list in effect.
2) Dual Legend format following the rules:
• 2 Legends per deck.
• Chosen Legends must of have been a couple or involved in a romantic relationship in either: Comics, Movies, or Cartoons.
• Primary Legend will follow the “normal” Legend rules in which you must choose a character name and include at least 12 cards with that exact name; and/or that refer to a character card with that name in it’s game text.
• Secondary Legend must be represented in the deck with a minimum of 12 cards. Those cards must have that character’s exact name; and/or that refer to a character card with that name in their game text, or the character must appear in the artwork of the card.
There are a few other rules you should read about. But before we point you to them, we thought we’d let one of the contest’s creators introduce himself (we also asked him to talk a little about “The Illuminati” group that he’s a part of, just to help us demystify the infamous band of Vs. players):