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New and Releasing Soon: Dragon Ball Super Card Game

What’s new fellow TCG players? I am very excited to talk to you about a brand new game coming to us this summer.

 

On July 28th Bandai is releasing the new Dragon Ball Super card Game’s first set release called “Galactic Battle”. The game will be featuring characters from the ongoing Dragon Ball Super anime while including past characters from the Dragon Ball universe. It is a competitive two-player trading card game that lets the players experience an exciting Dragon Ball battle.

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This past month I was able to sign up for an early promotion to receive demo decks of the game to get a first look into this new adventure and to learn how to play. So first thing I did was get together with my good friend and YouTuber, Duke from “DeebzHub”. He covers mostly anything that is gaming and Dragon Ball. If you’re a DBZ fan go check him out here. We both came to the conclusion after playing the first few games and learning together that this is a fast paced, very different kind of game. Yes, there have been several cancelled Dragon Ball card games in the past; but this one is the one to stick around. This game deserves to be given a chance by any card game lover even if you’re not a fan of the show. There is already a national Facebook group with over 2000 members and growing quickly, even though the game has not even been officially released yet. Duke and I are in agreement that Bandai is doing a wonderful job at promoting and creating interest in this game. In-between the promotional giveaways and hype & tutorial videos on Bandai’s website they really seem to want to cater to the the Dragon Ball fan community. Even with the upset about the cancellation of Panini’s DBZ TCG, this new Dragon Ball game is going to be a breath of fresh air.

Now let’s get to what you all came here for:

The mechanics are fun, easy to learn yet very involved with card interactions. A deck consists of 3 different card types.  1 leader card of a character to lead the battle, which is the core of what you build your deck around. This is a two sided card that when you are low on life you “Power Up” to become stronger, and to turn the tides of battle around in your favor.

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Start the game on your unawakened side, waiting to unleash your potential…
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…then activate “AWAKENED MODE” after taking significant damage in combat, and unleash your TRUE power!

 

 

Then 50 battle cards that allow you to attack, defend and combo your opponent into oblivion!

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Of the few games I have played so far it is so amazing how much strategy there is in this game. My games have lasted between 5 to 7 turns back and forth and on average anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes which means that every decision you make in your early game is crucial to your late game play. On the flip side, as you take more damage you gain an advantage for your next turn. Let me tell you, the first time that you awaken your leader is when the real excitement kicks in. Your attacks become more powerful as you pummel your opponent. Don’t get a big head just because you’re in the lead; this game can go to either player at any point in time.

 

So grab your dragon radars and lets start an adventure and dive into this new game and fight it out in a Galactic Battle of SUPER proportions.

On July 26th come down to Great Stories for a demo day and walk away with your very own half deck and a promo leader card. You can also enter into Cards and Counters very first raffle for some DBZ merch.

 

 

Don’t forget to comment and discuss. What should we try next? What new game would you like the see come to Great Stories?

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New Finds: Final Fantasy TCG

New Finds is all about finding a new game and jumping into a new world. But brace yourselves for this one gamers…  There is a new TCG out for Final Fantasy produced by Square Enix. Yes, you heard that right. Let the nostalgia pump through your veins because all of your favorite characters, heroes and villains from the Final Fantasy franchise are here. Even if you have never played any of the FF video games you can still find this TCG enjoyable to play. The mechanics of the game are different and seems confusing at first, but as soon as you start to understand the rules of the game and play it, it all starts flow easily.

With two sets released the game has already made an impact in the TCG world. “Opus 1” was released to North America this past October of 2016, Opus 2 was released in April 2017 and Opus 3 coming out on July 21,2017. So far, I have not been disappointed with this game and there is already a well-balanced player base in the MA/RI area.

The biggest problem with learning any new trading card game is that everyone compares it to Magic. Please stop it. LOL…. Games are way more difficult to learn if you don’t use that games terminology. For example, instead of mana for the cost to cast something, in FFTCG it’s called crystal points to play a card. The mechanics for paying something to play a card is completely different than what the mechanics are for MTG. So if you start to compare something new to MTG, new players usually tend to say that the mechanics of the new game don’t make sense because of what they’re used to. So I find that the best way that you are going to learn anything new is to start your thought process with a clean slate. Read through the rules/instructions thoroughly, and then sit down with your best mate and play.

A FFTCG deck consist of exactly 50 cards and you can have up to 3 copies of the same card. There are 3 different cards types: Forward (your attackers), Backups (provide your Crystal Points aka CP and other abilities) and Summons (uses abilities and are used in response to an action). The game is played as best of one and is won by attacking with your forwards to deal the other player seven points of damage. There are eight different styles of cards within this game that are referred as elements. Each element is focused towards different kind of players and their play style. So far I have found success in Water, Fire and Earth Elements.

When first looking at FFTCG I opened up a starter deck with a Final Fantasy 8 theme. This means that most of the character cards are categorized as that game title and they all will compliment each other for in-game abilities. Names like Cloud, Biggs, Vincent and Wedge. Here is Cloud, one of the main focuses of the deck.

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No matter how many times I play this deck, once I get this card out things start to go my way. The cost required to play Cloud is reduced and then each forward gains +1000 attacking power.IMG_0335

And then having Vincent out and attacking with 8000 fist strike can help chip away at your opponents forwards.

 

Now this is just the starter decks objectives. We have already seen tournaments in the UK and the way they have taken off with the deck building gets me even more hyped to dive deeper into this game.

 

This has turned out to be a new favorite game to play. I highly recommend anyone to give this game a try. If you are interested, swing down to Great Stories and ask about it. Ask me. Or you can try the below sites for information to get started. Also, make sure you check back with GSI’s Facebook page to see when the next events are.

 

For more of a national/world wide scene on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/625543084274349/

To look up cards of the game: http://fftcgmognet.com/search/

For a Reddit Group: https://www.reddit.com/r/FinalFantasyTCG/

 

Remember to comment and let me know what other games we should try. Come down to the shop nerd out with us.

Till next time… Catch ya’ at da shop!

 

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