Somewhere out there, a nerd is crying because I am about to talk about a DC Deck building release and Marvel Legendary release in the same article. Anyway, first of the two releases I will be talking about is the upcoming DC Deck Building Game: Confrontations. This is a stand alone game and plays similar to the Rivals set where it was Batman vs. Joker, but expands the roster on both sides and expands the player count up to 2 vs 2. On the heroes side you will be able to choose from Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, or Zatanna, and on the villain side you will have your choice of Lex Luthor, Circe, Ocean Master, or Felix Faust. You can even combine this with the Rivals set to expand the options and gameplay. You can read more about the upcoming release on Cryptozoic’s website, and look for it on store shelves towards the end of the month.
The second release we have is from Upper Deck for Marvel Legendary, and that’s Marvel Legendary: Champions. This set takes it’s heroes and cards from a very recent addition to the comic book universe, specifically the Champions series which debuted at the end of last year. This set will bring in a selection of younger heroes with a more cooperative and less violent bent to them. You will see the return of the keyword Versatile, as well as the addition of a new keyword, Cheering Crowds (yes it’s two words but work with me here). The cheering crowds mechanics allows you to return a bystander you rescued to be able to activate that card a second time, opening up new options for gameplay. There are also lots of new strategies to be had with characters like Viv Vision being able to rescue bystanders while recruiting. So if this sounds like something you want to add to your Legendary collection, look for it on store shelves in early 2018, and you can check out Upper Deck’s website for more information.
Following up on our previous post, it appears even more info has leaked regarding future Dice Masters releases, including a previously unheard of set (thus solving our missing fourth set mystery)!
The Reserve Pool has the scoop:
“You may have seen some of them on Facebook, but that’s not what I’m talking about. That’s newsworthy, but this is about the future! No, I’m talking about a friend of the blog who asked to be credited as Superdan567 about MANY upcoming cards and sets. Some of it involves things that we knew were coming, but now we have more concrete information about it.”
Wow – it pays to have spies in the industry, I guess! Click on over to the Reserve Pool post for more pics and info.
In case you’re keeping score at home, The Dice Masters slate for the future appears to be:
- Uncanny X-Men (announced)
- DC Dice Masters: Justice League (March 2015)
- D&D Dice Masters: Battle of Faerun (Spring 2015)
- Age of Ultron (Spring 2015)
So Age of Ultron appears to be the first movie tie-in, releasing nearly the same time as the next Avengers movie. Smart move, but where is my Guardians of the Galaxy Dice Masters, Wizkids?! Thankfully, there has been no further word on the rumored Yu-Gi-Oh set.
Spanish distributor Devir recently published details (mistakenly?) of an all new Dice Masters set coming to retailers March 2015 — DC Dice Masters: Justice League. There’s been no official word from Wizkids yet, but the information certainly looks legitimate. The DC set appears to follow the same publishing structure as the Marvel set, namely with a starter pack alongside gravity feeds with additional characters, dice, and actions.
The Devir website states in the product description:
“The DC Dice Masters: Justice League Starter Set is the fifth starter release for the Dice Masters game. This innovative collectible has everything two players need to play, and allows players to increase their Dice Masters collection or jump into the game fresh!”
Fifth starter release?! So far, we know only of the original Avengers vs. X-Men, the forthcoming Uncanny X-Men, and the unofficially announced D&D set — that’s only three sets that we know of, so apparently there’s a fourth that we can only speculate about. I guess we’ll have to wait until Wizkids decides to fill us in.
Until then, we can drool over the thought of pitting DC vs. Marvel (and the image above) until we get more details.