My local Hobby League has been inspired by our friends at Lost Hemisphere, and decided to do battle with our own mini BYOS decks next week. The catch is that we have to build these decks around what we feel are some of the most “unplayable” teams in VS: Crime Lords, New Gods, and the original Spider-Friends. Boo.
A lot of people hate the Web of Spider-Man (MSM) set, and probably rightly so. After the power and success of Marvel Origins people had high expectations from a set featuring Spidey; and unfortunately for whatever reason the final product was a little underwhelming. The cards are too simple, the set contained less cards, and almost none of those cards had any meaningful impact on the tournament scene.
But I kind of like MSM. Let me explain…
I love the fact that MSM had a lower card count (165 compared to the standard 220,) and fewer teams. They had the right idea originally, but simply failed with the execution. It’s the ability to play as Spider-Man or Dr. Doom that draws in new players, not an appearance by Rann or Alpha Flight. The focus on ‘Legends’ has greatly improved the game, but there’s still more room to expand this idea and draw in newplayers.
I think it would be a wise move to shift the focus away from larger super sets like Legends or Universe, and towards a greater number of small sets. Much like the Essential Collection, each could be narrowly focused on the most popular characters and teams.
My fear is that a larger card count, more rares, and more teams will make creating decks impossible. How am I supposed to get anyone interested in the game if they will never ever be able to afford a playable Justice League deck (for example?) More rares only encourages the devotees to buy more boxes; if anything that sort of strategy discourages new people from taking part in the game.
Just something to think about. Give smaller sets a chance!