Posts Tagged ‘decks’

HL: Making Hawktank Work

April 21, 2008

This is the third or fourth time I’ve tried posting this. The WordPress servers hosting this site don’t seem to be cooperating… hopefully this problem resolves itself before our big Crime Lords finale next week.

As I’ve mentioned before, Hawktank is having respectable, but not quite impressive showings these days. I have more competitive decks than this (World’s Finest and Insanity, oddly enough) yet I find myself strangely compelled to make this one work. I’m a big fan of the power-up theme, and of the JSA, so if nothing else I’d like to earn the team some long overdue street cred. I’m open to suggestions!

At last week’s Hobby League I attempted to underdrop with Firestorm (DCL) to get some extra burn in. Unfortunately the work required for him to stun a five drop simply wasn’t worth the use of several power-ups, so Firestorm is out for now. In its’ current state I find that this deck regularly makes it to turn seven (and beyond!) Something clearly needs to change here…

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CLM: Hobby League: You’ve Been Netdecked!

April 3, 2008

This week’s Hobby League had a fantastic turnout, and we were pleasantly surprised to have some extra players join us. This brought our ranks up to a healthy 6, a major improvement over where we have been in the past few weeks.

Sadly, our plan to play ‘mini-decks’ fell apart with these new players, but that didn’t stop me from playing Crime Lords!

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Tonight I decided to pilot a new Marvel Knights/Crime Lords built in honor of Crime Lords Month. I was having a great time with it when I began watching the match taking place next to mine. One of our new players recruited a copy of Halo, immediately followed by Katana on turn 2. That’s odd. Those are the first two drops in my Grace deck from a few weeks ago…

As their game continued I realized that he WAS playing my Grace deck! He admitted that he found the deck on Stu’s ‘Rallying Cry,’ and thought it was a lot of fun. Though I had little success with it a few weeks earlier, he went the entire night with Grace undefeated. If I wasn’t so flattered that a complete stranger had ‘netdecked’ me, I probably would have been jealous of how well he played it.

Perhaps if we’re lucky lightning will strike twice!

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Gotham Girls

March 31, 2008

I grew up on Batman: The Animated Series, and as a result I’ve always had a fondness for Harley Quinn. Harley, just like Renee Montoya, was created specifically for the cartoon, but quickly found herself thrust into the mainstream DC Universe.

In fact, she even headlined her own comic series for 38 issues earlier from 2001-2003: that’s 13 issues more than the latest Aquaman and Doom Patrol had before they were cancelled. In her time she’s faced Batman, Amazons, the Justice League — even the New Gods, and came out on top.

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My original plan was to build a Harley & Ivy deck, but there are few cards to support this pairing in VS. (and even fewer in Silver or Modern Age!) So although the two of them might not be enough to flesh out an entire deck, let’s try opening things up to some of their friends.

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Overdraft Fees: Part Deux

March 7, 2008

So anyway, I got hosed. And to this crazy beast of a Mooninite deck.

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Moon Knight, whatever.

The biggest thing that hurt me was having to play my team-up on turn 6, which ended up in direct conflict with the “Play only if you have played no other plot twists this turn” text on Batman and the Outsiders. My solution is to make all of my Team-Ups locations, which is something I probably something should have done in the first place. Otherwise I thought it did a strong job, and was very consistent. I’m going to be throwing Wylde into the mix as well. Although he is a 2-drop I feel his potential for burn could be just enough to push me into victory.

Brooklyn HQ is still being considered for the deck, but since I have no copies of it anyway it’s kind of a moot point.

Overdraft Fees: Part Deux

1x Thunder, Anissa Pierce
4x Jazmin Cullen * Kid Quantum, Hero of Xantu
2x Faust, Sebastian Faust
1x Halo, Gabrielle Doe
2x Owen Mercer * Captain Boomerang Jr., Prodigal Son
4x Technocrat, Geoffrey Baron
3x Triad, Lurnu Durgo
2x Wylde, Charlie Wylde
3x Katana, Tatsu Yamashiro
2x Ferro Lad, Andrew Nolan
2x Timber Wolf, Brin Lando
1x Bouncing Boy, Chuck Taine
3x Kimiyo Hoshi Dr. Light, Sunburst
4x Batman, Twilight Vigilante

4x Recruiting Drive
4x Booze Elementals
4x Legion of Super Pets
4x Batman and the Outsiders
4x Legion World
2x Stark Tower
4x United Planets HQ

The good news is that we got a couple of new players in our Hobby League this week. One was all-new, while the other was an old player who saw us playing and felt like giving it a shot. Hopefully we’ll see both of them in future weeks, since we expect to be getting our prize support soon. Very exciting times!

Hobby League: Overdraft Fees

March 5, 2008

Today’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to throw something fun together for our new local Hobby League.

I recently secured a fourth copy of Recruiting Drive, so the natural team to work with is the Outsiders. I had created a surprisingly effective JLI/Outsiders buildm but it lacked the damage neccessary to win on most games. Last week I gave the Legion a second look, most importantly Legion World, and knew right away what needed to be done.

The deck idea is simple. Wipe your opponent’s clean with Batman and the Outsiders, burning them with the combined mght of Batman and Legion World. This deck should also be surprisingly consistent between Recruiting Drive, Booze Elementals and draw power. There will also be a lot of character bouncing happening on both sides, so it should be interesting to play. Let’s take a look at the list…

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Overdraft Fees
(Because when things bounce, it hurts.)

1x Thunder, Anissa Pierce
4x Jazmin Cullen * Kid Quantum, Hero of Xantu
2x Faust, Sebastian Faust
1x Halo, Gabrielle Doe
2x Owen Mercer * Captain Boomerang Jr., Prodigal Son
4x Technocrat, Geoffrey Baron
3x Triad, Lurnu Durgo
1x Looker, Emily Briggs
3x Katana, Tatsu Yamashiro
2x Ferro Lad, Andrew Nolan
2x Timber Wolf, Brin Lando
2x Bouncing Boy, Chuck Taine
3x Kimiyo Hoshi Dr. Light, Sunburst
4x Batman, Twilight Vigilante

4x Recruiting Drive
4x Booze Elementals
4x Legion World
4x Past, Present and Future
4x Legion of Super Pets
4x Batman and the Outsiders
2x United Planets HQ

Mulligan: Past, Present and Future, Legion World and/or a Legion character.

Preferred Initiative: Odds.

Turn 1: 1-drop of your choice. Technocrat would be fun for the draw power.

Turn 2: 2-drop of your choice. Try to get the team-up if possible.

Turn 3: Triad, Triad, Triad. If you have the team-up secured you can play Batman and the Outsiders, bouncing their three and stunning their two. Fun!

Turn 4: Batman in the concealed. You should have a remaining visible character left after your opponent attacks you, so you can team attack with Bats. Using this with Legion World you’ll be able to deal 12 damage.

Turn 5: Kimiyo + Katana or Timber World and a 1 drop: You should have five characters in play, allowing you to free stun their four, and team attack into their five. This will deal 15 damage off the single team attack, plus an additional 4 for the stun. You can also play Batman and the Outsiders to bounce their 4, or anyone else if you’d like. Their board should be totally bare at this point.

Turn 6: Vomit out as many characters as you can, Your opponent should only have a single attack (possibly two) at their disposal, This leaves you with an opening to end the game, if the game hasn’t ended already. Batman and Legion World in a team attack can deal 18, plus whatever breakthrough the rest of your guys are capable of.

I’ll be sure to update you when I find out how it plays.