TOTM: Diversity

Another month is almost upon us, and another TOTM is up for you to plan for.  We’ve got a quick turn around on this one as we will be moving to the middle of June for this month.

For those that are unfamiliar with the TOTM, here is what you need to know:

  • You will be given specific parameters for a Team Build for the given month.
  • A “fun play night” will be set when people will be welcome to gather and play their Teams themselves for the competition.

This competition will be open worldwide, and anyone is welcome to  join.  The submission deadline for this month will be 11:00 PM Mountain Time on June 12, 2020.  Submissions should be filled out on the TOTM Team Submission Form or directly through the Dice Masters Discord.  This is not a hard deadline, but the more notice I have, the better I can get things set up.

Here is the challenge for June 2020:

The month of June is known for celebrating the diversity in our world.  We have decided to join in by celebrating the diversity in Dice Masters.  Let me present to you…

What is this?

This one is pretty straight forward actually.  What you will need to do is build a diverse Team of Dice Masters cards, where every card on your Team (excluding BAC’s) must have a different Affiliation.

The rules…

This will be a Modern build.  With the exception of BAC’s, every card on you Team must have an Affiliation.  You cannot have more than one character share the same Affiliation.  That means that unaffiliated characters cannot be used in this Format.  It also means that characters with multiple Affiliations will limit your Team choices, as they will take away more than Affiliation from your other choices.

However, this creates a bit of a problem with one particular Affiliation… Villains.  Villains share multiple Affiliations with the likes of Legion of Doom, Thunderbolts, Brotherhood, and Hellfire Club.  By the rules, choosing any one of these prevents using any of the others because of the shared Villain Affiliation.  In the interest of allowing the most diversity of builds, for this TOTM the Villain Affiliation does not exist.  As a result, characters the have just the Villain Affiliation are considered to have NO Affiliation… and are not eligible to be used in this Format.

The other complicated Affiliation is Imperium from the Warhammer sets.  Similarly to Villains, for the purposes of this Format the Imperium Affiliation does not exist.  That way, you are free to use characters from either Space Wolves or Ultramarines if you chose to.

Since non-Basic Action Cards do not have an Affiliation, you cannot use them in this build.

With the removal of unaffiliated characters, pure Villains, and the Imperium Affiliations, the ban list is actually quite small for this Format.  The following list of cards will not be eligible to be used in the Format.

  • Jerry Lawler, Ringside Announcer: Basic Action Card (WWE)

Proxy dice and cards are allowed under the following conditions:

  • Action dice proxies must match the energy and burst faces exactly.
  • Character dice proxies must have the same symbols, stats, and energy type as the original die.  For example, AVX Black Widow could be used in place of AI Black Widow as they are identical dice.
  • Cards can be freely proxied, as long as it is clear to your Opponent what you are using.

The plan is to play your Team on Saturday, June 13, 2020, starting around 9:00 PM Eastern Time.  We will be starting off the night on our very own Twitch Channel.  Join the chat and we will set up pairings there.  You can find the link to the Twitch Stream here.  Ideally, it would be nice to get 3-4 Rounds of Play in… but we will see what happens.

Matches will be 35 minutes long to avoid slogs.  If the game is tied when time is called, the game will go to 3 turns with the active player being Turn Andy (or Turn Zero if you want).  The player with the most life at the end of Turns will be the winner.

Looking forward to seeing you there.  Thanks for reading and feel free to reach out to us with any questions.

Best of luck!

– Dice Masters North

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