Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby PerfectVision » Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:21 am

ScottyP wrote:Metroplex set has a pretty decent deck ready to rumble right out of the box. As a noob, it was very noob friendly.

Love the huge format for the Titan card. Bring on Trypticon!


It has cards for melee,maybe the inspirationnal leadership is a better idea than the security checkpoint for the Bee6 deck,no,because it reduce the deck too much.

I suppose Trypticon will be a third Trucks\Tanks team,tanks are already the best against Metroplex,i found someone who think he has the life of two characters(like Op12 and Nemesis),but he has the stat of a plane with the triple of life.

I consider pierce as explosif.

At the fourth turn,you will use 21 cards minimum,you need 4 suplementary to end your deck,the trucks can reach that with 1 treasure hunt or by attacking twice with the bold of Optimus,this kind of detail make me think you should get advantage from finishing your deck and not only with neme-cosmo ****.
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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby Cobotron » Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:33 pm

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PerfectVision wrote: neme-cosmo ****.


Hey there Perfect Vision. Let's try to be a little more careful with our choice of words there. That word may have flown a decade or two ago (still not super cool then)but, the times are drastically changing, and it's really not acceptable.

Thanks! Carry on. Carefully. :D

Edit: Well, looks like Burn beat me to it and added it to the swear filter.
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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby PerfectVision » Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:00 pm

Cobotron wrote:
PerfectVision wrote: neme-cosmo ****.


Hey there Perfect Vision. Let's try to be a little more careful with our choice of words there. That word may have flown a decade or two ago (still not super cool then)but, the times are drastically changing, and it's really not acceptable.

Thanks! Carry on. Carefully. :D

Edit: Well, looks like Burn beat me to it and added it to the swear filter.
Well played Chief. Well played! :APPLAUSE:


I read it somewhere and thought it meaned showy,pretentious,yes,i look stupid.
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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby PerfectVision » Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:41 pm

I'm unable to sleep...Noob friendly...I remember a noob team they call "hot wheels",it's just Bee10 with mostly orange flip,Wheeljack instead of Slug and Prowl instead of Swoop which is the most nonsensical choice,he must be in the Jazz quadrio variante of the insecticons ,we need a tutorial,first the deck:

1 one shall fall///ready for action
Melee and double icons upgrades
Heroism+energon axe+absorber
Jaw/one agility/one booster and one extra absorber
Incoming transmission
Chomp/start your engine /security

It must be balanced because It's slow unlike the magicians.

The ROLE!

-the common scout able to altern beetween endurant and powerful,perfect for first attack.

-the common leader that can cumul a lot of power.

-now a specialist as defender with the heroism and the axe because he can be damaged BEFORE he attack.

Grimlock is the most balanced with the best scout,Bee10 is the most offensif with the worst defender,Bee6 has the best defender and the worst leader who give an extra pierce and flip more in defense.

Specialists are not playstyle.

EDIT
I checked the rules FAQ and learned that the flip team and scrap+draw are not strict at all,also,the deck format that is 40 and not 25,which doesn't scare me,i found 4 invariable cards,first, the back up and roll out,in third,the colatteral damage everytime you take 2 weapons,it rentabelize them,if not,take the grenade launcher,Megatron13 take them both,in forth,a second armor or utility,maybe both.So,the complementary cards for Metroplex are the swap mission and rapid conversion(i found a sckizophrenic deck on him),for Shockwave,the debiliting crystal,3 scrapper but 1multi gear+1ascent+1blast shield,for Cosmo,the shield and team up,for quadrio,the shield,treasure(MISTAKE,IT'S ONE SUPERFLUOUS CARD) and 1 RFA,Optimus7 need his weapon,keep the utility and colatteral instead of TBTA,only the static laser for the trucks.
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Set 2 of Wizards of the Coast's Official Transformers Trading Card Game Revealed

Postby ZeroWolf » Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:46 pm

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We have some exciting news for fans of the Official Transformers Trading Card Game today, thanks to a tip off from fellow Seibertron user, #Sideways#, we found a teaser for Set 2 of game on the Official Transformers Trading Card Game Facebook page!

We don't have much to go on yet but more information is promised within the new year. The art work teased shows off a likely new Character for the Autobots, Windblade!

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Other than this, the design team are keeping everything else close to their chests but we'll know more in due time, so keep your optics peeled.

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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby PerfectVision » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:00 pm

I remember her being part of an anti titan team in a continuity.Does they will incorporate side deck with counter pick?More like the charaters,the battle card collection is almost complete unless you're a noob.A third Tuck/Tank may be Trypticon,there 's no third magician deck.Team expension?Not sure if it will be enormous.

I want to rewrite the one for duo but a organized place would be better and not just for individual card which make no sense,especially in well planned games like that.

EDIT
Extra hypothese:new personnal armor,the weapons are better than the default grenade launcher,the force field is NOT for everyone,the flamethrower is only for inbalanced deck like Shockwave(the"hot wheels" is directly inferior to him,slower and more fragile).
New icons(unlikely).

EDIT 05\12
I found a double prime deck with TBTA...I really must rewrite the duos(back up and roll out everywhere)
Op13-Inferno\Mega13-nemesis\Scream10-ramjet-flamewar
Peace X 1
drill
scrapper
crushing size
ion\fusion\thermal
shock\grenade\reinforced
collateral
inspiratonnal
disruptive
OP disrupt\security
OP raming\debiliting
brainstorm\emergency\TBTA
THE ION AND THE 2 LAST CARDS HAS THE PRIORITY OVER THE AXE PERIOD.
Swap mission only for titans."i still function''with Sludge+total heal.

EDIT 16\12
On their twitter account:they seems to praise some stupid deck,one clarification is necessary,SOME NERF ARE NEEDED:
-OP13 and Inferno defense reduced at 1 and 0
-Thundercracker's power at 3 in both form
-Barrage HP at 9,change the Kickback flip
-OP12,Bee10 and Nemesis HP at 12 but the car should have 5 attack instead of 4
-grenade,leap and piercing blaster a +2
-TBTA at +1\2,energon axe at +3\0
DO THE DIFFERENCE BEETWEEN STRONG AND IRRATIONNAl!THEY SUGGEST SOME INDIVIDUAL CHARACTERS AND WHO ARE BALANCED?THAT'S NOT THE SOLUTION!
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Transformers Trading Card Game Rise of the Combiners Expansion and Predaking Combiner Revealed

Postby ScottyP » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:37 am

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The Transformers trading card game from Wizards of the Coast has shared information via Kotaku.com about the next wave of cards being prepped to hit your deck. The "Rise of the Combiners" expansion will be available March 1st, and features six sets of combiners to collect along with other new character and battle cards. The first of these combiners to be revealed is none other than the Predacon gestalt Predaking!

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By collecting all five Predacons and their respective Enigma of Combination battle card, you can combine them into Predaking even if some of the individuals have already been knocked out by your opponent. If you're wondering how these will work in the current format, check out this video from the TCG's official Twitter account demonstating the folding card gimmick utilized. With a huge amount of health and the ability to wield up to five weapon cards (as opposed to the usual one per character), these combiners look like they could swap any battle in your favor with the right deck and a little luck.

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Those fans not wanting to utilize combiners will be happy to see other new character cards like Windblade in her "Combiner Hunter" form that will also be included in this expansion. With her lending Pierce 4 to the rest of your characters for a turn, this can help you turn the tide if your opponent suddenly gets extra big and stompy. Although we must note the "Super Rare" status, meaning cruel odds of finding Windblade that are 1 in 79 packs, assuming the first wave's odds carry over.

Are you excited for this latest expansion, or already down about how the Predaking Enigma is a "Rare" battle card? What kind of strategies does this change in how you approach your deck build? Sound off with your other Transformers fans in our Energon Pub Forums by replying to this news post.
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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby beastwarsbrah » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:32 am

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Reminds me of the king cards in the yyh tcg
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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby #Sideways# » Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:27 pm

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I thought that Combiners could never be in the Transformers Trading Card Game. I thought they were impossible.

I thought wrong.

Combiners are coming in Wave 2 of the TFTCG, aptly christened "Rise of the Combiners", it features 46 character cards and 81 Battle Cards, with 6 full teams of Combiners. That's right, with six teams and more or less five members per-team, we're looking at a solid 30 characters devoted to Combining.

So. How do they combine? Cards only have two sides, ergo they can't have a robot, alternate and limb mode, right?

That's where you'd be wrong.

See, Combiners are made up of smaller characters in more way than one. These Combiner Teams are comprised of unique folding cards, with one side having the limb mode and the other side having the robot and alternate mode. Simply fold the card in half with the specially designed crimping and you have a character -- albeit smaller than others -- who has three modes.

To show this off, the TFTCG Facebook page has posted a video showing off this feature HERE.

To combine into their gestalt forms, all Combiners are printed with another companion Battle Card called an Enigma. To use this Battle Card, it requires all of the team members to be in robot form, though it does not require them to be currently among the living to combine.

Damage and some Upgrades carry over, including the damage from the currently KO'd, so it's best not to be damaged when you finally combine to make use of your massive health pool, especially since you're likely to start taking a lot of damage from plenty of other sources when you finally combine.

But that's enough on the rules. Let's do a breakdown of the cards we've seen thus far. They all have 5 Stars, of course, so there aren't too many standouts in terms of power -- but there is plenty of utility to go around here.

__________TRANSFORMERS__________


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He's the leader of the bunch -- you know him well -- now he's finally back, to kick some tail!


Razorclaw should be respected, and not just because he's a Leader. Leaders -- more specifically, Decepticon Leaders -- might get their turn for the limelight in this wave, especially with how many Leaders are going to be present. But aside from speculation, there is a very important ability that he has that is worth noting.

Razorclaw, like the Super Rare Bumblebee, can attack untapped characters. That means, turn two (or one if you went second), he can attach a Grenade Launcher and deal 7 base attack against something squishy on your field, like Arcee. He's going to be an utter nuisance to people who play glass cannon decks with a specific order of operations, like Cars or Insecticons.

But, his stats aren't much to write home about. You'll notice that same thing with the other members of his team, but they are all 5 Stars, so that's something you should definitely consider.

Since he's 5 Stars, you can splash him onto teams very easily, making him a contender for other teams even outside of his Predacon archetype.


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He doesn't dive, nor is he the bomb.


Divebomb doesn't really do anything. In his bird form, he's a painfully average vanilla. If you Transform him, he's even worse. His only saving grace is his ability, which can Scrap an Action from your opponent's hand if they happen to reveal one by chance. If they don't, then... Well, he has 7 HP and 0 Defense. He's going to die if you attack with him in robot form -- it's a done deal.

My best guess is that you're supposed to transform with Divebomb last, making use of his effect and then combining everyone into Predaking. But other than that, he's really nothing to write home about. Outside of Predacons, he's a simply waaaaay worse pick than Flamewar. At least Flamewar gives your team buffs. She's even a Specialist!

All in all, his only niche so far is in Predacons. But that isn't the most interesting note about this picture. If you notice, there are six icons pictured when showing his place on Predaking. This doesn't mean there are six members -- it was a Photoshop mistake by community manager John Schork, inadvertently revealing that there will be six-man teams, with Devastator being the most prominent of these.

A goof, yes, but a good goof for those of us who crave more information!

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Head strong! Strong and brave! Brave strong!


Headstrong brings us one of our first looks at a new mechanic, "Brave". Brave reads that all characters that can attack Headstrong, do so. This is an amazing ability. This means that explosive turn one plays by high attack characters like Kickback or Optimus Prime -- Battlefield Legend are going to be directed not at your important characters like Razorclaw, but rather at this poor sod.

Sure, he doesn't have much punching power. At all. But as a sacrificial lamb so that his teammates can get their Transformations in? He may die, but that's a sacrifice that I'm willing to make. Especially if you happen to place a Force Field on him, he won't be able to get OHKO'd.

Brave is a great mechanic, and I honestly love this little guy. He'll probably even see play outside the Predacon archetype, with that Brave utility coming in handy with more "protect the president" styles of decks, like OptiCars for instance.

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Where's The Rock?


Rampage is a fascinating character. His effects aren't actually that important, when you consider it. He heals one damage from each of your Predacons when an enemy is KO'd, which would be easy if you weren't doing two damage. He's great against other Combiners, but when you face off against a larger opponent, you're going to be hard-pressed to survive with these low health pools.

Against opposing Combiners, though, we can assume that they won't be OHKOing you like you to them, so Rampage becomes quite the important character in that regard, since enemies will be likely to be KO'd far easier than some of your larger friends.

Other than that, there's not too much to consider outside of the Predacon archetype.

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This whole naming thing makes me want to throw a Tantrum!


Torox has a very interesting ability that prevents healing. There isn't too much healing going on in the game at the moment, especially with the high damaging meta we find ourselves in, but if there ever was a prevalent healing deck... I know who I would tech in to counter it. Torox's alternate mode stops all of your opponent's healing, which also makes me wonder if we're going to be seeing more healing in the game. He's also hilarious against the mirror match since Rampage wants to be healing everyone.

To make him even better, he draws a card when you Transform him to robot mode, and then we get another "new" mechanic, which is just a keyword for placing a card from your hand on top of your deck. It's good to know that there's a keyword for this common effect, since it will clear up card clutter.

The only bad part about this guy is that he has zero defense in both modes, meaning, even though he has 9 HP, he's going to be dumpstered any time your opponent can take a random potshot at him. Sad, but Force Field and Heroism mitigate that to a large degree.

I honestly would love to see this guy in other lists if healing ever became a mainstay in the meta -- he provides too much utility to ignore.

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But this does put a smile on my face."


Dear god, this is happening.

Predaking is honestly a very, very big boy, and not just in terms of physical size. Mind you, each part of this guy is about six inches wide, and there are five parts to this guy -- he's freaking ginormous. Just turn the playmat -- you're never going to tap him all the way.

So, as for his stats, they seem underwhelming at first. I know, 37 HP? Underwhelming? Well, when you combine, you carry over damage, even from KO'd characters. So, that high HP definitely chews itself up over the course of the game before you can ever hope to Combine. But the real staying power of Predaking is in his offensive prowess.

It should be noted that Combiners begin untapped and keep 1 Upgrade in each Upgrade slot from its individual pieces. But this guy has 5 Weapon slots. You can attach multiple Grenade Launcher, Energon Axe, Flamethrower, anything like that. His already high attack doubles to triples in mere moments, and if something isn't dead by the time you're through attacking, there is something very wrong.

Of course, getting all five on my boy Exodia here can be a challenge, which is why he has the effect of being able to draw a card when you combine, and then play a card, including an Upgrade, for free. That's fantastic. Predaking is fantastic.

But there's a problem: He's the epitome of "tall". His defense is middling at best, and with all that damage you have no doubt racked up over the course of the game, you won't live for long. Either you combine early, or you combine as a last resort. Either way, Predaking is a beast of a Combiner. I just fear that, without proper support, most decks will be able to walk over them before they get a chance to set up.

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"Come out of the bathroom, Predaking!"
"PUT DOWN THE TRIDENT!"


Windblade makes her debut in the TFTCG by doing the thing she does second-best: Make mince-meat out of Combiners. She's expensive, coming in at 12 Stars, and she's a Super Rare, but most importantly, she's actually very good at playing with smaller characters who wouldn't like going up against a big dude like Predaking.

She has an ability in robot form where, when she attacks a Combiner, each of your characters get Pierce 4 -- meaning, if you're still alive when that happens -- you're going to deal a massive amount of damage with a swarm of Pierce taking likely a good third of Predaking's health in one blow.

She's a combiner huntress, but I fear she is also just as much a one-trick-pony. I mean, what else will she do during the game? Won't the Combiner team just focus her down and then combine? It's an interesting dynamic for sure, but I'm sure Razorclaw is up for the challenge. It's good to know that someone who clearly is meant to nerf the Combiner's effectiveness isn't without her counterplay.

Windblade also has access to a very interesting ability in her plane mode, where she may reveal the top card of your deck, and if it has more than one pip color, you can play it for free. i.e. Cards like Roll Out. This is a really interesting ability, but without more cards that have multiple colors, I can't see her making much use of this ability. Although, you can pull it off without a hitch with Planning effects, but the extent of those remains to be seen.

She'll be difficult to fit anywhere else but her own archetype, sadly. But she's definitely one to watch.

__________BATTLE CARDS__________


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An enigma, wrapped in a mystery, wrapped in bacon.


This is the first of the Enigma battle cards we're getting for our Combiners, and you'll notice something straight away: That's a green pip. There is not a green pip in the game yet, and there has already been speculation all over the place.

Could it be healing? Could it be draw? Could it be placing that card in your hand instead of Scrapping it? There are countless opinions in the game of speculation, but one thing remains a constant: It's the only way to combine your Combiners.

Also that is a garish orange background.

You may also notice that it's a very good card that acts like a New Designs on freaking speed. You have the ability to draw a card, then play an Upgrade, so not only is this card not completely dead in your hand after you combine, but it is your lifeblood while setting up your Predaking.

This card is nutty -- and I can't wait to find out what that green pip does. My money is on healing, especially with Torox.

UPDATE: It's been revealed that this green effect is putting it into your hand when you flip it! You have to discard a card first, but this is a fantastic idea for the health of the game! I'm so stoked for this!

__________CONCLUSION__________


All in all, I think the Combiners will likely be the most difficult combo to pull off. I mean think about it. With stats that low, turn one your opponent can KO a piece of your team and you would have little to no say in the matter. You can try to build your deck to counter that, but that's neither here nor there.

The fact remains that when you combine, you are built Tall. Exceedingly so. You'll be very weak to wider compositions, as they will be able to punish your inactivity with their overactivity. I can almost see times where I don't want to combine at all, which is actually a good thing; I dislike one-trick-ponies that play the same three cards a game and try to win that way.

That being said, I do play the Pokemon TCG, so I'm a hypocrite. :lol:

Either way, there are so many things to love about this next wave and I am extremely excited to play with the Combiners. I'm just hoping that they're well supported -- otherwise, Nemesis/Optimus and Insecticons will remain on top.

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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby PerfectVision » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:34 pm

-Arcee herself must be with the "cars":Jazz,Prowl and Cliffjumper who is too rare

-The predacons are a MELEE team,it's already visible

-nerf are necessary,also,the Kickback bold make zero sens,ze-ro...Too much créativity with stat...You shouldn't be afraid to call for modification and without author approval.

I have some buff suggestion and flexibilty,suggest as you want:

-no HP under 9,except maybe the Metroplex minions and Skrapnel,maybe
-the swarm should recognize white flip
-the collatteral shouldn't force the user to scrap his own card in hand if he has already scrap a weapon from his field.Or it has more icons.

-Kup:you may flip him everytime you give an upgrade to his truck
-Ironhide:when flipped to humanoid:you may play an upgrade
-Redalert humanoid offense at 6
EDIT
-Jazz pierce at 3(the adjusting for triple balance is 2O/1W/2B/1W, rollout and the blank card every ten usually.
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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby PerfectVision » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:14 am

I have to say it:some reveal look like joke

-Bluestreak is volontary useless like Deadlock:8rank and inferior to 6rank cars
-battle card that cost stars,okay with new blank profit ability,some new 22star duo,but look at the effect compared to the irrational blue leap.The authors don't check every stats?

A theory about Windblade:for each specialist you have,look the first cards in your deck and put them in any order,matrix first +her flip.The specialist would be...The third trucks/tanks

Back up and rollout
Medic X 1
Cybertronium
Shock
Cargo/crushing threat/matrix
Statik/fusion/multi tool
Blast
Collateral
Team up/hunker/specialist card
Leap
Equipment enthusiast
Treasure
Repair

The new Megatron already look like a magician team member like Hound/Chromia,mostly orange like Shockwave-Bombshell-Ransack?Balanced?I except another Scream,together like Op7-Bee9-Mirage .

The very beginning:
MAX FORCE,ENDURANCE and SPEED are the three main categories for deck.MAX is not obligatory a MAX STEEL or CRYSIS reference okay?

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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby ZeroWolf » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:21 am

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I'm not sure what you're trying to say but the designers are trying their best to balance the cards, ir's kit always going to work as there might be a couple of things to slip through testing.

Unless by author you mean #Sideways#, in which case I trust his judgement as he's put a lot of time and effort into research :)
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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby ScottyP » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:57 am

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Awesome writeup Sideways! I think I like reading about strategies and watching the game be played moreso than actually playing it. Not a knock on the game whatsoever, just personal preference. These will be fun to collect, and I hope at least one of the Combiners is a complete goofball like Dinoking.
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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby SpikeyTigertron » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:41 am

Is there limb mixing between teams? Or are they all tribal in that sesnse?
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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby ZeroWolf » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:47 am

Motto: "My past no longer binds my future..."
Weapon: Battle Blades
Unless the actual scramble city teams are different, I'd imagine it's tribal. Although depending on how they play this we could get alternate members.
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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby SpikeyTigertron » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:00 pm

ZeroWolf wrote:Unless the actual scramble city teams are different, I'd imagine it's tribal. Although depending on how they play this we could get alternate members.


Wonder how/if they’d do Sea King/Poseidon. Guessing they’d leave the triple changing gun mode out. Will also be interesting if they do Alpha Bravo, Off Road, and what’s his face? Wonder if we’ll get different rarities of Blast Off with alternate art?
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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby SpikeyTigertron » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:01 pm

Would be interesting if there are Super-Rare/Chase G2 scamble combiners
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Bluestreak and more revealed from Transformers TCG Wave 2: Rise of the Combiners

Postby ZeroWolf » Sun Jan 13, 2019 6:41 pm

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Thanks to fellow Seibertron user, #Sideways#, we have some new cards to show you as well as #Sideways# look at how the card fares. Included in his run down is a look at the rules change that is coming with this set and some suprises we can look forward to.

The reveals listed here come from multiple sources (Links contained in article):

WTF@TFW podcast
Wossy Plays YouTube Channel

Without further ado, over to you #Sideways#!

#Sideways# wrote:It's the most wonderful time of year -- in other words, it's time for more spoilers for the next Transformers Set! Of course, with a new set means new stuff, and in this case, we have new characters, rule changes, new keywords and an official statement on the use for the green pips!

__________Rule Changes__________


So, normally, the rules read that once a character is KO'd, you can't use them for anything. Generally, when they're KO'd, you can't transform them, attack with them or use any ability. Before, you had to use "I STILL FUNCTION!" to bring someone back to life, then transform them, and let them die at the end of the turn.

Now, though, when you transform for the turn, you can transform a KO'd character. This is phenomenal news. Cliffjumper requires Cars to be in the KO Pile, where -- and chiefly of these -- combiners require all members to be in their robot modes in order to combine in the first place. This means that, once a character is KO'd in their vehicle mode (for instance, a character with Brave like Headstrong), then you can transform them in the KO pile to finally get that combination off.

It's actually fantastic.

No longer do you have to spam "I STILL FUNCTION!" to get your characters how you want them, now you can just transform whenever, wherever you want!

__________Green Pips__________

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Everyone's going green these days.

Okay, so, if you didn't read my edited post the other day, you would not have seen what green pips do. So, very recently, WTF@TFW did an hour-long interview with the developers, who revealed some very interesting information, including a new character (which we'll get to later). One of these things was a clarification on the green pips.

Green pips activate when you flip them, and when you do, you may choose to scrap a card from your hand. If you do, you may put that green pipped card into your hand.

This is fantastic news because it makes the game more consistent and way less reliant on draw to get some specific cards, like Combination Enigmas which are confirmed to be all at least in part green pips.

Have you ever had a moment where you accidentally mill the card you've been digging for all game? This is the effect that seeks to curb that. Sometimes, it was horrible where you could discard two out of three Cargo Trailers and suddenly your deck falls apart. It gets worrying when you discard your important cards.

When you need it and you need it now, green pips are your answer.

__________Characters__________

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Bringing flip-flopping to a whole new level.


Bluestreak was one of two cards that Wossy Plays, a fellow YouTuber, got an exclusive on. If you'd like to hear his impeccably British opinion on the matter, check out his video HERE!

But you're here for my opinion, and who am I to withhold that?

Well, sorry to say, I'm just not impressed by Bluestreak here. He has a cool gimmick. If you flip one of each, you get to flip to your alternate mode, swapping your zero defense for a whopping four defense in your alternate mode. This defense is probably the best part about him, I'm not gonna lie. His attack is middling, his ability is daunting at times and his eight-star cost makes him a hard sell in comparison to other Cars.

Maybe it's just me, but when I have a car on my team, it has to hit hard and draw harder. Bluestreak does neither of those. That being said, he has access to all the Car support which is honestly the best support in the game, at least at this time of writing. But Bluestreak does have potential.

If you whiff with him, he's dead, but something fascinating about him is the ability to play him in a Cliffjumper deck. There are several effects that can rig your topdeck, and even if you do whiff, then Bluestreak will end up fueling Cliffjumper's high attack stat.

Of course, there are probably better cars to play, but Bluestreak isn't the worst one. In other words? He's no Deadlock! :lol:

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"I don't like that word, 'insane'. I prefer the term 'visionary'."

For the second exclusive that Wossy got, he got access to the second common Megatron card! Again, you can see his thoughts on it HERE.

So, as for my opinions, what do I think of this new common? Well, I think this card is probably the best Megatron second only to Living Weapon. He's lightyears better than Decepticon Leader, despite Decepticon Leader's innate Upgrade scrapping ability and ability to gain high levels of Pierce. But here's the thing. This Megatron is insane -- pun intended.

First off, in his robot form, you have a draw ability that is always good in Transformers, and even better in the Tank archetype. Megs here can attack, pitch an Armor and then draw two new cards, potentially one of those pesky Hunker Down you've been digging for the entire game. But the scrapping of Armor is always good in Tanks thanks to that Hunker Down, and it's even better with this Megatron.

Megatron can use his alternate mode ability to play an extra card, probably a weapon or a Crushing Treads to make your offensive capabilities skyrocket. But the best part is, you can use that with Hunker Down. You can use it to attach that armor you scrapped (and probably the other Armor that you flipped), then flip Megatron to play a second Upgrade onto one of your characters and then finally attach a third Upgrade, fully upgrading someone potentially, with one card play.

Tanks got a massive buff with this Megatron alone, and I cannot wait to see what else that gets brought to the table for them in the future. After all, they are one of my favorite archetypes at the moment.

Acid Storm -- Toxic Terror

Alternate Mode:

Plane - Ranged
3 Attack / 10 HP / 0 Defense

"When you flip to this mode --> Heal one damage from Acid Storm for every Double Orange card in your opponent's Scrap Pile."

6 stars

>>>>>>>>>FLIP>>>>>>>>>

Acid Storm -- Toxic Terror

Robot Mode:

Ranged
2 Attack / 10 HP / 0 Defense

"Your opponent cannot use Bold."


Whoa, that's toxic!


Acid Storm was one of my first G1-themed toys back in the day. It was the Universe mold for Starscream, and he remains one of my favorite Transformers toys. He was well-painted, and I had a thing for camo back in the day so he got all the sweeter. So, when I heard that there was going to be a Transformers TCG, I got my hopes up for my favorite toy to finally make it into the lime-light. Wave 1 was a tease, but wave 2, thanks to the WTF@TFW podcast, has made my dream come true.

Unfortunately, we don't have a single picture for Acid Storm, but the developers revealed his stats and text in the interview and I've transcribed them here.

Acid Storm is the killer of Dinobots. Dinobots use a massive amount of Bold to deal a massive amount of damage, but Acid Storm's corrosive weaponry stops that from happening. No amount of Bold will keep you down -- this 6-Star splash-in is going to ruin Grimlock's day. Planes got a huge buff with this guy, as Skywarp was depressingly average in the deck. But Acid Storm takes the normally bad matchup of Dinobots and has the potential to make it a fantastic matchup. Really and truly, I am excited to see what Acid Storm can do when put to the test.

Sure, his stats aren't too much to write home about, and his plane-mode's ability is mediocre given his awful defensive capabilities, but his robot mode is invaluable. I recommend placing Heroism on someone else, like Starscream, to keep Acid Storm alive during the game, lest you want to give Grimlock his Bold powers again.

But it's not just Dinos that hate him, it's Bugs. Insecticons make use of high bold as well, dealing usually low damage until their Bold racks up. If you end up facing off against an Insecticon swarm, make the switch to Acid Storm and watch as they start to flounder in their hopelessness.

I can also see using Acid Storm in a Nemesis Prime or Cosmos deck, where the big strategy revolves around a singular entity to pull out wins. All in all, I think this guy is the best card I've seen in Wave 2 as of the time of writing. He's just so good.

__________Battle Cards__________


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Thunderbolt and lightning! Very very frightening!


Bolt of Lightning is an interesting addition, and I love it. Bolt of Lightning deals 3 damage straight with nary a downside. You normally only see that on One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall, which deals 3 damage back to you in recoil.

See, I misspoke about the "nary a downside" thing because it does have a "downside": Taking up a Star value. You see, Bolt of Lightning is one of several new cards we're getting that actually cost points to put in your list. Normally, you would have a team that maxed at 25 stars, but your characters could only reach 22 stars. This remedies that lost value in spades, filling out points and filling out your deck with more powerful cards.

As for Bolt of Lightning, I can definitely see it getting played. We don't know how many cards have these star costs, and it would only be logical to assume that there are more than two in this set, and this is one of the better ones I've seen. Sadly, it has no pip so I am a little reluctant to play it, but the rewards of dealing three indirect damage to something without taking any yourself is going to be a hard sell not to play in lists that can spare the point values.

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Mounted Missiles is the second battle card revealed by Wossy Plays (revealed HERE!) and might I say that this card is one of the nuttiest Battle Cards I've ever seen. Remember when I said that it would be a hard sell not to play Bolt of Lightning in your list when you have spare points? This is what I meant.

See, unlike Bolt of Lightning, Mounted Missiles is a third -- count them, third card that has double orange pips. This is absolutely absurd. Being able to play a third card that has a double pip like this is one of the craziest things I've seen. Aggressive decks that can spare the points are going to be doing so much damage now that they have access to another double orange.

What's that? I haven't even spoken about the card's bonkers effect? Oh, sure. See, this card can be in your Utility, Armor and your Weapon slots, which means (if I'm not mistaken) you can stack three of them on the same character and reap their rewards. Best part is, it has a static +2 damage effect, so it's never a dead card in your hand because you're not losing that double orange effect.

Mounted Missiles is absolutely bananas. Unfortunately, not every deck can play it to its fullest potential. In fact, most lists can't play it at all. But the ones that will rise up and make the space will love every moment of this card, and all that sweet, sweet damage they're about to deal.

__________Conclusion__________


Rise of the Combiners is looking to shake up the meta, and I can think of no better way to do that than Acid Storm and the point costing Battle Cards. There are so many potential uses for these cards that it's insane. Imagine, playing three of each and simply dropping a character from your list.

These reveals change everything, and I'm not exaggerating when I say that.

But that's not all. There's one more reveal from the WTF@TFW interview that is monstrous -- it's that there will be one combiner that won't be 25 stars in total, and others that won't be five or six-man rosters. Meaning, you are going to be able to play either these new Battle Cards or another character in your list and make out to be the easiest combiner to pull off. The only question is, who is it? Sky-Lynx comes to mind, but there are other options on the table.

What are you hoping to see in this set? Let me know in the comments below!


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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby PerfectVision » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:46 pm

-"the insecticons has good bold"
Okay,folks,when he talk about them,he talk about Kickback only,beware.One day,you'll realize that something is wrong with this card and some others

-Bluestreak is not stronger than Jazz,Redalert and Bee6,he's also inferior to Cliffjumper,Splitstream and Bombshell

-Acidstorm can be put instead of R.A with Cosmo but i except someone beetween him and Mega2

Magicians are the venimous style,VE-NI-MOUS and they are all anti MELEE,quadrios are sensible to seekers

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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby #Sideways# » Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:50 pm

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PerfectVision wrote:-"the insecticons has good bold"
Okay,folks,when he talk about them,he talk about Kickback only,beware.One day,you'll realize that something is wrong with this card and some others

-Bluestreak is not stronger than Jazz,Redalert and Bee6,he's also inferior to Cliffjumper,Splitstream and Bombshell

-Acidstorm can be put instead of R.A with Cosmo but i except someone beetween him and Mega2

Magicians are the venimous style,VE-NI-MOUS and they are all anti MELEE,quadrios are sensible to seekers

-mounted missilles doesn't look like a joke but we don't know their owners yet.


No, actually, Kickback does not have Bold at all. By speaking to Insecticons and their usage of Bold, I was talking about their playing of Flamethrower, Supercharge and Barrage to supplement their damage. Kickback plays very little into this. The developers were very careful not to use the word "Bold" on him and Demolisher because they knew that they would eventually nerf it with characters like Acid Storm, making their damage output literally zero. I get that you might think that he's too good, but he's the definition of a glass cannon. He's great, sure, but he's just as fragile. I'm not quite sure I know what you mean by "something wrong with this card and some others" -- he's fine in my opinion.

As for Bluestreak, I mean, I agree, Bluestreak isn't that great, but he does have potential with proper support. Your comparisons to the six star cars is completely incomparable because of their point values -- Bluestreak has 8, not 6, and is such far less splashable than the three of them. As to your other points, I agree that he is worse than Cliffjumper in terms of cars, but after that... I have nary an idea why you've brought up Slipstream and Bombshell. I mean, Bombshell has 4 Defense -- but that's the only redeeming quality about him and the only relation between he and Bluestreak. Bluestreak is actually playable in a car list because he takes advantage of the rest of the car tribal cards -- Bombshell cannot make use of any of them, thus he should not be played at all in any car list.

If by R.A. you mean Rare Arcee, then I would agree with you to some extent that Acid Storm can take her spot in Cosmos builds. Unfortunately, with the way the meta is forming, Cosmos can't really take too many tournaments due to its autoloss matchup against Nemesis/Optimus decks. Cosmos can't pop Battlefield Legend Prime, after all, and unfortunately, Acid Storm helps little with that problem. But it does make your Dinobots and Insecticons matchup easier.

I definitely agree that using him in a Rare Megatron deck is a good idea. I actually think that he finds most use in decks like that, where he's slowing down your opponent's damage output to prevent damage to your more valuable characters, like Megatron. I can even see using him in a Battlefield Legend deck, as well, or maybe even a Nemesis deck. I think he's perfect for lists like that.

I literally have no idea what you're talking about after that. Could you perhaps rephrase what you mean so that I -- and the other readers -- may better understand what you mean?
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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby PerfectVision » Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:32 pm

#Sideways# wrote:
PerfectVision wrote:-"the insecticons has good bold"
Okay,folks,when he talk about them,he talk about Kickback only,beware.One day,you'll realize that something is wrong with this card and some others

-Bluestreak is not stronger than Jazz,Redalert and Bee6,he's also inferior to Cliffjumper,Splitstream and Bombshell

-Acidstorm can be put instead of R.A with Cosmo but i except someone beetween him and Mega2

Magicians are the venimous style,VE-NI-MOUS and they are all anti MELEE,quadrios are sensible to seekers

-mounted missilles doesn't look like a joke but we don't know their owners yet.


No, actually, Kickback does not have Bold at all. By speaking to Insecticons and their usage of Bold, I was talking about their playing of Flamethrower, Supercharge and Barrage to supplement their damage. Kickback plays very little into this. The developers were very careful not to use the word "Bold" on him and Demolisher because they knew that they would eventually nerf it with characters like Acid Storm, making their damage output literally zero. I get that you might think that he's too good, but he's the definition of a glass cannon. He's great, sure, but he's just as fragile. I'm not quite sure I know what you mean by "something wrong with this card and some others" -- he's fine in my opinion.

As for Bluestreak, I mean, I agree, Bluestreak isn't that great, but he does have potential with proper support. Your comparisons to the six star cars is completely incomparable because of their point values -- Bluestreak has 8, not 6, and is such far less splashable than the three of them. As to your other points, I agree that he is worse than Cliffjumper in terms of cars, but after that... I have nary an idea why you've brought up Slipstream and Bombshell. I mean, Bombshell has 4 Defense -- but that's the only redeeming quality about him and the only relation between he and Bluestreak. Bluestreak is actually playable in a car list because he takes advantage of the rest of the car tribal cards -- Bombshell cannot make use of any of them, thus he should not be played at all in any car list.

If by R.A. you mean Rare Arcee, then I would agree with you to some extent that Acid Storm can take her spot in Cosmos builds. Unfortunately, with the way the meta is forming, Cosmos can't really take too many tournaments due to its autoloss matchup against Nemesis/Optimus decks. Cosmos can't pop Battlefield Legend Prime, after all, and unfortunately, Acid Storm helps little with that problem. But it does make your Dinobots and Insecticons matchup easier.

I definitely agree that using him in a Rare Megatron deck is a good idea. I actually think that he finds most use in decks like that, where he's slowing down your opponent's damage output to prevent damage to your more valuable characters, like Megatron. I can even see using him in a Battlefield Legend deck, as well, or maybe even a Nemesis deck. I think he's perfect for lists like that.

I literally have no idea what you're talking about after that. Could you perhaps rephrase what you mean so that I -- and the other readers -- may better understand what you mean?


Mega2 is the new one,R.A is Redalert,Cosmo is not the only magicians,of course he's not for high rank target,Bluestreak and Bombshell do the same thing,the second has better stat,6rank dudes are still better than him,Splitstream has the same activation scheme and is better too.

Insecticons need defense and pierce(backup and rollout everywhere),like the "cars".
Salvage X 1
Piercing blaster
Force field
Data bank
Grenade(not far from M.M)
Blast
Bug bomb
TBTA
inspirational
Swarm
New design
Battle ready

Kickback is the only reason to go full orange,OP12 and Demolisher need the cybertronium.
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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby #Sideways# » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:15 am

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Weapon: Dual Compression Cannons
PerfectVision wrote:Mega2 is the new one,R.A is Redalert,Cosmo is not the only magicians,of course he's not for high rank target,Bluestreak and Bombshell do the same thing,the second has better stat,6rank dudes are still better than him,Splitstream has the same activation scheme and is better too.

Insecticons need defense and pierce(backup and rollout everywhere),like the "cars".
Salvage X 1
Piercing blaster
Force field
Data bank
Grenade(not far from M.M)
Blast
Bug bomb
TBTA
inspirational
Swarm
New design
Battle ready

Kickback is the only reason to go full orange,OP12 and Demolisher need the cybertronium.


I still do not understand what you mean by "magicians". Is it autocorrected from something, perhaps? Or do you mean ability-based cards? This is my main source of confusion.

Insecticons should only be played wide with all Orange with few exceptions. I for one love Heroism in Insecticons and it's Blue, but the most prolific build is entirely Orange for a reason. Pierce and defense sounds cool on paper, but Tanks and Trucks are the only things that can pull that off well. Insecticons have such a miniscule health pool that they're just going to be one-hit regardless of a pool of blue cards.

If by Op12 you mean the Common Optimus who has 12 Stars, then I couldn't disagree more on the notion that he and Demolisher require Cybertonium Bow. Cybertonium Bow and Shock Absorbers are both universally reviled in the community due to their extremely difficult to use effect. It is very difficult to have equal numbers of orange and blue pips whenever you flip, especially with Demolisher who flips potentially eight cards if you flip a white pip. It's just far better to attach something -- anything -- else.

As I said above, Bombshell and Bluestreak are mostly incomperable. They belong in their own lists. Bombshell cannot be played in a car list, while Bluestreak can take advantage of everything Cars have to offer.

I also said in my previous post that the six star cars are also incomperable because their far smaller point values fill a separate role than Bluestreak who would be filling a larger spot in your deck.

Slipstream is a plane with a completely different set of abilities. Regardless of what her activation to her completely different ability is, she is also radically different to Bluestreak. Your logic here is a stretch, don't you think? It's like saying Common Megatron from Wave 1 is better than Arcee because he has more consistent Pierce output than her.

Finally, I don't understand why you would play Red Alert in a Cosmos list. He is Vanilla, and there are so many better cards to play in his stead, like Jazz or Arcee.
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Re: Wizards of the Coast Transformers Trading Card Game Thread

Postby PerfectVision » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:10 am

#Sideways# wrote:
PerfectVision wrote:Mega2 is the new one,R.A is Redalert,Cosmo is not the only magicians,of course he's not for high rank target,Bluestreak and Bombshell do the same thing,the second has better stat,6rank dudes are still better than him,Splitstream has the same activation scheme and is better too.

Insecticons need defense and pierce(backup and rollout everywhere),like the "cars".
Salvage X 1
Piercing blaster
Force field
Data bank
Grenade(not far from M.M)
Blast
Bug bomb
TBTA
inspirational
Swarm
New design
Battle ready

Kickback is the only reason to go full orange,OP12 and Demolisher need the cybertronium.


I still do not understand what you mean by "magicians". Is it autocorrected from something, perhaps? Or do you mean ability-based cards? This is my main source of confusion.

Insecticons should only be played wide with all Orange with few exceptions. I for one love Heroism in Insecticons and it's Blue, but the most prolific build is entirely Orange for a reason. Pierce and defense sounds cool on paper, but Tanks and Trucks are the only things that can pull that off well. Insecticons have such a miniscule health pool that they're just going to be one-hit regardless of a pool of blue cards.

If by Op12 you mean the Common Optimus who has 12 Stars, then I couldn't disagree more on the notion that he and Demolisher require Cybertonium Bow. Cybertonium Bow and Shock Absorbers are both universally reviled in the community due to their extremely difficult to use effect. It is very difficult to have equal numbers of orange and blue pips whenever you flip, especially with Demolisher who flips potentially eight cards if you flip a white pip. It's just far better to attach something -- anything -- else.

As I said above, Bombshell and Bluestreak are mostly incomperable. They belong in their own lists. Bombshell cannot be played in a car list, while Bluestreak can take advantage of everything Cars have to offer.

I also said in my previous post that the six star cars are also incomperable because their far smaller point values fill a separate role than Bluestreak who would be filling a larger spot in your deck.

Slipstream is a plane with a completely different set of abilities. Regardless of what her activation to her completely different ability is, she is also radically different to Bluestreak. Your logic here is a stretch, don't you think? It's like saying Common Megatron from Wave 1 is better than Arcee because he has more consistent Pierce output than her.

Finally, I don't understand why you would play Red Alert in a Cosmos list. He is Vanilla, and there are so many better cards to play in his stead, like Jazz or Arcee.


-magicians are Shockwave and Cosmo,who are spaceships also

-adjust your cards 1O/1B or 2(maybe it's the same result),rollout help after white,

-pierce fit them,also,Barrage has more HP than he should,Skrapnel must stay in full defense.There's two armors.How's that one hit?

-the blaster and the TBTA beat flame and supercharge at this point,think about card use

-like Ramjet,Redalert will mostly have blue flip,his humanoid is usable with the reinforced plating,he and Jazz should be a bit more powerful anyway.Trucks need buff too.

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