New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 3:31PM CDT

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Greetings Seibertronians! Fresh from New York Comic Con 2019 we have some exciting reveals regarding Wizards of the Coast's Official Transformers Trading Card Game! These cards are all unaligned, (officially dubbed Mercenaries along with their own faction symbol), and included in their number is several fan favourite characters like Lockdown (who first appeared in Transformers Animated and then leapt to other media) and Nightbird (who appeared in Sunbrows G1 cartoon and has recently received a toy courtesy of Generations Selects). Other members include Mudflap, Detritus, Octone (a renamed Octane, who had been renamed Tankor in the past) and Deadlock (the former name of Drift)

Lockdown

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Nightbird

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Mudflap

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Detritus

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Octone (Octane/Tankor)

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Deadlock

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Dual Wield

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Opportune Repairs

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Coup

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Crude Club

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Opportune Offensive

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Contract Contingency

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

Lucky Vest

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

We also have a picture of a sealed box of Siege II boosters, like which many of you will soon find in store.

Transformers News: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019

What do you think of these new additions to the game? Will you be building a team of mercenaries? Let us know in the Energon Pub and stay tuned to Seibertron for all the latest news and reviews straight from New York Comic Con 2019!
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Re: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019 (2040526)
Posted by Survivefan23 on October 3rd, 2019 @ 4:36pm CDT
I love the Lockdown & Mudflap cards. Lockdown is my favorite Decepticon cause he's so cool & Mudflap being from Cybertron (2005). That's the show that started me getting into Transformers.
Re: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019 (2040543)
Posted by MagicDeath on October 3rd, 2019 @ 5:14pm CDT
I see someone’s done their research!
I wonder if there’s a chance for those accessories on Detrius being released.
I like Octane’s jet design here. Much better than that of the actual figure, it seems. I think it’s better to design a plane that’s looks like it’s Octane’s alt-mode than designing Octane’s alt-mode around looking like a (human) plane.
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Posted by notirishman on October 3rd, 2019 @ 7:50pm CDT
After our coverage of the upcoming wave of Wizards of the Coast's Transformers Trading Card Game here, we finally have official images of all the cards, as well as it's product copy. These include a variety of obscure to popular characters, all unaligned. Check out the images below to see their beautiful illustrations!

TRANSFORMERS: TRADING CARD GAME

TRANSFORMERS: TCG – WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE II MERCENARIES

(Ages 6 and Up/ Approx. Retail Price: $3.99/ Available: 11/08/2019)
The Mercenaries are coming to EARTHRISE product in 2020, but fans can get the first taste of them with TRANSFORMERS TCG - WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE II. The TRANSFORMERS Trading Card Game is a fast-paced, action-packed battler for two players. Each player builds a team of oversized, double-sided TRANSFORMERS character cards and fights for victory, switching their characters between different modes and employing a vast array of weapons and upgrades along the way. Like other TRANSFORMERS TCG Character Cards, Mercenaries are distributed in Booster Packs across varying levels of rarity.

As the battle reaches its crescendo in WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE II, the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS turn to desperate means to secure victory. The DECEPTICONS wake their most dangerous weapon… the mighty Titan, TRYPTICON!

Each WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE II sealed Booster Display Box includes 30 Booster Packs and a TRYPTICON Pack. The TRYPTICON Pack contains one Titan-sized TRYPTICON Character Card and 3 large Character Cards as his minions: BRUNT, FULL-TILT and WIPE-OUT! Each WAR FOR CYBERTRON: SIEGE II Booster Pack includes 1 Large Character Card, 1 Small Character Card and 6 Battle Cards. Available at most major retailers and hobby stores on 11/08/2019.

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Re: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019 (2040677)
Posted by durroth on October 4th, 2019 @ 10:49am CDT
Octone is a curious choice for those abilities. I'm kinda wondering why they didn't choose Doubledealer for that card.
Re: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019 (2040747)
Posted by Stargrave on October 4th, 2019 @ 11:39pm CDT
Autobots, Decepticons, and now, the Mercenaries! Newly revealed at the #NYCC2019 are some old familiar characters making their Siege debut marching under a new third flag in the War for Cybertron saga. We reported on these reveals HERE just the other day, but now we have live video from the showroom floor giving some nice up close shots of the new character and battle cards. And, since we're Seibertron, of course we have a bevy of card images now accessible in our galleries HERE. Click on any of the images below to head to the gallery and enjoy the video from #NYCC2019! Share your thoughts in the forum and as always stay tuned to Seibertron for the ultimate in Transformers news.


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Re: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019 (2040870)
Posted by MagicDeath on October 5th, 2019 @ 10:14pm CDT
durroth wrote:Octone is a curious choice for those abilities. I'm kinda wondering why they didn't choose Doubledealer for that card.

Probably because Doubledealer typically has a Decepticon aerial mode and Autobot ground mode, so then it would be kind of counter-intuitive that he has a bonus against his own faction (I mean, maybe as a suprise attack, but you get the idea). I do expect he'll eventually make an appearance.

I made an earlier comment about wondering if Detrius' accessories will be available at some point. It seems that Mercenaries will be making an appearance later in Earthrise, so he might be seing release at some point (I got that info from official statements quoted by the TFWiki Twitter account, so take it with a grain of salt, but they seemed legit).

I'm also going to bump this up because it got buried pretty quickly:
MagicDeath wrote:Hey, Sideways, in addition to the stat typos you mentioned, it appears Six-Gun's weapon mode names are swapped (I vaguely remember them being the other way around on the toy's instruction manual).

Additionally, I keep a spreadsheet of all the cards, and I'm calling it now: Cards 22 and 25 of wave 4 will be Private Seawatch (Rescue Patrol) and Private Sunrunner (Battle Patrol), respectively (both common Micromasters).

Lastly, in https://www.facebook.com/notes/transformers-trading-card-came/nagles-notes-tight-cycle/2181892611932552/, it says:
In early prototypes, there was a bigger emphasis on position, adjacency, and distance between characters, but all this was scrapped for the simpler Melee, Ranged, and Specialist traits.

Does anyone know of any games that do this? I'm not very familiar with the TCG world and I find this very intriguing.
Re: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019 (2040949)
Posted by #Sideways# on October 6th, 2019 @ 1:14pm CDT
MagicDeath wrote:Hey, Sideways, in addition to the stat typos you mentioned, it appears Six-Gun's weapon mode names are swapped (I vaguely remember them being the other way around on the toy's instruction manual).

Additionally, I keep a spreadsheet of all the cards, and I'm calling it now: Cards 22 and 25 of wave 4 will be Private Seawatch (Rescue Patrol) and Private Sunrunner (Battle Patrol), respectively (both common Micromasters).

Lastly, in https://www.facebook.com/notes/transformers-trading-card-came/nagles-notes-tight-cycle/2181892611932552/, it says:
In early prototypes, there was a bigger emphasis on position, adjacency, and distance between characters, but all this was scrapped for the simpler Melee, Ranged, and Specialist traits.

Does anyone know of any games that do this? I'm not very familiar with the TCG world and I find this very intriguing.


Interesting. That wouldn't surprise me, though -- the typos this set are way past normal. I mean, it makes you wonder what kind of process they go through when making cards so that they would forget so many pieces.

Good call on the other Micromasters! It would make sense that they're going to flesh out the rest of the Micromaster teams. I'm looking forward to seeing what the rest of the Air Strike Patrol does, and hopefully it'll make Planes a bit better as an archetype.

As for your last question, I've seen that happen quite a bit in terms of TCG development. In terms of making things less complicated (which their initial system would have been), I've definitely seen it happen time and time again when a development team tones down their grand aspirations for something a little more modest and, ultimately, easier to understand and play.

As for using the three different types of character traits, Pokemon does this quite often. For example, the Weakness and Resistance system. A Fire Pokemon is weak to Water Pokemon but Resistant to Grass, a Grass Pokemon is weak to Fire Pokemon and is resistant to Water, and Water is weak to grass but resistant to Fire. In less obvious terms, certain cards could be only used on Fairy Pokemon or other attacks could only affect a certain denomination of Pokemon, like GXs.

Creating a card game requires a lot of planning, and the finished product is seldom the same as the one you started with.
Re: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019 (2041252)
Posted by MagicDeath on October 8th, 2019 @ 5:15pm CDT
It may be that I'm misinterpreting your answer, but it seems like I wasn't entirely clear: I was wondering if you (or anyone else) knew of a game in which there IS an emphasis on position, adjacency, etc.
Also, addressing you at the start of the post may have been a bad call on my part; if anyone has answers for me, I'm open!
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Posted by PerfectVision on October 8th, 2019 @ 6:25pm CDT
A team i got wrong:
Novastar or Blurr-Redalert7-Ptera
Bashing or spare X 1
Rollout-Press or focusF-BodyA or repair-Diagnosis-stealth-Reckless-confidence-Escape-Bumper or covert-Start-Teamup-PowerS-WorkO

Who want Pblurr exactly?Just altern him with Novastar.Mega12 can't use the press.

Optimus15 can be an alternativ to Elita with Prowl10
Surprise-Repurpose-battleFS or matrix-Anticipation-EMP or Scheckpoint-Turbo-Diagnosis-Grenade-energy-Bashing or reflexe-WorkO-Heavyhand-Eaxe
Maybe something else than the bashing.
Re: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019 (2041310)
Posted by ZeroWolf on October 9th, 2019 @ 4:00am CDT
MagicDeath wrote:It may be that I'm misinterpreting your answer, but it seems like I wasn't entirely clear: I was wondering if you (or anyone else) knew of a game in which there IS an emphasis on position, adjacency, etc.
Also, addressing you at the start of the post may have been a bad call on my part; if anyone has answers for me, I'm open!

There's none I can think of, just off the top of my head as rules like that could big down thd flow of the game, as the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) approach is still King in card games (at least at first, later on as more rules are added it can be tricky to keep track of all the keywords/special summon rules).

Not to say people haven't tried (the card game I was making attempted such a thing, but such mechanics are best suited to table top miniature games)
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Posted by #Sideways# on October 9th, 2019 @ 9:28am CDT
FLIPPING SIDES

So, this is going to be something of a doozy of an article. To put things in a nutshell, I've been granted to release a brand new card by the wonderful guys and gals over at Wizards of the Coast! That said, and with the frankly stunning amount of reveals we've had over the past week or so, I'm going to trim down this article to go over a few of the highlights instead.

But those highlights are a bit cherry-picked, you see, as most of the characters have the distinct pleasure of having at least minor synergy with the card that I am about to reveal. See if you can tell which ones! But, how can you if you don't know what the card is? Ready to see it?

I give you... Showing Off!

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Flipping out.


I revealed this card on my YouTube channel, Nanomachines! If you'd like to hear my opinions on this card, or at least want something to listen to for the next few minutes, please check out the video below!




CHARACTERS


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"Tank?" Ratchet and Ironhide said at once, one out of confusion and envy, and the other the product of Ironhide's poor hearing.

Crosshairs is a guy with a lot of potential on his shoulders.

Sure, Crosshairs doesn't have a whole lot of offensive punch for a guy known for his guns, but when you consider the Battlemasters we've had lately like Sights or Turbo Board, you start to see how his prowess is not defined by the offensive power of his guns, but in the thickness of his Armor.

This might seem obvious given the fact that he has, well, two Armor slots. But when you consider the fact that you could flood his team with characters like Nightstick, Sights, Vanguard or Turbo Board, all of which giving him +1 Defense at the least, you start to realize just how strong his defensive capabilities are.

Let's do some quick math. With Nightstick and Sights on his person, he gets +2 Defense from them alone. This, combined with the fact that he gets +2 Defense from his own ability, total in 4 Defense before your Armor. Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention: He has two Armor slots, and with his synergy with the ever-powerful Hunker Down, you can spam Armor on the guy like there's no tomorrow. I mean, with the newest Tank-exclusive Upgrade, Composite Armor (see in the Battle Card Section) which gives +3 Defense, combined with a Blast Shield, you have a total of 9 Defense before you flip, which is frankly nausiating.

Now, is that practical to set up? Probably not, to be frank. You're not doing too much damage to pressure your opponent out, which means your opponent is going to be able to take their sweet time while they build up something big to deal more damage to you than you're likely able to handle. Still though, with the use of Vanguard, Nightstick and friends, you can count on your defense being able to withstand most basic attacks.

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You spin me right round / baby right round
Like a record baby / Right round, round, round

Spinister is very, very good. How? Well, let me jump into this guy by telling you why Battle Masters have such good value.

You see, when you play Transformers, you're usually not going to want to swing with a character in alternate mode. It's inefffecient, it's low damage and honestly it usually ends up putting one character at risk. Battle Masters turn that on its head. Given the fact that they start in their most efficient mode, and since they are effectively unpunishable when you KO them via an attack, you are free to just swing with them at will.

Since you can swing with them at will, you can transform one of your other characters beforehand, making your life easier in terms of crucial flipping time. That's also where Spinister comes into the picture. Given the fact that your first turn will usually involve flipping another character and swinging with a Battle Master, Spinister turns that advantage into an even greater one given his robot mode effect. I mean, just imagine on the first turn of the game, swinging with Lionizer for more damage than he already does. That's what makes Spinister so strong.

Making matters better, when your Lionizer (or whomever else you're playing him with) dies, you can attach them to Spinister, not only giving him a solid attack boost but also being the secondary weapon to whatever card -- like Grenade Launcher -- you wanted to play. This means that the clapback from KOing your Battle Master is even stronger than ever before, and I honestly cannot wait to see where Spinister will go.


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"To punish and enslave..."

Barricade is freaking awesome.

So, simply put, he makes every blank pip in your deck infinitely more consistent. Given the fact that he can not only pull potentially bad cards out of your deck, making your deck more consistent flip-wise, but he can also use them on-demand. I mean, just think about it:

You have Barricade and Prowl alive after Wheeljack died a horrifying, early death. Now, you realize that you've probably lost the game in terms of staying power, but you also realize that your opponent is completely tapped out with Prowl being the only untapped character. Barricade has an I STILL FUNCTION! underneath him, and you realize that you can use the Start Your Engines in-hand to start off an impressive combo.

So, you play the Start Your Engines, untapping Barricade and flipping both he and Prowl to alt mode, activating their effects. You choose Barricade to activate first, bringing an alternate mode Wheeljack back from the dead, and Prowl's effect activates afterwards, giving all of them Bold 2. Then, you flip Wheeljack into robot mode and swing with him, Prowl and Barricade all at once, dealing disgusting damage to your opponent's field and their ego.

Sound like a fantasy? Not so. This is something you can pretty much count on happening with Cars, and was Cars' entire raison d'être, but the biggest problem was doing it all at once. Bumblebee from Wave 2 is oft regarded as the only out to this combo usually, as he plays an Action when you flip him, but now? Now there's a new sheriff in town, and this town isn't big enough for the two of them.

With 'Bee and 'Cade fighting for that same spot, it's easy to see their rivalry coming through even in the card game. But, with Barricade's lower point cost and higher consistency, I think there isn't much mystery on who my money's on.


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Hooked.

Lockdown is really, really neat. He channels his inner Nemesis Prime while also having access to every Car card in the book. He might seem a bit difficult to pop off with, but I would put good money on that not being the case. Allow me to explain for a moment.

You see, when you use Lockdown with cards like Coup, Contract Contingency and Dual Wielding, you're going to start amassing cards beneath Lockdown farily quickly. Given the ease of such buildup, you'll find that you're also going to be drawing quite a few cards as well, which can facilitate that growth in much the same way, drawing into your Bounty-triggering cards and highly damaging cards like Dual Wielding.

I aboslutely adore the potential that Lockdown has, and at 10 Stars, we can tell that he's not exactly cheap, but he's not expensive, either. We can play several characters alongside him to promote his growth, and we can play him in several different archetypes. Whether you want him in a blue/black list or an aggressive list, you'll find that his powerful effects can only grow with time.

Lockdown has the potential to raw carry games, and when you consider the fact that he also opens up the use of certain Mercenary cards, you'll find yourself with more potential partners with him than you'll know what to do with.


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"What a load of junk!"

Detritus is the first Rare Mercenary that we have in the game and... Well, he's sadly not that great. But he could be!

His stats, his point cost and now his effects just aren't that good. Mercenaries need to be able to do damage to characters in order to actually use their powerful Bounty effects, and unfortunately neither his damage, Star Cost nor his Bounty Effect are good enough to warrant his introduction into many -- if any -- roster.

But hey! He's the first Junkion in the game, and he's not carrying around Wreck-Gar's severed head yet, so let's give him a fair shake and see what bubbles to the surface. Given the fact that Detritus is a healing character with a likely defensive playstyle, one could play him in a defensive list, abusing the black pips that Mercenaries ever so adore to make him able to trigger his Bounty effect multiple times over the course of a few turns. Through the use of Contract Contingency especially, you'll find that Detritus can heal quite a bit.

Plus, when you consider that you could play him with cards like Dazzlestrike, Ratbat and other healing characters, you might be surprised how long he sticks around.

Healing is a tough balance to strike. Either you're like Pokemon and have intense healing cards that can be everywhere and can be oppressive at times, or you're like Transformers, where healing is pretty much the least used mechanic in the game outside of certain niche scenarios. Here, though, I think there might finally be a good balance between solid healing and fair tactics.

But, you have to ask the question whenever a healing card comes out: Is it enough? Personally, I don't think he has enough on his own to warrant it -- but hey! We'll get more healing cards later. Plus, it isn't like you don't have Team Up Tactics to help you out in the meantime.


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"Octan Company is the greatest! They make gas, oil, news companies, security cameras, voting machines... Wait."

Octone is the first Mercenary Super Rare there is, and boy do I think he has some potential. Why? Well, for one, his stats are very solid, his abilities are good and his Bounty is good as well! Sounds simple enough? Well, there's actually a few other reasons that I like him.

You see, Octone can start the game in his most effective mode, his Truck mode, given how many Autobot-focused decks are running about these days. This mode gives you a powerful attack stat, powerful HP and moderate defensive capabilities to make him extremely hard to remove -- and hard to withstand -- from the get-go. Even if your opponent is running all Decepticons, you can flip him to his Plane mode to deal even more damage to them given the fact that your opponent has to ping one of their Decepticons for one damage. This can compound itself if you happen to activate his Bounty effect during the course of a game, sending two more damage their way.

Octone, best of all, doesn't really warrant a list one way or another. You could run him aggressively and use busted cards like Dual Wielding, or you could run him defensively to abuse his large health pool. The point being, it doesn't matter how you run him, just that he is strong no matter which one you choose.

That said, in terms of 13 point cards, I think we know someone else who has just as much value if not more value than Octone, do we not? Something, something, Battlefield Legend? Oh, yeah. Still though, he's a quite solid card. But you need to ask yourself if you'd rather run him or Battlefield Legend -- those 13 stars aren't going to choose for you.


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"I dunno, Sprocket; I don't think ninjas are as stealthy as we think they are. Sprocket?"

Nightbird is a very strong promo card.

We haven't seen a good promo card yet, as the only one that came close was Omega Supreme and he's only usable in super niche concepts. But with Nightbird, we get not only a powerful vehicle mode effect, but a strong Bounty effect all wrapped up in the cheapest Mercenary on the market at the moment. By the way, did I mention that she's a Car? Because she's a Car.

Nightbird allows you to use a variety of Mercenary-exclusive cards, like Opportune Repairs, and can be splashed in various lists that need a Mercenary that isn't going to eat up most of their points. In fact, Nightbird has so much value in her that I think that, at the moment, she's probably the most useful Mercenary to have on your team.

Plus, if your opponent is playing a ton of Actions during their turn through Barricade, Brainstorm, Multi-Mission Gears and so on, she punishes their greediness by placing quite a few damage counters on your opponent's characters at will. Plus, when you finally soften up your opponents enough, you can play some extra cards with her Bounty effect.

In fact, in a Car setting, you can use her Car nature to untap her until you would attack with all of your characters at once. Then, while you do so, you get to use one of your opponent's Reckless Charge from their Scrap Pile to boost your next attack! Sure, it might not be the most reliable ability, but it's certainly the only one of its kind.

Truly, Nightbird earns her keep in many different ways. But personally? I'm just excited to have a promo that's actually good for once!


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21!

So, remember when I said that healing in games are either great or awful? Blackjack is the epitome of the latter.

You see, when you use a team of Micromasters like Blackjack wants (much akin to Powertrain, in fact), you'll find that you're going to be fairly frail, regardless of if you're playing blue or not. I mean, your other Sports Car Patrol characters have either 6 or 7 HP and either 0 or 1 defense, meaning they're not going to defend much even if you try your very hardest, with Flamewar as an ally and a stockpile of armor.

I just can't help but to feel as though Blackjack's ability could have been better, especially considering Powertrain's effect turning his allies into DPS machines. Perhaps one could use Vanguard instead of Flamewar in an attempt to buy their safety through his effect instead of sheer willpower alone?

Looking at his robot mode, however, I could be persuaded to like his minor stat change over Powertrain's. Having more damage while still having 4 defense at maximum isn't exactly awful, and using Roadhugger's damage boosting effect isn't half bad either. But when you consider the fact that not only does Powertrain give his entire team Bold but also has synergy with more -- and better -- Battlemasters does it become apparent that Powertrain's Off-Road Patrol will be far more viable than Blackjack's Sports Car Patrol.


BATTLE CARDS

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Armored to the Gills


Composite Armor is quite possibly one of the best Armors in the game. Not only does it give a monstrous +3 Defense, but it also gives +1 Attack and deals damage when you defend with it. I mean, sure, it scraps itself after you defend with it, but holy crap man. Hunker Down, obviously, would make this card not just easy to reuse, but also extremely powerful for certain characters. Let's go over some of those combos, shall we?

Lord Megatron is the first of these, as you can mill more cards from your opponent's deck when you use a Hunker Down, but you also have the effect of boosting your Attack when your opponent reshuffles their deck, as well. But, personally, I think one of the most powerful uses for this card is with Demolishor.

Demolishor, with his extra flipping effect, prizes having more defense when you attack. Let's show you this with an example. Let's say that you play a Power Punch on him for turn, and then play a Hunker Down to attach a Composite Armor. Demolishor already flips six cards when he attacks neutrally, but with a Composite Armor on him, you flip three more cards. Then, with that Power Punch, you'll end up flipping three more cards, putting him at a monstrous twelve cards in total, and that's not counting any white pips in your deck.

Did I mention that you already boosted his attack by +1 beforehand thanks to Composite Armor? Because you already boosted his attack by +1 beforehand.

Composite Armor is kinda insane. When you consider the implications of that absolutely disgusting +3 Defense, plus everything else about the card, there is absolutely no reason that you wouldn't want to run this card in every Tank deck you have at your disposal, regardless of the pip color.


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Always read the fine print.

Contract Contingency is a downright necessary card for decks that run Mercenaries. You might find that Mercenaries won't be able to use their Bounty abilities all too often -- especially since it requires the death of a character to activate. Lockdown, Detritus and every other one won't pop off as hard if they can't use their Bounty effects, and Contract Contingency makes that possible.

Lockdown especially will find Contract Contingency even more of an auto-include than before. Given the fact that it not only allows you to build his stock of cards beneath him, Contract Contingency also boosts his damage whilst being a double black card, making the base 4 damage that easier to get. You'll be boosting Lockdown, healing Detritus, playing cards with Mudflap, poking with Octone and... Well, doing Mercenary things with your Mercenaries!

Contract Contingency is an auto include in pretty much any list that runs a Merc, and there's no two ways around it.


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"Et tu, Brutè?"

Something else that might find its way into a few Mercenary lists is Coup. With Coup, you can use effects like Octone's or Lockdown's as a form of clap-back for one of your characters being KO'd. Certainly interesting when you consider how vital Bounty is to playing Mercenaries, but something a little more interesting is... Well, how it actually works.

See, this is a pretty non-controversial card. If you're playing some cheaper, more malleable Mercenaries like Mudflap or Nightbird, you'll like it because you're able to play more allies to make Coup use your Bounty effects more and more. But, something that I'm wondering about is when it can activate.

You see, the way Coup reads states that it doesn't matter whose character is KO'd -- just so long as a character is KO'd. This could even mean, from what I've seen here, that it could potentially activate on your own turn through your own KOing of a character, either yours or your opponents. Now, I could be misreading this thing (it wouldn't be the first time, amiright?), but my money is on my instincts and my instincts are telling me that I'm right.

So, where does that leave us?

Well, you could use Coup to bolster your own effects, like Octone, Nightbird or Lockdown when you KO one of your opponent's characters during an attack. If you'd like to be even spicier, you could potentially play Coup through Laserbeak's tap effect, allowing you to play Peace Through Tyranny to use one of your own characters to fuel Bounty triggers.

Of course, it might not work that way, but either way it still isn't an awful card to fuel some Bounty triggers on your opponent's turn, especially considering how important it is to certain characters like Lockdown. It might not see too much widespread play, especially if I'm wrong about it, but I'm still interested to see where it might end up in the long run.


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"Never do with one gun something that you could do with two."

Shoulder Holster is actually really quite interesting in aggressive decks. Sure, it's a blue pip, but when you consider that certain cards like Jetfire can take full advantage of it, there could be some fascinating combos you can pull off with it. Let's go over some examples.

Like I said before, Jetfire can be something of a monster with both Shoulder Holster as well as Defensive Configuration as options, where you can get free Upgrades on him in either aspect. Now, regardless of optimal pip usage for the moment, we can still abuse Jetfire's ability to play Shoulder Holster in order to play a free weapon. This can open up your hand to play a second weapon on him, potentially stacking a second, heavily damaging weapon on him to deal a potentially disgusting amount of damage through potentially double stacking Grenade Launchers or Power Punch.

But the best deck that will love every moment of Shoulder Holster as well as Defensive Configuration is the always Upgrade-hungry Omnibots. Since you can play either card with Overdrive, you'll find that your first turn will have far more burst than you're used to, potentially exploding more Upgrades on the first turn to facilitate your characters board presence. I mean, there is always the chance that you whiff the extra Upgrade off the top of your deck, of course, but either way you're still getting an extra Weapon or Armor slot, y'know?

I really quite like both Holster and Configuration. They're inconsistent, of course, but when they're used in tandem with interesting cards like the Omnibots, things become more interesting. I mean, just think of how you could use Shoulder Holster to play a Multi-Tool! Sure, you're not exactly gaining anything stat-wise -- pretty much nothing at all, for that matter -- but you're getting Upgrades on the field to fulfill other effects like General Megatron or Equipment Enthusiast.

It might not have immediate gratification, of course, but its combo potential cannot be ignored.


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"Cheers love! The cavalry's here!"

Dual Wield is the best Mercenary card. Period.

You like that Grenade Launcher on Lockdown? You do? Sick! Well, how about we give him another one from your Scrap Pile? Yeah, that sounds pretty neat to me. So not only does this open up the possibility to swing with two weapons at once, but it also opens up your Upgrade for turn to be something that's not a Weapon -- in other words, Force Field.

Dual Wield allows you to not only play it hyper-aggressively, but it also allows you to play it defensively as well. Remember, even though your extra weapon slot disappears at the end of your turn, if you only have one Weapon on one of your characters, it won't disappear with the slot if it's a weapon like Energon Axe. This means that you can use a scrapped Weapon from your Scrap Pile while also playing an Armor from your hand to buff a Mercenary to the gills in a single turn without breaking so much as a sweat.

I'm not exaggerating, and even though flexing my hyperbole muscle is one of my favorite pastimes, I'm dead serious when I say that Dual Wield will shape the Mercenary format.


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Wow, the reboot of The Puppet Pals Show is really intense.

Crude Club is one of those super hot combo cards that you just know will be the centerpiece of a super neat strategy. When you consider the fact that Shoulder Holster, Extra Padding, Attack Drones and Dual Wielding can all increase Crude Club's effectiveness, you start to realize how strong this card can be in combo decks.

Crude Club does +1 for every Upgrade on that character. So, let's try to do as much as possible with some quick math: Three Extra Padding, one Shoulder Holster, three Attack Drones in one weapon slot, one Crude Club in another slot, and with a Brainstormed double Dual Wielding, we can play both of our other Crude Clubs in both other slots. This runs a quick calculation of the following:

3 + 1 + 3 + 3 = 10 Upgrades in total. Now, let's factor in the damage that those Upgrades can do on their own as well: +3 Damage for the Drones, +10 damage for each instance of the Crude Clubs, all pieced together to create an unholy final score of: +33 Damage!

Imagine getting that in a game. If you pulled this off against me, I'd be hard pressed not to just sign the match slip the moment it happened. I mean, you probably deserve the win at that point. In fact, I think you could probably do more damage thanks to more Brainstorm chaining and Cargo Trailers instead of the Shoulder Holster. Who knows? Maybe someone can come up with more impressive numbers using Predaking or perhaps Dreadwing? All I know is that Crude Club should not be underestimated, and I think, understated.

I don't think that it'll be practical to pull off, but Timmy's and Johnny's rejoice! A brutal combo card your way comes!


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We three, we're not a crowd / We're not even company
My echo, my shadow, and me.

Wedge Formation is... Well, it's something all right.

To be perfectly frank with you, the effects of Wedge Formation has some of the least value I've ever seen on a card. On one hand, it's still not the worst card effect out there -- that Raspberry Award probably goes to Rest and Relaxation -- but it certainly does a whole lot of things to get nothing out of it.

I mean, sure, you're drawing a card, you could maybe heal something from one of your characters, and Plan 1 isn't necessarily a bad thing, but when you consider the fact that cards like Diagnosis does effectively the same thing but on a more neutral white pip, you can see how I'd be hard-pressed to find a spot for it on its card effects alone.

However, it should be clear enough at this point that this card's value clearly comes not from playing it from your hand, but using it in more niche strategies. With three pip colors on it, you'll find that cards like Blowpipe and Grapple want to play as many as possible in order to activate their effects. But, perhaps there is another reason to run it?

You see, Overwhelming Advantage requires you not just to have every color combination possible Upgraded on a character, but also flipping the same amount of colors on your attack. When playing at least one Decepticon on your team, you can use Overwhelming Advantage to Plan Wedge Formation on the top of your deck to make your flips that much easier. It would be all too easy to deal massive damage to one of your opponent's charactes.

Perhaps Overwhelming Advantage is simply too niche of a strategy to pull off correctly, but when you consider how easy it is to flip all of the colors in the game when three of them are taken up by Wedge Formation alone, I start to wonder if Overwhelming Advantage might just work after all.


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Hot Rod and Octone's normally jovial Skype call suddenly got heated when Octone accidentally called Hot Rod "Hot Shot".

Valuable Contract is... Okay I guess? I mean, it's not going to win any awards, and Star Cards are strictly okay at best, but with cards like Contract Contingency and Coup, could this card actually be the start of an interesting combination? Let's dive in and find out!

So, with Valuable Contract, it might seem odd, but you don't need to use it on a Mercenary. In fact, it might be better not to use it on a Mercenary in order to get the full use out of your Bounty activations. Regardless, what would be the best use of Valueable Contract and how would you make the most of it?

Well, let's say that we can use cards like Coup and Contract Contingency to activate Valuable Contract's Bounty effect. If you do, you can grab far more Star Cards from outside the game than normal. In fact, you'll probably be able to do so almost every turn given proper draw support. What could you possibly grab with Valuable Contract's effect if you did manage to pop it or something similar off every turn? Well, let cut to the chaff and let me toss out a neat idea that I just had.

Okay, so, Hot Rod can be used to build up a slow yet powerful control effect when he gets a card beneath him, right? Plus, when he has full HP, he has Safeguard, making his bulk that much better. So, how do we capitalize on this? For one, we can use cards like Blast Suit to reduce your opponent's damage by an astronomical amount, but I think more importantly, you could also use Heroic Resolve turn after turn if you were able to stream Bounty effects and/or Unleash Potential. Plus, since it goes to the KO pile after using it, you could run an aggressive version of the deck and not have to worry about shuffling a bunch of blue cards back into your deck.

But what might make it viable is through the use of Needlenose. With Needlenose's damaging ability, we are able to ping our opponents for a bit of damage every turn since we are effectively trying to play one of those cards every turn, and to facilitate that end, Needlenose can also return Blast Suit and other Star Cards from your Scrap to your hand to be used again. The end result of this is by being mostly able to stream Heroic Resolve and Blast Suit every turn, increasing your survivability exponentially, especially considering Hot Rod's double Action ability.

I don't know, it's just an idea that I had randomly. But the point being, Valuable Contract is of cardinal importance to that combo, and I honestly wonder whether there are other combos out there with it or not. After all, Wizards keeps making more Star Cards and people still seem reluctant to play them. Perhaps at one point they'll end up making a broken one and cards like Valuable Contract will be the catalyst to another broken combo deck?

Who knows? It's just a thought.


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"Oh, well there's your problem!"

Opportune Repairs is exactly the kind of repair card that I have been wanting. Healing one damage isn't great, healing two for the cost of a pip just feels awful, but Opportune Repairs healing three whilst still having a useful pip? Yes, please!

First off, I'd like to say why I love this card. Remember what I spoke about briefly in my last article? Safeguard is a very good effect, and when you play Safeguard Cars, or The Safety Dance as I'm starting to call it, you're going to have a lot Safeguard on the field to play with, and with it, more opportunities to heal off your characters.

See, that's what I love the most about it. Safeguard protects your character by capping the damage they would take from an undamaged state to (usually) three damage. Now, with that said, you can use healing cards like Opportune Repairs to heal off those three damage counters, reactivating Safeguard and giving that character another clean attack. So long as your opponent doesn't play any non-combat damage cards and you draw enough healing, Safeguard will keep coming back.

The Safety Dance can play several different Cars to take advantage of their Safeguard abilities, namely Hot Rod, Smokescreen and Greenlight, all equating to 24 Stars in total. But, since Opportune Repairs requires a Mercenary on the field in order to use it, you might want to play Deadlock, Nightbird or even Lockdown to fill that slot -- all piecing one little bit of their own power or utility to help out in your ultimate goals of outlasting your opponent.

Plus, they're all Cars, so... Yeah, it kinda works out.

Either way, I'm not quite certain that Opportune Repairs will be played in anything else that doesn't at least play instances of Safeguard. Safeguard is such a good ability, though, that Safeguard cards could be splashed into other lists rather easily, and if they are, you can bet that Opportune Repairs will be first on my list to try to work in.


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"Are you Sarah Connor?"

Similar to Opportune Repairs, but lending itself to a startlingly great damage boosting Action, Opportune Offensive is a lot of power in a little package. It's like a better version of The Bigger They Are or Heavy Handed -- one that only requires your own team composition to grant Pierce and a damage buff. I mean, just off the bat it's a way better version of Leap Into Battle, and it even has better pips to boot. The question changes from "Should I use this card?" to "Who should I use this card with?"

In fact, the same characters that Opportune Repairs would want to play might be quite fine to play in a blue list alongside Opportune Offense, except perhaps playing Detritus as well since healing is almost always better in a defensive circumstance than an offensive one. Lending to that idea, the fact that Opportune Offense grants a Pierce buff alongside a blue/black pip coloration shows us that the best place for it is in a blue/black list.

So, to that, I simply have to say that it's kinda impossible to say what it's good with because it's such a universal card. I mean, what else do you want from it? It makes you do more damage and Pierce! It's great!


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Sometimes the light's all shinin' on me / Other times I can barely see
Lately it occurs to me / What a long, strange trip it's been

Seven damage. Wow. That sounds like a lot, doesn't it? I mean, just think about it! You're doing so much more damage than you would otherwise, right?

Can you feel my sarcasm?

Okay, so this sounds like an amazing card, and for characters like Tote or his other Micromaster friends who start with two or three Attack, then 4-Wheel Drive seems like a strong addition to the deck, and it is. But, when you consider all of the other Trucks who start off at four or five attack, you're not going to get any value out of 4WD that you would otherwise get out of a Leap Into Battle of all things.

4WD may seem incredibly strong, but when you realize that playing a Leap Into Battle gets you effectively the same thing and you get to attack with that character in robot mode, I can't really get too much behind it outside of Powertrain or similarly small decks. Perhaps I'm just being overly critical and a bit of a pedant, but I just can't see this being used as well as Leap Into Battle or some of the other cards like Opportune Offense.

Again, maybe it's just me, but I can't help but to feel that there's less to this card than meets the eye.


CONCLUSION

As always, it is such an amazing feeling to help release cards to the public. I certainly love making all of this content for everyone, and getting to show off new stuff while I do makes me absolutely swoon. Thanks again to Wizards of the Coast for allowing me the opportunity to show it off, and thank you for reading and watching it!

As for the recent reveals, I'm sorry that I couldn't get to all of them in one article like last time. Honestly, though, it was kind of... Well, bloated. Like me. Oof.

Anyway, in all seriousness, I am absolutely ga-ga over the Mercenaries. I think they're a fantastic addition to the game, and they really spice up the dulled Faction system. I really hope that we get more reasons to play all Decepticons, Mercenaries or Autobots soon, though! With all of these faction-specific cards, though, I think that's closer than we think.

What do you think? Are you flipping out about Showing Off? Hooked on Lockdown? Or maybe you're ready to hit with Blackjack? Let me know in the comments below, and I'll see you next time!
Re: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019 (2041565)
Posted by Stargrave on October 12th, 2019 @ 12:47am CDT
Coming at you from the Transformers TCG Facebook page are some new Siege II (even Siege-ier) reveals! The main character cards already revealed so far in Siege II (Siege Harder) have been discussed in our previous articles HERE and HERE. These are just the Siege II (Rise of the Revenge of the Son of Siege) character reveals that have happened so far this week and are mostly Micromasters with an interesting and unique Action Master partner thrown in. Even if you don't play the game, the artwork is undeniably fun to look at. Be sure to share your thoughts in the forum and as always stay tuned to Seibertron for the ultimate in Transformers news!

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Re: New Siege II Cards Revealed For The Official Transformers Trading Card Game #NYCC2019 (2042289)
Posted by Stargrave on October 18th, 2019 @ 5:58pm CDT
This has certainly been a busy week of Transformers Trading Card Game reveals with characters being shown every day. Today we offer up the last of the Siege II character round up's thanks to the Transformers TCG Twitter with two new captains, Jetfire and Omega Supreme! The art on these cards is absolutely awesome especially showing off Omega's various modes.
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Then flanking in from both sides are some Decepticon baddies, Apeface, Skytread, and Soundblaster!

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Coming in from the ground and the skies, he's got better things to do tonight than die, the last character reveal for Siege II is none other than our favorite emerald centurion, Springer!

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Enjoy the images and share your views with the Seibertron crew in the forum. As always stay tuned to Seibertron for the ultimate in Transformers news!

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