Z Warrior Mailbag – Super Snow Edition (2/3/2015)

Hello everyone! Time continues hurtling toward the release of Heroes and Villains. In just four short weeks, the new cards will be in your hands. That’s only three Mailbag articles from now! With approvals in the final stages, preview cards will start rolling out in the immediate future. Next week, a new “Card of the Week” series will be kicked off with the reveal of a Level 1 MP.  It’s been too cold, but come March the exhilaration of new DBZ matches should warm things up.

“During the early run of the old game we saw wrapper redemptions for promos, is that something that will be coming back?”

-Felice M. from Colorado

There are currently no plans for a redemption program, but it’s something that is frequently requested. It can’t hurt to hoard your wrappers in the meantime . . .

“Will there be any new Masteries in the new set this March? In the future will there be any way to make a multicolored deck?”

-Eric M. from Chicago

Heroes and Villains does not introduce new Mastery cards – they’ll generally be released in sets that have Starter Decks. I don’t think you’ll see multicolored decks in the near future, if ever. Of course, you can always scratch that itch in the sealed “Rainbow” format. The first time you combo Orange cards with Blue Positioning Drill, you might see Kami.

“I REALLY wanna play Broly as a Main Personality for Saiyan. Can I look forward to this in the future?

-Tristan G. from Kentucky

It’s safe to say that you’ll see Broly in the game, but not for quite some time. Broly’s AT damage against the current era of MPs would get pretty wild (because his power is maximum).

First and foremost I love the fact that you guys have brought back my favorite card game. As you develop other sets, has there been any discussion on bringing back some of the other rules and card types that didn’t make it into Set 1? The three things that come to mind are Empowerment, Focused Attacks and Battlegrounds/Locations.”

-Rudy B.

Heroes and Villains does not contain any new keywords, so you won’t see Empowerment. Meanwhile, “dual blocks” will always remain intentionally scarce and highly scrutinized. Due to this, Focused Attacks aren’t really necessary. Finally, you’ll see a lot of the functional intent of Battlegrounds/Locations reflected in the Constant Powers of Allies (such as Nappa’s pseudo City in Turmoil effect). There is a lot of this in the next set, and the implementation works well. Battlegrounds/Locations required their own card type, and you had to include specific effects to interact with them on their own axis. By giving those symmetrical effects to Allies (which can be destroyed by built-in game mechanics), a more interactive environment has emerged.

“Traditionally, the DBZ card game has used card effects to end combat. ‘Play only after a successfully played physical or energy attack performed against you.  Blank that attack’s text and end combat.’  That attack does its normal damage, regardless of Endurance.’ Something along those lines could offer some interesting gameplay, as there is a very real payoff to ending combat such as Critical Damage effects. Thanks for bringing back such an awesome game!”

-Steve T. from Utah

Without question, effects that “end combat” are the most difficult thing to balance. They serve a vital role in the flow of gameplay, as they prevent matches from devolving into mindless attacking. While they have many legitimate uses in a healthy metagame, they can also lead to non-interactive decks. The type of effect you suggested is certainly a way to balance these types of effects. Moving forward, we’ll continue to judiciously integrate ways to end combat without enabling a stasis archetype.
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Various tournaments from around the country, not even a snowstorm can stop them! 

Thanks to everyone for writing in with your questions and comments. If you’d like your thoughts addressed here, send an e-mail with MAILBAG in the title to dbz@paniniamerica.net. Please include your name and location, and send any rules questions to the same address. With the final days of the launch format coming to an end, I’ll close with this question of the week:

What was the most underrated deck in the Set 1 environment?

10 thoughts on “Z Warrior Mailbag – Super Snow Edition (2/3/2015)

  1. I felt Gohan was just about unplayable, but I recently put a Gohan Saiyan Energy deck together and it packs quite a punch. I try to avoid combat as much possable in the early game, so that I can basically ignore his terrible Lv1.


  2. I would be alright with BGs coming back at some point. They could easily fill a different role than the current “constant” effects of allies. You could have effects be much less impactful but gain reliability/consistency from it. Effects like “Defenseless Beach” or “Arqua’s Arena” etc. wouldn’t necessarily be viable as an ally due to how vulnerable they are, but would be justifiable as a battleground type card.


  3. Blue Super Saiyan God Goku Physical beatdown is criminally underrated. Has the ability to preserve his high power level well against most decks, and can hit hard enough to go through half or more of the opponent’s life deck in a single combat with cards like Blue Trapped Strike and Blue Lunge. And it does all this while still playing (and doing damage with) tech cards like Blue Betrayal and Devastating Blow. To top it off, the mastery lets you keep Ginyu and Namekian decks on lower levels for a lot longer – I end a lot of games with my opponent still on level 1 or 2.


  4. Blue decks in general are very underrated right now. Blue Goku with or without the promo is ridiculous once you get to your lv 3, which is easy with kao ken. Once on three, or even before, abuse blue positioning drill and blue lunge to deal tons of attacks from your set ups. Krillin is ok for blue too. Happy there are no bgs and locations, too annoying to deal with.


  5. So happy they answered my question, but a little let down that no multicolored decks. Anyway. I run Blue Trunks, and am having a lot of fun/success with it. Trunks’ ability to look at cards prior to drawing, has let me set dead draws of setups and drills on defending turns. Further more, with the Blue mastery I can actually get and stay on the ever important Stage 3.


    • I can see why they’ll never do multicolored decks, but I do think they should consider hybrid cards in the future. Similar to Magics hybrid cards. An example would be a Red/Black attack that does a little of both styles: Gain an anger and banish a card maybe. The card would be playable in red or black decks.


  6. I’ve been using a Black Krillin beatdown deck for a month or so and it’s been a really great deck … It delivers alot of damage while banishing tons of cards at the same time.. It really keeps the my opponents on the fence… It does have some draw backs …Ex… It doesn’t have the ability to lower an opponents anger, so I do get beat by some anger based decks (Piccolo Namekian) …Ginyu was a problem for a minute , but using Krillin with the Black Mastery really helped fix that treat… Using Krillin’s lvl 1 ability in unison with the Black mastery can defeat any Ginyu decks if used properly…. All in all this Black Krillin deck has a great record 28 wins 18 loses …..Most of the loses where to either Ginyu or Piccolo…. Other than those …. Most matches where really close….. The ability to manipulate your opponents deck and banish key cards makes this deck ideal for some real fun…..


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