Howdy! Heroes & Villains is now in full effect, and there is electricity in the air. The release of a new set is always an exciting time for innovation. New decks to build, new strategies to counter, new combos to try – the lifeblood of a CCG player! Let’s hear from the fans:
“Is tournament play going to allow a side deck? I like the new cards a lot but I can’t fit any of them at all.”
While there are no plans to introduce a side deck any time soon, it’s something that will always be considered. Our ultimate goal is to provide a balanced game that is enjoyable to play, so it’s possible that a side deck might be something worth revisiting.
“Can you please clearly define which altered cards and promos are legal for tournament play? Thank you for bringing back this game!!”
-James D. from Oregon
This was addressed in a previous mailbag, but let’s go more in depth. In order for a card to be tournament legal, it must be an actual DBZ TCG card printed by Panini America. This means that all promotional cards are legal, such as the MPs released at the San Diego Comic Con. Artistic alterations to cards are permitted, provided that they do not obscure relevant game text or intentionally make the card unrecognizable. For example, modifications like doodling a hat on a character or having a signature on a card would be perfectly acceptable. However, changing the art completely to a different character (or even the same character in a different pose) would not be permissible. Finally, for a card to be legal it must be unmarked. A legal card must be indiscernible from any other card in your deck (the card can’t be thicker due to alterations, bent in a way that makes it stand out, etc).
“Based on the sets released so far, it appears that all MPs from set 1 and the starters get allies in set 2 and vice versa. Can we expect MPs of the allies in set 2, to appear in set 3? Namely Zarbon and Dodoria?”
While they may be revisited at a later date, you can expect that most side characters will only show up as Allies. On the flipside, MPs will often return in Ally form – as seen with the suite of Allies included in Heroes & Villains.
“Will you ever reprint Ultra Rares? Specifically, the Spheres?”
-Jackson F. from New York
There are no current plans to reprint Ultra Rare cards. However, we will continue to look at their distribution rate and aim for a mix of both collectability and accessible gameplay.
That brings us to the end, but remember that you can have your questions and comments addressed here by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with “MAILBAG” in the title. Please include your first name, last initial, and location – and send all ruling inquiries to the same address. As always, we’ll finish with the question of the week:
Which MP has improved the most with the release of Heroes & Villains?