DC Dice Masters: World’s Finest Product Reviews
“World’s Finest” might be the best Dice Masters set yet.
With “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” now in theaters, Wizkids has wisely timed the release of the new Batman and Superman centric Dice Masters set titled DC Dice Masters: World’s Finest. Even if you were disappointed by the movie, I can tell you that you won’t be disappointed by this expansion.
As with any Dice Masters release, it’s best to start out with the handy dandy starter set. The set contains 12 action dice, 16 character dice, 16 sidekick dice, 24 character cards, 10 action cards, and 2 dice bags (one Superman centric and the other Batman centric). As per usual, there are 8 characters in all each accompanied by 3 unique cards and 2 dice each. The characters in this set include: Batman, Catwoman, Harvey Bullock, Krypto, Oracle, Power Girl, Steel, and Superman. Strangely enough, there are no villains in this set at all. Instead, it’s heavy on Batman and Superman and their allies (which is an important component of this release).
In terms of the action dice, there are some interesting ways to target the high powered characters. A few examples: The Too Big To Fly card reads “KO target character die with attack of 5 or greater” while the six cost End of Days states “Each player chooses one of their active character dice and KOs the rest.”
Outside the starter, the booster packs featuring all sorts of beloved rogue’s gallery characters from both Batman and Superman universes such as The Riddler, Two-Face, General Zod, Scarecrow, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Mr. Freeze, Bane, Doomsday, and plenty of heroic allies like Alfred, Nightwing, Supergirl, Comm. Gordon, Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, and Robin. Much like with past sets, non character cards (such as Kryptonite and the Batcave) also pop up here. If you get really lucky, you may land a super-rare such as the highly coveted Black Lantern cards (Anti-Monitor, Firestorm, Green Arrow and Martian Manhunter).
Dice Masters players should be aware of several new terms this time around as well. They are as follows:
* “Vengeance” is a good way to get back at your opponent after they attack you. In other words, cards with Vengeance allows you damage them back in varying ways.
* Fast- Character dice with the fast text deal combat damage before characters without it.
*Iron will- Characters with Iron Will cannot be knocked out unless previously damaged this turn.
* Continuous- An instant effect.
If you’re into accessories, you have the option of picking up a team box, collector’s box, high quality dice bags, and, of course, the super cool Playmat. Of all of the playmats I have seen, this one is far away the best. As you probably know, the mat has a life counter, places for your 8 character cards and 2 action cards as well as the game board itself. As a Batman and Super fan, the mat is a visual feast. The left side features Batman character imagery (The Joker, Harley Quinn, etc.) on each card spot while the right side displays Superman characters (Supergirl, Lex Luthor, and so on). Admittedly the dark blue on the right side makes it tough to see the characters but it’s a minor quibble. In the middle (the game board) Batman and Superman and numerous characters appear together. For $20 or below, it’s a bargain
As a big Batman and Superman fan, this set had everything I could want as a fan. The card art was spectacular (especially loved the tributes to old school artwork tossed in there), the new character inclusions were a welcome addition to the game, the new strategies opened up numerous possibilities (I’ll get to that shortly), and, above all, this set was incredibly thematic. What I mean by that is that this particular release feels tailor made to the characters. For example, the ally component of the game I mentioned earlier allows gamers to craft powerful Superman centric and Batman centric decks. Take, for instance, the Lois Lane- Daily Planet Reporter card which says “While Lois Lane is active, other Superman symbol characters get +1A while attacking.” As you can imagine, the ally character cards can create all sorts of devastating combinations in the attack field (especially if you have high powered cards like Superman). The same goes for Batman and his allies. Basically, it’s like seeing heroic comic book team-ups come to life in the game!
Strategy wise, there’s no doubt that the new terminology introduced in this set can be of use. Force of Will can definitely come in handy when being attacked once and Vengeance is a great new way to keep yourself in the game after a deadly attack from your opponent.
Overall Thoughts: I’m not sure why this release isn’t getting much press, but it should be. If you play Dice Masters, run out and pick up some World’s Finest products now. You’ll be glad you did.
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