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FOW NEWS


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Q AND A:



So as you guys might remember, well over a month and a half ago (getting close to 2 months) Svitlana of Games n Geek had posted in the Facebook Global group asking people to submit questions. These questions she would then take to the company and bring back what they said. This was a cool way to at least have some form of communication with FOW, since none has taken place since Jeff and Eiji departed. Ever since asking for the questions things have been kind of quiet with people wondering what happened. 

Well there were some comments on the post recently which prompted a response, in which she said:

The questions have been turned in to the company. 
I did hear back from them.
They will be addressing all of the concerns from this posting. They will be formulating their responses directly from japan, and addressing the public from there.

So this is good news at least. Hopefully the company sends the questions to her, because there have been at least 2, maybe 3 instances of the company promising to do a public post about different subjects, and then just not doing it hoping people don’t notice. But if they do soon that’d be awesome.

Unfortunately one can assume a lot of the questions are either not as relevant anymore, or were indirectly answered. For example one question asked about why the company went silent and if they’ll do community outreach. Well if you asked that question, it’s now been almost 2 months with no answer and no company communication. And for outreach, FOW skipped GenCon among other things which is a little disheartening. 

Questions regarding bans/CR updates are about to be answered on their own with the set releasing.

Questions if Kaguya and Arwyn are exclusive (already answered via spoilers).

And more, obviously. So hopefully we hear from them soon, especially some cool hype bits would be awesome like we used to get with past Liasons. Hints at what the GP season might look like for example would be a great confidence boost to the community and game in general. But we’ll keep you guys up to date if anything comes up!


ENTIRE SET SPOILED:



So if you’ve been following our channel, you will have seen the entire set was spoiled! This was mainly just the remaining 10 cards, which were the UC slotted cards. They are all Will fixing in some fashion, and seem to be at power levels usually associated with Rares and Super Rares.

It will be interesting to see how the format could be shaped with these. If you want an in depth analysis, be sure to check out the video on our channel going over them!


GP FRANCE:



GP France was formally announced. You can find out the full information for it on their site HERE

It will take place September 21-22, and will include a paid ticket to Worlds! This even includes accommodation according to the website. It will also be cluster format, which will be very interesting considering the cards we are getting with this new set.

Specifics as far as promos, rewards, etc have not been revealed yet, but will be at a later date.


PRE-RELEASE:



The release of the new FOW set is coming up! And with it Pre-release is coming up! It is this weekend actually, with full release coming next weekend. 

This is going to be a very unique pre-release, so a couple things to remember going in. At your locals you should establish the full legality of using Rune reprints. Will people be allowed to use these to their heart’s desire? Will you limit how many/what colors people can use in a single deck? Do you just not let people use them? These are good things to figure out beforehand. 

Also be sure to be on the lookout for our Pre-Release primer! Where Joe goes over the best cards/combos to play and look out for!


NO NEW CR:



Unfortunately, it looks like there (as of now) won’t be an update to the CR. In the past the updates to things like the CR would happen this past Monday, or Tuesday at the latest (US time). As of writing we are about to hit Thursday and still no update, which leads to the conclusion we most likely won’t be getting one.

This is unfortunate for a couple reasons. The first is simple things like the upcoming pre-release. As I mentioned above there is no universal way to deal with Rune reprints in the set. This would also affect any future limited format friendly competitions or tournaments. 

The bigger issues come down to card interactions. From things like Perfect Loki and if it would go to graveyard, or that Rune with infinite Divinity and if that means with Perfect Loki you can run that rune plus as much other Divinity as you want. Clarifications on Alice becoming all races, loss of life wording on the new darkness resonator, and much more. 

Also with no CR update means no updates in general. So as of now there is no clarification on what to do with cards like the dark giant and previously  mentioned resonator, both of which have different text wording in other countries. Do all countries adopt that wording or our wording? This is obviously even more important for international events like Worlds etc. Also obviously we won’t be getting any updates to the ban list.

So we can only hope that they are just super late on this and we just won’t have updates until after pre-release. We’ll keep you updated on that, or any community-inspired updates for things like the CR etc.


PAUPER CONFUSION:



So one random thing that came out of the reprints and lack of company communication is how this affects Pauper.  This is a format where only common cards can be used. It’s currently being maintained by Justin Dilgard.

It was pointed out that there are cards from the Starter Decks that were Uncommon before, but with the reprints are now common. This presents a very unique and interesting problem. Do you ban all uncommon reprints outright? Or since they are technically common now, do you go card by card and judge bans based on power level? 

This isn’t crazy news, but an interesting predicament. Would love to hear your guys’ ideas  for what to do  regarding this as well!


PROMOS:



As you can see above, we got some promos! Both regular and Wanderer League promos were revealed. This was done in a very interesting way. Neither have been officially shown anywhere, as seems to be the pattern now. 

The first, Set, The Commander of Destruction, was revealed by Taylor Smith in the Facebook Group. It sounds like his store was sent this instead of the Angel Promo for some reason, an error on the company’s part. As such we got this picture of next month’s promo!

The second image has Dreams of Wonderland as the Wanderer promo. This was found by Cal Tuma on Twitter. Taylor Smith then confirmed this was also at his locals and he must have missed that they also got the Wanderer Promo early by accident as well. So by mistakes on the company’s part we at least got looks at the new promos!


HUGE FOW EVENT:



So Jeremy of Ruler School is actually putting together a GP level type of event! It  is called the Grand FOW Festival and is taking place October 12th! Full details, including tickets for the event etc can be found HERE

There  is a $500 cash prize pool for top 8, that doubles if 60 people register. First 80 to register get a free playmat. All players get a GP Lightning Cave promo and select monthly promo cards as well in addition to a playmat. Top 8 also receive the Gold Uber Arthur Ruler and Top 3 get the gold/silver/bronze plated ones as well. 

There is lots more shown and to be announced so be sure to try attending it! Full gallery of prizing pictured below.




Well that’s the news for this week! See you next time



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Argent News


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There was quite a bit that happened this past week again, so let’s go!


REGIONAL DATES:



We got some regional dates announced! These are the store-run tournaments that are run across the country. You just need to check out the main website HERE to find out where and when your local area will be holding one! We here at TCGScrubs will be at the San Antonio event so keep an eye out for us! 

If you are a store looking to run a Regionals, there might still be time to do it in that same link I posted above. No guarantees though.

Also at Regionals will be a new promo and prizing! You can see the image below the top half will get Demon of the Evil Eye, a brand new promo card! As well as a FA promo/playmat for participation, and a FA Metal card for top 8! Full details at the link and image below! Prizing varies depending on the month the Regional event takes place.




KICKSTARTER TOWERS:



On a bit of less exciting news, people who are getting their Kickstarter Rewards found out via the mail received that the Metal Towers were not in the packaging. According to Jim (CEO of Argent Saga) he had forgotten to order those with the other prizing. Good news is the order is placed so he said to expect those in the next 3 weeks or so.

It’s a little disappointing, especially for anyone looking forward to show them off at any locals/tournaments about to happen. But at least they are coming. And Kickstarter prizing outside of those should be arriving everywhere! So if you backed them on Kickstarter keep an eye out!


ARGENT SAGA CHAMPIONSHIP:



We got some new details for the Argent Saga Championship coming up! This is the event that takes place September 14th/15th. There will be a Swiss format main event held on Saturday, then on Sunday top cut will happen along with a full separate Regional tournament!

As you can see from the picture above, you can now do a VIP package for $100 which includes the participation playmat/promo, the set of 7 custom dice, the Buckey FA Promo, and a set of TEN FA Shards! Also a VIP Lapel Pin. This is genuinely really cool, and if I were to attend would probably be the first time I spent money on a VIP package in a TCG. The value for the Shards and Dice alone is enough for me.

For full information on the tournament, including registration and deals on Hotels, visit their website link HERE


SHARD POINTS STORE:



So if you have had a chance to open booster packs, you will probably have seen there is a chance to pull ‘Shard Point’ cards. These are cards we were told could be redeemed at some point for product of some kind. Well it looks like we finally got (most of) it! 

On the website there is now a Redeem Shardpoints Section under the Community tab (you can find it HERE) where there is a tone of awesome items already ready to go! Everything from exclusive shirts, to playmats, booster boxes/packs, dice, and more! And more stuff yet to be announced which include Art prints, Metal Towers, Promos etc!

You can see some of it below, but it’s a really cool idea that should be fun to try saving points for!



CANADA EXTRAVAGANZA:



So announced was a series of events for Canada soon! This weekend actually, there will be lots of events going on, all leading to a big tournament! 

This tournament will take place on August 18th, and will actually give the winner a choice of any NA event to get a paid flight to! In addition to an Esports gaming chair!

These events will be at the CNE-Gaming Garage and will require a convention badge to enter. For complete details and how to register visit the Facebook event page HERE


PLAYMAT SECTION:



Along with the new prize wall section on the Argent Saga website is a Playmat section. Here it shows off every single past and upcoming playmat for the game, including the dates that the playmats were released during. This is a really cool and handy resource for people wondering where and when playmats were released, how rare they could be, etc. 

Another thing that came from this section was in some of the previews of playmats was some new art! This would be from one of the 2 new sets coming up, and includes some interesting looking stuff. You can see in some of the images below, and check out that website section HERE



FUTURE TOURNAMENT BALANCE:



So a couple issues were brought up recently that we’ll briefly go over. The first was the power level of Ergon. This is the card pictured above that discards things, then fixes the top of your deck as its two abilities. As seen in recent tournaments (which you can view in the Argent Saga Top 8 section on this website) he has been very prevalent. Even at our locals his power level was taken note of. 

This has caused the community to ask this power level to be addressed, which in response it looks like the company is taking a look into it. What this might entail we don’t know, but it could be a ban, errata, or we may simply just have to wait until a later set to gain the counters to it. It’s important to note that with only intro decks and one set that balance will be an issue be default. However something like a temporary ban on him until a set with counters comes out would be a good solution, especially with how many events are happening between now and then.

On a similar note, another gameplay related thing that came up was timing of rounds. Currently the time limit is 45 minutes  (50 minutes for Grand Prix level events). The 45 minutes though is for locals and regional events, which is the main one being called into question. There have been pretty consistent complaints from the inception of the game (though more prevalent now) that there simply isn’t enough time to play out games. Because of this ties happen often or just incomplete rounds. 

The feedback from the company on this hasn’t been super clear. It sounds like they might be taking a look into it, but at the same time they sounded pretty confident where it was at. So we might just be waiting until after the tournament season to see if there is a consistent outcome from these match times, or if this only a small problem mostly relegated to people still familiarizing themselves with the game.


FLOOR RULES CHANGE:



Speaking of Floor Rules with time limits, a new floor rule was recently added. This one is the Clarified End of Match Procedure (3.5). The following 2 additions were added:

If a new game is begun while already in the end of match procedures, reset the count of extra turns

Drawing Extra Cards now always carries a Game Loss penalty

Obviously the first rule change is pretty mundane, the second one however is pretty interesting. It’s basically saying no matter what, no matter the circumstance, if you draw an extra card by accident (could be drawing 2 cards instead of 1, or drawing a card too quickly before your opponent finishes a sequence they were doing), you instantly get a game loss with no attempt to remedy the situation. 

This is an interesting ruling that has already caused some discontent with members of the community. It was pointed out that other card games do not do this, most noteably MTG. Game loss is an extreme measure for a situation that has alternative ways to remedy it. The one proposed by Brandan Bremont was to use the MTG method, which is the offender reveals their hand to their opponent, the opponent chooses a card and that card is inserted somewhere into the deck. 

This creates huge disadvantage to the offender, while not throwing the entire game away. Avoiding automatic game losses should be the point of rulings and judges, not necessarily to create as many instant game loss conditions as possible. I know I personally have accidentally drawn cards several times, whether it’s form card draw abilities or drawing slightly out of sequence. None of it malicious and definitely not deserving of a game loss. 

So we’ll see how this plays out in the future and if they end up listening to some of this community feedback.


GENERATIONS SPOILERS:



A new mini season of spoilers has started! This is for the mini-expansion set ‘Generations’. This is a set that costs $25 and has some new cards, reprints, and FA variants of old cards.

It’s a pretty cool idea that I’m excited for. You can see an example of a spoiled card above! There was some criticism though, as 5 cards were spoiled that turned out just to be vanilla (you can see an example below). This caused people to ask why they would get a set that had reprints combined with some of the new cards are  (at the moment) unplayable vanilla cards. 

This is a good question, as vanilla cards usually are best delegated to intro decks and booster boxes. It could be that the remaining cards are pretty high power levels so it balances it out overall, but it still would have been nice for these to at least be somewhat higher than average stats or something to help them stand out. We’ll be doing spoiler video coverage of these as they come out so stay tuned on our Youtube channel to get our full thoughts of ever single card as they come out!



PROMOTE LOCALS:



Do you have a local Argent Saga Facebook page? Well Argent Saga wants to hear from you! Jim posted asking people to follow a Google Docs HERE to fill out a form where you say where you are located, and link your Facebook group. 

What this could completely entail is unknown, but it did hint at sending promotional material to possibly help build your locals, which would be awesome! It could also be used for them to create a database on their website so people can easily find regions and stores that support the game. Jim also said if you have a group to add him to it so he can help grow the game!

As a side note somewhat unrelated, he mentioned in a separate conversation that they might possibly be looking at ‘Autograph’ cards in addition to the numbered cards in the future as a rarity. Just a quit tidbit I thought I’d share.


RE-RELEASE EVENT:



Last piece of news was the announcement of the Argent Saga Re-Release! This was announced to Retailers to do in September. This will basically be another Pre-release, especially for stores (like ours) that didn’t get a chance to run an event like this.

It was stressed that your store must schedule the event through ERRES and can be held any day during that month. You can email op@argentsaga.com for more information regarding it. Top 8 gets Full Art Foil Cards, up to 16 players get participation FA cards, Top 8 gets mats and lapel pins as well. This should be an awesome string of events so should be exciting! 



That’s all for this week, hopefully that’s enough news for you all. See you next week!



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FOW NEWS


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We got just a couple interesting news items this week, so let’s get into it!


WGPQ DOWNSIZED:



So as many of you know, we have a WGPQ coming up very soon in Arizona. This is one of the last FOW events in the US as well. We had previously reported on the large pool of prizing that was going to be at the event, from energize plates, to coins, help paying for a trip to Japan, and more. However, sadly it looks like that has changed. Jesse James Comics and Games (the store hosting the event) made the post below in the FOW Global Facebook group that you can read:



As you can see based on lack of contact from players and the company he decided to scale back prizing. This is understandable considering if the event does not fire off as planned, he would stand to lose a decent amount of money. The pre-registering of only one player isn’t too big of a deal in my opinion, as it was pointed out that is quite normal for these types of events. But if they aren’t used to that it’s enough to warrant scaling back the prizing in response. It is very disheartening to hear though that the store that is running a full WGPQ is still having trouble maintaining contact with the company. Even outside of the WGPQ with their normal monthly promos they seem to be having the same problem our local store, and many others are having. 

So as of now the prizing has been reduced as was laid out in the post. We’ll have to wait and see if FOW ends up contacting them at some point to try and remedy some of this, but seeing as the company hasn’t even replied to the community QandA that was held over a month ago it’s probably safe to say things will continue as they are. It’s still important to support the store though so if you plan on going still go! It will be fun with lots of people, and Jeremy of Ruler School will be streaming as well! So we can still make the most of it.


NEW FOW CIRCUIT SERIES:



So as you all probably knkow, ARG Circuit series has stopped supporting FOW (among other games). This has left a hole for where smaller tournaments could have happened for the game. 

Now it seems there might be something new coming? Jeremy (once again of Ruler School) made a post on Facebook. In it, he said he was approached by some individuals wanting to create a replacement for the Circuit Series. Before this can happen, they are gathering information from players, most likely to determine demand and amounts of player concentration in different areas of the US. 

There are 2 surveys, one for players, and one for stores. You can take the survey HERE. After you have taken it there is a link at the bottom to send to your locals to take as well. If you’d like to see these tournaments again be sure to fill it out!


TOP 10 GAMES:



So per usual, icv2 has released the next season of top 10 lists for hobby games! This list details the top 10 selling card games inside of hobby stores, and once again (similar to last time) Force of Will no longer makes the cut. A couple surprises though in it is that Transformers TCG is maintaining pretty high, and Keyforge is not only high, but surpassed Yu-Gi-Oh! That is quite unexpected. Cool to see things shaken up a bit though. We’ll see if the new FOW company’s direction translates to them getting back on this top 10 list next time, when they will have had full control of the game for the entire season.

FOW WORLDS DATES:



So it looks like the dates for Worlds have been announced! It is officially November 17-18th. They have confirmed an artist signing for day 1 like usual, and some sort of event for day 2 that will be announced at a later time. So for anyone that plans on going or watching the stream, be sure to set aside time for that! It was officially announced that Vite Ramen will be sponsoring the stream for the event with Jeremy! So awesome of them to continue to support the game in this way as well



That’s all the news for this week, see you all next time!



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Argent News


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We got a couple things to go over so let’s get started!

Before we officially go into the news, be sure to check out the recent top 8 events from GenCon here on the website! There was a 5K and Regionals that we have the full breakdown, and top 8 lists! Just hover over ‘Argent Saga’ above, then click on top 8!


REGIONALS MAT:



We got our first look at the mat for regionals! This is the smaller events that are usually held around the country. They usually come with mats and promos sometimes, so we got a look at that at least! These regionals take place in September so keep an eye out for that.

Full information for Regionals, or any other Argent Saga event can always be found on their website HERE


TCGPLAYER:




TCGPlayer officially has Argent Saga now! This was mentioned awhile back that it would happen eventually, and it did. It had started with the obvious booster box, starter decks, and packs, but now it is full of singles in different varieties. It is still a settling market so prices feel a bit high for some cards, but that can be expected to (hopefully) go down after the second print run comes out, or at worst the second set comes out. 

Not a lot of the high rarity cards on there though I noticed, those are still mostly being sold on the Argent Saga Facebook Marketplace currently. But it’s awesome it’s on TCGPlayer now, which is a big resource for people who want singles. And because it’s alphabetical, it’s easy to find under the ‘Other’ menu!


EARLY SPOILER:



We got our first look at a future card now as well! You can see it quite blurry above, but it’s there! It was also mentioned that there will be another green card being spoiled, possibly soon, that the community will love. 

This one above though, if it’s hard to read, roughly says:

Gain a counter for every tower you have destroyed. You can remove one counter and exhaust this card, exhaust a unit.
Or you can remove 4 and exhaust, destroy a unit and stand up 2 shards.

This is a rough idea of what it says, we’ll know more when it is revealed proper!


GENERAL REMINDER:



I’ve been seeing this pop up a lot so thought I’d do a quick general reminder that Yuki (the Kickstarter promo) will be available at LGS tournaments this October. It is still unfortunate in the meantime the shortage and price of them (currently around $60-70 per card), but hopefully the release of these will lower the price, plus make access to them much easier. They seem to be sticking to the idea of tournament locked cards, but maybe if the community isn’t overall a fan of them, it could change. 

By not having tournament locked cards and instead having really cool (and rare) alternate arts of popular cards, you disappoint nobody. By having these, you definitely disappoint and frustrate a significant portion of players. We’ll wait and see what happens though!



That’s all the news for this week. Finally, a shorter one! See you next week



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FOW NEWS


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Got a lot of interesting tid bits so let’s go! 


MY WILL STUDIOS:



In case you aren’t aware, My Will Studios is the company that Eiji and Jeff started post their FOW leaving. With it they have already partnered with the digital card game, CryptoSpell, and have teased plans for some other cool projects as well!

They recently posted the above picture (with some awesome shirts by the way) teasing an incoming announcement from them! There wasn’t any details, but it is hopeful that Jeff was there, because it gives hope that whatever it is would see an English release possibly. Some possibilities could be projects Eiji has talked about doing in the past, including the Architects card game and a FOW board game that uses figurines. We’ll keep you guys up to date if anything new comes up!


NO NEW PROMO ART:



So it looks  like it was just confirmed that the promos that were announced for Buy-A-Box promo and more are simply re-used art unfortunately. What they did was take the previous art, make a slight adjustment/color change, then put it out as a promo.

Two examples are Odin and Kaguya. Odin has simply rotated his arm up a bit, and Kaguya added a scroll or blip of some sort that she is holding, plus some slight color changes. This is a bit disappointing, because the cool choice of what art to use for promos, or getting excited for new art on promos goes away for these. Let’s hope this is a one off, and doesn’t become a trend for future promos that have yet to get art commissioned. 


FOW CHIBI ART:



Remember the Force of Will Simulator? It was a digital platform to play FOW that was short lived unfortunately. One thing that was in it that was really cool was the different brand new art in it. People have been wondering if they could get a hold of that art, and now they can!

Thanks to Jeff Finnigan, he was able to send us all the art he had from it (such as the chibi art) which you can download HERE. Just swing by our website anytime in the future to download or host it anywhere!

Really happy we were finally able to get a hold of these, I personally love them. Hope you all enjoy too!


FOW GENCON:



So as we get close to Gen-Con it is probably pretty safe to confirm now that FOW will be breaking their streak of appearances this year. People were really hoping they would show up to help assure people of the future of the company and game in some small fashion. Whether Kim or somebody will be there in person just roaming the floor is yet to be seen, but they have made no announcements or statements either way for it.

Let’s hope they do something instead, or at least come back next year. Last year’s FOW GenCon was really awesome and I’m bummed we won’t get that again this year.


GODZILLA SPOILERS:



So some of you might be aware of the Chrono Clash system of games. We’ve discussed it several times on the channel here before. It is basically an LCG that has a Naruto/Baruto set out right now. Coming out soon is the Godzilla set as well. You should be able to battle the two different sets against each other, but not make a deck with both sets inside of one deck. 

That all aside, we finally got our first look at some of the Godzilla cards! I’m pretty excited about this, and you can expect some new content for this and maybe unique stuff you aren’t expecting. If you are familiar with the game check out the new mechanics below! If not just check out the awesome art instead. Full spoilers HERE





That’s all for this week, see you next time!



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Argent News



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VIDEO NEWS

So there is a ton of Argent Saga News again this week! So let’s dive in.


ALL FOILS REVEALED:



So Pre-Release just happened this past weekend, and with it we go the full reveal of a lot of the items in the set. One of these was the different foil/full art variations of cards.



We’ll start with the full arts. So it looks like we do in fact have Full Art cards, but in a very interesting way. Some cards (it looks like a mix of Champions, Units, etc) are numbered between 1-1000 in full art form! So when you get a box or booster pack, you have a chance of pulling one of only 1,000 cards in existence of that variant. This is a pretty cool idea, though I’m still a bit bummed that full art cards aren’t just the standard for card rarities. This at least is a cool unique take on high rarity pulls!



The second thing is we got a look at the normal foils! As reported last week, the foiling differs based on the rarity of the card. You can see below we have rainbow foiling, scratch foiling, and a sort of curvy foiling (probably more I’m forgetting). Some of these are pretty cool looking, and make it easy to identify rarity and add some variety to the foiling. Jim (owner of ARG and Argent Saga) said that they ended up doing this to include all 6 foiling options the community had chosen back on the Facebook page when they were going through this process. 

However, some of it makes it especially hard to read the cards. That seemed to be the most consistent complaint from people online, and feedback from stores. Even posting pictures there is almost no way to tell what card is being photographed, let alone what any of the text says. It may come down to preference as far as who likes the foiling, but readability is something that is separate from the foil preference. Luckily it sounds like this will be addressed, which we will talk about later in here.

Overall the cards look cool, and I’m excited to see how the foiling will evolve as the game progresses! 


ISSUES WITH PRINT RUN:



So with the release of product we got a look at the quality of printing as well. Now it’s important to preface that (obviously as far as we know) none of these problems that are listed are Argent Saga’s fault, it is the fault of the printer, and they are actively working to fix them. But it’s important to list so everyone knows what is the norm and what to expect. 

Scuffing – So it looks like cards are having like ‘dirt’ marks, dents, and dings in the corners and sides of the cards. You can see some of that in the images. This is a bit unfortunate, and is attributed to the printing and finishing process of the cards that leads to that. It even happened on some of those rare 1/1000 cards with large dents etc. This is a bit unfortunate as it automatically takes away that shiny new feeling of the cards, and devalues them out of the pack.

Alpha Demo Decks – If you guys remember, the printer had messed up the Alpha demo decks by printing the wrong finishing on them, causing concern on playability and just overall asthetic. It was revealed they also hadn’t printed/included the instructions, so Argent Saga themselves actually had to print those out to send with all the product. 

Print Delay – The product/Kickstarter product was supposed to be printed and arrive on July 1st, however they didn’t even receive it until the 20th. This caused potential delays in Kickstarter back product among other issues.

Collation Problems?  – This was being looked into so we will wait to see, but it was mentioned there may be a collation problem with the commons in packs etc. In the meantime it was suggested stores shuffle the packs up a bit inside the box before selling the single packs. 

Squared Edges – It looks like there is a small chance of some the cards having squared off edges. Instead of the rounded corners they get this squared off look you can see in the pictures. Not sure how common this is, but it will be important to know the legality of these or if they will just be random collection items essentially. 

Box Toppers  – If you opened a box or saw one opened, you would see that a box has FIVE box toppers in it! This was definitely not the intent, as they were only supposed to have 1 in each box.



Now, once again this is nothing about Argent Saga itself, just wanting to point out problems the printer came up with in the set. They used the US based printer that does MTG (different than the one Force of Will used when they had their printer problems, I believe that was the EU based MTG printer). Jim did address all these problems though which was great, and we will go over that now.


JIM’S UPDATE VIDEO:



So Jim did an update video on Facebook, going over the problems with printing, as well as teasing different things from the future! This was super cool and nice to get a one on one update there, where he was also interacting with the community who was commenting during it. So I’ll go over everything he said bullet by bullet similar to above!

Halted Production – So in light of a lot of the mentioned issues above, production was temporarily halted on the set. They are now calling what has been printed so far ‘Wave 1’. Everything after will be ‘Wave 2’ or ‘2.0’. So the only product currently is at the distributors, Gen-Con, etc and it will be the ‘Wave 1’. He assured us though that there is enough to fulfill orders currently and then some, at least until the new wave is printed. Wave 2 will arrive sometime in August. This set will feature all the corrections I’m about to list.

Box Toppers – Wave 2 will have the corrected box topper count, instead of 5 I think he said it will have 1 or 2 now as it’s supposed to.

Scratching – They are working on the ‘scratched’ and ‘dirty’ look the cards have. He was told it’s an issue called Blooming that will be fixed. The scuffing on the edging will be fixed as well by adjusting the press a bit. They will also add a heavier coat on the cards to prevent normal scratching that was occurring.

Foiling – Jim did say they are looking into stuff with the different foiling on the cards to make them easier to read, which will be much appreciated.

Promos – He did mention if you get a promo, those actually have the correct foiling and finishing options that Wave 2 will have, in case you wanted to see what that will be like.

Gen Con Tournament – He said you can play in the Argent Saga tournament, even if you have a ticket for another game’s tournament.

Shard Points – They are going to be doing the Shard Points system for 3 or 4 sets, after that they will switch to QR code cards for prize redemption (I assume similar to how FOW used to do it).

Yuki Promo – Confirmed that in October there will be other ways to get the Yuki card outside of Kickstarter Rewards.

Product – Jim mentioned that they are working possibly with Dex Protection, Ultra Pro, or someone else to create sleeves and deck boxes for the game!

Cloth Mats! – He announced they are making cloth mats as well! He showed off 2 designs, one of which has the card and zone outlines. These will be available through distributors at some point so your local store can order and sell them to you! Check them out below! They will be around $30 and there will be limited VIP mats later on for a lot more (I assume at events). 

Kickstarter Rewards – During this he also announced that Kickstarter Rewards are sent out! His team actually ended up working through the weekend to get this all done. So most people should either have received them, or should expect them this week! Be sure to check Kickstarter to make sure your form was filled out correctly if you haven’t received it, and any questions contact them through Kickstarter or Email!



GEN-CON TOURNAMENT:



More details were released for some of the tournaments being ran at Gen-Con! You can see some of the details above, but there will be a Pre-Release Tournament and Intro Deck Tournament it sounds like. Some of the promo prizing will have unique stamps on them for Gen-Con exclusively! There are tons of tournaments being ran throughout the weekend with lots of prizing so be sure to check it out on the website! 

They will have booster boxes for sale there as well, it sounded like around $80 per box, and they will each come with the Shard promo card as well!


ARGENT SHIRTS:



We got a look at some cool designs for shirts above! These shirts will be available it sounds like through the Shard point system. Shard points are cards you can randomly get in a booster pack, and eventually redeem for prizing. They range from 5-20 points about. 

The purple version of the shirt will only be available at Gen-Con, possibly to buy like normal it sounds like.


WIN A CAR:



A new thing was also revealed this past weekend, and that is another new tournament! This one is the Win-A-Car tournament. You can get an invitation for it by pulling a ‘Golden Ticket’ randomly out of a booster pack. The full details are yet to come, but it will be sometime next year in Cleveland. The obvious prizing will be a car, but there will be full details for it like I mentioned coming later.


TOKENS:



Last bit of Argent news is that Tokens are in the set! Or at least one type of token, they said more will be coming in later sets to satisfy all the token requirements in the game. It’s awesome they are doing this right off the bat, I personally like collecting different tokens in games.

The only confusing bit is the omission of ‘Token’ anywhere in the name. It simply says ‘Unit’ instead of ‘Token Unit’. This is not a mistake, they thought this would be the better route to take since there is no cost on the card. A lot of people did find this confusing and thought it’d be easier to have the Token typing somewhere on the card. They said they might look into it, so we will wait and see! I don’t think it’s too big a deal without the Token wording, but it doesn’t hurt to have it and would help clear some confusion.



That’s all the Argent Saga news from this week! Hopefully we got it all, and we’ll see you next week!




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FOW NEWS

If you prefer a video version of the news, click below:


VIDEO NEWS

Not a whole lot to go over, but there are some interesting bits we’ll cover!


PHUL PROMO:



We got another monthly promo! So it looks like this will officially solidify that we are down to 1 promo per month based on the pattern so far. But this promo is Phul! So cool to see another starter deck card get the promo treatment, especially those of us that like to bling out the decks a bit more. 

It is interesting to note that this still carries the type from the original printing of the card, with no correction. That’s a bit unfortunate because this is the perfect opportunity to fix that. But looks cool so that’ll be great to have!


ARIZONA GP:



So some more details recently came out for the AZ GP coming up next month. The biggest thing was they are possibly offering help with the unpaid trip to Japan! So first place would get the unpaid invite to Japan, and if at least 40 players show up to the GP, the store (Jesse James Comics and Games) will add in at least $400 in trip money! This amount will go up possibly if attendance is higher. 

This is a really cool unexpected add on to the prizing already being offered. So if you weren’t planning on going already, now is the time!

The rest of the prizing for the event is pretty cool as well. If you are planning on attending check out full details HERE as well as letting them know if you’re going.

Prizing includes:

Loki for the Metal/Gold Ruler prizing

Blazer as the event promo

Product prizing from AOA boxes depending on placement

‘Energize Plates’


As well as the entry possibilities listed below:

We will have three levels of registration.
Bronze Entry: $30
This will grant a player entry into the WGPQ along with a GP Promo Wind Magic Stone.

Silver Entry: $60
This will grant a player entry into the WGPQ along with a GP Promo Wind Magic Stone and your choice of two (2) NEW very limited Energize Coins made by Alan from Malaysia. We only have a limited amount of these entries, so register early.

Gold Entry: $105
This will grant a player entry into the WGPQ along with a GP Promo Wind Magic Stone, your choice of three (3) NEW very limited Energize Coins and your choice of one (1) very limited Energize Plate, all were made by Alan from Malaysia. We only have a limited amount of these entries, so register early.


So this is shaping up to be some awesome stuff! Some of us Scrubs may be there as well so stay tuned!


SPOILER SEASON:




In case you totally missed it, spoiler season is in full swing! We have been releasing videos on the channel going over them as they come out, though somewhat at random. The release schedule has been kind of weird and inconsistent. Right now we are getting about 4(ish) English spoilers per week, and 9 non-English in one of the weeks (we’ll see if that holds this week). Some of these overlap, others are unique to non-English spoilers.
So it takes a bit to find the cards and translate them, and we are still waiting on the official translations on a lot of the cards so bear with us as we go through. We’ll correct past cards as needed if applicable. 

Some new things that have been introduced so far is the pseudo return of ‘Inheritance’ abilities, Unknown abilities called ‘Dragon Emblem’ and ‘Vermilion’, ‘Faith’ mechanic, a resonator that is every race, and possibly J-Ruler shenanigans that are unclear? (Will discuss in a spoiler video)

Overall the power level definitely feels elevated. Whether this translates to actual powerful decks, a meta change, or maintaining current deck diversity is yet to be seen. But there are definitely some interesting things that should excite everyone.



CASTER FOW CARDS:



We also have been getting a look at some of the ‘crossover’ cards that Caster Chronicles will have in their new set! If you don’t know, Casters announced that they would be crossing over with FOW, using some FOW art/characters for their new set. It looks like they are (so far) using art from mostly unused FOW cards, which is a cool way to bring new life to them. A bit unfortunate it isn’t new art, I was looking forward to the possibilities of FOW characters portrayed in a Caster setting. However these seem like good uses of the art, and the cards themselves actually seem cool and unique.

Casters seems to also be doubling down this set on reviving support for old mechanics, specifically Soul Bond. This was an awesome mechanic, and it’s cool to see new and returning support for this deck type. There will also be reprints of promos included in the set, so if you are looking to jump into Casters, this may be shaping up to be a good time to do it!



That about does it for today’s TCG News, see you all next week!



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