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Not a whole lot of news to go over, but we’ll get into it. If you’d like to check out the top 8 results from the recent Championship, navigate to the Top 8 section above!


BUY-A-BOX PROMO:



The Buy-a-box promo for the the previous set was just revealed! And it’s Dragonholt. It looks really cool and for fans of the card, like myself, this is great incentive to get a box. This was part of a program for certain stores to sign up for, and now if you buy the original booster box ‘Betrayal’ at a participating store you will get this promo! Check out which stores near you might be apart of this by going to the link HERE

The downside of this, is because it is a Champion the incentive to keep getting multiple boxes for a playset isn’t quite there. But it’s cool nonetheless, and the art looks great as always.


DRAFTING:



In a post on Facebook, it was revealed that the third set of Argent Saga is currently being built with drafting in mind! This has been a long asked for feature, but with how long sets take to make, it wasn’t possible to even attempt that in the first couple boxes.

Now, how they intend to do this will be interesting since you need a Champion and a Spirit to play. Will it follow Force of Will and create vanilla cards that will be included in the box top/pre release kit? How will color locking work? I’m excited to see how these questions are handled, which should make for some fun gameplay going forward.


STORE PLAYMAT:



On the Argent Saga website they have a store where you can purchase playmats, posters, and more. There are some cool official artwork here, and a new one was just added! It is, as you can see, of the now infamous yet to be released Mutation 002!

So if you want to be ahead of the curve go ahead and start ordering this to show your resolve about this card.



Well that’s all the news for this week, if we missed anything let us know and we’ll see you all next week!



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A ton of news happened this past week so let’s get to it!


JIM’S STREAM:



So Jim (CEO of Argent Saga) did a livestream on the Argent Saga Facebook group. In this he went over a bunch of new information for things to look forward to, as well as addressing some issues.

Here is the bullet points of the main things he brought up:

-Introducing ‘Saga Team Wars’ (Name might change). This will be a new thing that will happen at Championships. When you sing up, you can sign up as a team of 3 people. You will earn points during the event that will lead to a final face off at the end for a whole new set of prizing. You have to stay on the established team you sing up on for the duration of the tournament unless team members are released, traded, etc. Winners will possibly get a uniform for everyone designed and made for all three of you.

-There won’t be any product in December as we wait for a brand new Expansion Pack in January. It will be called Conviction. This will be slightly different than the previous 2 mini expansion packs. It will not have the random foil pack per 12. It will go from $25 to $20 and will not have Towers, Champions, Spirits, or Legendaries (basically any one-of’s). It will not contain any future cards, only new cards or full art versions of popular cards. They acknowledged Expansion 1 and 2 had problems they are seeking to remedy.

-February/March is the tentative release date for the 3rd Booster box! With this at some point, there will be brand new intro decks as well. They will try making the decks somewhat competitive to help give value to players.

-A lot of content is coming on the website such as Tournament Reports, Deck related things, and more.

Those are the main points, let me know if I missed anything.


BANNED CARDS:



Another thing mentioned during that livestream is the announcement of a new ban list! This will be effective November 14th, when set 2 releases.

So officially on that date, in addition to Ergon being legal to play again, they are banning:

Sylphia, Spirit of Air
Grim Oligarch

And have a watch list for potential future bans for:

Ergon
Yami
Grand Sorceress
Mutation 002

The ban of Grim Oligarch gets rid of the Mutation 002 infinite combo at least. There are still concerns about the card, but we will wait and see how those play out. Sylphia was a crazy strong and versatile card so that ban is understandable. The only downside is it was a good counter for Mutation 002 that is now gone. To stay up to date make sure to check in on their BRL page HERE


REGIONALS:



New sets of Regionals were added! These are for the month of January, and you can check them all out on their website once they are added HERE. These will be the first regionals of the new Revelations Season and even feature new prizing!

The top 8 Metal Card will be Kyte, the Air Spirit, as you can see as well as a couple cool promos. These are Treat, for the top half of the players, and Queen of the Sandsea as the participation promo. You can see that all above, it looks really cool and should be fun to play for!


FORT WORTH AND VEGAS CHAMPIONSHIPS:



We got new Championship announcements! The first of which is in January at Fort Worth, TX. This will take place on the 4th-5th, with Pre-Registration to get a mystery VIP Promo ending on December 30th.

The prizing for this on entry is the playmat you can see above, and Liyu, Avarice Reborn promo card! If you decide to go VIP you get 5 Argent Shards, 1 Foil Argent Shard, a Promo Pack, and the new Serial Number Pack. Definitely some awesome stuff to look forward to, and I know we will try attending that event specifically as well!



You can also see the metal cards for this event is Jemial, top half of placement will get a Blazewalker Rookie Promo, and top 64 will get a Raging Shardbeast promo! Full details for this event can be found HERE



Also announced was Vegas Championship! This will obviously be in Las Vegas, NV and take place from February 22nd-23rd. Pre-Registration to get the mystery promo card ends on February 17th. This entry gives you the above playmat, as well as Valtier, the Magical Marksman promo. VIP is identical to the previous one for this event.



The metal cards for this event is actually Ergon! Top half of placement gets Ravenous Acidic Monger promo, and top 64 gets the new Ella, Corrupted by Love promo (which looks amazing). Full details for this event can be found HERE


NOVEMBER LGS KIT:



A New LGS Kit is now coming out for the new month. This kit includes a playmat with art from Nanatsu, as well as the promo card for Nanatsu as well (16 of them). It will also include 2 sets of Argent Saga Sleeves. This is pretty cool, each one comes with 65 sleeves and it is 2 different sets of art (as you can see above). The single promo card is Glittering Whelp, which looks pretty awesome even if we don’t know what it does yet.

It is also mentioned for this and other events to be sure to collect the stickers (pictured below). These will be used for a bingo event later for huge prizing! For more information on that and the LGS kit be sure to visit the webpage HERE.




That’s all the news for this week, hope you all enjoy and see you all next week!



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VIDEO NEWS

We got a smaller bit of news, but still some really cool things so let’s take a look!


SPOILERS:



We are now in the full swing of spoiler season! There have been new units, abilities, and much more. You can see these revealed on the official Argent Saga page. 

There are also other spoilers being revealed via events and content creators. Be sure to follow the Facebook group to stay up to date on these. We here at TCGScrubs got our own to spoil as well! You can check out the video where we go over all 3 cards HERE. Otherwise the cards we got can be seen above.


COLUMBUS VIP PACKAGE:



The VIP Package (and entry) for Columbus has been changed! This was recently announced, showing that the Buckeye promo has now changed to a promo envelope that has a serial number card in it. If you still want the Buckeye just let them know at registration and they will honor that.
This is pretty cool, as it adds some more value potentially to your VIP entry, and randomized stakes (which you might like or dislike). 

The other thing that I personally love, is they added a Registration Reward! If you register by Monday, the 28th, you will automatically get the alt-art Dragonholt promo card (pictured above). This is actually a really cool design and is basically free if you plan on attending anyways. If you weren’t, this is great incentive as well.


CARD PROBLEMS:



With the recent spoilers came a potential problem card. It is Mutation 002. You can read what the card does above.

There were concerns obviously about the base power level, but also how it combos with other cards due to its passive targeting, since the owner of the card can target it to trigger its effect. 

One such combination is an infinite loop, where you play it with Gloom Oligarch and just have one other creature on the field. You are able to infinitely create tokens off of Mutation 002 as long as they are on the field.

Hopefully this will be addressed, whether by an errata or some other form but we shall wait and see.


VOIDFIRE PRODUCTS:



A new line of Voidfire product was announced! If you don’t know, Argent Saga has a storefront on their website where you can buy licensed apparel, metal 5×7 cards, and much more. 

They just announced the Voidfire line you can see above that consists of playmats, metal oversized cards, and more! The art on these is awesome and would be great to get your hands on. You can check out the storefront HERE if you are interested.




That’s all the news for this week, let us know if we missed anything and see you all next time.



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Some really cool announcements to get into today so let’s go!


CR UPDATE:



The Comprehensive Rules (CR) for the game have been updated! This includes clarifications on how certain interactions etc work, and future proofing for other things as well. 

You can read the full CR HERE where all the new additions are highlighted in blue. It includes clarifications on Shard interactions, ability costs while on the chase, adjusting tower requirements to fit the new towers, and more!

I highly recommend checking these out before you continue playing, to make sure you are playing correctly and so you can convey it to your fellow players as well.


NEW SET ANNOUNCED:



The next set to come after Revelations has been shown! If you are at an LGS, they will often get promotional materials for current and future products of the games they sell. In this case, they got a poster!

As you can see above, it is a set called ‘Ascension’. It continues the trend of all the sets consisting of a single word, and they all seem to be following a path almost of a single person (Betrayed, gets a revelation after betrayal, makes it on their own into ascension). The artwork shown is really awesome as well, and I’m looking forward to see if the rest of the set follows suit!


PROMO PACKS:



The recent Championship this weekend (Results will be added to this website soon) had a new addition to the $100 entry last minute. With this VIP entry it was announced you would get a Promo Pack.

At the time of announcement it was unclear what exactly was included in said pack. Surprisingly not a lot of people posted about these packs that I saw outside of one, who showed that it had a Full Art promo of Phantasmal Guards! This is a pretty cool addition, especially considering nothing else was expected outside the previous announcements. 

On a side note, the envelope it was housed in was a last minute thing. The envelope they were supposed to use was unfortunately delayed by the printer. So next Championship it should be nice and shiny!


GENESIS RELEASED:



If you missed it, the mini Expansion 2: Genesis was released this past week! With it came new cards, reprinted cards, and our very first brand new towers!

As covered last week, the towers are locked to the Champion color so it is impossible to run multiple of them. But it is exciting to finally add some variety to the tower dynamics.

Each expansion pack comes with 1 of each card, so you will need to buy 3 to get a playset. You also have a chance of buying a pack that is completely foil so keep an eye out for that as well!


SPOILERS STARTED:



Speaking of sets coming out, we are getting close to the new set, ‘Revelations’ coming out! And with that, spoilers are now officially starting for this new set. 

You can see a couple above, but there are already new card types, interactions etc that we can see starting. It also is building on existing mechanics (such as gears, darkness discard etc). Whether darkness needs more support is yet to be seen though.

I’m not sure if these spoilers will be releasing daily, every other day or what, or what quantity they will consistently release either. But quite a few were spoiled with more on the way so there will be lots to discuss! We will have videos covering these spoilers as well weekly while they are coming out so stay tuned!


ARGENT SAGA COMIC:



A post was made in the official Facebook group, floating around the idea of an Argent Saga comic! This wasn’t confirmed, nor is it for sure going to happen. The post was meant to garner interest and see if this is something people would like to see in the game going forward.

Lots of people chimed in, but it seemed like the majority would like to see it happen. The mock up they made above already looks cool, and giving the Lore buffs something to physically collect besides cards would be pretty awesome. We’ll be sure to follow this if it comes to fruition sometime in the future.


STAY TUNED:



Lastly for anyone wanting more Argent Saga content, stay tuned! Over on our Youtube channel we are working on possibly having a consistent flow of Argent Saga content besides the news and spoiler videos. Due to time constraints we haven’t been able to, but new developments may change that soon! 



So thanks for the support and we hope to see you guys around the channel! Until next week.



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So we took some time off, so let’s play some catch up!


SPOILERS:



So we are in the midst of a new spoiler season! This is for the next mini expansion set, ‘Genesis’. We here at TCGScrubs got our own 2 exclusive cards we covered on the channel with a guest from True Duelist! Link HERE if you want to check that out. 

But some things of note to point out were a new ability on cards, and new towers! The new ability is ‘Brawler’. It is explained as ‘This unit may attack active and exhausted units the turn it comes into play’. So that’s really cool, basically giving it Quickness as well as Target Attack all in one for one turn! There should be some pretty cool decks that slot these types of cards in going forward.

The big thing is the inclusion of new towers! These were spoiled by TCGPlayer, and add an interesting dynamic, as you can see below:



So you can basically only run one of these towers at a time, and they add some very cool and interesting dynamics to the game! In addition to now being a true mystery as to what towers you might face up against next. The power levels of some of the towers, mainly the dark tower are a little concerning. But we’ll wait for this and the next booster box to come out to find out if there is a reason for this bigger spike.


CHAMPIONSHIPS:



So here will be some different bits of information that are related to Championship events. The first bigger news is there is a championship in Florida! You can see from the image above it takes place in December on the 13th to the 15th. The big takeaway from it is from the images for prizing, which includes a new card called ‘Daylon’, in addition to a really cool mat. 
 
There is also a mysterious Promo Pack that is available to get. The details of this are unknown, though it is teased to maybe be revealed at a later date.

The other news is for anyone traveling to the Championship in Richmond, just so everyone knows the new expansion ‘Genesis’ comes out the same day as the tournament, and will be completely legal! So make sure you are testing and planning for that before the event.


PROMOS:



We got a look at several other promos as well in addition to the new Daylon just shown above. Two of them are going to be promos during the October LGS tournament structure.

In addition to Yuki finally being available to normal people there will also be 2 new full art Promos called Shrieker and Song of the Skys! You can check them out below:


So those are some crazy strong abilities potentially, even introducing the first natively zero cost card! What the power level of that could be we’ll have to wait and see. But these are available in the tournament kits already out for this month, so be sure to attend your local LGS to get some!

Another promo that will be available is in Richmond for the Championship. This is Silvermist Phoenix, of which you can read the ability below. Seems like a solid card, and it is neutral in color which I think makes it much more fun to get as a player since it can be slotted in any deck technically. 


Also revealed was the Pre-Release promo! It is Ketsu, a new Augment Gear. It allows continues recycling of itself to buff units, in addition to only being a 1 cost card.




JUDGE PROGRAM:



So Jim (Owner of Argent Saga) made a post with some information for anyone looking to be a Judge, for LGS’s, and just players in general. The full post you can read above, but I’ll give a summary quick here.

-They are working on a Judge Rank program
-Texting matches at Championships, as well as Team Tracking at events
-Sanctioned tournaments need at least 4 players, and need to be logged in ERRES

And some other quick notes on there as well you should read. Main thing is for yourself and your LGS to familiarize yourselves with ERRES and be sure to use it as needed.


ERGON SUSPENDED:



So after the most recent Championship, Ergon has been suspended. Ergon was one of, if not the most popular champion for people to use in most events. At the most recent championship it not only was the largest percentage in attendance, but also the biggest showing in top 8. In addition to this, he was pointed to as one of the reasons games stalled out and went slow (or at least the reason for consistency on that front).

In response to all this, the company suspended him right after the event. This is not an outright ban, as he will become playable again after Set 2 releases (so don’t panic if you like him). It is great that the suspension hammer dropped so quickly, though it is a little bit of a bummer that a card got so out of control already in the game. 

I still think this is in relation to the fact that just not enough cards are out yet. If the problem persists after he returns in set 2, then there might start to be more widespread concern about power levels in my opinion. But we shall wait and see.


TOKENS:



It was also announced that we will be getting tokens at some point! These it is assumed would be in the set, as was the case with the last booster box. This time around they are doing something unique.

A poll was held in the Argent Saga Facebook group on if people wanted the tokens to be just copy/pasted art from the related card, slightly altered coloring of that card, or a vector style art of the card. The winner was Vector, as you can see above. This is a cool idea for tokens (while obviously saving them money on not getting new art) and should make a cool addition to your deck. I personally love official tokens so I’m glad they are going this route so quickly.

 
REVELATIONS PRE-RELEASE:



So November 8-10th will be Pre-Release for Argent Saga: Revelations! This has been referred to as ‘Sneak Peek’ in some posts as well, but is a pre-release. 

As you can see above, it includes the previously mentioned promo, 3 booster packs, and an intro deck. The question mark makes me assume the intro deck is random, and is part of the 5 intro decks we have already received. So be sure to talk to your LGS and make sure they are getting the kit in so you can participate as well.


PAX NERFED:



It was announced almost a month ago that Argent Saga would be at PAX Unplugged, on December 6-8th. They were working on details so nothing else was given at the time.

Unfortunately, it was recently updated that PAX Unplugged had nerfed their space. As such  Argent Saga will no longer be present at the event. This isn’t the best of news, but at least nothing concrete was promised. It is unclear if there were previous plans that PAX backed out of, or if Argent Saga just couldn’t secure what they needed during negotiations. Either way just keep that in mind if you were planning on attending the event.


INFORMATION DUMP:



Jim also recently did a post going over some other random bits of information. This is where the news about PAX was revealed, but I figured I’d just put the full post below since not a whole lot of details is given for most the points, however they are still good to be aware of. 

-October Luna Metal cards for Regionals Top 8 will not arrive till middle of October, we will ship them out to the players from our headquarters as soon as we get them and throw in a promo pack for the wait.
-Dallas in January and Vegas in February will be announced soon, waiting on final contract
-Today is October 1st, so our first month of LGS support. We audit each order and make sure LGSes are using and documenting their tournaments in ERRES. We usually ship 5 days a week and they can reorder more kits as needed, we hope to see more stores building communities.
  • -Working on Argent Cups for those stores building a community and applying for regionals we are working on a common middle ground on how to award these starting 2020 to LGSes. We are currently in the planning for these. I like to make these where players grind Cups for Argent Cup points for items like byes, promos at the Championships. Will be looking for ideas from the community.
  • -Kickstarter, Car and National Championship is tentatively scheduled for summer 2020.
  • -Game Master program has started. We are interviewing around 3 to 5 GM’s a week.
  • -A lot of TO’s and GM’s are asking for support for conventions and we are actively working with them on these as well.


That’s all the news for this last couple weeks. Let us know if we missed anything!



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So we got some exciting announcements this week so let’s get into it!


PROMOS REVEALED:



The above promos have been revealed! These came to us via the promotional materials sent to local game stores. On it it advertised these for upcoming events. The one at the front is significant because it is the first naturally  0 cost card! Whether that is good or bad will be for you to decide.

The second card in the back seems to say ‘Arrive – Send the top three cards of your deck into the discard zone’. Or at least that is the most likely scenario. This obviously is meant to work really well with Ergon. 

These seem pretty interesting! Both seem very playable and potentially high power levels as well, so look forward to that. 


EXPANSION PREVIEWED:



In a livestream video, Argent Saga previewed a box opening of the upcoming set, Genesis. They opened several boxes showing off the packaging, cards and how they look, including the foils they opened above! If you want to watch the video in its entirety, check it out HERE

One good thing from the video is it looks like this set for sure uses the foiling method from the 2.0 run of Betrayal, meaning cards will be legible, which is always nice.


ARGENT BRANDED SLEEVES:



In that same video mentioned above, we were given the first look at some Argent Saga branded sleeves! Now, these are in beta currently and I’m not sure if a release date was mentioned, but they can’t be too far off now.

There were 3 versions shown above. The stones and card back are sort of the expected generic sleeves, which is still cool to have. The shard sleeves in particular will be nice to have and use exclusively on the Shard deck. The art sleeves I’ll be looking forward to though like the one shown above. I’d pay top dollar if they are ever able to do that in Art Matte form as well.


RE-RELEASE STARTED:



In case you missed it, re-release events have started! This is another release event for Betrayal, for anyone who might have missed them the first time around. There were already events last weekend, with more this upcoming and future weekends. 

Be sure to check in with your locals store to find out when yours is. It is probably too late to order a box if your store didn’t get one, so be sure to ask your store to stay on top of it in the future! This one came with some cool promos and prizing shown above.


GAME MASTER:



So details regarding Game Masters was given by Argent Saga. If you don’t know, this is the program where you can sign up to basically help promote the game at stores that they go to.
It’s a very interesting idea for a program, and sounds like it has benefits outside of just promoting the game. The full details were given below:

I am not sure we have posted much about the Game Master program we are creating. You have to be a judge, so I know it has been posted in the official judge group.

We were able to launch Argent Saga so successfully since many of you decided to take some locally printed demo decks and fan out across parts of the United States demoing Argent Saga and with the success we have put into action a program very similar which we will call Game Master.

Here are a few details and requirements of the Game Master program.

⁂ Be a judge in good current standing.
⁂ Focus is on areas with out current Argent Saga OP
⁂ Have store sign up for LGS
⁂ Start with Demo Days/Nights
⁂ Start a weekly tournament. The Game Master can TO or partner with the store. Build a community.

Game Masters will apply and be interviewed and full support and compensation from Argent Saga. Maybe the store gets motivated and takes over, maybe the store lets the Game Master show up and run weekly tournaments we are looking for GM’s who are business minded and can change the mind of store owners who might be unwilling to take a risk or our complacent.

There are many more details, but I promised my team I keep it as short as I can here in the public official group, think about becoming a Judge Game Master.

For more information on becoming a Game Master contact judge@argentsaga.com


So as mentioned above, people who participate will get full support and compensation from Argent Saga. They want to make sure you are a Judge and are promoting it in an area that does not already have OP. Plus various other details. I highly recommend reading above is you want to participate or contacting the above email as well! 

You can actually officially apply to be a Game Master by going to the link HERE

SIDE EVENTS:



Side events were announced for Indianapolis! You can read them all above, where it has everything from the normal 8 man pods, to battling a champion.

If you plan on attending, don’t forget to register at the official page HERE! It ends Friday at 9 PM CST




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



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Otherwise we have a lot of catch up to do this week and a ton of news!


QUICK REMINDERS:



Just a couple reminders I thought we should go over, especially for people newer to the game. 

Firstly, if you are wanting to connect with the community at large, get questions you have answered, etc be sure to join the Argent Saga Facebook group! It is located HERE

For any judge questions, such as questions on how cards/card interactions work or general gameplay inquiries, be sure to join the Argent Judge group and ask it there instead of the normal Facebook group. You can find that HERE

For selling and buying card singles, or any transaction really on Facebook be sure to check out the official group since it isn’t allowed in the above groups. Get to it HERE

And lastly, be sure to check into our website here for Top 8 lists/breakdowns of all major Argent Saga events, in addition to our weekly news here both in video and article form.


STREAMING OF ARGENT SAGA:



This Friday we here at TCGScrubs will be streaming a mini competition of Argent Saga at Shenanigans Esports and Gaming Venue! This is an Austin vs. San Antonio event that will serve as a preview of what we might see later on, as it is allowing people to proxy cards they need from the next set ‘Generations’ in addition to any promo cards they may need that are not readily available. 

This will also serve to help test the stream for when we will be driving out to broadcast the Regionals at the same store later this month! So be sure to follow both Shenanigan’s Youtube and Twitch, as well as ours to see that this Friday and later this month!


OHIO CHAMPIONSHIP:



A new Championship was announced! This one will be taking place in Ohio where Argent Saga is located at! This will be taking place November 2nd-3rd with $5,000 in cash prizes on the line. There will also be side events that Friday to win Prize Wall items and more! 

There is also the $100 VIP package which includes 10 promo stones, Buckeye promo, Ruka Promo, custom dice, and more! For full details check out the event page HERE


WAVE 2.0 FOILING:



So Wave 2.0 of Betrayal is out! If you missed it or your locals haven’t gotten it, here is a look above at what the foiling is now. As you can see, they are now legible! The foiling no longer goes over the text box or name of the card, making it much easier to see what it says.

The scratch foiling I personally am still not a fan of, because you straight up can’t see the art on the card (and since there are no normal versions of these cards, the art will never get its full due). But the other foiling looks superb now for sure. I haven’t seen any complaints as of yet on card quality or scratching etc that plagued the first set. We’ll let you know if that comes up, or any difference for the numbered full art cards since we haven’t seen anyone pull that from 2.0 yet as well.


GENESIS SPOILED:



In case you missed it, Generations, the mini expansion set for the game was fully spoiled! You can see these spoilers on their website HERE. We will have a video going over everything in detail later this week or next week hopefully. In the meantime check out the website, or our video where we exclusively spoiled a card from the set and went into detail of it.


NEW PROMOS:



We got several new promos! These were revealed via the Argent Saga website. I’m not sure if there has been a designation of what they are all tied to, but keep a lookout for events or locals that my get them in some fashion!

On the subject of promos a new promo was unlocked for Indianapolis! This was unlocked since 100 people registered for the event already! It is the GZ Promo, which a lot of people have been having trouble getting. This is pretty cool, and is automatically unlocked if you are getting the VIP package. So be sure to get that, which also comes with all the other promos and extras as well!




MORE REGIONAL EVENTS:



They also added a bunch of new Regionals! These are the smaller events held at various gamestores across the country. You can check out the official list HERE for every single one.

There is now 30 total events! Some, like in TX, have multiple events in similar locations over the next couple months, which is really cool for people like us that are near them. The website shows how many people they can hold, locations, contact information, and more!

Unfortunately, it does look like 2 events on the list are cancelled. One is at Kirwan’s Game Store who have been big advocates for Argent Saga. They cancelled because they didn’t like that their event was at the same time as the Argent Championship. While the timing could be a little unfortunate, it does seem weird to straight up cancel the event. There were already posts from several people saying they were planning on attending that event and cannot attend the Championship, so now they have nowhere to go.

Kirwan did something similar when they ran Force of Will. They were the official store for a WGPQ event, and ended up cancelling it even though the attendance was there and even people willing to upfront cash to increase prizing and guarantee no store loss. Whenever something happens they don’t like, they seem to cancel the event regardless of player input, which is unfortunate for everybody since as of right now they were the only NY store running a Regional event. 


POSSIBLE DRAFT:



So one thing that a lot of people have been asking for is the possibility of drafting. This is a very popular thing in card games as it brings excitement during things like releases, and a random different type of game that you can constantly do on a whim. 

From the get go it felt like the possibility of draft was not going to be realized, especially due to the logistics of making a game structured like Argent Saga into a draftable format. However it seems like the company might be getting close to it, especially after the burst in the game’s popularity. 

In a Facebook post, Jim (owner of AS) said that he had just come out of a meeting where they were discussing draft in future sets. Questions came up obviously for how things like Affinity would work, access to Champion/Spirits etc. We don’t know any details or when this integration may happen, but it’s great to hear it’s happening at some point! He re-iterated they are working on this during a livestream he did as well.

Slightly related to this was another announcement that could be used for drafting in the future. It is going to be used for Set 2: Revelations, and is a Sneak Peek event. This was described as a format that will possibly act as a pre-release (details aren’t all there). It would take place in November. 

He ran a poll asking what people would like to see in the event, and by far the clear winner is people wanting to just pay $20 and get 5 packs of the new set plus a promo. I like the sound of this and it could be a lot of fun depending on how it’s executed. Considering they are just now doing a poll for it, it’s probably too early to tell for sure what this could end up looking like.


REVELATIONS PRE-ORDER:



Speaking of Revelations, it is up for Pre-Order now! The link and announcement was posted on Facebook, showing that you can now pre-order it through a distributor. This means you most likely can pre-order at your locals or wherever relevant. 

It’s important to get pre-orders in, as it allows a minimum allocation of product, as well as guaranteeing you don’t miss out on the set if it proves to be popular. The release date is November 11th, with Pre-

Orders needing to be locked in by October 3rd! If you are curious on card distribution, numbers, etc check out the listing HERE


DALLAS EVENT COMING:



A new event is possibly announced! This one is near and dear to us since it’s closer. Jim posted on the Facebook group again announcing that he’d be visiting Dallas area in Texas and will be running an event! 

He ran a poll asking what day of the month people would prefer, and the biggest winner so far was January 3rd-5th. We don’t know what type of event or scale this could be, but over 100 people voted in the poll which is promising. Dallas events have tended to have pretty big crowds from the couple card games I’ve seen. I look forward to hopefully hearing more of this!




That’s all the news for this week (or past 2 weeks)! If I missed anything please let us know, especially if it’s important enough to cover next week. And with that we’ll see you next week!



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By: Erin Jade Hess (She/Her)


This is an opinion piece.


Both the calls and memes of “Ban Ergon!” can be heard resounding from every Argent Saga Facebook group, Discord channel, Untap room, and local event. The people are revolting against our Gargoyle overlord currently sweeping up wins across the meta.

I have a passing interest in Ergon, The Tragic Gargoyle in a purely mechanical sense, but I can’t say with any kind of certainty whether or not I want to build with him. What drew my eyes initially was his striking resemblance to the popular Magic: The Gathering deck Dredge.

When playing Dredge, your graveyard effectively becomes your hand, each of the cards either activating in the graveyard, filling the graveyard, or otherwise interacting with it. This allows you to drop a large body out of seemingly nowhere and win the game. If you want to read more specifically about this deck, check the Further Reading section at the bottom.

Do you notice the similarity here? Fill the grave, interact with the grave, play from the grave. Ergon is all of Dredge in one card; he’s busted. Busted in context to other card games? Hardly. Busted in context to our young, current meta and game? Absolutely.

I want to argue that Ergon does NOT need to be banned, as I am afraid that doing so would set an unhealthy precedent moving forward. Instead of coming up with answers to challenging builds, it would encourage the dismissal of anything deemed ‘too powerful’. I understand the implications of power creep in this instance, but I’d like to take this time to bring something else to the table… not printing overpowered cards to combat others or banning the ones already here, but printing cards that increase the diversity of effects in the game.

Meet these two bad boys; Macro Cosmos, and Leyline of the Void.





Their effect is simple and has an immediate influence on the game; the graveyard is officially turned off. Done. Cards get sent there? Nope. They slip into the aether. The only way to turn the graveyard back on is to deal with these cards, in Yu-Gi-Oh! with MST or similar spell/trap removal, or with enchantment removal in Magic.

What could this look like in Argent Saga? The way I see it, this effect could be approached a couple of different ways. I’ll list them from least likely to most in my own humble opinion.

1. ‘Expel all cards sent to the discard pile’ effect is printed on a legendary shard. There’s currently no way to get rid of shards, and I wouldn’t hold my breath on this one.
2. ‘Expel all cards sent to the discard pile’ effect is printed on a Champion or Spirit. There’s also no way to deal with a Champion, but it could appear as a Soulburst on a spirit, perhaps?
3. ‘Expel all cards sent to the discard pile’ effect is printed on an Augment. This would effectively be similar to Leyline of the Void. It dies to removal, but only Augment removal. Get your Acid Mongers sleeved up, Ergon players.
4. ‘Expel all cards sent to the discard pile’ effect is printed on a Unit. If we are to get an effect of this calibre, it would be the easiest to deal with in this state. Unit die to removal, simple as that. They are very fragile in the grand scheme of things and can be dealt with by Target Attack, Towers, Spells, Effects, you name it. This ability feels right at home on a Darkness or Water unit with a handful of answers ready to protect it.

The answer at this point to Ergon is to pack lots of bounce abilities into your deck, as he can’t do anything to cards that are in the deck or hand until they are recast and defeated again. In the future though, (perhaps in the Revelations expansion, pretty please?) we may just see a new brand of sideboard hate get printed.

#FreeErgon2019


Stay caffeinated,
Erin Jade Hess

Further Reading:


Art Credit:
“Leyline of the Void” (M11), Rob Alexander. “Leyline of the Void” (M19), Noah Bradley. “Macro Cosmos”, Kazuki Takahasi and Konami.



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

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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For a video version of the news, click below:

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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