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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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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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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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FOW NEWS

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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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FOW NEWS


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Lots of news across 3 different card games so let’s go!


PAUPER FORMAT:



So if you aren’t familiar, FOW has a Pauper format (unofficially). This is where you build decks with only common cards following the rules/ban lists available here on the website.

Unfortunately the people who were maintaining this (starting with J-Ruler) have since moved on from FOW. Luckily a community member has stepped up to help out with that now though!

His name is Justin Dilgard, and he is taking on the responsibilities of testing to figure out what should be banned etc. and just keeping it together overall. It is now called Commoner format! So be sure to check in here for updates on the pinned page for this (we will be updating it shortly) and join the Facebook group HERE as well!


PRE-RELEASE FOR DBV:



Pre-Release information has been released for the new set of FOW, The Decisive Battle of Valhalla. Pre-release will be held August 23rd, with the set releasing the 30th. You can see the playmat and pre-release promo card below. 



They also released the images for the buy-a-box promo and buy-2-box promo (which you can see below) as well. 



So a couple things to notice here. First is these are our first spoilers of the new set! If you are having trouble reading Satan, the text of the cards is below the image. We will go over these cards on the podcast most likely if you are interested. These are some decently strong cards though! 

The standout, as you might have guessed, is the buy-2-box promo. So this is now official that the buy-2-box card is back unfortunately. We are still waiting on confirmation that this is exclusive to the promo pulls as was the previous card but nothing yet. It’s safe to assume in the meantime that it is exclusive until it is said otherwise (as they’ve only locked multiple box promos behind this wall in the past, and have given no indication of changing that). 

So going off of that, this is a really strong card to lock behind a paywall. This is a straight cancel attached to a body with a random secondary effect. Especially post rotation (about 3 months after this card comes out and Laurite rotates) this card will possibly become a huge staple. So let’s hope they haven’t locked this behind a paywall yet again. 

Another theory now that has been posted after seeing these cards spoiled, is that we will be getting some type of stones that will be able to produce multiple colors somehow. This is because all the cards seen are dual color cards. I doubt we will see the return of dual stones, but something that requires effort to produce multiple colors rather. We shall see!


COMPANY Q & A:



So Svitlana, the owner of Games N Geek, posted in the FOW Global Facebook group, letting everyone know that she was collecting questions from the community to send to the company! She stated she would collect the serious questions from people and work on getting answers for us from the company itself. She only asked for no questions on the C/UC reprints. There are tons of questions asked in the comment thread that are very interesting so it will be exciting to hear what the company has to say!

She currently gave no time frame on when to expect some of these answers (she probably has to wait on the company’s timeline), so we will be sure to keep everyone updated on when that comes out! We will most likely do a video dedicated to these questions and answers once they are released as well.


WANDERER BAN LIST:



So as many of you probably don’t know, Wanderer format in FOW is in a bit of limbo right now. With the loss of Jeff at FOW, Wanderer is basically no longer officially supported.

As such some members of the community have stepped up! It started with Conqueror format created by Benjamin Bargetzi, which you can find on Facebook and just concluded an online tournament. They created a format that is Wanderer with some rule alterations, ban lists, and erratas. 

From this, came a separate Wanderer group, using the official ‘Wanderer’ title still. This was composed of the likes of Stephanie Shaw and Jeff Finnigan which created rules such as adding energize to old rulers, and updating the ban list. 

Well, the latter of the two has picked up some real traction! As of today, the Wanderer ban list/rules created by this group has been adopted by the entirety of the EU! With no US tournaments coming up, this means that any Wanderer tournaments you see are using these new rules. This is pretty cool that this was able to be adopted so quickly and so widely. Be sure to check their Facebook group to follow up on this as well.


CASTERS CROSSOVER WITH FOW:



Caster Chronicles, the card game originally spawned by FOW (now independent) has announced that its new set, Polar Night, will be crossing over with FOW! This means this set will feature FOW characters inside of it. This is the only details we have so far, so hopefully this means cool new art of characters in the Casters world! We’ve seen similar things with Caster Promo cards in the past, so it will be cool to see this in a much larger degree now.


ARGENT SAGA KICKSTARTER:



The Argent Saga Kickstarter is coming to a close! It ends THIS Friday, the 12th, at 11 AM CST. So if you were at all interested in jumping in on this, do it soon! They currently passed the 75K goal to unlock the Yuki exclusive promo card, and the next goal is at 100K which unlocks a tournament exclusively for Kickstarter backers! At time of typing this, they are currently 10K away from that so it’s very possible they might hit that!

After the Kickstarter ends, if you didn’t pledge, be sure to check with your local game store about carrying it so you can secure the product you need to get started. 


SPOILERS FOR ARGENT SAGA:



Spoilers have been steadily rolling out for Argent Saga for awhile now. If math proves correct, this will be ending soon. We are on the last 8 or less cards to be spoiled in the set (currently spoiling Legendaries). If you haven’t been following, be sure to check out our videos where we’ve gone over every single card spoiled so far!

The game is really coming together after looking at all these cards. I’m excited to see what type of promotional material will happen in between spoilers and release of the set as well. We got a couple other things possibly to look forward to so stay tuned!


METAL PRIZE CARDS FOR AS:



With some recent tournaments that happened, we also got a look at some awesome prize cards for Argent Saga! One event had 46 players, and the other had 206! That is really good for a game that hasn’t even released yet. With this we got a look at the awesome metal cards! These come in 4 versions, gold outline, silver outline, bronze outline, and rainbow outline. The rainbow goes to the top players that aren’t the top 3.

These will very from being Champions to Spirits currently. And as you can see, they look awesome! See below for the metal Spirit and Champion from the events.



I’m looking forward to more of these! Blinging out a deck with a metal champion/spirit plus metal towers will be really awesome.


MISC:



A couple last tidbits to go over. Firstly this weekend is the ARG Playmat tournament we or having in Austin, TX! This will be at Mothership Books and Games. If you are in the area message us for full details. 

There was no podcast this week due to us being away, but tune into the podcast next week where we will go over the spoiled cards! And on the mini-podcast on Patreon where we go over our trip to RTX!

Art has been continually released on the official FOW Facebook page. I’ll put some noteable  ones below! If you want to see more just check out the official FOW page for the rest!




Thanks for stopping by, see you next week!



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FOW NEWS


To watch a video going over these summary highlights, click HERE.

To watch Jeff’s original stream, check it out HERE


So Jeff Finnigan, former Global Liason of Force of Will did a Q and A on Twitch this past weekend. He went over a lot of interesting information regarding scrapped plans for the game, his thoughts on FOW’s future, and the new company Eiji created and its projects! So here is the bullet point summary:


-Jeff revealed he only likes and eats plain cheese pizza, nothing else.

-He said that in his opinion, the company  would not elect to re-use art in future sets 

-When asked about the company’s communication with the community, he said we most likely will never get any communication with players, outside of what we see in sales sheets etc.

-He revealed that set V2 was the last set FOW produced that paid for itself (as far as production costs etc). V3’s pre-orders did not end up covering the cost of its production.

-They knew pretty far ahead of time that they would not be able to fully pay for art in v4. As such, Jeff had come up with an idea to remedy this while also appeasing the community. He created a set that would take the old Valhalla cards (the OG ones) that barely anybody has been able to get a hold of, and use the art while updating the card effects themselves in this new set. This would have been a cool thematic way to continue our return to Valhalla, and bringing the old art to the mainstream of FOW players who never experienced it before. Jeff said he already had the first set or 2 planned out and it just had to be completed and integrated. Obviously they decided not to go this route and do the half/half reprints instead.

-Each of these Valhalla sets would have 5 Valhalla Rulers in it. The first set would have Red Mage, Arthur, Chronos, Athenia, and Garmheld. The second set would have at least Black Mage and Arwyn.

-Blue he said was designed to have milling against your opponent, and each of the colors had other cool unique mechanics that would have built in support throughout the sets.

-Speaking of support, he also had these sets see support for the overlooked rulers of the past. This included Pandora, Welser, and Dark Elves. Two examples he gave was an addition for Pandora, that had an effect that whenever you mobilized, you could give that  resonator Swiftness, Flying, or Drain etc. Welser would have a color changing Crest that could produce will as well!

-When asked if he’d consider going back to work for FOW company, he said no he is not interested. He would come back to work for the game if Eiji were to ever buy it back though.

-He also mentioned he is working on a personal game as a hobby. It’s a card game that will work on its own, but also be able to synergize with FOW cards as well! Whether/when this would be available, at least digitally, for people to mess with we’ll have to wait and see. But it sounds really cool! And our very own Oscar is helping him currently design the layout for the card as well.

-The Crypto Spell card game is a digital game that is using art etc from FOW under the new My Will Company. Jeff revealed the deal for this was made while Eiji was actually still in charge at FOW, and just carried over after they left, which I thought was pretty interesting.

-A Wanderer Booster Pack? So apparently there were now cancelled plans to make a Wanderer centric set. This would have cards in it specifically designed to support the Wanderer format while still technically being NF legal. This set would also include some Ascended Rulers! (Old rulers updated with energize, upgraded abilities etc). There was even support for the Green Ruler from Vingolf 1! An example of an Ascended Ruler was they were looking at making Dark Alice an 1100/1100 and her Ruler side ability being unchaseable.

-An interesting tidbit is that FOW outsources their R and D department. A 3rd party creates the cards, then someone at FOW transitions them over specifically to FOW. This has lead to some problems Jeff had mentioned, including some weirdly strong cards, and he was pushing at the time to have an in-house design team.

-There were also plans for a box that would include 1 of every single Ruler ever made! This included Valhalla OG rulers up to modern rulers. It would be a way to have the rulers be updated with erratas, or in OG Valhalla’s case have the text actually made readable. The old rulers would have the frame updated to the modern one, while new rulers would get a cool throwback to the old frames! They would also have some sort of golden text or stamp (they were still deciding at the time).

-When New Valhalla was coming out, the straight Runes in the starter decks were originally not color locked. Jeff is the one who had to step in and change them to be color locked. He felt it was important to keep some of the 0 costs (especially things like discard) locked to specific decks.

-Jeff mentioned how he had a ‘loud’ argument with people about trying to give Loki support. He laid out what was needed with the awakening abilities to work with her. They ended up ignoring him afterwards and essentially doing no support and printing ‘lazy’ mechanics.

-When talking about how the company operates now, he said they create the product but once it leaves their doors, they don’t care about it anymore. This explains the lack of communication on subjects, and why we will never get an update on bans or the CR he said. If a large store or enough stores pressured them they could do something, but they would just adapt whatever said store told them they should do.

-Originally New Valhalla Rulers had a variety of Divinity numbers. The ruler and j-ruler sides would be different on rulers. So the Ruler sides had 6-8 Divinity, while the J-Ruler side had 10-12 Divinity.

-He also mentioned that back in Reiya cluster, he was the one who pushed to get Otherworld Dreams banned. Getting that banned though for him was an ‘actual nightmare’ to do.

-The new studio Jeff and Eiji have, My Will Studio, will be soon coming out with FOW merch! This will have T-Shirts, Hoodies, and other merch with FOW official art on it! So stay on the lookout for that.

-An interesting note, the botched set TSW from Reiya cluster was from them switching to the printer that prints MTG cards! After that they switched to a printer in Sydney that Jeff said is really good.

-When asked, Jeff said he is interested in Argent Saga. The design seems interesting, so we will see.

-My Will Studio is making an ‘Arena’ card game! This will be a board game that uses cards and FOW characters. There will be acrylic figurines (much different than the Little Dread from Gencon), booster packs, rulers etc. There will be a commercial for this coming up so stay tuned!

-Eiji was the one with lots of contacts in the industry. He secured the IP for the first 2 Vingolf games so there won’t be anymore of that with him gone, but it could lead to stuff at My Will Studio, even with the board game they are creating.

-After Jeff and Eiji were pushed out of the company, all of the grunt workers were fired as well (especially in Japan). So all things in Japan such as events were killed off right after V2 was released/bought by everyone. So people who work on the Database, website, and social media are all gone now, hence so few updates. There is no headquarters anymore either, just the printing company is all that’s left.

-Jeff tried to get Wanderer for day 2 at last year’s Worlds to no avail. He wanted to get it this year as well. He is not sure what they’ll do this year, especially since he said nobody at the company has ever run an event period.

-He talked about how he would gather pages and pages of player submitted feedback to give to the company on different topics. Whenever he would try showing them the company would say this is just ‘his opinion’, not anybody else’s or the world’s. This would be while he’s standing their with the literal opinions of the players all over the world, and that getting this data was his actual job.

-He mentioned real quick that My Will Studio had teamed up with the Lapis cosplayer for some stuff they are doing.

-For the next cluster of FOW he had heard they are releasing one starter deck per booster box release. He is unsure exactly how that works, especially with support and distribution so we will have to wait and see.

-Lastly he said that all the Wanderer promos we are seeing and will see are from a poll he did over a year ago (that we were unaware that the poll was being used for that at the time). So we will keep seeing popular Wanderer promos, but as soon as it runs out of pre-made cards he set up, he is unsure what will happen after or if they will continue it.


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JEFF FINNIGAN STREAM:



Jeff Finnigan, the former Global Liason of FOW is doing a stream again! If you don’t remember, he used to do monthly(ish) streams talking to the community, answering questions, and giving previews of upcoming sets.

Obviously, this won’t be quite that, as he is no longer with the company. However, in his post on Facebook (which you can read below) he says he’ll want to talk and catch up with everyone, and also possibly reveal things ‘that could have been’. This may refer to plans and such he’s hinted at before that FOW was going to do before the regime change.

He will also be discussing things in regards to the project(s) he and Eiji are working on at the new My Will Studio! That will be cool to hear what we can expect from this new company. They are already doing the digital Crypto game, so it’d be cool to hear what’s going on with that, and other projects as well.

He said he may be looking at doing it this Saturday morning EST. He said to keep a lookout in the Global Facebook group for the link and time (which he pretty much hinted would be on the FOW Twitch channel still). So that’s something to look forward to!




PROMO MIX-UP:



So a weird thing happened, where the promo was revealed for this month. However, when it was revealed it was the promo from last year in June (Shown above). Now this understandably caused a lot of concern in the community. Luckily, 3 days later we got an update for the post both on the official page, and on the Global Facebook page through Svitlana. 

She said that it was a clerical error on their part and that it is updated now. It has been updated to be Contract Demon. Now this is a promo we showed awhile ago I believe, and for the US will be the July promo. This is a little strange because everywhere else in the world got 2 June promos, this being one of them. So it looks like they are moving towards permanently doing 1 promo per month now, but for some reason primarily in the US? 

Also it is a little unfortunate that a mistake like posting last year’s promo could even happen. Even if there was a mixup, somebody somewhere should have realized both before posting, and immediately after posting that this was an old promo that was used. This combined with the incorrect sales sheets being sent out etc make me a little worried on the management end over there. Hopefully they sort this out and clean it up before the next set starts dropping.




GAMES N GEEK 1K:



Something we hadn’t mentioned before was that Games N Geek is doing a 1K this weekend! They do these relatively often all things considered, but this one is especially cool due to the prizing they got! 

They got these cool golden metal plates to be given to people with the higher VIP entry. If I remember right, these were created by the same people who make the Chibi Energize Coins. Below you can see all 5 variants, and what the back looks like.

Just wanted to point this out because it’s really cool and unique, and you may end up seeing these floating around somewhere. Maybe they will continue using them in future events, which would be awesome.



NO FOW AT GENCON:



As some of you may know, every year FOW goes to Gencon to promote the game and other cool stuff. This past year was pretty awesome,where they used the event to show off spoilers, do cool events with players, and have exclusive product! This year is looking not as much.

We haven’t heard anything from FOW officially if they have or haven’t decided to go, but a look at the scheduled vendors there shows that FOW does not appear there. This is unfortunate as this has always been a cool yearly thing for players attending the con, and people at home (especially after last year). 

If anything changes we will let you guys know, but as of now looks like they are skipping out on this one. 


NEW CASTER CHRONICLES SET:



We got our first look at the new set of Caster Chronicles! And it’s actually pretty cool. It is called Polar Night and will release August 30th! It not only will  have a new set, but also a new duel starter deck again, which is really cool to do.

I’m not sure if any other information has been revealed at this time for the set, as far as card quantities etc, but I’m sure we can expect similar things as in the past. My main thing I’d like to see is the cards going back to previous quality, especially the FA variants. But it will be cool to see where they go now. 

They revealed some artwork as well that you can view below:



LOCAL ARG AND RTX:



If you are in the Austin area, our local store Mothership will be hosting a tournament with the ARG kit! This will take place July 13th. This is outside the window to get the official ARG invite, however we will be getting lots of cool prizing to make up for it. So, if you are in the area be sure to stop by and have some fun and win some prizes!

We will also be at RTX  Austin this year. If anybody plans on attending and wants to get some games going, let us know so we can bring our things! We would love to hang out and play some FOW, or maybe other games while we are there. We will be there all 3 days so let us know!


ARGENT SAGA KICKSTARTER UPDATES:



If you have been following, the new Argent Saga card game by ARG launched a Kickstarter to help jumpstart the game. After less than 1 week it looks like that has been funded! They had a goal of $50,000 and just recently passed that. 

So that’s awesome to hear. They do have stretch goals still though at the $75K, $100K, and $125K mark so if you haven’t contributed there is still goals to be met. The first stretch goal at 75K was revealed to be the Yuki promo card! You can see it below. It is a FA card that will be unlocked to everyone that pledged $75 or more once they reach the goal. The only downside is that no matter how much pledged, you will only receive one promo card of this. And this card is currently exclusive to Kickstarter, not the art, the card itself. This could lead to problems, especially if the card is at all playable (it is), as right now there could possibly only be a bit over 200 of these in existence, making it physically impossible for the large majority of people to even play it. A new Kickstarter Tier (detailed below) does slightly help with this, and it was hinted at that this card could receive a wider release in the future so we will have to wait and see.



They also added a new tier! This is tier lets you buy all 5 starter decks at once for $80. And they also just added yet another tier! This one is $270 and gives you 3 booster boxes, 2 Yuki Promos, and 1 box to give to your local game store for free! The details of that are listed on the page itself.

You can find their Kickstarter HERE

So lots to look forward to there, let us know what you think as well! We are doing daily spoiler coverage for Argent Saga now so be sure to tune into our channel for that.

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Some interesting tid bits are out now for several card games, so let’s get to it!


GIVEAWAY WINNER:



Last week we announced a giveawy for FOUR Arwyn promo cards! This was brought to you courtesy of Happy Little Hug Factory (Link in the banners on this website). Today we get to choose a winner! This winner is…    Brent Kosier!

If this is you, be sure to check your email! Thank you all for participating and keep on supporting HLHF!


PROMO CARD:



We got our first look at the promo card above! If it looks familiar, it’s because we reported it as a promo last month (I believe it was found by Chris Weekly FOW Update on Facebook). Now we finally have a look at it in English!

Interesting thing to note is that it looks like it’s a June promo, so stores should already have this. We are unsure why we are just now getting the official preview, but at least it’s here. However, there is only one. Usually monthly promos come in sets of 2. Not sure why the count is lower this month, but hopefully it will bounce back to normal next month.

On a side note regarding the Facebook page of Force of Will. Looks like they are finally taking more of a look at it. They recently updated all the images to be in line with the newest set release etc, however all the images are pixelated. But it’s something!


ARTWORK PREVIEW:



Over this past couple weeks we have been getting artwork spoiled for the next set! I’ll have it all below, but there is some pretty cool stuff. The official FOW Facebook page is the one spoiling this so keep an eye out for more in the coming weeks leading up to the official card spoils eventually.



ARGENT SAGA KICKSTARTER:



So the Argent Saga Kickstarter begins today! Be sure to check it out, it has rewards ranging from pins, to booster boxes, to metal cards, and more! They have things that will unlock as well if they pass certain milestones so be sure to pay attention to that. We will watch the progress of this and keep you all updated. 

Be sure to also check out the official Argent Saga website for more information about the game and upcoming events HERE


ARGENT SAGA EXPANSION:



It looks like we got our first look at the ‘Mini’ expansion planned for the game! This is called ‘Generations’ and was found on the Southern Hobby Distributor Website. It has a release date of September 9th of this year! Below is the details of the product:


Continue exploring the world of Argos with Expansion Pack Generations! Enhance any existing Argent Saga deck with 15 never-before-seen cards, Five (5) Full-Art Tower Guardians, and five (5) Champions. Expansion Pack: 1 Generations contains one (1) of each card, guaranteed. Look out for random Premium Packs containing foil variants of every card!

Expansion Pack Generations includes
– 25 cards
– 15 new playable cards
– 12 New Units
– 3 New Legendary Shards
– 5 Full Art Tower Guardians
– 5 Champions
– 1 Expansion Pack in each Display Box will contain ALL-FOIL versions of each card
– 12 packs per display box
– 6 display boxes per case



So this sounds awesome! All the cards will be completely foil as well, which is a nice touch. It’s cool to already see supporting product outside of the main set, and so soon! 


ARGENT SAGA PROMOS:



In even more Argent news, we got our first looks at some of the exclusive promos they will be releasing! This is from the Argent Saga website, where we get a look at the GenCon promos below:



As you can see, they are all alt art and full art! Which is really cool to see. Having exclusive promos at events already is a nice touch as well. It looks like there are more to be revealed in the coming weeks possibly?

We also got a look at the Kickstarter Exclusive release promos! This includes the promo cards for participating, card for winning, and playmats! It’s worth noting this shows that the dragon egg promo at GenCon is not exclusive, as it appears here. You can see all this below:



And lastly for this is the pre-release promos! This is yet another different full art card that looks awesome! The website also details that participants will get booster packs etc. But check that out below, and all this information can be found on their website under ‘Events’.



ALPHA INTRO DECKS FOR ARGENT SAGA:



Last bit of news for Argent Saga is regarding their decks! These were the demo decks and alpha intro decks that were up for grabs a while ago (they may still be up to buy, we are not sure) but they are now arriving in the mail! So if you ordered one of these be sure to check the mail.

We got ours in and will have a video going up later detailing them. But in short, they seem to be really good quality cardstock. A bit thicker than FOW, with a lot of gloss over it. Though it should be noted the set 1 will have different gloss on it than this. Once again check out that video once it’s out for more details on the actual cards!


GODZILLA CARD GAME:



Last bit of news I wanted to cover was that a Godzilla Card Game was announced! Now this isn’t a normal TCG like FOW or AS, it is more of a LCG. It is by the people who made the Naruto Card game recently, and uses similar mechanics as far as resources etc. 

This is the first set, with more planned to expand on it. And they announced tournaments will be held for it starting in October! Any store that orders a case of this set will get the Tournament kit for free! I personally am very excited for this, as it uses a lot of available Godzilla classic monsters, but with cool updated art! More information for this can be found HERE




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GIVEAWAY:



This is a big giveaway! Our friends at Happy Little Hug Factory are providing an amazing prize for a giveaway! For this, they are giving away an entire PLAYSET of the new Arwyn buy-2-box promo card! That’s right, the card that is currently going for nearly $30 a piece, they are giving away 4! All you need to do is enter into the competition HERE. We will announce the winner in next week’s News segment.

Thanks again to Happy Little Hug Factory!


PAYWALL RETURNS:



So we got the first news of the new set! Full details of it can be found HERE.   It is called ‘The Decisive Battle of Valhalla’. Sounds pretty cool. In the details though a lot of people missed that it does confirm the return of the buy-2-box promo. This is the promo most recently that was Arwyn (the card in the giveaway). The problem with this buy-2-box strategy (besides American distributors being notoriously bad at handing them out) is they decided to put a card in this promo slot that is UNIQUE to that promo slot. This means it does not exist in the set, and can only be obtained by buying 2 boxes, or paying for them in the secondary market (currently selling for close to $30 a piece). 

My hope is that this is going to be a normal promo card. While still not ideal, due to distributor shenanigans, it being not unique to the promo slot fixes the problem most people had with this. We currently don’t know details about it outside of there is a buy-2-box promo, but with how set releases work, it is probably safe to temporarily assume this is another unique card.


REPRINTS:



The other revelation from this is that the new set will be…interesting. According to the official sales sheet FOW sent out, this set will include only 40 new cards. This is the smallest new card pool in the history of the game. The remaining 60 cards will be reprints of the New Valhalla Starter Decks, taking up all the C/UC slots. 

I will note, that on the Ruler School Podcast, it was mentioned that the company will be putting out an update saying that not every single C/UC will be a reprint (I assume they messed up the sales sheet most likely). That was on Sunday and as of now there has been no update. We will keep you posted on if they do. 

Now we don’t know full details, but if they use the C/UC rarities that are printed in the starter decks, that leaves out things like Master Runes. And obviously the Rulers (the main reason people wanted reprints). We’ll keep you updated on that as well as it comes up. 

All in all, the reprints feel cheap and last minute in my opinion. People have been wanting the starter decks reprinted (as was promised by the company) in order to easily bring people, or themselves, into the game. For a low price you got an entire deck, a Ruler, and more instantly. This new reprint idea locks that behind a $100 box with non-guaranteed pulls, and whether it includes the Rulers is up in the air, which is the main reason people wanted reprints. This also makes for only 40 new cards, which is infinitely lazy. One thing people aren’t talking about as well is this greatly affects limited formats, including pre-release. If these don’t have updated set numbers, none of the cards are legal in pre-release. If the reprints include things like Runes, those are unplayable in limited, among other factors. 

At this point, even if the set included things like Rulers etc, this feels like a cash grab from the company. A way to put no effort into a new set, while also “technically” reprinting the starter decks so they can say they did (even though this is not what anybody was actually asking for). The only real net positive that will come from this is the possibility of foil cards from the Starter Decks. We’ll follow this as it unfolds though.

The other main piece of information from this is the Super Rare slot has increased to 20 (from the normal 10) in the upcoming set. It is speculated that this could be the 10 Rulers possibly, however on the sales sheet it does not list any of these at reprints. But since there were already errors, this could be as well. If not, this will be the largest SR pool we’ve seen, and as a side effect make it impossible for the ability to buy 3 boxes and get most cards you need strategy that FOW is known for. 


ARG SUMMER CELEBRATION:



ARG Summer events starts this weekend! Be sure to check if anybody in your area is running an event. You’ll be able to get exclusive playmats, pins, and more. This is also the last chance to get an invite to the ARG Invitational! So if you want to try attending that event, this is your last chance to win and be able to attend!

More information can be found on their website HERE


ARGENT SAGA KICKSTARTER:



The countdown has started to the Kickstarter going live for Argent Saga! If you missed, it HERE is the awesome announcement video. They are doing daily countdown videos on their Facebook as well.

The details of the Kickstarter are being released in pieces as well. Below is the compiled images of what has been revealed for the Kickstarter tiers! So be on the lookout for that in the coming week!




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WORLDS ANNOUNCED:



Worlds details have been announced! While we knew it was happening, due to everything shifting, we were unsure of the date and location. Well, we finally got that!

It will be in November of this year. No exact day yet, but hopefully we will get that in the coming weeks. It also is being held in Osaka, which is a change from the normal locations. This is probably done in an effort to save money, but it’s happening still which is the important part.

We’ll keep you guys update as we get more information (once we get closer to the date).


ENGLISH DATABASE:



So as you guys know, FOW keeps their own card database on the website. This has all the card images which are used for most everything, as they don’t have a watermark etc. Well it was noticed that spoilers had stopped (so no more images on Facebook for remainder of English cards), and there still was nothing on the website.

As of right now, there is still nothing on the website except a button to select Awakening of the Ancients as a set, but nothing pulls up. In a comment thread, former employee Jeff Finnigan seemed skeptical that they would bring back and maintain the database. However he was going to talk to them to try and convince them that it was important to have.

You can actually see some of these side effects of no database with things like TCGPlayer not having images for single cards you can buy. Also the independent FOW database can’t update for obvious reasons (and may just stop running if no cards are revealed in English). Things like Untap and Lackey also cannot update with proper English cards, making digital game play that much harder.

Luckily, thanks to an anonymous source, we have gotten a hold of the entire AOA set in English! We are hosting these cards on our website HERE. You can scroll and enlarge the photos pretty easily, unfortunately there is no search function currently, though if needed we may look into that.


PAYWALL CARD:



So it was finally confirmed that we got another card locked behind multiple boxes. This isn’t a promo card, but a legit card that you can never pull out of a booster pack. The only way to obtain it is by buying 2 booster boxes. This is actually a pretty decent card that will most likely see play in the future as well, which sucks a bit more.

It’s double unfortunate, since the set releases a day before the GP this weekend, so people won’t physically be able to really play the card unless something happens to ease it. Or people with connections may be able to obtain and play the card, getting an advantage possibly.

In another comment thread, Jeff Finnigan noted that this change happened after himself and Eiji were kicked out. Saying that they had learned their lesson with TSW and were not about to repeat that.
Unfortunately this is not only annoying, but a potential bad strategy. Yes, you will possibly sell more boxes real quick, but in the long term you will hurt the game and damage trust with players that already is hurting. This will anger current players who now have to pay extra for a card they want to play (assuming it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of FOW, to Distributors, to Locals), and it will also deter players who may be interested in joining the game, as paywall cards are not favored in the community.

Hopefully enough of a negative reaction will stave off future paywall cards from happening. And this current one won’t blow up too much either.


OPENED PACKS:



One thing you may have noticed at your pre release this last weekend, is that some of the packs appeared to be opened. Don’t worry, this is not the distributor or locals trying to con you. This is actually a manufacturing thing, probably something wrong with the gluing process.

This is important to note so a blame game doesn’t happen, and also so you feel better opening said packs. Hopefully this problem is fixed by the time the booster boxes come out, and this is just a pre release kit problem. If the packs are opened in the boxes, not only does that lead to a host of problems with players and store, but it also does not help the longevity of said cards to be sitting in high humidity etc in an unsealed pack.

We’ll know soon enough in our box opening video if this is a consistent problem or not.


PROMO CARDS:



New monthly promo cards are here! As you can see above. These are not English, unfortunately. You can expect them to be in English, we are just unsure if they will be spoiled in English online.

But we got Bunbuku, the Legendary Tea Kettle that cheats out beasts, and Contract Demon that draws you cards and such.

These are pretty cool looking promos, however it is very unfortunate they haven’t continued the trend of printing promo versions of cards from the Starter Decks, since we will never see those reprinted. Here’s hoping we’ll get some next month!


GP THIS WEEKEND:



There is a GP this weekend! TCGScrubs’ Oscar will be livestreaming the event, which we are very excited about after Vite Ramen sponsored the entire trip! The event will take place 1 day after set release so it should lead to some interesting decks and top 8!

You can watch the stream on our Youtube or Twitch channel, where we will have some cool stuff planned for your entertainment!


ARGENT SAGA NEWS:



In other TCG News, Argent Saga has announced their pre-release! This will take place July 26-28! More information on this will be coming soon, but you can start talking to your locals on if they will be wanting to host this and get into this upcoming TCG.

If you guys have seen, we’ve been doing Argent Saga Week here on the TCGScrubs Youtube Channel. Each day we are going over a different Intro Deck, and finishing off with a pretty cool gameplay video!
So if you are curious be sure to check out those videos, and talk to your store to get ready for this release!


That about does it for today, thanks for joining and see you next time!



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