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Not a big news week, but still some notable tidbits so let's dive in.
So it looks like we got some GP news for Australia! There may have been some other GP dates for other countries, but I couldn't find them. I'll update the article if I do.
Below is the image for all the dates in Australia (correction from earlier). Awesome news for anyone in the Australia area, or planning
to attend. It looks like several people are already planning on it, so lots to look forward to!
OGP TOP 16:
So we've been loosely following the Online Unofficial GP Tournament. This is the tournament that is using the unique format of every card between the
Faria Starter decks, and Vingolf 3. We officially cut to top 16!
If you are following this, I'm about to do an info dump below. Below we will see the top contestants, what the prize distribution is, as well as graphs
breaking down the overall distribution of rulers/countries vs. top 16. All this information comes from Patrick Juan.
Top 16 competitors:
Jaber Ali vs. Joshua Ernest Patton
Andy Liu vs. Thomas Atkins
Ryan Miles vs. Aaron Miles
Jorge Eduardo Chacon Korsun vs.Steven Booten
Ace Teow vs. Chris Härtl
Benjamin B. Bargetzi vs. Rimba Azhara
Sam Sheikh vs. Philip Johannes Chybiorz
Jean-Paul Klintworth vs. Ronny Martin
Top 16 Prizing:
1. WOM Boosterbox
2. TSW Ruler plus $50 plus 4x JP Gwiber promos
3. TSW Ruler plus 25 promos from reiya
4. Gill Alhamat ruler (RDE) plus 5 band girls
6. Matsuri Pricia Box
7. All 7 king from Alice cluster in Uber and signed by Eiji
8. Alhamaat Banner
9. Cash $150
10. Cash $100
11. R/R Banner
12. Rezzard Banner
13. Sol Banner plus playmat
14. Japanese Magic stone set 10x All colors + magic stone lab box plus playmat
15. 4x Tama FA promo and 4x Lightning Strike FA promo plus Dark Faria (PR2015-035) - 2x, Jeanne d'Arc (PR2015-034) - 2x, Summoning from the fairy tale world (RL1706-2)
16. 4x Misty dragon pre PROMO, 3 playmats
And the graphs:
WILL POWER APP GONE:
So this is a unique problem for Apple users. The Will Power App is no longer available to download from the App Store. This is most likely a simple thing of
somebody not keeping up with the proper signage etc. to keep an app on the App Store, however this is a problem that has been happening for a week or 2 now
as far as I can tell, with multiple attempts to ask people involved higher up.
There hasn't been any responses. A simple 'We are aware of the problem and are
working on it' would suffice. Hopefully it gets solved, and isn't indicative of anything else outside of small mismanagement.
That's really about all the news for today, see you guys next week!
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So we got a decent amount of news, a lot of it related to ARG in some fashion, so let's take a look!
So this past weekend we had ARG States! If you'd like to hear about Oscar and Colin's adventures with that, check out the podcast HERE.
While there are no definitive tracking data results from these ARG's, there was a poll in the Facebook US group. This poll asked people to
mark what ruler they won their ARG with. The results are below:
Not the most precise, but it's the best we have right now. As you can see, TSW seems to have dominated that top spot. Not necessarily affecting
Ruler diversity (that we can tell), just a very high success rate for placing.
ARG CHRISTMAS MAT:
We also got the mat revealed for the ARG Christmas games! This last ARG was the Isis playmat with the arrows pointing in reference to the whirlwind conflagration
meme. This time around they asked people to vote again, and the winner was Lich! So as you can see above it was made into a Christmas theme, complete with quite
an ingenious title of 'The Lich Who Stole Christmas'. I personally found this to turn out much better than I was thinking it would, so pretty excited about it now.
ARG CHRISTMAS SIGNUPS:
Speaking of, sign ups are now live for stores for this upcoming ARG event, as well as anyone else! Below is Jim McMahan's (Owner of ARG)
official post about this:
ARG Holiday Circuit Qualifier kits are now live to ALL Stores, Tournament Organizers and players. Unlike states anyone can purchase a
holiday Invitational Qualifier kit. Holiday ARG Invitational Qualifier events can be run between December 17, 2018 to January 6th, 2019.
For more information click the link below or email email@example.com where our Circuit Series team can help you!
So be sure to get in on this action if you can!
TIME SPINNING WITCH PROMO:
So this isn't actually a promo in the sense of alt art, but we are finally getting those TSW Rulers at our local stores! If you don't remember,
TSW is a ruler you could only get by buying 3 boxes of the set WOM. This also wasn't always guaranteed depending on whom you were
buying the boxes from. So we found out months ago they were sending TSW Rulers out to everyone's stores as regular promotional product,
we just didn't know when. Well now is the day! Our locals in particular just received our batch and are pretty excited about it. So stay on the
lookout if your store is already signed up to receive promos directly from the company! Glad they were able to solve this problem, and right
when TSW is becoming pretty big too.
ONLINE 'GP' UPDATE:
So if you tuned in last week, we have an unofficial tournament going on online for FOW! It uses a pretty unique format where everything
from the Faria Starter Deck up until Vingolf 3 is legal. I had mentioned that top 16 would cut in early December, well they just moved
up the time tables. It will now cut November 25th, to allow the competition to conclude much sooner. I'll keep you guys updated after
that date as to what decks/rulers made it in this unique format.
CHAT WITH STEPHANIE TONIGHT:
Lastly, if you guys are free tonight at 9 pm CST our very own Colin, Jeremy (Ruler School), and Stephanie Shaw will be having a conversation
live on Twitch about Force of Will Content Creation! Should be a lot of fun. It will be located HERE on her Twitch channel.
That's all the news for this week. Thanks for tuning in!
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It's been awhile since the last news. We have quite a spectrum of news items to go over so let's take a look!
Second GP Announced:
So we got official word on when the next GP is! It will actually be the big ARG event in Orlando, FL on
December 15th and 16th. Full information can be found HERE.
This is exciting news, we will now have an ARG/GP hybrid with a lot of prizing and multiple possible
invites! (Worlds and ARG Invitational). I just hope going forward every GP isn't just randomly announced
a month ahead of time and we get an actual schedule of the GP's like normal. But it looks like they are
keeping to their promise of having GP's during what used to be the 'Off season'.
It is interesting to point out as well that Jeff had mentioned during his last Q and A that the GP dates
would be announced the Friday after his Q and A (roughly). That was the 2nd of this month
(almost 2 weeks ago). Not sure why the huge delay and what is going on there.
Hopefully we hear something soon.
Speaking of ARG, ARG States is this weekend! If you don't know, States is the smaller events
held at local game stores across the US that come with all sorts of cool prizing and invites to
the Invitational etc. TCGScrubs' Oscar and Colin will both be attending the Dallas, TX and
Austin, TX State events!
For more information on these, including locations that are participating, visit the link HERE.
Be sure to go if you can to continue and show support for the game, and ARG for hosting all of this!
In case you missed it, this is the magical playmat that was made for these events:
New Monthly Promos:
As you can see above we got our first look at this month's promos! These are pretty awesome, especially the blade which will become quite a useful card going forward.
Be sure if your local store hasn't already, to check your store in with the official FOW software, and also to message Robert to get your monthly promos! They no longer
go through distributors, which means you are getting them directly now! If you are unsure, be sure to check out our previous News talking about it, or just shoot us or Robert a message!
So there is a fairly big unofficial Online Tournament happening right now in case you missed it.
It's too late to enter in, but I'll go over the details of the tournament, as well as when to see results!
You can watch some gameplay from the tournament as well on the official FOW ARG Youtube Channel HERE!
This Tournament is being hosted by Benjamin B. Bargetzi with about $2,200 worth of prizing!
The format is super unique, instead of New Frontiers or Wanderer, it is using a format they call
'Golden Age'. This format uses any cards that appeared between the Melgis/Faria Starter Decks
and Vingolf 3. As such it also adheres to the old ban list (no bans at that time essentailly).
It is completely online, and has about 151 people entered into it. Rounds are ongoing until after
Round 4 concludes on December 2nd. After that it goes into Top 16 until December 30th.
Below is the complete Ruler breakdown as well if you are interested. We'll update you guys as
results come in the future.
Judge Test L0:
We got our first official judge test this past week! If you don't know, the judge program was revamped,
so now there was a test available online for 72 hours for anyone to take. If you passed you become an
L0 judge, able to officially judge locals, small tournaments, and State ARGS (among others).
If you missed or failed this test, don't worry, a new one will be available every quarter and will be
different from the current test. If you wish to become a higher level judge, simply visit a GP and take
the necessary steps from there.
There was some technical problems it seemed initially with the judge test. It was scheduled to be
released the 1st (I think), but an incorrect version somehow got out, and we had to wait until around
the 9th for the test to be officially released for it's window of time. Hopefully that didn't hurt anyone's
chances of taking the test.
If you are curious on what exactly the test was, be sure to watch our podcast where we go over it HERE!
Transformers TCG Coming to Canada:
So a big issue with the Transformers TCG was at the distribution level. For various reasons it couldn't
come to Canada upon release. There might have been some other places as well that it couldn't go,
but Canada was the main one.
Well, the official page for the game just announced they are bringing the game to Canada now!
Not sure what they had to do to get this to happen, but I'm glad they were able to figure it out.
The game seems to be doing well so far, and with a new release of a deck this week it's the perfect
time to introduce new people to the game.
Transformers Metroplex Deck:
Speaking of the new deck coming out, this weekend will mark the release of the Metroplex Starter Deck!
This is the deck that was teased a long time ago.
It comes with 4 new bots, and several new battle cards as well. The deck also includes normal cards in it.
It's most noteable for the size of Metroplex the card, which is double the size of a normal bot card! It's a
really cool idea and I'm excited to get my hands on it.
We'll have a video come out the day before the release of the deck going over the cards that come in the
deck etc. so look out for that!
Keyforge Card Game:
Last piece of news is a new card game coming out. We will be doing several videos on this in the coming weeks so keep an eye out for that. This is a game where instead of buying booster boxes and singles, you just buy a pre constructed deck. No 2 decks will ever be the same in this game so each time you buy a deck will be a different experience!
These constructed decks, and a starter kit, go on sale this weekend as well so be sure to check your locals if you are interested. And keep an eye out for the upcoming content we will have in relation to this game!
That's about all for today. Thanks for joining and we'll see you next week!
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Alright some cool reveals, and a lot of talk about the future! Here we go...
CASTERS RELEASE DATE:
So we got our first reveal of when the next set is coming out. On the Japanese site, it added placeholders for
February 2019 for the new starter and March 2019 for the 5th set! This is quite a large gap of time between
set releases however. Not quite sure the reasoning but glad to see it's still going.
Still no word if they'll be doing clusters like Force of Will every 4 sets or not. Also looks like they are
continuing the trend of only releasing 1 starter deck at a time. In any case we'll keep an eye out in the future
for this set!
NEXT FOW SET REVEALED:
The big news is the reveal of the name and poster for the next Force of Will set! As you can see above it is
called 'The Strangers of New Valhalla'. We can see it featuring characters (as far as we can tell) such as
Alice, Pricia, a Dark Alice doll? And more. As mentioned last week, the release is sometime in January of
2019, so keep an eye out for when a more exact date and pre orders go up.
FIRST CARD REVEALED:
We also got our first look at a card from that set! You can read the original FOW article HERE.
If you can't read/see the image, here is what it says:
Type: Chant/Rune | Divinity 2
-You can pay  less to play this card from a rune area
-Destroy target Magic Stone. Resonators your opponent controls gain [-400/-400] until the end of turn.
So there you have it. In the Rune area this is a 4 cost destroy target magic stone. I could
probably see some problems with it. It is a high cost at least though, which is nice.
So there you have it, the first card of the set! They also revealed the ratios of the set, being what you'd expect:
Super Rares: 10
Secret Rares: ???
They also confirmed Alice is returning for sure! Still no word on Ubers or anything like that in the set, so we'll wait and see on that.
WILL POWER REWARDS VIP SURVEY:
So if you were VIP level on the Will Power App (scanned in enough cards to reach VIP status) then you
should have received a notification in app to take a survey! If not, be sure to double check your app and
see if it was received in there.
I think this survey is important because it asks about people thoughts on this new set, what they'd like
to see in future sets, and what other product FOW could create. Definitely some important information
that could be conveyed so be sure to check it out!
We got our first look at the upcoming promos, and they are awesome! Looks like we are getting a
Rachel Promo, and Forbidden Arts. Really excited to not only see a promo for Rachel, which is a more
expensive card, but also a card from the Starter Deck 'Lost Tomes'.
These could also be the first promos to be sent with the new system the company put in place
(I'm not sure if it will, but the timing could work out as such).
INFORMATION FOR LGS':
So if you are a Local Game Store, there is a new method to get your Promos now. Originally it
was told to us that just by using the FOW system on their computer they would get their promos, etc.
However, that is no longer the case.
Below is the exact instructions from Robert Hebert himself:
They need to send the following information to the following address:
Name of Contact
Along with links to photos or attached photos of play space and the store itself.
Please send this information to: FoWRob@gmail.com
October promos are going out asap and if you want to receive them I have to have your information for the new system. Thanks again for your continued support!!
US Director of Organized Play
So there you have it! Be sure to inform any local game store in the area of this new system that supports FOW.
OSCAR NEEDS HELP:
So Oscar is trying to add even more information of GP's to the website! But to do this he needs help.
If anyone has information as far as dates etc. for GP's that took place during Grimm Cluster please contact us!
You can reach us on Facebook, Discord, Twitter, etc. He wants our website to host as much GP information
as possible so help us get there!
That's all for this week, thank you for joining us!
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An exciting announcement came out this week so we'll start with that!
GAMES N GEEK GP:
So that 8K Tournament happening at Games N Geek in Minnesota is now the first official GP of the season! The announcement was made on Tuesday, October 2nd. Stephanie Shaw will be the
head judge for the tournament. They are currently working to get the official Top 8 prizing and promos from the company, in addition to the already crazy prize pool.
This is shaping up to be one of the craziest, and biggest prized events I've ever seen. In case you need brushing up, below will be the official banner with the main prizing. To find out more
information, including signing up for the tournament, be sure to view the event HERE
NEXT SET PREVIEW:
This will be a quick post, but with the release of A New Dawn Rises, we got our first look at the following set in the form of a poster. In this poster we can also see the release
date is set for sometime in January.
Not a lot to go off of, but one interesting thing of note is the title. This could be an error, but instead of saying the cluster name 'New Valhalla' like we'd expect or have seen before,
it says 'A New Dawn Rises'. This is really weird and most likely simply an error, but just something interesting we saw.
CORETCG AND ALPHA INVESTMENTS:
So some cool updates, especially for the growth/health of the game in this new cluster. CoreTCG officially is carrying FOW again! They dropped out sometime during ENW. It looks
like they are back now, carrying all the product and singles associated with this new cluster. I'm not sure if they had carried singles before but they do now. This is a large source of
TCG's so that's awesome to see!
An update on the Alpha Investments front, he had listed his product for A New Dawn Rises booster boxes, and within 2 days he completely sold out! He even had to refund people since
he wasn't aware of how popular it was becoming. He stated in the future he would be sure to buy more product for it. It's good to see though that this is universally popular, and being embraced
no matter where it shows up.
So Ryan Miles, the Captain of Team ARG is putting together a tournament! It's a really neat idea, where you go into a tournament with some crazy/unique rules, and fight it out.
This is a place where people with higher than average deck building skills will shine. On top of that, first place will get a Force of Will Artbook from this year's Worlds! For more
information, including how to sign up, be sure to check out his video HERE
We finally have on official source for explaining what exactly you can and cannot do with Runes, as well as explaining other new abilities etc that were introduced in this cluster.
On the main Force of Will website they released the article HERE
It's a great resource and should definitely be shared with anyone coming into the game, or just unfamiliar with how the new cluster works.
Lastly just wanted to mention we finally got updated lists on the New Frontiers Revenge Tournament from Worlds! Thanks to Ryan Lilly, we have the top 8 decklists and order. You
can check these out on the 'Top 8' section of our website and click the corresponding article. Hopefully we'll slowly get more information on Worlds in the coming week as well!
That's about all for today. Thanks for joining and see you next week!
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APOLOGIES FOR THE SPACING ISSUES. NOT SURE WHY IT’S NOT WORKING 🙁
Items won/bought: . .
First, what happened to that giveaway for Starter Decks? Remember? When they announced New Valhalla, they had that website you could go to, fill out a form, and be entered into a drawing to win some (or all) of the starters. Well we haven’t heard about that since. If there was a winner, not only have we not seen anything from said winner, but the company never followed up to say who won. Kind of weird and I’d be curious to see what’s going on with that.
Secondly, more starter deck issues? So it looks like we possibly have some more printer issues. There have been reports of burnt edging, incorrect quantities of cards, and more. Some decks might have 5 of one card, and 3 of another that should have been 4 and 4. Some people said they didn’t get Master Runes, and more. Our starter deck opening showed at minimum there is no rhyme or reason to where cards are in the deck (as far as matching up with the correct mini deck and ruler, etc). Jeff was alerted to this yesterday, so hopefully we’ll find out what is going on.
Lastly, sort of random but no official postings on the WGP winner? We know who won, and I think the top 8 was posted to the FOW website. However, usually for some GP’s and especially for Worlds FOW will make a Facebook post congratulating the winner etc. In fact, if you look at FOW’s Facebook, it really hasn’t been active in a while now. Not sure what’s going on, but just another open ended question there.
So it looks like we got final confirmation on what is going on here. There looks to be only 3 Secret Rare cards in this set. That is a bit unfortunate considering we have no Rulers, no guaranteed cards in a box, and now we don’t even have all 5 colors for a card you could possibly pull. I love blue from the new set, so I have no motivation to try digging for those Secret Rares. They are still awesome looking cards, just a bit unfortunate I think.
Also looks like there are no Ubers. This is the first set since the introduction of that rarity to not have Ubers. We aren’t quite sure why that is, and where we could see them pop up again. It brings that question up of what is going to make these boxes valuable long term? There are only 3 high rarity cards to pull, and they are random and don’t really cover a variety of decks/colors. We’ll see what happens though, I feel it’d be better if this was all cleared up for us so we can better evaluate if this is actually a really good thing for this set etc.
There was a poll held almost 2 weeks ago asking people’s opinions on the new Rulers. The full article is HERE (since it wasn’t shared on their Facebook). But if you are curious, here is the top answer to each question:
What ruler do you think will win WGP 2018?
Just a little fun information to have.
This Friday is when the new set finally drops! If you haven’t already, be sure you locals is getting that product in! If you unfortunately don’t have a locals for product, be sure to click those banners on our website to visit Happy Little Hug Factory to get some! The Starter Decks were released this past weekend during pre-release so be sure to stock up on that as well!
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Level 3: Can judge WGP
There are other details obviously associated with all this information. If you are curious about becoming a judge, be sure to read over the original article!
Yes I am going back into Force of Will a lot heavier moving forward. They have shown the discipline on cutting print runs and stability. I like it a lot, they grew up as a company and have stabilized the relationship with distributors and everyone is happy internally now. I will be offering the new Force of Will sets at an unbeatable price 🙂
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Phul, the Administrator of the Moon
WILL POWER REWARDS SIGN UP:
The form to fill out for you Will Power Rewards is live! Make sure you go and fill that out ASAP. I attached pictures above to show you where to go in the app to fill out the form. You’ll get an email confirmation after you fill it out telling you your rank and confirming your information.
BE SURE TO FILL OUT EVERYTHING FULLY AND CORRECTLY. Just double check your address etc. It’s inconvenient for yourself and everybody involved if you just rush through the form without double checking and mess up. Good luck to everyone though on getting those rewards in!
There was no option when filling out the form to select which game you played, and no distinction in placement on what type of codes you might have scanned in. It’s super unfortunate but it honestly feels like the company doesn’t care about Caster players currently. Hopefully that changes but for now, oh well.
The old chase cards were guaranteed 1 per box and this stream pulled 2 in a box. This might mean it follows similar ratios to rulers in the last couple sets, where you might get 2, 1, or 0 rulers per box completely at random. It’ll be cool to get confirmation of the ratios and what the remaining chase cards are.
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The last thing we also learned from the full set reveal is that [Variant] typing of cards is gone! This is probably for the best, since most of these are terrible and disappointing to pull. But it is interesting this happened without any news or mention.
I think we had already seen the playmat a while back, but now it’s revealed again with a pretty cool looking card!
Credit to Crystal Beeton
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Each Starter includes 68 cards: two different Rulers (foil), 40 card main deck (10 sets of 4 cards, 8 of which are foil), 10 Rune cards, 12 Magic Stones. Each deck is playable on it’s own, but it can also be split into two half decks for two player games. The Starter also includes a playsheet, rulesheet, and game manual.