NO PLAYMAT, EXTRA PROMOS:
Quinn was a competitive player in Force of Will. He attended Worlds and was even made into a promo card that FOW previously used as prizing for Worlds Winners.
Following this, he started playing Final Fantasy TCG. In September of the same year (2017) there were reports of him cheating in the Nationals tournament. I looked into this, and while reports of this are near impossible to find for various reasons, I was able to confirm a couple things.
Playing cards that weren’t written on his decklist
Drawing too many cards
Making illegal plays
Misuse of card zones
Next he started up with Pokemon TCG. In this game he placed in the top 8 many times at major events, including getting top 4 and 2 spots. In June of 2018 there was a huge set of circumstances that, for all intents and purposes, proved he cheated multiple times.
These were both reported independently of each other. They did not (as far as I can tell) result in a ban due to judges not being present at the time of incident (similar to the other games).
At some point he left Pokemon.
Force of Will has said they unbanned him early due to his official ‘Ban Notice’ saying he would be unbanned in 2019 (with no specific date). So although the original intention was for 2 years, the notice gave the impression he could be unbanned in January. So they decided to unban in January rather than the posted date.
Fourth Update, I updated the FFTCG section to get rid of the DQ from the event, as it seems that was mis-reported.
So the story of Table Flip has been an interesting one. It had a broken combo possibility where it could be paired with Sandstorm (as an example) and potentially deal thousands of damage to your opponent.
Then they came out with an errata for it, that helped it get around things like Scarlet’s J-Ruler ability, but still kept the ability for said combo.
Now we finally have a new new errata for it (you can read all the card errata’s HERE).
Table Flip now says it only counters chants with a single target. So now Table Flip straight up won’t work at all with cards like Sandstorm, though it can work with an awakened Prismatic Flame.
Really awesome the company, and specifically Jeff, were able to quickly follow through with this and fix it preemptively. This could have turned out to be a huge problem, though it is concerning this was able to make it through that easily with that wording.
The other cards that were errata’ed were Sand Dragon (Now a Sand type) and the Secret Rare Athenia, fixing it’s Defense to be the correct 1000 it should have been.
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The bans ended being (in New Frontiers):
DISTORTION OF TIME
And in Wanderer:
These were some well deserved bans for sure that people were expecting. Spirit Stone maybe people weren’t expecting them to actually ban it, but it was definitely needed in this new mono-color format. The ban of Distortion will really shake up the meta going forward as well. We will keep you guys up to date on tournament results so we can see if this will be the case.
The new set is about to release! As such we also had pre-release with lots of better looks at the new cards. With this we finally found out which cards are the secret rares!
If you don’t know, secret rares are alternate arts of 3 Super Rare cards. These will at most appear as 1 per case usually, making them very rare and valuable.
The cards for this set were:
As you can see they look really cool! They obviously are full art and textured as well, so be on the lookout for that as the set is released!
That being said one important thing to note is there is a print error on Athenia. It shows her Defense as 1200, yet it is actually 1000. So no, you didn’t get a stronger version of the card. It’s unfortunate this had to happen, especially on the secret rare print since we will never get a second print run of this.
OLD GAMES N GEEK PROMOS:
If you want to see the GP Results, be sure to check out our ‘Top 8’ section of the website.
PRE-RELEASE PROMOS: What!? Another Promo card!? This time we have the Pre-release promo card and playmat! As you can see the playmat looks awesome. The promo cards also look great, especially if you are a Dark Alice fan. Though I do love the artwork for that dragon as well. I am not sure which is the pre-release card, and which is the buy-a-box card. I’ll update once I find out.
To obtain these, be sure to attend your local pre-release! The playmats are usually given to top 2 or so, with the other raffled off. Cards are given to all attendees. The buy-a-box promo is attained by simply buying a booster box!
You can see above what the WPR were, which they ended up being 4 Rulers, plus 1 ruler if you are VIP. Those first 4 rulers you will get a set of 2 for each one if you are VIP. So be on the lookout for that if you qualified!
Remember WPR ends this December 31st so scan in everything you have! If you are VIP you are automatically qualified for this last stretch of rewards, however you can still scan to get even more prizing!
If you don’t know, Caster Chronicles used the same QR code cards as FOW, but outside of Japan if you played Casters and didn’t play FOW, you would still only get the FOW reward cards. Japan however did distribute Caster rewards cards, and it was in a similar fashion as the FOW rewards, with 4 cards that were given 2 of, and 1 VIP card.
This has lead to a theory that the original plan was for the Caster and FOW rewards to be together (totaling 10 cards), but was changed at the last minute due to Caster Chronicles splitting into its own company. Obviously just wild speculation, but would explain a lot.
The cards themselves are gorgeous looking, and you can see the high resolution versions of the cards below!
Maybe this will lead to a cool new type of card rarity, but hopefully eventually we’ll get back to the ubers we know and love.
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So some pretty cool announcements, and recaps of last week’s news so let’s go!
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So as you can see we got our first look at January promos! These haven’t appeared on the US FOW Page for some reason, but luckily they are around and in English!
Really excited about Lapis Dark Storm, the others are pretty awesome as well! Make sure your store is signed up through the company to receive promos now since they will no longer receive them from their distributors!
NO MORE WILL POWER APP:
If you guys missed it, the Will Power App is officially stopping. It will be replaced by some other method of rewards that will be more comprehensive in the future, but that most likely won’t take place until next cluster.
The app itself will shutdown after December 31st. You have until then to scan as much as you can for some sort of mini-reward we have yet to find out.
For more information regarding this, be sure to check out Colin recapping the interview he did with Jeff Finnigan on what to expect from this change and more HERE.
WPR RULERS SO FAR:
So we have our first complete look at 5 of the 10 rulers in the Will Power rewards! You can see them above here. The front side of the Isis ruler was spoiled during my interview with Jeff video. These are looking pretty cool so far, hopefully we get a look at the remaining 5 soon!
Keep in mind, because of this new art process for the rewards they will be sent out later than usual. Expect a ship date sometime in January at the earliest most likely.
If you’ve been living under a rock, spoiler season officially started! You can follow these on the FOW Facebook page, as well as our daily videos which will be released within 1 hour of spoilers being revealed every night.
The company also started doing spoiler articles again! These were the articles that go over the cards that were spoiled each night, explain them and more. These articles may not be with every spoiler, but still great to have them. They can be found on the official Force of Will site.
They are also holding a giveaway for these spoilers. You simply need to share the Facebook post that has the spoiler images and article, and for every 100 shares the post gets they will give away the most popular card from that day’s spoilers to a random person! Pretty awesome incentive to share this around everywhere.
ARG/WGPQ THIS WEEKEND:
This weekend we are finally getting around to the Orlando ARG/GP event! This New Frontiers event should be something to follow. It won’t have the normal Force of Will livestream of the event, but hopefully ARG will have an equivalent up and running. Join our Discord if you aren’t on Facebook for updates regarding that.
We also got a look at some of the goodies at the event. One was these pins below, and another was this awesome promo card!
We weren’t able to attend, but hopefully lots of you guys get to go and let us know how it is!
WINTER ARG IS COMING:
Winter ARG is coming up. This is one that is held at multiple locations at different dates and carries the awesome Lich mat shown above! Events can take place anywhere between December 17th and January 6th so we may be seeing some stuff pretty soon!
For more information, including participating locations, check out the link to the official page HERE
Just so everyone is aware to get their stores ready for it, the new set is released on January 18th, with pre-release on the 11th!
So make sure your local game store is ready for it, with their orders in and more since it is a slightly different time of release than usual. I know we are going to try to put together an event at our locals to make it big and fun for everyone!
That’s everything for today, thanks for reading!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!