|Published 16 May 2016 | Star Wars: The Card Game|
Dark Lord of the Sith
Preview a Sith Objective Set from Galactic Ambitions
“Your powers are weak, old man.” –Darth Vader, Star Wars: A New Hope
Throughout the arenas of the Galactic Civil War, two great powers have struggled for dominance: the Sith controlling the Empire and the tiny Rebel Alliance struggling to win freedom for the galaxy. Neither power will give an inch in their battles, and with the Galactic Ambitions expansion for Star Wars™: The Card Game, you have the chance to determine which will finally be victorious.
Galactic Ambitions is the fifth deluxe expansion for Star Wars: The Card Game, and it puts the spotlight squarely on the Sith and Rebel Alliance affiliations by introducing new objective sets for each, as well as a single objective set for each other affiliation in the game.
Today, we’ll take a closer look at a Sith objective set that centers around the most iconic lord of the Sith—Darth Vader.
The Force Is Strong With Him
Across the Star Wars saga, there are few characters that command such fear as Darth Vader. In Star Wars: The Card Game, your opponent may be equally terrified to see you play Darth Vader under your control. From the very first days of the game’s Core Set, Darth Vader (Core Set, 35) has shaped the game. His ability to deal direct damage whenever a Sith event is played means that your opponent must constantly fear the way that cards like Force Choke (Core Set, 59) can whittle away at his forces.
The Galactic Ambitions expansion introduces a new version of Darth Vader (Galactic Ambitions, 1055), and you’ll quickly notice that he has a very different specialization. Although this Darth Vader shares the same cost, damage capacity, Force icons, combat icons, and the elite keyword with previous versions, he has gained an ability that reads, “Interrupt: When this unit resolves its unit damage icons, assign the damage to a target non-participating exhausted enemy unit instead.” Furthermore, Darth Vader gains an additional unit damage icon while your opponent has two or more exhausted units.
In essence, this ability allows Darth Vader’s combat icons to reach outside of the current engagement similar to the targeted strike keyword. You can probably think of many times your opponent attacked with a weak character, while his most important units stayed back, exhausted. Now, you can choose to forego destroying a unit in the engagement in order to reach a much more tempting target outside. No matter what you decide, your opponent must think carefully about how he declares his engagements when he has exhausted units. Even powerful Force Users like Yoda (Join Us or Die, 568) or Luke Skywalker (Core Set, 92) can fall to Darth Vader’s blade if your opponent isn’t careful.
Exhausting your opponent’s units forms a theme that runs throughout this entire objective set. The objective in this set, Dark Lord of the Sith (Galactic Ambitions, 1054), forces your opponent to focus a ready non-Vehicle unit at the beginning of the conflict phase, so long as you control three or more Sith objectives. By forcing your opponent to focus one of his ready units, you not only neuter his potential attackers or defenders for the next turn, you provide Darth Vader with even more targets to destroy.
You can also exhaust your opponent’s best units on command with Telekinetic Strike (Galactic Ambitions, 1058). This event requires you to focus one of your own units, but it allows you to place a focus token on any enemy Character or Creature unit with an equal or lower cost! Furthermore, if the Balance of the Force is with the dark side, you can place two focus tokens on the target unit instead. Exhausting one of your opponent’s units can turn the tide of any conflict, and if you need to refresh your unit quickly, you can just play a card like Rage (Lure of the Dark Side, 532).
You can also focus your opponent’s units with one of the new fate cards introduced in this deluxe expansion: Visage of the Dark Lord (Galactic Ambitions, 1059). If you have a unique Sith unit participating in the engagement, you can play Visage of the Dark Lord in your edge stack to immediately place a focus token on any participating enemy unit. By playing Visage of the Dark Lord at the right time, you could completely negate your opponent’s reason for attacking or defending, leaving you firmly in control of the situation.
This objective set concludes with two cards that you can use to support Darth Vader in any Sith deck. The Sith Warrior (Galactic Ambitions, 1056) is an inexpensive, defensive character with the shielding keyword—granting extra protection to both your units and objectives. You’ll also find a copy of Vader’s Meditation Chamber (Galactic Ambitions, 1057). This unique enhancement provides a Sith resource, and if you control any Force User or Force Sensitive units, you reduce the cost to play this card by one, making it one of the most efficient resources in the game.
You Have Failed Me for the Last Time
For centuries, the Sith hid in the shadows, plotting the fall of the Jedi and their own rise to power. Now that they have succeeded and rule the galaxy-spanning Galactic Empire, they will never allow a puny alliance of rebels to steal their victory. Intimidate your opponents with the power of the dark side, and pre-order your copy of the Galactic Ambitions expansion at your local retailer today!
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This definitely seems like the best expansion pack since Wrath of the Lich King and miles ahead of Mists of Pandaria. As Chris Metzen himself puts it: “The age of the whimsical panda sadly is over, the Warcraft of old is back and it is as savage of ever.”
Blizzard has just released a Warlords of Draenor cinematic trailer to get you all excited. Not only that, there is an official release date for the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor.
Release Date for Warlords of Draenor is November 13, 2014
Maybe I never got the whole big picture of the history of the orcs before. Maybe I should have read the quest text more. Or at all.
But it turns out that the Orcs and the Draenei both originated on the same planet: Draenor. Not only that, but there has apparently been some revisionist history going on in the World of Warcraft lore, as Garosh Hellscream has travelled back to the past and changed the course of history, and everything you know or thought you knew.
Gul’dan as he is offering the blood of Mannoroth to Grom Hellscream and the other orc chieftains. This is one of the biggest events in Warcraft lore and it led to the orcs becoming more powerful and filled with bloodlust, but also dooming them to servitude under Mannoroth and the Burning Legion.
And it didn’t happen that way anymore.
In the newest cinematic, Grom doesn’t drink the blood, thus preventing the orcs from ever becoming enslaved by the Burning Legion, which means that they don’t have to invade Azeroth anymore.
But that doesn’t mean they don’t want to. The cinematic ends by showing construction of their means of invasion: the Dark Portal.
If you loaded up Mists of Pandaria and immediately thought that the class of monk didn’t quite make up for the fact that they basically ripped of Kung Fu Panda and turned our cool game into a joke, you’ll be happy to see the tone of the Warlords of Draenor more closely resembles previous expansions like Wrath of the Lich King and The Burning Crusades.
As Chris Metzen, Sr. Vice President of Story and Franchise Development for Blizzard, states, “The age of the whimsical panda sadly is over, the Warcraft of old is back and it is as savage of ever.”
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When Magic the Gathering 2015 was released in the stores, I was excited to see what some of the new cards were, how they played, and get a few games in. So I downloaded the Magic the Gathering Online client to see if I could still remember how to use it.
When I last played Magic Online it was several years ago. I remember trying to trade and finding only bots that were constantly and consistently set to automatically rip me off. I remember the game rooms were set up where the players avatars – those genies, goblins, wizards and mermen that represented themselves were spread across tables. Find a table with only one player on it, and set down for a game. [themify_quote] I remember trying to trade and finding only bots that were constantly and consistently set to automatically rip me off.[/themify_quote]
I wasn’t expecting much to change, perhaps just an update to the client. I got what I expected on that front. Gone are the avatars that sit at the table in a large parlor room. Instead The big difference it seems is that now, after years, the client is no longer sporting a beta tag. While I wasn’t surprised about that, it had been in beta when I last looked at the client about 3 years ago, I was surprised to find out that the client had lost the beta tag only days before.
It seems that Magic the Gathering Online was ready for the influx of people and attention that the new seasons card release was going to bring.
Unfortunately, though the Magic 2015 cards had already been released in stores, they were not yet released on MTGO.
Since this review, there have been release parties, tournaments and events for the 2015 cards in Magic Online, so if you’re looking for those cards you should be able to get them now.
Is Magic the Gathering Online Fun?
Yes! It was a blast to jump back in and even with only the cards I got from starting my account I was able to make decks of any color that I wanted. No trading required.
Building the deck was fairly easy, though I stumbled a couple of times with adding and removing multiple copies of cards into my deck.
Finding games to play was easy, and I was happy to see that I could choose myself as a “starter” and only play with people that are beginners or who don’t have many cards.
The first game was painfully slow, especially for my opponent. There were many times during my opponents turn when control was brought back to me so that I could react or have a chance to take actions. Thankfully there is a big chess clock style counter that I would notice ticking away my time and force me to analyze what it wanted me to do.
By my third game I was getting more comfortable with the controls and more quickly going through both my and my opponents turns.
Since I only played against people that also self-identified as “beginners”, I never got into a situation where I had absolutely no chance against a deck. And with a fighting chance, and a level of familiarity with the client, the fun of playing was just as fun as building a deck.
What I got for my money
Was Magic the Gathering Online worth it?
It was a great entrance back into the game. For $10 I got a new account with 600+ cards to get me started. In that 600 cards were 40 of each basic land, and a steady mix of each color plus plenty of artifacts. In my set I got no Planeswalkers, and no Legendary Creatures.
I also got 20 “New Player tokens”. I really wanted to find out how to use those, but I just didn’t. So I still have them.
New accounts also get 5 Event tickets. This is pretty cool because Event tickets are the digital currency of Magic the Gathering Online and each event ticket costs $1. So for $10 you get enough cards to put together a decent starting deck of your favorite color or color combination and $5 worth of in game tickets.
Is it better than going to the Friday Night Magic?
I don’t think it can replace going to Friday Night Magic, seeing your friends and playing with them live. The talking, camaraderie and general good times of playing live are just not there in the client.
If you are in a crew, and you’re playing together all the time, I could see that as a different experience. But as it is, if you’re just starting out you’ll probably have more fun playing in person.
If you can get a game.
Because it isn’t always Friday Night Magic, or even Friday night. But you can rest assured that no matter what day of the week it is, any time of day, your virtual opponent is already sitting right across the table from you shuffling his deck and ready to cut your cards.
Final Score: 7
Justification: It’s a lot of fun and you get a lot of value for the initial starter kit. On the downside is that for those without much experience building decks, there could be a lot of frustration.
Warlords of Draenor is coming soon. Check out this awesome cinematic teaser video for the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion.
New stadium and teams at the heart of this expansion
[themify_quote]A new season begins for Blood Bowl: Team Manager, and you’ll uncover more opportunities for trickery and low-down, backstabbing moves than ever. [/themify_quote]
The Putrid Players’ Guild joins the Team Managers’ Union, bringing with it three entirely new teams and unprecedented levels of cheating. A fifth player may now Continue reading “Foul Play Expansion for Blood Bowl Team Manager is Now Available”
New Wonderous series featuring cosplay icon Yaya Han
Heroes of Cosplay star and cosplay superstar Yaya Han will get the chance to cosplay herself. From digital publisher Lion Forge is making a new digital comic series that features Yaya with superpowers.
Yaya Han with superpowers.
More about Wonderous and the new series Wonderous II
[themify_quote]Readers follow Yaya as she discovers her newfound superpowers and fights crime in the colorful cosplay world[/themify_quote]
Wonderous tells stories of a real life, beautiful women who have been reimagined with super powers. Wonderous II is being written by Joelle Sellner, and has artwork created by Francesco Gerbino and Sai Studios.
Curious about the first Wonderous series?
In the first series, “Wonderous: The Adventures of Claire Sinclair“, Claire Sinclair (2011 Playboy Playmate of the Year) is imbued with super powers after signing up for a medical study.
She then begins to fight crime and takes on a bad guy that turns out to be her ex-boyfriend. (Buy Wonderous Series 1 at Amazon)
It’s official. Fans of the fantasy novels have in the past looked at series like Game of Thrones and thought “Why not Shannara”? MTV is now giving fans of the Terry Brooks series of novels something more than just a rumor.
Terry Brooks website confirms that MTV has ordered a 10-episode season based on the Shannara Series.
[themify_quote]I’ve been dreaming about seeing these books adapted properly for thirty-five years, and now its really happening. So let’s all celebrate dreams coming true. -Terry Brooks[/themify_quote]
The first season to adapt The Elfstones of Shannara
Miles Millar and Al Gough, best known as the creators of Smallville, are writing. Jonathan Liebesman, who directed Wrath of the Titans (2012) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) will direct at least the first two episodes. Jon Favreau, originally rumored to be the director, is one of the producers and is joined in that role by Millar and Gough, Liebesman, Brooks and Dan Farah.
The Elfstones of Shannara is the middle book of the original Swords of Shannara trilogy. This leaves the first book, The Sword of Shannara, to be told in a future series or season.
If you’re a fan of beautiful cosplay in general, or Yaya Han in particular, you should know that her 2015 calendar is ready to be released.
You can order the Yaya Han 2015 Cosplay Calendar from her store beginning July 10, 2014 at 12:00PM Eastern Time.
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