Dice Masters - The Maximum Carnage Team Pack Reviewed
Wizkids are releasing another timely Dice Masters team pack to coincide with a movie release, this time trying to ride the wave of Spiderman love drummed up by Spiderman: Homecoming in the theaters. This pack is inspired by the famous Maximum Carnage saga from the 90's and brings a few additions to the Spiderman universe of dice which has been getting bigger and bigger after multiple Marvel sets and Spiderman getting his own starter pack and gravity feed earlier. This team pack like the others features 8 characters with two dice each, with no rarity or variants to worry about for 15 bucks. If you want 4 dice for any of the characters you just need to snatch up two packs and I imagine some people will be tempted to do so. Below I have the cards pictured so you can decide if you want the set and so you can start scheming teams featuring them.
Spidey's thieving friend is a nuisance card which can be fun to have in a 4 cost character. Either as a regenerating character with decent defensive stats, or by forcing your opponent to reroll the "choice" face on their dice, or worse case having to sit on or reroll a character if it comes up as a level 3. She isn't dependent on a particular team strategy so could be easily added to any grouping but with the Spiderfriend affiliation she best fits among her friends.
Captain America has been featured in almost every Marvel set released so if you are a long time fan this is a character you likely already have in your collection. He typically buffs sidekicks, and you get more of the same here but making them "Deadly" or the global ability that lets you bring them back from the used pile are nice additions.
For being the titular character for this set I am a little disappointed in Carnage, However, if you know what team you are facing off against I can see him being useful against particular builds. Adding 2 cost to globals makes them impractical and the "when attacks" or "when KO'd" could be good depending on what your opponent brings or perhaps if you bring one yourself to steal from a more powerful character. However, if you go into battle not knowing your opponent's team you might have a character with greatly diminished usefulness.
Personally, I loved that they brought this character into Dicemasters, and I am also happy that he is useful. The "Six Arms" card is devastating to any sidekick based team, and regardless you tend to have a few out to chump block. I think that card will see heavy use, but I can see fans for the "Predator" card as well while Living Fractal suffers by comparison.
Iron Fist was also in the Defenders team pack, but here he gets the Spider-Friends affiliation. He can be useful with extra "fist icons" and if you pair him with Spiderman (another fist) and maybe one more he could pack a wallop for a 3 cost.
Shriek being a fairly obscure villain is also pretty useful by nullifying character's text and/or global abilities. I think I would prefer the 3 cost "Sonic Beam" to shut down my opponents most annoying character for as long as I can keep Shriek alive.
Spiderman is rocking some sweet camo dice, and I think the "War of the Heart" is one of my favorite cards for the hero. It makes your opponent block all your sidekicks first limiting their ability to block your heavies and the sidekicks are prevented from taking damage so you can potentially keep doing it. Pair this with Captain America and those sidekicks start to hurt and you can see why you will need the Doppleganger to shut this pain engine down.
Venom can be a Spider-friend or a Villain just like in the comic. I like the "My Other" card if you have a team that will start a little slow but be overpowered in time to keep things balanced, otherwise Venom can only kidnap some characters for a single turn which isn't that exciting to me.
So that is the Maximum Carnage team pack, as an opposite to the Doctor Strange pack it has mostly lower cost characters which are easier to work into your teams. I love the utility of a few of these cards so I have to recommend it to fans of the series.