Dicemasters X-Men Forever Campaign Box and X-Team packs discussed
Wizkids is dropping more Dicemaster sets on us with a set of releases in the Marvel and DC universes. Here we will discuss the Marvel side of things with a Campaign Box full of X-Men heroes and villains and two Team Packs to spice up your combinations with a X-Force centric set and another full of Dark X-Men.
If you are unaware of Dicemasters it is a head-to-head card and dice battling game that we have been covering since its inception. When the game was first released we got starter kits that were released alongside gravity feeds with collectible cards and dice with varying rarities. Over time the game sunset the gravity feeds and now we get releases with no variance in rarities which makes them less collectible but also cut down on the money burn chasing those rare cards. So with the game more on a LCG release cycle each wave marks a fine time to enter into the game with the contents of any Campaign box being all you would need to get started with the dice and cards necessary for 2 people to start playing. In addition, these boxes are a great storage option with this set and both team packs taking up less than half the potential dice storage if you have been collecting all along or dive in to buying older sets to supplement your collection.
Historically, these releases feature 2 dice for each character and in the game you often want 3-4 dice for your lower cost characters so people who love the game or want to play competitively would have to buy two to get the 4 dice capability on the characters within. In this set we see a minor shift with two of the best cheap characters Beast and Jubilee coming with 3 dice which may save some from having to buy another box. However, that cuts another way with both Magneto and Professor X coming with only 1 die each, so if you love those characters you need more than 2 boxes worth to get 4 dice. I think they chose decent characters to short on dice though with Professor X continuing to be most useful for his Global ability, and Magneto has a cool abilities to buff your team but his die itself isn’t amazing.
As for the characters we get a bunch of folks with some typical abilities like being buffed by being paired with their teammates or against their natural enemies but a few cool dynamics show up with cards like Mastermind from the Hellfire Club (shown to the left). The villains have some nice frustrating skills you can employ like The Blob making it harder to block with Sidekicks or making it impossible to field or buy 2 cost characters which can really slow down their ramp. With the villains packaged there is less concern with the packaged sets favoring one side or the other as I think many different hero or villain teams can be constructed from this box alone.
If you opt to grab the Dark X-Men Team pack you gain access to another string of characters with an emphasis on characters who have spent time as a hero and a villain so they can increase the pairings on both sides. The set also has a bunch of cards featuring the “Corrupt” keyword which forces your opponent to draw dice and pick one to put in the used pile which can force them to miss playing a character for a whole cycle of their dice.
The X-Force Team pack has strong built in synergy with many of the cards featuring the “Energize” keyword where when you roll the 2 energy side on a character dice you trigger a myriad of different effects. You don’t get any villain cards in this set but outside of an all X-Force team the “X” allegiance means you can mix these in with your X-Men with ease.
While, I miss the chase sometimes for super rare cards I like the new release cycle for Dicemasters which makes it more approachable for casual fans and for those who enjoy competition skill can be more of a deciding factor than the money it takes to get all the best cards. As for this set of Marvel releases specifically I was happy to get back to the X-Men universe for some variety and I have a few pairings I want to play with so this seems like an excellent investment for newcomers or diehards alike.