This week sees Mantic open its doors for the first DreadBall Second Edition UK National Championship. There are still some last minute tickets available, should you wish to prove you’re the best coach on the circuit. You can buy your tickets here. It’s worth coming just for the goody bag alone, which includes a FREE team of your choice, FREE Blaine, FREE set of DreadBall dice, FREE DreadBall dice cup and a FREE dice bag. Just try not to drool at the offering below…
However, that’s not the only DreadBall action we’ve got taking place this week. We’ve just put up four fresh teams for pre-order on the website. These re-packaged teams now come with all the players required, prone markers, team stat card, Captain and the optional Captain Cards. So, let’s take a closer look at these teams and what they offer on the pitch. In our previous edition, we cover the Bremlin Nebulas and Glambek Ghosts, which you can read here.
SULENTIC SHARDS – CRYSTALLAN TEAM
First up, we’ve got the Sulentic Shards – Crystallan Team. On paper they look pretty average, with only their 3+ strength standing out as a potential strong point (no pun intended). What’s more, you’ve only got Guards and Jacks in the team, so they’re not necessarily going to be lighting up the pitch with incredible passing games. However, like so many teams in DreadBall, it’s their special team ability that really gets the juices flowing.
Harmonics represents the fact that when the Crystallans are close together, their natural resonance helps to improve their abilities. ‘Before a Player takes any action, count the number of other Players with this ability with 3 hexes. For each one, gain a Coaching Dice (to a maximum of 3).’ The Coaching Dice must be used during the action but just think how powerful that could be. A Guard next to three players could potentially be rolling 8 dice on a Slam! Oh, and remember they have strength of 3+. Yes please Mr. Crystallan.
So, although we previously highlighted the fact their are no Strikers in the team, that isn’t such a problem with Harmonics. If you position yourself correctly you can use Harmonics to give yourself extra dice. If you want to play harmoniously, the Sulentic Shards can be pre-ordered here.
FRAN-TAAR PHILOSOPHERS – TSUDOCHAN TEAM
You wouldn’t think a group of religious monks would make a great DreadBall team but you (imaginary argumentative blog reader) would be WRONG! The Fran-Taar Philosophers only have Jacks available, so you’re not going to be gracefully hurling balls down the pitch and plucking them out the sky with your Striker. What’s more, their stats are the very definition of average with 4+ almost across the board. However, their secret lies in their special ability: Push!
A Player with this ability is able to move things with their mind! That’s right you can move your own players, your opponents and even the ball with just the power of a Tsudochan’s mind. There’s a standard 3 dice test for Push and you can use the ability on a target up to seven hexes away (you don’t even have to be facing them). If you pass you can move a player one hex and face them in any direction you want. If you double the test, you can push the player two hexes and face them in a direction. You can perform the Push up to three times (potentially moving someone six hexes) but it becomes increasingly difficult so you need 1, 2 or 3 successes.
Why is Push so powerful? Well, there are a few reasons:
- You can scupper the blocking moves of your opponent. If opposing players are in the way of the Strike Zone, simply move them out the way
- If there’s a loose ball and you have a Tsudochan close to the ball, you could move them onto the ball and potentially pick it up. If you manage to double the pick up, you’ve just got yourself a completely free action! Likewise, you could move the ball instead, if the player is out of range
- If you think you’re about to score, move your opponent near the launcher so they’ll get smashed in the face when the ball comes back on
- Remember, you can use Push as part of a Running Interference play. So, if an opponent is about to score, why not Push them out the way and turn them in the opposite direction? Or use Running Interference in your opponent’s Rush to move your own player onto the ball before they have the chance to pick it up
Well, hope you enjoyed our latest DreadBall blog. Make sure you tune in on Saturday, July 8th because we’ll be live streaming games from the DreadBall National Championships. They’ll be hosted on our Facebook page… so we’ll see you there.