Gen Con Online was this past weekend and Jasco Games took the time to do several multi-hour online seminars to connect with retailers and their fans. Along with some great online sales (50% Yu Yu Hakusho UFS booster boxes!!!), trivia contests and an intimate look behind the scenes at the company, they took the time on Sunday to offer an update to the previously announced My Hero Academia: Collectible Card Game.
Before we get into it, we have to give a massive shout out to Jasco Games for offering the demo decks and promo cards from last year’s announcement celebration during the Sunday stream. Player’s had to go through a little bit of an obstacle course to get the Deku and Bakugo demo decks and alternate foil fighter cards. Then the only way to get the amazing looking All Might promo fighter, you had to participate in the demo tournaments that all sold out in mere minutes of Gen Con’s event page going live last year.
On Sunday, they listed the demo decks with matching promo fighters on their website for free (all you had to do way pay shipping). This literally crashed the site for a good ten minutes. They sold out and then they relisted them only for them to get sold out again. The All Might promo was listed for $40, which isn’t bad considering the only way to get this was through the sold out demo tournaments.
Anyways, enough fanboying over that. Lets talk the news and what it means.
First off they revealed this image of their first wave of My Hero Academia: Collectible Card Game products:
Starting with the top left, we have:
- Izuku Midoriya vs. Katsuki Bakugo 2-Player Rival Deck: These include two complete decks themed to either Deku (Midoriya) or Bakugo. In traditional fashion with their 2-Player Turbo Deck, each deck is predertimed with Rival Deck exclusive cards and 1 randomly inserted Ultra Rare from the main booster set. These offer new players a fantastic way to learn the game as well as possibly get some legit value starting out (my Cowboy Bebop 2-Player Turbo Deck included a $15 Ultra Rare).
- Next to that in the same row, we have the My Hero Academia: Collectible Card Game DLC pack. DLC, or Deck Loadable Content, are a new product they launched this year. Each pack includes once copy of 4 different fighters, and two copies of an Attack and a Foundation for that character, for a total of 20 cards. These offer a great way for players to get new content for existing sets that do not have a full booster set in the release schedule.
- Then we have a look at the first three officially licensed My Hero Academia playmats. These just look absolutely gorgeous (we have a closer look at them further down the article).
- On the bottom, we have the box art for the first set. We’ve been told that there may or may not be hints at who we can expect to see in the set on the box. Though we have also been told that the first box focuses on the first season of the anime, so that will be a bigger clue of what to expect I think. Booster boxes include a box topper and every booster pack has 1 point printed on them for their redemption program.
- And finally, we have the first three officially licensed card sleeves from DragonShield. These are gorgeous and each set gets better than the previous (again, a closer look towards the bottom.
Following the line up of the products, they went into previewing the new card borders and new rarity introduced for this set- Extra Rares (though the name will probably change since the owner doesn’t like that it’s abbreviation is ER).
The Deku and Bakugo fighters above will probably look familiar to those that scored the promo cards and decks at Gen Con last year. The first card in each image is the Fighter card as it appears in the demo deck. The second card is the alternate foil promo from Gen Con as well (and the sale from Sunday). The final card in each image is as they appear in the 2-Player Rival Deck.
Note: The final Deku card is missing his element symbols (the three black dots) because Jasco will be running a public beta test for the card game beginning sometime around November and do not want there to be any bias to elements (the way some players have a bias for colors in Magic the Gathering). Several of the cards they showed are missing their elements or any text because they are a part of the public testing or they are waiting for surprises later in the year.
The next card they showed off was 5% Detroit Smash from the demo deck. The card received a name change going into the release- Aspirational Punch. The second card, featuring the change, also includes the border that most cards will include (the color coded dotted). The third card is the full-art “Extra Rare” version. It loses the border, though some cards will have more art displayed with the borders due to the show being in widescreen. They will be foiled, full-art and any card in the set, save for Ultra Rares, will have the chance to have the Extra Rare treatment. They also stated that they will not take up the Rare or Ultra Rare slots in boosters, though they haven’t figured out the distribution percentage as of yet.
Future Charge, a very iconic looking Deku attack, is a great example of the difference between a standard card border and the Extra Rare border. The new elements of the game’s visual changes are on display here, including color coding the border to the type of card (Orange for Attacks, Gray for Foundations). The visual elements add a very cartoon, yet dynamic look, to the cards that are extremely fitting for the source material.
They showed off a few of Bakugo-centric Attacks and Foundations. The character’s fiery attacks look gorgeous in full art and we can only image how they will look in a foil pattern.
After teasing us with the new design changes, we got a glimpse of what we know was on everyone’s mind- who will playable? Well, we got a teaser overload! We get to see some Class 1-A students, pro heroes and teachers, as well as our first villain. Interestingly, Todoroki is displayed with only his ice powers, which is fitting given his story arc during that first season.
Note: Again, these are missing their text and elemental symbols in order to have unbiased playtesting this winter.
After teasing us with cards we won’t be able to have in our hands for months, they showcased the accessories that they hope to have out this holiday. They print all their playmats in house, which accounts for some of the most vibrant colors and long lasting playmats in the industry (we speak from experience). The card sleeves are produced in a partnership with Arcane Tin Men under their Dragon Shield sleeve brand. They are 100 count and made from the same durable material that all their others are.
They announced that the playmats and sleeves will come out in series, launching with their respective booster expansions. They then showed off the next three series of sleeves. While future expansions can’t be discussed, they did say that the sleeve art could hint at the content of those boosters.
The last thing discussed about the My Hero Academia: Collectible Card Game dealt with Organized Play. The sign of any healthily collectible card game is its Organized Play. From your local shop to the World Championships, a healthy environment keeps players engaged with the game and thus spending money. More money spent, the more content the developers make. Sadly some bigger companies think it goes the other way around and produce premium products without concern for the environment. We digress, however, as that is a conversation for another day.
They showed off the following slides that briefly detailed Organized Play from the local game store (called Dojos) level to World Championships:
The big bullet points to take away from this are:
- My Hero Academia: Collectible Card Game is a fully supported UniVersus title, able to be combined in the existing format. However, it will have its own tournament series with its own meta and prize support that is purely MHA.
- Unlike standard UFS/UniVersus events, the MHA format will not support the diversity rule.
- Worlds and Nationals will be an open event, meaning no invite required. However, at Worlds, the top 32 players ranked by points will receive a special welcome package that they describe as having some significant value. Players earn points for participating in events, though the distribution hasn’t been discussed (do you get points for just participating or is it based on your win/loss record?).
- Participation prizes and supplemental prize support includes a special “Plus Ultra” Booster Pack. These packs will include event exclusive cards that you are unable to obtain by normal means or through the company’s redemption program.
- They want the bigger events to be just that- events. There are plans for several side events so if you wash out you won’t feel as though you have nothing to do or can’t have fun. They even plan on supporting cosplayers who attend their events.
Their last card tease featured everyone’s favorite teacher and a card that was featured at Gen Con last year:
They closed out the show by discussing where else the My Hero Academia license will be seen within the board game and tabletop industry under the Jasco Games banner. While they didn’t go into too many details beyond partners (and mentioning Pixel Tactics), they did discuss the My Hero Academia Miniatures Game.
The My Hero Academia Miniatures Game will be a part of their Universal Tactics System line that they launched with the Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game on Kickstarter. While they didn’t have any samples to show off because the game is currently in the approval stages with the parent company, they did say these will be fully painted and to scale with their Street Fighter miniatures (Nintendo Amiibo sized miniatures). The also mentioned they have submitted over 20 characters to be approved to be a part of this game, so let the speculation begin.
That about covers the big update, previews, and information drop they gave all of us this past Sunday. There is a lot to unpack and let sit, especially if you are new to either their games or just their trading card line in general. We’ll link to the full Sunday live stream below if you want to hear the details straight from the developers themselves. It is just a couple minutes shy of being 5 hours long, but the My Hero Academia portion begins at the 2:58:21 mark: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/698261247
What do you all think? Are you excited to see Deku, All Might and the rest of the heroes (and villains) coming to UFS/UniVersus? Who are yAre you happy with the visual changes to the game or do you wish they’d have kept the old border? Lets us know in the comments below.
As always, keep your dice warm and happy gaming!