Written by: Jesse Bergman
Battle for Sularia has been out for a little over two years now and we love all of the feedback and competition that has derived from its release. Every year in June we revisit the state of the game and talk about any issues that we see regarding the game.
This update always serves to shape the Omega Program for the coming year. In this update, you will find the following items:
- Formats Affected
Last year we errata'd both Verker "The Berserker" and Centropolis to have a construction cost one point higher than their printed values. When we ran a casual tournament at GPGF we realized that many folks had not seen those errata's and submitted decklists with construction costs on those cards 1 point under their new values.
Of course, in that tournament we had everyone update the cards so that they were aware of the changes and the tournament lists were checked for legality and accuracy. We will begin offering updated cards soon on our site to replace these cards if you so choose. Additionally, the Full Art Booster packs launching later this summer will also provide the correct construction costs on these cards.
For 2018, we do not need to adjust any additional cards and we will retain the errata's from 2017.
- Verker "The Berserker" has a printed construction cost of 2cc, the card should have a construction cost of 3.
- Centropolis has a printed construction cost of 1cc, the card should have a construction cost of 2.
Last year we were seeing an alarming deck list arise out of the current card pool that was degenerate to the competitive metaspace. Furtim Braccae was punishing to the meta and there were not sufficient enough answers to provide valuable interactions.
Going into 2018 we don't feel that Furtim Braccae can come off of this list quite yet, but we will continue to test and analyze the meta and use the Alpha Program to determine if and when he can be removed from the list.
With the restriction of Furtim we saw another card rise in power, but typically was not being used in a majority of competitive decks. That was up until recently when internal testing and Alpha Program tournament results showed another card causing very degenerate gameplay states and very high win rates.
While we never take these situations lightly, and we always do our best to balance designs, the first card to be restricted was a backer designed card from our original campaign, and this card is also in the same boat. One of the challenges we faced offering backer designed cards was whether they could be considered tournament legal at all. We ultimately landed on that they should, but they have also proven to be the most difficult cards to balance and develop internally.
As you can most certainly ascertain from this update, we are adding one additional card to the restricted list for the Omega Program this year. We did not come to this decision lightly, in fact in our internal testing we proceeded all the way through Escalation (Command Pack: Series 1) testing and into the Command Pack: Series 2 (CPS2) line of cards before we ultimately decided this card was only going to grow in power with more cards introduced into the pool.
Restricted cards in competitive play can still be used in decklists but they are restricted to only one copy of the card in order to reduce the consistency of the deck.
- Synthien - Furtim Braccae
- Mercenary - Dr. Lehner "Time Hopper"
Last year we determined that no cards in the card pool would require a full-out ban from the format. I'm happy to announce in 2018 that we do not feel that any cards warrant a ban at this time. We always monitor our tournament results, our National Championship, and our community.
Each one of the above-mentioned changes will impact legality for Alpha Program and Omega Program tournaments for 2018 and early 2019. If we see a situation arise that requires an update to this state of the game we will post it on our blog and through our email lists.
We hope that this update provides you with insight into the meta and additionally helps everyone have enough time to prepare their decklists for upcoming tournaments in both the Alpha and Omega formats.
These restrictions will go into effect immediately on this date:
July 12, 2018.
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