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This league is COMPLETE.
1st place - rogue148
2nd place - alduc

Only the Legendary Base Set and Secret Wars Volume 1 expansions are allowed.

January's League will feature Paint the Town Red, with the first match due on January 11th.


Welcome to another month and another Starter League! If you've been looking to play in one of the Legendary Leagues here on the site, but you've only got the base set, and maybe an expansion or two, I'm here for you!

If you're new to the "Starter Leagues," these are going to be limited to the Heroes Base Set and up to 1 Expansion. Each league will run for only 3 matches, reducing the amount of time you'll need to finish or catch up if you need to. A new league will start each month, so you'll always have an opportunity to play! Winners gain the ability to set the terms for a future league.

Format
A new Starter league will be posted near the beginning of each month. Some leagues will only use a base set, while others may include 1 expansion set as well. There will be 3 matches in the league, so that it will end within the same month. Each match will have a randomly determined setup, allowing you to pick some of the heroes you'll use to fight the Mastermind.

In Match 1 and 3, you'll pick 2 heroes.
In Match 2, you'll pick 1 hero.

(You can only pick a hero once, so you can't choose to include Spider-Man in Match 1 and 2, for example. The app will automatically filter out your previous selections when you attempt to post your results so you don't mess it up.)

Results will be ranked using the Points Per Turn method. So rather than calculating your score using the formula in the back of the rulebook, the app will determine the average amount of points you earned over the number of turns you played the game. Accumulating points as you defeat the Mastermind quickly is key!

More information about the ranking can be seen on the website.

How to Play
To play, head over to http://www.legendaryleagues.com and register an account if you need one using the link in the top right. Then, after logging in, select the league from the front page, then click the Register button from the league details screen!

All games will be played using the Advanced Solo Rules from the Dark City expansion. If you don't have it, those rules (and some other clarifications) are listed on the website. Also, look out for match specific clarifications at the bottom of each match block!

You should only play each match once and report your results.

You'll need to keep track of the following to report your results:
Did you win? (Generally, this means did you defeat the mastermind, but some Schemes have alternate win conditions, like Forge the Infinity Gauntlet.)
How many victory points are in your victory pile?
How many twists did you draw during the match? (And stayed out, in case some get shuffled back in the deck.)
How many enemies escaped?
How many bystanders were carried away by enemies?
How many rounds did it take for you to finish the match?
Which non-random heroes did you use?

Prizes

The player who finishes in 1st place will get to choose the expansion included in the month after next's league. (So February, not January.)

You have Dark City and want to use that? Okay. You only got the Guardians expansion? No problem. Want to spice it up and mix in the Villains set? I like your style.

The player who finishes in 2nd place will get to choose one card/group from the Mastermind's side to guarantee as included or excluded in the match of their choice.

You hate the Negative Zone, and don't want it used as a scheme? I don't blame you. Let's pitch it. You love the Nega-Bomb? So do I! It's in! You think using Dark City demands fighting Apocalypse in Match 2 where the players have less choice? Wow, that's hard core, but okay.

As always, let me know if you have any questions, and have fun playing!

Match Lineup:

Match 1 - Due Monday night, Dec 07, 2015
Mastermind: Madelyne Pryor, Goblin Queen
Scheme: Smash Two Dimensions Together
Villain Group: The Deadlands , Wasteland
Henchmen: (3) Thor Corps
Heroes: Dr. Strange
You may select 2 additional Heroes from the list of available Heroes.

Max Turn Count: 21
Max VP: 119
Villain Deck Contents: 8 The Deadlands, 8 Wasteland, 3 Thor Corps, 5 Strikes, 8 Twists, 1 Bystander


Match 2 - Due Monday night, Dec 14, 2015
Mastermind: Wasteland Hulk
Scheme: Crush Them With My Bare Hands
Villain Group: Limbo , Manhattan (Earth-1610)
Henchmen: (3) M.O.D.O.K.S
Heroes: Old Man Logan , Thanos
You may select 1 additional Hero from the list of available Heroes.

Max Turn Count: 23
Max VP: 84
Villain Deck Contents: 8 Manhattan (Earth-1610), 8 Limbo, 3 M.O.D.O.K.S, 5 Strikes, 5 Twists, 1 Bystander


Match 3 - Due Monday night, Dec 22, 2015
Mastermind: Nimrod
2nd Mastermind: Zombie Green Goblin
Scheme: Dark Alliance
Villain Group: Domain of Apocalypse
Henchmen: (3) Ghost Racers
Heroes: Black Bolt
You may select 2 additional Heroes from the list of available Heroes.

Max Turn Count: 19
Max VP: 117
Villain Deck Contents: 8 Domain of Apocalypse, 3 Ghost Racers, 5 Strikes, 8 Twists, 1 Bystander


Dude... Match 1 is insane.
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Registered! Excited!
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Missed #2, but definitely signing up!

Thank you, Jason!

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I'm in! I've barely touched Secret Wars Vol. 1, so I really need this.
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3 games I can manage! Registered :D
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After lurking for a while I'm in....and the first matchup IS insane!
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TravelSized wrote:
Dude... Match 1 is insane.


Yup. Just got smoked.
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I had just made my hero selection... then noticed the max number of rounds is *14*. Wow, that is short. I'm considering playing not to win, just to make the maximum number of points.
 
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I just registered and saw that match one was 14 rounds max. So that mean just 14 total turns correct?
 
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I just registered and saw that match one was 14 rounds max. So that mean just 14 total turns correct?


Yup. The scheme twists eat through the villain deck like candy (or fresh brains).

Good luck.
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Indeed. The only reason it stood out to me as rough was that you have a challenge match very similar to it that I played a couple of times this week.

This match also used to have the Ghost Racers to go with the Deadlands, but I scaled it back a bit. The Thor Corps don't stop the zombies from coming back, so I didn't really make it better, just not worse.
 
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If you have enough attack you can use one of Madelyne Pryor's Demon Goblins to keep a Zombie down, but you're going to need to generate a lot of attack quickly.
 
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Insane it is. But winnable. As you chew thru the Bystander/Goblins to get to the Queen, Black Widow's Covert Operations only gets that much stronger. I played it for record first with Widow and Kitty Pryde, using Kitty's Infiltrate the HQ to cycle heroes to what I needed, and her Black/Red Disrupt Circuits to power Widow's cards.

I then tried with a couple other team-ups for comparison. Without Black Widow, no one else that I tried could generate the attack necessary to keep the villains from escaping and take the Queen out in time. I'll be most interested to see what teams others use to win Match 1.
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All registered and hoping for a better finishing position than Starter League #2 (one above bottom place)!

Although looking at the matches, I'm not so sure it will happen!

Looking forward to giving it a go though as I haven't had much practice with my SW1 set.
 
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Damn this was a tough one. I knew I had to use Black Widow, but was a bit miffed by the lack of synergy between her and Dr Strange. So for my third hero I went with the obvious choice: Captain "my trailer was released today" America. He worked great: "Perfect Teamwork" synergies perfectly with dual-color cards for early game attack power.

I won, but it was probably the closest call I ever got in this game. On my last turn I needed two conditions to secure a win:
- having at least one "Covert Operation" Black Widow card in my hand.
- The second-to-last card in the villain pile *not* being a Twist.

Fortunately, both were met. With 31 bystanders in my victory pile, the Widow was able to take care of the two remaining Tactic cards and clean the last few villains.

Great fun!

I'm eager to see if any other winning combinations will be discovered.
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That was fun. Finished all 3 matches this morning/early afternoon. The first one was a curb stomping. I tried to muscle my way through with Superior Iron Man and Lady Thor. Got through once. One of those, "if I only had 5 more turns" shake your fist type of games. The three of them were a pretty powerful trio that was generating steam. I generated 9 attack in back to back turns and used it all to get rid of bystanders. Maybe a bad decision? But I had to get rid of them.

The scone game I went out of order and did 3 instead of 2. No clue why. I went with Black Panther and Captain America joining Black Bolt. The rout was on. Those three were efficient. Fun grouping. I came real close to finishing this off early. Was 1 attack away from killing Green Goblin before the first scheme twist appeared very early on in the game. Couldn't do it, ended up getting all of the tactics due to ST flips. Overall a very powerful trio.

Third game I was teetering on the edge of losing for a couple of turns when the 8th MS appeared and I was one tactic away from the win. I ended up getting the Thanos rare and got two defeats of Wasteland Hulk on the backs of bystanders. First time ever using that card...wow. it's a game changer. Those two defeats I only had like 3 attack in my hand. Was able to punch through once with old fashioned attacking. On my last MS I checked the rest of the deck and I had 3 or 4 villains in a row. I think I could have gotten the win, but it doesn't matter now. Another loss.

Three very fun matches. Thanks!
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Indeed. The only reason it stood out to me as rough was that you have a challenge match very similar to it that I played a couple of times this week.[/i].


Just finished your challenge match with Madelyne Pryor and Invade the Daily Bugle. It was awesome. I used Deadpool and Iron Man. Felt like I barely survived the first few turns, with the Phalanx coming out of the hero deck quickly and Inferno Colossus jumping in from the city. With a hand mostly full of shield agents I played 'Hey! Can I get a Do-Over?' in a desperate bid to get enough attack to take some of them out, which worked but I had to sacrifice the card because I had no tech to reveal. Then I managed to pick up 'Along for the Ride' and things started to turn around. I got all three rares, and by turn 14 I had cleared all Madelyne's bystanders and was ready to start attacking her. I managed to draw my entire deck for 43 attack, which would have been enough to finish her if it weren't for her 'City of Demon Goblins' tactic. Two turns later, I had picked up another copy of 'Oddball', and drew my entire deck again for 57 attack to clean up the board.
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Just discovered this Legendary online community today. So thought I'd give this league a try.

Game 1 just ate my lunch. And i let my noob flag fly because I didn't think to play black widow!
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jhonis wrote:
Just discovered this Legendary online community today. So thought I'd give this league a try.

Game 1 just ate my lunch. And i let my noob flag fly because I didn't think to play black widow!


Welcome!

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That third game kicked my butt! 4 twists in 7 turns so ZGG was out in full force. After that, it was all I could do to try and build up enough to get just Nimrod and some points from his tactics. Master Strikes always hit when I had no Black/Tech in my hand so I was hamstrung the next few rounds. Then the last three Scheme Twists came out in rounds 11, 13 and 14 which made this a painful and short game. Ouch.
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Registered! After one season in the Legendary League, I realized I need to learn what I'm doing.
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Ive registered for this, I'm a fairly new Legendary player and I thought this would be a great way to get to know my game better.
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DennisKPedersen wrote:
Ive registered for this, I'm a fairly new Legendary player and I thought this would be a great way to get to know my game better.


Absolutely! Welcome to the boards. Search around and you'll find all kinds of challenges and leagues. The Legendary community is pretty damn helpful and has a lot to offer to new players.
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Well, match 1 was fun with a capital F, pfff...

I don't like whining, but man, this was not cool. Used Thanos and Namor, kicked her ass twice, but not enough.
 
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