On any given Sunday you're gonna win or you're gonna lose.
The point is - can you win or lose like a man?
~ Tony D'Amato (Al Pacino; Any Given Sunday - 1999)
+Wizkids Games shocked the DiceMasters world by announcing a rule change for monthly OP and storyline OP events. Instead of a best of 3 Swiss style tournament format, they've gone to a more manageable single, 30 minute game. You can read the official announcement here.
WizKids rolled the dice on the rule change and quite frankly, I think they just improved their OP events exponentially.
Because it means ANYONE has the chance to win.
My oldest son is a Vanguard player and every Tuesday night he attends an OP event with the same folks. Every Tuesday he ends up finishing in the middle of the pack, while the same people finish in the top 4 (in no particular order).
He has grown frustrated with the game. He cannot afford to go out and buy the best cards to get his deck to a championship level.
This sounds a lot like the playoff format for MLB, NHL and NBA. Their postseason tournaments are full of 'best of' games to make sure the better team gets the chance to advance. The teams with the most money, and spend it the wisest, typically come out with the most wins. They are able to buy the best players to create a championship caliber team. Every so often a low-budget team will break through and win, but for the most part you get the usual suspects.
What sport holds single game tournaments to determine the champion? NCAA Basketball and the NFL.
Two sports who, in their post-seasons, generate the highest amount of interest from spectators. Any team can come out victorious and advance to the next round. If a ball bounces the right way, they could find themselves one step closer to a reality not seen by low-budget teams in other sports.
Stepping away from sports analogies, and back to the DiceMasters world, this will allow EVERY PLAYER to COMPETE. This means the the game stays fun for everyone for a much longer period of time. Knowing that you need to bring your 'A' game each week or that scrappy team could steal a victory, keeps the game exciting. No longer can you mask your mistakes in a best 2 out of 3, where you can lose the battle to win the war. Every roll counts.
If you're complaining about the change, then you aren't a fan of real competition. It's like saying that if you lose, it had to be a fluke and you deserve a second chance. Both players deal with the same variables, luck factor or whatever you want to complain about. Instead of blaming bad dice rolls, shake your opponents hand and move on to the next one. They're rolling the same dice as you are, they just played their dice rolls better than you did.
It draws a high level of importance to every single game played. It means the girl who just bought her starter and booster packs has a chance against the guy who bought-in from day 1. It means the 12 year old kid on an allowance can walk away a winner against a middle aged guy whose job funds his DiceMasters addiction.
A single, 30 minute, game levels the playing field and shifts some emphasis from, what team will you bring, to HOW you manage that team. Now strategy is just as valuable as luck. Will you adjust to what your opponent is doing, or will you just play your game? So the dice didn't roll your way today...there's always next week. Oh, and because your opponent doesn't constantly lose, odds are they'll be back. And that's when you can get your revenge!
No longer will a roll of the dice be shrugged off because you can bolt to the 2nd match and try again. Every roll is important!
WizKids has just added the thrill factor to their popular game, which will shield it from players losing interest. The change will allow DiceMasters to expand to new players who have longed to play a game where parity exists. A game where players will hang onto every roll of the dice. A game where every strategy will be second-guessed by the loser and a sigh of relief will be had by the winner.
A game where, on any given Sunday, everyone has a chance to raise their fist high in the air like a champion.