The first-ever Majesticks Open Series online qualifier is underway, and several of the top players in the game (and, let’s be real, a few clunkers) are battling it out in the 300pt Bronze Age Limited format for the right to take home a custom Matrix-themed neoprene map.
Up to this point, the Majesticks Open Series circuit has been largely dominated by West Coast players. Few players in that area of the U.S. travel to major events like WizKids Nationals or Worlds, and the lack of exposure to the top-tier metagame has led Western competitors to play very different teams and adopt different playstyles than most other areas of the country. Now that Arizona’s Heroclix stars are getting the chance to face off against competition outside of their state and region, they are shocked to discover that Heroclix is a game where you’re supposed to try to score points against your opponent.
When Scooter Scoot-Tassle learned that his 0-0 game wouldn’t go to roll-off and instead would be considered a double loss for both players, he threw his computer at the wall.
“You think running for 50 minutes is easy?! I earned that roll-off, this is ridiculous,” complained Scoot-Tassle, who made zero attacks against costed characters that game. “I’m the best roll-off’er this side of the Grand Canyon, and I’m not even getting to tap into that part of my skillset!”
Arizona’s top player Mitt Westriver has been preaching the importance of minimizing risk among his playgroup for years, and is known for averaging under 50 points per game. This strategy helped him earn him a spot as one of the Open Series’ winningest competitors thus far, but making 1-2 attacks over the course of nearly an hour didn’t yield the same results against non-Western opponents in this week’s qualifier.
Westriver scored 70 points across 3 games in his pod, and while he’s won various Majesticks events with similar point totals, it wasn’t enough to allow him to advance to the next round of this tournament. When asked for comment on this shocking twist, Westriver said he is not sure what went wrong.
“I did everything right… I only went after Colossal retaliators, I either ran or used Regeneration every turn… it doesn’t make any sense,” he stated.
With their leader and inspiration eliminated from the tournament, the remaining Arizona players are scrambling to figure out what to do next. Many followed Westriver’s lead in playing teams that are good at running away from possible threats, but now that 0-0 games don’t end in roll-offs and winning off of a Gamma Bomb or 10pt Colossal Retaliator isn’t proving to be enough to advance to the bracket play stage, they will have to adopt a bold new offensive style known to many as “playing Heroclix.”
“This is going to be a nightmare, I can’t even remember the last time I rolled a pair of dice,” admitted Natalie Ebanyes. “Hell, even my virtual Roll20 dice have dust on them.”
We wish the remaining Arizona players the best of luck as they navigate this new territory.