Today we’re going to be taking a bit of a closer look at the changes that are made when you line your Champions up for a Pitched Battle game. There are a few differences between Casual Constructed Champions and Pitched Battle that will require you to use new strategies to achieve victory!
Deck Construction – Champions
Unlike in regular Champions decks which contain 4 Champions worth a combined total of no more than 20; when bringing a deck for a Pitched Battle you bring with you 5 Champions worth a combined total of no more than 30. Within those 5 Champions you still need to be able to muster up a combination of 4 that add up to 20.
That’s because, in game, you are still going to be placing down 4 Champions that add up to 20 and battling across 4 lanes; this is intended to add an extra layer of flexibility and strategy at the start of the game to make the Champion Placement phase more meaningful. A bit later on we’ll explain how having an extra Champion and a larger Cost pool affects the Placement phase.
Deck Construction – Side Deck
In Pitched Battle matches you will play ‘Best of Three’ games to determine the winner, and in between games you will have the opportunity to exchange cards between your deck and your side deck in order to better adjust to beat you opponent’s strategies.
The side deck in Champions can contain up to 9 cards that can be either Action cards (Units, Spells or Abilities) and/or Blessing cards and must still abide by the normal card limits (which covers both the deck and the side deck; so no more than 3 across both deck and side deck for Actions or 1 for Blessings). When swapping cards between the deck and sidedeck, you must still have a legal deck (correct numbers of cards) for each game, and at the end of the match any changes that are made between games must be reverted at the end of the match so that the deck returns to its original state.
Matches – Best of Three
As previously mentioned in a Pitched Battle match for Champions, up to 3 games are played; the first person to win 2 games wins the match. Between games in that match players have the opportunity to adjust their decks using the side deck.
The recommended amount of time for a Pitched Battle match is 1 hour. The full details on how to handle end of round proceedings when time is called will be elaborated on in the full Tournament Rules document, coming soon.
Matches – Champion Placement
The Champion Placement phase, despite the addition of an extra Champion to the deck, proceeds very similarly to regular games with the following differences. When placing Champions you may not place more than a combined total of 20 Cost worth of Champions from your total pool of 30 that you have brought. At the end of the Placement phase you will have 1 Champion that is not placed who is left with your side deck, separate from the game in progress. You do not need to reveal the identity of this Champion at this time.
So with the above in mind, what Champions are you looking forward to combining for your Pitched Battle games! Let us know on the Forums, Facebook and Twitter.
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