4. the pairing mechanism
so ok, as you've seen from the video above, that Duke is brutal. its weapon enchantment that destroys the opponent's weapon is nasty, particularly in the context of the Arena duels. but what if the Duke goes against our Highborn Prince with Ring of the Pearl Throne? the elf could block the Duke's enchantment before it can destroy the elven enchanted spear. or what if the Duke fights against a Kuulima's deceiver or our gladiator giant, who have no enchanted weapons in the first place? ...and that's why the pairing mechanism is so important. in the card below you find all the rules to recreate this mechanism yourself:
and more importantly, you can use this thread to let us know what you think of the process.
- do you find it fun? the idea is to recreate that feeling we had as kids, when picking team mates for our football games in the yard : )
- do you find it effective? some builds seem abusive (like the Duke?), but the pairings should help to counter them
- do you find it balanced? it's nice to start choosing your gladiator first, but also to remove the nastiest of the 4 matches. both player alpha and beta should have something good available.
after the first Arena games, we asked the PTGs what they think about this issue and some others. we'll upload that video soon. in the meantime, in this thread you can see how this pairing mechanism made its way into the arena: thanks to the advice of tournie mastermind @Randomus. you can find a whole video of us chatting and playing on his Abrasus Tactics Channel:
let us know what you think and help us make the Arena more fun and balanced. in the meantime, keep an eye on the VotA youtube channel, cos tonight we'll upload the second match of the PTG arena games!
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