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October 2021 Survey and Analysis

A recently issued survey for the #transformerstcg community promised an updated finger-on-the-pulse for the players. Sadly, it’s been over a year since the game’s cancellation, and a question quickly became apparent:

“How many responses are we actually going to get?”

Despite that, the return rate was nearly 70% of the January 2021 responses! There are still many players that are active and passionate enough to see the game continue into the far future. Moreover, the survey results were interesting enough to justify this formal response and analysis from the Team.

Here’s the long and the short of it: We hear your voices, and we’re making adjustments. Together, players and creators can shape the future of the #transformerstcg!

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4 starter decks for Transformers TCG beginners

We’ve seen a recent swell of new players inquiring about how to get started with the Transformers TCG! Online and in-person, we’re getting the question: how can we get started with the game? And we’re here to help! Four starter decks specifically tailored for beginners await in this article! Each starter deck should be relatively easy to construct. Additionally, we’re supplying options for replacement cards. We’re also not including any cards from community sets – though they’re easy to include. Let’s get into the decks and prepare for battle!

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Guest Pool: E5 “Soundwave Superior” deck

This article was authored by guest writer Ozzy, the creator and pilot for this deck in World|Strike Tournament Season One’s Encounter 5.

Soundwave is probably my favorite character in the Transformers, and honestly, he’s probably on most people’s Top Five lists. When we finally got Soundwave in Wave 3, we got two of them to choose from. Sad thing is, they didn’t make much of an impact on the game.

About a year ago, I decided to switch from my regular Metroplex deck and dedicate time to making a Soundwave deck that would be tournament-competitive. I have had quite a few top 8 tournament finishes with variations of this deck, but what I present here is the deck I took to 2nd place in the recently completed Team Bayformers Encounter 5 tournament.

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Bay Diving: Encountering ATP

Editor’s note

We at bayformers.net have been covering the creator community of the Transformers TCG since the game’s cancellation, and Team Bayformers itself has been involved in the competitive scene of the game since Wave 1.

At the beginning of the “creator-driven” phase of the game post-cancellation, we began covering content from most major groups. We also began hosting events featuring that content. At the time of this article’s publication in May 2021, this remained true. Since that time, the central creators within Vector Sigma/ATP have indicated that they do not desire nor appreciate objective (even when positive) coverage and event support of their content. In some cases, they’ve been less than gracious with news of this coverage and support. They’ve openly accused creators and organizers that include their content of bias, stealing clout, and worse.

Given this – what we would characterize as behavior against the broader creator community – we have stopped covering their content. Additionally, we no longer support ATP content in our regular events. We believe other capable, collaboration-minded creators are more deserving of our coverage and support. We continue to cover community content outside of ATP. As such, we also regularly feature other creators’ content in events under the “allied crossplay” ideal of the Transformers TCG.

At the same time, we understand that many that participate in Team Bayformers / allied crossplay would like, at minimum, support for some select parts of ATP gameplay. We are exploring ways to eventually bring portions of their content that are not overly disruptive to our gameplay meta into the allied crossplay scene.

And now, the rest of the article…

We’re getting back into the swing of things with new #transformerstcg articles! World|Strike Tournament Season One is currently continuing its tear through the #transformerstcg competitive scene. We’ve been seeing community cards in a whole new light via the crucible of competitive play. Our last event, Encounter 2, featured an unprecedented mix of community cards: Wave BFA World|Strike from your Team Bayformers, and ATP 1-3 from Alpha Trion Protocols!

That event has since concluded, with surprising results that we’re eager to sink our analytical teeth into. Our first analysis will look at some of the more memorable ATP cards that made an appearance in Encounter 2 decks. Here are a few cards from ATP that made a deep impression – and also some truly epic games.

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Bay Diving: Combat Icons

A literally huge surprise arrived for players of the Transformers TCG in its Wave 2 release: Combiners! These lumbering colossi are some of the biggest ‘bots ever fielded – only rivaled at the time of Wave 2 by the enormous Metroplex. In the beginning, the new Combiners generated a lot of player interest, even as the rest of the Wave proved to be something of a dud in the player community. Even the new shine of the Combiners began to dull quickly, as their general power level with established teams of Wave 1 characters didn’t match up. The only long-term exceptions for meta viability from the Wave 2 Combiners ended being Superion and Optimus Maximus alone. Regardless, the Combiners saw a lot of jank-level play, and players generally enjoyed the concept… even if they didn’t quite fulfill the fantasy of a towering, powerful robot Combiner.

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Bay Diving: Interrogating ATP-2

Editor’s note

We at bayformers.net have been covering the creator community of the Transformers TCG since the game’s cancellation, and Team Bayformers itself has been involved in the competitive scene of the game since Wave 1.

At the beginning of the “creator-driven” phase of the game post-cancellation, we began covering content from most major groups. We also began hosting events featuring that content. At the time of this article’s publication in November 2020, this remained true. Since that time, the central creators within Vector Sigma/ATP have indicated that they do not desire nor appreciate objective (even when positive) coverage and event support of their content. In some cases, they’ve been less than gracious with news of this coverage and support. They’ve openly accused creators and organizers that include their content of bias, stealing clout, and worse.

Given this – what we would characterize as behavior against the broader creator community – we have stopped covering their content. Additionally, we no longer support ATP content in our regular events. We believe other capable, collaboration-minded creators are more deserving of our coverage and support. We continue to cover community content outside of ATP. As such, we also regularly feature other creators’ content in events under the “allied crossplay” ideal of the Transformers TCG.

At the same time, we understand that many that participate in Team Bayformers / allied crossplay would like, at minimum, support for some select parts of ATP gameplay. We are exploring ways to eventually bring portions of their content that are not overly disruptive to our gameplay meta into the allied crossplay scene.

And now, the rest of the article…

As anyone that keeps up with us via social media knows, we at Bayformers love going on at length about the nitty-gritty details of the #transformerstcg – maybe, to a fault. Rather than building too many giant walls of text in your social media channel of choice, we’re going to begin writing a series of articles right here at bayformers.net that explore the hills and valleys of the vast gameplay landscape that is the post-Hasbro/WotC Transformers TCG. For those with the fortitude and the attention span, we hope to inspire many new decks to come. Hence, we dive deep – into what we call Bay Diving!