We’ve got a quick battleground analysis from the Encounter 1 tournament – now happening in our community Discord! With Round 1 out of the way and each player’s deck details out in public, we’re presenting a diversity report on the current event – along with some comparisons to the recent Omega Invitational.
With Encounter 1 taking place after the release of Wave 8: Waste|Lands, it was unknown what shape the meta would begin to take. Now that we have the full deck list in hand, it’s safe to say the high degree of competitive diversity has continued – with a “shiny new cards” factor in play. Though we have three Abominus decks in the field of 16, every other deck in the field has a unique archetype. This continues the precedent shown at the 2022 OI. 7 decks primarily draw from cards in the Hasbro era, with the rest favoring teams introduced from Wave 6 onward.
We’ll have more details about the present state of play as Encounter 1 continues, including deck lists and gameplay videos. If you’d like to catch the action live, join the community Discord!
Announcing Casual League Season Two! In the Transformers TCG Community, we invest deeply in scheduled events. You may have seen multiple tournaments announced on set days on the event calendar. However, we haven’t forgotten about spontaneous, casual games at our FLGS and kitchen tables.
To promote less competitive and more social gameplay, we’ve launched another season of Casual League. Behold, Season Two!
Basics of Casual Play
Those in public and private Transformers TCG Community Discord voice channels that play casual games can log their matches in the #casual-beta-results channel. Players can use the following command to log a match:
Remember that the number of games played is the most crucial statistic! Feel free to play jank and have fun with your fellow players without worrying too much about your win/loss record.
Do not log matches played in most scheduled events in #casual-beta-results (with the exception of Open Play Nights) – only casual games outside of most events may be logged. If you’re looking for players to play Casual League games with, why not announce it in the #looking-for-games channel?
And yes, beta testers – you can log your beta test games in #casual-beta-results. Just make sure you’re playing your games in a public or private voice channel on the Transformers TCG Community Discord.
To check the Casual League leaderboard, type the following command in #casual-results:
!leaderboard 50 year
Casual League Season Two lasts the duration of the regular portion of Waste|Lands Tournament Season Two – from the beginning of Encounter 1 to the end of Encounter 9.
We hope that the Casual League will spur many spontaneous and casual games – but the fact that it’s casual doesn’t mean there aren’t prizes!
In fact, there’s a whole championship to be earned for the player that plays the most games: The Casual Kup. Those that play the most games in Season Two and win the Casual Kup will get the opportunity to help design a character in a future release. Also, you can get a sweet trophy! In Season One, Hawkhammer captured it – will he repeat, or will a new player grasp the gold?
Additionally, the three players that play the most games in Season Two will be eligible to purchase three very tempting prizes for the low price of 100 shanix. These prizes will be revealed later this Season.
For everyone else, we have a more achievable incentive for you! Those who log at least 50 games in Casual League Season Two will be eligible to purchase a set of exclusive Casual League custom card sleeves for 100 shanix. Every 50 games logged in #casual-beta-results also earns the player 50 shanix.
Want to earn additional shanix for other prizes like printed community cards? Join our scheduled events!
We in the Transformers TCG Community are looking forward to seeing all the crazy decks our Casual League players come up with! Hope to see you for a game or three on the Discord server soon.
Waste|Lands Tournament Season Two is a series of tournaments featuring Wave 8: Waste|Lands – but that’s not all. Tournament Season Two also holds surprises for all players, including premieres yet to be announced!
The home of Waste|Lands Tournament Season Two play.
Tournament Season Two Calendar
Regular Season events
Casual event, most Friday nights in North America after 4 pm Pacific / 7 pm Eastern / 12 Midnight GMT Open Play Night Webcam/Tabletop Simulator/OCTGN event, featuring all legal Waves and Public Betas See Discord Events calendar for details
Past competitive season event: 16 August – 6 September 2022 Encounter 1 Webcam tournament, featuring all legal Waves Swiss + Top Cut Single Elimination Winner: Stephen Moss | 2nd place: [TROP] Ozzy | Encounter 1 at start.gg | Decklists at teletraan1.net
The primary hub for Tournament Season Two play is the Transformers TCG Community Discord. Since all tournament play will occur in Discord, you will need to join the server.
3. Get set up for webcam-based play
You’ll need to be able to show your online opponent what’s on your gaming table – and a webcam is the primary method to achieve that. Beforehand, ensure your webcam and lighting are ideal before stepping into a match. You can use an empty Voice channel in the Discord to perform checks.
4. Register events via start.gg and teletraan1.net
Most events in Tournament Season Two will have their own registration link on start.gg. Each of these links will be announced on Transformers TCG Community social media a couple of weeks before the start of the event, as well as on the Transformers TCG Community Discord.
In addition to registration, the decklist for each participant is required to be registered at teletraan1.net for review at least a day before the start of each event. Each registrant should submit both their Discord handle as well as the link to their decklist via our Contact form (or by DMing [BF] billmoo).
5. Engage and play in our Discord
The primary channels for tournament play are #tournament-chat and #tournament-results. Pay attention to announcements, including when rounds begin. Players will be required to sync with their opponents and schedule a time to play in our Standard Match voice channels over the webcam.
When reporting your match score, the winner should use the #tournament-results channel using the following format:
Be sure to check the individual event details for the allowed cards and ban lists.
Encounter Tournament Format
The Encounter tournaments will be Swiss in format, ending with a Single Elimination bracket for all players in a top cut. The total number of Swiss rounds will be dependent on the number of registrants. Each match will be the best 2 out of 3 games.
The start.gg tournament listing sets pairings for each event. It will be up to each paired player to contact each other and schedule a time for their match. Try your best to complete your match within two days. If for some reason, you cannot make a game-time within two days’ time, you can concede the match or reach out to a Judge and the opposing player to see if alternate arrangements can be made.
Judges will be available during each event for rulings. The following Judges can make rulings in Transformers TCG Community events:
Judges will be using the Rules and FAQ to assist in rulings; keep this page handy to resolve issues. Our Judges are also responsible for the review of submitted decklists. Judges will reach out with feedback if a decklist is not approved for use.
Webcam Rules, Etiquette, and Tips
Do not cheat. All handling of cards should be done in view of the opposing player on webcam, including shuffling and drawing. Place your hand face-down on the table when it is not being viewed. Players caught cheating will be removed from the event. We have already banned cheaters in previous events.
Do not intentionally slow-play. If you have a complaint in this regard, note this to a Judge during a match.
Both players should play their matches within a 60-minute time limit. However, extensions of game time can occur with mutual agreement between players at the beginning of each match. Report your results promptly in the #tournament-results channel at the end of the match.
Avoid using proxies for cards from the core game. However, if you do use proxies, ensure that the cards are easily read from the opponent’s webcam by using high-quality photo prints. Do not use scribbled or drawn cards.
Use markers to track damage that are easy to read. Highly reflective damage trackers may be difficult to view over webcams.
Use patience when dealing with technical issues. Players are attending from across the globe, and problems are inevitable. Players can utilize the option to extend their game clocks to compensate for lost time, but disputes can be decided with the input of a Judge.
Tournament Season Two Scoring
Each player that fully participates in an Encounter event will earn points toward the full Season and its available prize pool.
A participant that plays at least half of their matches and has a legitimate reason for dropping out (as judged by organizers) earns 1 point.
A participant that plays from the beginning to the end of their matches earns an additional 2 points (for a total of 3).
A player making the top cut earns an additional point (for a total of 4).
The champion of the Encounter event earns an additional point (for a total of 5).
In addition, those that participate in casual Transformers TCG Community events (such as a Two Lwosers event) can earn points for participation using the following rules:
A participant that plays from the beginning to the end of each of their matches earns a point.
At the end of the regular Season, points will be tallied. Those that rate at the top will have selection priority from our Seasonal prize pool, with items not offered anywhere else in the community. The points leader will also be awarded the Tournament Season Two Online Kup during The 2023 Omega Invitational.
To see the point rankings in Tournament Season Two, check out the Leaderboard.
Prizes for participation in Tournament Season Two come in two levels: per-event and seasonal. Accordingly, each event will have its own list of available incentives. Please see the registration links to see the prize pool available for each Encounter Tournament.
All beginning-to-end players in an Encounter event will earn at least 150 shanix. Those that make the top cut will earn 50 additional shanix. The victor of an Encounter event will earn 50 additional shanix.
Eventually, one person will be deemed the supreme player of Waste|Lands Tournament Season Two. That person will have the opportunity to select from a number of exquisite prizes, which will be announced later in the Season.
More Tournament Seasons supporting Transformers TCG community play are sure to happen! The best place to keep up-to-date on Season and gameplay developments is Transformers TCG Community social media and the Transformers TCG Community Discord. Join us there and chat with us about everything that’s incoming!
With the release of Wave 8: Waste|Lands comes the fun! And the calendar of events begins with the most chaotic and unpredictable competitive constructed tournament of the Season: Encounter 1. Waste|Lands Tournament Season Two starts off with a bang, as the wild, wild west of a whole new meta awaits players. And it all starts on Tuesday the 16th.
The end of Encounter 1 will see the official start of the /shop and shanix system, and all beginning-to-end Encounter 1 players will receive at least 150 shanix. Those that place highly will get a chance to not only purchase fresh-off-the-printer physical Waste|Lands cards but also exclusive prizes like the not-yet-revealed Tournament Season Two playmat.
How will you face the Encounter in a brand new Season of play? Register today and find out – but you must register by 11:59 am Pacific on August 16th.
In the early days of community-driven Transformers TCG, it was easier for smaller teams of creators to share ideals, resources, and goals. As the community began to grow and diversify, so did the interests, goals, and abilities of those creators. Given the rich depth of perspectives and behaviors of the creator and contributor base now responsible for the content of the game, the creator community must “grow up” – and embrace guardrails and guidelines.
The All Are One Ideals that each of the original community groups signed onto should be kept top-of-mind when it comes to rules and regulations. Additionally, it becomes more apparent that the following principles must be upheld in the pursuit of creating content:
These rules and regulations will help ensure those principles are foremost in practice and in process.
Community creator team
For the purposes of rules and regs, it’s necessary to define the current structure of community creators within the Transformers TCG.
[BF] billmoo, principal of Team Bayformers
[TROP] TheEnergonHustler, principal of Turbo Revving Old Punks
The Transformers TCG community values a number of ideals and principles. However, when decisions must be made, knowing which ideals and principles have greater weight than others can be key.
Keep in mind that the ranking is relative. Just because a value is placed near the top does not always mean it outranks lower-placed values and vice versa. Likewise, a lower-place value is still highly important to the community. Reason, logic, and compassion are key. New ideals and principles may be added at any time.
Transformers TCG players are important – no matter their skill level, time spent in the game, amount of media exposure, or self-identifiers.
A healthy gameplay meta is a highly diverse one. Cards and designs that reduce diversity are counter to community design ideals.
The WotC Fan Policy must be honored.
Mechanics made by creators should be made available to other creators after their initial release.
All play styles should be encouraged with none more worthy than the other: competitive, casual, party, or solo.
Powerful cards are acceptable, as long as they do not reduce design space or meta diversity.
Everyone should be given the opportunity to make cards.
The following sources of art are considered “fair play” for community card creation, and no one creator has priority over any other for utilizing art from these sources.
Art previously utilized for the Transformers Legends mobile game
Art featured in Transformers box art, packaging, and promotional materials produced by Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, or TakaraTomy
Art featured in official Transformers comics series, including those published by:
Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, and TakaraTomy have edited existing art for projects, and so recolors and edits to existing art are acceptable as long as the standards and spirit of the original art are maintained in an art and artist-positive way. This rule only applies to art from the above sources; fan art and commissions cannot be edited save by the original artist and the origin of the commission.
Some of the reasons why recolors and edited art may be rejected for use:
Edits that go against the spirit of the original work; e.g. satirical, comedic, or suggestive edits
Other unused, existing art that fulfills the need of the card or concept
Explicitly excluded from the “fair play” art sources list are the following sources.
Fan art should never be used unless explicit permission from the artist(s) has been acquired
Art commissioned by a specific creator is always for the exclusive use and permission of the original artist and the creator that commissioned it
As mentioned above, no creator has priority over any other for most sources of art (save the exceptions detailed above). It is important that creators have a relatively equal level of access to art, with no one creator hoarding or unfairly claiming art for their own purposes.
To formally claim art for works, a creator should follow the “dibs” rule, as detailed in Appendix A.
To resolve conflicts around competing, similar ideas, utilize the “dibs” process as detailed in Appendix A.
Signoff by all project principals must be obtained before any major, non-1C Open release.
Public beta duration
Absolutely no Public Beta for any release larger than one card shall be shorter than 3 months in length. Time spent in a private alpha does not count towards the Public Beta length. A Public Beta’s unannounced “soft launch” does not start the Public Beta – announcements must be public, obvious, and broadcast widely.
For upcoming releases larger than 100 cards, it is highly recommended that the Public Beta run for at least six months.
For individual new card releases (such as a 1C Open card), a one to two-month public beta is recommended.
The release of holiday-related cards and releases is an effective way to market the game. However, tying a release to a calendar date has its challenges and risks. Therefore, when working with holiday releases
These regulations are put in place for the values of accountability, fair play, and ownership in the pursuit of card creation. Each project principal has signed onto them with those values in mind. Blatant or repeated disregard for these regulations will leads to consequences for the violating creator up to and including removal from the creator community.
Appendix A: The “dibs” process
If a creator is working on a card or feature for a near-future release, they should utilize the “dibs” process to protect their work
We’ve been pleased to feature Transformers TCG gameplay articles from guest writers here on the site, and the latest to hit the scene comes hot and fresh from Ozzy! Today, he’ll be going into detail on his 2nd place 2022 Omega Invitational deck, featuring the mighty Autobot City Metroplex. Get truly cosmopolitan with all of the listed cards and strategies within.
This article was authored by guest writer (and recognized Metroplex expert) Ozzy, the creator and pilot for this deck in the World|Strike Tournament Season One-ending Omega Invitational.
I have been playing with Metroplex since he came out at the end of Wave 1. I faced a real dilemma on whether to play my Soundwave or Metroplex deck for the 2022 Omega Invitational, but I eventually settled on the Autobot City himself. With all the chatter before the OI being about aggro combiners and Safeguard decks, I decided to run this. Historically, I have had many top 8 tournament finishes with variations of this deck.
So I present to you, dear reader, the deck I took to 2nd place in the 2022 Omega Invitational tournament.
Congratulations to Ozzy for his victory with Metroplex in the #OmegaInvitational Losers Finals! As we await the schedule for his face-off against Brettasaurus and his thus-far-unstoppable Galaxy Prime deck in the Grand Finals, we want to discuss the final phase of the OI Giveaways – our most generous yet.
As Brettasaurus ascends to the OI Grand Finals, his opponent has yet to be determined. And so comes the battle of the Losers Finals as Ozzy’s Metroplex deck collides with Hawkhammer’s Constructicons! We’ve got a full slate of commentators for this one.
Who will be the final matchup to end the 2022 Omega Invitational? It will be decided on the Team Bayformers Discord at 8 PM Pacific / 11 PM Eastern on Sunday night. Don’t miss it!