Break This! – a #transformerstcg event like no other

Most Team Bayformers events are highly curated, controlled affairs. In fact, we take pride in thoughtfully crafting every aspect of our events. We take the time to thoroughly and regularly review our banlists, structure, and themes.

Except – for a few short days in the Tournament Season. On these rare days of dread, the chaos that lurks in crossplay fully emerges and threatens all players. Instead of a strict, sequential bracket, players are playing willy-nilly with decks constructed from a wide selection of creator sets available to the community. Moreover, only a few play to win – in fact, the winners of these days of discord are forever recorded in shame. But by what name shall these tournaments of horror and disdain be known?

Behold and despair; it’s BREAK THIS!

The Nature of the Bay-east

Above all, Break This! is two things: a celebration of the rich content of community sets, and a tragedy of disastrous proportions when those sets are mixed without curation. In Break This!, players indulge in their darkest urges to create the most broken deck possible, using cards from across the community creator spectrum. Additionally, this one-day horror show of broken gameplay happens only for a few hours entirely on TableTop Simulator!

Any community cards offered within CKirk’s Transformers TCG Deck Building add-on for TableTop Simulator are available for your decks! What kind of busted, overpowered deck can you make with thousands and thousands of community cards at your fingertips?

“Rules” and “structure”?

Despite the chaotic nature of the event, some basics are in place to maximize enjoyment – even as some players cry out in pain and anguish.

What, a banlist?!?

Even Break This! has a banlist. This is due not to an aversion to broken gameplay – rather, because of a preference for novel broken gameplay. No one wants to play against a Daring Escape or Sergeant Cog deck they’ve seen a hundred times already.

The current Break This! banlist includes:

  • Swap Parts
  • Press the Advantage
  • Multi-Mission Gear
  • Sergeant Springer
  • Daring Escape
  • Peace Through Tyranny
  • Security Checkpoint
  • Questionable Moral (from Zero Hour Heat 0)

This banlist will grow over time as more Break This! events further inflict trauma upon our psyches.

Break This! decks are still valid decks

Sure, some of the gameplay in Break This! is stupid broken. All the same, players should construct their decks as they normally would, using the regular constructed deck rules. Players that roll into the event with a 5-wide Galaxy Primes deck with 20 Energy Packs “because the event is broken” will be asked to use another, more valid deck.

Register decklists with Team Bayformers

Before the start of the event, players will need to submit their decklists via our Contact Form. Be sure to do this at least a day in advance of the event so that organizers can contact you if there’s a problem.

Beginning of the event

All players will gather in the #tournament-chat channel on the Team Bayformers Discord. Organizers (typically identified by their [BF] prefixes) will ensure all players are registered and basic details are gathered.

Starting up broken games

Once the event starts, pairings will be assigned and announced in #tournament-chat. It is up to the players to share TTS game server details with each other and the event organizers. Paired players can and should use one of the empty Standard Voice channels to play their match out. If any players have difficulty with their match, they can ask an organizer to do any of the following:

  • Launch a TTS server for the match
  • Share a deck (in case a deck wasn’t prepared before the event)
  • Make more Standard Voice channels in Discord
  • Run a deck check
  • Make a ruling
  • Ask for advice

Keeping it fun – the “emergency eject” option

Each paired player is expected to play at least one game with each other. However, due to the nature of the event, players might feel the need to reach for a life preserver in order to maintain fun. Here’s a few options to hit the ejection seat button if your match is degrading into a Negative Player experience.

  • If, due to the mechanics of the opponent’s deck, the opponent’s turn lasts more than three minutes, you may choose to eject from the match and ask the organizers to record the match as a draw.
  • When, due to the power level of the opponent’s deck, the opponent wins the first match and over 20 health remains on the opponent’s characters, you may choose to eject and ask the organizers to record the match as a 1-2 loss for you, the ejecting player.
  • If, due to the speed of the opponent’s deck, the opponent wins the first match before the end of their third turn, you may choose to eject and ask the organizers to record the match as a 1-2 loss for you, the ejecting player.

However, organizers are on the lookout for decks or pilots that might be overly toxic. If, for any reason, you’re not having fun against a specific deck or player, let the organizers know.

Ending the match, and the pain – for the moment

At the end of each match, both players report their results (and if either player hit the emergency eject and reason). Each player’s raffle tickets will be created and stuffed into the Break This! “Ugly Hat” (see Prizing below). If players are available at the end of your match, a new pairing will be made and it’s Game On once again! This will repeat until the end of the event.

Keep the Break This! theme in mind (and have fun!)

Remember, the theme of Break This! is broken gameplay. No one should enter the event expecting balanced mechanics. Players will have more fun if they embrace the highly-busted nature of uncurated crossplay. Besides, it’s silly to get salty or mad about this kind of event! Players should still show good sportsmanship and encourage all participants to have a great time. And remember – just because the cards are broken doesn’t mean you can cheat. Don’t do it!

Be as flashy as Michael Bay with loot from Break This!
Be as flashy as Michael Bay with loot from Break This!

Prizes for chaos and masochism

Let the Ugly Hat decide your material worth

After every match is reported, a pair of raffle tickets will be made with the players’ handles and thrown into the Ugly Hat. These tickets are not dependent on wins or losses! The more games players play within the event schedule, the more raffle tickets they can earn! But keep in mind that a minimum of 40 minutes of time must be spent on a match, regardless if a player has conceded early or hit the eject button. Quitting games early is not a valid strategy for acquiring tickets! When time is called at the end of the event, players will be allowed to play out their matches and acquire their final tickets.

At the prize gala at the end of Break This!, the dice will be rolled and a random prize item from the event prize list will be up for the Ugly Hat’s selection. A single ticket will be drawn from the Ugly Hat, and the name on the ticket will be announced. That person will have the opportunity to win the item or go back into the hat – each Break This participant is eligible for only one prize! This process continues until all prizes are given or no more eligible names are available.

But players – don’t worry if you don’t win anything from the Ugly Hat. All participants that play two or more matches will be eligible for an exclusive art print featuring Team Bayformers card art! So be sure to give your mailing address to the organizers at the beginning of the event.

The dreaded Break This! Wall of Shame

But we haven’t forgotten about our wretched Break This! event winners. Not at all. Those awful players that have taken the time and effort to make the most broken deck of Break This! will be recorded for all time in our Break This! Wall of Shame. Moreover, there’s a very good chance their decks will end up on our permanent Break This! banlist. Let all #transformerstcg players lament the names of shame, and despair.

Join us! You won’t regret it… well, actually, you might

Twisted enough to join our next Break This! event? Join the Team Bayformers Discord and get the skinny on all of our upcoming events!


Community Content

Despite the cancellation of the official game by Hasbro and WotC, the #transformerstcg game is better than ever! And it’s not just Team Bayformers creating new content for the game. In fact, many new gameplay experiences exist via the hard work of other community creator groups. And it’s not just cards! There are also all-new digital ways to play the game as well.

If you are a community creator and would like to be included on this page or make edits, contact us.

Default Sets

The following table features official and community content that receives default support for all gaming events hosted by Team Bayformers.

Creative TeamReleasesFocus
Hasbro/ Wizards of the CoastAll official releasescasual, competitive
Team BayformersWorld|Strike, Team Bayformers 1C Open cardscasual, competitive
Turbo Revving Old PunksPhase One 1|2, Monster Menagerie 1|2casual
Legendary VoidThe Galactic Odyssey (Primus only)party, casual

Provisionally Supported Sets

The following table features community content that is often featured in Team Bayformers events and is due to receive default support pending either active harmonization efforts or an official release.

Creative TeamReleasesFocus
Team BayformersWaste|Lands (currently in Public Beta)casual, competitive
The ArkThe Ark Wave Onecasual, competitive

Other Pro-Community Sets

Just because the groups above get most of the Team’s support doesn’t mean we leave out everyone else! You’ll often see content from the groups below being featured in our regular casual play. Many of the creators below are active and outstanding members of the Team Bayformers community! Have you checked out our Crossplay Casual League yet?

Creative TeamReleasesFocus
BotchTheCrabSEACONS Custom Setcasual
Brian AlanSolo Encounter: Predaconscasual
Heidi BennerTF 86M Set 1casual
KingNagaStudio Collection Wave 1casual
Legendary VoidWave X
Rules of Disengagement
Randy HillBeast Wars Maximals | Predaconscasual
RhodeFormersOur Alliescasual
Spencer “Clone” BZero Hourcasual, competitive
The ArkUnicron Raidcasual

Digital Gameplay

The state of #transformerstcg gameplay during COVID-19 required different ways to enjoy the game, and contributors focused on the digital experience delivered! Without the hard work of developers and programmers, there’s no way the community would have flourished during the pandemic. Check out all the non-analog ways to play!

Transformers TCG Deck BuildingCKirkTableTop Simulator
Transformers TCGMyriadTableTop Simulator
Transformers TCG The Card GameStarblazedTableTop Simulator

Online Resources

As official support for the #transformerstcg diminishes, the community has stepped up! Here are our favorite online resources still providing active support for gameplay.

AequitasStanding rules committee, FAQ, and rulings
Teletraan 1Information about official and community cards, deck builder, collecting, other valuable resources
fortressmaximus.ioInformation about official cards, deck builder, articles
Computron’s LabQuantitative deck-building articles

Did we leave any out? Contact us with additions, suggestions, and updates!

Team Bayformers

Wave BFA World|Strike 1.0 Released!

Wait no more! #teambayformers is pleased to bring you the official 1.0 release of Wave BFA World|Strike. Get your cards today!

We’re going to give all #transformerstcg players a little bit of time to get to know the cards in World|Strike – but don’t get too comfortable! In 4 weeks time comes the official 2021 World|Strike Tournament Season. Details are coming on our upcoming season, but put February 8th on your calendar and prepare for everything we have in store. Expect the unexpected as the first community-set crossplay tournaments head for the nearest gaming table!

Team Bayformers

Reveal: Crash the Bash

Oh, we know that “spoiler season” for Wave BFA World|Strike is over… but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about awesome cards! So how about we talk about crashing the next Transformers TCG party with the power of the Squeeze? And this one was brought to you by the line art talents of Bayformers’ very own billmoo and the fantastic colors of KrinSyn!

When Wave 5 was released, and players started discovering the utilities (and horrors) of Fangry and Horri-Bull, something was missing. Where, oh where, was the last of the original G1 Small Headmasters? Where was the crabbiest of the Nebulon-partnered Decepticons? As one that grew up with a treasured Squeezeplay, I felt the void immensely.

Alpha Trion Protocols Articles

Bay Diving: Interrogating ATP-2

Editor’s note

We at 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 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!

Team Bayformers is Live!

Welcome, #transformerstcg community. We’re pleased to finally get our website up and running for everyone. There’s a number of items we’re looking forward to having available here, including galleries and card previews – and not just for Bayformers releases! We’ll keep you posted via our social media channels when they go up.