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Are you ready to “Become Legendary”? Well, now is your chance to do just that. Upper Deck Entertainment is pleased to announce our first ever “Legendary™ Name a Set” contest.
As most of you know, and for those who do not, Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building Game will release its next expansion, a set focusing on Spider-Man and his allies, in February 2014. In doing so, we are offering fans of the game a chance to name the set! That’s right, YOU, the fans, get to name the next Legendary™ expansion!
Here are some guidelines to help you out:
1. The set focuses on Spider-Man and his allies
2. Carnage will play a major role as a Mastermind
3. First appearance of Black Suit Spider-Man
All you have to do to enter is post your name idea in the comment section below and if we pick yours as the winner, then we will use it as the set name on the box!
In addition to having the set name on the box, winner will receive a Legendary™ bundle from Upper Deck, which includes all current sets as well as enough sleeves to sleeve all the cards!
Please have your submissions in no later than Dec 2nd, winners will be chosen by Dec 13th.
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. This contest is not sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Marvel. Must be age 13 or over to participate. All set names are pending third party licensor approval. Should two fans submit the same name, the name that is submitted first will have the opportunity to be selected as the winner. The name selected in the contest may NOT be used on the actual product. Please see [http://upperdeckblog.com/2013/11/rules-copy-legendary-contest,] for official rules.
I get sucked into reality shows. I don’t know what it is about them. They are just so mind-numbing they provide a great escape for a little while. One that I usually fall victim to watching each season is “Survivor” on CBS and last night was no different as I tuned in for the series premiere.
Unfortunately aspects of my job frequently reach in and disrupt this mind-numbing experience for me. As was the case last night where as I heard one of the members of the tribe was a former NFL player (Brad Culpepper), I immediate said to myself, “I wonder if he has an Upper Deck football card?” And wouldn’t you know it, he actually does have a card from Upper Deck’s Collectors Choice brand showing him as a much larger Defensive Tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Then I thought about some of the other professional athletes to have played the game and how a fan of “Survivor” could collect their cards. You’ve got former NFL quarterback Gary Hogeboom who was on the show during the season in Guatemala.
And then of course there was former baseball superstar Jeff Kent who played the game in the Philippines and had an epic tirade after he was voted out.
I also can’t believe I forgot another major sports icon who played the game in Jimmy Johnson, the former college and pro football coach and current analyst for FOX Sports. The best part about watching him on the show was how bad you knew he wanted to comb his hair throughout.
And as I thought about that, I remembered a quirky product Upper Deck did back in 2001 in my early years with the company. We actually created a trading card game for “Survivor” where players were tasked to outwit, outplay and outlast other players in the game, using former contestants. It was not a smash hit at the time, but with “Survivor” having carried on as a show for so long, I still see comments about this product from time to time as excited super fans find it for the first time.
What makes it compelling is that there were actually autograph cards of some of the contestants as well. These still do pretty well in the secondary market and are a great addition to any fan of “Survivor.”
Will any of these cards end up paying for your kid’s college? Certainly not, but they are a fun way to enjoy the game by collecting your favorites throughout the years.
Upper Deck is preparing to take Toronto by storm this weekend beginning Thursday, August 22 through Sunday, August 25 at the Fan Expo in Toronto! And what makes this show great is that it really has something for everyone catering to fans of comics, gaming, sports and more! Both Upper Deck’s Entertainment and Sports teams will have a variety of awesome activities taking place throughout the week at the Upper Deck Corporate Booth (#4217). Here’s a breakdown:
Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building Game Demos – For all four days of the show, entertainment fans will be able to experience the hard-hitting action of Upper Deck’s hit deck-building game called Legendary™ where characters from the Marvel Universe do battle. Come learn the game for FREE from Upper Deck Entertainment staff in your quest to become “Legendary.” Also, experience the first expansion for the game with Dark City!
Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building Game win-a-box organized play tournaments – Once you’ve learned the game, it’s time to show you are ready for action. Join the Upper Deck team in the gaming hall throughout the weekend for a variety of exciting win-a-box tournaments!
Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building Game $1,000 organized play tournament – Sign up for the $1,000 organized play tournament taking place Saturday, August 24 at 11:00 a.m. in the gaming hall for your chance to cash in and show you are the ultimate Marvel “mastermind.” For more details, visit the Upper Deck booth.
Fantastic Four Photo Opportunity – Upper Deck Entertainment will have a large photo opportunity available for fans to stick their heads through to become their favorite Fantastic Four character! This is a fun way for UDE to celebrate the upcoming Fantastic Four expansion for Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building Game.
Personalized Trading Card Station – For all four days of the show, hockey fans will be able to strike a pose for their very own Upper Deck trading card. Upper Deck will photograph and print the cards for fans on site for FREE!
Exclusive Fan Expo Upper Deck Cards – Upper Deck has created two limited-edition, 5×7 images exclusively for fans at the 2013 Fan Expo. The first is of Upper Deck exclusive signer, Wayne Gretzky and features the Great One on an O-Pee-Chee image. And then there is the highly anticipated 2013-14 NHL Upper Deck Young Guns rookie image of the Edmonton Oilers sensation; Nail Yakupov. Both cards are only available while supplies last! Visit the Upper Deck booth for details on how you can add these highly coveted cards to your collections!
Bubble Hockey Tournament – At high-noon each day (12:00 p.m.), Upper Deck will host Bubble Hockey Tournaments that will allow you to show your hockey prowess against your friends. These tournaments have been a HUGE hit at recent shows and are FREE to participate in.
Pack War Challenge – Upper Deck invites fans to get a chance to check out some new Upper Deck cards for FREE and score some great prizes including autographed Upper Deck Authenticated pucks. Staff will ask questions about cards handed out and if you have the card we are looking for, you can win! Don’t miss this fast paced and very fun event! It will take place at Thursday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 23 at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 24 at 3:00 p.m. and on Sunday, August 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Cloutsnchara Group Breaks – Upper Deck shared two awesome prizes with Cloutsnchara to use with two awesome breaks they have going on at the Fan Expo for a variety of very desirable Upper Deck products. You could score a 2013 NHL Draft blow-up ticket signed by every 1st round pick or a 2013 NHL Draft Hat signed by the first overall pick; Nathan MacKinnon. For more details and sign up information, check out Fan Expo Break #1 and Fan Expo Break #2.
Upper Deck NHL Double Rookie Class T-Shirts – This is a pretty important year for trading cards with Upper Deck’s NHL Double Rookie Class program in full swing. Grosnor Distribution is partnering with Upper Deck for a special redemption program at the show where if you purchase any new box of Upper Deck NHL product (full list below) you will get a coupon for a FREE Upper Deck NHL Double Rookie Class t-shirt.
FREE RAFFLES! – Upper Deck will give back to our fans each day by hosting an awesome FREE raffle that you will not want to miss! Make sure to visit the Upper Deck booth at these times to participate: Thursday, August 22 at 8:00 p.m., Friday, August 23 at 5:00 p.m., Saturday, August 24 at 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, August 25 at 3:00 p.m.
The best four days of gaming are coming up this week at Gen Con in Indianapolis, Indiana and Upper Deck Entertainment is ramping up to make it a memorable week for fans by hosting a variety of awesome activities throughout the show! Upper Deck Entertainment is inviting gamers to “Become Legendary” as we host demos of Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building Game each day of Gen Con. Fans can also score a FREE Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur) promotional card from the game just for stopping by and finding out a little more about it and the newest expansion set; Legendary™: Dark City. Don’t wait too long to stop by though, these En Sabah Nur cards are only available while supplies last!
During the show Upper Deck Entertainment will be running a variety of show specials that gamers will want to take advantage of for purchasing product at Gen Con. A FREE Legendary™: Dark City mega mug can be had with any game purchase. Upper Deck Entertainment also created a Gen Con exclusive Legendary™ play mat for just $14.99. And with any purchase of $15 or more, fans can score a FREE super hero cape available while supplies last!
The real draw however will be two organized play events around the Legendary™ game. Upper Deck Entertainment is offering up $10,000 in prize money for two tournaments at Gen Con that every gamer looking to stake their claim as the best in the Marvel universe will want to take part in. Both Friday and Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m. Upper Deck Entertainment will host a $5,000 tournament around Legendary™ (64 person minimum) and with the top 25 players taking home prize money, fans will want to make sure they take part in at least one of these tournaments. Gamers are encouraged to register through Gen Con now before spots fill up! And check out these tips from a former tournament winner to help you score a seat at the final table!
After two days of Legendary™ battles, Upper Deck Entertainment will also be hosting a fantastic invitation only after hours event on Saturday from 9:00-11:00 p.m. with refreshments, giveaways and a very special announcement about what fans can expect next from Legendary™. For details on how you can earn a pass to this Legendary™ event, make sure to inquire with Upper Deck Entertainment staff on site. It should be an amazing week, don’t miss it!
While deck building games over the past year have recently gained market share in the gaming industry, you may find yourself to be very hard-pressed to find a game that can both appease casual and competitive players alike. Upper Deck Entertainment’s Legendary™: A Marvel Deck Building Game is a platform that really delivers, currently with nine Masterminds to battle and several hero mash-up possibilities, each time you play, you will be completely immersed into a unique deck building experience.
Competitive play can be tricky. There are several routes you can take to victory, though misreading the situation can leave to you looking from the outside in. Here are some tips that have allowed me to do well in the competitive circuit of Legendary™:
Combos are great but test the water before you jump in
We all know cards like Wolverine‘s and Angel‘s card drawing abilities are quite powerful and if you know it, so do your opponents. Remember to pay attention to the Archetypes your opponents are trying to draft, as sometimes, you will find that more than a few players will try to build the same type of decks. If you notice this early enough, even if you’ve picked up a Wolverine draw card, you can change your strategy to a more basic attack-based and deck-thinning approach while your opponents fight out for the scraps. This will allow you to rack up some early Victory points.
Sometimes it’s good when bad wins
Never be afraid to ask for the Victory point count. It’s crucial. You’re not always in control of the cards you get to see in the HQ. Sometimes, you’re sheer out of luck and no matter how hard you try, you can’t put together what some people would consider an efficient deck. If you find yourself in this situation, ask for the Victory point count. Most people that have a consistent deck build going are more interested in building that deck than ending the game immediately. They will be doing a lot of recruiting from HQ, which sometimes leaves a lack of attack power in their deck early-to-mid game. If so, take this opportunity to get in for some quick Victory Points by collecting any type of attack card regardless of its attribute. After you’ve got a Victory point total, if you find yourself in the lead or close to, do your best to help that pesky mastermind end the game for you. Remember, if the mastermind wins, the game is over. It doesn’t matter how powerful your opponents decks are. If they were not focusing early-to-mid game on getting points, they might find themselves susceptible to a loss with this strategy.
Too good to be true?
There are some new mechanics that have been introduced in Upper Deck Entertainment’s Legendary™ Dark City expansion that will allow you to either wipe the floor with your opponents or leave you on your knees begging for a mercy. Teleport and Versatile can be a trap at times. Teleport gives you the ability to put aside your cards for a turn and add them on to your hand on your next draw phase. While this is an extremely powerful mechanic, many players find themselves losing entire turns hoping for the big score on their next go-round. Remember there is no guarantee that when your turn comes around, there will be anything worthwhile left on the board for you to fight and/or recruit. Also, teleporters, beware, depending on the mastermind, you may not have the hand you just drew when your next turn comes around. Ask your good old friends KingPin and Apocalypse about that one!
Versatile can be an early game trap as it is such a strong mechanic, allowing you to choose either attack or recruit, everyone will be gunning for it. But if you are not first to the dance, let it be! Many of the low costing versatile cards come with an activation cost and if not paid, will basically do nothing for you, acting like an early game wound card.
I hope some of these tips help and I can’t wait to see you guys at Gen Con where I’ll attempt to retain my title in one of the two $5000 cash tournaments and if my tips so happen to have helped defeat me in the process, feel free to share the prize money with me. Pre-register for the tournaments today at Gen Con’s website or visit the Upper Deck Entertainment booth at the show for more details! Good luck agents!
And in the spirit of community, we want to hear your tips and tactics for success with the game and we will reward you for it. Be one of the first twenty fans to share at least one great original tip in the comment section below on how to become dominant at Legendary™ and we will hook you up with an exclusive Dark City game mat for FREE! Make sure you provide an accurate email address so we can follow up with those selected to receive a mat for your addresses!