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[{"text":"Last updated: 15 February 2018

This game variant was created by the playtesting team at

Refer to\/rules for all specific card rulings and the advanced rule book. The purpose of this page is to provide a brief overview of how to get started playing with our DCDB tournament cube."},{"header":"WHY IS THEre A NEED FOR COMPETITIVE RULES?"},{"text":"Have you bought a majority of the DC Deck Building (DCDB) sets? Have you experimented with combining sets or even mixing Main Characters?

Well, we are here to bring you the next evolution in DCDB, allowing you to take your game to the next level.

We have a big vision for DCDB, and think it has the potential for a highly competitive tournament scene. There are few games with as much flavor, consistency, and replay value as the DC Deck Building Game, so we are excited to unite avid DCDB fans together.

These rules are aimed at competitive card players and encourage them to enjoy the game at it's highest level. We provide a rotating ban and tier list that is current and includes the latest expansions released. We regularly hold tournaments and are paving the way for the DCDB tournament scene.

Tournament coverage is posted on, as well as articles on deck building, Main Character selection and card specific strategies.

We want to acknowledge that we are not affiliated with Cryptozoic Entertainment in any way. "},{"image":[{"src":"cry152421cryptozo.jpg"},{"caption":"We are not affiliated with Cryptozoic Entertainment"}]},{"header":"OFFICIAL TOURNAMENT FORMATS"},{"text":"Free-for-All (Est time: 1 hour)
2 v 2 Teams (Est time: 1 hour 15 min)"},{"header":"OFFICIAL COMPETITIVE RULES"},{"text":"The game is typically played the same as written in the latest DCDB rule book, with the following major changes:  (for a full list of changes, refer to the advanced rules here: http:\/\/\/rules\/)."},{"header":"Main Character SELECTION"},{"double":[{"src":"scr740530screensh.jpg"},{"src":"scr787906screensh.jpg"}]},{"text":"For competitive play, Main Character selection is done in a new and innovative way!

You may choose any number of characters that together have a combined tier value of six or less.  Characters have a different tier value depending on how powerful they are, how consistent they are, and their impact on the game. 

You can play as many characters as you like, so long as their total tier value is less than or equal to six. 

The Main Character Tier List can be found here:\/x.php?id=9449

We developed the tier system to raise the game\u2019s replay value and to allow for synergy between the Main Characters. There are hundreds of potential teams!"},{"header":"Drafting Your Main Characters"},{"image":[{"src":"tie569632tierdraf.jpg"},{"caption":"Start with the Tier 1"}]},{"text":"Summary:
Each player drafts their Main Characters by starting with the tier one Characters and proceeding through the tiers in ascending order.

Arrange the starting Main Characters according to their tier value. 

Each player roll a die. The highest roller determines if they would like to draft first or last. If they chose to draft first, the next highest roller will draft after them, and so on. If they chose to go last, the next highest roller will draft first instead.

The player who drafts first will begin the draft by evaluating the Main Characters with a tier value of one. That player may choose to take a character with tier value one, or to pass. After that player has made their choice, the next player in order does so.  Once a player has passed on a tier, they may no longer select a Main Character of that tier value.

After all players have chosen and\/or passed on the tier one Main Characters, the process is repeated for the tier two Main Characters.  Repeat this process until each player has passed on all tiers. 

Each player may choose to have up to six different Main Characters to play. If at any time a player has chosen a total of six tier worth of Main Characters, that player is removed from the draft. Players may not exceed six tier points worth of Main Characters.

The player who drafted first will be the last player during the game, unless The Flash was chosen by one of the players, in which case that player will go first regardless of the draft order."},{"header":"Super Villains"},{"image":[{"src":"sv-420218sv.jpg"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"

The Super Villain stack is made up of five Super Villains, stacked in ascending order, such that the eight cost Super Villain is on the top of the stack, and the higher cost Super Villains are beneath it. The Super Villains will be chosen at random by a judge and kept a secret from all players.

To create the Super Villain stack, the judge begins by randomly selecting one of the following Super Villains:
(All of these have a base cost of 8)<\/p>"},{"sql":"SELECT name AS value1, setFrom AS value2 FROM dcdbdb WHERE type='supervillain' AND cost = '8' AND banned = 0 ORDER BY name ASC"},{"text":"Next, the judge will shuffle all of the 9 - 15 cost Super Villains together and choose four of them at random.  The judge will then take all five randomly selected Super Villains and arrange them in numerical order such that the 8-cost super villain is on top of the stack and the highest cost super villain is at the bottom.  If there are multiple Super Villains with the same cost then those Super Villains should be randomly arranged at the appropriate place in the stack.

As an example, some possible Super Villain stacks are: 
8, 9, 12, 12, 13
8, 10, 13, 13, 13
8, 9, 12, 15, 15

The Super Villain stack will then be placed in the proper location, with all Super Villains face down in the stack. 

As the last step of the process, the judge will place a "+2" onto the Super Villain stack. This is to remind everyone that the Super Villain's cost an additional 2 power above their base cost to defeat.

An example "+2" token is shown below:"},{"image":[{"src":"ras288231ras.png"},{"caption":""}]},{"text":"The additional "+2" cost is added to each Super Villain so that the game is well-balanced for competitive play.  Because playing with more than one Main Character makes it easier to defeat the Super Villains at their base cost, the additional "+2" is added to make it more difficult to defeat a Super Villain without having to built a solid deck."},{"header":"Additional Rules:"},{"text":"You may only spend power to buy cards from the Line-Up OR to defeat the Super Villain, not both. If you "gain" cards, this does not count as buying (example: Cheetah).

When Weakness cards are destroyed they return to the Weakness stack.  (This is the same as the "Crisis: Impossible Mode" rule.)"},{"header":"FREE-FOR-ALL GAME TYPE"},{"text":"For tournament play, a judge will setup the Super Villain stack, as well as calculate VP points at the end.  Players are required to cut other players decks each time they shuffle during a game.

Use a 1 hour time limit for FFA Tournament Games. "},{"header":"2V2 GAME TYPE"},{"text":"In a 2v2 game you sit next to your teammate. The turn order goes as Team A, Team B, Team A, Team B, with players alternating turns for the team each turn.  i.e. Player A1 begins, then player B1, then player A2, then B2, then A1, B1, etc.

Drafting in a 2v2 game follows the same Team A, Team B, Team A, Team B back and forth style.

During a team game, you may buy or gain cards and put them into your teammates discard pile. If you do, one opponent may "cycle a card".

"Cycling a Card" - You may discard a card and then draw a card (in that order). Each player may only take this action once per turn.

If an opponent buys more than 1 card for their teammate, both members of the opposing team may "cycle a card", however neither player may "cycle" twice in the same turn."},{"double":[{"src":"sbs68611sbs1.jpg"},{"src":"sbs96956sbs2.jpg"}]},{"text":""Cycling" does not trigger abilities from any other cards. (Example: Harley Quinn or Deadshot etc...)

Just as in "free-for-all", for a 2v2 game be sure to have a judge set up the Super Villain stack and to have the judge calculate VP points at the end. Cutting the other teams deck is required after they shuffle.

Use a 1 hour and 15 minute time limit for 2v2 Tournament Games. 
"},{"header":"Time in the Round Procedure"},{"text":"Once the time in the round has expired, time in the round is declared. The active player will finish their turn, and then play proceeds until the current turn cycle is complete.  To determine when the current turn cycle is complete you look at who started the game, and then play proceeds until each remaining player has taken a turn during this turn phase.

After the current turn cycle is complete, each player takes one additional turn.

Example #1:
Player A: begins the game
Player B: is second
Player C: is last

Time is called on Player B's turn. Player B finishes his current turn and Player C takes a turn, which completes the current turn cycle.  After this, all three players take one additional turn. 

After those turns, the game is over.  A judge will count Victory Points and determine a winner.

Example #2:
Player A: begins the game
Player B: is second
Player C: is last

Time is called on Player A's turn. Player A finishes his current turn, Player B takes a turn, followed by Player C which completes the current turn cycle. After this, all three players take one additional turn. 

After those turns, the game is over. A judge will count Victory Points and determine a winner. 

Player A: begins the game
Player B: is second
Player C: is last

Time is called on Player C's turn. Player C finishes his current turn which completes the current turn cycle.  After this, all three players take one additional turn. 

After those turns, the game is over. A judge will count Victory Points and determine a winner.
"},{"header":"Conclusion"},{"text":"This project was meant for passionate DCDB fans to experience the game at its highest level. Our goal is to create the best competitive experience, so please feel free to email us with any requests, questions, or comments.  This is an ongoing project and we at look forward to growing the competitive play experience in a major way!

You can reach us at:"},{"text":"What to buy and how to build your cube:\/x.php?id=9577

Main Character tier list:\/x.php?id=9449

Ban list:\/x.php?id=9448

Card Database:\/

Join our Competitive Play Facebook group:

If you are looking to get into DCDB, you can find the Base Set below:"},{"affiliate":[{"name":"DC Comics Deck Building Game"},{"textlink":"<a target="_blank" href="https:\/\/\/gp\/product\/1617681709\/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1617681709&linkCode=as2&tag=dcdb-20&linkId=b206fe5b528b53ff15fb9097139316ee">DC Comics Deck Building Game<\/a><img src="\/\/\/e\/ir?t=dcdb-20&l=am2&o=1&a=1617681709" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" \/>"},{"srclink":"<a target="_blank" href="https:\/\/\/gp\/product\/1617681709\/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1617681709&linkCode=as2&tag=dcdb-20&linkId=87a040f263df875bfa13df3b9cf84221"><img border="0" src="\/\/\/widgets\/q?_encoding=UTF8&MarketPlace=US&ASIN=1617681709&ServiceVersion=20070822&ID=AsinImage&WS=1&Format=_SL500_&tag=dcdb-20" ><\/a><img src="\/\/\/e\/ir?t=dcdb-20&l=am2&o=1&a=1617681709" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" \/>"}]}]

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