2016 PDC Regional Recap

2016 PDC Regional Championship Recap

Blog Post 7 (12Sep2016)

The PDC Regional Championship Events: What have we learned?


By archivist


This weekend, the PDC 2016 season culminated with the final Regional Championship event held in Texas.  We thank all those who participated and extend our congratulations to the following PDC Regional Champions and runners-up:


Southwest/Southern California Area: Champion Michael Le, Runner-Up: Andy Merrill

Midwest/Ohio Area: Champion Drew Lee, Runner-Up: Robert Droste

Midwest/Texas Area: Champion Andrew Krouse, Runner-Up: Jeff Yost


We have compiled the data from the Top 8 team-builds from each event, which comprised a total of 192 character/action cards and 48 Basic Action Cards (referred to as instances).  Of this population, there were 59 different or unique character/action cards and 20 different BACs. (Note: character/action cards that had the same global ability were combined).

The specific team-builds of the top two players from each event and a list of all the 79 character/BAC cards used are included at the end of this article.


The Top 10 Character/Action cards used (note: those cards with the same Global Ability were combined in this count):

Rank Instances
1 Professor X RYM / Trainer 15
2 Half-Elf Bard Master Lords’ Alliance 12
3T Elf Thief


Lesser Harper

Master Investigator

10 ea
5T Blue-Eyes White Dragon

Captain America


Dwarf Wizard

Red Dragon

Monstrous Dragon

The First Avenger


Paragon Zhentarim

Lesser/Greater/Epic Dragon

8 ea
10T Parallax

Silver Surfer

Fear/Source of Terror

Sky Rider/Sentinel/Silverado

7 ea


The top 2 Basic Action Cards used were Resurrection (8), Vicious Struggle (5).


The common construct was Control with Bard or Vicious Struggle (VS) being the win condition.  This should not come as any surprise.  Of the 11 most frequently used cards, four (DWiz, Oracle, Elf Thief and Constantine) were control cards.  These two most frequent win condition cards were the common option on a path to victory. Of the six teams that were 1st & 2nd place, while only two had Bard and one had VS, all three 1st place teams had one or the other of these cards.  However, 5 of the 24 Top 8 teams had neither of these cards, and three of these five teams reached 2nd place.

Team Building Note: The 5 teams using VS had Luke Cage and/or Silver Surfer and 3 of these teams also had Human Torch – Flame On.

Ramp cards are king/queen. Both the #1 character/action and basic action cards had ramp effects. Only 5 of the 24 Top-8 teams did not have Professor X and/or Resurrection (however, one of these five teams did have the Rally! BAC and another had White Tiger – Mystical Amulet to use for fielding additional SKs).

Cards with a purchase cost (PC) > 4 were scare.  Omitting those cards with a PC > 4 that were used for their global ability (e.g. Professor X, Red Dragon, Silver Surfer), there were only 4 viable cards to purchase dice from with a PC > 4: Hulk – Green Goliath (PC 6), Venom – Angelo Fortunato (PC 6), Batman – Natural Leader (PC 5) and Millennium Puzzle (PC 5).  Clay Golem (PC 5) was most likely fabricated into play rather than purchased.

Team Building Note: 5 of the 9 teams using a viable PC 5 or 6 card (besides Clay Golem) also used Red Dragon or Blue-Eyes White Dragon.

Big Debut 1: Silver Surfer. This card combines nicely with Vicious Struggle, as noted above.  Proof that the older sets still can yield a few gems when paired with newer card effects.

Big Debut 2: Captain America. This is becoming the counter to VS. Two of the three 1st place teams used this card.

The *hot* set-type is still D&D. Out of the 192 character/action card instances, 63 (33%) came from the Battle For Faerun (40) or Faerun Under Siege (23) sets.  Of the 48 BAC instances, 25 (52%) came from these sets (16 and 9 instances respectfully).  Resurrection was the #1 BAC. The top 5 cards (by number of instances) from these sets were Bard (12), Elf Thief (10), DWiz (8), Red Dragon (8) and Prismatic Spray (6) – anyone surprised.

AvX, while being the oldest active set, still had the most unique cards used.  While the D&D sets were tops in total number of instances, the AvX set had the most number of unique character/action cards used – 10 different cards in total.  Silver Surfer was the most frequently used, followed by Venom – Angelo Fortunato (with 4).  Tsarina and Gobby still showed their stuff, with 3 instances apiece. Hulk appeared only once.

There was a lot of variety in the team builds.  While a hand-full of cards were the most frequently played, almost two-thirds (63%) of the cards used were unique: 27 unique cards used once (1-ofs) and 11 unique cards used twice (2-ofs).

The Amazing Spider-Man (ASM) and Age of Ultron (AoU) sets are still getting no significant play-time.  The ASM set had a paltry 3 instances from 2 cards (White Tiger – Mystical Amulet and Mary Jane – MJ). If not for the resurgence of Captain America – The First Avenger, the AoU set would have been worse. The TMNT is still too new to gauge in popularity at this point.

The promo card of choice is…Scarecrow – Legion of Doom.  The only character card promo used.  So long Iron Fist.

We again thank all of those players who participated in a PDC Event.  We hope you enjoyed participating and appreciate your continued support and hope you’ll join us in 2017 for the next round of events.


Top 2 Team-Builds from each Regional

Pilot Michael Le (zeon20) 1st Place SW/California  
  Captain America The First Avenger 3
  Constantine Antihero 4
  Dwarf Wizard Paragon Zhentarim 2
  Luke Cage Knuckle Up 2
  Millennium Puzzle The Eternal Dungeon 1
  Prismatic Spray Lesser Spell 2
  Red Dragon Epic Dragon 2
  Silver Surfer Sentinel 2
  Blink – Transmutation 18
  Vicious Struggle    
Pilot Andy Merrill (jigsawhc) 2nd Place SW/California  
  Alfred Pennyworth MI-5 4
  Constantine Antihero 2
  Falcon Recon 3
  Foot Ninja Ninja Syndicate 3
  Mary Jane MJ 4
  Professor X Recruiting Young Mutants 1
  Red Dragon Epic Dragon 1
  White Tiger Mystical Amulet 2
  Big Entrance 20
Pilot Drew Lee (RollSanityCheck) 1st Place MW/Ohio  
  Black Widow Tsarina 4
  Blue-Eyes White Dragon Monstrous Dragon 1
  Dwarf Wizard Paragon Zhentarim 4
  Half-Elf Bard Master Lords’ Alliance 4
  Human Paladin Lesser Emerald Enclave 1
  Oracle Master Investigator 1
  Professor X Trainer 1
  Venom Angelo Fortunato 1
  Archnemesis 17
Pilot Robert Droste (R.Droste) 2nd Place MW/Ohio  
  Batcave Large, Dark, Wet 1
  Doomcaliber Knight Fiendish Fighter 1
  Parallax Fear 1
  Professor X Trainer 1
  Red Dragon Lesser Dragon 1
  Ring Lesser Gear 1
  Silver Surfer Sky Rider 1
  Thousand Dragon Noxious Nostril Gust 1
  Blessing 8
  The Front Line    
Pilot Andrew Krouse (andkrous) 1st Place MW/Texas  
  Captain America The First Avenger 2
  Casey Jones Mutant Hunter 2
  Elf Thief Lesser Harper 4
  Half-Elf Bard Master Lords’ Alliance 4
  Mr. Fantastic The Invisible Man 1
  Prismatic Spray Lesser Spell 2
  Professor X Trainer 1
  Venom Angelo Fortunato 2
  Magic Missile 18
Pilot Jeff Yost (bodycount76) 2nd Place MW/Texas  
  Black Widow Tsarina 3
  Blue-Eyes White Dragon Monstrous Dragon 1
  Elf Thief Lesser Harper 3
  Giant Spider Greater Beast 3
  Jocasta Patterned After Janet 3
  Oracle Master Investigator 3
  Professor X Recruiting Young Mutants 1
  Venom Angelo Fortunato 3
  Fireball 20
  The Outsider    


List of Unique Character/Action Cards (those with the same global ability have been combined)

Title/Sub-title/# of Instances/Set

Professor X Trainer / RYM 15 UXM
Half-Elf Bard Master Lords’ Alliance 12 FUS
Elf Thief Lesser Harper 10 FUS
Oracle Master Investigator 10 WF
Captain America The First Avenger 8 AoU
Red Dragon Lesser/Greater/Epic Dragon 8 BFF
Dwarf Wizard Paragon Zhentarim 8 FUS
Constantine Hellblazer 8 JL
Blue-Eyes White Dragon Monstrous Dragon 8 YGO
Silver Surfer Sky Rider/Sentinel/Silverado 7 AvX
Parallax Fear/Source of Terror 7 WoL
Prismatic Spray Lesser Spell 6 BFF
Luke Cage Bodyguard / Knuckle Up 6 CW
Venom Angelo Fortunato 4 AvX
Giant Spider Greater Beast 4 FUS
Ring Lesser/Epic Gear 4 FUS
Black Widow Tsarina 3 AvX
Green Goblin Gobby 3 AvX
Human Torch Flame On 3 AvX
Human Paladin Lesser Emerald Enclave 3 BFF
Ronin Between Employers 3 CW
Constantine Antihero 3 JL
White Tiger Mystical Amulet 2 ASM
Vibranium Shield One of a Kind 2 AvX
Phoenix Redd/Ms. Psyche 2 AvX
Kobold Greater Humanoid 2 BFF
Black Widow Mistress of Pain 2 CW
Scarecrow Legion of Doom 2 PROMO
Foot Ninja Ninja Syndicate 2 TMNT
Alfred Pennyworth MI-5 2 WF
Guy Gardner Blinding Rage 2 WoL
Miri Raim Beacon in the Dark 2 WoL
Millennium Puzzle The Eternal Dungeon 2 YGO
Beholder (BFF) Lesser/Master Aberration 2 BFF
Wasp Founding Avenger 1 AoU
Mary Jane MJ 1 ASM
Hulk Green Goliath 1 AvX
Mr. Fantastic The Invisible Man 1 AvX
Storm Goddess of the Plains 1 AvX
Jocasta Patterned After Janet 1 AoU
Elf Wizard Paragon Zhentarim 1 BFF
Manticore Greater Beast 1 BFF
Nitro Explosive Personality 1 CW
Beholder (FUS) Lesser Aberration 1 FUS
Clay Golem Greater Construct 1 FUS
Casey Jones Mutant Hunter 1 TMNT
Falcon Recon 1 UXM
Storm Weather Witch 1 UXM
Batcave Large, Dark, Wet 1 WF
Batgirl Babs 1 WF
Batman Natural Leader 1 WF
Bruce Wayne International Playboy 1 WF
Kryptonite Green Death 1 WF
Scarecrow Hallucinogenic Vapors 1 WF
Lantern Ring Limited Only By Imagination 1 WoL
Breaker the Magical Warrior Mana Break 1 YGO
Doomcaliber Knight Fiendish Fighter 1 YGO
Morphing Jar Canopic Jar 1 YGO
Thousand Dragon Noxious Nostril Gust 1 YGO


List of Basic Action Cards (BAC)

Title/# of Instances/Set

Resurrection 8 BFF
Vicious Struggle 5 WoL
Big Entrance 4 WoL
Blink – Transmutation 4 FUS
Cloudkill 4 FUS
Magic Missile 4 BFF
Distraction 3 AvX
Imprisoned 2 UXM
Blessing 2 BFF
Polymorph 2 BFF
Transfer Power 1 UXM
Rally! 1 PROMO
The Outsider 1 PROMO
Anger Issues 1 JL
Fireball 1 FUS
Brother Fights Brother 1 CW
Long Live The Resistance 1 CW
The Front Line 1 CW
Archnemesis 1 ASM
Slander 1 ASM