The Build Phase

The Build Phase is a show dedicated to helping you build a better turn. VS System 2PCG can be a complicated game and that's why you need The Build Phase. Listen in as mrben breaks down the toughest turns, explains difficult plays, and interviews leaders in the community.
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Sep 1, 2017

In Episode 109 mrben reviews every card in the Predator Battles. This expansion to VS is scheduled to release Oct 11, 2017.

Aug 30, 2017

In Episode 108 mrben reflects on Gen Con 2017. Congrats to Joe Keaveny for this first place finish in the 10k.

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Aug 16, 2017

In Episode 107 mrben hits some news items and the first wave of spoilers from the upcoming Predator expansion.

Predator win a box details.

Predator annoucement.

Upper Deck Blog.

Aug 9, 2017

In Episode 106 mrben delivers a State of the VS address.

Aug 2, 2017

In Episdoe 105 mrben reveals two new Leviathons from the Monsters Unleashed VS expansion.

Jul 26, 2017


In Episode 104 Team Build Phase talks about Star Trek, Firefly, and The Adam's Family. Oh yeah, we spoil a couple cards too.


Jul 19, 2017

In Episode 103 Team Build Phase totally talks about awesome card draw with two new Monsters Unleashed spoilers.

Jul 11, 2017

In Episode 102 Team Build Phase spoils and considers Fireclaw and the Creature from the Black Bog.

Jul 7, 2017

In Episode 101 mrben enters the Monsters Unleashed preview season!

All cards in this show were spoiled on the UDE blog by Danny Mandel.

Jul 7, 2017

In Episode 100 Build Phase team leader Joe takes over the host chair and turns the mic around onto mrben. This show released on the one year anniversary of the podcast. We'd like to say THANK YOU to everyone who supported us through this first year and the 100 episodes. We hope to continue bringing you the very best in VS news, interviews, League Play, deck lists for many years to come.


Jul 1, 2017

In Episode 99.5 mrben attacks a pile of news items and fails to provide a good reason why this isn't Episode 100.

Jun 21, 2017

In Episode 99 mrben breaks down his (Joe's) decklist from the Origins 2.5k and gives a big old DITTO to John Tatta's article on

Jun 19, 2017

In Episode 98 mrben reflects on Origins Game Fair and the Thorigins meta game.

Jun 14, 2017

In Episode 97 mrben puts his quarter down on predictions for the Origins meta.

Hint: Rhymes with BOAR.

Jun 3, 2017

In Episode 96.5 mrben briefly covers the UK Games Expo results and reflects on early impressions of the post Legacy meta. 

May 23, 2017

In Episode 96 mrben sends traffic to Drive Through Review.

May 21, 2017

In Episode 95 mrben catches up on the final Marvel Legacy spoilers.

Green Goblin, Daredevil, Groot, and Wolverine.

May 17, 2017

In Episode 94 Team Build Phase reflects on Season 1 of Build Phase League Play: Dramatic Entrance.

Upcoming Tournament at Total Escape Games.

May 10, 2017

In Episode 93 mrben reveals the final Build Phase preview of the Marvel Legacy spoiler season. A new Level 2 and 3 Spider-Man.

May 6, 2017

In Episode 92 mrben reviews the Legacy spoilers from April 20th- May 5th.

Not Finished Yet, Hawkeye, You Are Groot, Reality Shift, Drax MC, Onslaught, White Tiger, Charlie-27, Starhawk, and Kingpin MC.

May 3, 2017

In Episode 90 mrben reveals the most obscure Supporting Character ever printed.

Apr 26, 2017

In Episode 89 Team Build Phase reveals the Defenders Main Character, Jessica Jones.

Build Phase Video Spoiler Review#5

Build a Better Rap Battle

BPLP Season 2 SignUps

Apr 20, 2017

In Episode 88 mrben catches up on the card previews from Apr 6th through Apr 18th and plugs the Blue Ox Games VS event.

The cards, reviewed in order of release, are Taskmaster, Grandmaster, Collector, Crossbones, Mister Sinister, Psylocke, Mister Hyde, Gifted and Talented, Fatal Attraction, Steel and Flame, and Ready For Anything.

Apr 20, 2017

In Episode 87 mrben catches up on all the news that has been drowned out by spoiler season.

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