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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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Oct 29, 2016

 

In Episode 41 mrben goes deep on the Ghost Rider Main Character.

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Oct 27, 2016

In Episode 40 mrben faces the accusation that he is undervaluing the card Hidden Weapons. As part of responding to that, probably accurate, charge we dive into Plot Twist power level and the difference between a permanent and temporary effect.

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Oct 26, 2016

 


In Episode 39 mrben talks about the new Patreon account set up to help the show grow and improve.

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Oct 21, 2016

In Episode 38 mrben analyses and tweaks the Luke Cage, Only Losers Take Wounds decklist posted by forum user TheLogain.

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Oct 17, 2016

 

 

In Episode 37 mrben talks about and shares a link to the deckbuilding spreadsheet he uses to build and edit decks.

Link to the Vs System 2PCG Deckbuilder

 

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Oct 12, 2016


In Episode 36 mrben breaksdown his Lt Ripely Equipment abuse deck.

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Oct 5, 2016

 

In Episode 35 mrben admits he undervalued Equipment and announces the winner of the September giveaway.

Sep 29, 2016

 

In Episode 34 mrben talks about the recent announcement that there will be no new VS cards until "early 2017." We are pretty bummed about that. But we also got a comment from Danny Mandel about content of the next expansion.

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Sep 27, 2016

 

In Episode 33 mrben interviews David Leader. David is a top 8 finisher at GenCon 2015 and 16 as well as a prominent OldVS player. The discussion touches on tournaments, card balance, formats, and of course Thanos. 

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Sep 23, 2016

 

In Episode 32 mrben lays out the plans for upcoming episodes and plugs two VS youtube channels.
UK VS System 2PCG
Aaron Johnson

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Sep 17, 2016

In Episode 31 mrben goes deep on fantasy card creation. The Awesome Slapstick gets legend treatment with two Supporting Character cards and six Equipment. These cards are just for fun and we make no claims that these are perfectly balanced.

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1 Slapstick 1/1/3
Electroplasm
Any Wacky Prop equipped to Slapstick remain equipped when Slapstick is stunned.
When equipped with a Wacky Prop Slapstick cannot be targeted by opposing Plot Twists or Super Powers.

1 Steve Harmon 1/1/3
Main: Discard a Wacky Prop and remove Steve Harmon from the game. Search your deck for a Slapstick and put him into play in your back row.
Unstable Molecules
When you equip Steve Harmon with the Left Glove you may search your deck for a Slapstick. If you do, remove Steve Harmon from the game and put Slapstick into play in your back row with the Left Glove equipped.

Wacky Prop- Characters named Steve Harmon or Slapstick may have any number of Wacky Props equipped.

1 Right Glove
Equipped character gets +2/+2.
Subspace Storage Pocket
Main: Blue- Search your deck for an Equipment.

2 Left Glove
Equipped character gets +3/+3
Molecular Stabilizer
Any Combat: Red- If Slapstick would become stunned you may instead KO all other Wacky Props equipped and remove Slapstick from the game. Put Steve Harmon from hand into your back row with this Left Glove equipped.

3 Comically Large Mallet
Equipped character gets +10 Attack.
CATCH!- Equipped character has Range. If this character makes a ranged attack KO the Comically Large Mallet after combat resolves.

4 Banana Peel
Oops, did you slip on that?
Any Combat: KO Banana Peel- Stun an opposing attacker.

5 Hand Buzzer
Equipped character gets +12 Defense.
Shocking
Any Combat: Yellow- Freeze an opposing character that attacked the equipped character this turn.

6 The Kitchen Sink
He’s got everything AND the kitchen sink!
If Slapstick is equipped with every Wacky Prop you win the game.
That’s gonna leave a bump.
Main: KO this equipment- KO target opposing character.

Sep 14, 2016

In Episode 30 mrben takes a deck of TheBuildPhase.com forum and analyzes then alters it. Thanks to DangerFord for the decklist.

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Sep 7, 2016


In Episode 29 mrben interviews Danny Mandel, one of the lead designers of VS 2PCG. The conversation ranges from Lone Wolf to comic books, VS old and new, and, of course, Thanos.

Sep 4, 2016

In Episode 28 mrben teases a Super Awesome episode on the horizon, announces the winner of the extended art Thanos playset, and mentions some projects going on around the VS 2PCG community.

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Sep 1, 2016

In Episode 27 mrben reveals the prize for the September giveaway. Then we look at Purple Man.

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Aug 24, 2016

In Episode 26 mrben defines some common card game terms. Card Advantage, Board Control, Tempo, and Initiative are used in nearly every episode of this show. But, depending on what games you have or haven't played in the past these may mean different things to different people. We cut through all that and spell it out for you.

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Aug 21, 2016

In Episode 25 mrben walks through a brand new Queen MC token deck. He confuses blue and space locations early in the show. The core of the deck is looking to abuse token generation and swarm to level the Queen early. Then use Femme Fatality, Facehuggers, and Spook to clear SCs out of the way. BOARD CONTROL early and throughout the game is the key.

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Aug 19, 2016

In Episode 24 mrben does an introduction and then disappears. This episode is a Gen Con tournament diary recorded by Joe. The dude who runs thebuildphase.com

Aug 16, 2016

In Episode 23 mrben reviews The Company, the second team featured in the Aliens Battles expansion. 

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Aug 11, 2016

In Episode 22 mrben struggles to open the Xenomorphs cards from the Aliens Battles expansion. Once the plastic wrap is KOd we talk through the whole team, mostly skipping over cards spoiled in previous episodes.

 

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Aug 9, 2016

In Episode 21 mrben complains a lot about slow play in tournament settings, and specifically targets how Ripley #8's level up power encourages this gross way of playing the game. Given the amount of time spent whining about a team affiliation that was printed ten years ago for OldVS it's fair to say that this episode is as bitter as a double IPA. But we do also propose a change to the rules that govern deciding tie games. So it's not all bitter, man.

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Aug 8, 2016

In episode 20 mrben proposes three possible solutions to the Thanos Main Character stagnation.

 

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Aug 3, 2016

In Episode 19 mrben declares Kane the best card in the Aliens expansion. The bulk of the show is spent examining each Main Character in the first three sets and where they fit into the current meta.

 

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Aug 2, 2016

In Episode 18 mrben strikes The Perfect Organism and is stoked to play with The Dragon.

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Jul 29, 2016

In Episode 17 mrben laughs out loud at the first Company Main Character, and then falls a little bit in love with The Queen.

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