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Normal Distribution – GenCon Prizes!

With less than a month to go until GenCon, many of the emails we’ve received these past few weeks has been asking what kind of prizes will be offered. It’s taken a little bit of time to cross the Ts and dot the Is, but here’s the skinny…

But first, let’s address one of the most frequently asked questions I’ve been getting about GenCon… specifically, how would one play with the new Print-and-Play feats that were in last month’s Player’s Guide? The answer can be found throughout this article. The last piece of the Print-and-Play puzzle, the Marvel ATAs, have not been forgotten. Swing back here again later this week.

Battle Royales – each Battle Royale will start as it always does, with the 2 groups of 4 drafting their team. Once teams are set up, the judge will open an envelope letting folks know what the scenario for the match will be: Shock the Turtle, Ping of the Hill or a combination of the two! Once the match is over, the judge will open up envelope #2 that will reveal the prizes for that event – At least one prize for every event will be a Lantern special object or a chase figure, but other prizes may find their way in amongst the goodies.

King of the Hill – This event, the prize support kind of writes itself. While each player needs to pay to enter the event, each time they win, they will be getting 2 new boosters to play with to try to maintain their stance as the King of the Hill. On Sunday, our top 4 players (2 from each universe) will compete in a round robin event. For qualifying as a top player, each player will receive a starter set. The winner of the round robin event will go home with a Factory Set of The Brave and the Bold and the ability to choose and help design the mechanic for a new Alternate Team Ability!

Web of Spider-Man Release event and the Web of Spider-Man Team-Up event – each of these events have become a lot more rewarding for all players, because everyone is going home with product that you won’t be able to buy for a few weeks. These events will be peppered with goodies for players throughout the event as well as Lantern special objects for undefeated players.

Worlds Qualifiers – on Friday and Saturday, players will be testing their mettle in either a Sealed event or a Floor (50% TB&TB) event. Undefeated players will be awarded a chase figure on each day. No matter what your record is, if you place in the top 8 you will also be going home with some Lantern special objects.

The World Finals. The big event. A Modern Age, 300 point, constructed event (Modern Age sets include: Avengers, Justice League, Monsters & Mutations, Crisis, Batman: Alpha, Secret Invasion, Arkham Asylum, Hammer of Thor, The Brave and the Bold, Blackest Night and the various HeroClix Classics that have been released). Sixteen players will be seated, with 2008’s HeroClix World Champion Ben Cheung in the top seat.  After two rounds of Swiss, we will drop to 8 players and begin the events single elimination portion. Three rounds of elimination and we will be able to crown the 2010 Heroclix World Champion. That player will be going home with a bunch of chase figures, a factory set of The Brave and The Bold, Dr. Manhattan, and a full case of Web of Spider-Man! On top of all that, they’ll also be able to design the figure of their choice (subject to WizKids and licensor approval) with WizKid’s game designers for an upcoming set of HeroClix.

Finally, let’s talk about Watchmen. As you’ve probably read here, the release day for this set has been pushed out so that the product will not be available by GenCon. We wanted to continue to run a constructed event in this time period and pondered what would the right event be to play at the same time that the World Finals were going on? We settled on a “show those winners up” event. The Watchmen constructed event is being replaced with a standard 300 point Modern Age event. So if you spent your time honing your skills and planning your best constructed team, even if you don’t make it into the World Finals, you’ll have an opportunity to let your skills shine. Undefeated players in his event will also get to go home with a Dr. Manhattan, just like all those World Finalists! [Note: The Watchmen event has been canceled in the GenCon system – look for event NMN1017740 to sign up for the new “Show Them Up” event]

So far, all we’ve talked about are the events and who gets prizes for being the best. Sure, we’ve mentioned fellowship as well, sicne WizKids remains dedicated to rewarding or best players along with the players who make playing a positive experience for everyone. But would you like there to be even more? Well you got it!

Players participating in HeroClix events will receive a raffle ticket. About 20 minutes before the end of our day (see the white board at the sign-up station for the drawing time) we will pull tickets and have some great prizes. Dr. Manhattan, Lantern Special objects and other great prizes! So before you start the first round of any event you play in, make sure you stash your raffle ticket in a safe place!

So if you’re already going to GenCon and have signed up, you’re good to go, we’ll see you there. If you aren’t signed up for any events yet? What are you waiting for? Go to www.genconreg.com right now and reserve your space!

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