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MatWith1T
11-03-2014, 03:05 PM
I don't know if anyone else here has ever watched the Tecmo Super Bowl championships (its really a thing!), but they have a very novel solution to a similar problem to Hex, power imbalance. Some teams are simply better than others, and there is very little reason to compete if you don't have one of the most powerful teams. In Hex terms, if you don't own a Tier 1 deck, you expect to lose to one.

Their solution was as follows: Player A picks 2 teams, Player B chooses which team they want to control. Player A cannot pick lopsided choices because Player B will simply choose the better option. It also created fun metagame of having to be able to play any type of team.

If Hex were to offer, say 10-15, premade decks in a separate constructed tournament, players could practice constructed play without having to make the huge upfront commitment of money to purchase a Tier 1 deck. They wouldn't keep the decks, but there would still be an entry fee and prizes. Players could 'test drive' decks before they decide what they want to purchase in the Auction House.

Additionally, if becoming a premade deck were vanity reward for winning constructed event tournaments (like VIP), it would be a fun little feature. Or, alternatively, premades could be a fun way to tease future Sets.

I suggest this because the difficulty curve between draft and swiss is pretty steep, and judging by the slowness of constructed queues to fire (especially swiss), most players without near-complete playsets don't seem to be wanting to make that leap. This would be a potential intermediary (or alternative) to Swiss Constructed on that curve.

Diesbudt
11-03-2014, 03:09 PM
They will not offer premade decks. The way they want to make sure cards have value, means to play them you must own them.

That is part of the TCG process. Can their be different tournaments with different rules though? Of course. But right now that would be low on the priority list as set 2, Arena and a few other things are their main focus.

MatWith1T
11-03-2014, 03:19 PM
They will not offer premade decks. The way they want to make sure cards have value, means to play them you must own them.

That is part of the TCG process. Can their be different tournaments with different rules though? Of course. But right now that would be low on the priority list as set 2, Arena and a few other things are their main focus.

I was originally reminded of the concept when talking about the proposed plans for 'Guild Decks' - which suggested to me that Hex may be a little flexible on the concept of 'you have to own the cards'. For serious players it would be a stopgap step anyways, as you aren't building a card collection efficiently. For budget players who wouldn't be building a T1 deck anyways, it is a viable way to play (and monetize) constructed.

If (which is a big 'if') we assume that Hex is indeed flexible on the 'to play them you must own them' part, then it is a better stepping stone than creating an entirely new format - because it still offers a pure constructed experience. Different rules are normally more novelty in nature, and while fun, don't really prepare you for constructed any better than draft or sealed.