Transformers Trading Card Game Primer
Today Hasbro is launching a new trading card game based on the Transformers franchise together with Wizards of the Coast, best known as the company behind the world’s most successful trading card game, Magic: The Gathering. Today we will go over the basics to get you ready for your first game.
There are two types of cards; character cards and battle cards. Character cards represent the various Autobots and Decepticons and have two different sides, alt mode and bot mode. Each character card has a number of stars on the bottom left corner. Your team can be made up of as many characters as you want (as long as they don’t share the same name), and as long as the number of stars does not exceed 25. Each character has three stats; attack, defense, and health. We will get into attack and defense later, but once your character’s health reaches 0 they are KO’d. When all the characters on your opponent’s team are KO’d, you win the game. Another important point is that character cards in the Transformers TCG are huge! Over twice the size of normal cards!
Battle cards make up your main deck, and each deck is made up of 40 cards. Battle cards come in two types, upgrades and action cards. Action cards have one time use effects that are discarded at the end of your turn. Upgrade cards come in three different types; Weapon, Armor, and Utilities. Upgrade cards give stat bonuses and other effects to your character cards. However, each character can only equip one upgrade of each type. Therefore, the maximum number of upgrades a character can have is one weapon, one armor, and one utility. If you want to play a new upgrade you simply discard the old one and put the new one into play. Battle cards are normal sized, unlike character cards.
Both players start the game by placing their team of characters on the field in alt mode and drawing 3 cards. At the start of each turn, each player draws a card. One thing to keep in mind is that the player going first cannot play upgrades or action cards, and the player going second can only play an upgrade or action card, but not both. You can also switch one of your character cards to its other side once per turn, and you can attack.
Now onto attacking. One of your untapped (vertical) characters attacks one of your opponent’s tapped (horizontal) characters. If both of your opponent’s characters are untapped, choose one to attack. Choose your target and tap your character (turn it sideways). Then flip two cards from the top of your deck. Check the icons in the top right corner of your cards. Any orange icons add 1 to your character’s attack value. If you flipped a card with a white symbol, you can flip one extra card, but only once per attack. Then the defender does the same but checking for blue icons for defense. Now add up the final attack and defense total. If the attacker’s attack is higher than the opponent’s defense, deal the difference in damage to the defender. If the attacker’s attack is equal to or lower than the opponent’s defense, then no damage is dealt. If your opponent has any untapped characters your turn is over. If your opponent has more tapped characters, then keep attacking until all your characters are tapped. Once all characters on both sides are tapped, untap all character cards and end your turn.
At the end of your turn put all your cards that were flipped during battle into your discard pile, known as the “scrap pile”. If your deck runs out of cards, simply take your scrap pile, shuffle it, and that becomes your new deck. This can happen at any time, even during an attack.
There are three special abilities in the first set of the Transformers Trading Card Game; Bold, Tough, and Pierce. Bold lets you flip extra cards when attacking and Tough does the same for defense. Every attack by a character with Pierce will deal a minimum amount of damage, regardless of if the attack was successful or not.
That is all you need to know to play a game of the Transformers Trading Card Game, which is available starting today! You can buy individual booster packs or the Autobot Starter Set which lets two players play a game right out of the box! Hasbro was kind enough to send us the Autobot Starter Set and two booster packs, so keep an eye out for an unboxing video, as well as a video of a demo game so you can see how the game works for yourself! Look forward to it soon!
You can find more information on the Transformers TCG here.