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We Will Be Right Back!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for giving us a week off to celebrate the big red beatdown that our Miami Heat team gave to the NBA championship trophy.  The party is finally wrapping up, and we will return with a whole universe of Squad Card goodness very soon.

To infinity, and beyond!

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SquadCard Showdown Week Two.


That is this week’s prize, get your Blazing Intellect engaged and win it for yourself!

Every Wednesday we will announce the new prizes and update the list of SquadCard Showdown participants.

To become a registered player for the series, simply send your squad name from HeroUp.com to squadcards@gmail.com

Games can be played any time during the week.

You will have until Thursday night at midnight to play as many opponents from the list as you can and report your results in the comment section of this post or via email.

All matches will be played online at HeroUp.com.

Any legal deck may be used, and decks can be switched for each game if desired.

Each player can only play one match against each other player per week.

Each match is limited to a 7 game series; as soon as one player wins 4 games the match is over.

Incomplete matches will be accepted if circumstances warrant them.

Match wins, total number of wins against registered players, AND win percentage will be used to determine the weekly champion.

Prizes will be delivered via snail mail.

This week’s list of SquadCard Showdown players follows, and it will be updated frequently:

Mars Troll Clock

The Island Lancer

Astral Zephyr

Raiding Axe

Bright Breaking Ghost

Commander Cool Claw

Magma Ninja Merchant

Dazzling Bard Kraken

Invisible Martian Archer

Sergeant Fashionable Princess

Send your squad name to squadcards@gmail.com and get registered now. Then play as many players as you can until midnight Thursday. Send your results and see how you stack up. Most of all, have a blast!

Best. Playmat. Ever. True Power FTW.

Your eyes are not deceiving you.  That is a real playmat featuring Ultimate Thor riding a unicorn and calling down the rainbow.  It is one of the prizes in the Marvel Super Hero Squad Showdown Championship at Gen Con 2012.  Space in the tournament is limited, make sure you sign up early.  Get your decks ready and start practicing, that thing is seriously like the best playmat ever.

Wow.

Introducing the SquadCard Showdown Tournament Series.

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That is the prize, this is the deal.  Today we are starting a new tournament series called the SquadCard Showdown and you are invited.  Here’s how it works.

Every Wednesday we will announce the new prizes and update the list of SquadCard Showdown participants.

To become a registered player for the series, simply send your squad name from HeroUp.com to squadcards@gmail.com

Games can be played any time during the week.

You will have until Thursday night at midnight to play as many opponents from the list as you can and report your results in the comment section of this post or via email.

All matches will be played online at HeroUp.com.

Any legal deck may be used, and decks can be switched for each game if desired.

Each player can only play one match against each other player per week.

Each match is limited to a 7 game series; as soon as one player wins 4 games the match is over.

Incomplete matches will be accepted if circumstances warrant them.

Match wins, total number of wins against registered players, AND win percentage will be used to determine the weekly champion.

Prizes will be delivered via snail mail.

This week’s list of SquadCard Showdown players follows, and it will be updated frequently:

Mars Troll Clock

The Island Lancer

Astral Zephyr

Raiding Axe

Bright Breaking Ghost

Commander Cool Claw

Magma Ninja Merchant

Dazzling Bard Kraken

Invisible Martian Archer

Send your squad name to squadcards@gmail.com and get registered now.  Then play as many players as you can until midnight Thursday.  Send your results and see how you stack up.  Most of all, have a blast!

Surf’s Up for Squad Cards.

The Eternal Cosmos has been captured on cardboard. Silver Surfer’s latest incarnation can be found in Upper Deck’s Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game and it is one of the coolest things in all the Marvel Universe. The Power Cosmic had never looked better.

Ever.

Upper Deck Announces Official Organized Play for the Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game.

Today we have an announcement that is blowing our minds and heating our brains to Supernova levels…

Upper Deck is bringing Organized Play to the Marvel Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game. 20 comic book and gaming shops will be chosen to host an official Super Hero Squad Tech Tournament. Each store will be awarding its champions some seriously spectacular prizes: Super Hero Squad Playmats. Armored Spider-Man Loot Cards. And, for the grand champion…

A Playstation Vita.

If you would like to see one of these Super Hero Squad Tech Tournaments in your neck of the woods, contact your local shop and ask them to contact Upper Deck as soon as possible. The news is breaking all over the planet, and we are shooting for the stars.

Electrify Your Hammer and Win Some Loot in the Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game.

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We just pulled that card from a pack of Upper Deck’s Marvel Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game. It is a loot card that can be redeemed inside the MMO on HeroUp.com. One lucky winner will get this card so they can scratch it off and enter the code. Yes, that’s right. We are giving this beauty away!

In order to win our Avengers Courage for yourself, all you need to do is tell us which card in the Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game is your favorite. You can add an explanation if you wish, but we just want to know what you like best in the game. You can send us your choice at squadcards@gmail.com or post your favorite in the thread on Comic Book Resources. We will choose a random winner on May 21st, so you have three weeks to tell us your favorite card for a chance to win.

Electrify the hammer and get cracking. Verily, yon Avengers Courage loot card could belong to you!

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Playing Super Hero Squad For The First Time.

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That’s our grandson Lee, playing his first trading card game. Marvel Super Hero Squad not only teaches the strategies of deckbuilding and attack priority, it also causes massive amounts of bliss.

Lee had drawn the cards he needed to set up the Blade deadly healing combo. His purple Keeper was still in place when he went all Knight Night. It was a beautiful thing.

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I never imagined that life could be this much fun. Upper Deck’s Marvel Super Hero Squad Game is alive and available at just the right time in history. Teaching the next generation how to celebrate the mythos of the Marvel Universe by flipping cardboard on the kitchen table is my idea of the best entertainment ever.

It doesn’t get any better than this.

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The Armored Spider-Man and the Phoenix Games SHS League.

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Have you seen this card? It holds a one-time-only code to unlock the Armored Spider-Man in the Super Hero Squad Online MMO. The boxes are being ripped open as we speak, but so far there has not been a single one of these treasures available for sale. It is an extremely valuable item indeed.

Upper Deck released a physical version of the Marvel Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game on April 24th, and tournament leagues are forming already. Get ready to have a blast, to infinity!

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Mr. Fantastic is absolutely sick in this game. You may think the 2 attack is not worth the 12 power he spends, but think again. If you can’t block him on the first hit, his Infinity Blaster will keep going. And going. And going.

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The Marvel Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game provides some of the biggest fun in the history of cardboard. Today we have the pleasure of expanding it by at least eleven. We are proud to announce the first location of Super Hero Squad Local League play.

If you live near Orlando, keep a watchful eye on the Phoenix Games upcoming calendar. They had such a tremendous response to the Sneak Preview for the Marvel Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game, they are ready to start a tournament series. Here we go!

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Phoenix Games
8929 West Colonial Dr.
Ocoee, Florida
34761

(407) 578-4263
www.phoenixgamesinc.com

If you are ready to dig in to the buried treasure and get your hands on an Amored Spider-Man of your own, or if you just want to enjoy one of the most perfectly balanced trading card games ever developed, head on over to the thread on Comic Book Resources. Then stay tuned to SquadCards.com for all the latest news and updates, this party is getting really good.

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First Video From the Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game!

Oh my.

Mr. Puffin Rabbit, one of the world’s foremost aficionados of the Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game, has created a masterpiece. This is the first video box break of all time for this game. It has a soundtrack that is simply sublime. It unveils a few cards that have never been seen before in real life. It blazes and new trail, and now we can all set sail into the future together.

Hero Up, on video!

Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game Gets Hyped Up.

We just got that in an email from HeroUp.com and we are hyped to high heaven.  The Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game is in full effect, both virtual and physical.  Get yours today, either online or at your local gaming shop.  It is one of the best games we have ever played.

Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game In Stock Now.

Here at SquadCards.com we heartily recommend Dave and Adam’s Card World in Buffalo for all your cardboard desires.  They have Upper Deck’s Marvel Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game available now, get yours today!

Back From The Dead With Blade.

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Upper Deck Lives! After a couple years to heal, we will once again be flipping Marvel characters on kitchen tables and tournament halls. The Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game hits the streets today, and Blade is back on the prowl.

Get ready for greatness, the time is now!

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More Foundation Previews, More She-Hulk!

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Jennifer Walters is the sensational She-Hulk. She is one of the few modern Marvel myths that actually got her own comic book title in her first appearance. Starting in 1980, gorgeous green Girl Power was incarnated in the collective consciousness of humanity like never before. Now it gets better than ever.

Through the heroic efforts of Upper Deck and The Amazing Society, Marvel’s Super Hero Squad is moving up to the land of deckbuilding delights. Starting April 24th, trading card gamers will be able to bring the big beats with a charming new cardboard crusher. She-Hulk is about to throw down.

As you can see, She-Hulk’s strategy rewards players who empty their hands and fly by the seat of their pants. In this game, the most effective way to thwart opposing plans is to block their attacks directly with the correct color from the hand. This makes her extremely attractive to build a deck with.

Sometimes you’re the She-Hulk. Sometimes you’re the wall. In the Marvel Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game, either way is bliss. Our most beloved modern myths are coming to life on competitive cardboard, and the first tournaments are right around the corner. Check the list of Sneak Peek tournament locations, study the game and participate in the most comprehensive SHS TCG forums on Earth, and make sure you stay tuned to SquadCards.com for frequent updates as we create a big beautiful future together.

Blood and Magic: Doctor Strange vs. Blade.

The bloody brilliant Vampire Hunter is back.  In the Marvel Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game, Blade is all about healing.  His Night Knight card allows you to return 4 cards from your discard pile to your deck.  Life returns, and it’s all good.

Doctor Strange, on the other hand, makes sure the stars are aligned for the win by neutralizing any potential blockers who might thwart your plans for world domination.  This card does not need to meet a damage requirement, it only needs a power of 4 to make sure you hit your target.  Strong magic indeed.

Whether you like to spill blood or bust spells, this game has something for you.  Stay tuned for more spectacular Marvel flavor as we march toward the release of the game in physical form.  Massive fun in many forms is just around the corner.

The Marvel Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game is Unbreakable.

On April 24th, there will be a new trading card game in town. Upper Deck has partnered with Gazillion/Amazing Society to produce a cardboard version of the amazing Marvel Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game that is already a smasing success online. Yes, we will finally be able to get our hands on actual physical copies of the cards that have already captured our virtual hearts. There is one spectacular thing about this game that is most thrilling, as an aficionado of the Trading Card Game genre.

This game is unbreakable.

A broken game has a small number of top level cards and strategies.  Therefore, most players will play the same decks and styles.  That will never happen in the Marvel Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game, since the blocking system was designed to perfection.

There will be booster packs, so there will a treasure hunt. This also promises a future tournament scene full of draft formats and fascinating metagames. Like all good Trading Card Games, there will be deckbuilding and deep strategy. These are very exciting times.

In the Marvel Super Hero Trading Card Game, each player brings a deck of 40 cards into battle. Each card counts as one life point. When your opponent cannot play any more cards, you are victorious.

Each card has a level, which is the first number from the top on the left. The level acts as a cost that is payed by a shared power number increased by a flip of a coin at the beginning of each turn. The game starts with both players at 1 power, so cards with a cost of 1 can be played right away. Each time the power flip results in heads, the power increases for both players. In order to play a Group Hug She-Hulk card, the coin needs to have landed on heads at least 6 times.

If the power level in the game has reached 7 or more, you can slap down a Group Hug as your one attack per turn. Your opponent will need a green strength factor blocker card to stop the squeezing, or else they will lose 10 cards into the discard pile. The She-Hulk Group Hug card can block yellow colored speed cards, as seen by the symbol on the bottom left of the card. If the opponent can play a green blocker card from their hand, the damage will stop there. If not, they will be forced to lose cards from their deck into the discard pile until a green blocker is revealed. The She-Hulk Group Hug will force the opponent to lose 10 cards if it is not blocked. That’s a powerful embrace.

The Mystic Fire card of Doctor Strange can only block purple energy factor cards. If the She-Hulk is attacking with her Group Hug, Mystic Fire cannot be played from the hand. If Mystic Fire is discarded as part of the attack damage, it does not stop the squeezing.

Mysterio’s Mists of Confusion, however, can loosen She-Hulk’s grip. This card has a green strength factor blocker symbol. If the Mists of Confusion is played from hand, the damage is stopped at 1. If it is discarded from the deck, the damage stops when it hits the pile.

Mysterio’s World of Illusion card is a keeper. Keepers stay in play for additional turns if they do their required keeper damage when they initially attack. If a keeper is successful in reaching its keeper number, it triggers additional damage or other effects later when certain conditions are met. A keeper misfires and is discarded from play any time it is blocked on its first hit of damage.

Silver Surfer has a Herald of Galactus card that wins the game all by itself. This would seem to allow stall decks to break the game. But wait. All cards with a purple energy factor blocking symbol can stop the surfer before he becomes a keeper. Any random common with the proper purple can foil the grandest of plans in this game.

The Fastball Special is one of the most celebrated moves in the history of Marvel Comics. Its namesake squad card is magnificent. It is not a keeper, but it triggers a massive effect if it does 5 damage when it attacks. Fastball Special actually throws a wild Wolverine into play as a bonus. You can also see that this card has two color factors. The opponent must block with both a green strength factor and a red animal factor to stop it. Good times.

Thor can harness the power of the Rainbow Pony in the Marvel Super Hero Squad Trading Card Game, but he cannot devise a strategy to break the game. The rules of blocking simply will not allow a deckbuilder to create an unbeatable combination. The mechanics are impeccably balanced, easy to learn, and endless fun for all ages. When a game has certain cards that are so strong that everyone uses them, the game is considered “broken”.  That will never happen with this game, and that is its True Power. It’s a beautiful thing.

The best part about this brilliantly designed new trading card game is simple.  You can start playing online right now!  Jump on over to HeroUp.com and set up an account if you don’t have one already.  It’s totally free and a complete blast to play.

Make sure to stay tuned to SquadCards.com for daily updates and in-depth articles, this party has just started!