The blues effect: A Euphoria of vs

Gencon 2017 :vs system 10k report + thoughts
August 20, 2017, 7:40 pm
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Hello everyone and welcome back to the Blues Effect. Gencon just wrapped up and a new 10k champ has been crown. First I want to congratulate everyone who made top 8. Special shout out to john tatta for breaking the 9th place curse as well to the champion Joseph Keaveny for winning the event with mystique.  Now mystique is the deck I decided to take to the 10K after many many weeks of testing for the event. Although i didnt do as well as I had hope ( win the event), I am proud of the deck’s  performance. Here is the list I played along with card break downs :

change side deck:

gamora– godslayer blade to win games early

 deadpool – attack the player to win games early

ghost rider– use hell on wheels for final wound on hiding mcs

1 drop

cross bones x4– this card is clutch in the gamora kill combo with starlord ideally on turn 5. he lets gamora’s godslayer blade go through with zero fear of plot twists

charlie 27 x2– enough has already been said about this 1 drop that can become a huge 27/27

tim boo ba x4– mvp card in alot of match ups, especially thor. As well as an early monster affiliation to use krackle-thoom for large mystique experience points

2 drop

hi-vo x4– this card is here for added insurance for problematic cards that would slow the deck down like jessica jones

3 drop 

elsa x4– A great card for the mirror match . fearless is mvp in the early game.  attack with double strike without fear of giving too much experience to the opponent

4 drop

starhawk x4– the staple card in almost every deck now.  i use him to ensure i am able to complete my turn 5 gamora kill by increasing the chances if needed to recruit starlord or crossbones. 

starlord x4– mvp of the deck, he teams every support character. allows hi-vo to use the know where location if needed. also allows crossbones to team attack with gamora (after a mystique change) 

savage surprise x4– another defensive attack pump that gains good experience for mystique. can also be played on opponent’s character to be copied by mystique

cat fight x4– another attack pump that gains alot experience. can also be played on an opponent’s character to be copied by mystique

even the odds x4 – great card to stop any over aggressive attacks or weaken opposing characters

krackle thoom x2– the biggest attack pump in the game which is good for experience points

red x4- used for mystiques attack copying  powers

green x4– used for gamora godslayer blade

yellow x4– used for mystiques change and deadpool ‘s player attacking ability 

madripoor x4– used for any of mystiques skills 
knowwhere x4– used for gamora god killer blade or charlie 27 attack buff. also can be used for hi-vo attack gaining ability once starlord is in play. 

Now the goal of the deck was to level early as possible ideally by turn 4. So by turn 5 you can kill the opponent with gamora’s godslayer ability when the opponent least expects it. Especially with majority of decks leaving their main characters in front unprotected. In my testing against the mirror,  thor, and few others,  it worked almost 100 percent of the time. As for deadpool, I knew wo riply would show up at the 10k, making deadpool a solid choice to counter her( and from the looks of it many other mystique players thought so as well). now ghost rider is a card i thought i would use more for the reasons i discussed above but i never needed him. i would most likely cut him in future builds.
during the 10K i face off against 4 different type of decks in the 7 rounds i played until i dropped. played thor just once (wish i played more) , wo ripley (wish i played more ) groot and 3 mystiques (totally wish i didnt, mirrors suck). these are the results :

wo ripley – missed yellow for deadpool kill =Loss

nova- no change = win

groot – draw no characters until turns 4 =Loss

mystique- deadpool kill =win

thor- gamora kill =win

mystique- miss multiple drops turns 4-8 draw only locations= Loss

mystique- gamora kill =win

what I learned from this event , especially the mirror match is that i shouldnt have never dropped kane in favor for hi-vo. i made the change thinking thor and jessica jones would be heavily played at gencon which didnt seem the case in my match pairings. Had  i kept kane in the list i would have most likely  won the matches i lost ( i was winning by wound count by large margin in all my losses). Even though i didnt do as well as i hoped i am glad my testing lead me to the right meta choice in terms of character selection. 

what i also learned from this event that playing fair is out the window for the time being. Any deck strategy that doesnt “cheat” the inbeded fundamentals of the game rules isnt going to stand a chance. My mystique build fulfills this goal, but other builds did it better at the event. 

With the release of predator i dont see “fair play” decks getting any better. i predict the meta for the foreseeable future will be who can do their broken combo or win condition first. well those are my thoughts on this historic gencon.

well that is all for this installment of the blues effect

 until next time , 

blues686 aka Ralph Edwards

Beware the Voice Behind the Silent King
July 23, 2017, 9:24 am
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Hello everyone and welcome back to the Blue Area of the Moon .. errr um.., I mean Blues Effect! Vs System 2PCG  Monster’s Unleashed  previews are in full swing in the blogospheres with sneak peaks of  members of the Inhumans. I am very excited  to share with you all one main character card of the Inhumans  team. For every king there is always a queen; Even in Attilan this holds true.  Behold, I present to you…..

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Bang!! Bang!! The Monsters have returned
July 15, 2017, 4:29 pm
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Hey everyone Blues686 is here and welcome back to the Blues Effect. I know it has been some time since I’ve written in this blog (8 years to be exact) but I am happily to announce I’m back in the driver seat. The excitement of the relaunch of vs system 2 years ago  along with the recent spoilers of the upcoming expansion “MONSTERS UNLEASHED!” has given  me the desire to share content geared towards competitive play  like I once did. Now with the re-introductions out of the way lets get to what you all are here for, vs system. Of all the previews cards so far I am most excited for the main character card Elsa Bloodstone. At first glance her main character (MC) card appears to be the strongest of the previewed MC’s so far for the monsters team.  With that in mind I tinkered around with a few deck lists which I will share one with you all today along with a deck break down. First here is the list:

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February 17, 2009, 12:13 am
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Hey everyone and welcome back to the blues effect. After the closing of neutral ground this pass december there hasnt been a place in the new york city area that was convienently located for players to attend hobby league. well i have good news for everyone! With the success of Game day over at the Staten Island,ny location of jim hanley’s universe i am pround to inform you all that the manhatten location in the center of the city will now be hosting vs system hobby league starting this friday on the 20th of feburary.Here are all the details fleshed out by steve (watchman12):

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February 16, 2009, 3:31 am
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Hey everyone and welcome back to the blues effect. Since last week there have been mysterious ads popping up all over the blogosphere with catchy catch phrases that kept many guessing at what it could mean. You can see some of these ads here, here and here. After discussions and debates everyone over on the forums deducted that the ads where in fact the remaining half of the marvel equipment  mini-set expansion. Low and behold those deductions where correct! You hand find the first preview of the unreleased half of the meq set over at carlos the dwarths blog here!

you can also find more light to this mystery in the origins of these unreleased cards here

I’ll update as more are spoiled daily!

Well that is all for this installment of the blues effect

Until next time,

Ralph Edwards aka blues686



February 10, 2009, 3:59 am
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Hey every one and welcome back to the blues effect.  I would like to inform you all that the battle in the apple in nyc was a huge success. I was very proud to see that the Vs system community was in full force supporting this event. For those of you who couldn’t make, I have promised you a tournament report and you all shall have it. My write up of the modern event of the battle in the apple can found here at, the new mothership for vssystem.

The modern event wasn’t the only tournament to take at this venue. There was also a silver event that was played right after the modern. You can find the tournament report for the silver event written by Rob HERE, which is also on

If you’re not really into tournament reports, how about some video coverage of the event.  Alex (0range_soda_man) posted some youtube videos from his recordings of the battle in the apple over at his blog, vsunleashed. Be sure to check it out, it’s a fun watch with a few laughs.

Well, that is all for this installment of the blue effect

Until next time,

Ralph Edwards aka blues686



February 6, 2009, 3:14 am
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Hey everyone and welcome back to the blues effect. The New York City Comic Con off-site tournament, Super Saturday, is just one day way! My excitement continues to grow as the hours and minuets pass by making the event ever so close.

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