Introducing Transformers TCG Limited Formats
We’re excited to present you with three new formats for running limited events with Transformers TCG. Transformers TCG is a dynamic game, so we created different options so you can choose what suits you the best.
Limited events are a great next step for players looking for a unique play experience and to expand their collections. Because players don’t need to bring their own decks to battle, everyone is on a level playing field. And the best part: players will have new cards after the event to add to their collections.
Check out the rules for League, Two Pack Sealed, and Booster Draft below. (For more information about those rules, click here.)
Leagues are a great option for playing a series of games over a longer time. Organizing a designated League night lets players know when they can gather and find opponents. It's a great way to start building a strong Transformers TCG community in your store.
Here's how it works:
- Open 5 packs and build 25-card Battle Decks
- Build a team using any 5 of the Character Cards from those packs (duplicates allowed, normal 25-star limit applies)
- Adjust your deck between matches if you choose
We encourage stores to customize their league experience to best fit their communities. Some Leagues may include a way to improve their decks over time, like allowing players to purchase an additional booster pack to add to their League collection each week.
Two-Pack Sealed—Turbo Mode
Two pack sealed deck is a fast-paced, low-entry way to play the Transformers TCG. Here's how it works:
Building Your Deck:
- Open two Transformers TCG Booster Packs.
- Use the two characters you opened as your team, even if they’re the same character or have a total of more than 25 stars.
- Shuffle all the battle cards from your two packs together to form your 14-card deck.
That’s it! You’re now ready to play.
Beginning the Game:
- Start with an opening hand of 1 card, not the usual 3.
- The player with the fewest total stars on their team goes first.
- Before the first turn, count the difference in total stars between the two teams. The player with the most total stars puts damage counters on their characters equal to that difference.
Drafting is a great way for players to enjoy a challenging, dynamic game using unopened Booster Packs. Each draft table should include 4–7 players.
Beginning the Draft
- Start with 4 unopened booster packs.
- Arrange players around the table in a random order.
- Open your booster packs and remove the four Character Cards.
- Set the 4 sealed packs of Battle Cards aside for now. (Do not open them yet.)
- Draft the Character Cards, then draft the Battle Cards (More info below).
There are two ways to draft Character Cards: Basic and Advanced. Basic is perfect for less experienced players or those looking for a slightly faster experience. Advanced allows greater strategy and is aimed at more experienced players.
Drafting Character Cards: Basic Rules
- Choose a player at random.
- Starting with that player and going once around the table clockwise, each player can discard any number of their character cards. To discard a character card, place it on the table where all players can read it.
- Draft cards one at a time to replace the ones they discarded. At the end of the character draft, each player will have four character cards. The player who discarded first has first pick, followed by the player to their left, and proceeding clockwise. If a player has four character cards, that player is skipped.
Drafting Character Cards: Advanced Rules
- Starting with the player who opened character cards with the most total stars and going once around the table clockwise, each player can discard any number of their character cards. To discard a character card, place it on the table where all players can read it. (If there’s a tie for most total stars, choose one of the tied players at random to discard first.)
- Players then draft cards one at a time to replace the ones they discarded. Cards are drafted one at a time, with the player holding character cards with the fewest total stars having the next pick. (If there’s a tie, the tied player who discarded cards first has the next pick.)
- Once a player has four character cards, they are done picking character cards and their total stars aren’t counted to determine who has the next pick.
Drafting Battle Cards
- Each player opens one pack of 7 Battle Cards.
- Pick one Battle Card to keep and put it face down in front of you. Pass the remaining cards to the player on your left. Repeat this until everyone has picked 7 Battle Cards.
- Each player opens another Booster Pack. Repeat the drafting, except this time pass the cards to the right after picking one.
- For the third Booster Pack, again pass to the left, then back to the right for the final booster pack.
At the end of the draft, players will have four Character Cards and 28 Cattle Cards.
Building Your Team and Deck
Players build their teams from the four Character Cards they have after the draft. The normal 25-star limit applies. If a player ends up with more than one character with the same name, they may play all of them. Character Cards a player picked but aren’t playing are set aside.
Battle Decks must have a minimum of 25 cards. This means players can choose up to 3 of the cards they drafted and not include them in their deck.
We hope these new formats will help you get a Transformers TCG started in your store. Try them out!