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Panini DragonBall Z Sealed | TAK Games, Melbourne, VIC | Tournament Report

Al Caynes
TAK Games’ Al Caynes looks to have this game under control.

Proving that whatever Brisbane can do, Melbourne can do better, 15 eager Z warriors turned up for Melbourne’s first sealed event at Wadham House on the 14th December.  It was great fun to see and play against so many returning players, and awesome to welcome new players that were, in their own words, only a year or two old when the original game was released.

Nathan F.
Returning Z Warrior Nathan ponders his next move.

The all-important results of the first sealed tournament follow –

1st – Marcus R., undefeated with Blue Frieza, receives full bragging rights for the first Melbourne win.
2nd – Harry K., honourable in defeat with Black Krillin.
3rd – Al C., also piloting Black Krillin.
4th – Kyp with Blue Frieza (notice a running theme here?)

Marcus received an alternative art Time is a Warrior’s Tool promo and $10 store credit for his victory, while 2nd through 4th place received store credit and door prizes comprising of random SDCC promos and another alternative art Time is a Warrior’s Tool promo were awarded to Michael Z., Luke W., and Quanny.

Which Z Warrior will prevail?
Z Warriors in battle. Who will prevail?

Thank you to everyone for showing exceptional sportsmanship and contributing to what was a most enjoyable event! Our next event will be a constructed event on Sunday, the 11th January when we return to Wadham House. It’s time to start thinking about how to build the strongest deck possible – if you need any singles to complete your deck, check out http://store.tak-games.com.au/ or email us a wishlist. We’ll hunt down anything and everything Panini DBZ-related you need!

Game on,

-Kyp (@justkyp)

Panini DragonBall Z Sealed | TAK Games, Brisbane, QLD | Tournament Report

DragonBall Z cards and playmat
It’s game time!

Today was a great day with 12 players enjoying the second sealed event of DragonBall Z in Brisbane. Lots of fun and laughs for everyone, but maybe not so much for those people who lucked out with Vegeta in their starter decks. But luck comes in ebbs and flows. There’s always another battle to prepare for!

The results of the second Brisbane sealed tournament were:

1st – Trent B.
2nd – Luke R.
3rd – Matt O.
4th – Jono C.


Thank you to everyone who played today. It was great to see you all there. Our next event is on Saturday the 17th of January which will be a constructed tournament, so get building to make sure you have the strongest deck available and check out http://store.tak-games.com.au/ for all your singles needs!

Play well,

– Trent (@TAKGames_Trent)

The State of the Game – Blue Style

Today, we’re examining the calm that Blue Style exudes. Blue excels at anger control, preventing your opponents from gaining levels while providing excellent defense against your opponent’s attacks.

Captain Ginyu
Captain Ginyu and his allies, the Ginyu Force are particularly well suited to Blue Style decks.

Blue sets out to stall your opponent and help you achieve victory by survival or by Dragonball. Defensive blocks for Blue come in all forms, starting with Blue Protective Mastery to cards played during combat and some setups. Blue aims to achieve board control, setting up your hands while preventing your opponent from doing the same.

Blue’s attacks feature handy secondary effects to help prevent your opponent from forcing their deck’s agenda on to your game. While most of Blue’s attacks don’t pack much of a punch, it is the combination of preventing damage and then bringing allies into play that makes Blue a style to be reckoned with.Blue aims to sit back and wait for your opponent to come to you, but if you fail to draw the cards you need, weaknesses are quickly exposed and your opponent can do a large amount of damage.

Key Cards:

Strongest personalities

Game on!

– Trent (@TAKGames_Trent)


The State of the Game – a first look at Panini’s Dragon Ball Z TCG relaunch and Black Style decks

By now, most have had a chance to review Panini’s revision of the Dragon Ball Z TCG, which builds on the previous success and themes created by Score Entertainment back in 2000 – 2004. Over the next few days, we’ll review the playing styles found in the game and provide hints and tips to help you on your way with building your first constructed decks.

First, some background on the relaunch. The relaunch of Dragon Ball Z TCG by Panini is headed up by Brand Manager Aik Tongtharadol, the 2001 World Champion who also contributed design elements to Score’s previous game. The relaunch draws on the stronger elements created by Score, including Masteries and Endurance, and removes some elements to help those starting out and to speed up overall game play.

Secondly and most importantly, this game is meant to be fun. Enjoy the games you play and have a great time meeting up with new and returning players alike to become the ultimate Z fighter.

Today, we’re going to have a look at Black Style.

If you like to disrupt your opponent’s play by manipulating cards in their hand and their ability to work with their discard pile, while retaining the ability to pack a mean punch, this style is for you.

Black Searching Technique
Black Searching Technique – a key card for Black Style decks.

Black Style cards work to take away your opponent’s ability to achieve what they want to with their deck.

Black Style is entirely focused on the survival win condition, with few anger gain cards to achieve a Most Powerful Personality Victory and no specific Dragonball victory cards. How does it achieve a survival win? The Black Style Devious Mastery aims to help reduce your opponent’s hand size (and their available options), while cards like Black Searching Technique allow you to target key cards for your opponent. The key to piloting a Black Style deck well is knowing what cards best help your opponent, and those which represent the most danger to you.

Black also stands up for itself defensively. Black Defensive Burst and Black Energy Web take away your opponent’s ability to perform physical and energy attacks respectively. Black Style simply refuses to let your opponent dictate play.

This all sounds pretty good, but what about weaknesses? Black Style is particularly vulnerable to opponents who focus on gaining anger and achieving a Most Powerful Personality Victory.

Key cards

Strongest personalities

Game on!

– Trent (@TAKGames_Trent)

Welcome to TAK Games


Welcome to what we hope will be a new chapter in DragonBall Z TCG support in Australia and New Zealand. Trent and myself have big plans with DBZ and beyond. I’ve attempted to answer a few of the frequently asked questions below. Please yell out if there’s anything I’ve missed.

When is Australia going to see stock?

We are working hard to secure stock right now. We will have options for retailers wanting to order organised play kits, for tournament organisers wanting to hold events elsewhere (think community halls, schools, etc) and for the general public. We’re hoping to design the tournament kits so that everything the organiser needs is included in an all-in-one kit.

What about constructed play?

We’ll be building support kits for constructed play as well, but our initial focus will be on sealed events.

Regionals / Nationals?

Ideally we’d love to support an unofficial premiere level events circuit comprising of state and national event championships. Our hope is to continually reinvest in organised play, and our dream would be to be able to support cash prizes for these events.

How can I get involved?

We would love to hear from anyone interested in running events. Feel free to get in contact with us via info@tak-games.com.au and we will forward all the details in due course.

What else do you guys have planned?

We’re working on a few projects together – look for more details on this very soon. We’re looking into publishing other games and providing other opportunities to young designers.

As gamers, we’ve all been involved at the top-level in competitive play, and all have had a hand in volunteering or event management. We know what it takes to run successful events and we’ll be working hard to make sure any event sponsored by TAK Games is an event that gamers love playing at and want to return to.

We are really humbled by all the support shown to us thus far by friends and previous players of the Score TCG. Thanks for your support and your trust. We won’t let you down!

Game on,