Speed Force Team Design

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Let me start off by saying that I’m a big fan of the Flash.  I like Green Lantern and I think Sinestro Corps War is one of the best stories DC has put out in a while.  But I’m really more of a Flash guy than a GL guy.  So, I was determined to fit the Speed Force into this set.

Based on the results of our fan polls (way back in January!) you guys felt the same way.  The Speed Force was the number one-ranked team outside of the Sinestro Corps affiliations.  Besides, who doesn’t want to see the Flash and Green Lantern in the same set?  Fans have been calling for it for ages.

From a story perspective, it was a natural fit as well.  One of the big storylines we wanted to include in the set was the Lightning Saga which ended with the return of Wally West and his family from the Speed Force.  Also, for better or worse, we were covering the events of Countdown.  And a lot of those events tied into the death of the Bart Allen Flash.

So, we had our madate from the people.  We had our thematic links.  We were ready to dig into the Speed Force, right?  Well… as it turns out, we had a lot of false starts with this team.

I had always wondered why Upper Deck had not featured the Speed Force as a team.  As it turns out, there are a lot of good reasons.

For one, super speed is a tough power to replicate.  Vs. has had a lot of cards that have represented super speed.  And quite a few of them are controversial.  Just look at all the hate Quicksilver inspries.  If a team were to focus solely on these powerful abilities, they would be a force to be reckoned with.

Making matters worse, DC Legends gave some really powerful effects to any character with the identity The Flash.  Well, there are a lot of Flashes in the DCU.  If you can make a deck where every character has the identity The Flash, the cost for these legend cards is basically nil.

Trying to determine the number of Flashes to include in the set was like walking a tightrope.  Obviously, if we’re going to do the Speed Force, we need to include some Flashes.  But how many before the legend cards would be ridiculously broken?

Part of the solution was to limit the size of the team.  I would say that this team is roughly the size of the Warbound team in MUN.  We also looked for speedsters who were not named The Flash and supporting characters who could fit in well with the team. 

(I’ll tell you up front that one broken combo got past us.  So, one of the cards that gets previewed this week will ultimately be changed before the set is released.  Have fun guessing which one it is!)

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