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Critical Encounters - A Marvel Champions Podcast

Critical Encounters is a podcast about Marvel Champions, a Living Card Game by Fantasy Flight Games. Here we take a good look at that most critical piece of the game, the Encounter Sets. We’ll discuss those poorly understood characters, unfairly labeled Villains, and their various plans to shape humanity and benefit the planet, as well as those so-called heroes intent on thwarting them.

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Critical Encounters - Issue 2 - Legions of Hydra

Critical Encounters will focus on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to attempt to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game. We hope to keep our episodes under 30 minutes, cleverly formatted to fit the average commute time. In this episode we take a look at the Legions of Hydra Encounter Set: https://marvelcdb.com/find?q=m%3Alegions_of_hydra&view=card&decks=encounter Critical Encounters Homebrew Rules:  1. Always include the Expert Encounter set. 2. All Standard Encounter cards have at least one Boost Icon even if they don't have a printed Boost Icon. 3. The Guard  keyword now reads: "While this minion is engaged with you, you cannot attack the villain or Elite minions." 4. Shadow of the Past cannot be canceled. You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof or TheTruth Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ We are now available on PodBean, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play Music, TuneIn, Libsyn, FM Player, PodTail, and iTunes!

23mins

11 Feb 2020

Rank #1

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Critical Encounters - Issue 40 - Mutagen Formula - Part II

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast about Marvel Champions the LCG, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game.  In this episode we take a look at the Mutagen Formula in the Green Goblin Scenario pack encounter set: https://hallofheroeslcg.com/green-goblin/ You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof and WanderingTook Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ You can also find our Discord Channel on the Marvel Champions Monthly Discord Server. “Nothing keeps me down. Not death. Betrayal. Even the entire world against me! Every time I rise back up! Stronger than before! Every time! “ -- Norman Osborn

34mins

17 Nov 2020

Rank #2

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Critical Encounters - Issue 19 - Power Drain

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game.  In this episode we take a look at the Power Drain: https://marvelcdb.com/find?q=m%3Apower_drain&view=card&decks=encounter You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof, TheTruth  Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ You can also find our Discord Channel on the Marvel Champions Monthly Discord Server. "Jewels! Money! No matter how much I take, I want more -- much more! And with my great power, nothing can stop me from getting it! " - Electro

29mins

9 Jun 2020

Rank #3

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Critical Encounters - Issue 17 - Masters of Evil

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game.  #KlawYourWayThroughMay In this episode we take a look at the Masters of Evil: https://marvelcdb.com/find?q=m%3Amasters_of_evil&view=card&decks=encounter You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof, TheTruth  Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ “There’s blood in the water...time for me to have some fun.” - Tiger Shark 

28mins

26 May 2020

Rank #4

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Critical Encounters - Issue 16 - Klaw - Part II

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game.  #KlawYourWayThroughMay In this episode we take a look at Klaw's Modular Encounter Set: https://marvelcdb.com/find?q=m%3Aklaw&view=card&decks=encounter You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof, and TheTruth Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ “I am my wildest dream! I’m made of energy, and you can’t create or destroy energy! Einstein said so!.” -- Klaw

34mins

19 May 2020

Rank #5

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Critical Encounters - Issue 15.5 - "I See You" - Hulk Spoiler

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game.  This issue is a special issue, as we have been given an official spoiler from the upcoming Hulk pack - Clash of the Titans! Image Link on Facebook Other Content Creators have Hulk spoilers! Check out the Marvel Champions LCG Community on Facebook and the https://hallofheroeslcg.com/bruce-banner-hulk/ page for updated links and images. Here is the current schedule of these spoilers with more to be added (subject to change) 5/12 Bad Publicity - YouTube Video 5/13 Deck-celsior - YouTube Video  5/14 I Rebel - Article 5/15 Critical Encounters - What you are listening to right now! 5/16 Marvel Champions Monthly - Podcast/Article 5/17 The Side Scheme - Podcast/Article 5/18 1-2-Punch Board - Article 5/19 Card Game Cooperative - Podcast 5/20 - No Responsibility - Podcast You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof, TheTruth Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ “You are all beneath me!” - Abomination

10mins

15 May 2020

Rank #6

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Critical Encounters - Issue 15 - Klaw - Part I

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game.  We are joined by Guest Villain Host John from Deck-celsior Podcast! #KlawYourWayThroughMay In this episode we take a look at Klaw's History and Key Cards: https://marvelcdb.com/find?q=m%3Aklaw&view=card&decks=encounter You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof, TheTruth or Nhoj263 Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ You can find Deck-celsior on Facebook or listen to them here: https://deckcelsiorpodcast.podbean.com/ “Come meet your doom!” - Klaw

46mins

12 May 2020

Rank #7

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Critical Encounters - Issue 14 - Shadow of the Past - Thor Nemesis

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game.  We are joined by Guest Villain Host Tommy of Titan from the Side Scheme Podcast! In this episode we take a look at Loki the Nemesis set for Thor: https://marvelcdb.com/find?q=m%3Athor_nemesis&view=card&decks=encounter You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof, TheTruth or Tommy of Titan Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ You can find The Side Sceheme on Facebook or listen to them here: https://www.spreaker.com/show/the-side-scheme “You seem disappointed, brother. That’s good.” - Loki

32mins

5 May 2020

Rank #8

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Critical Encounters - Issue 13 - Shadow of the Past - Captain America Nemesis

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game. Issues should come in under 30 minutes, cleverly formatted to fit the average commute time.  We are joined by Guest Villain Host SamtheManGamgee from the Deck-celsior Podcast! In this episode we take a look at Baron Zemo the Nemesis set for Captain America: https://marvelcdb.com/find?q=m%3Acaptain_america_nemesis&view=card&decks=encounter You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof, TheTruth or SamtheManGamgee Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ You can find Deck-celsior on Facebook or listen to them here: http://deckcelsiorpodcast.libsyn.com/ “To avenge my father, Captain America must die.” - Baron Zemo, "Hail Hydra!"

26mins

28 Apr 2020

Rank #9

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Critical Encounters - Issue 12 - Running Interference

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game. Issues should come in under 30 minutes, cleverly formatted to fit the average commute time.  A new segment the Intelligencia looks at collected poll data on modular set usage. In this episode we take a look at Running Interference: https://marvelcdb.com/find?q=m%3Arunning_interference&view=card&decks=encounter Gang Up - Check out Stefanos' Game Randomizer - https://stefanos423.github.io/marvel-lcg-randomizer You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof or TheTruth Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ “No witnesses down here!” - Tombstone

33mins

21 Apr 2020

Rank #10

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Critical Encounters - Issue 11 - Interrogation Room - Caleb Grace

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game. Issues should come in under 30 minutes, cleverly formatted to fit the average commute time.  This week we spend some time with designer and all around nice guy villain Caleb Grace!  You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof or TheTruth Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ "I bore no animus to you, old friend, or your students, until you chose to oppose me. Then I had no choice but to count you among my enemies." -Magneto

1hr 20mins

14 Apr 2020

Rank #11

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Critical Encounters - Issue 10 - The Doomsday Chair

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game. Issues should come in under 30 minutes, cleverly formatted to fit the average commute time.  In this episode we take a look at The Doomdays Chair: https://marvelcdb.com/find?q=m%3Athe_doomsday_chair&view=card&decks=encounter You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof or TheTruth Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ “You should have stayed hidden under the rock you crawled out from!” - MODOK

30mins

7 Apr 2020

Rank #12

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Critical Encounters - Issue 9.5 - Heroic Aspects?

Welcome to Critical Encounters, a podcast about Marvel Champions, a Living Card Game by Fantasy Flight Games. Here we take a good look at that most critical piece of the game, the Player Cards. We’ll discuss those overly romanticized characters, the Heroes, and their various plans to thwart the villains and save the world, as well as those so-called villains intent on scheming against them.  We talk about a new spoiled card leaked on the internet, our favorite heroes, aspects and card combos for those pairings. You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof or TheTruth Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ “Emergency distress calls, sneaking into alleyways and changing into costume... I hate to say it, but I’m kinda starting to enjoy this.” – William Foster, Goliath We are now available on PodBean, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play Music, TuneIn, Libsyn, FM Player, PodTail, and iTunes!

13mins

1 Apr 2020

Rank #13

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Critical Encounters - Issue 9 - Shadow of the Past - Black Panther Nemisis

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game. Issues should come in under 30 minutes, cleverly formatted to fit the average commute time.  We talk about Heroic and Rookie Mode recently released by FFG: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2020/3/23/heroic-mode/?fbclid=IwAR24XD3Iq6zwjgd3qHaEFit3MAJi3HfWVBRj9r_C03XktVfHQZ-S8bovfz0 In this episode we take a look at Black Panther Nemesis: https://marvelcdb.com/find?q=m%3Ablack_panther_nemesis&view=card&decks=encounter You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof or TheTruth Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ “That should be me on the throne!” - Eric Killmonger We are now available on PodBean, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play Music, TuneIn, Libsyn, FM Player, PodTail, and iTunes!

29mins

31 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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Critical Encounters - Issue 8 - Supervillain Roundtable I

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game. Issues should come in under 30 minutes, cleverly formatted to fit the average commute time.  In this special episode we have a guest host WanderingTook join us. We talk about the state of the game, the FAQ, the Campaign Box Announcement and other topics.  Check out WanderingTook's Monday Night Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/wanderingtook/videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIiigdVuAd2J8FdoJcG1zkg You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof, TheTruth or WanderingTook Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ "If you weren't so certain of your own righteousness, you'd recognize how ingenious my plan truly is!" - The Inventor We are now available on PodBean, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play Music, TuneIn, Libsyn, FM Player, PodTail, and iTunes!

27mins

24 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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Critical Encounters - Issue 7 - Bomb Scare

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game. Issues should come in under 30 minutes, cleverly formatted to fit the average commute time.  In this episode we take a look at Bomb Scare: https://marvelcdb.com/find?q=m%3Abomb_scare&view=card&decks=encounter You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof or TheTruth Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ “Cut off one head, and two more will take its place!” “Hail Hydra!” We are now available on PodBean, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play Music, TuneIn, Libsyn, FM Player, PodTail, and iTunes!

23mins

17 Mar 2020

Rank #16

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Critical Encounters - Issue 6 - Shadow of the Past - Ms. Marvel

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game. Issues should come in under 30 minutes, cleverly formatted to fit the average commute time.  In this episode we take a look at Ms.Marvel's Nemesis Set:  https://marvelcdb.com/find?q=m%3Ams_marvel_nemesis&view=card&decks=encounter You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof or TheTruth Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ "I AM NOT A BIRD" - Thomas Edison We are now available on PodBean, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play Music, TuneIn, Libsyn, FM Player, PodTail, and iTunes!

31mins

10 Mar 2020

Rank #17

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Critical Encounters - Issue 5 - Under Attack

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game. Issues should come in under 30 minutes, cleverly formatted to fit the average commute time.  In this episode we take a look at Under Attack: https://marvelcdb.com/find?q=m%3Aunder_attack&view=card&decks=encounter Gang Up -. https://hallofheroeslcg.com/ - Cards, blog with fun alternate options including environment cards, collections of rulings, community content You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof or TheTruth Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ "But like the man said, what doesn't kill me …" [Gets violently ripped apart] "Just makes me stronger!" - Ultron We are now available on PodBean, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play Music, TuneIn, Libsyn, FM Player, PodTail, and iTunes!

24mins

3 Mar 2020

Rank #18

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Critical Encounters - Issue 4 - Rhino - Part 2

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game. Issues should come in under 30 minutes, cleverly formatted to fit the average commute time.  In this episode we take a look at Rhino and his Encounter Cards: https://marvelcdb.com/find?q=m%3Arhino&view=card&decks=encounter You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof or TheTruth Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ “You think you can stop me? What a joke!” - Rhino We are now available on PodBean, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play Music, TuneIn, Libsyn, FM Player, PodTail, and iTunes!

28mins

25 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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Critical Encounters - Issue 3 - Rhino - Part 1

Critical Encounters, a weekly podcast, focuses on taking a look at encounter cards and sets all from the villain's perspective. That means we are going to focus in on those 'bad guy cards' as if we were the villains. Its a focused look on that other half of the game. Issues should come in under 30 minutes, cleverly formatted to fit the average commute time.  In this episode we take a look at Rhino and his Schemes: https://marvelcdb.com/find?q=m%3Arhino&view=card&decks=encounter What is Rhino smashing up on his villain card? A car! Art by Khari Evans. You can find us on Discord as: Vardaen, bigfomlof or TheTruth Email us at: criticalencounterspod@gmail.com Follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/criticalencounterspod/ We are now available on PodBean, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play Music, TuneIn, Libsyn, FM Player, PodTail, and iTunes!

29mins

18 Feb 2020

Rank #20