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October 31, 2008

So you want to play Marauders?

I know I do. I want all the cool Gambit tricks and the insane Mystique stealing and the deception of Mr. Sinister.

But then you gotta go into the think-tank. How much is this gonna cost me? I mean the team tutors got ridiculous during the Marvel Universe set. Avengers Reassembled goes on a good day for 20$ most of the time more, Warbound to the End not as much but still tough. Especially for a legend team, sure you could just use Mobilize or Call in a Favor but they end up not being as good as a team tutor. Team tutors for the most part have a benefit.

Plus you can’t get a 2 drop with those, if you miss your 2 you can’t get a 3 drop with Mobilize. There’s nothing more disappointing than missing the next turn. Back when I played Avengers when I was missing a drop I’d exhaust every replacement just to make sure the curve was present. Fatal Five had a tutor very close to this but it didn’t work. Getting breakthrough does not happen nearly every turn of the game. To get what you want and be evil you got to end up hurting someone poor Billy buddy learned that the hard way.

With some minimal planning ahead you can assure you hit your curve, your extra Mystique power-up for anyone.With all the shifting messing around its good to have some old fashioned planning. You’ll stun someone on either initiative, especially denying them of their deck with some of the awesome stuff we’ve seen so far.Oh and for those who whine that you want to have the character on the turn where you want to play him well…today you’ll see a card that can do that(not here go check with Kamiza). Heck you could even use this in your row to fetch a drop to use with the 6 drop gambit to get 2 stuns in the build phase. 2 STUNS IN THE BUILD PHASE.

Its such a relief to see the uncommon tutor a thing that made sets like X-Men a favourite make a return. All the best tutors don’t force a discard. I’m gonna want 4 of these and it won’t end up costing me 40 bucks. Thats sweet. This card is good stunning people is good and Marauders are awesome. I can’t wait to start stealing and being Sinister. Lets be bad guys.

Oh and if you somehow don’t stun, Master Thief their Mobilize and go to town.


Marauders Preview Reviews

October 30, 2008

Allrighty problems been lately that all the cards have been too good for me to even preview review due to lack of cons. So I’m gonna skip Exiles and X Force for now and come back to them later.

Tomorrows when the real meat will be posted as there will be a juicy MEV spoiler that will be sure to help you out with your Marauder deck.But what do you get for Marauders.

Well lets see what you do get.

If you wanna see all these cards well with the exception of the final 3 secret cards go check out the preview thread.

What I said secret cards? Well those you’ll find tomorrow.Also I gotta go out so I won’t be doing full pros and cons today just thoughts on each card.

Gambit, Le Diable Blank

I’m personally not too hot on this guy. I mean hes there for stuff like Master Thief and Kamiza’s card but in the most part his ability will most likely only hit a off curve deck but it can usually hit a 2 drop in a regular game and thats pretty good.

Random, Alex

Beefy, If they get a neutralized effect you could see him becoming epic. I cannot confirm that they do have such a card but I’m hoping they do. Otherwise hes a nice 4 drop that won’t be doing too much on a Aggro team.

Identity Theft

Golly this card is nuts. Thieving any drop for your 1 drop seems like a unfair advantage almost. Heck in some decks you could forego playing a 2 drop and run mr sinister *shift* and mystique so you could ensure a 1 drop mystique for this amazing card.

Mr. Sinister, Robert Windsor

Go check out x gene decoded and realise how useful a 1 drop sinister will be. That card made me go nuts when I saw it. And this lil dude makes it even better. Not to mention hes just a good card regardless.

Gambit, Traitor

I don’t know why people are complaining about this card I mean even without seeing Cajun Charm he basically says if your hand is empty use messiah complex and stun whoever the heck you want. Thats sweet. Tomorrow he will be sweeeeter.Just start refreshing Kamiza after midnight.

Sabretooth, Wounded Animal

He is HUGE. 11/7 with nearly no drawback. The drawback is nothing since he can always attack up after your 5 stuns down.

Cajun Charm

6 drop Gambit+This = nuts. Yay.

Mr. Sinister, Molecular Manipulator


Master Thief

One of the best cards in the game period. So freaking amazing.

Mystique, Raven

A staple for tons of decks for a while to come. Fight or Die!, Heroes of Two Worlds,Assorted Aliases and Of course LOST CITY. Make this card be beyond cool.

X-Gene Decoded

This card is too amazing for words. I mean it can nearly completly drain your opponents deck of everything blue. And if thats not amazing you I don’t know what will.

Now for me to be a tease.

Tomorrows Cards

Kamiza will be previewing a amazing rare for a awesome character that will help puzzle pieces fall into place.

VsNotDead will be previewing the last marauder to be shown of the week and wow it’s damn cool.

And of course (that’s me!)

Will be spoiling the glue to fit this delicious threesome together.

So go see all 3 cards tomorrow. (Especially mine) And make sure you read and enjoy the articles. Theres alot more than just going to the preview thread to see the pretty images.Also Read/Rant SHOULD have a preview of the team up tomorrow too. I hope.

Finishing off the X-Factor preview reviews

October 15, 2008

Sorry for the extended absence but I was busy with Thanksgiving then I worked all day yesterday for the Canadian election. Since that is over I’m back now.
Also note I now do 5(or more) preview reviews at a time so I don’t clog up the syndicate with short posts.

I will say though its hard to do a analysis on these cards because they all seem so good.

So here we go!

Cyclops, Astonishing X-Man


  • He allows more uses of activated powers especially nice ones that are on energize characters.
  • He can allow a character to attack twice if they do not get stunned on the first attack.
  • He himself has big beefy stats so he can fight too


  • Toooooo many good 6 drops. It’s going to be tough to make the decision for a X-Men deck now. Or even X-Factor who got 3 sick 6 drops in one week.

Jean Grey, Jean Grey Summers


  • Overall a great 7 drop who seems very versatile in play strategy
  • Coast City just gives her scary options
  • Golden Age Sarge Steel +Her is the lulz


  • She is still a 7 drop and seemingly a win more 7 drop. Professor X may remain the best choice for a 7 even if it is a X factor deck.

Fearless Leader:


  • With cards like the 5 drop X-Men cyclops from MVL you could attack a extra time with him to beef up a upcurve attack. Its not like in X-Men that you don’t keep your curve. My 5 drop clops goes into your 5. Ok stun. Ready him and he and my 4 will go into your 6.
  • Activated effects. Also there is a problem with The captain naming punisher then cyclops and dropping 4 of these to get sniper counters.


  • This may be one of the cards to cut in those decks that have just 1 too many sets of plottwists. Its a card that you have to build a deck with not just toss in any random X-Deck so that might hurt its playability.

First Class


  • The card is strong and will surely be used in many X-Factor and even X-men decks for the times to come.
  • Great for defensive decks
  • Great for energize


  • I was hoping X-factor would have to rely on the X-men team affiliation for recovery effects and certainly not get one as good as this.

One Man Army


  • This card seems to be part of the structure of the multiple man abuse deck
  • If you pitch a 2 drop multipleman you can recover all 1 drops. Seems good.


  • Keyword is abuse decks I don’t like decks that can’t die. I still enjoy combat being a high part of this game and the accomplishment of destroying a swarm decks board especially in a non flametrap silver golden is exciting. Now even if you do get that turn where you do it. They can all come flooding back.

Beginning of Exiles Preview reviews tomorrow!

Thanks for reading.

6 Preview Reviews for the price of 1 (still free) X Factor

October 8, 2008

Now luckily it is not some terrible reality tv show I am talking about. Nope I’m talking about the X-Men refeature that isn’t a X-Men refeature.

We get our first peek at the intergalactic pirates, more multiple men hijinks and a 4 drop cyclops that gives June Moon a run for her money. So lets begin.

Cyclops, Man Of Action


  • Not loyal in any form at all which means you can splash him in any deck that plays a bunch of dudes and get a free stun of a 3 drop and have a 8/6 to boot.
  • With the exhaustion card from before he will have a nice use even if they no longer have a 3 or less character.
  • 8/6 is nice and beefy too.
  • It’s always nice to have another Radioactive Manswer.
  • This makes another new drop slot for cykes if I am not mistaken
  • The board never quite dies in X-Men with all the recovery stuff.So having 3 next to him other than maybe some awkward positioning isn’t too hard


  • It’s a ability that really should have some sort of loyalty tied to it. It may end up not being too overpowered but currently seems like it could be.
  • No Flavour Text

Man that was a nice card Letsee whats next on the plate.

Polaris, Back In The Fold


  • Fair strong activated ability that is coupled with energize
  • Really mucks up turn 6 on a curve initiative matchup (oh I exhaust your 5 and your 4 if you attack with your 6.)


  • Costs Cards
  • Might be less useful on turn 7

Polaris is nice and strong and useful and is from a new cool team. Theres just not much to say about her yet.

Next up is more Multiple Man silliness

Multiple Man, Army HYDRA


  • Can beef up 1 multiple man for a big swing or beef up one multiple man for a stun back.


  • It will be strange to see how this one fits in and plays well with the other multiple men available.

There will be a deck around this dude and deservingly so. Will it turn out to be greatness. Probably. Letsee what else Madrox gets.



  • It’s a nice trick to have especially after using 5 drop madrox and bringing out a board of these buggers.


  • Its hard to tell if this card will be used, Multiple Men seem like they have the ability to kill especially with Cable as a capper for them. A stall card such as this one may not even be needed. However if it is needed this will be quite good.

2 to go and they are both X-Men again. Yay!

Strong Guy, Guido Carosella


  • He’s going to end up being HUGE. From what we have seen of the team so far there are exhaustion effects left and right and on top of that energize makes them so sometimes they can use these exhaustion effects two times in a row.
  • He very well could be the end condition for the X factor couple him with some to me my X-Men
  • He makes a amazing splash in Marvel Defenders, JSA, Doom Patrol among other decks.


  • I can’t really think of many cons to this guy other than hes lacking flight and range so if a opponent wants to try and take him out first they stand a chance at being sucessful. Course this is X-Men so that may not even matter.

One final card and even though I did this in order spoiled you could say I saved the best for last.

They have had cards that can do this in the past but all of which have been stamped.

A 2 and 3 drop for JLA who both have to bounce to hand,A character that HAS to have a cosmic counter on it, A Hidden IG 3 drop who can only do it off initiative, Pitching a card and exhausting and Pitching 2 but being on a 4 drop. Theres more but I won’t spend the time listing them all. This dude is well ALOT better than all of those.

Iceman, Jack Frost


  • Hes just amazing, he can just tap to keep you locked.
  • Hes also especially nice coming off a 4 drop that can autostun a 3. Let’s stun your 3 then keep your 4 tapped. Even better coming off the cyclops exhaust 2 dudes card. Ok exhaust 2 people then your biggest one can’t ready oh and if you attack me another one of your dudes can’t ready.
  • To Me My X-Men
  • Not loyal so he can be tossed into a lot of decks


  • Pathethic Wonder Woman blablabla
  • He’s overpowered and not loyal
  • Gets less good the older the age gets

What a strange and exciting week so far. Come back during the weekend when I get to any other cards spoiled this week. Thanks for reading. Also for much more detail on the cards ya’ll should go read the articles they were posted in. Great reads all of them.

Strong Guy at Vs Blog

Ice Man at Vs Unleashed

Multiple Men Madness at Full Body Transplant

Polaris at The Kamiza

Cyclops at VSrealms

Seriously you probably read these already but still go check out any you haven’t for a good read.

Cyclops Madrox What else you need Preview Reviews

October 4, 2008

Firstly some explanations from Mr Seck himself on the brand new keyword.

Hey guys,

Just to let everyone know about the first new keyword – Energize!

Energize is a triggered power that triggers when the character with the power becomes a defender. The reminder text for the keyword is:

Energize (When “this” defends, ready it.).

The majority of Energize characters have an activated power, and this allows them to use it twice, or use it and attack (if your opponent chooses to attack it) and a few other tricks that will become apparent once you see the whole set!

Here is the link of the Facebook page –…me/12722434186

Hope you have fun and have a great weekend!

Good games,

So. Energize is NICE and gives a new twist to the already nasty activated ability.

But whos gonna get energy?

Well lets see the facebook previews.

Cyclops, Mutant Messiah


  • The character he exhausts can already be exhausted. (Something we know well enough from prof X) Which means if he exhausts to tap a 7 and a 8 attacks him he can burn the 8 for 8 if he doesn’t need to exhaust someone
  • To me my X-Men+This card is some sick stuff.
  • Sneak Attack+This card means you can attack wait for them to attack then mess them up.
  • Its a nice win that isn’t Jean Grey or can even be played with Jean Grey. Not to mention Mimic and Professor X with him means your opponent is not having a fun turn 8.


  • X-Factor does not have a symbol
  • He is a 8 drop and though he seems to make X-Stall become a solo team deck theres a chance you may make it short of him.

Concussive Force


  • Gah its like a better mystical paralysis of sorts
  • Carrying the torch/The Captain love this
  • 2 drop Cyclops could exhaust if needed
  • It can make it so you can reach the turns you need to win
  • This with energize seems like win
  • Wonder Woman can’t do nothing on this
  • Doesn’t target a character


  • At current time of review I can’t think of any. other than the regular its rare, pathethic attempt bla bla bla


  • With a double of him in the KO pile he’ll need to be stunned atleast twice
  • You could powerup him get stunned make the powerup become new jamie.
  • You could use alot of small multiple men and swarm em out when he gets stunned.


  • Kind of reminds me of tattooed man and if Madrox can be as good as the infestation deck I’ll be scared.

Lastly is the card that is more or less a last ditch effort of sorts


  • It can refill your hand and maybe keep you alive (ALOT of cards
  • On a turn your dudes get stunned (say they used Hulk 4 drop) you could kill your board and replenish your hand.
  • Could speed you to a win condition in a Golden Age Multiple Men deck


  • It destroys your board for some lifegain
  • Not 100% sure if destroying your board for your hand is the greatest idea.

Scythe Castle Will be getting a MEV preview of its own!

October 3, 2008

Yay Celebratory post!

No clue yet what card I will be showing you guys but it probably won’t be this.

(Shown originally here)

This totally means a KATIE POWER LEGEND DECK!*

*And by that I mean Nightcrawler legend lol.

Preview Review :Skrullzzzzz Super Skrull World Champion

October 1, 2008

Yay new cards!!!!


  • Art is just wicked
  • Discard a card for invunerabilty means if hes to become stunned ever you just pitch and wham take no damage. Sweet stuff.
  • He gets a mix of old and new getting one of the oldest mechanics (Evasion) Which seems like it’ll most likely be his most unused ability outside of sealed/draft.
  • Energize since we know what that is now makes it so he can burn for 6, force 2 replaced resources or make them discard 2 cards. Or even better a mixture of all of those.
  • The activated ability makes him even better since you can activate him to do nearly anything.Scroll to bottom to see what I mean.
  • Not loyal


  • So many choices
  • Paibok still seems better in most traditional skrull decks.
  • All those affiliations and nothing for him to specifically do with them yet*wont be a con once set is made im sure)

Oh and if you were wondering what abilities he did steal well lets show them all.

Okay not really but I can;t for the life of me remmeber a card that does exactly this I think theres a darkseid elite char that does this but can’t remme who.

and of course.

Allrighty keep with me for more preview reviews!

Just like Agent Brand….I’m Not dead

October 1, 2008

I took a small sabattical from the online portion of VS system. (Mainly this blog and all of VSrealms) Not because I was sick of the game (Quite the contrary my Hulk Deck *thanks to everyone who helped me build it* smashed the last 2 city champs I was in getting a respectable 1st in one and 2nd in the other)

I just had some computer issues (Still not completly worked out however I am online again), Some X-Box issues (if you call a mild addiction to Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Civilization Revolution and The Force Unleashed a issue) and some personal issues (Which are well personal….duh)

Anyway since Marvel Evolution Previews start this week I just wanted to give a shoutout to everyone and let them know that I will be covering this set with preview reviews to the best of my ability and may pepper in random content now and then including articles and maybe even guest articles. No promises on mass content but I’ll try.

So keep an eye out for me and get ready for the reopening of Scythe Castle. Also if anyone wants to add me on XBOX my Gamertag is Locke Scythe.



DCU Preview Superman Earth 22

July 24, 2008

Well I’m just gonna start by saying I HATE this card.

Completly totally loathe.Why?

Cause I can’t use him in every future Superman deck that I would create.

Joking aside,  the card today is pretty awesome.

I haven’t seen much of the new JSA so I don’t exactly know how they work. But this seems like a amzing 6 drop in a JSA Avengers teamup. Hes a reservist which is nice and well I’ll get to that after the reveal.

Oh here he is….

Damn! Think how nasty he’d be in a JLA/JSA teamup deck. Put a char on top with worlds mightiest. Rally for the free card bouncing a attack no matter what. Think of him in a World’s Finest deck… Brains and Brawn would mean you’d have to get through the man of steel atleast 3 times. Indestructible he is. (did I mention Indestructibe would be AMAZING WITH HIM!)

Hes big hes here and he’s gonna be a bitch to knock down. Hope you enjoyed todays preview.

I will admit I haven;t read this storyline so I can’t talk much about this incarnation of supes. So rather than copy down a bunch of stuff from wikipedia. Heres a direct link to it.

Thanks for reading!

Worlds? Oh yeah I was there. Flipped Cars Flipped Cards and Steaks and Shakes Worlds Report Part 1

July 10, 2008

GAH! So how did this all happen? Well lets go to the beginning.

My sister thought it would be a great idea to take the GPS on bike rides. When doing so she can’t obviously take her bike onto the highway so she turned on Avoid Highways.So when I borrowed the GPS to help the people I was travelling with get to worlds well nobody told me to reset the settings.

So at around 4 AM on the wednesday the guys from Ottawa (Ryan *Walter Kovacs as most as you know him* and Matt) come and grab me. It was my idea to drive overnight so we could reach the Golden Age tourney thursday and avoid the midday US traffic. So since we all knew how to get to the border we didn’t turn on the GPS until we crossed the border. That was when things started going downhill.

Signs that the GPS MAY be giving you the bad directions:

  1. Within seconds of turning on it tells you to IMMEDIATELY exit the highway
  2. After a 30 minute detour through a town that had one store(can’t remme the name) thats more common than Tim Hortons is here we finally get back onto a highway of which it tells us to get off the highway go through a rest stop and then get back onto the highway.
  3. when it gets so confused it starts sending you to closed roads
  4. And offroad.
  5. Oh and there was also a person with a sack on his head walking a dog. Right when I was talking about the chainsaw dude from resident evil 4. This was about 5 mins before we crashed.

It was at that point we decided to ignore the GPS and head straight to the highway.But the weather and bad roads decided that was not the case. We swurved and well see picture above. We came to (not knocked out but disoriented nevertheless). Ryan felt a strange sensation on his head thinking it might have been glass from the windshield that he more or less is on top of. He sniffs but instead of the smell of blood he smells all dressed. The glass is untouched. We all slowly unbuckle ourseatbelts and kind of crawl out of the car .(after Ryan put the car in park so we could unlock the doors) Nobody was hurt and nothing other than the car and ruffles were ruined.

People come out to see if we were okay and tell us that more than 12 people flipped on these roads in the past year. Also they told us that we are 1/10 of a mile away from the highway route. The car is towed slowly after. (And I mean slowly took about a hour for anything to happen) We get driven to Frank and Son’s in West Henrietta PA and try to figure out what to do next.

We attempt to call a taxi of some sort to get us to a car rental place (cause car rental places wouldn’t come to us) I was actually half planning on going home at that point. But to no avail it seemed as if we would have to stay the night and miss worlds in rural Pennsylvania.