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Pojo's Harry Potter Card of the Day

Norbert - Base Set


Power Needed: 4 CoMC
Card Type: Creature - Dragon - Unique
Ability: To play this card, discard 2 of your CoMC Lessons from play.
Damage each turn: 5
Health: 3
Card No: 30
Rarity: Rare
Set: Base Set
Average Rating: 3.05 (based on 6 reviews) 
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.

Alex Rockwell

While originally, I thought Norbert to be a good card, it turns out that he is quite bad. Sacrificing two lessons is just too much to pay for a creature that might die, even if he does have 5 power. The time that you lose sacrificing two lessons is immense. It will take you a couple turns to be able to draw the lessons to replace them. If there were no creature destruction be played, then Norbert might be decent, however, it is far to easy to just cast a stream of flames, or a number of other spells, and kill him, thus rendering your opponent's sacrifice of two lessons worthless, and securing a massive advantage. Stream of flames is particularly insulting. Its like: Haha, not only do I destroy your 5 power creature, but I also got rid of those two lessons you sacrificed for him, and hit you for three damage just to add to the insult!
Stream of flames is a card that is played in many decks, and those which do not typically will have some other method of disposing of him. In short, he is not worth it because he is too vulnerable, and the cost is too high if he dies.

Rating: 1.5


Norbert is a pretty good card. 5 damage a turn is really cool, and 7 if you have Hagrid out. But, when you play Norbert, you have to discard 2 CoMC. And, it only has 3 health. Keeping Norbert out can be a problem, but if you use a card like Jawbind Potion after, he is the best creature you can have. Being Unique allows only one to be in play at a time, so if you get it out first, your opponent has to take it out to be able to play one.

Rating: 4


Ah Norbert... Now we're gettin to my creatures. Norbert was the big, bad creature of the base set. He did 5 damage for a cost of 4 lessons, but he had some limiting features. He was unique (there's only 1 Norby o_0;; ), and playing him required you to discard 2 CoMC lessons. Nothing hurt worse than playing Norbert, discarding the lessons, and having your opponent immediately remove him with a Vermilious or an Incarcifors.

Norbert was a favorite in base set creature decks, but, because of the heavy discard penalty and new ways to kill poor creatures, he's lost some of his appeal. But Norbert will always be special to me.

Rating: 3


Let's see, a card that lets you do 5 damage per turn and can be played in your second turn when using a starter like Flitwick or McGonagall. This would be a YES! Speed creature decks can make fast work of it, but so can a regular creature deck near the end of a game. The flaw of course is the health of 3. Stream Of Flames and Vermillious will waste this fast, not to mention all of those other anti-creature cards. Plus, with it costing you 2 lessons it can be expensive if it gets knocked out before getting to do some damage. I think it was a stronger card before the Quidditch Expansion, but if used early or very late in a game it may still be effective. Remember, not everyone plays anti-creature cards and this will make them suffer for it.

Rating: 3.5


Norbert was great when it was just Base Set. He could protect himself from spells using Privet. But then QC was released and with it came McGonagall. With Privet gone and no protection for Norbert, he could easily die to some of the heavily played spell cards then. Not to mention, that in QC we got a better reason to discard 2 lessons and do more damage... Fluffy. Same uniqueness, same discard price, but just costed a bit more and did a whole bunch damage with plenty of health to back it up. Now with Diagon Alley right around the corner, there's gona be even better creatures and more fun strategies.

In the end, if all you have is Mr Norbert, he's still a decent card to put in your deck, but if you get the chance to put something better else in, go for it. :)

Rating: 2.3


Norbert was the first big damage creature card doing a whopping five damage per turn. Yet, with three health and a lot of creature killers out there, Norbert is almost always a target, and with McGonagall floating around, even protective adventures like 4 Privet Drive are of little real help. Yet, if you can wear down your opponet's creature defense and then play a Norbert, chances are he will do a lot of damage. At this stage in the game, i see Norbert as a deck enhancer and often a surprise. If you don't mind losing the two lessons and you don't mind having to hope that your opponent won't draw an Incarcifars their next turn, then Norbert is the card for you! Of course, if you are swarming your opponent with creatures anyways, Norbert fits right in as well as an added reminder that creatures kick but :) Common combos are Jawbind Potion and Steelclaw.... along with adventures like 4 Priv and characters like Rubeus Hagrid. To put it bluntly, Norbert is just plain fun. He worries your oppenent and he's a neat character from the books. :)

Rating: 4

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