The shining king of Asgard is the first of the top five of 2009.
Keywords: Asgardian, Deity, Warrior
Range: 0 x 1
Impervious for his first FOUR CLICKS? That hasn't happened since Cosmic Justice, and Balder's the cheapest costing piece with this combo by far. Charge, Close Combat Expert and a high AV round out his opening strengths, making him highly pushable. Mid-dial he shifts to Blades/Claws/Fangs (with a click of overlap with Exploit Weakness!) and Invulnerability before weakening to Toughness but gaining an AV spike. There's also a Special Power granting Pulse Wave for a possible surprise range strike.
Um...his speed might be a little low. Otherwise, I got nothin'.
CARDS TO CONSIDER:
LUNGE gives his initial Charge that extra bit of range on his first two clicks (or to enable him to change targets if based). He's cheap enough that he doesn't need FORTITUDE just to protect your investment yet adding it won't break you.
A fantastic piece that can either serve as a cheap tentpole or a secondary fighter in a larger game.
#4 is as dark as Balder is light...