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Basic Node

When this card enters play, you may search your deck for a "node" card, reveal it, and put it into your hand.*If this card is destroyed, destroy all "node" cards.

Card Ratings
Limited: x
Constructed: x

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.

Date Reviewed - 12.11.06

doc This week we look at Nodes, and the Common Gearsmith Character Basic Node starts us off.

With the near lowest cost/threshold in the game at 1 each, you get an expectedly week Character with 1 strength and 1 life. However, it is offset some by its speed of 4. The best kicker of course lies in it's ability, "When this card enters play, you may search your deck for a "node" card, reveal it, and put it into your hand."

Self replacing cards are good!

Now for the draw back (you didn't think it was going to be all good for only 1 cost and 1 threshold did you?)

The second half of Basic Node's ability, "If this card is destroyed, destroy all other "node" cards."

While this drawback may seem too great a cost and thus relegate Basic Node to the "not worth playing" pile, you may want to think again. Believe it or not, Nodes were seen at the Gen Con So Cal $5k Constructed T8! Yes way!

In limited you wont likely get enough Nodes to search for to really make him worth while. Then again if he's destroyed, no one else goes with him! In constructed, which would obviously place him in a Node deck only, Basic Node is a necessity.

Limited: 1.5/5
Constructed: 3.5/5
lgmk Basic Node

This card's pretty nifty. First off, its what we in the TCG trade call self-replacing. When you play it, you can search your deck for another node card and add it to your hand. Now that can be another Basic Node or one of the cards we're looking at later this week.

Secondly, the card has four speed. 1 strength and 1 life is just about as bad as it can get stat-wise, but considering the cost, it could be 0 strength.

On that note, the cost! The fact that this card only costs 1 is astounding considering that it lets you search your deck for any node card, an ability worth several resources on its own, as well as having four speed. That means you can play this card with a Research Assistant or a Towering Researchmajig and no actual resources.

Now for the negatives. If this card is destroyed, all nodes are destroyed and vice-versa. With one life, that's a serious consideration. None the less, you can always stick some gear on it to increase its stats. And Hidden Sandwich will help with the destruction part.

Sealed: 2/5
Constructed: 4/5

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