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Catastrophic Betrayal

COST - Play this only when you are attacking. Pick a character in your opponent's discard pile. (You cannot attack with 0 characters.)*EFFECT - Put the character into play under your control. Add the character to the attacking party, depleted.

Card Ratings
Limited: 4.4
Constructed: 4

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


Date Reviewed - 10.13.06

doc We finish our week with a “back-breaker” of a card. The Common Rogue Tactic Catastrophic Betrayal.

For a cost of 5 and threshold of 1 you get to snatch the best card in your opponent’s discard pile and add it to your attacking party. Normally, you can not attack with a character unless he was under your control at the beginning of your turn. Catastrophic Betrayal is a perfect example of card text taking precedent over the rules.

Catastrophic Betrayal is another perfect example of using the Rogue sub-theme of discard. As soon as you see a nice fatty hit your opponent’s discard pile, attack with a weenie, wait until blockers are announced, THEN play Catastrophic Betrayal to virtually guarantee some damage gets through.

On a side note, with the flavor text on this card and its uncanny resemblance to the Warlord Character Rudo Mangod, you have a very cool story line tie in. In the Open Beta art (which of course is subject to change) it appears the person in Catastrophic Betrayal is shedding his Warlord uniform and presumably attacking his own troops. With the flavor text “We thought you were dead…and on our side!” it’s a definite possibility.

In sealed deck play this card can quickly turn the tides in your favor. In constructed, it does the same thing, but you’ve got a better chance of setting it up for something really good when your deck is chock full of Heist Planner, Pillaging Pirate, Defenestrate, Tremor Engine etc. etc.

Limited: 4.5/5
Constructed: 5/5
 
lgmk Catastrophic Betrayal

First off I would like this to be compared to Shocking Reappearance. Same cost, opposing effects. But the banker card has a threshold of three. Then again, this card depends on your opponent, not on you.

If your opponent plays large characters, this card is good. If your opponent plays characters with relevant effects and you use this after you're sure that you'll be able to destroy any blockers without them getting the chance to deal damage. Otherwise...

Within Constructed it really only belongs in a deck that can force it's opponent to have a full discard pile. In Sealed it is good in the late game when you'll have hopefully destroyed any 'big' character that the opponent might have, or at least one of them.

You cannot attack with zero characters.

3/5 Constructed

4.3/5 Sealed

That's right, point three. On a side note I've heard some speculation that the betrayer looks like Rudo Mangod. I have no opinion on this issue. If you do, go forth and discuss it somewhere.
 

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