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DC  Origins

Date Reviewed: 8.26.04

Constructed Average Rating: 2.25
Limited Average Rating: 1.25

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Neutron – Nat Tryon


Today we are going to look at Neutron.  The first thing I read when looking at this card was “At the start of the recovery phase, each player KOs a resource he controls”.  Did I just read that right?  Everyone has to KO a resource?  Wtf?  Now why would anyone be interested in a card like this? 


I thought about it a while and this is what I came up with – nothing.  Sure it is a good way to shut down your opponent’s recruit phase and keep them from getting anything above a level 5 on the field, but come on….have you even looked at his stats?  With a 7 defense this guy can’t even stand up to the 4-drops that are out there running around right now.  Let’s not forget that we are still giving our opponent the chance to recruit a 5-drop every turn – if this guy does not get stunned during the course of both attack steps.  If a 5-drop hits the field when this guy is on the field you are going to be in trouble.  (Especially if that 5-drop is Garth.)  But wait, it gets better…now not only do you have a character that is going to get his butt kicked, but now your opponent gets to choose which resource to KO.  It is safe to say, that if they have a Garth on the field and used up Savage Beatdown in the resource row, then they are going to KO the used Savage Beatdown so that they can retrieve it.  Now wasn’t that a great way to help your opponent win the game???



Fearsome Five constructed deck – 1.0/5.0 …..If your opponent is playing Brotherhood or TT, then they are going to love you for playing this card.


Limited – 1.0/5.0…..Loyalty, the possibility of blowing up in your face, etc….this is probably a good card to stay away from.


Johnny Blaze Neutron, Nat Tyron – Talk about resource hate! Another unique ability that the Fearsome Five has to offer. With Loyalty you need to be running other F5 characters or at least Team-Up to get Neutron into play. At turn 5 Neutron can be pretty pesky.

Constructed: 3/5 - Not huge at 9/7, Neutron will most likely be stunned by a majority of 4 drop characters and all of the 5 drop characters. Plot Twists to pump Def. is a must when playing Neutron or else his power is useless when he is stunned.

Limited: 2/5 – With Loyalty, he will be difficult to get out with the limited amount of F5 characters available in draft.
This guy would be a lock for TNB decks if it wasn't for the Loyalty requirement. As it stands, he could be the cornerstone of some interesting weenie decks, especially with Mammoth in the F5's corner. However, Fearsome Five really lives and dies by its 6 and 7 drops, so keeping yourself at 5 is only going to let your opponent recruit their much better 1-5 drops and pummel you into submission. A lot of Fearsome Five characters seem to work better in a teamup deck, and this is one of them.

In Limited, if you got your hands on a good 6 or 7 drop, but haven't drawn it yet, then Neutron could be a good way to stall. However, you still need to run more F5 to be able to recruit him, and there's not much good at 1-4 for this team, other than Mammoth.


Contructed - 2.5/5
Limited - 1/5
Paul Hagan Neutron, Nat Tyron

When DC Origins first came out, people seemed really big on Neutron as a control card. As time went on, however, people slowly began to figure out that a) Neutron has a tiny DEF for a 5-Drop, and b) Neutron must be around at the end of turn for his ability to kick in. Don't get me wrong, Neutron is a decent character, but he does come with a lot of drawbacks, including those listed above and having loyalty to a team that seems to have trouble operating that well.

In limited, because of the few Fearsome Five characters that aren't rare, Neutron shouldn't really see too much play. Honestly, I wouldn't be too surprised if he is one of the last picks in most Drafts, unless someone doesn't see that big, glaring "Loyalty" on his text.

Constructed Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 1.0
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