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The Source

Superman: MoS

Date Reviewed: 12.25.04

Constructed Average Rating:
Limited Average Rating:

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


The Source
Here it is, the Big Daddy himself.  Probably the most wanted and most expensive card in this new set.  There's good reason for it too.  This card almost single handedly shuts down all team-up decks.  If there is ever to be a restricter card list for this game, this is one of only maybe five cards currently going that I could see to be on it.
Did your opponent Just play a  Titans Go from his resource row? Bye bye. Played a Clobberin' Time or a Signal Flare? It'll be the only one they've got this game.  This card really is a game breaker, play it.
New Gods Constructed  5/5   Play It.
Limited Format  2/5  Not many people will have multiple Plot Twists so it kind of goes to waste.

Johnny Blaze
The Source – We have yet to see a tournament caliber deck with this card. However at last glance this card is fetching $$$ on e-bay. While the concept of The Source is unique to VS. it isn’t in other games. You get to replace your Source and then replace a target plot twist that your opponent has and then also search his or her deck, hand, and KO’d pile and remove those cards from the game. The only downside to this card is that you have to be running New Gods for it actually to be useful.

Constructed: 3.5/5 – It hasn’t been tested in a true environment. But I believe that if Titans continues to stay big then New Gods with some form of control teamed up with the League can be very deadly. Imagine stealing all their locations then Sourcing out their TTGo, Heroic Sacrifices, Press the Attacks, etc.

The Source also screws many team up decks that rely on ongoing plot twists as their source of gaining team affiliation. This is why it is necessary to use Metropolis as your main source of gaining your team up affiliations.

Limited: 2/5 – Not nearly as formidable here as you have to use New Gods as part of your draft strategy and also there is not the possibility of your opponent stocking up on multiple plot twists
The Source

This card is going to have a huge impact on the metagame. It can seriously hurt Common Enemy, which gets a huge boost from reusing plot twists in the resource row. Teen Titans usually play Teen Titans Go! from hand, in order to get it back with Garth, but if you catch them with one in the resource row, you can cripple their strategy. With a lot of players playing 3-4 copies of 5 or 6 different plot twists in a deck, you can take out a huge chunk of their strategy with one move. Savage Beatdown? Gone.
Fizzle? Bye bye. Signal Flare? Adios. The only thing keeping this card in line is that it's team stapmed with New Gods, so you have to be playing them in order to use The Source. Still, this card can destroy an opponent's strategy, and New Gods have some good enough tools to make them part of a Tier 1 deck.

In Limited, you'll only see one copy of The Source at best, and your opponents usually won't find multiple copies of the really good plot twists in the set, which limits its usefulness. Still, if you've got the New Gods characters to use it, The Source can still manage to put a crimp in your opponent's plans.


Constructed: 4.5/5
Limited: 3/5
Paul Hagan The Source --

I guess I can't complain about The Source in any way, shape, or form. It's threshold is set at an appropriate point in the game and it pretty much requires that your opponent has already gotten the benefit from their Plot Twist at least once, so it is balanced. At the same time, you have the ability to rid a deck of all of their Acrobatic Dodge, Savage Beatdown, or more specific Plot Twists like Children of the Atom or Common Enemy. An ability like that is nothing to be passed up. A full set of The Source belongs in every New Gods deck. I can't give it a 5.0 because it doesn't break the game open all on its own, and I can't give it a 4.0 because it can only be used by one team, and that team is a bit sub-par.

In limited, The Source loses a lot of its effectiveness because of the lack of multiples of cards. With most decks being 30 cards, it is even less likely that your opponent will have multiple copies of a Plot Twist. That said, I have had an opponent use it effectively against me once. It also can't hurt to get rid of an Ongoing Plot Twist. However, I won't give this card as high of a limited rating as constructed.

Constructed Rating: 3.5
Limited Rating: 2.5
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