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Green Goblin

Doc Ock Starter

Date Reviewed: 6.28.04

Constructed Average Rating: 4.25
Limited Average Rating: 2.0

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Green Goblin – Norman Osborn

This week we are looking at some of the brand new, really nasty sinister syndicate characters from the Spider-Man vs. Doc Ock starter deck. What better way to kick this week off than with (what I consider to be) the baddest sinister syndicate character out there – Green Goblin.

With this card on the field your opponent’s support row characters are no longer safe. There is a reason why this guy is laughing. You will be too as you KO one of your opponent’s unprotected support row characters and give them endurance loss equal to the character’s cost. Add the fact that this guy has flight and range and you have one nasty character.

This guy does have a cost of discarding another SS character to activate its effect. Considering that people only have the starter deck to work with right now, this might be a problem. That’s why you run two team affiliations. Running a FF/SS or Brotherhood/SS deck right now will probably guarantee you a top spot at tournament. (Especially if you run a Brotherhood/SS with Avalon Space Station so that you can recover whatever it is that you discard.)


Sinister Syndicate constructed deck – 4.5/5.0 …..this card screams “build a deck around me”

Limited – 1.5/5.0 …...unless you get a lot of SS characters don’t even bother with this card
Johnny Blaze Green Goblin - It seems that the theme to Sinister Syndicate is to discard your own Sinister Syndicate character to do something nasty to your opponent. Lets see what Gobby has to offer. Gobby's power can only be used during the attack step and you get to KO an unprotected support row character and then its controller loses endurance equal to that characters cost.

His ATK + DEF at 9/9 is average for your 5 drop. And by turn 5 there is usually more than 1 character in your opponents support row, which wont leave for too much room to utilize Gobby's power. However if played against the right deck his power is way undercosted. Then use a Surprise attack and boom lose another 5 endurance.

Constructed - 3/5
Limited - 4/5
Paul Hagan Green Goblin, Norman Osborne --

I am so impressed with this character! He has a good body (9/9) for a 5-Drop, Flight, Range, and a great ability! Unlike many characters with abilities that can only be used during a specific phase or step, Green Goblin's really doesn't matter, because even if you don't get to use it to automatically off one of your opponent's characters, they still have to deal with a 9 DEF to get to you. Let's be honest, too -- you can engineer your entire turn to making Green Goblin off the biggest threat on your opponent's side of the board.

In limited, Goblin actually drops a notch just because you have to have another Syndicate character to make his ability work. However, he does have a decent body, so I can't dog him in that aspect. When drafting, I wouldn't pick this guy first, but I also wouldn't let him go by more than once.

Also, for what its worth, this card has amazing art -- I love it!

Constructed Rating: 4.0
Limited Rating: 2.5
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