Marvel VS Card of the Day
Doc Ock Starter
Date Reviewed: 6.30.04
Constructed Average Rating: 3.375
Limited Average Rating: 4.5
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating.
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I like Venom.
Let me start with that. The card's effect
is pretty sick. At a 12/12 for 6, it's not
a bargain, but solid. Forcing an opponent
to take 6 instead of being KOed can put your
opponent in a tough spot, especially if you
can't seem to stun more than 1 a turn. I
don't think it's the end all, be all, but a
decent top end for Sinister Syndicate decks.
I'll be happy to see how this card pans out once
the rest of the set it released.
In limited, it's a
powerhouse. Big stuff is very good.
Take and play this card. :)
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As a quick side
note before I start my review.
Venom is my favorite villain, he is the main
reason I started to collect comics.
I only hope when this set is released there is
a Spiderman card with the symbiote costume.
The base stats for
this card are solid. 6 cost 12/12 is average,
but his ability makes him better then most 6
Paying 6 endurance that late in the game
really makes it a tough choice for opponents
to keep the character he stuns around.
In limited he
looks like he will be a second pick, if not a
first. It all depends on what else the set
will have to offer.
Venom - One of the
better and stronger Sinister Syndicate villains.
His power is similar to Rogue's with one
exception. Makes you think how you are going to
attack him. Anytime Venom stuns a character , KO
that character unless its controller pays 6
endurance. His ATK + DEF at 12/12 is pretty good
for a 6 drop.
For the most part your opponent is going to KO
his character. Why lose an additional 6
endurance on top of the endurance loss when your
character is stunned? However there are times
when you want to keep that character of yours
alive when you know that next turn will be game
when you have initiative. This card shines in
Constructed - 3.5/5
Limited - 4/5
Venom – Eddie Brock
The research guys at
Upperdeck were definitely smoking something and
listening to Guns and Roses when they created
this card. It is pretty insane. A level 6
creature with 12/12 and the ability to KO an
opponent's character or make them pay 6
endurance is just plain wicked. I would
definitely consider this guy the second best 6
drop in the game since it can go in any deck
(sorry Dr. Doom – Victor Von Doom). First place
will still go to Rouge – Powerhouse, but only
because she has flight (and I happen to be X-Men
biased). If this guy had flight or range he
would definitely be the first to fall into the
Constructed deck –
4.5/5.0 ….If you do not have a good 6 drop for
your team affiliation, you better put in this
Limited – 5.0/5.0
…..This guy is definitely the best character to
grab in limited since he does not rely on his
Venom, Eddie Brock
To be upfront with everyone, I do not get to see
everyone's opinions of the cards before I do
mine. In fact, the first time I see the rest of
the staff's opinions on different cards is the
same time y'all do. However, I will go ahead and
say with some certainty that I might be the one
to give this card the lowest rating, because I
think Venom is overrated.
Yes, Venom has a decent body [12/12] for a
6-Drop, and yes, his ability *can* KO one of
your opponent's characters, but its the fact
that your opponent has the option of keeping
their character that bothers me. I truly hate
cards that give your opponent a way out (in any
game!), meaning I don't care for Venom's
That said, if I were to build a Sinister
Syndicate deck right now, I would play at least
three Venom, Eddie Brock and I would be happy
whenever I drew him.
In limited, my opinion jumps way up on Venom on
the sole grounds that 6- and 7-Drops are what
wins the game for you, and Venom fits into one
of those catagories. On top of this, he doesn't
have a team-affiliated ability, meaning he is
just good all around.
Constructed Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 4.5