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Thinking Outside the Box

Marvel Origins

Date Reviewed: 10.29.04

Constructed Average Rating: 2.95
Limited Average Rating: 1.65

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Thinking outside the box


If you are running Cerebro, Longshot, Baxter Building, etc… may want to take another look at this card for your deck.  Imagine, all those cards you get on the bottom of your deck with your tutors could easily be put into your hand during the draw phase…not bad at all!  If you are running these tutors and can make the room in your deck then by all means throw a couple of these cards in your deck.  Trust me, this combo works better than you think!



Constructed – 3.0/5.0 ….This card is really only useful in a combo situation, otherwise it would have received a better rating.


Limited – 1.0/5.0 …Other than something like Twist of Fate, you will not gain an advantage over your opponent.

Johnny Blaze
Thinking Outside the Box

How many cards are there that say “Place the rest of the cards on the bottom of your deck”? Plenty. So TOTB helps in these scenarios. Again another theme specific card. If you are using draw cards that place cards on the bottom of your deck then this card is for you.

Constructed: 3/5 – Whats the difference if you draw cards from the bottom of your deck or from the top? As long as you are drawing cards is the answer. But really if you are playing with a lot of cards that tell you to place them on the bottom of your deck then TOTB is a must have in that deck. Many useful combos with this card in Constructed.

Limited: 2/5 – Not really that much of a gamebreaker here. I could see maybe if you mulliganed something early game and want to get those cards back then flip TOTB to draw them out from the bottom of the deck.
Thinking Outside the Box

This ends my week for picking cards, and I'm ending the way I started; with another weird one. I've seen a lot of people talking about comboing this card with Longshot to be able to "stack" your deck and pick the cards you want. Base of Operations and Night Vision also help you out, being able to load the bottom of your deck with things that will help you out in the late game, and saving TOTB until then. Its not for everybody, but its a fun little card that should make for some fun casual games, and there's a broken combo out there just waiting to be exploited.

In Limited, this card can be a huge help. In a mixed Marvel event, you can do some major damage with this and Mr. Fantastic, picking and choosing the best cards to draw each turn. Its also one of my favorite cards as far as art goes.


Constructed - 2.5/5
Limited - 3/5
Paul Hagan Thinking Outside the Box

Like many people, I think this card has a lot of potential. Like many more people, I also haven't found room for it in many of my decks. I think the best place for it would be in something using Fantastic Four, since you have the ability to go nuts with Mr. Fantastic, Reed Richards and the Baxter Building. Mr. Fantastic allows you to set up every turn with the appropriate cards, and if you think of the potential with Antarctic Research Base, the deck only gets that much better.

In limited, I don't see any reason to play this card. It seems like it would just be eating a slot. However, you very well could draw up a card that allows you to put cards on the bottom of your deck in any order, so it might be worth sneaking in.

Constructed Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 2.5
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