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Scarlet Spider
Ben Riley

Date Reviewed: 9.20.04

Constructed Average Rating: 2.66
Limited Average Rating: 2.5

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Scarlet Spider – Ben Riley


Today we are going to look at a card that is going to make Spider-Friends a deck to be reckoned with.  Scarlet Spider may have low attack stats for his drop, but power isn’t the reason you are going to put him into you Spider-Friends deck.


Scarlet Spider’s abilities are great!  First he gives all other Spider-Friends characters a +2 attack while attacking.  Can we say breakthrough endurance loss?  Second, if you reveal this guy from your hand your spider-man characters are no longer unique.  This is a great way to get a bunch of spider-man characters on the field so that you can have some real fun at your opponent’s expense. 


Bottom Line – If you plan on running a Spider-Friends deck full of spider-man characters, make sure you run 3-4 of these in your deck.  Otherwise, I would keep the number of these guys down to two at most in a spider-friends deck.


Then again it is really too soon to say how well this guy is going to be in action…..



Spider-Friends constructed deck – 3.5/5.0 ….This guy is decent.


Limited – 4.0/5.0 ….He gives all other SF characters a boost….that alone works for me.


Johnny Blaze Scarlet Spider, Ben Reilly – With Ben Reilly in your hand you can have multiple characters named Spider-Man on your side of the board. You see, when revealing Scarlet Spider character cards named Spider-Man are not unique this turn, meaning you can have more than 1 Spider-Man in play. This is another new ability that is introduced in Web and will see play just seeing how popular Spiderman is. Imagine having 2 Cosmic Spider-Man in play by Turn 9? Drop 1 on Turn 8 and then reveal Ben Reilly on Turn 9 and drop another one. It sounds crazy but it could work.

Statwise, Ben ranks among the lowest ATK for 6 drops in the game. His DEF at 12 is somewhat normal for 6 drops. His other ability which will help Spider friends is that Ben gives other Spider friend characters that you control +2 ATK while attacking. The lack of Range and/or Flight also hampers this card.

Constructed – 2/5: Don’t rely on him as your main attacker. The best use out of him is trying to get the best out of his abilities.

Limited: - 1/5: Chances are in draft you wont be able to summon more than 1 Spider-Man. This cards only hopes in draft is the +2 ATK bonus to Spidey-friends
Paul Hagan Scarlet Spider, Ben Reilly --

If any of you have read Spider-Man comics, you'll know that the time of clones is the Time of Which We Do Not Speak. It was horribly written, conceived, depicted, and sometimes drawn. And it had a lame ending. You can understand the angst that comes with seeing this poor era come to life again in the form of Scarlet Spider. Fortunately, we may have gotten a winner out of it.

Scarlet Spider is really a unique card -- it seems mediocre in a standard Spider-Friends curve deck, when you have the option of playing Iceman or Nova over him. However, when you start thinking of a deck that runs four Spider-Man, Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, four Spider-Man, Alien Symbiote, three or four Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man, and two or three Spider-Man, Cosmic Suit (or whatever that ugly thing is called), then you can see how abusing it can really get. Imagine the fun of an army of Spider-Clones!

In limited, I had this guy in my sealed deck and he seemed to win me enough games. Not a first pick, but certainly up near the top if you want to go into Spider-Friends.

Constructed Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 2.5
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