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Silver Surfer
– Norrin Radd


Marvel Origins

Date Reviewed: 9.24.04

Constructed Average Rating: 4
Limited Average Rating: 4

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


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Silver freakin' Surfer. What's not to love? It's a 19/19 FR for 8. That stat alone makes it playable in any limited deck for any reason. It's ability, though, makes it a MUST for any Fantastic Four deck, and I think you're going to find more than 1 deck trying to find a way to play and make this guy work. It's a simple truth in this game: if you have the initiative on turn 7 and 8, you should win. Not always, but if the game is remotely close, you should win. What more is there to say? A fattie worth his weight in gold.

Constructed: 5
Limited: 5


Silver Surfer – Norrin Radd

Today we are going to look at a high anticipated card for all Fantastic Four/Common Enemy decks out there – Silver Surfer.

As far as 8-drop characters go, I will say that this guy is the best for his cost. He has an incredible attack/defense stat, flight, range, and no loyalty requirement. Best of all it doesn’t matter whether or not you have initiative when this guy hits the field – you always will always have initiative when this guy is around (granted if you can discard a FF character)! The bad news is that in order to use this card you will have to last until turn 8. In today’s environment that may be hard to do, however, some areas are starting to see a shift in the metagame to decks that stall better and games that last longer.

Bottom Line: This guy will be far more effective in a Common Enemy deck than a straight FF, simply due to the fact that Common Enemy decks have better stall capabilities. Regardless, I would suggest finding room for one of these guys in your deck if your are running any version of FF. Just remember to save one Signal Flare for this guy just in case.

Fantastic Four Constructed deck – 3.0/5.0 ….Definitely try one of these characters in your deck.

Limited – 3.5/5.0 ….Since he has no loyalty requirements you can’t go wrong with having one of these beatsticks in your deck.

Johnny Blaze
Silver Surfer, Norrin Radd

One of my favorite comic book characters is this former Herald to Galactus. With Flight and Range and an ATK + DEF value of 19 with the FF Team Affliation expect to see the Surfer in action.

You see at the start of THE combat phase, it doesn’t say yours, so you can declare his power at the start of the combat phase, discard a FF character and then you gain control of the Initiative. Did you always want initiative near the end of the game? This is a great way to finish off the game when you really needed the initiative.

Constructed: 4/5 – One of the better 8 drops out there. Definitely a must for FF decks and will even see play in Common Enemy decks. You can still even use him for his values and Flight + Range even if you don’t run FF, then you just cant use his power.

Limited: 4/5 – Nice pull in draft. Definitely use him. To have both Flight and Range with a 19/19 is a great way to finish off the game.

Paul Hagan Silver Surfer, Norrid Radd

When I started thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that what Fantastic Four *really* needed was another good character. They only have Ant-Man (Scott Lang), Invisible Woman (Invisible Girl), Human Torch (Johnny Storm), She-Thing (Sharon Ventura), Luke Cage (Hero For Hire), She-Hulk (Jenny Walters), Thing (Ben Grimm), Invisible Woman (Sue Storm), Wolverine (New FF), Thing (Heavy Hitter), Ghost Rider (New FF), Mr. Fantastic (Stretch), Hulk (New FF), Mr. Fantastic (Scientific Genius), Thing (TELBET), and Invisible Woman (Sue Richards). I mean, c'mon! Where's the goods?

In all seriousness, though, Silver Surfer is pretty insane for an 8-Drop. I seriously doubted that something was going to be along anytime soon to replace Apocalypse, but oh, did the Surfer prove me wrong. The ability to steal initiative every turn is sickening, especially in a beatdown-oriented deck like Fantastic Four.

I'll take this guy in limited, too, just because he's an 8-Drop. Who passes something like this up? If you somehow have Fan-Four guys hanging out in your deck, it just makes him that much better.

Constructed Rating: 4.0 [for an 8-Drop -- SICK!] Limited Rating: 3.5 [too slow for anything higher]
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