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Date Reviewed: 12.12.05
Constructed Modern Age Average Rating: 3.25
Constructed Golden Age Average Rating: 3
Limited Average Rating: 2.5
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating.
This week we are going to take a look at some of
the money cards for this set. Are they really
worth it? Well let's see.
To start , I figured we should start with one of
the money tutors for the set -- Hero's Welcome.
When any set hits the scene, the first cards to
go through the roof (money-wise) are always the
search tutors. Why? Well, because being able to
search your deck for a character you need when
you need it is always priceless. Of course
starting with the Avengers set, we started
getting bonuses with our search cards (i.e.
counters). Now we have an even better bonus in
the form of getting a second character. Hero's
Welcome allows to discard two cards to go get a
JLA character from your deck. If it is an ally
character, then you can get another card of the
same name and put into your hand also. Now I
know discarding two cards may be pricey, but if
you are playing a JLA deck then more than likely
you will go with the ally power deck. This means
you will be getting your two cards back 95% of
the time. Not bad at all. Not only that, but
with this card you can set yourself up for a
power-up. Can we say major ally power abuse?
Personally I have built this deck and between
the Watchtowers and Hero's Welcome this deck is
definitely a force to be reckoned with. Not only
am I able to get characters when I need them,
but also use my ally powers to their full
advantage. If you are building a JLA deck, then
go with the ally power deck and use a minimum of
3 of these cards in it. I have a feeling you
won't be sorry.
DCMA constructed- 3.5/5.0 - This card is a must
in a JLA ally power deck.
GA constructed - 3.0/5.0 - I am not sure how
well JLA will make a showing in this format --
guess we will have to wait and see.
Limited - 2.5/5.0 - Discarding two cards in this
format is a little pricey --especially when you
are not going to get a lot of doubles of JLA
Things I like about this card: You can search
for up to two characters.
Things I don't like about this card: You have to
discard two cards to play it. You can't use it
until turn 3. You get -1 advantage only if you
play and search for an Ally, otherwise it's -2.
It's a rare.
It's JLA teamstamped.
Obviously this only works in a JLA Ally deck,
and you're pretty much searching for a drop and
a powerup, and that's a steep cost for that.
Maybe it'll be better in some kind of crazy
Crisis on Infinite Earths deck, where both
characters you search for can be on the field at
In Limited, this may be the kind of thing to
look for if you want to try and force JLA Ally
in a draft.
It's a searcher in a pinch, but only for a JLA
so it's a narrow search card. Better in sealed,
where you know if you have enough targets to
Constructed - 3/5
Limited - 2.5/5
You may discard two cards. If you do search your
deck for a JLA character card and reveal it. If
you reveal an ally character card, you may
search your deck for another card with the same
name and reveal it. Put all revealed cards into
your hand and shuffle your deck.
Today's card gives us the standard search card
for the JLA team. The nice thing about the
search cards that came out of the JLA set is
that they compliment the team they search for
very well. With JLI we had a search card that
lets you get anything but helps by KO'ing a
resource to keep it at 4. With JLA we have a
card that feeds the JLA focus - ally abilities.
This card can be a bit pricey as you have to
discard two cards, but you really shouldn't have
that big of a problem as it can be anything, and
with most JLA builds it would not be a problem
to get another card of the same name, either of
a different drop or simply two of the same card.
In the end it should be a two for two swap.
And there in lies the other advantage. If you
are missing your four drop you can go get Wonder
Woman and to be safe get the seven drop WW, if
you don't have it yet. OR you could go get, say
zatanna twice, and on her first attack power her
up twice and nicely triggering all of the ally
effects out on the field twice.
Even in the off hand you need a drop, probably
late in the game, discarding two cards to go get
one is expensive, but it would be worse to miss
a six, seven or eight drop.
This is a search card that is a must for JLA
decks. For any type of JLA team up deck though,
I probably would think twice about running it.
"Are you threatening me, Master Jedi?"