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Vs. System

Pojo's VS System Card of the Day

  Secret Origins

Card #DJL-190


Date Reviewed: 12.16.05

Constructed Modern Age Average Rating: 4.5
Constructed Golden Age Average Rating: 4
Limited Average Rating: 4.75

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


Secret Origins

Ahh, the final money card for the week - and what do you know - another search tutor. Secret Origins is a great search tutor, provided you do not have a curve deck going against a rush deck. Secret Origins allows you to discard a card to search your deck for a card with cost equal to the highest cost character your opponent controls. Of course the way the metagame is shaping up right now with an onslaught of rush decks, this makes playing this card tricky. After all, if you need your 7 and the highest you opponent has is a 5, you are screwed. Likewise if you need to rush the field and your opponent is curved you are not going to rush the field anytime soon unless you get this card early. Of course this card also has a cost of 3, so I don't think this card will show up in many rush decks anyway. While the value of this card is high for the moment, I think it will go by way of NTZ and drop once people realize they can't really use it consistently if they do not know what they are up against. There are certain decks I would definitely recommend this card for (i.e. SS), but for the most part I think this card may be a little overrated.

DCMA constructed - 4.0/5.0 -This card will work well in this format since there isn't a lot of variation in this format.

GA constructed - 3.0/5.0 -There is too much variation in the metagame right now for this card to be a whole lot of help.

Limited - 4.5/5.0 -This card is a must in this format where 95% of the decks are curved and hitting your drops is crucial.
Secret Origins

Whoooo!!! Generic character search makes it to VS System (Weapon of Choice doesn't count). A one card discard is perfectly reasonable for a cost, especially for it being a non-team stamped effect. The one drawback, and it really isn't much of a drawback, is that your search is limited by what your opponent has on the field. This is fine if you do your searching on your opponent's initiative, or if you're just looking for a powerup. Against off-curve decks, you're pretty much hosed, although you will always be able to turn this card into a character, so it's not all bad. Even an underdrop is better than a missed drop.

In Limited, this card is as good as gold. Most of the time you'll only get one copy of a bomb character, and this makes it easier to get it (assuming your opponent doesn't screw you over by missing that drop). It's an auto-include in Sealed, and a likely first pick in Draft, as it doesn't force you into a team and allows you to pick a better card instead of being forced to shore up a weak drop in the late stages of the draft.

Rating: 5/5
Sith Dragon Secret origins
Plot twist: 2

You may discard a card. If you do, search your card for a character card with a cost equal to that of the greatest-cost character any opponent controls, reveal it, put it into your hand, and shuffle your deck.

Today's card is both really good and really bad. The really good part is that now any deck can now have a search card or add more search cards for whatever reason you want. This gives the deck types without search cards a chance of curving better which is always a good thing.

The down side to this card is that if its say turn 6 and your initiative, and you do not have your six drop, then this card is worthless and you just fell a drop behind because your opponent has to have their 6 drop out first. Also it has no flexibility. If its turn 6 and you need a very important five drop and your opponent has their 6 out, you are again screwed. Granted you could play it before the recruit phase.

It could be a good thing late if you did not get your 7 or 8 drop and your opponent did, again needing them to play it first, it will let you go get yours to stay even on the curve.

In the end i really don't like this card as it is too limited in use, but if you are playing a team that does not have any search cards, it may be better than nothing. I would proxy it in a deck before shelling out the bucks for this card. IF you don't have to have it.....save your money.

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