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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day


– The Spectacular Spider-man

Marvel Knights

Date Reviewed: 02.18.05

Constructed Average Rating:
Limited Average Rating:

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


Spider-Man – The Spectacular Spider-man

Today we are going to finish the week out with a card many Marvel Knights enthusiasts are looking forward to playing. I am talking about Spider-Man – The Spectacular Spider-man.

Not to be confused with his non-tournament-worthy brethren, the new Spider-Man for Marvel Knights is definitely a force to be reckoned with. While he may have loyalty issues, no flight or range, and have par-for-the-course stats, this guy’s Shimmer-like effect is one reason you are going to see him in 9/10 Marvel Knights decks/deck variations. You see, during your attack step, you can activate this character to exhaust ALL of your opponent’s characters. (You can almost think of this guy as Super Shimmer.) Just think about the possibilities...no more reinforcement for your opponent, no more having to worry about your opponent’s attack if you happen to be behind the curve, and even if you don’t have initiative on turn 6 you still have a decent 6 drop. Yeah, I know loyalty sucks (especially in a limited format), but you really didn’t think a character with this much potential would come for free, now did you?

MK constructed deck – 4.0/5.0 ...All this guy is missing is some flight or range.

Sealed – 3.0/5.0 ...Loyalty always causes problems in this format, but if you can get this character on the field, you should have it made.

Johnny Blaze
Spiderman-The Spectacular Spiderman - Do we actually need another Spidey after the last Marvel release? Well this Spidey is called the Spectacular Spiderman and he is less than Spectacular. With Loyalty and somewhat above average 12/12 stats for a 6 drop.

Constructed: 2/5 – Maybe I’m missing the point here but without using him with specific cards that offer surprises when the defender is exhausted (like Arkham Inmates) I cant see wasting an attack by activating Spidey to exhaust their defenders. Sure in some cases it will be useful but what happens when you don’t have initiative on Turn 6? See my point.

Limited: 2.5/5 - Surely if he was my only 6 drop I would play him. Make sure you have another MK character though with his Loyalty.
Spiderman, Spectacular Spiderman

Well, it wouldn't be a Marvel set without a visit from Spidey. This guy is going to win games, especially in Limited. He's got Loyalty, so you'll have to be playing MK in your deck, but he's the kind of guy you can build around. If you play him, take the even initiative (obviously), and your guys will be able to attack without fear of reprisal. He's great in Modern Age, since Spider-Friends will be more playable, and Scarlet Spider can keep him out without getting rid of your other Spidermen. He's a great reason to pack 4 copies of Sucker Punch, too. In Golden Age, he'd be a natural in X-Stall if it weren't for his Loyalty.
Still, Marvel Knights is going to see play in a lot of PC decks, and Spiderman will see play in many of them, just for this effect.

In Limited, he's a bomb. There are a ton of ways to make sure you can meet his Loyalty requirement by turn 6, and then you can start taking apart your opponent's board, especially since they won't be able to reinforce anyone at all. Even if you don't use his effect, 12/12 is decent for a 6 drop. Amazingly, he's a common, so if you can score multiple copies, you're on your way to a win.


Constructed (Modern) - 5/5
Constructed (Golden) - 4/5
Limited - 5/5

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