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Power Absorption


Marvel Origins

Date Reviewed: 01.19.05

Constructed Average Rating: 3.85
Limited Average Rating: 3.75

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Rogue - Power Adsorption

This version of Rogue is what has single-handedly made the "X-Stall" deck a top tier PQ Tournament deck. Being able to Xerox Puppet Master's effect to keep your opponents' characters exhausted is simply a great thing. Make some use of Mimic a couple turns later and you have a very efficient engine at your disposal.

Of course that's not even close to all she's good for. Being able to copy your opponents' activated effects can come in handy unexpectedly. Try stealing Terra's power and using her effect for your own gain for a change. There's about a hundred other things she can do, but I'll let you find that out for yourselves. Just remember it's only activated powers she can copy.

Personally, I'd almost always prefer Mimic over Rogue just because late game effects can be somewhat more devastating and he comes around two turns later. So, if you're making a deck and your four spot characters seem kinda lacking, go ahead and toss a Rogue in just for fun. You just might be surprised how good she turns out.

Constructed Deck - 4.0/5.0 ....Worst case scenario, she's a 7/7 flyer.

Limited - 4.5/5.0 ....Can't think of many other character's I'd rather have in my 4 slot.

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Rogue, Power Absorption – Rogue with Flight that can steal any target characters activated ability. Rogue can even target a teammates activated ability. More than often you will be targeting an opponents character’s activated ability.

At 7/7 she is slightly above average. There are plenty of 4 drop X-men to choose from. If you want might then go with John Proudstar, he is the biggest drop. But if you are looking for nice tricks in dealing with your opponents activated abilities or even to have a double activate ability on your team, then definitely go Rogue. But remember that it has to be used at the start of the combat phase.

Constructed: 3.5/5 – With a ton of activated abilities being played, Rogue is a solid choice in any X-men deck. Combine that with her flight and 7/7 she can stun and cause breakthrough in many instances. Overall, an above average card and a nice looking one to boot.

Limited: 4/5 – If you are able to draft her over some of the other X-men 4 drops definitely use her. But don’t overlook 4 drop Nightcrawler or 4 drop Storm in draft which are also decent picks. With Rogues flight and attack of 7 she will most likely be able to stun on your opponents side.
Rogue, Power Absorption

One of the big stories coming out of PC SoCal was the success of the X-Stall (Going Rogue) deck, and Rogue is one of the cards that makes this deck do what it does. Her basic stats are good, 7/7 with flight, and she doesn't have a team stamp holding her down. You can copy the powers of one of your own guys, or steal something from your opponent to use against them, giving you plenty of options. However, it's only good on activated powers, and if there's none on the field to snatch, then you're left with a big bag of nothing.
Still, you're obviously going to use Rogue in a deck with a good amount of activated powers, and if she gets KO'd, you'll usually want Mimic ready to come in and take over.

In Limited, she's great in an Origins event, because you'll usually find a few copies of Puppet Master, and you can set up your own stall while you wait to draw your bigger guns. She's a rare though, so you'll probably only see one. Definitely first pick material in a draft though.

Constructed - 4/5
Limited - 3/5
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