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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day

  Scarlet Spider <> Spider-Man
- Successor

Marvel Origins

Date Reviewed: 03.28.05

Constructed Average Rating: 2.35
Limited Average Rating: 1.65

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


Scarlet Spider <> Spider-Man - Successor

This week I thought we might take a look at some of the teams expanded in the Marvel Knights set. To start out, I decided that it might be worth while to take a look at the Spider-Friends team and their newest edition Scarlet Spider.

Now when you first look at this card, you might be thinking "Whenever a character named Scarlet Spider comes into play, you may move it to your hidden area", why does that make this card a rare? Well Upperdeck made the major goof of printing the name "Scarlet Spider" in his effect instead of "Spider-Man". Of course they did errata this card, but since no one really looks at the UDE errata, no one really realized the potential of this card. That is until word started going the internet about the errata... Now, being able to put your Spider-Man in your concealed area can definately be handy....especially in later turns, when you want your lower-lever Spider-Man characters protected. Another good combo for this card is to use it in conjuction with Costume Change. Now you have a great way to get your 6-drop Scarlet Spider on the field. Otherwise, this character is you basic 2/3 2-drop character without flight or range.

MA Constructed - 3.5/5.0 ...This character provides great support for Spider-Friends decks based around Spider-Man.

GA Constructed - 2.5/5.0 ...Unfotrunately Scarlet Spider's effect in this format is not going to be enough to prevail in this environment (Concealing in general should probably be avoided.)

Limited - 1.5/5.0 ...Since Scarlet Spider really can't fo anything in this format, it is at least nice to know you can put a 2-drop on the field that has a decent defense...and you have future trade bait.

Johnny Blaze
Scarlet Spider – Successor – 2 drop version of Scarlet Spidey. As with his 6 drop counterpart, this Scarlet has a higher Def than ATK at 2/3. That is not what you really want him for though. I see 2 reasons to use this Scarlet Spidey. One is to use him to fill your curve at the 2 drop in your Spidey deck as well as a pump for your 6 drop Scarlet Spidey.

The 2nd way to use him is for his card text. Now you can get Spider-Man into your hidden area. The only problem is that how do you get him back out? You could always use Medallion of Power to move your Spidey from the Hidden area to the Visible area.

Constructed: 2.5/5 – A decent way to round out your Spider Friends curve at the 2 drop. Although I prefer 2 drop Black Cat, Scarlet Spider has its uses for getting Spider-Man into your hidden area.

Limited: 2/5 – Unless you draft Spider-Man, there really aren’t too many uses for this Scarlet Spider in draft.
Scarlet Spider <> Spider Man, Successor

Welcome to Legacy Week, as we take a look at older teams that get new characters, one of whom you may have already seen in some PCQ or 10K decklists (Hint, come back Friday).

Today's card plays a lot better with his corrected text; Scarlet Spider can send cards named Spider Man to your hidden area, not cards named Scarlet Spider.
Ideally, you'll play him on turn 2, then play Spider Man, Friendly Neighborhood Spider Man on turn 3 so that you can move him to your hidden area. Then you can feel free to team attack at will on your initiative, knowing that Spidey will be fairly safe during your opponent's attacks. I suppose someone might want to hide their 6 drop Spectacular Spider Man to ensure he'll be around to exhaust their opponent's characters, but hiding your 6 drop means you'll be taking some major damage most of the time. He's a very situational card that I doubt will fit in most Spider Friends decks, even Clone decks. In Golden Age, he won't be much of a factor at all.

In Limited, he's a bad rare. There's only one character named Spider Man in Marvel Knights, and he's a 6 drop. 2/3 isn't bad for a 2 drop, but there are better cards to put in the 2 drop slot.


Constructed (Modern) - 3/5
Constructed (Golden) - 1.5/5
Limited - 1.5/5

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