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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day

  Eye of the Storm

Card #MXS-013


Date Reviewed: 04.10.06

Constructed Modern Age Average Rating: 3.25
Constructed Golden Age Average Rating: 2.75
Limited Average Rating: 3.5

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


Eye of the Storm

This week is X-men mental week. I am going to be up front about this and say right now I may not have the best ratings for this week, simply because I haven't put this deck together yet and played it. Unfortunately there are so many interesting new things out there and the X-men mental theme is still a pretty expensive deck to build. Needless to say this deck has been put on the back burner for the time being. However, there is a reason this deck is the more expensive deck to build. It is a very solid deck that has seen consistent showings in recent major events. Today we are going to look at a card that could definitely fit into this deck - Eye of the storm.

Eye of the storm is a quick way to gain endurance. Having a 3-threshold is insignificant compared to the lack of restrictions this card has placed on it. Being able to activate this card at any point in the game so long as you control no stunned characters and have an X-men character is really something. Gaining 4 endurance may not seem like much, but there are many times when 4 endurance can make all the difference in the world. This card can only be found in the new starter deck, so I recommend if you have room for this card in your X-men mental deck, go out and get a few starter decks...this is one card I would definitely give a try.

MMA constructed - 3.0/5.0 ...This is definitely a tinker card.
GA constructed - 2.0/5.0 ...The game is so fast in this format, having this card may not make much of a difference.

Limited - 3.5/5.0 ...Well if you are playing with started decks then definitely go with the X-men half.
Eye of the Storm

One of the new decks to come out of Modern Age is the X-Mental deck, and having played against it (and gotten smashed by it) recently, it seemed like a good deck to take a look at this week.

One of the more surprising cards that helps this deck win is Eye of the Storm. Endurance gain hasn't really been much of a factor in Tier 1 decks, save for G-Lock. G-Lock uses endurance gain to build up a massive endurance lead, then use the end of time procedures as a backup win condition. X-Mental uses lifegain as a way to keep rush decks like Squad and X-Faces from getting a Turn 5 win, and allow the X-Mental player to make it to turns 6 and 7, where heavy hitters like Jean Grey and Exodus are waiting.

X-Mental has a few tricks to keep itself from losing to much endurance from breakthrough (see Friday's COTD), and the stun damage it takes can be replenished with a copy or two of Eye of the Storm. Even better is a copy of Eye of the Storm in the resource row, where it can be reused by Emma Frost (see Wednesday's
COTD) multiple times. Ther first game I played against X-Mental was with my Squadron deck. He used Eye of the Storm 3 times against me, and the final score was 12-0. Coincidence? Nope, just a very powerful card in the right deck. The only drawback is that it can only be found in the X-Men starter deck, and there's only one copy in each starter. Unless you have 40 bucks to drop on starters, better luck trading or ebaying for a set of these. It'll be interesting to see if X-Stall makes a comeback with Eye of the Storm.

No Limited review, unless you play some weird "one starter, two boosters" Sealed deck tournament.

Rating: 3.5/5

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