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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day

  Emma Frost
- Friend or Foe

Card #MXM-009


Date Reviewed: 04.12.06

Constructed Modern Age Average Rating: 4.25
Constructed Golden Age Average Rating: 4
Limited Average Rating: 1

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


Emma Frost - Friend or Foe

Today we are going to take a look at a strategic card for the X-men mental deck - Emma Frost. This character may have standard stats for a 5-drop (9/9, plus range) but you really want this girl in your deck for her effect. Simply discard a mental card to turn a resource you control face down. Of course she does have a slight drawback of only being able to hit the field if you control a mental character, but that really doesn't make much of a difference in a mental deck, now does it? Besides being able to reply your resources again and again pretty much cancels out any and all drawbacks this character may have.

MMA constructed - 4.5/5.0 ....Emma is gold in a mental deck in this format.
GA constructed - 4.0/5.0 ....It will be interesting to see how well mental decks do in this format.

Limited - 1.5/5.0 ...One mental characters may be hard to come by, much less multiple.
Emma Frost, Friend or Foe

Even if you aren't familiar with Emma Frost's stats or effect, you're probably familiar with her as the foil Easter Egg that people were pulling at the X-Men sneak previews. Well, under that silver foil, she's a pretty decent card.

Emma is one of the cards in this set to have "trait loyalty", you don't have to have an X-Men character on the field to play her, but you do have to have a Mental character. Her ability is Mental stamped too, you have to discard a Mental card from hand, but in return you get to reuse one of your plot twists (well, or location, if you really wanted to) from your resource row. X-Mental uses this to full effect, getting additional uses out of key cards like X-Treme Manuever, Eye of the Storm, or Mind Control. She's also not bad stats-wise, 9/9 is average for a 5 drop, and range can keep her in the support row where she can be protected. Any Mental build should consider her for their primary 5 drop.

In Limited, she's a risky first pick. You've committed yourself to Mental at that point, and there aren't a lot of Mental bombs in the set other than Jean Grey, Red, and she's a rare too. You may get lucky and get one passed to you, in which case feel free to start looking for late pick Mind Controls.
Just be wary, there aren't a ton of great low drops with Mental besides Sage, and she tends to go a little higher than normal.

Rating: 4/5
Sith Dragon Emma Frost, friend or foe
5 drop
Trait: Mental

Recruit Emma only if you control a mental character.
Discard a mental card--->Turn target face-up resource you control face down. Use this power only once per turn.

Today's card is one of the mainstays in the X-Men mental decks that are really starting to burn up the scene. 9/9 for a five drop is solid but nothing special, and range is better than nothing. Had she had flight, though, I think that she would have stepped that much closer to broken. Her requirement of only being recruitable if there is another mental character only means that she will be solely played in mental decks, which is fine as that's what her effect triggers off of as well.

Her effect is extremely powerful! It allows you to abuse cards like savage beatdown in a golden build, burn cards, or cards like Monday's Eye of the Storm for stall/life gain decks. It really allows you to abuse plot twists, and unlike Dr Doom, this effect can be played at any time. She can use it for her attack or def, or while another character is attacking, or outside of the draw phase for extra cards, points, burn, etc.

If you are running Mental, you are going to need 4 of her in your deck. Anything outside of a mental deck, leave her at home.

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