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- Friend or Foe
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
Limited - 1.5/5.0 ...One mental characters may
be hard to come by, much less multiple.
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.
friend or foe
Recruit Emma only if you control a mental
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,
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.
"Are you threatening me, Master Jedi?"