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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day

Suicidal Lover

Card #MHG_218


While Haywire is equipped, he gets +1 ATK.

While you have no cards in hand, Haywire gets +1 ATK.

Date Reviewed: 12.07.06

Constructed Modern Age Average Rating:
Constructed Golden Age Average Rating:
Limited Average Rating:

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



Basics: Haywire is a great card if for no other reason than because it is a 0-cost character.
Constructed play: There is little better than a turn 1 Haywire with an Advanced hardware. Everyone thought this card would bring back Squadron decks by the load, but the sad thing is there really isn't any room for him. Haywire is really meant for some sort of crazy equipment deck...High Voltage comes to mind. A great card...this is one character that you will definitely have to build a deck around to an extent - and that is where this card's strengths and weaknesses lie.
Limited play: This card isn't really made for this format. If you are lucky you might get a piece of usable equipment. If that is the case then go ahead and add this character to the mix. However, many times you will find you don't have equipment worthy of making the cut and this card will be virtually useless.

MMA constructed - 3.0/5.0 ...It is a free recruit, regardless.
GA constructed - 3.5/5.0 ...In this format you a greater chance of using this character to his full potential.

Limited - 2.0/5.0 ...It all depends on the equipment.
Haywire, Suicidal Lover

Haywire has the distinction of being the first "free"
character ever printed in VS. Obviously, he works great as an addition to a Squadron No-Hand deck. His cost of zero means that you can drop Ape X on turn 1, search out an equip card, then drop Haywire, equip him, and have two attackers out on Turn 1, as well as one less card in hand, and a character that costs you nothing when he's stunned. However, clever deckbuilders found a use for him in PC LA, using Secret Sanctuary to bring him back from the KO'd pile for free. See, Secret Sanctuary requires to exhaust "any number" of JLA characters you control, and "any number" can include zero. Then, you can bring back a charcter from the KO'd pile to your hand if it's cost is less than or equal to the willpower of the characters you exhausted. Since you exhausted zero characters with zero willpower, you can bring back a zero cost character...i.e., Haywire. Then you can recruit him for free, and then KO him for Poison Ivy's effect, allowing you to search out a location. You can also exhaust him and another character for Phantom Stranger, and he can be searched out with The Ring Has Chosen as well.

In Limited, he's not a high pick. I watched the draft tables during Day 2, and watched Haywires wheel around the entire table in favor of cards that had more utility. Your hand is almost never empty in Sealed, and putting an equip card on such a small body can be a waste. He's not horrible in a pinch, or if you need a free body to exhaust for an effect, but otherwise, pass him to the rare drafter.

Rating: 3.5/5

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