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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day

  Brainiac 5.1
Querl Dox

Card #DLS-004


Remove a cosmic counter from a character you control >>> Look at the top three cards of your deck. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your deck. Use this power only once per turn.


Date Reviewed: 12.11.06

Constructed Modern Age Average Rating: 3.625
Constructed Golden Age Average Rating: 3.87
Limited Average Rating: 4

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


Brainiac 5.1

Basics: This is one of the top 3 cards to come out of Legions imo. Not does this guy have a nice beefy defense, but he also has an awesome cosmic-ish ability of putting a card into your hand. He does have the downside of being a rare, having loyalty, and a sub-par attack but you can easily work around those issues for extra draw ability - especially since Brainic's effect isn't limited to Brainic himself.
Constructed play: I am going to go out on a limb here and say that this card is a must for anyone that wants to play Legionnaires or a Legionnaires variation deck. Perhaps the only deck that might find favor elsewhere is a Heralds/Legionnaires deck, but that is only because Heralds has so much draw power already. What the heck - you could always use a little more draw, couldn't you?
Limited - What I learned in limited is this: This card can save your life..especially since legionnaires pretty much sucks otherwise....

DCMA constructed - 4.0/5.0 ...Yes, I think this card is that good...
GA constructed - 3.5/5.0 ...There are a lot of things in this format that can get through an 11 defense.

Limited - 4.0/5.0 ...Putting cards in your hand in this format can win you the game...
Well, it's finally time to dig into the new Legion of Super Heroes set, and we're starting off the week with one of my personal favorites (and a card that won me some games at the prerelease), Brainiac 5.1. Brainy isn't much of a combat card, but 11 DEF will stonewall most attacks. His ability is what makes him an MVP though, letting you look at the top three cards of your deck and put one in your hand, all for the cost of one cosmic counter. The "cosmic counter as payment" theme of the Legionnaires is an interesting one, since you don't have to worry about a character getting stunned and losing his cosmic ability. Wait until a character you control is in combat, then remove the counter; you might get lucky and pull something that will prevent the stun, and if not, at least you'll be one card ahead of the opponent, and you were going to lose that cosmic counter anyway.
Time will tell how the Legionnaires do in constructed, although I'm looking forward to building a Heralds/Legionnaires Cosmic deck for Modern Age.

In Limited formats, Brainy is a real star. The Legion team has a lot of different tools in the Sealed format, which makes it a lot easier to fulfill Brainy's loyalty. This is a format without a lot of pumps, so opponents will have to team attack into him to stun him, or wait until turn 6 to get him out of the way. Card draw is always good in a limited format, and Brainiac singlehandedly helped me into a needed drop or teamup during the prerelease tournament. He's not an automatic first pick in draft, but he's a high pick if you're planning on going heavy into Legion, so keep your eye on him.

Rating: 4.5/5
Undefeated of the East Brainiac 5.1, Querl Dox

To start off this guy is of the Legionnaires team and he is a 5 drop. I believe everybody from that team has flight(not because they were all naturally gifted with flight, but the ring they wear not only act as a communicator, but bestows the gift of flight) 8/11 stats are good, average 5 drops would need some sort of atk boost for the stun, and incidently this applies to Braniac too. Loyalty-Reveal is one of the easier conditions to meet to recruit a character card since there are 3 zones you can have a character that shares an affiliation and those are in your in play zone, hand, and resource row. He has Cosmic, but no relevant text following it. His effect lets you remove a cosmic counter from any character you control and you can look at the top 4 cards of your deck, put 1 in your hand, and the rest on the bottom of your deck in any order. This is a nice once per turn effect. Letting you pick the best card for the situation out of 4 is nice because nobody can argue with card advantage. Altho you have to remove a cosmic counter there are lots of ways to restore those counters these days.

Golden Age: 2/5 This format has 2 extremes: decks that beats you by turn 4 and the decks that stall you into a position where you can't possibly win. I don't think this guy helps either decks, or help decks counter the extreme decks.

Silver Age: 3.5/5 This format is a little slower than GA, how good he is is almost rested on how good the Legionnaires are.

Modern Age: 3.5/5 With the format only allowing HoG, MXM, Infinite Crisis and LoS. There is a chance this card would be more used than the other 2 formats, but my money will be on Kree Press and Checkmate w/ VU or Heralds to take the top spots.
xstreamzero Brainiac 5.1

This is going to be the best week of my life. Not because I get to review Legion cards, no. It's because I have 4 finals up the yin-yang.

Brainiac 5.1
Flight, Loyalty - Reveal
Remove a cosmic counter from a character you control > Look at the top three

cards of your deck. Put one of those cards in your hand and the rest on the bottom of your deck in any order. Use this power only once per turn.

This is perhaps one of the coolest 5 drops ever. 8/11 stats are really good.

The ability to accelerate is also great, all at the cost of a cosmic counter. Even though I don't really like the Legionnaires team because all they have is a bunch of random cosmic abilities, I still like this card.
It's probably because I won two Extended Arts at the Sneak preview, but that's beside the point.

DC Modern: 4/5
Silver Age: 4/5
Golden Age 3/5
Overall: 4/5

Brainiac is the only good Legionnaire. Don't play with anything else.

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