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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day

  Barry Allen
<> The Flash, Scarlet Speedster

Card #DJL-003


Date Reviewed: 01.04.06

Constructed Modern Age Average Rating: 3.75
Constructed Golden Age Average Rating: 3.75
Limited Average Rating: 3

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


Barry Allen

Ahh...what can say about Barry Allen? Well, he doesn't deserve to be a rare. He didn't make the cut in my JLA ally power deck. Why the heck does he have an equipment restriction anyway?..it isn't like you are going to do extra breakthrough with him anyways... Ok I don't know what it is about this guy that makes Upperdeck think that he will be highly abused. After all he can't fly, doesn't have range, and his stats stink considering he is a 6-drop character. I am definately thinking there was some sort of misprint here. Ok sure, he can attack multiple times. Great. Only two things though...a.) he can't be equipped and b.) he can't cause breakthrough. Did I mention this only occurs when HE becomes powered up?

DCMA constructed - 2.5/5.0...Naw I think I will pass
GA Constructed - 2.5/5.0...Playing this card in this format requires mutliple ways to power him up

Limited - 1.0/5.0 ...The first person who gets multiple copies of this rare should be checked for cheating
Barry Allen <> The Flash, Scarlet Speedster

One of my favorite superheroes ever, and a card that makes for some interesting strategies. Being able to stun your opponent's 1-6 drops with one character is a tempting possibility. He has to be unequipped, or else Nth Metal becomes an autowin for this guy, but with all of the other ways to powerup an attacker, Barry Allen can still wreck your opponent's board.
11/9 is small for a 6 drop, although he'll be 12/10 when you power him up, so that can take out a good percentage of 6 drops. The 10 DEF will keep him from getting taken out by most 5 drops, although you'll want to take out the smaller drops first, then their 5, just in case they have any pumps. He combos very well with Flying Kick, as he'll keep his +3 bonus and flight for the entire turn, although you won't be dealing any breakthrough. Still, if you plan for it, he can clear your opponent's entire board on 6, leaving your other guys open to smash face directly.
Definitely a playable rare for JLA curve, and possibly a good splash in some other decks.

In Limited, he's a little riskier, although you'll have a good chance of getting some powerup effects in the set. Still, I wouldn't count on him as your primary 6 drop unless you manage a very strong set of plot twists to support him. On his own he's not a powerhouse, but as the lynchpin of a complete strategy, he could be winning games on his own in the right deck. It'll be interesting to see how The Flash is used in the next couple of premier events.

Rating: 5/5
Sith Dragon Barry Allen
JLA 6 drop
no F/R

Whenever Barry Allen becomes powered up while attacking a character, if Barry Allen is unequipped, you may ready him and he cannot cause breakthrough this turn.

This is perhaps my LEAST favorite of the JLA characters. As a 6 drop he very small. He also lacks flight and range, but I would not expect the flash to have either. This card is trying to be Quicksilver, but fails miserably.

Ignore the unequipped part as you will never equip him if you are using him and he wont be in an equip deck if you run it that way. For his effect he must first become powered up, making him a 12/10. Average attack now, but his DEF is still horrid, and to use his other effect you need to keep him from being stunned. I can see this working with team tactics in Golden, but not being able to cause breakthrough really defeats the purpose anyway. He could take out a swarm deck easy enough, but most swarms will have a counter for him anyway (ie-roy harper). If you can manage to pull his effect to get multiple attacks off, then the lack of breakthrough is no big deal as you will gain field advantage.

In the end, this guy really stinks. Stick with Batsy or Hal on 6. They are WAY better.

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