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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day

  Ted Kord, Blue Beetle

Card #DJL-064


Date Reviewed: 01.30.06

Constructed Modern Age Average Rating: 4
Constructed Golden Age Average Rating: 3.75
Limited Average Rating: 3.5

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


Ted Kord <> Blue Beetle - Heir of the Scarab

Today we are going to look at a very good card for anyone thinking about playing equipment in a JLI, JLA or JLI/JLA deck.

Blue Beetle is a nice 1-drop character with stats of 2/1 and range. His attack is just high enough that you can use him to stun most underpowered 2-drop characters (i.e. doom, arkham, etc..). However, most often you will want this guy on the field strictly for his effect. By activating this character and discarding a card, you can go searching for either Booster Gold or an equipment card. Being able to get your 2-drop character goes without saying, but being able to get an equipment card is just as awesome. Most characters in this set work off of ally powers, so being able to get your Nth metal on the field right away can make all the difference when it comes to gaining an early game advantage. I have most often seen this guy in variations of the Good Guys deck, but that doesn't mean he can't be splashed in other equipment-heavy decks.

DCMA constructed - 4.0/5.0 ...If you are going to play a 1-drop in your deck, it might as well search for you.
GA constructed - 3.5/5.0 ...This guy only really belongs in a Good Guys deck in this format.

Limited - 3.0/5.0 ...This card is great if you are able to either get Booster Gold or some equipment, however 2 attack for a 1-drop is not that shabby in this format either.
Ted Kord, Blue Beetle

In the right deck, this guy is a stone cold killer card. He fetches your two drop (or 3 drop if you like to Boost your Booster), then can sit back in the support row and grab equipment out of your deck, making him an actual toolbox character. 2/1 with range is very nice for a 1 drop if you decide to attack with him instead of searching. He's strong in a variety of decks, mainly JLI, JLI/JLA, and he makes a good addition to Fantastic Fun and equipment based decks. He's a strong card to play in Limited if you also have Booster Gold or Nth Metal, and the discard cost of his effect helps Secret Society strategies out as well. All around good card to play.

Rating: 4/5
Sith Dragon Ted Kord - Blue Beetle
JLI 1 drop

Activate, discard a card---->Search your deck for a card named Booster Gold or an equipment card, reveal it, put into your hand, and shuffle your deck.

This is the second best 1 drop for JLI. Sue Dibny is better as you can get any 2 drop without the discard, but ted isn't bad. If it is your opening initiative, you can swing away for 2. Its nothing big, but it isn't bad either. If you are on the defensive for the opening initiative, or are missing a 2 drop you simply activate, discard and go get Booster, who is a pretty good 2 drop.

Dibny is better because of the freedom and the lack of cost, but Kord is good enough to run them both. This is a deck you actually want to run several 1 drops, as you have to hit early, fast and hard.

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