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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day

  Poison Ivy, Deadly Rose

Card #DJL-094

KO another character you control >>> KO a resource you control. If you do, search your deck for a location card, reveal it, put it face down into your resource row, and shuffle your deck. Use this power only once per turn.

Date Reviewed: 06.01.06

Constructed Modern Age Average Rating: 3.5
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.


Poison Ivy - Deadly Rose

Today we are going to take at a card that tends to show up in interesting variation tier 1 decks - Poison Ivy. Poison Ivy is as big as they come with stats of 3/3. She doesn't have range or flight, nor does she need them as people tend to throw this card into their deck simply for the effect alone. To use her effect, simply ko another character you control and ko a resource you control so that you can replace it with any location card. This is a key effect in certain decks that rely on their locations or team-ups. She is also makes up the second half of a popular "snatch you opponent's character and ko it" combo...however you guys get to do the leg work yourselves.

DCMA constructed - 3.0/5.0 ...Ivy can be a useful card in this format...unfortunately IG seriously lacks favor here.
GA constructed - 3.5/5.0 ...Decks built using Ivy tend to focus on her effect..and in an anything goes format..tend to support her effect rather well.

Limited - 2.0/5.0 ...If you have locations or characters to get rid of then this card is useful...otherwise she is just another 3-drop.
Poison Ivy, Deadly Rose

PC San Francisco is days away, and teams are scrambling for that last piece of secret tech in order to better their chances of taking home some sweet sweet VS cash. With all the focus on decks like AGL and X-Faces, teching a copy of Mikado and Mosha, along with Slaughter Swamp to reuse it, is a safe way to shut down the 1-drops that both of those decks rely on for power and speed. However, while Enemy of My Enemy can search out the lone copy of M&M, location search isn't very prevalent. Until now.

Poison Ivy, Deadly Rose makes it easy to run 1 or 2 copies of Slaughter Swamp, or whatever location you need for your deck. As early as Turn 2, Ivy can KO your 1 drop and fetch a location, and even drops it straight into your resource row so you can use it right away. Golden Age decks have used Mad Hatter to steal an opponent's character, then KO it to Ivy in order to gain a location, and prevent the character from reverting back to its owner. She works well for weenie decks as well, able to take advantage of underdropped characters, or able to herself be put into play with Dr. Light. Her stats aren't bad either, 3/3 is the new standard for 2 drops.

In Limited, she's fairly good, although not the highest pick. Most of the "bomb" locations are going to be rares, so you don't want to spend a high pick on her unless you've already pulled a singleton location that you want to be sure of getting into play. If you can get her 4 or 5 cards into a pack, then jump on it.
She's great for fetching Team-Up locations, or Slaughter Swamp if you manage to get one.

Rating: 4/5

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