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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day

  Avengers Mansion

Card #MAV-030

Activate >>> Reveal any number of face-down resources you control. Target attacker or defender you control gets +1 ATK this attack for each Avengers character card you revealed.

Date Reviewed: 05.02.06

Constructed Modern Age Average Rating: 4
Constructed Golden Age Average Rating: 4
Limited Average Rating: 3

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


Avengers Mansion

What makes the Avengers Reservist deck so powerful? Well they have great characters, but in my opinion the deck wouldn't be what it is today without today's card - Avengers Mansion.

Avengers Mansion basically says, "activate -> show any number of face down resources you want to give target attacker or defender you control +X attack, where X is the number of Avengers characters you revealed". In a deck where your whole resource row should be nothing be reservists (minus this card), you can imagine the kind of boost this can give your characters. Not only that, but this card also works for attackers and defenders. That is a huge benefit as it can allow you to take down some pretty big characters even when you don't have the initiative. Now if this card said you get the boost for any character revealed it would definitely be broken, but as it is it will only see play in an Avengers deck. Trust me, there are enough Avengers reservists decks out there as it is.

MMA constructed - 3.5/4.0 ...This card is limited to AR only, but it is the staple card of the deck.
GA constructed - 3.5/4.0 ...Even in this format AR can hold its own.

Limited - 1.5/5.0 ....This card is a great card for constructed, but only situational for this format.
Avengers Mansion

Well, I hope everybody had a good time at the Infinite Crisis sneak preview this past weekend. I scored a sweet Captain Marvel playmat, and I'll have a full tournament report later this week. We should start looking at the new cards next week, as we take at look at the last set that will comprise the inaugural Silver Age line-up.

Today though, we'll be taking a fond look at Avengers Reservist. The Reservist build took a couple of Golden Age 10K's by storm when the Avengers set became legal, but dropped off significantly in Marvel Modern, taking a backseat to Squad and X-Faces. Will Avengers make a comeback in Silver Age, or has it been rendered obsolete? We'll look at the key cards for this deck and see.

Today's card makes the Reservist deck possible, Avengers Mansion. The mansion has a simple enough effect, Activate it to give one of your characters +1 ATK for every Avengers character you reveal in your resource row. Reusable pumps are huge, and Avengers Mansion will usually be a +2 on the first turn you use it, and then get progressively bigger as you add more Avengers to your row. If you don't get an early Mansion, you can always use it to replace a Reservist that you recruit from your resource row. This is easily a 4-of in any Avengers deck.

In Limited, it's a good first pick, as characters will often wind up used as resources if you plot twists aren't finding their way from your deck to your hand.
Even if they aren't Reservists, those characters will still fuel the Mansion, assuming they are Avengers or you have a Team-Up. There are plenty of decent Avengers characters at every drop, so forcing yourself into Avengers isn't a bad strategy. You're only likely to see one Mansion in a draft though, so mulligan for it if you don't have other combat pumps in your deck

Rating: 4.5/5

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