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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day
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.
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
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
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
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