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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day

  Creation of a Herald

Card #MHG-030

As an additional cost to play Creation of a Herald, discard a Heralds of Galactus character card.

If you discarded a card named Galactus, search your deck for any card. Otherwise, search your deck for a character card with cost less than the cost of the card you discarded. Reveal that card, put it into your hand, and shuffle your deck.

Date Reviewed: 09.25.06

Constructed Modern Age Average Rating: 4.25
Constructed Golden Age Average Rating: 4
Limited Average Rating: 4.25

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


Creation of a Herald

Basics: This is the search card for anyone playing a mono-HOG deck. By tossing a HOG character you can search for a character with cost less than the one you tossed OR by discarding Galactus you can search for anything you want. It may be a little costly for some (having a threshold of 3) but its versatility in a HOG deck can be huge.
Constructed play: If you are going to be playing a non-stall, HOG variation deck then this is NOT the card for you. There are other cards out there that will be more effective for those individuals that do not want Galactus in their decks. However if you are going to stall to Galactus (turn 9) then this card better be in your deck (along with slaughter swamp). Having the possibility to search for ANYTHING is pretty broken. After all wasn't this the case with Kooey, Kooey, Kooey in Good Guys decks?
Limited play: Anything that allows you to search is always a good thing in this format, imo. There is a lot of cycling in this set for limited play and you probably won't get to discard Galactus for the alternate search effect, but hey...search is still search.

MMA constructed - 4.0/5.0 ...I thing HOG stall is going to be a contender in this format.
GA constructed - 3.5/5.0 ...Not so sure in this format.

Limited - 4.0/5.0 ...Search cards are always a good thing to have handy.
Creation of a Herald

Today's card is why Enemy of My Enemy exists. Some teams have amazing search capabilities, but that are teamstamped; such as Signal Flare, Wild Ride, Hero's Welcome, and today's card, Creation of a Herald.
Other teams get stuck with narrower searchers like Join the Club, Baddest of the Bad, and Bloodhound.
Still others get crapshoot searchers like JSA Headquarters and Cerebro. Creation of a Herald is an easy one, toss a Heralds of Galactus character card, search for any character card with cost less than the card you discarded. That's slightly narrower than Signal Flare, but still versatile, especially when teamed up. However, if you pitch a copy of Galactus, you get to search for any card you want, and you don't have to reveal it. Only four (unless I've missed one, I'm really sleepy) other cards allow you to do this:
Kooey Kooey Kooey (which makes you KO a resource), Four Freedoms Plaza (which requires four specific characters on the board), Thunderbolt (which requires a discard and for you to exhaust your 5 drop), and Attilan (which requires an entirely face up resource row). Thus, this is a really good ability, and Creation of a Herald is easily the most convenient way to do it. Even as a regular teamstamped search card, it's a very powerful tool for the Heralds team.

In Limited, it's a darn good card to have if you're playing any Heralds in your pool. This is a format that allows you to play 8 drops, and pitching one to find your 7 is a very acceptable move if you can end the game sooner. In addition, with two copies of Galactus floating around in this set, searching for any card at all isn't entirely out of the question, whether you're playing in sealed or draft. The ability to bounce your characters back to hand means that you'll have discard fodder for its activation cost, and since it allows you to find any character, you can splash in a tech play without worrying about having a way to find it.

Rating: 4.5/5, although I'm tempted to go 5/5...

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