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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day

  Ravencroft Institute

Card #MTU-124


Date Reviewed: 05.24.07

Constructed Rating: 3.00

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xstreamzero Ravencroft Institute

I gotta tell you, the best team out of Marvel Team-Up had to be Sinister Syndicate. Except, this cards was NOT the reason why.

Ravencroft Institute
Activate, reveal a card at random from your hand > Sinister Syndicate characters you control with cost X get +X ATK this turn, where X is the revealed card’s cost.

It’s lame. Ironically, when you play Sinister Syndicate Swarm, you have a LOT of cards in your hand, through The Vault and Legacy of Evil. The only characters that would benefit the most anyway would be 2 drops getting +2 ATK. You’d have to play a lot of 2 drops in your deck and a lot of 2 costing cards to really benefit. Or you could just Spider Hunt and give all your characters +2 guarantee.

Marvel Modern: 2/5
Silver Age: 1/5
Golden Age: 1/5
Overall: 1/5

Not worth it…

_Si Ravencroft Institute
Cost 2

Activate, reveal a card at random from your hand -> Sinister Syndicate characters you control with cost X get +X ATK this turn, where X is the revealed card's cost.

If any of you don’t know, back in the 90’s the Ravencroft Institute was designed to contain/treat all the “crazy” super villains from the Spider-Man books, like say Carnage, Venom, or the words “Clone Saga”. Needless to say it didn’t really work very well. And in an amazing, spectacular and god-awful one written by Peter David act of coincidence this card doesn’t really work very well either.

The major sticking point about this effect is that the card is revealed at random. This might fit in with the “chaotic, insane, Tom DeFalco writing the book” theme of the Sinister Syndicate. But it sucks to use. You either have to be running a whole host of cards with the same cost, or you need to have very few cards in your hand. Taking the first option and running a rush team of low cost Syndicate guys is the best bet for this. Unfortunately it doesn’t make the best deck. (Hint: The answer lies in attack pumps).

Whilst this card can effect multiple characters, the possibility to increase the attack of multiple characters by a small amount cries out team attack strategy. And nobody loves that.

On the other hand, you really aren’t going to get a big attack boost. It’s just not going to happen. Unless you have way too many high cost characters and plot twists. And hey, even if you do you won’t have the multiple characters to get the best out of it anyway. So that’s no good.

At best you could get a small attack increase early on, and then KO the resource for an effect.

Not good.

Sealed: 2
Constructed: 2

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