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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day

  Gift Wrapped

Card #MTU-034


Date Reviewed: 09.05.07

Constructed Rating: 4.60
Limited Average Rating: 3.67

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

Jason Bunch
Level 2 Judge
Well, this card is an easy 5/5 if I've ever seen one.

Sensational Spider-Man from MTU is a control players dream card, and Gift Wrapped is the icing on the control cake. Many times I've had the initiative against a Spider-Friends player who then used Spider-Man's ability to pay 7 ATK and exhaust my 3, then Gift Wrapped my 4, essentially shutting down my entire turn. It even hoses concealed characters.

It's even better with Spider-Man, Stark's Protege, since he can tap down almost every 7 in the game with his effect, then exhaust to Gift Wrapped either a 6, or a combination of two characters as the situation calls for. It's bomb in Limited formats, as there are plenty of Spider-Man cards to go around. It's also a great combo with Black Suit Spidey, since you can Gift Wrapped an opposing drop, then discard two cards to keep it exhausted for the next turn. It's a 4-of in any deck running copies of Spider-Man, hands down.

Gift Wrapped: Plot Twist: 3

They should have called it “thwipt” damn it…

But they didn’t. It’s still a rocking card though. It’s a great stall card. For a great stall team (cough plus Heralds cough d’uh cough). And it doesn’t even have to be used in your attack phase. You see Gift Wrapped allows you to you tie up a character with Spidey’s cost, or multiple characters that add up to Spidey’s cost. But you have to exhaust Spidey to do it.

So you can do the maths on that. And the maths says you can slow down rush decks if you use it on a low level Sensational Spider-Man. The maths also says that you can, for example, intently annoy your opponent by using it on a high level Spider-Man like Stark’s Protégé and webbing up their 4 and 3 drops. Obviously the reason I mention the “pay X attack to” characters is that you are still free to use their effects to exhaust even more characters. That is until your opponent goes nuts and stabs you with a pencil.

So in conclusion it’s a very good card, just don’t play it against opponents with pencils.

Sealed: 3
Constructed: 4

“The answer to your first question…is shaddup”

xstreamzero Gift Wrapped

Ah, another release out of the way. I got a handful of Marvel Legends, and it’s pretty impressive.

Gift Wrapped
Plot Twist/3
To play, exhaust a character named Spider-Man you control.
Exhaust any number of target characters if their combined cost is less than or equal to that Spider-Man’s cost.

Spider-Man does a lot of exhausting these days, he never actually man’s up and fights anymore. Even the new Spider-Mans from Marvel Legends just exhaust characters.

But he’s good at what he does.

Off-Initiative, this is a very good card. Preventing attackers is awesome, and Gift Wrapped does it well.

In sealed, there’s 5 different Spider-Man. You’re are guaranteed to get at least one, and if you can get Gift Wrapped to work, you got it made.

Sealed: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5

Spider-Man needs to fight more…

Bill Ivie Checking in once again, here's this week's COTD's......

First, a question for you, can we run my company name and URL in the box under my name? If so, greatly appreciated, if not, I understand....

Gift Wrapped

Sealed: 4/5
Constructed: 5/5

Round five is always an interesting one, and this card can help. With a five drop Spiderman on your side, this one can alter the game and keep you on the offensive.

As a card in a sealed pack draft, this plot twist isn't horrible, assuming you pull a five drop Spiderman. It shares the same benefits as below.

In a constructed deck, this card helps a ton. Round five is where most of the action of a game happens and quite often where a winner is determined. Not always where the game ends, but usually by the end of this round you can see the end in sight. When playing against a player that uses low drop cards to get the advantage through team-attacks, defenses, reinforcing, etc., this card can turn the tide, incapacitate a few defenders, cause some damage and take control. For that reason, it gets my first ever five rating.
Jacquay Williams Great in modern but I see potential in Golden with the Spider-clones deck. Could be part of an annoying Spidey stall combo or something. Oh wait, High Voltage.

4.0 in Modern, 4.0 in Silver, 3.0 in Golden

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