Posted by: thederangedbear | November 16, 2008

Marquee Monday: LoLo!

Here’s my X-Men and Titans list. I decided to mostly copy Tommy Ashton’s curve because… I mean, that’s what I always do. Copy his curve cause there always so sick-

Characters: 31
1x Dawn Granger ♦ Dove – Agent of Order
4x Lorena Marquez ♦ Aquawoman – Titans Tomorrow West
2x Argent – Toni Monetti
1x Cyclops – Slim
1x Hank Hall ♦ Hawk – Agent of Chaos
4x Wolverine – Logan
4x Roy Harper ♦ Arsenal – Sharpshooter
2x Rose Wilson ♦ The Ravager – Titans Tomorrow East
4x Terra – Tara Markov
4x Garth ♦ Temptest – Atlantean Sorcerer
1x Koriand’r ♦ Starfire – Alien Princess

Plot Twists: 18
4x Teen Titans Go!
4x Phoenix Rising
4x To Me, My X-Men!
2x Time Breach

Locations: 11
4x USS Argus
4x Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters
3x Optitron

Mulligan for Lorena. The early game consists of you assembling Lorena and Xavier’s School – so you can ready her – along with the USS Argus.

At that point, you’ll be seeing twelve cards a turn and drawing an extra one. This isn’t Oracle random draw either; this is you drawing EXACTLY what you need. Once you have the engine up, the goal is to find multiple copies of Teen Titans Go and To Me My X-Men to set up ‘the big turn’ where you either attack multiple times or completely decimate their board off-initiative with Roy Harper.

I got two games in with this deck on MWS – thanks Spud and D-Block. In both cases the engine just gave me too many copies of what I needed and I was able to win.

One game against Faces, he had eight guys on the board on turn five when I subbed in Ravager. His first attack resolved when he had two guys left, including the attacker – Ravager a guy, ready her with Xavier’s school, replace school with Terra to stun another one, flip Xavier’s School to ready Ravager, and then ready her twice more with a pair of To Me, My X-Men.

In a format where Lost City seems like it might be tier one, out of combat stuns with Roy Harper seem like an awesome option. No Cloak of Nabu, BeePeR, or Pathetic Attempt means we can start sniping with no restraint.

Few thoughts:

– Phoenix Rising is definitely better then Children of the Atom, especially since you, I, whoever, will never draw extra characters.
– Terra replacing Xavier’s School or Arguses to flip another one is insane. BANG BANG!
– SNIKT is a little awkward, probably better then Titans Tower though. What pump do the Titans and X-Men have access to that is good and not cumbersome?
– I’m not sure I like how Hawk and Dove jive when you’re constantly milling cards.

Definitely really cool! It feels so cheating to filter through your deck like that-



Posted by: thederangedbear | November 14, 2008


Even a goofy asian chick can’t diminish the awesomeness of a six foot Pandaren…

BTW, quick thought about Shift: If we see a four drop Exiles Morph with Shift then I’m pretty sure spam four drops is the way to go.

Posted by: thederangedbear | November 14, 2008

Public Service Announcement

The following is a public service announcement.

At Planet Kalee they just previewed this card:

From his very good write-up: “Everyone had been wondering if they would have a good 4-drop other than the hidden Illyana and combo-savvy Mimic. Here’s your answer. If you’re looking for a beatstick for the Exiles, Thunderbird is your man.

I am among one of those. If the Exiles have 1-2 more four drops…

All I can say is, when you go to whatever online store you visit to purchase your singles… you might want to pick up those Common Bonds along with Frog of Thunder/James Barnes.



Posted by: thederangedbear | November 13, 2008

Super Saturday

I asked Erick ‘erick’ Reyes what format Super Saturday at SoCal is going to be. I’ve been really looking forward for a large scale VS event ever since Gday and Spud’s awesome Battle of the Border tournament reports. As of now it’s probably going to be sometime in January, and I’m definitely looking to make the trip there.

I asked the big monkey about the format, and Erick said probably, maybe, possibly Bronze Age which is:

MEV – when it rotates in –

(And of course all the small sets.)

This post originally started out as speculation about the new format – which I know Erick likes quite a bit… until I came to the realization that Bronze Age is a terrible format. The difference between Silver Age and Bronze age is Heralds of Galactus – of which only two teams are good enough to see play at the top level – and Legion of Superheroes which seems no play.

So the difference between Silver Age and Bronze Age is basically Moloids? Why not just play Silver Age and indulge the people who want to play the Future Foes… snicker…

My Suggestion for Super Saturday

One format I’ve always been curious about is the no Origins format. All sets are legal except Marvel and DC Origins. Same banned list, but maybe you pre-emptively ban Surrounded? I would do this on principle since there are a lot of free characters floating around. Remember the Insiders deck I posted for April Fools day?

The way I look at it: Most of the unfun Golden Age cards stem from Origins: Puppet Master, Reign of Terror, Rigged Election, Cosmic Radiation.

At the same time, there are a lot of interesting and fun cards and teams that get cut off from the ever-widening Silver Age/Golden Age schism lsuch as the X-Statix.

The addition of the older non-Origin sets also introduces a lot of powerful answers to threats. Is Wolverine to the face pissing you off? System Failure him. Don’t like the Fate Artifacts? Play Jester or Meltdown. Don’t like the Trinity? Black Panther for an Atlantean Trident and rush that shit DOWN!

The best part is that while there is a lot of deckbuilding depth for those looking for a competitive fix, there is also a lot of incentive for casual and creative players, who can combine new and old interpretations of popular teams such as Secret Society, Marvel Knights, and Team Superman into something more spectacular.

There’s something very refreshing about digging out old cards. I’m sure it’s not just me. I might try to run something like this as a tourney to convince Erick.

Anyways, just a thought: I know Erick ‘never’ reads this blog. Hopefully he ‘won’t’ read it today…



PS: Actually, I don’t care about people and their random favorite goofy teams… I just want to Enemy of my Enemy for stuff. : )

Posted by: thederangedbear | November 13, 2008

Buckshot! Part Two

Got a comment today:

“Have you considered anything for Modern Age yet? Would be extremely intrested in your thoughts.”

Let’s see:

Disregarding DWF – which will soon rotate into MEV, which we know very little about -, Modern consists of MVL, DCL, and MUN. Let’s take a look at what these sets can offer the lock.


What deck can’t be made better by the Illuminati?

Our first ‘must play’ Bucky starts at four, and there are lots of great Illuminati characters with cost three or less.

The best one is Sub-Mariner, Protector of the Soul Gem. Not only does he allow you to stack Frog of Thunder on top of your deck, but he allows you to play Atlantis which is incredibly. Mr. Fantastic can help you draw cards to feed your Frog of Thunder too.

Sub-Mariner, Atlantis, and Black Manta is a perma lock – provided they don’t have disruption or you don’t run out of cards.

Clash of Worlds

Clash of Worlds to double up on Buckies or Black Mantas to set up.

I personally don’t really like Clash of Worlds personally. In my experience, the card has this interesting dichotomy of being both a card crucial to functioning and a terrible card at the same time.

Clash of Worlds also lets you set up a permalock too, but I personally am very adverse to playing it. This deck already seems very vulnerable to disruption, and you don’t want to have more ways to lose to yourself.

Aquaman + Poisedonis

Aquaman is a free Frog of Thunder in that he recurs and pays for a copy of the card. The problem with Aquaman + Poseidonis set up is that it’s slow and Aquaman is pretty bad after he comes into play.


This is basically Remote Facility + Floronic Man spam along with Namorita. This bleeds cards out of your hand even more, but seems like it could be a potentially viable route.

Win Condition

I think you wanted a deciated eight drop – probably Ghost Rider to pick up all the guys you didn’t shoot – but I’m sure if you keep shooting their board you can lethal with your onboards without too much trouble.

What MEV May Come

We don’t know what exactly MEV offers yet, but if you are interested in playing this archetype I would look for re-usable draw effects, recursion, and search.

For example, some cards we know of that I think have potential (no badboy2):

Black Manta and this card is also a lock too. You dont really care about the heavy exhaust cost since you’re not in too much of a rush to attack early. SRA and a single X-Force character fulfills the stamp too.

There are certain timing issues – Frog is playable only during the build – but definitely might be good enough… really depends on what X-Force has I think.

Aurora also lets you play Alpha Flight Reborn which is sick. This seems pretty good. Plus you can play Beta Ray Bill on seven – who has awesome synergy with Frog of Thunder spam – to clean up the board.

I think Gday just came. Ew…

Anyways, hope this helped! Trade for those Frogs while they’re still ‘bad’!



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