Matt’s certainly been having a lot of fun lately posting decks for you all to enjoy. With him being pre-occupied with Gencon this weekend, I thought I’d step in and present you guys with a list I have been working on as of late.
As is no surprise by now, my list today is a bit more on the controlling side. Not just in effects, but in pure pressure placed on your opponent at all times.
Come take a look:
The Round Up
3x Harley Quinn – Former Psychiatrist
3x Darkseid – Uxas
3x Bizarro – Imperfect Duplicate
3x Poison Ivy – Pamela Isley
2x Mister Freeze – Victor Fries
1x Ra’s al Ghul – The Demon’s Head
Battle Cards (15):
Rank 3 (2):
2x Int 3 – C42-JL
This deck is a pretty straight-forward Mid-Range/Control style of deck.
The first thing I really want to talk about for this list is the use of Bizarro. I’ve had my eye on him for quite some time now, and I feel like this list is the first I’ve seen that really makes him stand out as a powerful tool.
In this list alone, Bizarro has the power to:
- Be another copy of Poison Ivy, to gain us +4 MP a turn.
- Be another copy of Darkseid, to draw us two cards with our first attack.
- Be another copy of Harley Quinn, to make combat awkward for our opponent.
- Be another copy of Mister Freeze, to lock down Rank 7’s twice as hard.
Not to mention the fact that Bizarro can target any of your opponent’s characters as well. Meaning any Constant or Push power they may have can easily be yours, if you desire it.
The next big thing about this list, is the fact that it has so many Rank 5 Characters. Making cards like Push and Pull, Darkseid and Ra’s al Ghul feel right at home. With a steady card draw engine, this deck rarely hurts for anything in particular throughout a match.
For those of you wondering where the Control aspects come into play, aside from Mister Freeze and Harley making your opponent’s combats tricky, Echolocation and Spc 2 – C39 are the heavy-handed control portions of this deck. If you haven’t had the “privilege” of playing against either of these cards yet, don’t worry – sooner or later, you will. Having perfect information as well as disruption thanks to Echolocation makes it a must have for any deck looking to force your opponent into an awkward position. Spc 2 – C39 also gives you board control by shutting off a character’s effect for upward of three turns if time correctly!
Another great asset in this list is Int 4 – U93. Since all of our characters are Villains, and ten of our fifteen characters are capable of using it, we will be able to proc this effect whenever we need to, setting up our next turn to play any Character we need in that particular moment.
Microscopic Victory may seem a bit odd at first when looking at a deck like this. But with the amount of MP you are able to produce thanks to your Characters, Ivy’s Constant and most of your Battle Cards being MP positive, it really is a great tool to have at your disposal, placing your opponent behind and forcing them to make potential bad decisions in order to catch up.
One of the big benefits to this deck is the fact that nothing is truly forbidden. Card Draw, MP gaining, non-attack VP, Disruption and Recursion are all abundant in this list. A deadly combination for any deck to face down.
With the whole deck being Villains, you may be asking yourself, “Where is General Zod?” And while yes, I think he could find a place in a deck like this, I feel the fact that he is a Rank 6 Character that synergizes so poorly with our Battle Cards and strategy is reason enough to leave him on the sidelines for now. Should this deck have a hard time dealing with particular Constant effects in the future, Replacing Ra’s al Ghul with Zod may be an appropriate substitution.
Thanks for checking this list out!
As more and more games are played, I think different strategies will begin to poke their heads out from behind the curtain. There certainly doesn’t seem to be a shortage of strategies as of yet, and we are only one set into this game!
I really look forward to seeing what other sets will do, especially those focused on other aspects of the game that we have yet to explore or realize as players yet.
If you enjoy a walk on the “darkseid” of things from time to time, I recommend giving this list a try. It’s a lot of fun, and you feel like you are really in the driver’s seat from turn one.
Until next time, enjoy your stay at the bar. Just don’t forget, there’s a two-drink minimum.