Out of the Shadows…Spider-Man: Responsibility

Out of the Shadows…is a series of articles highlighting fun, helpful cards that aren’t getting a lot of attention.  They may or may not be meta-worthy, but are definitely worth looking at for casual play.

Happy New Year, Dice Rollers!  I am starting the New Year off right, on my terms, and stepping Out of the Shadows and back into article writing…so without further ado, let’s get 2021 started!

If you’ve followed anything I’ve said for the 15-ish months, you may have seen #rarespiderman4ever in various posts, comments or heard it in conversations on A Double Double ‘n Dice.  This post is not about that Spider-Man.  It’s about one of his other iterations from Infinity Gauntlet, and it’s his uncommon version.

Spider-Man: Responsibility

New hashtag: #spiderman4ever … it’s not just about the rare anymore.

At first glance, you may wonder, what’s so special about this Spider-Man?  He’s a 5 cost fist.  The die is pretty, and the stats are decent.  It’s from that “new” Infinity Gauntlet (IG) set (new being a relative term, depending where in the world you’re reading this article…).

Well, he has the keyword Overcrush.  If you’re new to the game, or need a reminder of what Overcrush does, the keywords page can be extraordinarily helpful. Overcrush: When attacking, if this character KOs all of its blockers (or they are removed for other reasons), it deals any remaining damage to your opponent.  That’s pretty cool.  With his attack stat line of 3A 4A 5A, it’s pretty good. Fielding costs are pretty good too, with a 0 1 1 across the board.

Spider-Man is no Becky Lynch…but that, in my mind, is a Martha Stewart good thing.

But that 5 purchase cost…I can hear all of you in my head, chanting…echoing…Becky Lynch: Maiden Ireland (WWE) is better.  Well, sure she is.  She’s a 5 cost shield die with Overcrush, a control ability that deals direct damage, and to top it off she has a global that permits you to prep the first die you purchase each turn.  Becky Lynch: Maiden Ireland (WWE) will be the die with which we compare everything for the next…forever…but I digress.

Where were we?  Spider-Man: Responsibility…right.  What I like about this guy is his ability text.  Spider-Man costs 1 less to purchase for each of your unique, active character dice (minimum 1).

Why is this special?

It is ridiculous how quickly you can reduce the cost of this Spider-Man die.  Field a sidekick?  Ok, that’s reduced him to a 4 cost.  Are you playing control today?  Perhaps you need a Drax: The Pacifist (IG) to prevent your opponent from purchasing or fielding something.  Maybe you buy the TrueMisterSix’s favourite blanking card, Typhoid Mary: Red Rubber Boots (IG) to ignore the text of an opposing character.  Maybe you use BOTH??? I know…insane thought…but let’s say you did.  Drax + Typhoid Mary + Sidekick makes this Overcrushing Spider-Man a 2 cost fist. Field one Spider-Man now and all of a sudden he’s a 1 cost fist die. With Overcrush. And a stat line of 3A 4A 5A.  Your opponent is going to have to make some hard decisions, such as, which character(s) will I block with, and how do I not die?

What else can Spider-Man do?

There’s not much else I can say about this Overcrushing Spider-Man.  Pair him with some attack buffs, some cheap support characters, and profit.  Have you played with this Spider-Man?  What are your thoughts? Do you think he’s better than his rare counterpart?  Is he better than Becky (gasp)? Share your team links with this Spider-Man!

I’d love to hear from you, let me know your thoughts or questions in the comments below.  Do you have a card that I should bring Out of the Shadows?  Let me know!

-jbouwme

 

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