Archive for February, 2010


Fantastic Four Week: Including Silver Surfer.

February 26, 2010

Those two are not the entire four, obviously.  Let’s quote Ben Stoll from the fantastic team overview article on the mothership for the full picture:

You’ll find that Fantastic Four decks are frequently suited for a slower, more controlling game, although focusing heavily on Human Torch or Thing will certainly speed you up. Fantastic Four is the best at drawing extra cards, they have some very defensive supporters, and they happen to have the only card that costs more than 8 resources to play! Along with the X-Men, this team is about having your characters work together. As you would expect, each of the four family members brings their own specific powers to enhance the overall capabilities of the team. You’ll find damage prevention, force power-ups, and direct damage (that comes from powers or actions as opposed to attacks). You can choose to focus your deck heavily on one family member, but you’ll also benefit from including the entire family. There are supporters for each of the members that benefit from having their teammates around.

Some more highlights:

-The Fantastic Four feature cards that allow you to get more than one city resource onto your side in a single turn. By sacrificing your early turns doing this, you gain access to more powerful cards faster.

-Although he won’t directly benefit from some of the Fantastic Four “family” cards, you may find yourself wanting to include another powerful character that can be found on this team. I’ll give you a hint: he’s really shiny.

Really? Yes, really.  There will be a Silver Surfer card.



Fantastic Four Week: Torch’s Alter Egos.

February 26, 2010

Before Chris Evans caught fire in Fantastic Four, he was already surrounded by high-temperature females.  When we build our Human Torch decks in Marvel Superstars, we will have some hilarious potential nicknames.

Starting with Jake Wyler in Not Another Teen Movie

… continuing as Harvard Hottie in The Nanny Diaries

… and concluding as Nick Gant in Push.

(Wow.  What a career.  This guy is a trip!)


Fantastic Four Week: She Is Water.

February 24, 2010

Each of them will be represented by a Leader character in the Premier Edition of Marvel Superstars.  Together they will form the biggest bomb strategies that our new game has to offer.  There is some debate, however, when it comes to which is which.  Let me explain.

In checking off the four hermetic elements to the individual members of the team, our recent article on the mothership took a tangent from tradition.  Marvel comics canon has always assigned Water to Reed and Air to Sue.  We disagree.

Thought is non-tangible.  Pure intellect is devoid of compassion.  Reed Richards is not nurturing, emotional, or protective like the ocean.  He is not water, in our scheme.

Sue is the protector.  Sure, she gets invisible.  Yes, air is invisible.  It seems rather lazy to stop there when getting symbolic.  She is not a big thinker.  She feels.

It pains us to have to dispute the wisdom of the greatness that is Dr. Stephen Strange, but we must.  Fire and Earth are obvious, but the true meaning of the Invisible Woman and Mr. Fantastic have been mis-applied throughout their 50 year history.

He is Air, and she is Water.


Fantastic Four Week: Premeditated Powerplays.

February 22, 2010

Yes indeed.  That wonderful woman was revealed in the new article on the mothership.  As we enter the balanced beauty of Fantastic Four week, we are wondering and waiting to see what massive bombs the team will bring to the Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game.  We already know that they will have the most powerful effects that require more resource costs than anyone else.  This means Silver Surfer and some gigantic Action cards. 

How will Marvel’s First Family assure the neccesary resources to bust such titanic battle moves?  By premeditation, of course.  Start planning ahead, this is gonna be huge.


X-Men Week: To Beat, To Bounce, or To Swarm?

February 19, 2010

When talking X-Men strategy in the Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game, there are three major themes.  Wolverine is all about beating the enemy to a bloody pulp while healing your own wounds.  Storm is bouncy, and Professor X swarms the board like an all ages punk show with a five dollar cover.  Which is your style?

Whether you beat, bounce, or swarm, it looks like the rest of the team will be ready to prop you up. Take a look at this Cyclops.  It is obviously tailor-made for the X-babies low-cost swarm theme. It also gives any other character-based deck a good kick in the pants.

Fill my hand with supporters? Yes please. Especially when the Weather Witch is fixing to bounce the other side to high heaven.

Oh my, that is strong. And, just in case you like the sound of bouncy board control but want to run the Professor or Wolverine leader, you got this little rain dance at your disposal.

The X-men are not playing nice in Marvel Superstars. Whichever direction you take them, they are taking no prisoners.  Enemy beware.  These mutants are swinging every which way but loose.


X-Men Week: Storm’s Alter Egos.

February 16, 2010

In terms of pure power, this girl stands above all the other Marvel Superstars cards that have been previewed.  For purely aesthetic reasons, its eye candy thrills like nothing else we have seen.  It is no wonder, therefore, that Storm currently has a commanding lead in our Miss Mutant Universe poll.

Now let’s look at who else she has been.

Yes, we get to play 007 when it comes to naming our decks.  Halle Berry was a Bond girl.  It doesn’t get any better than that.

No, that is not Tony Stark.  This is a shot from the movie Gothika.  It was a bit of a bomb, but maybe you have a taste for bad movies.  If so…

Yes, Storm was Catwoman.  No, I don’t know anyone who considers it one of her finer moments.  It will provide some crossover kookiness when we are selecting nicknames for Marvel Superstars decklists, and Halle Berry had the last laugh.

Yes, Oscar, you will have a new home in the Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game, especially when playing a Storm/Rogue combo.  Good times straight ahead, one month away!


X-Men Week: Miss Mutant Universe.

February 13, 2010

That may be our favorite Valentine of all time. In honor of our unbounded love for the Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game, we are offering you an opportunity to embrace the mutant female of your choice.

Who will you choose?




Jean Grey.


Kitty Pryde.

Whichever fantasy flavor floats your boat, this is your shot. You decide who wears the crown.

Vote early, vote often!