Confusing Card of the Week #32 – Black Cat, Felicia Hardy

Posted: March 29, 2016 in CCW, Confusing Card of the Week, Rules
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Greetings Fellow Dice Fans!

 

Today, we’re going to take a look at Black Cat, Felicia Hardy from the Marvel Amazing Spider-Man set.

        Black Cat, Felicia Hardy

Ruling – Ability

Black Cat’s ability allows you to reroll any characters that blocked Black Cat, after you resolve combat damage. This means that even if Black Cat is KO’d, any character left in the Field Zone that blocked her will get rerolled.

There are cards that do additional effects depending on what side the die lands on, like Storm, Wind-Rider. Unless the card states otherwise, like Storm, dice that land on a character face return to the Field Zone and ones that land on an energy face will go to the Reserve Pool. Black Cat does not have any additional effects.

If a character has been KO’d by Black Cat, it will go to the Prep Area and will not be rerolled. Abilities like this typically only affect characters that are in the Field Zone, unless otherwise stated. A close example of that is Raven, Rachel Roth, who rerolls your Teen Titans that have been KO’d.

Here is the official Ruling.

Competitive Play Rating

While Black Cat has a useful ability, I don’t think she’s good enough overall for top tier competitive play. To get the full benefit of her ability, you would have to also use a character like Goblin Attack Force, Goblin Squad or Giant Spider, Greater Beast for their Global abilities to force blockers. This would practically guarantee that Black Cat gets blockers to force a reroll on. Personally, if I was going to go to all that trouble, I would just use Storm, Wind-Rider. Black Cat’s purchase cost is better, but not her fielding costs. Another issue I have with Black Cat is that you really need those Globals on Goblin Attack Force or Giant Spider and there are so many things that shut down or block Globals, but a few less that stop character abilities. Your opponent could waste a Constantine, Hellblazer or a Dwarf Wizard, Paragon Zhetarim on Storm, but that means they aren’t blanking your other cards that you probably need for a win condition.

I don’t feel Black Cat should get higher than one star for competitive play because she requires another card to get her full benefits and those cards are more easily shut down than the alternatives. I like her ability, but not for competitive play. There are better ways to go about it that could put more pressure on your opponent. I’m sure there are folks that will use her, and maybe even do really well with her and a Giant Spider, but I don’t see her being used by more than a very small number of folks.

Black Cat, Felicia Hardy gets a competitive play rating of one out of five stars.
1 Star

Casual Play Rating

If you really like Black Cat or you really like her ability, try her out in a casual setting. She makes for a great casual card and she’s a wonderful character for beginners. She has an interesting ability that can be easily explained to a beginner or new player. Her purchase cost is great for a casual setting and her stats and fielding costs are good too. A casual player can even pair her with the Giant Spider or Goblin Attack Force to make for a really interesting game. It will teach players how to maximize the use of their energy to get the most from it and also helps teach players patience! You may want to attack with Black Cat, but your opponent only has one character in the Field Zone. They probably won’t block and without one of those Globals, you won’t have a blocker to use her ability on.

This is a great card to help players improve their skills as Dice Masters! I do recommend her for beginners and new players, but as a player advances, they may be able to replace her and her combo cards with other cards.

Black Cat, Felicia Hardy gets a casual play rating of three out of five stars.
3 Stars

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