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It’s time for another Top List article! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and this one was suggested by John P. on Facebook.

To celebrate my 100th Confusing Card of the Week article, all of the cards on this list have a collector number of 100 from their respective sets. I was really surprised to see how many good cards were on this list. There is a mix of uncommon and rare cards from ten different sets. But wait, there are currently fourteen sets released that have a #100 card, so what about those other four? Well, they just missed the mark and will end up on the ‘Honorable Mentions’ list.

Now, remember, I’m only comparing the card abilities, stats, etc. of these cards with each other. I am not comparing their other versions.

I based my list off of several different criteria:
~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
~ Would I play this card today?
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
~ Are the dice pretty? Just kidding! I do like pretty dice, but it’s not necessary.

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Let’s kick this off with the four cards that just missed that tenth place spot.

Honorable Mentions

14. Captain America: Superhero from Uncanny X-Men

W Captain America, Superhero

Heroic: When fielded, Captain America may pair up with a different Heroic character until the start of your next turn. While Captain America is paired up, he and his partner each gain +4A and +4D.

So, not the worst Heroic ability, but it’s Heroic…

13. Rhino: Persistent Vengeance from Amazing Spider-Man

W Rhino, Persistent Vengeance

When fielded, you may KO target Sidekick. Send it to the Used Pile. If your opponent’s Spider-Man is active, you may do this twice instead.

This guy costs too much for his ability.

12. Drow Assassin: Paragon Humanoid from Battle for Faerรปn

W Drow Assassin, Paragon Humanoid

At the end of the attack step, knock out all adventurers engaged with this character.

His ability is too conditional for most games where there are very few Adventurers used. Though, he is great for in set games. But that’s not enough to make my top ten list.

11. Black Widow: Killer Instinct from Avengers VS X-Men

W Black Widow, Killer Instinct

When fielded, spin one target opponent’s character down to level 1.

Back in the day when all we had was AvX to use, she was great if you didn’t have Tsarina. I even used her instead of Tsarina on several occasions, but now, she seems a little lack-luster compared to the rest of these cards. She does make the top of the ‘Honorable Mentions’ list though!

Top Ten of the 100’s
10. Spectre: Blinded By Sin from War of Light

W Spectre, Blinded By Sin

While Spectre is active, all character dice except Spectre must attack each turn.

So if you’re using this card, you’re likely only buying and fielding this guy. His ability keeps all of those nuisance characters out of the field, unless he’s blanked by a DWiz or the Shriek that’s coming in the Maximum Carnage Team Pack. But, if they’re blanking him, they aren’t going to be able to blank your other dudes! He could be a great decoy, or a great back up win condition. I would say that your team needs to be built around this card and the contingencies that come with him in order to make the team viable. That’s one of the main reasons he’s sitting at the number ten spot. But I still feel like he’s more fun to use than the cards on the Honorable Mentions list.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
They’re about average.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
Sure.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
I would say it can be useful.
~ Would I play this card today?
Maybe.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
I would definitely say that he needs a specific team.
~ Are the dice pretty?
They’re okay. They’re easy to read, which is good.

9. Jay Garrick: Guardian of Keystone City from Green Arrow and The Flash

Jay Garrick, Guardian of Keystone City

While Jay Garrick is active, the first time you field a BOLT or SHIELD character die each turn, you may take 1 damage and move a die from your Used Pile to your Prep Area (2 dice if the character is BOLT and SHIELD).

Why is this guy better than the many that came before him? Because he’s cheaper to purchase and field, and his ability works with lots of characters in the game. I don’t like that I have to take damage to move the die from my Used Pile to my Prep Area, because life is a very important resource and if I were going to spend it on something, it’s gotta be good. I could see someone pairing this card with Vicious Struggle, but there are better methods for making that Action lethal. I think he’s a good alternative to Reclaim, if you really need your BAC slots, but you need a way to mitigate that damage. I don’t see this card on any Rush/Blitz type teams because if you’re buying a four cost Jay Garrick, you’re not buying your two and three cost rush characters.

I think this card has some potential, but it’s not overflowing with it. I think he’s a good casual play card, but I don’t see him making any competitive lists anytime soon. Maybe a pilot out there can find a good use for him.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
I think his purchase cost is okay, but since he’s a crossover character, I think his level three fielding cost could have been a one instead of a two.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
Since you want him to stay active, his defense is great.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
It’s useful for what it does.
~ Would I play this card today?
Better than a maybe – possibly.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
I don’t think I’d slap Jay on any team of mine, but I think he needs a more fine-tuned build. I don’t think he needs a team dedicated to his ability though.
~ Are the dice pretty?
They’re one of my favorites from Green Arrow and The Flash. I love them!

8. Taskmaster: Mimic Anyone from Civil War

W Taskmaster, Mimic Anyone

When Taskmaster blocks or is blocked, change Taskmaster’s A and D to match that of any target character die in the Field Zone until end of turn. (Each Taskmaster die may target a different die.)

I think this ability is interesting for various levels of play. You could change his stats to help keep him alive, or change them so he’s KO’d. Putting him on a team with dice that have stats like Hulk or Thanos is great, but you want to use a force block Global like Wasp: Fashionista or Giant Spider: Greater Beast to get the use of his ability. Then you want to give him Overcrush so he can deal damage over the blockers.

The more I look at the card, the more unusual he becomes. I would love to see a team build with him that makes the most of his ability. Feel free to share one in the comments if you’ve played him and like him!

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
Stats – yes. Ability – depends.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
Hard to determine that really.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
It’s useful, but also situational. I don’t think it’s too situational, because you can manipulate the conditions of his ability on that card with a Global.
~ Would I play this card today?
Maybe, it’s not really my kind of card.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
He could be added to any team really. His ability is reliant on other card abilities.
~ Are the dice pretty?
Definitely not. I don’t like the color and his die image is just, okay.

7. Solomon Grundy: Died on a Saturday from Justice League

W Solomon Grundy, Died on a Sunday

KO any character of a lower level engaged with Solomon Grundy after damage is dealt.

I like his ability, but I don’t like that I feel I need him on level three all the time. I would not recommend using a Global like Mutation/Polymorph or Giganta because then your opponent can just spin their dudes up to save them from Grundy’s ability. His ability is great if you pair it with Wasp: Fashionista or Giant Spider: Greater Beast.

Those Globals help you get specific characters dice out the field wither through combat damage or Grundy’s ability. And I guess if he’s KO’d while level one or two, it’s not so bad because he could come back next turn at level three.

He also makes for a great blocker, because his stats are good and if he blocks a character with bigger stats on a lower level than his, he can still take them out. He’s not a far reach with his purchase cost either, which is a plus.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
I think it is for the most part.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
I would like to have seen maybe one more point of defense on all his levels for better survival against multiple blockers, but overall I think it’s fine for single blockers.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
It’s definitely useful, espicially when paired with a force block card. It’s situational only in that it affects lower level character dice, so you want him on level three if at all possible.
~ Would I play this card today?
Most likely.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
You could actually put this card on any team with a force block and he would do well. You definitely don’t need the force block, but it helps.
~ Are the dice pretty?
Yuck – no way. But they fit his character, so no real complaints. I think a pink sparkly die would look out of place with him. I like his image though!

6. Killer Croc: Out of the Depths from Batman

W Killer Croc, Out of the Depths

When fielded, KO all level 1 and 2 character dice with A less than Killer Croc.

So why did this guy beat out the other four cards and make my top ten? His ability paired with his stats could wipe an opponent’s entire Field Zone. His purchase cost is expensive, but I would pay that price to wipe their Field, leaving them open for an attack. This card is easily paired with Small Step for Man from the Superman Wonder Woman Starter.

W Small Step For Man, BAC

This puts all characters in the Field Zone at level one, but when you field your Killer Croc, you’re likely taking out all of their characters. You can use a Global like the one on Giganta: Standing Tall to spin your surviving character dice back up. This card has potential and possibilities – it only needs the right pilot and the right build to make it happen.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
Absolutely. If he was a six cost – he’d be too good.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
Totally. At level one, you’re KO’ing all opposing level one and two dice with an attack of three or less. Seems good to me!
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
I’d say it’s very useful, but slightly situational – which there are ways of fixing.
~ Would I play this card today?
I would love to play this card – TODAY!
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
I don’t think he requires a team built around him, but he may need a team with cost reduction or ramp/churn because he is expensive. But he’ll potentially win you the game if you get him!
~ Are the dice pretty?
Totally not. I am not a fan of the color of these dice, but I get why they chose the colors. I do really like his dice image though.

5. Superwoman: Amazonian from World’s Finest

W Superwoman, Amazonian

If you spend at least BOLT BOLT BOLT to purchase a Superwoman die, immediately roll that die and place it into your Reserve Pool.
Global: Pay 1. You may convert any amount of your energy to BOLT this turn.

So, the only thing holding this card back from making it any higher on the list is her level three fielding cost. I think a two would have been fine because her defense is low. Killer Croc is a two to field on his level three side and his stats are 7A/7D. I definitely don’t think a two fielding cost would break this card at all. I do like her ability, especially if I’m hoping for energy to buy more of her or other dice.

Her Global is the shining point of her card though. This Global allows you to keep your energy on it’s current face and spend it as that energy, or spend it as a Bolt. The Global cost one generic energy too, making it a very handy energy fixing tool for Bolt-centered teams.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
Yes, but her level two and three fielding cost are high.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
They aren’t as good as I’d like them to be. I’m not asking for zero and one fielding costs across all levels, but a three is a little steep for this type of ability. Her Global is what shines the most.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
The ability is useful, but too situational.
~ Would I play this card today?
I have definitely played this card and her other versions. I would play it on the right team.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
She doesn’t need a specific build, but building around her is helpful.
~ Are the dice pretty?
They’re colored thematically and they have a pretty shimmering swirl. I also like her die image.

4. Sangan: Sacrificial Fiend from Yu-Gi-Oh!

W Sangan, Sacrificial Fiend

When this monster gets knocked out, you may pull two dice from your bag. If both are monsters, put them into your prep area; otherwise return them to your bag.

I like this guy a lot in Golden Age. There are so many ways to manipulate the dice in your bag, not mention, KO a character. He’s got low enough defense numbers on all levels that your opponent may not want to attack into him or block him. You can easily KO him with Magic Missile/Unstable Canister, Fabricate, or Blue-Eyes.

I’ve used this card in the past and I like him. There are other ways to prep dice, but this could be more attuned to someone’s play style than the other cards.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
Yes, he’s easy to KO and you can manipulate your bag to increase the chances of drawing character dice.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
Definitely.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
It’s definitely useful, but may require the right timing.
~ Would I play this card today?
I have used him before and would use him today.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
~ Are the dice pretty?

3. Spider-Woman: Playing Both Sides from Age of Ultron

W Spider-Woman, Playing Both Sides

When fielded, deal 2 damage to one opposing character with a printed fielding cost of 0.

I like cheap characters with good stats and good abilities. She can easily take out nuisance characters like a low level Dwarf Wizard or Oracle, or just clear some Sidekicks out of the way for your attack. Even though her fielding costs are not the best, as long as she’s level one or two, it’s manageable.

She also has a great defense for those times you really need her to stay in the Field Zone as a blocker. The higher the defense, the less damage that gets through from dice with Overcrush! And even though she’s not the kind of card I would use, I can’t bump her down on the list because of her overall potential. She’s got a great ability for those annoying Oracles and DWiz’s and I like her for that.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
Definitely for her ability, and I guess the higher fielding cost on level three evens this card out some.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
Level one and two are fine. Seeing as how she’s not expensive to purchase, I can’t complain too much about her level three fielding cost.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
There are lots of zero fielding characters that are really good and used often. I would say she’s more useful than situational, but her ability requires a specific condition.
~ Would I play this card today?
Probably, but she’s not really my play style – I just see her overall potential.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
She can fit on any team without having to build around her directly.
~ Are the dice pretty?
They aren’t ugly, but they aren’t my favorite.

2. Oni: Greater Giant from Faerรปn Under Siege

W Oni, Greater Giant

When fielded, you may put target Action die from target opponent’s Field Zone, Prep Area, or Reserve Pool into the Used Pile. Cancel any effect of that die.

I just covered this guy for my 100th Confusing Card of the Week article. I absolutely love this card. There is not near enough Action removal or Action hindering in the game and I think this card is probably one of the best for Modern Age. He was almost number one on this list because of how much I like him, but his situational ability is what held him back. If your opponent isn’t using Action dice much, he’s just a big hitting character die for four energy.

Even though his situational ability has held him out of the top spot, it’s what propelled him to the number two spot. That’s because for every player that doesn’t use Actions regularly, there are almost twice as many that do. And with Unstable Miracle growing in popularity in my area, Oni could be a great response to it. It won’t stop it completely, but it helps stifle some of that Boomerang action. There just aren’t enough Action-reliant teams out there for him to steal that first place spot.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
Yes.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
Yes, but level three might have been able to get away with a fielding cost of one.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
His ability is situational, but it’s a common situation to come across, making his ability very useful.
~ Would I play this card today?
I wouldn’t hesitate if I thought the meta would include half or more Action-based teams.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
He can find a spot on any team without needing his own support.
~ Are the dice pretty?
They are gorgeous! I love the color and his die image is perfect.

1. Lockjaw: King’s Best Friend from Deadpool

W Lockjaw, King's Best Friend

While Lockjaw is active, before your Clear and Draw Step, name a non-Sidekick die. If you draw that die, gain 1 life and each of your Lockjaw dice gets +1A and +1D.

Lots of folks love the common Lockjaw, but this Lockjaw can actually get some use from his attack and defense bonus, because it happens on your turn and not your opponent’s turn. There are plenty of ways to manipulate a bag to increase your chances of drawing the right die. You are always allowed to look in your bag before you draw too, but you have to shuffle those dice up really well before you draw.

I love that he has life gain and a stat buff with his ability. Life gain is definitely useful later in the game, as is a stat buff if you’re hoping to get some damage in. Lockjaw makes for a great blocker too, which is good since you need him active before your turn starts to get the use of his ability. I feel like this card is a little underrated because everyone focuses too heavily on the common version. This guy has a place on a team out there and I hope more folks try using him.

~ Is the purchase cost even with the stats and ability?
I think they’re generous.
~ Are the stats in line with the ability?
More than generous.
~ Is the ability useful or is it too situational?
Highly useful, but may need some bag manipulation to increase the odds of calling the right die.
~ Would I play this card today?
I would put this card on any team that had room for him.
~ Can I use this on any team or does it require a specific build?
He’s a great card that doesn’t need any support.
~ Are the dice pretty?
Not really. I don’t dig the colors, but they’re thematic and the die image is cute.

Final Thoughts

While most of these cards are just good in casual play, there are a few gems for competitive play hidden away. One being that great Oni card! I’ve gotten a few ideas for teams from the cards on this list and I intend to build one of them for our Modern Age event this Saturday. I’m really happy that John P. suggested this article. This was a lot of fun to write and research and I look forward to doing another Top List article in the future.

What are your favorites on the list?
Would you place a card differently?
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