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During the month of December, I’m featuring a different cold/ice/snow related card each week to celebrate the winter holidays. Today, we’re going to take a look at Mr. Freeze: Heart of Ice from the DC World’s Finest set.

I’m also adding a new Prime Rating to each of my Confusing Card of the Week articles. They will follow the same rating system as the Unlimited Competitive Rating, since Prime is also a competitive format. You can find a breakdown of how I choose my ratings on my sticky article, Helpful Sites and About this Blog.

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Ruling – Ability

Mr. Freeze has a While Active ability. While Active abilities will work regardless of how many of that character’s dice are active in the Field Zone. Think of this ability like a light – it’s either on or it’s off.

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Mr. Freeze says that while he’s active, you may choose any die that’s in your opponent’s Prep Area and they can’t roll that die this turn. You must choose the die before your opponent’s Clear and Draw Step. If you forget or choose to not use the ability, you can’t backup once your opponent has begun their Clear and Draw Step because his ability is optional and not mandatory. It may be helpful to declare that you are intending to use Mr. Freeze’s ability when you end your turn so that your opponent doesn’t accidentally begin their Clear and Draw Step before you have a chance to choose a die.

Mr. Freeze’s ability does not specifically state what type of die to choose. This means that you are able to choose any type of die – character, action, or Sidekick die. Once you make your choice, your opponent should move that die away from any other dice in their Prep Area so it doesn’t get mixed in accidentally. Mr. Freeze’s ability does not state that you must choose a different die each turn, which means you can choose the same die again or choose a different one.

Miscellaneous Card Information

Mr. Freeze: Heart of Ice is a Bolt Character and has the Villain affiliation. This card also has a Max Dice of four.

Examples

These examples are for information purposes only, to show what would happen in certain scenarios. I am not suggesting that these examples are the best outcomes for each scenario and each example only features relevant parts of the turn, not the entire turn.

Example One:
Using Mr. Freeze’s ability on a character die.

~ I have two Mr. Freeze dice active in the Field Zone. My opponent has an Ultraman die and a Kryptonite die in their Prep Area.
~ (Clear and Draw) Before my opponent draws, I choose my opponent’s Ultraman die for Mr. Freeze’s ability.
~ (Clear and Draw) My opponent draws four dice from their bag.
~ (Roll and Reroll) My opponent rolls the four dice they drew plus the Kryptonite from their Prep Area. My opponent is not able to roll the Ultraman die this turn because of Mr. Freeze’s ability.

Example Two:
Using Mr. Freeze’s ability on an action die.

~ I have two Mr. Freeze dice active in the Field Zone. My opponent has an Ultraman die and a Kryptonite die in their Prep Area.
~ (Clear and Draw) Before my opponent draws, I choose my opponent’s Kryptonite die for Mr. Freeze’s ability.
~ (Clear and Draw) My opponent draws four dice from their bag.
~ (Roll and Reroll) My opponent rolls the four dice they drew plus the Ultraman from their Prep Area. My opponent is not able to roll the Kryptonite die this turn because of Mr. Freeze’s ability.

Example Three:
Using Mr. Freeze’s ability on a Sidekick die.

~ I have two Mr. Freeze dice active in the Field Zone. My opponent has a Sidekick die in their Prep Area.
~ (Clear and Draw) Before my opponent draws, I choose my opponent’s Sidekick die for Mr. Freeze’s ability.
~ (Clear and Draw) My opponent draws four dice from their bag.
~ (Roll and Reroll) My opponent rolls the four dice they drew but they can’t roll the Sidekick die from their Prep Area this turn because of Mr. Freeze’s ability.

Official Sources

WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF) does not have an official ruling for this specific card.

Turn Order Summary Reference

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Unlimited Competitive Play Rating

This card could be useful in an unlimited format, but the main drawback is his purchase cost. Most unlimited meta cards have a much more lethal or useful ability and they cost less to purchase than Mr. Freeze. There are also too many ways to blank his text and render him useless. In an unlimited meta, a useless character that costs you five energy to purchase is a huge waste of resources. If someone can build a team that uses Mr. Freeze as a major control piece, that would be pretty cool. But again, some of the best control cards cost four or less and have a much more devastating effect. His ability is definitely useful and could even cause someone to lose if they can’t get their main lethal piece into play. But getting Mr. Freeze into your dice rotation and then putting him the Field while having to keep him safe from blanking effects is a lot of work. There are better control pieces, but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone found a way to use this card to their advantage.

Mr. Freeze: Heart of Ice gets a Unlimited rating of two out of five stars.
2 Stars

Prime Play Rating

I feel like Mr. Freeze has more potential in the Prime format, even without some of the good cost reducers. There are still cheaper control pieces, but he adds another control option that may be more useful since Rip Hunter’s Chalkboard is possibly going to be a key meta card because of its Global. I think a player could possibly benefit from a card like Mr. Freeze much more in a Prime format. And while his ability is really good, his attack stats aren’t terrible – meaning he could possibly lend that additional pressure or even a lethal blow. I could definitely see him making a rogue team, and I would hope that he’s not overlooked by control players. He’s expensive in a format with little to no cost reduction, but the payoff could be bigger than expected. We haven’t seen a Prime meta yet, so there isn’t a definitive way to know if he’s going to be worth the effort yet. I still think he’s worth a few looks and at least a test play though.

Mr. Freeze: Heart of Ice gets a Prime rating of three out of five stars.
3 Stars

Casual Play Rating

Mr. Freeze’s ability is pretty clearly written and not too complicated, but some of the tricks to it might be lost on beginners. For instance, being able to name an action or Sidekick die may not be something that a beginner or newer player would think is a possibility. But a quick explanation could open a whole world of possibilities for a new player, which makes this card great for a player that understands the basic turn order. His ability is definitely unusual and fun to use, which is appealing to most newer players as well. He also helps teach patience and a bit of strategy because it’s not always best to attack with him if your opponent has dice in the Prep Area. I could easily recommend this card for any player of any skill level.

Mr. Freeze: Heart of Ice gets a casual play rating of four out of five stars.
4 Stars

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Today, we’re going to take a look at  Lockjaw: Fiercely Loyal  from the Marvel Deadpool set.

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Ruling – Ability

Lockjaw’s ability is a While Active ability. It doesn’t matter how many Lockjaw dice you have in the Field Zone, only that you have at least one for his ability to work. While Active abilities are like a light – they’re either on, or off.

Before your opponent’s Clear and Draw Step, you name a non-Sidekick die. If your opponent draws that die, each of their character dice in the Field Zone will take two damage and all of your Lockjaw dice will get +2A. The only stipulation for this ability is that the named die be a non-Sidekick die. You can name any Character or Action die, including a Non-Basic Action die.

Lockjaw’s ability only checks that the named die was drawn, and does not trigger for each of the named dice drawn.

If your opponent has any dice that are KO’d by this ability, those dice are not eligible to be rolled during the Roll and Reroll Step on that same turn.

This Paragraph is Out of Date – See Update Below!
There is still some debate over when this ability can trigger during the turn. Some players believe it triggers only during the Clear and Draw Step, while others believe that it would trigger at anytime during the turn. I have inquired about this on WORF. Until I have an official response to clear this confusion up, I have ruled that the ability only works during the opponent’s Clear and Draw Step. Through my interpretation of the wording on the card, it sounds as though the ability only checks for the die during the Clear and Draw Step. I would think that if it was intended to check for the die during the entire turn, the wording would be a little more specific like: “If your opponent draws that die this turn…”. Hopefully WizKids will respond soon to my follow up on the current WORF topic. I will update this article when there is an official ruling.

*** UPDATE! ***

WizKids has made an official ruling on when Lockjaw’s ability triggers. They have ruled that Lockjaw will trigger outside of the Clear and Draw Step. My ruling is not in line with WizKids, so I am adjusting my ruling to correspond with theirs. You can find the update on the original Lockjaw ruling, here.

Miscellaneous Card Info

Lockjaw: Fiercely Loyal is a Shield Character and has the Inhumans affiliation. This card also has a Max Dice of four.

Examples

These examples are for information purposes only, to show what would happen in certain scenarios. I am not suggesting that these examples are the best outcomes for each scenario.

Example One:
One active Lockjaw.

~ I have one Lockjaw die active. Before my opponent’s Clear and Draw Step, I name Multiple Man.
~ (Clear and Draw) My opponent clears their Reserve Pool into their Used Pile and draws four dice from their bag.
~ (Clear and Draw) They draw three Sidekick dice and one Multiple Man die.
~ (Clear and Draw) All of their active characters will take two damage, and my Lockjaw will gain +2A.

Example Two:
Multiple active Lockjaw.

~ I have three Lockjaw dice active. Before my opponent’s Clear and Draw Step, I name Multiple Man.
~ (Clear and Draw) My opponent clears their Reserve Pool into their Used Pile and draws four dice from their bag.
~ (Clear and Draw) They draw three Sidekick dice and one Multiple Man die.
~ (Clear and Draw) All of their active characters will take two damage, and my all three of my Lockjaw dice will gain +2A.

Example Three:
Drawing multiples of the named die.

~ I have one Lockjaw die active. Before my opponent’s Clear and Draw Step, I name Power Bolt.
~ (Clear and Draw) My opponent clears their Reserve Pool into their Used Pile and draws four dice from their bag.
~ (Clear and Draw) They draw three Power Bolt dice and one Sidekick die.
~ (Clear and Draw) All of their active characters will take two damage, and my Lockjaw will gain +2A.

Example Four:
Dice KO’d by Lockjaw’s ability.

~ I have one Lockjaw die active. My opponent has three Sidekick dice active and one Wolverine die in the Prep Area. Before my opponent’s Clear and Draw Step, I name Multiple Man.
~ (Clear and Draw) My opponent clears their Reserve Pool into their Used Pile and draws four dice from their bag.
~ (Clear and Draw) They draw three Sidekick dice and one Multiple Man die.
~ (Clear and Draw) All of their active characters will take two damage, and my Lockjaw will gain +2A.
~ (Clear and Draw) The three Sidekicks will be KO’d and sent to the Prep Area.
~ (Roll and Reroll) My opponent rolls the four dice they drew plus the Wolverine die that was already in their Prep Area. The Sidekicks that were KO’d on this turn will remain in the Prep Area until their next turn.

NEW! Example Five:
Named dice drawn outside of the Clear and Draw Step.

~ I have one Lockjaw die active and my opponent has two Sidekick dice active in the Field Zone. I name Multiple Man.
~ (Clear and Draw) My opponent clears their Reserve Pool into their Used Pile and draws four dice from their bag.
~ (Clear and Draw) They draw four Sidekick dice.
~ (Roll and Reroll) My opponent rolls and then rerolls the four Sidekick dice and the result is a Shield energy, two Mask energy, and a Sidekick.
~ (Main Step) My opponent spends the Shield energy (placing it Out of Play) to use the Global on Resurrection. The die that’s drawn is Multiple Man. My opponent’s two fielded Sidekicks take two damage and my Lockjaw die gets +2A.
~ (Main Step) My opponent fields the Sidekick in their Reserve Pool. It doesn’t take damage because it wasn’t active in the Field Zone when Lockjaw’s ability was triggered.

Official Sources

You can find the official ruling on WizKids Official Rules Forum (WORF), here.

Competitive Play Rating

Lockjaw’s ability is definitely interesting and potentially useful, but I feel like he’s only going to be really good in certain local metas. He’s probably not good against a Vicious Struggle team or even a Front Line team. I can’t just toss this card aside and claim he’s not viable in certain metas though. He only cost four to purchase and has a TFC of one – which is pretty awesome. His stats aren’t horrible for a defensive character, and his ability could give him some bite with that bark and possibly change your opponent’s mind about attacking. I can give him a rogue team rating, but he’s not a card that I see turning up on every team.

Lockjaw: Fiercely Loyal gets a competitive play rating of three out of five stars.
3 Stars

Casual Play Rating

If not for the confusing text on this card, he’d easily have earned three, maybe four stars from me for casual play. He’s a great card once a player understands exactly how he works. He’s got a great purchase cost, good stats, and an awesome TFC. I just wish his ability was a little easier to understand for a beginner. Players with a better understanding of the rules could probably find ways to use this card in casual play and I encourage those players to use Lockjaw. He’s not a terrible card, he just needs a bit of explanation to help players better understand how he works.

Lockjaw: Fiercely Loyal gets a casual play rating of two out of five stars.
2 Stars

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WizKids recently spoiled eight of the super rare cards from the Marvel Deadpool set. The Reserve Pool has done a two part review (Part 1 and Part 2) of the super rares and discussed them on their Podcast as well. I thought I’d write up a Preview/Review article for these cards as well. Most of the recent sets have only had eight super rare cards, so it’s safe to assume that these are all the super rare cards in the Deadpool set. But, WizKids could surprise us and throw in a few more.

I do not have pictures for any of the cards, but you can see all the cards in TRP’s Part 1 Review and TRP’s Part 2 Review articles. I haven’t read their articles yet, because I don’t want subliminal influences for this article. I fully intend to read both of their articles as soon as I’ve finished and published this article.

Standard Super Rares

These super rares all have one energy type and a purchase cost of five, except for Multiple Man. Most of the cards have a maximum of four Max Dice, with the exception of Multiple Man.

Deadpool: Why Isn’t There A Hero Affiliation?

Deadpool is a five cost, Fist character with the Deadpool affiliation and his text reads:

“When Deadpool is KO’d, KO target opposing level 1 character die.”

Deadpool has TFC (Total Fielding Cost) of three (0/1/2) with stats of 2/4, 4/4, 5/5. I don’t see anything spectacular about his fielding costs or stats.

Deadpool’s ability is okay but you need to use him in conjunction with another character or action that spins or makes characters level one to get the most bang for your chimichangas. The best card I can think of (off the top of my head) to pair with Deadpool is Stealth Ops: Basic Action Card. Deadpool can be particularly useful to get rid of a problem character, like an Oracle: Master Investigator. This could take up two card slots on your team for a combo that you may not use, and in a competitive setting, I feel the game is too fast right now for something like this.

As for casual play, this card with Stealth Ops or another similar type card, might be a fun combo to play with. I don’t think it’s overpowered for a casual setting, and this gives Deadpool super fans a chance to use their beloved character with a fun gimmick, befitting of Deadpool.

Overall, I’m not crazy about this card, but he could be fun in casual play.

Lady Deadpool: Earth 3010

Lady Deadpool is a five cost, Shield character with the Deadpool affiliation and her text reads:

“While Lady Deadpool is active, when you use an action die, you may pay BOLT. If you do, you may immediately use the ability of that action die a second time with the same number of bursts.”

Lady Deadpool has TFC of three (0/1/2) with stats of 3/3, 4/4, 5/5. Her fielding costs and stats are close in line with Deadpool’s, so they’re about average for a five cost character.

Lady Deadpool’s ability is very powerful for anyone using a team focused on Action Dice. At the cost of a single Bolt energy, you can use the ability of Action Die you just used. We don’t have an official ruling on how abilities like this work with Continuous Action Dice, but this is how I would rule it:

Her ability says that you can use the ability a second time. Effects end at the end of turn, so if you copy the ability of a Continuous Action Die and you don’t actually use the ability, you can’t save it. You need to use the ability immediately and if you can’t or the ability won’t go off until after your turn ends, then the copy of the ability fizzles. Lady Deadpool doesn’t add an additional copy of an Action Die. She only allows you to use the ability of an Action Die that you’ve just played.

Lady Deadpool would be very useful with Polymorph, Vicious Struggle, Kryptonite: Green Death, or any other Action Die that could be useful multiple times. Actions like Delayed Blast Fireball wouldn’t be beneficial because the effect would clear at the end of turn. I think Lady Deadpool has the potential to see some competitive play, even with her purchase cost of five, but she could be a little too confusing for beginners in casual play.

Multiple Man: Pile On!

Multiple Man is a two cost, Mask character with the X-Men affiliation and his text reads:

Swarm (While this character is active, if you draw this die during your Clear and Draw Step, draw and roll an extra die.)”

Multiple Man has TFC of four (1/1/2) with stats of 1/1, 2/2, 4/4. His fielding costs are not perfect, but for a character that only costs two energy, his stats aren’t terrible.

Multiple Man is definitely my favorite super rare of this set. He’s also the only one to have a max dice count of SIX! That’s right – a Swarm character with six dice!!! And he’s a Mask character on top of it. All of my locals know how much I absolutely love Swarm and I’m super excited for this super rare. I’m not crazy about his fielding costs, but you only need to get one of him in the Field Zone anyway. I think he’s got great potential for competitive play and I don’t think he’ll be an issue with casual play. He’s not overpowered and he helps ramping with or without PXG. I do like that his level three side is a 4A and 4D. Swarm characters are typically victims of Magic Missile, but on level three, Multiple Man won’t fall easily!

One important note about Swarm – it works as a While Active ability, which is like a light (it’s either on, or off). You only need one Multiple Man in the Field Zone to get the full benefit of his Swarm ability.

X-23: Blades of Rage

X-23 is a five cost, Bolt character with no affiliation and her text reads:

“When X-23 attacks, roll all dice in all players’ Prep Areas. For each energy rolled, X-23 gets +2A. (Count energy symbols, not faces that show energy.) Return all rolled dice to their respective Prep Areas.”

X-23 has TFC of six (1/2/3) with stats of 4/2, 5/3, 7/4. Her fielding costs are high and her defense is low. Even with her attack of five and seven on her level two and three sides, I’m not a fan of her stats at all.

I don’t know that her ability is good enough to get her into top tier play. I could definitely see her on some rogue teams in competitive play though. She’s a Bolt character, which is really good with Bolt/Ring as an additional win condition. I may try to experiment with her and Stealth Ops on a Bolt/Ring variant. There are usually always dice in the Prep Area and she has the potential to be a beefy attacker.

I think she could be fun for some casual play as well. Her ability isn’t all that confusing since they clarified that she counts energy symbols and not faces in the card text. Her costs and stats are decent for casual play, and it’s pretty clear that she’s an aggressive type character with her attack being high and defense being low on all faces.

Crossover Super Rares

All four of these super rares cost six energy and require you spend at least one of each energy type to purchase them. You can use Wild energy to purchase these, unlike the White Lantern characters that specifically state on the cards that you can’t use Wild energy to purchase them. None of these characters have an affiliation. All of the Crossover super rare cards have a maximum of one die. Their dice are unique to their cards, so if you get your hands on one of these, make sure you keep up with the die!

Captain America with Mjolnir: Worthy

Captain America with Mjolnir has a TFC of five (1/2/2) with stats of 4/5, 5/6, 7/7.

“While Captain America with Mjolnir is active, the first time you use a Global Ability each turn, deal 1 damage to target opponent.
While Captain America with Mjolnir is active, the first time you use an action die each turn, deal 1 damage to target opponent.”

I really like this ability and his combat stats. What I’m not a fan of is his purchase cost being six and fielding costs. I almost wish they had kept with the White Lantern restriction of not being able to use Wild energy for the purchase cost and left the purchase cost at four. It looks like the best options of reducing the costs of these cards would be Blue-Eyes White Dragon: Monstrous Dragon or Big Entrance: Basic Action Card.

But if you can get this Captain America in the Field Zone, he is a force to be reckoned with. Using Polymorph could help you get him into the Field Zone without paying his fielding cost. He doesn’t have to be spun up from level one necessarily, because his level one stats aren’t bad. His defense of five will help keep him safe from most direct damage, which is great since he only has one die. Overall, I like this card and think he’s good for casual, and has potential for competitive.

Charles Xavier, Juggernaut: Brains and Brawn

Charles Xavier, Juggernaut has a TFC of four (1/1/2) with stats of 2/4, 5/4, 7/4.

“When Charles Xavier, Juggernaut, attacks, name a die and draw a die from your bag. If it is the named die, add it to your Prep Area and spin this die up 1 level. Otherwise, add it to your Used Pile.”

I think others have mentioned this, but I’m going to say it as well – Charles Xavier, Juggernaut does not have Overcrush…  I don’t think any of the Juggernaut characters have a built in Overcrush. His stats are great for Overcrush on his level two and three sides, and his fielding costs for these stats aren’t terrible. If you build a team and use this character, you probably will want to add something like the Hulk Out: Basic Action Card to give this character Overcrush. His actual ability isn’t something I’m crazy about and would only be useful if you could almost guarantee what you would draw. There are far better ways to Prep dice and I really don’t feel like this card is worth adding to any team, casual or competitive.

Phoenix Force Magneto: Nowhere Is Safe Anymore

Phoenix Force Magneto has a TFC of six (1/2/3) with stats of 6/6, 7/7, 9/9.

“When fielded, reroll X active character dice you control. After you do so, target opponent must reroll X active character dice they control. (Your opponent chooses which dice.)”

I like being able to control things and this ability is almost more valuable to me than Storm: Wind-Rider, even though he doesn’t do damage like she does. He could help clear the Field Zone better than Storm does. His biggest drawback is his purchase cost of six, but those combat stats are pretty amazing. But if you combo this card with Parallax‘s Global, you could get your characters back into the Field Zone if they rolled up as energy from his ability. I could see this card sneaking onto a few competitive teams, especially since a lot of teams use Parallax. And even the Elf Thief: Lesser Harper could be beneficial to help get rid of energy your opponent rolled, thanks to Magneto’s ability. I don’t like playing the Lottery and the Lottery hates me… Every time I use Parallax’s Global, I feel like I get ripped off, just like buying a lottery ticket. That’s why I don’t play either Lottery, usually…

But for a casual setting, not sure I’d recommend this guy. He’s expensive and his ability is a When Fielded ability, meaning it may be harder to use him multiple times. You could always Fabricate with him, but even that’s limited to four if you bring four dice for the Golem. You could attack with him, but if they have a blocker, they’re going to block him for sure. And then, when you do cycle him, you need to pay to field him again. In a casual setting, that’s a brutal fielding cost on level three. Most casual teams don’t get more than four or five dice per turn, so spending all the energy on fielding him could hurt a casual team. It also hurts a ton when you roll too many Sidekick faces and not enough energy to field that level three Phoenix Force Magneto die.

Wolverine Lord of Vampires: The X-Vampires Will Feed

Wolverine Lord of Vampires has a TFC of six (1/2/3) with stats of 4/4, 6/6, 8/8.

“While Wolverine Lord of Vampires is active, when an opposing character die is KO’d, he deals 1 damage to target opponent and you gain 1 life.”

The first cards that come to mind, as combo cards, when I read this ability are Delayed Blast Fireball: Basic Action Card, Hulk: Green Goliath and Magic Missile: Basic Action Card. Any of those cards could form a great combo with Wolverine Lord of Vampires, especially later in the game when you’re down on life. Effective life gain could be a huge game changer! I don’t like that I need one of every type of energy to purchase him, but at least I can reduce his cost and use Wild energy too. I could see someone trying to sneak this guy onto a competitive team, but I don’t think he’s fast enough for the current meta to be the focus of a team. I could definitely see someone using him as an alternative win condition.

 For casual play, I think this guy could be fun to play around with, but I would be cautious in building around him. If you’re playing casual, you don’t want to run combos that could hurt your local casual scene. I think this card falls into that danger category because when paired with the right cards, he could potentially devastate an opponent.

Final Thoughts

So, I’m most excited about Lady Deadpool and Multiple Man. I’m not super excited about any of the Crossover super rare characters. I’m fairly confident that these are all of the super rares for the Deadpool set and I hope they don’t add anymore. I also hope they don’t add chase cards like the full art Black Lanterns and full art Zombies. While those cards are cool, I’ve never personally seen one pulled from a pack and we opened tons of those two sets. I only have one full art chase card, and I got that in a trade with a friend.

Overall, I think there are several playable super rares. And even if they may not make top tier, I think that they could still make their way into the competitive scene.

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