Asgard

OK. Don't get me wrong, I've come to love Thor, especially because the last few packs have given us some cards that really help him along.

Still, am I the only one who thinks that Asgard is overpriced? Compare it to, say The Sorcerer Supreme... Sure, the later only works in hero form... but it's a BASIC card and applies to ONE hero (soon 2 with Scarlet Witch) that doesn't need it (Winds of Watoomb covers all you need for cards!).

I'd understand a cost of 2, and the fact that it would be stronger than The Sorcerer Supreme because it's a SIGNATURE card...

Anyone??

neothechosen · 872
Wrist Gauntlets

I'm coming round to the view that this card spoils Ant-Man for me. Once you have this and Quincarrier down, then you can stun the bad guy every turn, provided that you are in Giant form for at least part of the turn (which you will be anyway, because of all the benefits of switching form every turn). Not only is the card powerful and cheap, but there's no tension between the best strategy for using it, and the other key cards like Army of Ants and Ant-Man's Helmet.

adsarf · 9
it's indeed really strong. I'm surprised we haven't seen more decks just trying to abuse it! — neothechosen · 872
United We Stand

Consider you have an ally that does 2 damage with each attack and has 3 health. Fairly average. That ally will deal 6 damage total, over the course of 3 turns.

  • If you heal that ally for 1 health, they are now dealing 8 damage over 4 turns.
    • In this example, United We Stand has allowed you to spend 1 resource (itself) for 2 damage.

Now consider that you have three allies that deal 2 damage each and have 3 health. That's 18 damage total over 3 turns.

  • If you play United We Stand during Stage 3 (Expert/Heroic), you will heal 1 damage from each ally. That means that they will now deal 24 damage over 4 turns.
    • In this example, United We Stand has allowed you to spend 1 resource (itself) for 6 damage.

Either way you slice it, this card is pretty darn nuts. Also, keep in mind, you can use this on your identity and other player's and their allies. This is strong in all leadership decks, but I think it's at its strongest in an upgrade-centric leadership deck.

Notable drawbacks are that you must be an Avenger and in Hero form.

RolandWright · 641
Brute Force

It is obvious from the art that this card was made specially for Hulk. Besides Hulk being stunned, Tough enemies is his biggest weakness. It is super depressing for the villain to get Tough just when you draw into a Hulk Smash. Thanks to Brute Force that problem is somewhat alleviated.

gustave154 · 6
That doesn't make much sense to me. Because of the forced response, this card will surely only be useful to heroes like Ms Marvel who rarely make basic attacks and can therefore keep the upgrade in play until it is needed. — adsarf · 9
Agreed! I used to include Piercing strike for such an occasion... I'd say Brute Force is somewhat limited because of the forced response... I'd like an upgrade that gives you some control over the moment you use it, or a permanent piercing upgrade! — neothechosen · 872
I will add that this card also has some synergy with crushing blow. Crushing blow deals damage equal to your attack so will benefit from the attack buff but it isn't a basic attack so it won't cause it to be discarded. I think hulk is definitely a good hero to use this with, though I'm not convinced it's good enough even with this synergy. — L3w15 7 · 584
@adsarf, I think it works out reasonably well either way. If you play it as Hulk you control the timing, so you have at least 2 turns for a tough card to come up before you have to "waste" the Brute Force. Meanwhile if you play it on someone like Ms Marvel, you're kind of wasting an exhaust when you do go to cash this in. — OrionJA · 4
Nerves of Steel

Although the transcription doesn't say it, this only generates a resource for a defense event. The card picture gives the correct text.

As for a review, it's a decent card, although there aren't that many non-zero cost defense cards that this can target at this moment, so you really need to be running quite a few in order to get usage out of this. So far, I believe that all hero defense events cost 0, so there's no extra value in running this in any specific hero as of yet. Maybe once Groot comes out, there will be some better options.

Saan · 5
A hero who might in theory use a lot of defense events is quicksilver. — L3w15 7 · 584
However he won't get much use from this because frictional resistance can pay for these events instead and will ready immediately since quicksilver will always ready in the villain phase. — L3w15 7 · 584