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Poll: Possible fixes for Pentex Subversion

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25 Jun 2012 00:11 #32486 by Killiam
I'd prefer to leave the card alone in the name of keeping the errata pool small. If, however, an erratum were a foregone conclusion, I would go for the fix in which the Pentex'd minion could destroy it with a D action (i.e. "This minion cannot block and cannot act except to remove this card.") That's the way I voted since I couldn't in good conscience say that the card is perfectly balanced as-is. I like Pentex as an anti-block mechanism, and I don't mind it as a means to slow down a Methuselah provided that he at least has the means to attempt to remove it -- which is too often not the case when Pentex is played on a star vamp during the early game.

-Killiam
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25 Jun 2012 05:29 #32488 by Haze
I like the card as a lunge tool. What I don't like is when it's not used to lunge, it's used to lock-down someone's minion phase by taking away actions. It becomes "creature removal" in a game that's not supposed to be MtG.

I disagree about it being a counter to certain star vampires. If those star vampires are really overpowered as claimed, then something about the game itself is terribly flawed, and it's not the responsibility of one magic-bullet card to fix that flaw.

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25 Jun 2012 06:03 #32489 by porphyrion
personally, i would go with the countdown-counter option. make PS cost 1-3 pool and also give it 1-3 counters that burn at the start of your prey's turn. that or make it cost 3 pool when played (on 8+caps).

i don't mind errata as much as i hate wallpaper btw.

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25 Jun 2012 09:09 - 25 Jun 2012 09:14 #32497 by Squidalot

Joscha wrote:

Squidalot wrote: You can't change it as you'd have to ban Una first.

The reason you need PS is due to overly powerful star vampire decks and Una is a great example of that.

I think Una is penalized bad enough by a Pentex Subversion even if she were allowed to remove it with an action. Granted you probably lose a minion to her while blocking that remove-action. But after the Freak Drive she can't do anything more because of the PS and so is still at a big disadvantage. Am I wrong?


yes you're wrong - losing a minion (potentially having it burn) to block Una removing her pentex is horrible.

There's also the case on the uber bleed decks (Nergal, Lucian etc) that the star vampire is very, very hard to block without a lot of minions with static intercept.

Villein + 5 zillahs to make these guys more playable + Cog really just adds to the speed
Last edit: 25 Jun 2012 09:14 by Squidalot.

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25 Jun 2012 09:13 - 25 Jun 2012 09:23 #32499 by Squidalot

Haze wrote: I like the card as a lunge tool. What I don't like is when it's not used to lunge, it's used to lock-down someone's minion phase by taking away actions. It becomes "creature removal" in a game that's not supposed to be MtG.

I disagree about it being a counter to certain star vampires. If those star vampires are really overpowered as claimed, then something about the game itself is terribly flawed, and it's not the responsibility of one magic-bullet card to fix that flaw.


mattias you clearly have not played enough games against Una :), to realise how flawed she is (or specifically the fact that she can act 10+ times in a row on turn 3) that's very hard to counter.
She's probably the biggest single reason to need Pentex, Enkil Cog in combination with other stars e.g. Nergal, Lucian etc is another reason. These vampires are extremely powerful and very hard to stop.

A simplier fix would be to remove Pentx from the game after it's burnt as it's only really absuable where there is multiple MPA.
Last edit: 25 Jun 2012 09:23 by Squidalot.

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25 Jun 2012 10:24 #32502 by agzocgud
How about:

Pentex(TM) Subversion
Type: Master
Cost: 2 pool
Unique master.
Put this card on any ready minion. The minion with this card cannot take actions and cannot block actions. This card may be burned by any other minion as a (D) action. If played on vampire with capacity 8 or above, burn this card during your next untap phase.

Overkill is highly underrated. You know, like in computor games and such.

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