“Step into my lair,” said the Spider to the Bat

Some teams were just meant for each other and it is obvious when you see them: Secret Society and Underworld, Kree and Villains United, Checkmate and League of Assassins, JLI and Brotherhood. All these teams share common themes that stick together really, really well. These are obvious team-ups and they make for some really good decks.

However, sometimes the synergy isn’t there because the themes are the same but because the themes are similar and work towards a single end goal. In the instance this post is about, this theme is making it so your opponent can accomplish absolutely nothing. The stars of the show are two of the biggest names in comic books.

Nananananananana… SPIDER-MAN!

“Can’t Let You Do That, Star-Opponent.”

Gotham Knights/Spider-Friends

Modern Age

Characters:
3x Alfred Pennyworth, Faithful Friend
2x Aunt May, Golden Oldie

2x Black Cat – Nine Lives
2x Night Thrasher – Dwayne Michael Taylor

3x Barbara Gordon <> Oracle – Hacker Extraordinaire
3x Batman, Founding Member

3x Spider-Man – The Sensational Spider-Man
2x Spider-Man – Parasitic Host

1x Venom – Leathal Protector
1x Kate Kane <> Batwoman – Katherine the Younger
1x Cassandra Cain – Death’s Daughter

2x Batman – Cape and Cowl

2x Spider-Man – Stark’s Protege

2x The Sentry – Golden Guardian of Good

1x Onslaught, Psionic Spawn of Xavier and Magneto

Plot Twists
4x The Hook-Up – Team-Up
4x Bat Got Your Tongue?
4x Gift Wrapped
4x Bat-Signal
3x Indebted
3x Pathetic Attempt
3x Only Human
2x We Had A Team-Up – Team-Up

Locations:
2x Batcomputer, Criminal Database
2x Empire State University

First, if you get the reference that is this deck’s name, you get major nerd bonus points.

As you can see, this deck is currently in a serious testing phase and isn’t at all finalized. The basic concept should be obvious. You keep your opponent from doing anything useful and then you drop Onslaught as a bomb on turn 9. Mulligan condition is a way to get teamed-up and preferred initiatives is odds.

Turn 1 is ruled by the senior citizens of the deck. Alfred is preferred since Aunt May can be played at any time. Either one will work.

Night-Thrasher is good on turn 2 if you want to insure your team-up. Otherwise, Black Cat is the queen of card draw.

On turn 3, I generally prefer Batman. He gets to nuke stuff, he brings Batcomputer online, and he’s got some nice stats. Barbara is there as an alternate drop plus she can substitute in if Bats is still around on turn 6 so you don’t have to worry about uniqueness.

Turn 4 is when the Spider creeps into play. You should know the drill here. Play Spectacular, exhaust a three-drop, substitute in Parasitic Host, profit.

Turn 5 is a mixed bag. What I really like doing is playing Kate Kane, freebie stunning a 3-drop, and then substituting in Cassandra Cain who can go to town with her effect. Venom is an alternate drop but I like his stats and his effect helps stall.

From there, everything is normal. Batman comes in again on six with Cape and Cowl. Just the usual stuff. Spider-Man again on seven. Eight is Sentry who is a huge brickwall, especially when combined with Spidey. Then, turn nine is Onslaught FTW.

Plot twists is a whole bunch of annoyance. Only Human, Pathetic Attempt, Gift-Wrapped, and Bat Got Your Tongue? all limit your opponent’s options down to basically nothing. After that, you’ve got some decent search and then the team-ups which include an incredibly cheating way to ensure Onslaught on turn 9 via We Had A Team-Up giving him affiliations so you can search him out.

This deck is really iffy right now. I’m highly considering dropping all the excess Spider-Geek stuff and just using We Had A Team-Up with him. That’ll give me access to Spidey and his cards while letting me just run straight Gotham Knights. Combine it with Onslaught and things are positively nasty.

All I gotta say is that this is one fun deck. You have Spidey webbing people, Batman fizzling people, and then Onslaught to boom at the end. You get to play with a bunch of notable characters and who doesn’t love the idea of Bats and Spidey teaming up to take down the opponent. If that doesn’t bring a smile to your face then you have a heart of coal.

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2 Responses to ““Step into my lair,” said the Spider to the Bat”

  1. Number6 Says:

    When you “Choose a name” with We Had A Team-Up, I think the name has to be one among characters you control when you flip it, so that you can’t name Onslaught until you already have an Onslaught in play. I could be wrong though, that’s just how I’ve always read that card.

    Negation’s neat, but I almost thought you might be going with a team-attack-control theme, what with Batman-4 (Outsiders), Spidey-3, and Dynamic Duo being available…not to mention GCPD HQ, Huntress-DOR, Sable-MSM/Wild Pack-MSM/Commissioner Gordon-DOR, etc. All basically stopping your opponent from messing with your swarm of guys while you clean house. Well, that’s the direction I’d be inclined to take it, anyway (negation and stall tends to tick off the guys I play with, I don’t have a lot of the specialized search tech, and it gets boring after a time).

  2. kaleeshwarrior Says:

    Hmm… I’m not sure on We Had A Team-Up. It really can be interpreted either way. I’ll go dig through the Vs. System rules stuff later and see if I’m thinking wrong…

    Anyways, yeah, Batman/Spidey team-attack is not at all a bad idea. Might even build it. However, this deck’s just meant to be something I can play often online without hassle and since most players on MWS play Silver and Modern, a GA deck doesn’t see a large amount of face time. But I definitely see your point.

    Thanks for the comment :).

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