Burninating all the Peoples!

*****Addendum/Apology*****

Apparantely nothing in this article is valid according to Ben Seck’s recent post on the mothership…

Fin Fang Foom – I made a little mistake in my preview article about the dragon with pants. I said you could chain plot twists to an FFF entering play. Except this isn’t possible, as the resource KO’ing is part of the alternate cost, and therefore the resources aren’t even there when he actually enters play! ~TBS

This does not make sense to me because of Fing Fang Foom’s text.  The key thing to note is that his text says, “…when you recruit Fin Fang Foom this way…”  This means Fin is already recruited before his KOing crap goes on the chain.  This should give you a window to chain effects.  I’m not sure who went wrong with what, but an explanation for this error needs to be posted pronto!

*****Enjoy this now worthless article!*****

TROGDOR!
TROGDOR!

Trogdor was a man
I mean, he was a dragon man
Or maybe he was just a dragon

But he was still TROGDOR!
TROGDOR!

Burninating the countryside,
Burninating the peasants
Burninating all the peoples
And their thatched-roof COTTAGES!

THATCHED-ROOF COTTAGES!

(Woah, this has wicked dueling guitar solos!  It’s like, Squeedly versus Meedley over here.  Go Squeedly!  Go Squeedly!  SQUEEDLY WINS!)

When all the land is in ruin,
And burnination has forsaken the countryside,
Only one guy will remain.

My money’s on TROGDOR!
TROGDOR!

And the Trogdor comes in the NIIIGHT…

When watching old classic films you’ll often  notice the phrase “El Fin,” at the end of the movie.  This is just a fancy (read: Spanish) way of saying, “The End.”  It’s fitting then that the word “fin” is in the name of the card Fin Fang Foom,” because when he hits the table, it really is “The End.”  Above is a picture of the next card to be put on UDE’s banned list.  I think they could have done a little bit better on the art, but Mike Mignola is relatively new to the artist scene!

The wording on Fin Fang Foom (Trogdor for short) is clearly designed to get around the most obvious way to abuse him… Bodyslide.  When Trogdor comes into play, you have  a chance to chain things onto his effect.  If you recruited Cable on turn three and chained Bodyslide onto Trogdor’s effect, he would come back into play that same turn during your attack step, and still be bounced to hand at the end of the turn.  If you don’t chain Bodyslide to his recruitment effect, then you lose Cable and the threshold required to pull off Bodyslide.  The new Cable from MUN has a similar ability, but he can’t do it until turn five anyway.

I’m currently working my way through the spoiler of MUN so maybe there is a way to abuse Trogdor in-set that I’m not aware of yet, but; so far the only way I’ve thought of abusing this character is with the backup ability of Samantha Parrington in Silver Age.  I mean, when you’re told that you can have a twenty attack character on board, but only for one turn, what do you immediately think?  Either you wonder when your last eye appointment was, or you think of ways to get as many attacks out of that character as possible.  Since Samantha’s ability is usable during the build phase, she can chain her ability onto Trogdor’s ability when he enters play.  Getting two attacks for twenty on turn five without any plot twists or Fartifacts is pretty impressive, but what if we added those things to the build as well?

Obviously we’ll want to look at the whole Marvel Defenders team because their backup abilities can all be put onto Trogdor before he KO’s the characters.  We know that he’ll be our finisher, so let’s look only at the 1-5 drops that will help Trogdor out.

At the one drop position we have Wong, Mystical Manservant.  He’s an obvious inclusion because we need to make sure that we curve out, and our search options are limited to The “B” Team and Mobilize, which are  plot twists that can’t be played until turn three.

A couple of two drops help us out.  Tania Belinskya <> Red Guardian, Cold Warrior is amazing when you have the initiative on turn five because she will make sure that both your attacks are +4/+0.  That’s eight more damage total for those of you keeping score at home!  Beast, New Defender, on the other hand, is good for when when your opponent’s have initiative on five and you need help guaranteeing that you can attack back.

Hellcat, Patsy Walker is a great choice for a three drop.  She’ll add +2/+2 to both of Trogdor’s attacks.  This ability can also be used on your other visible characters (along with Beast) prior to recruiting the dragon, to help you stall out to turn five.  The other choice at three is Hawkeye, Loud Mouth, which helps against weenie decks.  He really helps against all decks because he takes out low drops that would otherwise be used in team-attacks to take down your beefed up characters.

The four drop spot is already filled by Samantha Parrington and Fin Fang Foom, although Fin is technically an eight drop, but who’s counting?  We will include a five drop though, because there’s no way to search for Trogdor, and if we include one five drop Marvel Defender to search out, then we can have one more turn to try and draw into the Dragon.

There are three candidates for a five drop that stay on team.  Devil-Slayer has made a splash in the past, but if we include Fartifacts, he’s weakened.  Mr. Fantastic is cool because he can target Samantha after she’s targeted herself with her own ability.  Finally, we have Hulk,  Grumpy Green Goliath.  I’m choosing The Hulk for my build because it is Dave’s (Dizzle’s) favorite comic book character, and Dave is moving away forever to Oregon next week.  This is my official send-off, unless I can think of something better for next week!

For plot twists we will have to include some for-the-turn pumps that we can target Trogdor with before he wrecks our threshold.  In a previous article (Instant Harm Paragon) I found all the usable ones.  These plots will be used in conjunction with the Fartifacts to make Trogdor HUGE!!!  Also, you could try Consulting the Orb to help dig for Fin Fang Foom, but this build won’t.  Here’s my slapped-together and NOT playtested build:

4x Wong, Mystical Manservant
4x Beast, New Defender
4x Tania Belinskya <> Red Guardian Cold Warrior
4x Hellcat, Patsy Walker
3x Hawkeye, Loud Mouth
4x Samantha Parrington <> Valkyrie, Chooser of the Slain
1x Hulk, Grumpy Green Goliath
4x Fin Fang Foom, He Whose Limbs Shatter Mountains

4x The “B” Team
4x Flying Kick
4x Crackshot
4x Combat Reflexes
4x Blind-Sided

4x Dr. Fate’s Tower

4x Helm of Nabu, Fate Arifact
2x Cloak of Nabu, Fate Arifact
2x Amulet of Nabu, Fate Arifact

Fin Fang Foom with Fartifacts, Tania, and Hellcat is a 30/23 that can attack twice.  Pretty sweet if you ask me!  If you try this deck out, make sure that you dramatically say “Enter the Dragon” everytime you recruit Fin Fang Foom. It’s either that or you have to sing the Trogdor theme song posted above!  See you guys next week!

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