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The Great Wastes

February 6, 2013

A brand new card to Combat in Kowloon is an awesome new Feng Shui Site called The Great Wastes. For me, this card is a real throw back to Magic: The Gathering and feels like the unholy love child of a Feng Shui Site and the Magic Card Icy Manipulator. Despite only having 4 body, this site has incredible power and versatility and I predict we’ll be seeing a *lot* of it in constructed play in the future. Defensively, this card is awesome as it allows you to turn a character before they get a chance to attack. Your opponent just played a Neutron Bomb followed by a Golden Gunman? Make him visit The Great Wastes and then mop up in your turn. This makes for a really good “delay” effect as opponent’s commit a lot of power for a big hitter, giving you time to prepare and slowing them down. Playing a hitter and then burning for power is one of the best ways to ramp up in any game, so delaying an opponent in a strong position is a great play.

However, this card also has a lot of use offensively too. You can use it before attacking to turn potential interceptors to give you a safer passage to a Feng Shui Site. Or you can attack with a Superleaper and turn a character when they block to render their efforts futile.

If this card could only turn characters, it would be a great card, but this site allows you to turn *any* card, and this is what makes it somewhat bonkers. Is an opponent’s Fox Pass stopping your attacks? Turn it and it’s no longer an issue. Are opponent’s getting cute with utility characters such as Vivisector and Chinese Doctor? Turn them early in a turn to make sure their effect is limited or wasted.
This card does have some drawbacks. 4 Body is obviously on the weak side of being able to withstand punishment, and being Unique means there are likely to be other copies out there. Opponent’s can also get wise to the card and attack as their first action in a Main Shot to prevent you being able to turn their big hitter before they can attack. However, looking at what this card offers as a whole, there is no doubt that this is an incredible site and that it will fit seamlessly into many decks out there.

 

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