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Confusing Card of the Week #42 - Falcon, Aviary

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Today, we're going to take a look at Falcon, Aviary from the Marvel Civil War set.

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Ruling - Ability

Falcon has the Enlistment ability. Enlistment allows you to gain a benefit based on the card text, but your opponent may prevent the ability if they KO one of their characters. Falcon's Enlistment is also a 'While Active' ability. 'While Active' abilities will only check that you have at least one of the character dice in the Field Zone. The ability will not trigger for each active Falcon die.

Falcon says that while he's active, you gain one life when your opponent fields a Sidekick. Your opponent may prevent this from happening if they KO one of their character dice. They may choose any character that they have in the Field Zone, including the Sidekick they just fielded. The Sidekick is eligible to be KO'd because it has to completely enter the Field Zone to trigger the Enlistment ability.

A character with the keyword Ally will trigger Falcon's Enlistment because Falcon checks to see if you put a Sidekick in the Field Zone and Allies count as Sidekicks while in the Field Zone.

Note - Your life total can not go above 20.

Example 1:

~ I have two Falcon dice in my Field Zone.
~ My opponent fields a Sidekick die.
~ I announce my Enlistment ability and give my opponent an opportunity to react.
~ My opponent chooses to not KO a character die.
~ I gain one life. If I'm at 20 life already, then my life total remains 20.


Example 2:

~ I have two Falcon dice in my Field Zone.
~ My opponent fields a Sidekick die.
~ I announce my Enlistment ability and give my opponent an opportunity to react.
~ My opponent chooses to KO the Sidekick they just fielded.
~ I do not gain any life.


Official Sources

Here is the official Ruling for Half-Elf Bard, Master Lords' Alliance, which can be used to clarify whether Sidekicks count as character dice in the Field Zone.

Here is the official Ruling for Save Civilians which can be used to clarify about Allies.

Competitive Play Rating

I really like this card for both competitive and casual play. While I don't see this card making top lists in many major events, it's possible a rogue team could get him into a Top Cut somewhere. By the way - he's an awesome draft pick! He has a total fielding cost (TFC) of four, which is a little on the pricey side for competitive play. His level one and two are both a cost of one which isn't too bad, so unless you're rolling him on level three consistently, you'll be paying one energy to field him. He has a great purchase cost of three energy. He also makes your opponent think twice about fielding their Sidekicks and Allies the later the game goes. Depending on the team your facing, Falcon could help them too as an alternative to KO something for an ability. Falcon's Enlistment would be like throwing gasoline on a fire for my Alfred/Dick Grayson BatBomb team. I still really like this card but with Falcon, Recon in the meta, I just don't see Aviary getting much action outside of rogue teams or just simply casual play.

Falcon, Aviary gets a competitive play rating of two out of five stars.

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Casual Play Rating

For casual play, this card is fantastic! In a meta practically void of Bards and Vicious Struggle, this card can shine. His ability is not difficult to explain or execute, so beginners can play this character with little trouble. He's a great character for a beginner team with his purchase cost of three and total fielding cost of four. Keeping him alive may be a bit of trouble, but with a Global like the one on Ant-Man, Pym Particles, he should be okay. I'm totally planning on building a team utilizing these two and maybe even Nick Fury, Patch!

Falcon, Aviary gets a casual play rating of four out of five stars.

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  1. vonVile's Avatar
    Falcon: Aviary
    White Tiger: Mystical Amulet
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    Use White Tiger's global to have your opponent field a Sidekick and then force him to choose between you gaining life or him losing life.
    Updated 07-03-2016 at 09:34 PM by vonVile
  2. DiceDiceKitty's Avatar
    Seems like fun! I really want to build with this guy and I may try this out!