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Set Rotation - What does the future look like?

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Early next year, just a few months away, we can expect Wizkids to announce another set rotation. Conservatively, Wizkids may rotate into Golden the next three sets released after Age of Ultron: War of Light, Amazing Spider-Man and Faerun Under Siege.
This article will look at the significant (e.g. meta) or popular cards from those sets that may be rotated out of the Modern format and discuss what cards remaining in Modern may be used instead.

War of Light

Big Entrance - Basic Action Card
Use Instead: Rip Hunter's Chalkboard global (Green Arrow/The Flash set).
RHCB global provides a more consistent dice churn ability but without the economy from lowering the purchase cost.

Bleez - Controlled Rage
Use Instead: Dormammu – Burning Ambition (Doctor Strange team pack)
This card is more expensive and situational to set-up and does not remove action dice – only prevents their use. Note: this is one ability (removal of Continuous Action dice) that is becoming scare in Modern, especially since there will be 3 cards with this ability rotated out in the next cycle (Bleez, Blink and Oni).

Guy Gardner - Blinding Rage
Use Instead: Team Up – Basic Action Card (Superman/Wonder Women starter)
More expensive and less consistent (unless you have tech to churn your Basic Action dice).

Lantern Ring - Limited Only By Imagination
There is no card currently available that can match this ability of this card.
Easily the most significant card from this set, it is the staple in many Tier 1 teams and a proven win condition in several elite tournaments.

Mera - Queen of Atlantis/Mounful Rage (global)
Use Instead: Ronin – Between Employers
While Ronin does not have the consistency and ability to be used multiple times in a turn of Mera’s global, you can prevent all the damage from a single source.

Parallax - Source of Terror/Fear (global)
Use Instead: Felicity Smoak – Manipulating Technology (Green Arrow/The Flash set) or Renet Tilley – Apprentice Timestress (TMNT Heroes in a Half-Shell)
Although not and dependable as a global, this 'reroll your dice' ability is still available.

Raven - Azarath, Metrion, Zinthos!
Use Instead: Batgirl – Protecting Innocents (Green Arrow/The Flash set) and Wonder Woman – Child of Clay (Superman/Wonder Woman starter)
The protection ability of Raven is now contained across two cards (bummer) with slightly more protection.

Scarecrow - Legion of Doom (although a promo card, it would still rotate out of Modern because of the die used)
Use Instead: Talia al Ghul – Forbidden Love (Batman set)
This is a better card than Scarecrow in some respects (lower purchase cost, no A value limitation), but worse in others (higher TFC). Also, you must anticipate your opponent’s attack in order to flip this card to the appropriate side to optimize this ability.

Vicious Struggle - Basic Action Card
Use Instead: Blind Al – Laxitives in Your Food (Deadpool set); Wonder Woman – Bracelets of Submission (World’s Finest set) or White Lantern Dove – The Awareness to Live (Batman set)
While each of these cards has some limitation compared to Vicious Struggle, they do provide similar effects: take damage = deal damage.

Wonder Girl - Cassie Sandsmark
Use Instead: Green Arrow – Robin Hood (Green Arrow/The Flash set)
There are a few cards that can redirect damage (Ronin – Between Employers, Luke Cage – Bodyguard), but currently, only Green Arrow can redirect a targeting ability, albeit with worse economy and more limitations than Wonder Girl.

Amazing Spider-Man

Blink – Exile
Use Instead: Dormammu – Burning Ambition (Doctor Strange team pack)
This card is more expensive and situational to set-up and does not remove action dice – only prevents their use.

Mary Jane – MJ
Use Instead: Pym Particles - Grow (Civil War set) or Upgrade - Proton Cannon Basic Action Card (Iron Man/War Machine starter)
These purchase cost (PC) 2 cards are the only ones currently in Modern that provide Overcrush. However, neither has the breadth of capability as Mary Jane.

White Tiger – Mystical Amulet/Razor Sharp (global)
Use Instead: S.T.A.R. Labs (all versions) Global Ability (Green Arrow/The Flash set)
Although the energy cost is slightly higher, S.T.A.R. Labs doesn't give your opponent the opportunity to field a Sidekick and you can move two Sidekicks from your Used Pile.

With Great Power – Basic Action Card
Use Instead: Field Promotion Basic Action Card (Civil War set)
This is a repeated ability and the only card that provides a multiple spin-up effect without limitations. Downside is this Action die costs 1 more to purchase.

Faerun Under Siege

Beholder – Lesser Aberration
Use Instead: Ultraman - Kryptonite-Powered (World's Finest set)
While this does not replicate Beholder's ability (use two Global Abilities for free), with some added tech (Kryptonite Action die) you can use all of the Basic Action card effects.

Blink – Transmutation – Basic Action Card
There is no card currently available that can match this ability of this card (remove opposing attacking character die from the Attack Zone).

Clay Golem – Lesser/Greater Construct and Flesh Golem – all versions
Use Instead: Two-Face’s Coin – Tails, You Lose (Batman set)
There are currently no purchase cost 4 or 5 cards in Modern with the Fabricate keyword, though we can hope there will be some in the upcoming D&D 3 Tomb of Annihilation set.

Cloudkill – Basic Action Card
Use Instead: Captain Cold - Rouge Leader/Icy Revenge (Green Arrow/The Flash set), Professor Zoom - Dead Ringer (Green Arrow/The Flash set), Ra's al Ghul - Fighting Death Himself (Batman set), Talia al Ghul (Batman Set)
Each of these cards has some limitation or only prevent dice from attacking. Captain Cold is the only one that prevents both attacking or blocking, but with limitations.

Dwarf Wizard – Paragon Zhentarim
Use Instead: Captain Cold’s Cold Gun – Frozen Firearm (Green Arrow/The Flash set); Kyptonite – Green Death (World’s Finest set); Shriek – Sonic Beam (Maximum Carnage team pack) - spoiled card.
No worry here, DWiz’s capability will not be absent from the Modern format, especially after Max Carnage is released.

Elf Thief – Lesser Harper
There is no card currently available that can match this ability of this card (stealing opponent’s energy).

Giant Spider - Greater Beast
Use Instead: Casey Jones - Mutant Hunter (TMNT set)
Besides the energy type, Casey Jones' ability has more capability but the card doesn't have a taunt global.

Gnome Ranger – Lesser Harper
There is no card currently available that can match this ability of this card (cancelling Action dice effects).

Goblin – Lesser Humanoid
Use Instead: Multiple Man – Pile On (Deadpool set)
The only PC 2 card with Swarm currently in Modern. If you want a fist energy Swarm card, and the PC doesn’t matter, Mindless Ones – Unseeing Gaze (Doctor Strange team pack) is available.

Oni – Greater Giant
Use Instead: Dormammu – Burning Ambition (Doctor Strange team pack)
This card is more expensive and situational to set-up and does not remove action dice – only prevents their use.

Ring – Lesser/Epic Gear (global)
There is no card currently available that can match this ability of this card (moving a Sidekick from the Used Pile to the Reserve Pool on any face).

So, what have I missed - any other significant cards from these sets or viable replacements you can recall?

Your comments are welcome.
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  1. memmek2k's Avatar
    Minor correction - OP Scarecrow: Legion of Doom affects your opponent's character dice. Talia Al Ghul affects yours:

    Flip (At the beginning of your turn, you may flip this character to its other side.)
    While Talia al Ghul is active, your non-villain character dice may not atttack.
    Flip (At the beginning of your turn, you may flip this character to its other side.)
    While Talia al Ghul is active, your villain character dice may not atttack.
    Ring global in terms of energy fixing is replaced by the four rare "fixers" in GAF coupled with STAR Labs. Ring in terms of the Ring-Res economy engine is replaced entirely by UC Darkseid: Erasure global (although more expensive, is also more flexible).

    Man, I really hope we get some good action hate in XFC, D&D3, or Thor.
  2. archivist's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by memmek2k
    Minor correction - OP Scarecrow: Legion of Doom affects your opponent's character dice. Talia Al Ghul affects yours:
    Yes, my oversight.

    Use Instead: Mr. Freeze - Dr. Victor Fries/Cold-Blooded Criminal - (Batman set)
    While the rare Mr. Freeze version also has the Stun effect, the other two versions are more manageable and less expensive. Unlike Scarecrow, this ability can be avoided by your opponent by paying an energy tax.
  3. pk2317's Avatar
    Deadpool's Common Motorcycle Global is almost a replacement for Blink/Distraction, except it requires the attacker to be blocked.