Marvel Evolution Preview: Multiple Man, Army Hydra and Multiplicity


Jamie Madrox is a man with a split personality.  And another, and another, and another.  Many of us can relate to his mutant ability, since we often seem to be different people according to our surroundings.  It can feel like we are multiple men.


Human life is a shattering experience.  Born as a clean slate, each day writes a new line in our individual identity.  Advancing through childhood, we come to know who we are.  Then everything changes.


Conflicting urges and motives exist within each of us, and integrity hangs in the balance.  Yet somehow through it all, we keep our focus and create a unique life of accomplishment that makes an original mark on history.  There is a central sense of self that orchestrates the shifting sands of consciousness and chooses the path we follow.  Many comic book myths speak to this phenomenon, but none more directly than Jamie Madrox as Multiple Man.


Myriad meaningful myths merge merrily in the cardboard incarnations that Vs. System has brought to the human condition.  Preview articles unveil new frontiers of heavenly hobby high-water marks.  Four paragraphs is the approximate maximum attention span before the reader scrolls past the rest of the verbiage to see the card in question.  That time is now.



Wow.  Perhaps the most powerful single one-cost army card for Limited play ever printed.  Our new Madrox is a 4 ATK bulging bruiser all by himself when defending?  On turn one?  Thank you very much.


And then there are the Constructed possiblities.  Think of this.  On turn two with a pair of copies alongside, one measly Multiple Man can be 6 ATK when attacking… and 8 ATK when defending.  Swollen weenie for the win.  Of course, like most things in my mulitiple mind, it goes exponential from there.  Vs. System has always thrilled me most when I have a six-pack of one-cost characters in formation on turn three.  This new Madrox means major meat in that case, without any plot twist support at all.


Plot twist you say?  The title of this article is teasing you beyond your limits?  hehe…



Oh.  My.  Madrox.  Personally, stall decks have never been the flavor.  Now I must expand my taste.  Notice the fact that this is NOT restricted to any phase or step.  Multiple possibilities.  Infinite control.  That card is exhausting just to think about!


In an attempt to find the right me for the job, I took a stroll down multiple memory lanes.   One of my favorite articles ever details the life and times of Jamie Madrox from birth to Pro Circuit Atlanta Playroom glory.  Then there was the time we built a masterpiece collectively using Multiple Man’s original incarnation to fuel a Mutopia driven little red frenzy.   Of course you can scroll down to the post under this one to see the second Vs. System appearance of our cloning crusader starring in X-babies, but alas.  No stall strategies in sight.


I guess I must hand it off to you then.  How will Multiple Man and his Multiplicity be maximized?  Leave a comment here on the blog, head over to Realms and let loose, or talk amongst your selves.  It’s a great day to be a lot of people at once.



My one true self wants to leave you today with one more thing.  That card was previewed on Facebook, and my face has not stopped exploding ever since.  Re-Absorption is perhaps the most mind-blowing card Vs. System has known.  If I ever pull myself together, I will write up all the crazy things I want to do with it.  For now, I need to chase down that guy that just ran across the street after emerging from my elbow.  Enjoy the many faces of Jamie Madrox.  I’ll meet you back here tomorrow after I get everybody back in.





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15 responses to “Marvel Evolution Preview: Multiple Man, Army Hydra and Multiplicity

  1. One other additional tease…

    Later this week some sort of ritual protectionish Last Laughing Flame Trapping madness will be unleashed, almost as powerful as the Re-Absorption trip!

    Multiple good times.

  2. Did you have a heart attack when you realised your preview was today as well? I know I did. Nice Rian. Is he going to have a strong enough pull to take you into late-game waters?

  3. I actually woke up sweating!

    He is going to split me into many new avenues, for sure.

  4. It’s still boggling that I can slide him happily into my Crime Lords deck!

  5. Boggle away, he’ll make more.

  6. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the email this morning as I munched my cereal and sipped my coffee! I swear TBS was trying to give us a breakfast heart-attack.

  7. I got lucky, checking my mail before I left school yesterday afternoon. That, of course, did not stop the tremors.

    Very exciting times.

  8. Here’s a thought… 1-drop army has never been a hugely popular theme. It’s popped up here and there (Warpaint, SHIELD burn), but overall it’s generally been brushed aside by most players.

    And yet… we keep getting it. Not just “1 cost army guys”, but ENTIRE THEMES around them. There remains a FOCUS on them.

    Here’s my theory, and I’m not just being patronizing here, I honestly believe this: 1-cost army has continued to be published regularly purely because Stu so vocally supports it. The developers know how to keep their loudest cheerleader happy, so they toss you some cookies every set to keep you cheering.

    Really makes you wonder, huh? 🙂

  9. Wonder? It’s downright humbling.

    And, honestly, I just finished chewing a cookie when I read your comment.

    Thank you sir, I am swelling with honor just imagining the possibility of your theory. Although I do know quite a few other freaks like me…

  10. limbo

    No finger pointing.

    Think of this.

    All but one of your mm’s and a TT character.

    You then swing with a single MM and a blind sided plus as many TTG!’s that you can muster.

  11. Even if I have a million fingers to point?

    My friend, you just KNOW I have been going absolutely bonkers with the possibilities.

    Thanks for confirming my excitement!

  12. Spud:

    Stu is right. There are more of us than you think.

  13. … then I’m glad X-Factor received two “legends” instead of just Cyclops.

  14. FNHSpidey

    Wow great blog and great cards… I never really worked with the army stuff but have recently put a few army decks together and it is fun… this looks like more fun!

  15. Thank you. Army decks have always been my thing. Like the Atlanta Rhythm Section said…

    I am so into you, I can’t think of nothing else.

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