Trained from a young age by the KGB she is the ultimate assassin. Spy, martial arts expert and equipped with high tech weapons, Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, is outfitted to deal with any situation. She has turned her tails on the KGB and is now an agent of SHIELD and taking the fight to the bad guys.
Black Widow is an Hero pack for the popular Marvel Champions: The Card Game. The pack comes with a pre-built deck using the Justice aspect, her own Nemesis set, Taskmaster, as well as additional cards from the other aspects to further increase your deck building options.
Black Widow is an interesting character to play. She utilises "preparation" cards to perform a wide variety of actions. The Black Widow ability is a response ability that deals one damage to an enemy every time you trigger one of your preparation cards. This can make for some interesting and exciting combinations and card play. Upgrade cards like the Grappling Hook give a Hero Interrupt ability to cancel effects of Treachery cards.
Widow's Bite, a preparation card, allows players to discard the card and deal 2 damage to a minion when it enters play and stun it. Dance of Death, which is probably my favourite card from her deck, is a Hero Action that deals 1 damage to an enemy, then 2 damage to an enemy followed by three damage to an enemy. Played at the right time this card can clear out the minions giving you a bit of breathing space.
Black Widow has some great cards and some interesting card play combinations. However, she feels delicate, she feels (for want of a better word) human. On screen she doesn't have super powers, she isn't a God (Thor), she hasn't been bitten by a spider (Spider-man) and she hasn't been irradiated with gamma radiation and turned in to a big green fighting machine (you know who I'm talking about).
She is human who has been programmed and trained to be a killing machine with a host of skills and abilities and her deck plays out like that. True to her cinematic counterpart her deck nicely reflects this in the way it plays. The preparation cards are fantastic for turning the tides against the enemy when needed causing all sorts of cancelling, negating and damaging effects. She has Agent Coulson and the Winter Soldier as her allies.
Her play style feels different, it feels unconventional and I really like the way she plays. Either solo or teaming up with another character she can take the fight to the enemy but it takes practice (or at least it did for me).
The Black Widow is another great addition to the Marvel Champions: The Card Game, once again FFG have introduced something different in to the game.