Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Final Analysis - Iron Man vs. Captain America Packs!

So who busts better packs? Captain America or Iron Man?

Pack by pack, Iron Man slightly edged out the All-American hero, but the fact is I think overall pulls count a lot more. So I delved into the cards and while sorting them noted a few particulars that mattered to me. Things like how many 8 drops they pulled or members of Nextwabve. Bad things, good things. Hopefully interesting. And after that I decided to rank the rares from 1 - 10 with 10 being the best and total a score for each of our pack art models. Who wins? Well, read on to find out.

Iron Man Breakdown

# of Foils = 6
# of Uncommons out of 110 = 69
# of Search Cards = 2
# of Uncommon/Rare IM Legend Support = 4
# of Uncommon/Rare CA Legend Support = 3
# of Nextwave Characters = 4 (including The Captain!)
# of Foil Rares = 2
# of Rare 8 Drops = 5
# of Potential Money Rares = 6-8
# of Rares I Didn't Want To Pull = 6 (and not all the 8 drops were in here. LOL)

Rares
1x Vision, Young Avenger
1x Wolverine, Secret Avenger
1x Captain America's Shield
1x Helmut Zemo <> Baron Zemo, Master of the Moonstones
1x Radioactive Man, Containment Suit
1x Thunderbolts Mountain
1x The Sentry, Might Avenger
1x Spider-Man, Unmasked
1x Hulkbuster Armor
1x Stark Armory
2x I'm A Futurist
1x Headcase, Sean Madigan - A.I.M.
1x HYDRA Armageddon Carrier
1x Underground Laboratory
1x Annihilus, The Living Death That Walks
1x Thanos, Mad Titan
1x Negative Zone, Non-Unique - Gateway
1x Alpha Flight Reborn
1x Silent War
1x Loki, Loki Laufeyson
1x Adam Warlock, Savior of the Universe
1x The Beyonder, Inhuman
1x Death, The Second Force of the Universe
1x Fin Fang Foom, He Whose Limbs Shatter Mountains
1x Carrying The Torch

Foils
1x Swordsman, Andrew Von Strucker
1x Iron Man, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
1x I'm A Futurist
1x Headcase, Sean Madigan - A.I.M.
1x Red Skull, Johann Schmidt - HYDRA
1x Sub-Mariner, Protector of the Time Gem

Captain America Breakdown

# of Foils = 6
# of Uncommons out of 110 = 67
# of Search Cards = 2
# of Uncommon/Rare IM Legend Support = 4 (counting Secret Government)
# of Uncommon/Rare CA Legend Support = 4 (countin Punisher: Captain America and James Barnes <> Captain America)
# of Nextwave Characters = 3 (no copies of The Captain)
# of Foil Rares = 2
# of Rare 8 Drops = 4
# of Potential Money Rares = 7-9
# of Rares I Didn't Want To Pull = 5 (and yeah, not all the 8 drops were included here, either)

Rares
1x Cable, Secret Avenger
1x Punisher, Secret Avenger
1x Wolverine, Secret Avenger
1x Captain America's Shield
1x Helmut Zemo <> Baron Zemo, Master of the Moonstones
1x Thunderbolts Mountain
1x Life Model Decoy, More Human Than Human
1x Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
1x The Sentry, Mighty Avenger
1x You're Under Arrest!
1x The Gorgon, Tomi Shishido - HYDRA
1x Underground Laboratory
1x Cut Off One Head...
1x Ninjas! Ninjas! Ninjas!
1x Hulk Smash!
1x Righteous Anger
1x Annihilus, The Living Death That Walks
1x Negative Zone, Non-Unique - Gateway
1x Gift For Death
1x Beta Ray Bill, Simon Walters - Omega Flight
1x The Infinity Gauntlet
1x Thor, Donald Blake
1x Kang <> Iron Lad, Non-Unique - Young Avenger
1x Punisher, Captain America
1x Carrying The Torch
1x I Got'em All!

Foils
1x Human Torch, Secret Avenger
1x Liberating Number 42
1x Speedball Is Dead
1x Ninjas! Ninjas! Ninjas!
1x Punisher, Captain America
1x Richard Rider <> Nova Centurion, Keeper of the Worldmind

So based on that information I think Captain America edge out Iron Man. With the pack by packs going to Iron Man it looks like a tie until we factor in the rare ratings which will ultimately decide who provides better packs. Now mind you these are my own opinions on the cards, not necessarily a strict playability rating. 5 means, I don't love or hate it, but it could also be good for trades. Below that is something I don't really care for and probably won't trade well. Above is stuff I want, is playable and would definitely trade well.

I also took out any rares that they both had as it would just wash anyway.

Iron Man Rares
1x Vision, Young Avenger = 3
1x Radioactive Man, Containment Suit = 10
1x Spider-Man, Unmasked = 5
1x Hulkbuster Armor = 5
1x Stark Armory = 8
2x I'm A Futurist = 7
1x Headcase, Sean Madigan - A.I.M. = 5
1x HYDRA Armageddon Carrier = 6
1x Thanos, Mad Titan = 5
1x Alpha Flight Reborn = 5
1x Silent War = 5
1x Loki, Loki Laufeyson = 1
1x Adam Warlock, Savior of the Universe = 5
1x The Beyonder, Inhuman = 7
1x Death, The Second Force of the Universe = 7
1x Fin Fang Foom, He Whose Limbs Shatter Mountains = 6

Iron Man scores 97!

Captain America Rares
1x Cable, Secret Avenger = 5
1x Punisher, Secret Avenger = 7
1x Life Model Decoy, More Human Than Human = 7
1x Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. = 6
1x The Sentry, Mighty Avenger = 5
1x You're Under Arrest! = 5
1x The Gorgon, Tomi Shishido - HYDRA = 5
1x Cut Off One Head... = 7
1x Ninjas! Ninjas! Ninjas! =7
1x Hulk Smash! = 10
1x Righteous Anger = 10
1x Gift For Death = 3
1x Beta Ray Bill, Simon Walters - Omega Flight = 5
1x The Infinity Gauntlet = 6
1x Thor, Donald Blake = 5
1x Kang <> Iron Lad, Non-Unique - Young Avenger = 1
1x Punisher, Captain America = 7
1x I Got'em All! = 8

Captain America scores 109!

So, despite losing pack for pack, in the end Captain America's draws were just better overall.

2 comments:

losthemisphere said...

Just an FYI, every box comes with 6 foils - 2 uncommon, 2 common, 2 rare - and the way they're packed means both Cap and Iron Man were each going to get 1 c, 1 uc, and 1 r foil per box.

RanmaSolo said...

Yeah, I realized that after I posted. lol Was more or less hoping for a miscollation basically. Hehe.

-Mike