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Released on Friday 25/01/13

To begin with Minerva couldn't work out why her dad had enrolled her at the Skeelz academy. But it didn’t take her long to realize that she’d inherited her mother’s accursed ancient blood: any human being who looks her in the eyes is instantly turned to stone. As a result, it’s not easy for the young teenager to find anyone other than a Greek statue for a boyfriend...

First development of the 4 of this character’s different developments:

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    8-2 Opp Pow. And Damage, Min 1
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Ability of Minerva:

-2 Opp Pow. And Damage, Min 1

The opponent’s Power and Damage are reduced by 2 points or up to a minimum of 1.



Protection: Ability

The Ability of Skeelz can not be blocked while the Protection: Ability Bonus is activated.

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47 comments about Minerva

Sunday 27/01/2013, 02:49

I've always had a soft spot for Medusa style characters. After all, the classic character sealed herself away in isolation, it was the humans that kept coming into her home to kill her!

Now, I would like everyone to appreciate that I made a high-brow comment instead of some innuendo about her "making men hard" before I move onto Card Commentary.

For a Common card, Minerva is anything but. Her 8/5 stats are commonplace for a 5 star card, yes, but with the Skillz, it's not about the Stats most of the time, but the Skill, which has to be good enough to make up for being without a Clan Bonus. Since her Skill is a minus to both an Opponent's Power and their Damage, it is in fact two Skills in one, giving the real benefit of having her Skill preserved no matter what.

"But what's so good about that if she only does 5 damage?" whines the 3 Dimensional thinkers. Well, I'll quote Doc Brown and say that you need to think 4th Dimensionally. Minerva (which is a name I hope to give to a daughter someday) is what I call a "Sabotage Card," or a "Blocker." Not a damage reducer, but a card meant to be powerful enough to win a round and deny a victory for your opponent that would be enormously costly. Much like the role Wanda played in the past. But since Minerva can actually dish out damage upon a win, she's actually much more useful outside of ELO decks which have to count Stars.

"Well, what's so good about Sabotage Cards?" asks the people who for some reason think I can hear them through their monitors. Well, what's so good about the bonus for the Frozn? Or a Kolos Rush deck, with Ambre as a catalyst? Or any of the now prevalent Ambre decks, period? It's an enormous pain when your opponent throws all their weight behind a few key rounds to avoid the burden of changing their strategies mid fight. And that is where Sabotage Cards come in. Minerva can use her bonus to drop those special +Power moves people often depend on to make their single minded decks win out. And even in normal situations the -2 Power is often enough to cripple an enemy card for a precious win.

And as a Pussycats player I automatically love the -2 Damage.

And since Minerva is a Skillz character, her normal power is not diminished by mixing her in with another clan, so everyone should feel free to experiment using her in their normal deck configurations.

And now, I just gotta gush over the artwork. Quirkilicious, how do you keep impressing me? Not only do I feel like I'm watching Minerva grow up over the course of the 4 stages of artwork, but I'm seeing her personality develop. From a "not a Care In The World," though possibly a bit introverted (like the reclusive Medusa!), girl growing into the "Hot semi-goth girl at the back of the room you kinda do, but kinda don't wanna hook up with." I love the squirrel! Her animal friend she accidentally turned to stone, and how she keeps him with her. Almost like a constant reminder of the price of losing control.

And the scrunchie bracelets! That's just an act of brilliance that looks simple in hindsight, having those things evolve into the snake bracelets. The 4 Star Profile is statuesque - pun intended. An the 4 Star and 5 Star cards feel like about the same point in her life (aside from the clothes), and the expelled energy from the eyes makes me feel like she's in a Burst State battle mode instead of having to live with a head full of vipers. And all of her forms have her conscientiously holding onto her studies as a model student!


How do you keep making all these great artworks, Quirk?! Not just the lines, or the colors, or the outfits, but the personalities that come through the faces and set ups in your character designs. For the life of me, I have no idea how you made me care about Minerva as a person. But I like it!

(If you find this review helpful and a worthwhile read, please rate it green so others can read it too.)

Friday 25/01/2013, 12:27

Like Dude... that squirrel is SOOO stoned man...

Friday 25/01/2013, 15:00

I think Jay won't mind being turned to stone by her...
they are perfect for each other...

Tuesday 29/01/2013, 14:37

I want to see her mother in the Nightmare clan rate:eek: so everyone could see

Monday 04/02/2013, 00:41

Not to piggyback off of BakaG LoA's but, he's saying a lot of the things I wanted to say about Minerva. At first, I thought Minerva was merely a card to add to the T2 madness. After some pondering while looking through my decks, I realized how potent she really is in ELO formats. Michael lovers may disagree right away but Minerva is probably a better option not even depending on play style. Sure, you can try and intimidate or high pill with Michael but, he IS courage-based and there are so many cards that can make situations work against you. Minerva on the other hand can shut-out those annoying cards and win you a round. Now you have Chiara, Sasha, Sandro, Dr. F to win the rest of your rounds with Redra to dr.Minerva doesn't need high damage; her ability and high power is crucial. A common card? I think she's a rare in disguise. :thumbsup:

For me, Minerva is 10/10!

Thursday 21/11/2013, 06:50

Minerva is way underrated. She is one of the best cards in the game and she is the best common card in the game. She is waaaaaay underpriced.

Thursday 08/08/2013, 17:43

Did you forget? Marble IS a type of stone.

Thursday 08/08/2013, 17:37

Minerva is the Roman name for Athena. Athena cursed Medusa when she and Poseidon went on a date at Athena's temple. That was a major diss on Athena. As a result Athena cursed Medusa and her sisters, turning them into Gorgons. While only Medusa had the ability to petrify anything living thing, her sisters were made immortal (which kinda sucked after their heads were cut off and buried under a rock, because they were still alive. That's what I call a headache:smirk:). Also Medusa's "Son's" Chrysaor and Pegasus, sprang from her neck fully formed after Perseus chopped her head off. Pegasus went on to mate with a regular black mare and all his descendants where winged horses as well. As for Chrysaor, he got the short end of the stick. Not very many people knew of him, but he took a wive and had children. Therefore, Minerva COULD be descended from Medusa, in an abstract wierd sort of way.:-d

Monday 26/05/2014, 22:08

Look at This card and then think of Eyrton

Monday 28/09, 06:57

Basically a low risk, low reward 5*. It's extremely easy to win a round with her, but when you win you only deal 5 damage, which is very low for a 5*. And on the off chance that you lose, your opponent's damage gets reduced.