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Protean
 

M-262
 

Review Date: 04.10.08

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 4.00
Limited: 3.00

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale.
1 being the worst.
3 = average.
5 is the highest rating.


Beastly Mage

Protean

Jutsu searching... Nice! This mission lets you search for a Jutsu card among the first five cards on the top of your deck, show it to your opponent... and then put the rest of your cards in the order you want and not re-shuffle the deck. This is pretty good for Gaara [Immense Power] decks when Gaara's not out yet. You can search for the Jutsus and make sure Gaara comes out quicker. Try it and see.

Ratings:

Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3.5/5
Art: Just what is not possible with Sand?/5


Alucard of the Abyss

Today continues Mission week with possibly the best Mission out of Battle of Destiny and my personal favorite of the set. Today we get to Protean. Now before I begin the review, I want to start with a small bit about the origin of this oddly named card.

The word "Protean" (pronounced Pro-te-an) comes from the Greek Mythological being called Proteus, who could change his shape at will. Protean has the general meanings of "versatile" and "mutable" and "capable of assuming many forms". Protean also has positive connotations of flexibility, versatility and adaptability (credits: Wiki and the dictionary). Quite fitting for a card based on Gaara's Sand and also a card with so many uses.

It's a turn two Mission that has the usual hand cost. It's Wind Element which is exactly what Wind needs, good Missions. The effect of this Mission is what makes it a candidate for best Mission card out of Battle of Destiny. It allows you to look at the top 5 cards of your deck, pick a Mission or Jutsu card among the top 5 and then return the cards to the top of your deck in any order you want. Now this card has many benefits because not only does it give you a Mission or Jutsu (if you happen to find one that is) but it also allows you to arrange the top 4 (or 5) cards of your deck so that you can plan turns in advance or plan if you're going to give your opponent Battle Rewards and what those Battle Rewards will be. A very useful card indeed. It's useful in both Mono-Wind builds and Wind/x builds and I suggest using at least two if you are building either of these because it's that good of a card.

In Limited it's still a good card. If you can get enough Wind to play it then do so. Being able to arrange the top 5 cards of your deck is even better in this format because you can cycle the dead cards towards the bottom and get to the more useful stuff sooner. If you happen to pull this then you should try and make your deck able to utilize this useful tool.

I like the art on this card alot. The art on the card matches the name and I'm a fan of Gaara. Besides being a fan of Gaara I think the art on the card was very well done.

Constructed: 4.5/5 (good Wind Mission)
Limited: 4/5 (still good here)
Art: 5/5 (great art)

Tomorrow we finish up Mission week with an Earth Mission that doesn't see a whole lot of play now, but has potential to sometime down the line as more sets come out.

MeGaMaRiK
Welcome Pojoers! Today's card of the day is Protean.

I play two of these in my mono-wind main deck. They really do help. If you think about it, you're running at least 13 Jutsu/Mission. Looking for one of those out of the top 5 is likely to get 1, but also you're arranging the next few cards coming up. Very good rare. Nice art too.

Try this card, it really is better than it looks, give it a shot.

Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 4/5
Wyatt Protean.  I still do not know what that word means.  Anyway, it is a nice new wind mission.  Turn 2, allows you to search the top 5 cards of your deck for a jutsu or mission, and then you can return the rest in any order you like.  In most decks, ninjas will be more abundant that jutsus and missions combined, but you still have good odds of pulling a jutsu or mission you need.  And it allows you to set up your next 4 turns.

Constructed:4/5
Limited:3.5/5(ninjas are more important to find, but this is still great.)


 

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