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Top 10 Cards of 2009: 
#5: Substitute 

#M-443   
 

Review Date: Jan. 11, 2009

Average Card Rating

Constructed: 3.75
Limited: 4.00

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


Beastly Mage

Today's card is one that sees a lot of play in Wind-Based decks, particularly in Puppet decks. Substitute allows you to look for one Ninja, put it in play, and kill off one other Ninja. Let's say you have an Kankuro in play, but you need Ebizo. No problem, this card allows you to look for Ebizo and put it in play, and then discard Kankuro. It's a 1-1 Ninja-wise. Nice thing about this card is that the effect is a "put in play" effect and not a "deploy" effect. Pretty good in that sense. Try it and see!

Ratings:

Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 3/5
Art: Spooky old lady!!!/5

Mayur V.

Hey guys. Today we have the #5 card of 2009, the wind mission Substitute.

Substitute is awesome, to say the least. It works best as a combo card, such as with Shino Insect Warriors, or Akamaru partner. Also, let's say your Kankuro [Trick] dies, and you use his effect to bring out Father and Mother. In that case, you can then use Substitute on Father and Mother to bring out a Sasuke [Cold Headed] or the new Baki. You can also use it on an injured ninja to get rid of it, and bring out a healthy ninja (but with a different name). All in all, an awesome card when comboed with ninjas with put in play effects.

Pojo Ranking: #5

My Ranking: #8

Constructed: 4/5 <--- You do have to give up a ninja to use its effect, making it balanced, but still very good.

Limited: 4/5 <--- Helps you search your deck for your top ninjas. Good here too.

109th Star

Substitution
Mission Card
Wind
Entrance Cost: 1 Hand Cost: 1
Target: 1 of your ninjas
Effect: You can search for 1 Ninja Card in your deck with an entrance cost lower than or equal to the target's and put it into play. Then, discard the target.

Substitute is a very very strong mission card for wind decks. It is quite possibly the most versatile Ninja tutor effect in the game outside Long Awaited Reinforcements. You can essentially morph one of you mediocre or useless ninjas into the perfect ninja you need to accomplish whatever goal you have at that moment.

Essentially this card is amazing not for its power, but its versatility. This card allows you to run many more single copies of the ninjas in your deck, but still pull them out consistently.

In short, if you're running wind, I'd give this card serious thought.

Constructed: 4/5
Limited: 4.5/5 (trade my crappy high drop for my amazing one? yes please)

 


 

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