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Benevolent Bodyguard
Judgment - Common

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.22 (6 Reviews)
Limited: 2.80 (6 Reviews)
Reviewed August 12, 2002

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Andrew Chapman

Benevolent Bodyguard is a quality white weenie. Unfortunately, WW still suffers from extreme card disadvantage, which is what makes it so that it can't become a formidable deck type.  The Bodyguard doesn't help this factor any, still trading cardds 1/1 in most cases.  In short. this still isn't enough to make white weenie any good.

In Limited, this is a fairly solid card, adding a quick body with an effect that will most likely provide a very favorable board position later when needed.  Not a top pick, but you'll be playing this if yer playing white.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 4



I've seen this card used in limited from time to time.  I just don't like it much.  It's too fragile for what it does, and good opponents will play around this trick you can see a mile away.

In constructed, maybe a place in the 1 drop slot of Weenie White, but even that is pretty questionable.  Overall bad.

Constructed - 1.5
Limited - 1.5
Current Price - $.20


Protection from colour is a very powerful ability that shouldn't be underestimated in any format (also, don't forget you can give an opponent's creature protection
from a colour to destroy a creature enchantment).

Constructed: A 1 mana white creature should get a special ability, but this one isn't that good (Remember that mother of runes did the same thing without destroying herself). I'll give him a 3 because forcing your opponent to play around him could give him a few mild headaches.

In limited, even without his ability, he's still a 1/1 for 1 mana and, just as removal is vital in limited, "anti-removal" (saving a good creature using the bodyguard's ability)is good too. He gets a 4.


Compare this to Mother of Runes and you get a very poor substitute. 
Admitedly, this guy can swing and can be used the turn you cast him, but I'd
pick Mom anyday.  He's solid, but even in OBC I don't play him in my WW
build.  He's essentially a counterspell on a stick in Limited, but I tend to
avoid 1/1's whenever possible.  A 3 in Constructed, a 2.5 in Limited.

Judge Bill

A decent trick ... able to counter many spells on resolution due to an
illegal target. However, when this is the third best one drop white has in
type 2, you can easily see why traditional white weenie stinks right now.
Right now, white weenie has gone to the birds.

In limited, this is a better card, due to the fact that each deck has one or
two game breaking creatures, and this is able to protect them from one
removal spell. It also has the possibility of getting a hit or two in, and
provides a white creature to tap for some of the flashback spells in

Constructed: 2
Limited: 2.8


I think this guy is pretty terrible in constructed.  There are much better abilities for his cost in white.

Now in limited, this guy is decent.  Can be very good for defense against lots of kill spells.  Also, it might be able to help you keep on the offensive depending on the situation.

Constructed: 1.8
Limited: 3


If anyone were to play a rogue white weenie deck, this card would be one of the top cards for it.  I like the sitting shield over Shelter, but there's no reason why you wouldn't play both.  Unfortunately, white weenie of any kind is a dud right now, and has little to no chance against the current metagame.  A 2 in constructed for right now, especially since all the wwhite weenie cards are devalued in Type II right now, with it potentially getting a rating of 3.5 if WW ever catches on in the next Type II season.

In limited, if you are playing white, this is a good, solid pick.  Probably not a first pick, especially if there are cards such as Battle Screech in the pack, but a solid pick.  A 3 in limited.

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