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Reviewed September 29, 2005

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 2.25
Limited: 2

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour


Not as powerful as you first think. This card's value in limited is slight at best. Early in the game, when your opponent has a lot of cards in his hand, he is likely to allow you to counter the spell, a spell which is unlikely to be the most important of the game. Late in the game, if your opponent plays a card that is really important to him, he is likely to have few cards of any value (if any at all) still in his hand and he will happily discard them to keep Perplex from countering his important card. Perplex is bad because it lets your opponent make the really important decisions about its function. In constructed, this card is far too limited in capability to be included in blue/black decks.



* Game Store Owner


Truthfully, I don't think this card has a lot of room in constructed play. The transmute ability could be useful in most deck with blue or black in them. There are a lot of neat spells you can go get. The normal function of the card is amazingly useful early in the game. If you draw it late game, it's pretty well wasted.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 1.5

Paul Hagan


I can definitely dig this card. You aren't getting a hard counter, but you can remove your opponent's hand from the equation if they feel like forcing a card through. "But Paul!", you cry, "what happens whenever your opponent is down to one or two cards in hand? This card would be worthless!" At first glance, you would be correct. Fortunately, some smart guy out at Wizards decided to give this card Transmute, allowing you to use it to tutor up another, better card from somewhere in your deck if Perplex is deemed worthless.

In limited, this card isn't so hot, due to both the nature of counters in limited (usually not very good in creature v. creature games) and the need for you to be in both blue and black.

Constructed Rating: 3.5
Casual Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 2.0



Meh...often, by the 4th or 5th turn, players are playing with only a card or two in their hands, so Perplex really isn't that ominous in many cases. The opponent has the choice of what to do, which gives them enough power to make this card less than optimal. I'd skip it in most cases.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 2
Limited - 2

The Antman

Perplex- Common- Rav

hey guys today we have the interesting and mind empting counterspell: Perplex at first glance this card reminds me of mana leak. early game this card is great, but once you hit turns 5-6-7 this card is useless. and then... i saw it... at the bottom of the card... TRANSMUTE!!! this is the ability that makes sucky cards tourney worthy. if there is a U/B control deck, this will be one of the cards leading the deck to greatness. early game it is between your card or thier hand for the opponet, and late game... well late game its almost what ever you would want it to be! Transmute is probably one of the best, if not THE best constructed mechanic of the new set.


constructed- 3.5/5 great card because of transmute

limited- 3/5 meh... card advantage is king, but counters are not. atleast it has transmute to get those more importint cards

casual- 2/5 casual players tend to not like counterspells

final thought- transmute looks like a ability with a lot of potential, I guess we will see what will happen.
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