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Date Reviewed: 02.25.05
Constructed Average Rating: 4.15
Limited Average Rating: 3.9
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1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
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Professor X –
Today we are going to take a look at another
extremely powerful 8-drop. This time it is
Professor X – Mental Master from the new Marvel
Professor X is simply awesome! Although his
stats may be slightly off from what we have seen
previously with only a 18/18 and range, his
effect and boosted effect are what truly make
this character a force to be reckoned with.
Professor X’s basic ability is that you can pay
1 endurance to make your opponent discard a card
from their hand. Notice that there is no ‘once
per turn’ stipulation or ‘activate’ clause to
worry about. That means you can now decimate
your opponent’s hand with no problem. However, I
think the real power for Professor X is his
boosted ability. For a mere boost cost of 1, you
can take one of your opponent’s characters (so
long as the cost is equal or less than 8) and
put it into your front row! Wow! This guy was
basically meant to be played in an X-stall deck.
In fact, I would go so far as to say this
character is going to bring back a surge of
X-stall and is going to make it a top tier deck!
X-men constructed – 4.5/5.0 ...This character
gets a 5.0/5.0 for X-stall.
Limited – 4.5/5.0 ...In this format you game
will not always go to turn 8, however this
character is powerful enough to win you the game
should it last that long.
One of the 4 8-drops in the set, Professor X is
the one that will probably see the most play,
mainly for his boost ability. He's got some good
stats for an 8 drop, and his discard effect can
get rid of any surprises your opponent has in
hand for the cost of only a few endurance.
However, play him on turn 9, and not only do you
have a nice sized character, but you also get to
steal the big guy on your opponent's side of the
field. With no 9 drops in the Modern Age format,
you won't have to worry about something bigger
coming along, and with two 8 drops on your side,
the game is pretty much over. Expect a lot of
people to throw a copy or two in their decks,
much as people played Apocalypse, as a late game
heavy hitter. In Golden Age, he doesn't really
fit into the popular X-Stall deck, which likes
to clear the field on 8 in order to drop
Imperiex on 9. However, there are plenty of
people buying plane tickets to New York and
building aggro X-men decks as we speak. Also
interesting is Team X-Change, which will not
only team up X-men and X-tatix, but also search
for Professor X.
In Limited, higher drops can be the difference
betweek winning and losing, and just having an 8
drop puts you in the driver's seat in this
format. More often than not though, you'll be
playing him as a game winning 8 drop, although
if the game goes to turn 9, your opponent will
probably scoop the second the good Professor
hits the field.
Constructed (Modern) - 4.5/5
Constructed (Golden) - 4/5
Limited - 5/5
of the day marks the day of the first X-Men 8
drop that isn't restricted to some form of
stall/Imperiex smashes the opponent deck. Mental
Master's payment effect is inexpensive, and it
completely destroys the hand of the opponent.
This leaves the opponent with no real options
entering the combat phase, aside from their
resource row and their characters.
In fact, 8 drop Xavier is actually a nice option
if you wish to play a modified X-Stall deck.
It's a great card when combined with Gamma Bomb,
which means the opponent will be left with
hardly any characters and hardly any hand on
turn 9, when you drop Imperiex...of play Mental
Master with boost and steal their best
character. This boost effect almost reminds me
of Dr. Light, except on a smaller yet still
In limited, it's an 8 drop. Odds of you lasting
until turn 8 and fulfilling Mental Master's
loyalty is slim, so if you see some solid plot
twist options or some solid mid game characters,
it's best to pass this Xavier up.