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Pojo's VS System Card of the Day

  Professor X
– Mental Master

Marvel Knights

Date Reviewed: 02.25.05

Constructed Average Rating: 4.15
Limited Average Rating: 3.9

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


Professor X – Mental Master

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 Knights set.

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.
Professor X, Mental Master

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
Dawn Yoshi Today's card 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 deadly scale.

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.

Constructed: 3/5

Limited: 2/5

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