Green Prototypes is a card that confuses almost all new players. Myself as well, back in the days. How can a card be good if it gives strength to the enemy? That just doesn’t make sense.
On death, give 1 strength to a random surrounding enemy unit and vitalize it
On death, give 2 strength to a random surrounding enemy unit and vitalize it
On death, give 3 strength to a random surrounding enemy unit and vitalize it
On death, give 4 strength to a random surrounding enemy unit and vitalize it
On death, give 5 strength to a random surrounding enemy unit and vitalize it
When I started out, I wasn’t on the Discord or on Reddit or the forums. I had never even heard of Stormbound-Kitty.
The dark ages.
That was quite a long time ago however, even before the introduction of the ranks. There was a ladder—each month everyone would be reset to zero. As such, I quickly found myself matched up against very advanced players. Players with the best cards, the greatest strategies.
Imagine my surprise when I saw those strongest enemies use this card I considered useless! That’s over two years ago—in the meantime I learned a lot about this game. One thing I learned is that Green Prototypes is one of the best cards in the game, if not the best.
At all levels.
While not very impressive on its own, at 1 mana it’s extremely cheap. It’s basically the ultimate support unit… the list of benefits is long
Here’s my take on (some of) the reasons why Green Prototypes is so good:
Advance your frontline
For 1 mana, you can place your super strong unit closer to their base, winning an entire turn. If you’re at the mid-line with 8 mana and have Salty Outcasts in hand, Green Prototypes can make Salty Outcasts reach the enemy base.
Protect a structure
If the enemy is near your base and you wanted to put, say, Trueshot Post, Frozen Core, Pillars of Doom or other important structure, it would most likely get focused and destroyed by some unit. By first playing Green Prototypes, the enemy would have to have a unit with 2 or more speed to even reach the structure.
Trueshot Post sacrifice
Let’s say the enemy has a Trueshot Post up and running. Instead of losing something expensive, you play Green Prototypes as the most advanced unit, so they shoot at a 0-value unit. Works even better if you use Green Prototypes to kill a weaker enemy, so their Trueshot kill gives them negative value.
Defend your base
If you have a structure in one of the corners, play Green Prototypes on the middle one of the 3 unobstructed tiles bordering your base. They will now have to take out Green Prototypes before they can send a runner in your base, which could cost them just enough to run out of mana for the runner.
Protection from chip
Kill an equally strong unit
When there are no units alive nearby as Green Prototypes dies, it doesn’t give strength to anyone. Which means you killed a more expensive card for just 1 mana.
Attack isolated structures
Help in a baselock
Playing up to 4 units in a turn can get expensive… Luckily Green Prototypes only cost 1 mana, yet still take up a spot the enemy can’t play on.
Bait the opponent
They will want to attack prototypes, just to get the strength bonus. This means that you can essentially decide where the enemy will move. Used to prevent them from advancing to your base, to make sure you can attack elsewhere or to bait them into creating a pocket for a structure.
For instance, when Green Prototypes are played on the enemy baseline, the opponent might want value from it, so they’ll attack it with a slightly stronger unit… Which you can send straight into their base with Unhealthy Hysteria.
Combine with constructs
Green Prototypes are constructs, so they will buff and get buffed by Linked Golems. Even if we count Green Prototypes as having 0 value, with Linked Golems, they becomes 5 and you get 2 movement! Which other combo does that at level 1?
Combine with Fortification Tonic or Boosting Elixir
Play Blessed With Brawn on them
Let’s say your Green Prototypes make it to the enemy base (it’s not a high prio target anyway) now play Blessed with Brawn on it. Unless they happen to have Confinement on hand, they’ll have to invest plenty of resources to kill the blessed Green Prototypes… or lose the game.
Extra meat for Prime Oracle Bragda to buff
Boost Ubass the Hunter
If there wasn’t a construct surrounding the space you were going to play Ubass the Hunter on, there is now—letting Ubass deal 1–3 extra damage.
More units for Xuri, Lord of Life
I mean, even if the initial value is essentially 0, once Xuri, Lord of Life flies over them, it’s 3–7 (depending on level) extra strength for 1 mana.
Combine with Dark Harvest
For one mana, Dark Harvest gets extra targets to deal damage to.
Have a target for Call For Aid
Trigger for Mystwives
Target for the Hearth
I’m pretty sure there are even more benefits, but for a 1 mana card, I’d say that’s already pretty impressive!
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