Rip Hunter, Protector of the Time Line

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Of all the previews I’ve written for DCU, this is the one I was looking forward to the most.  Here’s the card:

Through absolutely no planning that I was aware of, the unaffiliated characters in the set started to take on a 52-related theme.  Once I saw the line-up that we had going, I wanted to include Mr. Hunter.  Sadly, I did not have room for his infamous chalkboard.  But maybe we’ll have room for that in a later set.

Rip Hunter is a time traveler.  More specifically, he’s a time cop.  He’s devoted his life to protecting the time stream.  If someone starts mucking about with time, Rip will work to set things right.  He operates in secret.  No one knows his real identity (though readers of the excellent Booster Gold series recently discovered it.)  So, naturally he’s concealed.

I started off looking at different effects that simulated time travel in Vs.  There’s a lot of card draw or search effects.  I also looked at Time Trapper from the Future Foes.  I always thought it was a shame he didn’t see more play.  So, I decided to go a similar route.

Thematically, searching your deck represents mucking about with the timeline.  Maybe your opponent wasn’t meant to hit a certain drop.  But, through manipulation of the time stream, now he has.  Rip can’t negate that outright.  But he can dive into the time stream himself and take countermeasures to set things right.

Pretty flavorful, no?

At a 2/3, Rip isn’t going to contribute a lot to a fight.  But his power triggers every time an opponent searches.  And he’s not restricted by things like team-stamping.  If an opponent searches for a character with concealed, Rip can go and look for any character concealed or otherwise.  If an opponent searches for a location with terraform, Rip can go grab any location at all.

Keep checking back with us this week as we wrap up the previews.  And next week (sometime) we should be ready to unveil the finished set!

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One Response to “Rip Hunter, Protector of the Time Line”

  1. seventhsoldier Says:

    “Whenever an opponent searches his deck for a specific type of card, you may search your deck for the same type of card. Other restrictions on the opponent’s search, such as team affiliations, are ignored when you perform yours. Rip Hunter’s power does not trigger when an opponent searches his deck without restriction, or only with restrictions that do not refer to card type.

    EXAMPLE 1: Your opponent plays Signal Flare while you control Rip Hunter, instructing your opponent to search his deck for a Fantastic Four character card. Rip Hunter’s text triggers, putting an effect on the chain which gives you the option of searching your deck for any character card, revealing it, putting it in your hand, and finally discarding a card.”

    EXAMPLE 2: Your opponent activates Four Freedoms Plaza while you control Rip Hunter, instructing your opponent to search his deck for a card (without restriction on the type of card searched). Rip Hunter’s effect does not trigger, because your opponent did not search his deck for a /type/ of card.

    EXAMPLE 3: Your opponent plays At Your Service while you control Rip Hunter, instructing him to search his deck for a card with Batman in its name or game text. Rip Hunter’s effect does not trigger, because the restrictions on the search do not mention the card type.”
    -FAQ

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