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1W, Summon Atog 1/2, Tempest Rare
Sacrifice an enchantment: Auratog gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.92
Limited: 1.41
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2001

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



I haven't ever been a huge fan of this card, but recently he has started to pop up again in Extended.  If you don't know, the deck he is played in is called Elvis at the Buffet Line.  Check out my report from this past weekend on our site.  It's a fun deck, but I wouldn't recommend playing it.  In limited he isn't very good however.

Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 1


Auratog finds itself easily in combo with Rancor as one of the easiest to build combos. As you usually don't want to waste your enchantments on this guy, the right kind of card had to come out to make him really good. So in the Enchantress type deck, he's nuts. Otherwise he's fairly horrible. In limited, he's a second to last pick.

Constructed - 4 (Enchantress build only)
Limited - 1


Limited **
Constructed ***

Auratog would be another unmentionable 'tog if it wasn't for a previous PoJo's card of the day, Rancor.  Attacking with a HUGE trampling Auratog is quite a sight to see.  Besides this one combo deck, this 'tog offers little else.


Auratog has been a dark horse favorite ever since Urza Saga and Urza's Legacy gave us Argothian Enchantress and Rancor. The ability to recur enchantments while drawing cards, and then serve with a mighty fat Auratog has always been nice. Unfortunately, when the combo was Type 2 legal, we were in the middle of Combo Hell, so nothing like this would ever had been played. It's not until today's extended environment where we are seeing the Auratog pop-up in mass. "Elvis At The Buffet Line" is a great example of how Auratog is being abused in Extended. 

In limited, like most of the other atogs, this one is just not strong enough as without the ability to combo recur, it's not that great a card. 

New Constructed: n/a 
Old Constructed: 4.0
Constructed Potential: 4.0

Limited: 1.5


Limited: ** (2 Stars)
Constructed: **^ (2 1/2 Stars)

Auratog is another of the Atogs that has to have a deck built around it to be effective. The one deck I can remember it being used in was some sort of Enchantress deck that was ok but not the best. Auratog gets even worse in Limited where you want to use the enchantments you picked throughout the game (usually) instead of ditching them for a few extra damage.

John B

Due to Auratog's uses in enchantress decks, it'll get decent marks. 3.5, to be exact. Only 1 more atog to go, wooo!


I'll go ahead and give Auratog a 2 right now, then tell you why. This guy is better than Atog for one simple reason - he's combo worthy. He has the potential to be broken with Rancor. He also beats out Atog because enchantments are a little less, well, crucial. You can let go of them easier. Unfortunately, none of the above applies in limited. Most creature enchantments stink, and are sac worthy, if they ever get played. He gets a 1, and I'd give him a 0 if I could in limited.





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