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Judgement - Uncommon
Limited: 3.42 (9 Reviews)
Reviewed August 5, 2002
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Let me make this clear, Browbeat is not even close
to being bad in constructed. It's not making
much of a showing in OBC currently becuase the
rest of the red cards in the set suck.
Not only that, the OBC environment is savagely
geared twords beatdown. More so than any
other environment I can recall. There is no
combo deck to speak of, and there's only one
control deck out there. Browbeat will work
best in a slower environment, right now in OBC
your opponent will laugh at you when they have 2
6/6 flying wurms and all you can do is cast a
Browbeat that can't affect the board at all.
In a different environment, Browbeat will get the
chance to shine.
Browbeat is the best
red card printed since
Flametongue Kavu, and it may even surpass that.
know that is a bold statement to make, but I will
defend it just as boldly. This card is
underplayed, and I believe its day in the sun is
coming. For some reason, this card makes
than the other punisher cards.
In Limited, this may not be as useful, but it is
great. If played in a fast R/G type of deck,
be just as good as in constructed, but either way
is still a winner. Now a top pick though as
a game winner by itself. Be looking for this
2nd or 3rd.
Browbeat is the kind of card that has a very
narrow purpose, but is quite
good in its role. Its use is confined to
fast decks that can exert a lot of
pressure early, but need that little extra to keep
going. So decks like
Sligh or R/G can really use a Browbeat.
However, if pressure is less
likely, then it starts to dwindle in usefulness.
So in limited, for
example, while still good, it's not quite as good.
And in Five Color, where
the sheer randomness of 250 cards hurts the
ability to reliably come out of
the gates quickly, the card also lacks the proper
Constructed - 3.5
Limited - 2.5
- the card is retarded. In OBC, there IS a
punisher deck that is fairly solid (IMHO) with
this and other cards. If they take 5, great
- they're that much closer to dying. If they
let you draw cards, great - they're that much
closer to dying. Either way, it's bad for
them. This probably should have been cost at
4 to make it a little less broken.
It's not that great in T2 right now, but that's
not to say it won't be later.
In Extended, this is amazing in the SRB (Stupid
Red Burn) deck. Opponents will HATE you
drawing cards no matter what, and certainly will
hate taking 5.
In limited, if you
have it, play it. Either effect is good.
Limited - 4
Current Price - $1.95
I was a little
concerned when I saw the punisher cards
for the first time. The ones like blazing salvo
lava blister are in character for red, but a crad
browbeat (the red concentrate) just seems unfair.
In an aggressive constructed deck, this card
around turn 4 or 5 could spell doom for your
They may well not want to take the damage (as this
could put them in firebolt range), so you get 3
cards, something red should not be able to do.
Browbeat seems designed to screw control decks
rely on card advantage. A 4 in constructed.
In limited, dealing damage is good, drawing cards
good, so this card is really good - a 4.
The only thing worse than this card would be a
punisher wrath of god. Oh wait...
see. Lava Axe, 5 mana, five damage.
Browbeat, 3 mana, 5 damage. I
played Lava Axe and its decent in limited.
Browbeat is suprisingly not as
good. The entire format is different.
Red is so bad that the creatures you
have already down on the field are not going to be
able to hold up their end
of this 'bargain'. In constructed, I have
not seen its usefulness yet, but
it could be very powerful.
Where was this card
when red was allowed to have really good instant
burn ? Many times I wished for a way to reload
burn and there was none. Today this card is ok
in the red decks, the decks just aren't that
good so far. In limited I would always play it
when red is a color I'm using. Overall a good
card today that would have been 5 stars 2-3
only it had a deck to be in)
A good card to help
the SRB (stupid red burn - basically a deck with
a lot of direct damage) strategy out. Your
opponent can either give you three cards, or
take 5 damage. Most of the time it is 5 damage,
and that's great for 3 mana.
It is even
splashable, as it only has one red mana in its
casting cost. Could give a wide variety of mages
fits deciding which is worse... the 5 damage or
the 3 cards. Again, most of the time, your
opponent will be taking 5, so keep that in mind.
In limited, this is
basically a Lava Axe for 2 less. The possibility
increases that they'll let you have the cards,
and I think you'll find that's just fine too
most of the time.
Note: If it is
coming down to a decking war, target them.
not really for or against Browbeat. I have
seen some instances in Odyssey Block Constructed
where it has shown some promise. However,
sometimes it's still hard to tell if it really
helps the decks that it's in or not. I
remember when it first came out, we all thought it
was going to be great.
I'd assume you go ahead and take it in limited and
take advantage of the extra damage. There
are less ways to deal with large damage in
limited, and sometimes the five damage can be
Constructed: 3 (maybe more)
Browbeat is a fun card that I love to play with.
I'll usually say "can I AXE
you a question? Can I draw 3 cards?" and they
just write down their new,
lower, life total. Red is fun.