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Pojo's Magic The Gathering
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Soulcatcher's Aerie
Judgement - Uncommon

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.65 (10 Reviews)
Limited: 1.28 (10 Reviews)
Reviewed August 6, 2002

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Combined with Battle Screech, Soulcatcher's Aerie can generate a bunch of nasty fliers.  Having three 1/1 flying tokens on your side of the board is one thing... having three 3/3 flying tokens on your side is something entirely different.  While I don't like that I have to use bird creatures (what the hell is fun about playing with Birds?) Soulcatcher's Aerie could really become powerful if they continue to print playable Birds in upcoming sets.

Andrew Chapman


Welcome to the wonderful world of OBC, where we review
cards that can only be good in OBC.  I mean really, a
bird pumper shouldn't be seeing constructed play,
should it?  Kangee pumped up birds and she was
horrible, and that was in a block which had Ordered
Migration (the ultimate bird generator).  Oh well,
this just goes to show you how weak Odyssey block
really is.

In Limited this card is utter crap, as you should only
have 1 or 2 birds at most, if you are lucky. 

Constructed: 2 (3 in OBC)
Limited: 1


Tuesday - I really do like the Aerie on so many levels.  It's your classic
card which specializes in one creature type, but it is aggressively costed
in a set where the corresponding creatures are likewise aggressively costed.
   It is good enough to see play in block, and I wouldn't be surprised if a
Type Two tournament or two doesn't see the Aerie placing rather highly.  In
limited in merely depends on the number of birds in your deck.  You'll need
a lot to be able to run this.  It would never see play in Five Color, simply
because there are so many better winning conditions than birds.

Constructed - 3
Limited - 1.5



Disclaimer:  This review is why I should not be allowed to build my own decks.

I see this card, and sick enough, see potential.  First of all, there are some solid enough birds in the environment right now, with Battle Screech coming to mind very quickly.  Let's face it - birds die.  Use something to sac off birds and you make the flock bigger.  Do the math right, and you can get quite the fast kill.  I don't have a deck yet, but I think I'll build one for kicks.
That was OBC.  In T2, I, scary enough, see a fun little deck involving this an Unnatural Selection.  Why limit yourselves to birds.  Let's make other critters birds.  Flametongue Bird?   There are all sorts of possibilities with this.  Mind you, I think they mostly suck, but man it could get close to godly in multiplayer. ;)

In limited, it sucks.  Not gonna have birds and this at the same time.  I did get hit with a 2/2 Suntail Hawk once, but that was quite the fluke.

Constructed - 3
Limited - 1
Current Price - $.95


Good luck trying to make a bird deck in limited. Even
if you did get enough birds, they aren't exactly the
most threatening creatures. This gets a 1 in limited.

Themed creature decks just seem wrong to me. Yeah,
Slivers were great but that was because they all
shared abilities; they didn't need some lame
enchantment. Birds do not help each other out in the
way slivers, rebels or even goblins do. In short, I
don't like this card so it gets a 2, although that
probably means someone is going to win a tournament
with the soulcatcher's aerie deck.


If you read my article last week, you'll know that I'm not sold on this
card.  In Limited its just plain horrible, chances are you'll never have
more than 2-3 birds in your entire deck.  In Constructed you can build a
deck around it, but I never want to build a deck around the concept of
LOSING my creatures just to make the ones I might draw bigger.  Constructed
a 2, Limited a .5.



Soulcatchers' Aerie
Card Color: W
Mana Cost: 1W
Type & Class: Enchantment
Pow/Tou: n/a
Card Text: Whenever a Bird is put into your graveyard from play,
put a feather counter on Soulcatchers' Aerie. All
Birds get +1/+1 for each feather counter on
Soulcatchers' Aerie.

For some reason this card seems odd to me. I guess it's the fact that your
birds get stronger when other birds die instead of the old Coat of Arms
type where creatures got bonuses when there were more of them in play. I am
a fan of this card and I believe that it will be seen as an important card
(particularly in block constructed) before the season is over. I have seen
a few decks already that use the card and while most still need some work I
believe that the deck will prove solid with this card as a linchpin. In
limited I don't see much use for it because you need lots of birds to make
it viable although if you are drafting and can get birds it might be a fun


Judge Bill

Lesse ... an enchantment that makes all birds bigger when a bird dies.
Insanely powerful in the right deck, but is the deck right? That is, can it
beat Tog? At this point, I would have to say no. Between all of the bounce
spells and Counterspells Tog has, I don't think this card will have much of
an impact. And if the Aerie gets too big, Tog will either Wish for a Recoil,
or just heave and end the game. Maybe in November, when Repulse and FtK
rotate out, but not now.

In causal play, a theme deck built around this might work well, until the
group catches wind and starts packing Disenchant effects.

In limited, there are often not enough birds to justify playing this card.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 1.5


This card has a lot of potential.  Unfortunately I don't think it will see a whole lot of play until the Standard rotation in November.  There are a few decks that can utilize it right now, but they are mainly Odyssey Block Constructed decks.

In limited, this card is not that great at all.  Unless you just happen to have drafted several birds, I'd just let it go by.

Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 1.8


This will see some play in block play, some play in casual, but it's not
active enough to work in Standard. I think it's a mediocre card because you
have to lose card advantage for it to work (your birds have to die for it to
get bigger).

Limited: 1
Constructed: 2

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