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Barbarian Bully
Judgment - 

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.18 (6 Reviews)
Limited: 3.17 (6 Reviews)
Reviewed June 10, 2002

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Barbarian Bully is a great addition to the 'punisher' mechanic. I think that due to the lack of red's playable creature cards in these sets, this will most likely see more play than it should. It has no place in constructed. 1 in Constructed, 3 in Limited.

Judge Bill

An interesting card. Sligh seems to have become quite viable lately. However, in constructed, I would much rather play Minotaur Explorer, which gives you a 3/3 for one less mana and only one discard over this. However, I'm sure I'll be proven wrong. After all, I didn't become a judge because I was good at this game. :)
In limited, however, the discard ability becomes more potent. Your opponent can either give you a 4/4, or he can take 4 and still be dealing with a 2/2. Play it if you get it (and are going red) here.
Constructed: 2
Limited: 4

John Hornberg

School's out at last ^_^ V

Just thought I'd throw that in because I feel like a 2 ton wieght's been lifted off of me. 1 more year left before I graduate.


I like Barbarian Bully. I've been put on the spot by this guy in draft a few times, and he is a really good creature. The only reason an opponent would take damage from him would be to try and kill him. Otherwise, he is a beatstick, because why would someone take 4 damage, then take another 2 from the Bully when they could just take 4 from the Bully and be done with it.

In limited, a middle pick. Not a bad creature, but not usually a first pick. He can certainly be one, but it will be rare that you will be put in a situation where he is the best card in the pack. A 3.5 in limited.

In constructed, I don't know. He seems good, but none of these pain cards with the exception of Browbeat seem like they would really see play. I think he's worthy of it, but whether or not he will be played is completely different. I give him a 2, because I don't know where to put him in Type II. He could easily be much better than that, but I don't think he will.


This is an easy review to start the week with.

The only way this guy gets used in constructed is probably in a Odyssey block deck.  

In limited, you can take him if you need an extra body.  So far he hasn't made it into any of my decks when I've had better cards....which are quite a few.  He's not horrible though.  Just a matter of preference.

Constructed: 2
Limited: 2


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limited ****
constructed ***

We've come a LONG way from Grey Ogre, that's for shore!

I was lucky enough to get 2 of Barbarian Bully in my Judgment prerelease deck.  My opponents can vouch for me when I say they're pretty darn good at turning sideways and smashing for the win.  An inexpensive ground pounder that can be a 4/4 if the opponent tries to throw anything in front of it can really be a workhorse in limited play.

In constructed I've been touting Barbarian Bully as the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Wild Mongrel for R/G madness, atleast in OBC.  I'm gonna stand behind that statement until someone proves me wrong.  Actually I'm pretty stubborn so I'll more than likely stick to my guns even IF someone proves me wrong.  =)

John B

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Barbarian Bully seems to me to be a decent middle of the road creature. He's a 2/2 for 2R with a pumpablity that can be prevented if opp. loses 4 life and you discard a card at random. For this set he is a decent red creature and also does ok in  limited. R&D could have made him better by letting you choose your discard but if they did red might actually be viable again and far be it from the blue worshippers to do that.
Limited- 2.5

Andrew Chapman

Barbarian Bully puts an interesting twist on the Punisher mechanic. While he would be SO much better if you could use his ability more than once a turn, we get stuck with a fairly unplayable creature instead. 

He's better than a Grey Ogre, and for that reason will be a solid card in limited, but in no way will he be a game breaker.

Constructed: 2

Limited: 3


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