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Grim Lavamancer

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Constructed: 4.49 (7 Reviews)
Limited: 4.58 6 Reviews)
Reviewed March 29, 2002

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Grim Lavamancer is the best 1 drop available in red right now. He's solid all around and is a tiny little beatstick all by himself. The biggest 'question' about him is that he conflicts with Barbarian Ring. Who cares when you're doing 2 a turn? He's an extremely solid little dude, and definitely a 4 in both constructed and limited.


Inquest, you suck. This card is one of the best red cards ever. I may start playing magic again just to play this card.
Violence rating: REDRUM!!!
Limited Rating: 5
Constructed Rating: 5


I am a red player. I was playing the deck of the elusive Paul Sligh before most of you knew what a Llanowar Elf was. This guy is so great in red speed and decks that don't care about threshold that he boggles the mind. A reusable shock for R + remove 2 is a great ability which can keep the way clear for your attackers or provide a finish.
In Limited he is equally good as long as threshold isn't critical for you.
Constructed 4
Limited 4
National Qualifiers Tip of the Day- If you have never been to a PT or Qed for Nationals before you are probably better off to listen to others rather than talking about your amazing win over a 7 year old. Listen and learn the metagame, listen and learn new tricks you may not know. Look, it is great to be sociable and friendly (in fact it's why I play the game) but you will be a much better player if you know when to talk and when to listen.


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Andrew Chapman

This card has gotten a lot of hype, but not quite as much use. He's not as fast as people thought he might be, and awfully slow for the late-game. Still, it's a good card.

In Limited, he's easy to use and is efficient at everything he does.

Constructed: 4
Limited: 4.5

John B

Decks want to have a good number of 1 drops, to help even the mana. Most of the one-drops in type 2 are pretty pitiful. If you get a 1/1 with even a marginal ability you should consider yourself lucky. Here's a 1/1 that becomes a source of recursive damage, and often a card advantage engine, in the mid to late game. Necessary for the early game AND good in the late game? What more can you ask for? 4.5


Limited *****

Constructed *****

An excellent version of what Cursed Scroll SHOULD have been in the first place. While toned down compared to the broken Artifact from Tempest, Grim Lavamancer is an excellent source of reusable creature removal OR direct damage.

Judge Bill

Now this card says deal with me or die. It has a casting cost of only R, allowing you to slip it in under a counterspell. And in most any deck you would use it in, the graveyard will fill. Quickly.

In limited, this is even more nuts. There is typically very limited removal to deal with it, and you should be able to get many cards into the graveyard, either by cycling them somehow, or by getting to 8 cards in hand and discarding lands.

In short, no matter what the format, if you're playing red, you should be playing this card.

Constructed: 4.9
Limited: 5


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