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Nameless One 
Onslaught Uncommon

Reviewed November 11, 2002

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Very interesting.  I believe there is a good wizard control deck out there.  One of the obvious problems being the speed in the environment.  If the environment ever slows down, we could see a number of Wizard decks utilizing Patron Wizard to slow other decks down to a crawl, and this card to finish them off. 

That said, though, I still think this may be the weakest of the 5 Onslaught Avatars.  The Morph ability is not THAT strong and there are plenty of other things you would want to play at the 3 spot other than a 2/2 that doesn't even count as a wizard.  Probably won't see much play, but who knows.

In limited, if you've got the wizards, bash the face.  Things that are generally 3/3 and higher are good in limited.  Better in draft than constructed, it can bash face if enough wizards are on the board.

Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Current Price: $.95


Onslaught has reintroduced the concept of creature-type based decks, and Wizards are one of the more interesting creature-types, even encompassing Finkel's Shadowmage Infiltrator. Even so, U and 3 for an x/x just doesn't seem cost effective enough to me to be included in any constructed format.
In Limited sealed, you'd have to really be lucky enough to open a ton of Wizard's to make this card worth the space, or in Limited Draft, you'd have to commit to drafting Wizards... if they dry up, the card isn't worth the spot.
Constructed - 2.0
Limited - 2.0

 ~ Chris

Judge Bill

  The one for Wizards. Naturally, this has morph. Unfortunately, this costs
either 1 too many, or it has a type of echo. In either case, this typically
won't see much play, as you want as many cheap Wizards as possible, with a
kill of something like Supreme Inquizitor. This may see fun play, but that's
about it.

In limited, it depends if you have a lot (5+) of Wizards. if so, this would
probably be good to play.

Constructed: 1.5
Sealed: 2
Draft: 3


Yes there are a lot of wizards around (especially if
you include people like shadowmage infiltrator) and
being blue the typical wizard doesn't have much punch.

Although nameless one could grow to huge proportions
he doesn't have any evasion so could easily be chump
blocked ad nauseum. If your going to use him you're
going to have to give him some way of getting through
blockers eg splash balck so you can give him fear
easily (and get access to the infilrator) or run stuff
like opposition (not the most elegant solution).
Overall though, I think it will be just as easy for a
wizard deck to play a second colour to a better class
of kill creature like exalted angel. Nameless one gets
a 2.5 in constructed.

In limited he's ok if you get loads of wizards, he's
bad if you don't so I'll give him a 2 overall in limited. 

"RaNd0M" Schewppe

     Overall a weak card. Sure, it could do somewhat good in Onslaught
sealed if you get a lot of Wizards, but in constructed? Psh. Don't even
consider playing it.

Constructed: 1.25/5
Limited: 2/5


Nameless One is in a way a lot like Doubtless One (See the Review for
Duobtless One from last week) when it comes to playablility, except it
comes with an ability that is considerably less useful in the grand
scheme of things.  What this card has the potential of being is a Wizard
decks major kill card, especially since a wizard deck has become very
doable right now.

The problem there, though, is that Wizards are constantly leaving the
board because of a bomb drop like Voidmage Prodigy.  It is in most
people's better interest to counter many of the spells being played than
to keep something like Nameless One larger. 

It also lacks evasion.  Nameless One doesn't trample, doesn't fly,
doesn't draw a card, doesn't do anything incredibly cool.  It just
morphs.... and the morph doesn't even speed up when it's played.  It's
morph ability in my opinion has no real point of being on the card, and
is there more for show or for the possiblity of whether or not you have
a lot of Wizards in play or not.  Otherwise, it is kind of blah for Type
II constructed, and since it's a 4 crop, wouldn't be in any Wizard deck
of mine.  I'd just as soon play something Mahamoti Djinn for a large
creature.  It gets a 1.5 out of 5 in constructed.

In limited, it serves as one of only like three creatures that blue has
that has any distinct hope of being a large creature.  Blue in Onslaught
block is really weak, reduced to mere tricks and other colors to win the
game.  In limited especially, where blue fails to have a single good
bounce spell in the set, and card drawing is a rare only thing now for
blue as well.  Nameless One is one of blue's power creatures in limited,
which is unfortunate when you look at it compared to other colors.  Blue
has no big creatures or any major game changers, and even with as large
as Nameless One can get, it is still a blah creature.  I in general
don't like Blue in limited anymore.  This card gets a 2 out of 5 in
limited, because you need to be playing a relatively weak draft color,
and at least 7 wizards to make him worth it for your draft deck.  At
least he morphs, so if all else fails, he is a 3rd turn 2/2.

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