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Voidmage Prodigy (Kai Budde's invitational card)
Creature - Wizard
UU, Sacrifice a Wizard: Counter target spell.
Morph: U (You may play this card face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Reviewed September 11, 2002

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Again, thanks to the MTGNews Rumor Mill for this week's cards. (
An interesting tweak on Kai's original design. As has happened before (with Meddling Mage being gold), The Invitational card picks up the flavor of the set it is in. I see this coming into play via morph more than the normal way, as you can bluff your first counterspell in that manner. Also, merfolk seem to be gone for another block, in favor of Wizards, much to this card's benefit. Like most of the Invitational cards, I see it getting a lot of play early, and toning down a bit once the new environment is figured out. I do see this continuing to see play, however, as it seems to be quite the strong ability. But what do I know, anyway?
In limited, it is both a body and a counterspell. I think I'll usually play it if I get it.
Type 2: 3
Extended: 2.5 (Too many good counters still available here.)
Limited: 3


If it's an invitational card, it has to be good.  I see this one is little exception.  It's kinda like a Daring Apprentice that can have surprise value, but can also eat it's friends before it goes.  I think the value of this card will be further defined when we see what kinda Wizards Onslaught will hold for us.  There is a neat little Patron/Wizard/Voidmage Prodigy deck starting to brew, but we'll have to see how that goes.

In limited, it's got legs and it can counter.  Just like complicate, for that reason, it's good.

Constructed: 4
Limited: 4


It's  a neat little creature.  It's also sort of fits in small weenie beatdown type decks.  You could play a fish deck with these guys in it.

Truthfully, all that's important about this card is Kai got a creature card.  How terrible would it be to win the invitational and not get a creature.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 2.7


I'm not real sure how to rate this card. Obviously, similar effects have been tried which gave creatures countering effects with some but not great success (Ertai is one I can recall). His toughness of 1 makes him an immediate burn target and his UU + sac a wizard activation cost seems too costly to be very useful. On the other hand if Onslaught is filled with one drop Wizards he becomes a little better. Don't write this rating in stone yet as Kai and the great Marco Blume may already have designed the perfect deck for Onslaught and this guy is a key part of it.
Constructed 2.5
Limited 2


Limited: 3
Constructed: 3 (Higher potential, though)

This card looks like it could be really really good if
Onslaught delivers the goods we need to break it.
This means Wizards that cost one or two.  For limited,
they will have to be common to make this guy a threat
at all.  Other than that, he's an early drop, although
very hard to splash, that can make life tough on your
opponent for a while.  In constructed, it's a
counterspell on legs.  It will be great to have out in
the blue on blue match since he can't be countered
once in play.  With other decent Wizards in the set,
he'll be outstanding.  Hopefully we'll get this guy to
continue the tradition of the Invitational cards being
pretty good.


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