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Onslaught Rare

Reviewed September 18, 2002

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Judge Bill

This can see play in one of two types of decks ... UW control, or White "Weenie".
The original card that this card was based off of was Kjeldoran Outpost, The Outpost was a land that required you to sac a plains to get it into play. Once you did, though, it gave you a 1/1 for 1W,T. This card is very similar, only it requires you to tap 3 mana to put it into play. As such, I don't know how early I would drop it, especially against a UG deck like I'm playing right now. I'm sure it will see some play and some success though.
The other way you can use this card is in a White "Weenie" deck, to provide you with lots of attackers. However, this takes 6 mana to make the first creature, and, as such, really doesn't fit into the "weenie" curve. But with the suckiness of white, this strategy might see some play.
In limited, a token maker like this is just wrong. How often did you find yourself playing Squirrel Nest? You'll play this more, as you don't have to worry about them bouncing the thing it is attached to.
Type 2: 4
Extended: 3.5
Limited: 5


This card could be really good in limited. Angie (the wacky stepchild) pointed out to me that lots of birds in the format are also soldiers so you can probably do some real head cracking when you have a bunch of mini-Serras on the board. In constructed the effect is ok but in a mostly white deck the ability is too expensive to be majorly good.
Limited 3
Constructed 1.5



Limited: Not too bad, not bad at all. A 1/1 token isn't going to win all by itself but give this card time... The good thing is that limited games are slower than constructed ones so this "dork machine" has time to work. Also, in limited, your opponent is less likely to have enchantment removal to deal with this. Its not a bomb exactly but it could be useful. A 3.5

Constructed: The obvious use is a soldier deck. Whether this will work depends on how many tournament worthy soldiers there are in the environment and if they form a good mana curve, compliment each others abilities etc etc. Although if whipcorder is anything to go by, soldiers may be a force to be reckoned with. A 3 in constructed. I did have a thought that you could kinda use this card to ressurect counter-post. A number of other key cards are missing (browse, soldevi digger, thawing glaciers, swords) but some equally good cards are now around (compulsion, obsessive search, life burst, ancestral memories, iridescent angel). It probably wouldn't work but it'd be interesting to give it a try.


I don't really like this card.  It is good.  I just think it is going to promote more slow control decks.  That makes tournaments long and boring.  But hey, what does it matter, green has a Disenchant now!

On a more serious note, I do think this card will see a decent bit of play.  It's endless creatures.  Also, if played in the right deck it can be ruthless.  This card and Glorious Anthem or Divin Sacrament could be really good in a white weenie deck.  The other thing to take into account is that this can be used AGAINST control deck be creating endless creatures.

Constructed: 3.8
Limited: 4.8


I look at this and wonder.  I think it's got the potential to be very good.  It might not, though.  It's an enchantment, and there seem to be more ways than ever to remove them these days.  On the other hand, if they don't, there are SO many ways this card can beat you.  It's kinda silly.  The biggest head-turner for me was my ebay auction pre-sale (yes, we are pre-selling Onslaught cards on ebay under the name www*shuffleandcutgames*com) went for $52 for 4 of these.  The players obviously see something in it.  I think in the end it will be a good card.  Continuous weenies are good, then just find some measure of enhancer.

Constructed: 4.5
Limited: 4


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