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Callous Oppressor 
Onslaught Rare

Reviewed April 10, 2003

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Callous Oppressor

Constructed: 3
Limited: 3
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An interesting rare.  This card was paid no mind when the Onslaught set first came out.  Just lately, it has been sneaking it's way into the constructed environment from the sideboard. Grab a creature, and start swinging away with it. When your opponent is finally forced to kill it, you grab another and swing away again. Annoying as hell for them.

In limited, why not?  Just grab the biggest or most annoying threat on the board and slam your opponent with it.  If something better pops up, untap it and grab it, instead.  Callous Oppressor is a pain in the butt for your opponent, and can be devastating if they can't deal with it.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 4

Judge Bill

Callous Oppressor
If you read my column, you've probably already seen my thoughts on this on Monday. It can be really good against decks that run a lot of non-tribal creatures. If your local metagame is like that, by all means, I recommend this highly. However, if it's all tribal and control, don't bother.
In limited, you DEFINATELY play this. It will always steal a creature at least once if it stays on the table.
Constructed: 2-4 (depending on local metagame)
Limited: 5

 Van Zandt

Callous Oppressor
Very similar to the royal assassin in limited, and while it's a bit more
restrictive, it's also more pro-active.  It's already shown it's usefulness
in u/g sideboards in t2.
constructed - 3
limited - 3.9


Callous Oppressor – For me this is one of those cards that seems like it should be good. I mean, 3 mana to steal a creature. That should be good. However, letting your opponent declare his beast creatures immune isn’t so good. Much better when paired with all the cards that change creature type.


Constructed – Since you really need to pair this with backup there should be opportunities here – 2.95


Limited – A very nice ability when everything depends on the creature battle – 3.50

Scott Sager Callous Oppressor

This has made it's way into U/G sideboards for a very good reason....unless your opponent is running a tribal deck or Psychatog, this guy is stealing creatures till the games over or your opponent gets one too many creatures turned to the dark side and decides to do the oppressing all over his measly two toughness.

Ltd.:  Callous Oppressor gets an errata in limited.  1UU 1/2 "Tap:Steal your opponents biggest creature."  ; )

Constructed:  4.0

Limited:  4.5

Danny Tatro

Callous Oppressor

       This card is actually sometimes seems overlooked. But people have been playing this sideboard in G/U mirrior match since they don't have a way to deal with it. This guy is pretty good as a T2 blue card, in block... well things are more tribal so it may not be as good, but its still not bad.

       In limited if your going blue this guy is really good. Steal a creature when they attempt to attack you and block with it. Or steal it they don't attack then give it back, and repeat the process when they try to attack next time. Excellent, except if they have all beast or something- which is actaully a pretty unoften situation in limited belive it or not.

Constructed: 3.5 (SB only really)
Limited: 4.0


Callous Oppressor

At times, when R&D is working on a set, the thought of, "What would be
busted in Limited at times, and almost worthless in Contructed?"
occasionally pops into their heads, leading them to create some rares that
are intended to be busted only in limited, or only in constructed.

This had to have been the thought process when the created Callous
Oppressor, an expensive 1/2 that can take over creatures not of a type
chosen by a player.

In constructed, it just sucks, simply because most constructed decks are
fairly close in creature types now, and it's easy to get around him, or to
make your opponent take a crappy creature.

In Limited, you have the potential to take some bombs.  There's always bombs
of odd creature types, like in U/R, there's always the large beast there to
beat things down.

In limited, he can be quite handy, maybe not a first pick, but really handy.

Constructed - 1.5/5.0
Limited - 3.5/5.0

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