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Frenetic Raptor 
Legions Uncommon

Reviewed April 21, 2003

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You know, I wonder about this card.  I can already tell you that it can be an absolute monster in limited.  As long as you don't have TOO many beasts for this to hinder, 6/6s are awful nice, especially if they run you 6 or less mana.  They're not always the easiest to deal with and can kill an opponent.  If they have beasts or you have blue, critter altering cards, then this thing can be REAL nice.  I have ripped some people open with this and some blue before.  It's pretty fun.  At any rate, you'll play this 90% of the time you get it.  If you have more than 6 beasts in your deck, though, you might want to consider leaving it home. 

In constructed, the beast deck is starting to gain in momentum.  This card might get used by some R/G decks to push through some damage from the board.  I don't think it will see much play, though.  Six mana is a lot in constructed unless it unmorphs for 4 or resets the board.

Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 4
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Okay, even more freaky than anything, when I was posting the reviews I happened to notice that Jason Chapman and John Hornburg started out with almost word for word the same opening... weird!

Anyhow, Frenetic Raptor is pretty dang good...a 6/6 for 6.  But he's best used AGAINST beast decks. If you are "almost there" you can use him to push through the last bit of damage.  But this raptor can truly be a double-edged sword.  I was playing Onslaught block sealed on MTGO the other day. My deck is pretty decent and has a nice balance of removal and good creatures.  My opponent's board had been whittled mostly away with my burn and my two Sparksmiths, so out of desperation, I assume, he through this guy down... nice. At that point I just started an all out assault, and he only managed to draw beasts after that. Bummer for him. 

I don't see him being played in constructed, but in limited he can be really decent.

Constructed: 2
Limited: 3.75

Judge Bill

Unfortunately, you suffer from an overload of good beast cards in the current type 2. This guy might be good in a beast deck following the rotation in November, but until then, he just has too high of a cost for the decks out there.
In limited, however, you typically take this guy and play him, as a big beefy 6/6 body can change the tide of the battle. Especially if you snag Contested Cliffs.
Constructed: 2.25
Limited: 3.5

 Van Zandt

Frenetic Raptor
He is a 6/6 for 6 mana, only one of it being colorful, and while he prevents
himself and your other beasts from blocking, he also stops your opponent's
from doing the same.  A good guy to drop if you plan on finishing your
opponent off soon, or even just to drop and swing to force a trade with a
couple of your opponent's dudes.  Except as maybe a sideboard card against a VERY heavily beast deck, he's not strong enough at 6 mana for constructed,
when you can get, say, a grinning demon for 4.
constructed 2
limited 3.2


Frenetic Raptor is a beast in more ways than one. A 6/6 for 6 is just good all around and with the number of other Beasts running around right now it can be a strong card for aggressive decks. Still, for 6 mana I would want a card that really puts me all the way over the top.


Constructed Decent but for 6 mana you better be winning the game 2.70


Limited Big creatures are good 3.55

Danny Tatro

Frenetic Raptor
       Constructed... this won't see play.

       In limited this guy is really good. Hes cheaply costed while not double R or more to cast. Hes really good in the R/U draft deck mainly because lack of big cheap creatures and it helps a lot VS the R/G matchup or any deck beatdown deck with alot of beasts. Them not being able to block with their huge creatures against this huge creature and the rest of your guys can really make a difference. But he usually just lands up being a well costed swinger.
       In a odd situation I once used his ability so my mistforms wouldn't be able to be provoked.  

Constructed: 1
Limited: 3.5


Frenetic Raptor

Frenetic Raptor is a beast, and in more ways than one.  It's effect is
potentialyl damaging for you, but also for your opponent if you insert him
into the right deck.  More than likely, this card will be passed up in
constructed, because aside from the Type II R/G Beast deck, which isn't
really a good deck due to being costly in a fast format.

In limited, however, it can be a good creature.  Although there are some
cards I would take over this, in the right deck, Frenetic Raptor hurts a
lot.  In combinations like R/U in draft, this guy is a bomb, because if you
come up against a beast-heavy R/G deck, this guy just gave you the victory
by making all of their beasts unable to block.  However, in R/G, he is a
nice body at a 6/6 for 6, but outside of that is more detrimental than

Constructed - 1.5/5.0 (Size is good, but the deck it plays in is good
without it, and already kind of on the iffy side of being competitive.)
Limited - 4.0/5.0 (Large, fairly costed, and an effect that in the right
color combination can be potentially game breaking.)

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