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Royal Assassin 
Alpha, Beta, White Bordered Rare

Reviewed April 9, 2003

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One of the classic cards - we've had it from the beginning.  In the beginning, it was great - people would play 4 because it was brutal.  Then the age of removal came in, and it didn't see as much play.  In today's environment, though, I'm not sure it wouldn't be a good thing.  People are not running as much removal these days as creatures are cheaper and more effective, and removal is more expensive and less effective.  I think Assassins would hold up well in today's t2 environment.  Against U/G, they'd be brutal. :)  We'll never know I guess.

In limited, it's supremely awesome, would get played 100% of the time you're playing black, and is probably a reason to switch colors almost immediately.  It's impact is absurd.

Constructed: 4
Limited: 5


Royal Assassin

An amazing recurring removal spell disguised as a creature.  An old-school favorite that would quickly become a new-school favorite if it were to be reprinted.  This card is already so popular, even though it's dropped out of legal Type 2 and Extended formats, that we cannot keep it in stock on our Website nor our store.  We are currently completely sold out.  In constructed this guy is great. His one downfall is his wimpy toughness, which means he's subject to almost any removal in the environment.

In limited, this guy is insane.  If it's not dealt with, it will deal it out itself.

Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 4.75

Judge Bill

Royal Assassin
An old player favorite. A card I would really love to see come back in 8th Edition (Sorry WOTC, NO ONE is going to call it "The Core Set." You tried this four years ago with 6th Edition. It didn't work then, and it won't work now).
Seriously, a 1/1 that destroys tapped creatures would be a good creature for this environment. It can be removed in so many ways, and has a noticeable effect on the game if it isn't removed.
In limited, it's removal. Play it.
Constructed: 3.25
Limited: 4.75

 Van Zandt

Royal Assassin
One of my favorites, and i really like the old art.  he'll own the game for
you in limited if your opponent doesn't cope,  and he might show up as a
sideboard choice in constructed if he's to be reprinted.
constructed - 3
limited - 4.2


Royal Assassin An old favorite for most players. This card is good but really not great a little fragile. Still a solid card for most decks and always fun to build around.


Constructed This is where you can try to break him 2.95


Limited He would be useful since any removal is good 3.45

Scott Sager Royal Assassin

The original in creature based removal.  This used to make your opponents stop swinging with any creatures that wished to live until the next turn (couldn't stop the mighty Serra Angel in her glory days though).  If you weren't packing Swords to Plowshare or Lightning Bolt (and everybody was) this creature could single handedly win games.

Ltd.:  Anybody drafting 4th?  Seems like it'd be fun.  Anyway.....BROKED!...of course any set he's in also has Lightning Bolt (and Serra for that matter).  Sorry, thinking about them good old days of Magic's yester-years.  Sigh.

Constructed:  4

Limited:  5

Danny Tatro

Royal Assassin

       This card was king back in the day. If you played black you probably played 4 of these guys. Nowadays its not legal so it doesn't matter. They were good back in the day though.

       In limited this thing is nuts. They either deal with it or don't get to attack unless there getting massive advantage anyways.

Constructed: (T1) 1.0 (back in the day 4.0)
Limited: 4.0


Royal Assassin

This card was banned, and for good reason too.  First of all, a little math
will show you reason number one:

Dark Ritual + Royal Assassin = So Not Fair it's not even Funny!

Second of all, he more or less says that your largest/best creature doesn't
attack, because the second it does, it gets killed.  It also makes things
like Master Decoy, Benalish Trapper, and Whipcorder just stupid broken.

So, it's too good, and it had to be banned.

In limited, as we've seen with cards like Rathi Assassin and other dumbed
down versions, are very effective.  This guy is twice Rathi Assassin.  'Nuf

Constucted - 5.0/5.0
Limited - 5.0/5.0

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