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Patriarch's Bidding 
Onslaught Rare

Reviewed August 12, 2003

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Patriarch's Bidding

Constructed: 4.25
Limited: 1.5
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This card is showing up in a deck called Goblin Bidding now. Basically, it uses some suicide Goblins to hit hard and fast, and after they die, you Bid them back up from the grave along with a Goblin Warchief to give them all haste, then WHAM!! Nice.

In limited, unless you have a tribally focused deck, most likely in black (Zombies, anyone?), this card probably isn't worth the slot.

Constructed: 4.5
Limited: 1.75

Judge Bill

One of the tribal influenced cards in Onslaught block, this allows both you and your opponent to pick a creature type, and all creatures of those types in both graveyards are returned to play. This is what finally helped goblins become a top deck, and that's not going to change when Odyssey block rotates out. Expect much goodness from this card until October 2004, and not just from the little red men.
In sealed, your deck is usually way too random to take advantage of this. And in draft, your opponent's deck is usually way too focused to take advantage of this. I'll pass.
Constructed: 4
Limited: 1.5


Patriarch's Bidding is flashy and expensive but returning cards to play is a very powerful ability especially for theme decks. Zombies anyone?

Constructed - A great effect here especially for casual games - 2.85

Limited - Not so good unless you go into the draft with a creature theme already built - 2.65

Tyler Grund

Patriarch's Bidding

Being included in one of the toughest and most played archtypes in Type II
right now, the bidding is near the top for contructed play.  The
ever-present urging of wotc for players to play tribal decks just keeps
rolling with this fine addition.

I used this card in my Goblin Bidding deck, until I ran into more Mirror
games than not, but I can say there were plenty of games where a nicely
timed Bidding brought on a game-winning world of hurt for my opponent.

The down side to the card is that if you are running against another tribal
style deck, there is little to no point to playing it. ( Although Once I
played it for fun against a Rotlung zombie deck very late-game to quite
funny results. When it all settled, there were 30 creatures on the table....
with the majority of his going back to the grave thanks to two hasted
Sharpshooters:) But since you can sideboard it out or simply choose not to
play it, it stays at the top of the ratings. Ever since I noticed other
tribal decks being a majority, I used Oversold cemetary in my sidebaord for
a while. Though not as powerfull, being one-sided makes it a realatively
good replacement during sideboarding.

In limited, I say useless since both players are playing creatures, and it
just turns into a two player animate dead since there is little to no tribal
action during limited.  Its high cost and low yields makes it a non-pick for

Constructed: 4.5
Limited: 2.0

 Van Zandt

Patriarch's Bidding
Like its predecessors, living death and replenish, this card is certainly
showing it's value in block constructed and type 2.  In limited, you would
have to have an already amazingly tribal deck for this to be more worthwhile
for you than your opponent any greater than 50% of the time.
constructed - 3.3
limited - 1.9

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