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Grinning Demon 
Onslaught Rare

Reviewed August 25, 2003

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Grinning Demon is the Juzam of the current world.  As a 6/6 for 4 mana, it seems amazing.  But since the current tournament environment allows for a lot of creature removal, big fatties aren't as good as you'd think. Chainer's Edict, Innocent Blood, Wrath of God, etc., make anything less than fast and furious quick drop creatures a bit risky. When Odyssey block leaves the environment, it may find a more secure place and even a deck to call home.

In casual constructed, this guy is much more fun, and is fast fat for black decks. The loss of 2 life means little if you can beat your opponent senseless quickly. That is what makes Withered Wretch a decent quick beat card. Yes, it can backfire, but if you have to, you can make sure you have some removal in your deck to deal with it.

In limited, this guy is really good. He's big and he's bad and he beats your opponent down, or at least keeps their board clear by making them chump him over and over. Good times, and and early pick.

Constructed: 2.75   Casual: 4
Limited: 4
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Judge Bill

We start of the week with the current block's "Juzam". You would think a 6/6 for 4 would be very good. Unfortunately, with the control leanings of the current type 2 field, it isn't that great, as they can either continually chump block it, having you take 2, Wrath it away, or Moment's Peace a bunch. I think it'll be a bit better than it is once we get Mirrodin in, but only time will tell.
In limited, it's a risky move, as unless you have evasion, the life loss will really pile up. Not universally worth it, but can be in some decks.
Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 3


Grinning Demon

I just love this card, what a happy little demon! This has always been a
favorite card of mine, yet I've never gotten around to putting him in any
decks. (or even getting one for that matter) At the cost of 2 life a turn,
on turn 4, a 6/6 is darn tootin good. Even though it is a 6/6, all your
opponent has to do is block it with a little creature every turn. In effect,
him loosing a creature and you loosing two life. Also, this will not be as
good of a card late game. Where you have probably lost more life then you've
gained, along with loosing two a turn after you cast this beast, and it
would be better to just spend 5B on a Twisted Abomination.

Some options are to use him in a green/black deck, to give him trample with
cards like Rancor or Brawn. Blue can also be added to the black instead, to
add flying to the mix.

The morph does add a surprise factor to him though. On some turn, swing with
some creatures (face down Grinning Demon too), then if he goes unblocked,
pay the morph cost and you just did 6 instead of 2 damage! Or, if your
opponent feels lucky, and is going to block that mysterious creature, turn
the Grinning Demon face up to hopefully kill that unfortunate blocking
creature. Same thing can be done when you are being attacked, after they
declare attackers, surprise your opponent by killing one of the attackers
with your 6/6.

Grinning Demon
Casual Rating: 3

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