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Gustha's Scepter 

Reviewed January, 2004

Constructed: 1.25
Limited: 1.10

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Judge Bill
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MTG Judge

 Thursday - Gustha's Scepter

A card that was used in the first extended builds of Academy decks to hide cards from discard, it costs 0 and builds your artifact count. (Hmm, sounds like another thing that is pertinent today.) Other than that though, that's all this does. And since it doesn't do anything actively, it ends up being not too good.

In limited, it sucks just as bad, for the same reasons as above.

Constructed: 1.25
Limited: 1


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Thursday - Gustha's Scepter

OK, I'm going to make this short and sweet today.







It seems like a waste of space in nearly every way. It's uses are EXTREMELY linear and limited.

Constructed: 1
Limited: 1

Ray "Monk"
*Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)
January 1 Ė Gusthaís Scepter

Gusthaís Scepter?!? I wouldnít tap a Mishraís Factory for that thing! Oh? I donít have to you say? Well then, letís take a lookÖ Itís free, and you get what you paid for. In limited itís about as bad as it can get, especially since that block had near nothing for good discard cards, so what was there to be afraid of? Now in constructed, it actually saw some use in some sideboards, but mainly for combo deck who wanted to protect combo pieces, and since Duress was in by then, you had to be going first AND have it in your opening hand for it to be as good as you really needed it to be. In short, it was a neat idea that just fell short.

Limited: 1
Constructed: 1.5


 Gustha s Scepter

Happy New Year everyone! Let's hope you had fun partying last night. Now onto the review. Now you can see why Synod Sanctum and friends suck. There was and always will be artifact hate. (Not only do you lose the artifact from a Disenchant, but you also lose all the cards under it.) But there was a lot less artifact hate when this was released. Obviously it s meant to be an anti discard card. That is put the card that you can t or don t want to play under Scepter until you want to play it. (And black generally has a tough time dealing with artifacts.) But it s pretty useless otherwise. Oh well, at least it costs 0 mana to cast and activate.

Don t even think about it in Limited. (Actually, don t even dream about having an Alliances draft. If you do, invite me.)

Vintage: 1
Limited: 1

* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
 Thursday-Gusthaís Scepter

Gusthaís Scepter has potential as a card for your sideboard if you fear an area that has a lot of discard decks. In limited I donít think this card is something that you would really want to use that often because you donít have a lot to fear. There isnít a lot of hand destroying effects in a limited that would have enough you needing this card. The good side of this card is that it has a good activation cost and it has a no cost to cast.

I can see a lot of people thinking that with a cost of zero to cast, that this card could be used in a combo deck such as Minds Desire deck. There is much better zero casting cost artifacts to use so avoid it and choose a better card.


Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 1
2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Gustha's Scepter

I believe that this card actually saw play in Brian Hacker's deck in PT-Rome back in 1998, mainly simply due to the fact that it costs zero, though I do believe it saw some use as a method of hiding cards from Duress and from Lion's Eye Diamonds in his Academy deck, which received acclaim as one of the more explosive versions of the deck at the event. Digression aside, the ability to hide cards is only mildly useful at best, and Academy has long since seen its days of usefulness fade. There are other zero-cost cards available that are simply superior to this. In limited, this card serves a fine purpose: representing either one or five life while you use your sideboard as a life-counter.

Constructed: 1.75
Limited: 1.0
Jeff Zandi

Gusthaís Scepter

In Alliances, some rares (yeah, I know, Uncommon-1 for you expert card collectors) didnít seem as rare as others. Seems like this BAD rare artifact was in every booster pack I opened back then. I thought this was the worst artifact ever in the days of Alliances. Itís funny how many worse cards have been printed since then. Still, bad is bad.




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