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Mercadian Masques Rare

Reviewed December 30, 2003

Constructed: 2.10
Limited: 1.60

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Judge Bill
Level 2
MTG Judge

 Tuesday - Foster

A card that was in my casual deck. When a creature goes to the graveyard, you can pay 1 to mill yoursely to find another creatures. Combine this with (a) ways to sacrifice your creatures, (b) token generators, and (c) Gaea's Blessing, and you have a tight little package.

Outside of casual, though, it's just too slow. Even in limited, the mill requirement will force you to deck instead of reaping creature advantage.

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 1


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

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Tuesday - Foster

This card is neat. It's not overly amazing by any means, but it does have some uses. Knowing what I know now, I might have played this card more when it was constructed legal back in the day against all the control decks that were running around. It allows you to keep your hand stocked full of threats.

As for limited, I'm not exactly sure how this card would work out. It's not bad, but at the same time, many of your spells are important in limited, so this isn't such a quick fix. On the other hand, if you had a LOT of creatures in your limited deck, you could probably take advantage of it.

Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 2



Well it s a hermit Druid for creatures and it s an enchantment so it can get hosed pretty easily in today s casual environment. Plus it costs 5 mana for its first activation cost. It has a nice tutor effect but your creatures would have to be dying pretty quickly to activate this. If your creatures are dying quickly then it probably means that you re losing. And if you re losing, throwing away a bunch of helpful instants and other cards to get a few creatures to temporarily save your life points isn t the best idea.

In limited, it s kind of like playing Demonic Consolation: you re burning through your very thin library of cards for, in this instance, a useless purpose. Don t pick it.

Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 1

* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years

Here is a very interesting card that is in my opinion obviously a combo card wanting to be abused. You can use this card to make little creatures into big monsters, empty you library to go for infinite turn combos, and a multitude of other effects. The bad side of using this particular card is that it’s just not as good as other cards like Oath of Druids.

Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 2
2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances


Back in the days of Masques-block constructed, there were people who wanted to make this card work for them. Those people are still at work; if this ability put a creature into play then the ability would truly be powerful. As it is, it's just not that terribly exciting; at best it might serve as a sideboard-type card. In limited, I recall this card being at least reasonably useful; existing in the same block as other cards with Fading gave it some value.

Constructed: 1.75
Limited: 2.0
Jeff Zandi


Sounds like a beer commercial…”Foster: Australian for Queer” Just kidding. In limited this is a  card you COULD try in a sealed deck, but definitely not in draft.


In the land of wacky constructed decks, this card has “combo” written all over it, maybe a little better than average in a very focused deck.



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