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Nim Replica 
Mirrodin Rare

Reviewed December 4, 2003

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Scott Gerhardt

Another random review today. :)  In constructed, sadly enough, I could see this seeing play.  It is is a 3 power for 3 mana, which isn't all that bad.  The ability is mildly useful.  Not sure it would see play anywhere outside of block, and maybe not there, but this is the perfect example of a limited card that could possibly make the transition.

In limited, though, it's awesome.  This thing will take down cards with 1-3 more in their casting cost, as well as point and shoot something on the board that is annoying.  Damage on the stack, sac the Replica allows it to take down something larger, or simply 2-for-1 your opponent.  This is an auto-play if I am going black, and I would consider it in non-black if I needed something with some teeth for my deck.

Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 4


Nim Replica is pretty much useless in constructed formats of any type, including casual. Even in limited formats, its usefulness is very limited, maybe only as a filler. But filler is not usually something you need in Mirrodin limited formats. Because of the high artifact count, it's not unusual to run 3 colors, and with that many colors to chose from, you should easily be able to fill your deck with more useful cards.

Constructed: 1.2
Limited: 1.5
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Judge Bill

 Thursday - Nim Replica

OK, now we come to the worst of the replicas. Not only is this guy 3/1, and as such the only replica that can be killed by an unequipped Spikeshot Goblin, but his ability is overcosted by 2 mana. You have to give up a 3/1 body, and leave 3 mana open for the combat tricks? No thanks.

I did a lot of drafts on the MTGO beta for Mirrodin, and saw this guy consistantly be one of the last cards of the pack toward the end. I tried it a couple of times, and quickly saw why. His 3 mana activation cost is too constraining - it doesn't let you fully develop your board while keeping this guy's trick open. A 23rd card if you absolutely need to put it in your deck, but let's hope it doesn't come to that.

Constructed: 1
Limited: 2

Danny Tatro

 Nim Replica

A well powered creature- but beware, this thing usually runs into something unworthy, like a mana myr or something 1/1ish. The -1/-1 ability is never that amazing since most creatures in this format have a 3 butt+. A solid card, but never amazing.

This card really isn't a constructed card.

Constructed: 1
Limited: 2.5
Spooks  Nim Replica

UGH! Make it go away. This thing is bad peoples. He makes baby jesus cry. And not because he consumes brains. In this block, the only one toughness creatures you find, are the nim. So tehrefore, he makes for bad removal. As with all the other nim, he has a tiny butt, and thus makes for bad beatdown. Flavourwise, this thing kills 1 toughness creatures, being nim. That makes no sense. Why? Why is he killing his friends? One would think if you were an ugly machine that devoured people, you would want to take anyone who didnt flee at the sight of you as a friend. But I digress.

Constructed rating - Crappy!
Limited rating - only slightly better. either way, both are lower than one.
Mindless friend killing machine rating - 10

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