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Mercadian Masques Common

Reviewed January 21, 2003

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Decent in block to kill Blastoderms.  Alternately, you seldom want to give up 3 life to them for +4/+4, though I could see it in some decks.  Not a big fan of this one with Giant Growth still fully legal.

In limited, it's removal.  Removal is good.

Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 4
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Though there are many pump spells that can be put to good use, Invigorate has a nice little advantage of surprise as it can be used even if you have no mana open with it's alternative cc (casting cost) of an opponent gaining 3 life (Note: In multi-player games, this can be any of your opponents, not necessarily the "victim" of your pumped creature). Not great in constructed, as there are better spells, but useful in draft and sealed decks.

Constructed - 2.5
Limited - 4

Judge Bill

An interesting twist on the Giant Growth family. The "drawback" of giving your opponent 3 life is frequently not one, as it can save a creature or force a bad trade. In constructed (other than Masques block), there really wasn't a home for this, though.
In limited, however, this card is really good. It slices, it dices, and it messes with your opponent's math. Play it if you've got it.
Constructed: 2.25
Limited: 4



You know, I didn't see this get played. I wouldn't
play it though...I mean it has an alternate cc. but
gain 3 life for +4/+4.  You'll only deal 1.  I'd use
Bounty of the Hunt.

Limited- just a tad bit better

Constructed: 2
Limited: 3


Invigorate - This card is a matter of preference. I believe that pump is best used to prevent premature death and not for aggression. As such, Invigorate is a best pick. Not as useful as Giant Growth this card is much better in the protective roll.

Constructed - Very useful and one of the top 2 or 3 pump cards for Green. Really shines in low land builds - 3.50

Limited - Creature pump is really nice and the ability to cast it for free is also strong - 3.75

PEZ (Peasant) - Again one of the best cards for the format in Green. Especially good with Sligh around - 3.75


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