Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day
in the old 'tog deck. No, not THAT 'tog -
Necratog! The old school Mirage block deck
that wrecked the format. These guys were the
shiznit. It was all about clearin' the board
then whacking your opponent for huge damage.
These days, they're not really as useful and can
be quite expensive for a 1/1 that will often die
before it does it's thing. But can we always
relive the good 'ole days.
In limited, it's a
bomb - a rat bomb to be specific. This guy
can clear house and let you serve, or just wrath
out the board and start fresh. Pretty
good at holding the game hostage.
I've gained a new
respect for this card after playing it in MTGO
limited formats. One of my opponents referred to
it as a "Poor-man's Wrath of God". Playing Crypt
Rats will bring a quick halt to your opponent
playing creatures in most cases. It's kind of like
the Infernal Spawn of Evil... "It's coming...!"
And you control it. The more Black you're playing,
the more useful Crypt Rats can be as you'll have a
better chance of setting it off for the X you need
to. You don't see it around too much in
constructed, but removal of most any kind is
always great in limited, especially mass-removal
that you can plan around.
Constructed - 3
Limited - 4.5
This is an
interesting card. Useful only in a deck that can
produce a lot of black mana, it is capable of
providing a board clearing effect. However, it
is on a fragile (1/1) creature, so at the
earliest, this effect is active turn 4, and that
gives your opponent one turn to deal with it.
There's some good combos for multiplayer, just
don't try them in 1v1 Magic.
In limited, this is
an effect that can either clear the board or
finish off an opponent at times. I'd probably
play it if I had it.
Actually a card I used a lot in the past, this guy
has a couple things going
for him. He can clear the board, pestilence
style, or finish people off,
and most importantly he doesn't tap to do it.
More constructed potential
than he's given credit I think, but obviously
amazing in limited.
Never seen this played either, mind you I've
wanted to spirit link this. HAHAHAHAHA!!!! Well in
constructed I used to play this when I was a
loved it. It's kinda nostalgic for me to give it
Now limited its tons better removal rocks!
Crypt Rats - This card
is most often used as a very expensive Sorcery but
the Rats are super powered and a great deterrent.
Perfect for creature matchups but not so good with
weak toughness creatures or against non-creature
Constructed - You have access to better cards here
and more of a chance to hit non-creature decks -
Limited - Take this
card, mass creature removal is rare and you will
want it - 4.00
PEZ (Peasant) - An
automatic for most Black builds, mass removal is
especially important in this format - 5.00
I could see this being played if its toughness was
higher, but other than that there is much better
removal spells available in Contructed. Basically
it's a one time shot that is vulnerable to Smother
and other creature kills. Why not just run
Mutilate? There are better things to pick from
In Limited it doesn't matter how high it costs,
board clearing rules. Nice here.