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Pojo's Magic The Gathering
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Mercadian Masques - Uncommon

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.50 (7 Reviews)
Limited: 2.67 (7 Reviews)
Reviewed July 31, 2002

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Andrew Chapman

This Week's Card Selector

Scandalmonger is an interesting card that could pose
serious threats now that there are a plethora of
Madness cards to play with it.  B/R madness burn, B/G
madness, and don't forget that Dodecapod is still
around too.  Unending discard ability can be very
useful.  Simply make sure your opponent doesn't want
to use its ability on you.

In Limited, this guy is a fairly large body for black,
but his ability may truly hurt you more than it will
help.  Since you can't abuse it enough to make the
ability one-sided in Limited, it will most likely
prove to be a liability.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 3


Contest Winner

Wednesday - Scandalmonger was just beginning to see the light of play in
constructed when it rotated out.  It was overpowered by Urza's Block and
Rebels, but as Invasion entered and Rebels saw less play, Scandalmonger
developed into an okay card, depending on the metagame.  Of course, you need
to play  them in a more aggressive deck, where your cards have lower costs,
so you can cast them under the Scandalmonger.  It's never been a bad card,
just a little underwhelming.  It needs the right environment and deck to see
play.  Same is true in limited, although 3/3's for 4 mana were hard to come
by in Masques Block, making it a bit better than the norm.

In Five Color, Scandalmonger is splashable, a huge plus.  However, there is
a tendency to hold onto extra cards in the format, which could act in the
Monger's favor, or could work against you.  In either case, it would be a
crapshoot, and most players look for more reliability from their cards.

Constructed - 2
Limited - 2.5



Whenever you use a card that effects all palyers
equally, you have to make sure that it fits into your
deck's strategy (Wrath of god is a great card but you
don't play it in a swarm deck!)

In limited, your strategy is loose at best, so
scandalmonger's ability does not benefit you
especially, but he is a big black creature for
reasonable cost - I give him a 3

His abitlity is cheap and reuseable so you could build
a constructed deck around him. A 3.5 in constructed.



3B, Creature — Monger 3/3, Mercadian Masques Uncommon
2: Target player discards a card from his or her hand. Any player may play this ability but only if he or she could play a sorcery.
“Silence costs extra. Breaking it costs extra still.”
Scandalmonger is an interesting card but unfortunately the fact that either player can pay 2 to force a discard makes him mostly unplayable in tournament decks. In the current environment there might be a way to use this guy in a deck due to the large number of madness cards and cards you could want in the graveyard I can see a potential use for this guy. Maybe someone should try a 1.5 deck like this.I haven't ever used him much in limited due to the drawback, cards are just too valuable to give your opponent this kind of hand control.
Constructed-2 (until someone shows me a deck design that makes him work)

Judge Bill

An interesting card. This card is only really good if you have an advantage. If you have the advantage, you''l be able to keep it by making the opponent discard. If you don't have the advantage, you'll not get it back, as your opponent will typically have first shot at stripping your hand before you strip his.
In limited, it's a 3/3 body, which can be a large advatage at times. Same rules apply as above, though.
Constructed: 2
Limited: 2.2



I never liked this card.  Sorry.  It might be good, and I know it saw a little play, but I felt like it was too small for the stage of the game you needed to play him in.  Great vs control since he's must counter for them, but 2-3 in the sideboard is as good as I was ever getting with this guy.

In limited, it's a body.  3/3 bodies are good I guess.  Just make sure you play out your hand first, or your opponent is gonna play it out for you.

Constructed - 2.5
Limited - 3
Current Price - $.95


Scandalmonger was the 2nd worst monger.  This isn't saying much because they
were all playable in Limited to some degree, and some playable in
Constructed.  I wouldn't start playing black for this guy, but I wouldn't be
dissapointed.  He was rather large at 3/3 for 4.  In Limited, a 3.5,
constructed a 2.5.



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