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Embalmed Brawler 
Legions Common

Reviewed March 11, 2003

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What a pile of crap.

In constructed, there are MANY better Zombies to play. 

In limited, this thing is never better than a Serpent Warrior.  Taking damage to swing or chump is really bad times.  It's cost is good, but not for the result.  Maybe make it 2CC and it's playable.  At 3, nothing special and generally bad.

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Limited: 1.5
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This guy is poop. He's nothing more than a 2/2 for 3. If you amplify him, you take about as much damage from him as he can deal out to others. Why on earth you would play him is beyond me. I played a guy (sealed deck) that did more damage to himself with this guy than I did  to him. In limited, you just can't amplify him enough to make it worthwhile. And if you do somehow, I'll just chump him with a crappy 1/1 Elf. I take no damage, you take X. Stupid.

Constructed: 1
Limited: 1

Judge Bill

Tuesday - Embalmed Brawler
Now, this is an interesting zombie. A 2/2 for 3 isn't that much to write home about. However, as this comes into play, you can reveal any number of zombie cards from your hand, and this will get that many +1/+1 counters. It also has a very black drawback of losing life equal to the number of counters whenever this enters combat. All in all, nothing amazing, but definitely something you want to consider when building a zombie deck.
In limited, you play it, as a 2/2 for 3 is about average, and if you can amplify it, it's just gravy.
Constructed: 2.75
Limited: 3.25

 Van Zandt

Embalmed Brawler
Chock full of tempo-matic love in limited,  and going by my "3 toughness
theory",  you play as many as you've got.  Not a bomb,  but very very solid.
  A bit draw dependent for constructed though.
limited - 3.2
constructed - 2.9


Embalmed Brawler can be some very decent beats. He can also be a quick road to a loss if you over Amplify him. Played right he is great beatdown for a game that is increasingly Zombie friendly.


Constructed If you are playing a Zombie Black build consider him an aggressive push, for his CC he can be a beast. Not the most breakout card, however 2.95


Limited Not so good but not awful either, probably not enough Zombies to make it effective though 1.85


PEZ He really shines here since there are few large Black creatures and Dark Ritual is playable 4.10

Embalmed Brawler

If Dark Ritual was still in type II I would consider this guy in a suicide
black but otherwaise I can't see him seeing any play in constructed. I don't
think he'll see much play in Limited either because losing life when he
attacks or blocks is just too big a draw back to make him worth it.

Constructed 1

Limited .5
Scott Sager Embalmed Brawler

Probably the best costed card with Amplify printed so far.  Embalmed Brawler might even see a little constructed play.  Brawler's creature type allows it to fit perfectly into the three slot of a zombie deck where zombie decks needed something to go along with Nantuko Husk.  Brawler being a three drop also allows you to play out your creatures at your normal pace and still have some in hand to power up Amplify.  The drawback is pretty negligible, I don't expect more than two counters on it normally.

Limited:  There are plenty of playable zombies in the format allowing him to come down pretty consistently as a 3/3 or 4/4 for three mana.  The biggest drawback in draft is he doesn't come around until the third pack which might limit his power a little.

Constructed: 3.5



Embalmed Brawler

I'm not sure what everyone else thinks about this guy, but I don't like him.  It doesn't offer any real options for constructed that other zombies can give you.

In limited, it's an OK body, but the loss of life from its amplify can be risky.  You just have to play it by ear.

Limited: 1.8
Constructed: 1

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