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Riptide Mangler 
Legions Rare

Reviewed March 28, 2003

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I'm a fan of the Mangler - I just don't know where it goes.  I don't know if it has much of a place in the current t2 or even block environment.  The ability to make itself pretty large is nice.  If you have some way of giving it pro-color, it would be pretty sweet working with Contested Cliffs.  Basically a solid, almost always get the job done card.  On top, it comes down fast, and it okay at at least an 0/3 wall.  Blue just doesn't do well in beasts, and I don't think there is the blue in the environment to support it.  Changes in the environment give this the potential to be pretty darn good, though.

In limited, it's got a 3 Butt and an X power.  I play most 2CC X/3's in limited.  Not a reason to play blue, but no reason to NOT play him if you are.

Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 4
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A really fun card to play in limited. You never know what you're going to get, but his ability helps him match any creature on the board, power-wise. His cost is right, too. He even blocks 2/2's which is a good thing in this morph environment. I don't see him in constructed at all, but he's good times in limited and at a bargain cost.

Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 4

Judge Bill

Riptide Mangler
An interesting card. However, that about all I can say about this, as it requires other creatures to be good.
In limited, it's about as useful. I would never play this under any circumstances.
Constructed: 1
Limited: 1

 Van Zandt

Riptide Mangler
one of blue's better weenies, and the fact that the power stays that way
without having to pay extra is spiffy.  and it's a beast.  3 toughness for 2
mana plus having the highest power on the board makes him super-solid in
limited, a first pick in a lot of circumstances, imho... too bad he's blue.
constructed 3.1
limited 3.6


Riptide Mangler – Well this is a very interesting card. Basically for 2 mana this card is as powerful as the biggest creature in play and that effect doesn’t end at the end of turn either. I would call it a very strong 2 drop but what do you do if they have a creature less deck? Better pack some of your own fatties too.


Constructed – Solid but his rating will fluctuate with the environment – 3.35


Limited – Great for the creature battle and cheap – 3.60

Scott Sager Riptide Mangler

A 0/3 for 2cc sounds like a mediocre wall, but being able to match the biggest creature in play's power can make this guy huge in a U/G deck with Might of Oaks or Giant Growth.  This thing gets absolutely freaking amazing with an Elephant Guide on it.  Turn 2:  Mangler (0/3),  Turn 3:  Elephant Guide (3/6),  Turn 4:  6/6 or 9/6 if you have nothing better to do.
 Ltd.:  Mangler blocks morph creatures and can match the power of the biggest fatty on the field.
 Constructed:  4.5
 Limited:  4.0 

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