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Primitive Etchings 
Scourge Rare

Reviewed May 30, 2003

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Primitive Etchings

Constructed: 3
Limited: 3
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Primitive Etchings is card draw, and that is almost never bad. The question is, is it good enough to take a slot in a constructed deck. The jury seems to still be out on this one. In older formats, no way, but Onslaught block has changed the face of Magic for the time being to a tribal creature heavy environment. Here's the thing with Green. Green's advantage is that it throws creatures at you either in size or quantity, and beats the crap out of you. It's downfall is that it can putter out against decks with heavy removal or permission (counterspells) and have nothing to beat with. Typically, green isn't usually able to generate card draw to replace lost spells, so against removal and permission, green can end up with an empty hand and nothing on the board, very vulnerable. Primitive Etchings could give you that draw you need to keep your from running out of gas. But will it be played? Time will tell.

In limited, this thing is really good. I had one in my sealed the other day, and when I got it on the board, the card advantage broke open the game for me. In limited, where your deck is heavy creatures, you could be drawing extra cards quite a bit. Nice. If you're playing green, it's a fairly early pick.

Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 4

Judge Bill

Rowen for creatures. And we all know how much Rowen got played.
In limited, maybe. depends on if you're short on playables, which is the only time I would play this.
Constructed: 1.25
Limited: 1.75


Primitive Etching could be nice but at 4 mana is it worth it - probably for some decks. Card drawing is very important but this card is mediocre.

Constructed - Playable with a minor abuse potential - 2.25
Limited - 90% of your deck is made up of creatures, this is a game breaker - 4.50

Scott Sager
Primitive Etchings
This can make elf decks crazy good.
Limited:  With the environment as creature heavy as it is, this is great in any deck with green.  Primitive Etchings should net you an extra card about every other turn.  Mmmmmm...extra cards.
Constructed:  3.5
Limited:  4.5 

 Van Zandt

Primitive Etchings
Like rowen, It's good with deck manipulation, and it's one cheaper.  Is it
good enough to see play?  In limited, yes, in constructed... I don't know if
even sylvan library makes it worthwhile enough...  but maybe.
constructed 2.9
limited 3.3

Danny Tatro

Primitive Etchings

       This card is a reverse-remake of "Rowen". Rowen draws you a card if you reveal a land. This one is a creature. Rowen didn't see much play and neither will this.

       In limited you have alot of creatures usually and card advantage is good.... but still... it is very random, so be prepared for slow card advantage.

Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 2.5

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