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Neurok Familiar 
Mirrodin Common

Reviewed November 20, 2003

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Neurok Familiar - Umm.... okay. I think when Andy picked this weeks cards he must have just chosen them at random, the only qualification being they had to be generally unplayable commons. Sorry, I just can't find a reason to ever include this in a constructed deck in any format. Of course, now that I've said that, next week it will turn out to be the hottest new card in some insano deck. Not.

Constructed: 1
Limited: 1
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Judge Bill

Thursday - Neurok Familiar
I suppose you could build a deck around this, especially in Mirrodin constructed. The two mana you are paying for a 1/1 flier is about on par for a vanilla blue 1/1 flier (vanilla = a creature with no abilities), so it's like you're getting the ability for free. If you build your deck so that (a) it's full of artifacts, giving you a very small chance of a wasted card, or (b) you can stack the top of your deck before you play this (Scroll Rack), then you've got yourself a fine effect.
I've tried this in a couple of my draft decks, and it doesn't pass muster, even with the high number of artifacts. It's just too weak of an effect to justify its place in the deck.
Constructed: 2.25 (on potential)
Limited: 1.5

 Van Zandt

Neurok Familiar
Um. No thanks. Two mana, 1/1. Unless you're playing a deck that is either
literally starved for creatures, or are really scared of nim shriekers, or
have a deck that is 90% artifact so it's an almost sure cantrip, this guy
doesn't see play. Even worse in constructed.
limited 2.5
constructed 1.9


Neurok Familiar:

In the current affinity build, it COULD possibly, maybe see some play.
However I doubt it. Affiinity has card draw as it is. Don't get me wrong,
card advantage is good, this guy just won't cut the mustard. In limited hes
a little better, because of the fact he flies. Other then that, not much to

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Shylo Elliott  (Neurok Familiar)
This might be useful in some Mirrodin Block decks that require many artifacts (Affinity). It can fetch any artifact if you stack the deck right. In Type 2 no artifact deck has taken control so it's less useful. In Mirrodin Limited, if you're playing blue and you got a lot of artifacts, go for it. The 1/1 body might be fragile but it's still a flier.
Type 2: 2
Mirrodin Block Constructed: 3
Mirrodin Block Limited: 4
Neurok Familiar
The ability is not all that crash hot.  If you want a 1/1 flier for 1U, go with Sage Owl.  In limited, it is still a flier, and you don't find too many of those these days.
Constructed rating - 1
Limited rating - 2.5





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