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Icy Manipulator 
Mirrodin Uncommon

Reviewed October 9, 2003

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Tap dance your way to success!!  Icy is a mainstay in several combos I understand, none of which I could recite since I haven't played long enough. But, it's value is pretty obvious, and now in Mirrodin, it's amazing. In limited, creature tappers are always of value, and Icy adds even more as it can tap more than creatures.

Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 4
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Judge Bill

Another old school favorite. The ability to keep one permanent tapped down will help control decks keep control. So it seems to be worthy of a few slots in that deck.
In limited, it keeps their biggest problem from being a problem. I don't think there's any question you run this.
Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 4.25

 Van Zandt

Icy Manipulator
It's icy! yay!  We get disk and icy back in the same set, very nice. 
Obviously versatile in limited, at worst a creature kill that costs a mana a
turn.  I'd be hard pressed to say that it would show up in constructed decks
again though, especially since there are generally cheaper things that'll
accomplish what you need.
limited 3.2
constructed 2.7

Danny Tatro

Icy Manipulator
    In constructed its a part of a prison deck I guess... uh, yea, sure it is. However in limited its an amazing card. This thing can take you out of a tight spot, and keep your opponent's bombs tapped, etc. A mid to high pick in draft.


Icy Manipulator
This is an old school card that even I know of.  There is so many ways to use this card.
My first type one deck I made had Icy's, the red enchantment Smoke, and Serra Angels/Yotian Solder and Ball lightning.  My whole deck can be made now with the exception of smoke.  The manipulator was used in combination with smoke to tap down thier creatures.  I have heard that there was an old school combo with manipulator and Royal Assasin, but we have Visara these days, so I don't think much of that.
In Constructed, you will see this in every control deck.  I suspect this card willl be annoying the masses in very near future. 
In limited, this is also a powerhouse.  Tap down a big creature before it becomes a big attacker.  Tap down the small creature before it becomes a speed bump.  Tap down the one Plains they have during upkeep if they have been complaining about needing white mana.  If you see someone on the other side of the table wih this, try and keep a poker face.  One thing I have noticed is that Magic players are sadistic and they will do anythign just to be annoying.
Constructed rating: 4
Limited rating: 4
Annoyance rating: HUGE



What can a say, this card is really annoying to play against. Even more so
when you are playing vs a deck with 2 Icys out, 2 Royal Assassins, and some
wizards that tap or untap stuff. He killed 5 of my creatures with 2
Assassins!! Yikes

They play very well with Royal Assassin, but just by it self, the Icy
Manipulator is helpful.

Casual Rating (w/ assassin) : 5
w/o assassin : 4.3





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