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Arcbound Ravager 
Darksteel Rare

Reviewed April 20, 2004

Constructed: 4.8
Casual: 3.6
Limited: 4.2

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Want to cry?  Whenever a new set is released, we always auction off sets of 4 of each of the Rares on eBay.  So, Darksteel hits the scene, and up go our multiple 4x Rare auctions.  Guess what we auctioned playsets of 4x Ravagers for back then (3 separate auctions) -


Yeah... BET you wish you had bid on my stuff, eh?? That's less than $2.50 an Arcbound Ravager, which is currently flying off my shelves at $24.95 EACH at the moment!  Kinda makes you ill if you think about it.  It's now the hottest card I've seen selling on my Website in a long time.

Why is it so good?  Well, if you've been living in a cave, or if you've avoided contact with anyone other than your mom for the past 4 months, it's in an amazing deck called Infinity.  I'm not going to spend time explaining it, but if you look in Jason Matthew's Deck Garage articles, he has a deck fix and listing there.

In constructed, it's good.  In casual, it's too expensive to truly be considered casual, but HEY... if you want to shell out some $$ and play it Type 1.tabletop and rip your friends to shreds, go for it.

In limited, a very decent card in a heavy artifact deck.

Constructed: 5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
   Current Price:
Arcbound Ravager - Darksteel - $24.95

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Wow. From being crapped on at the release to a $25+ card. Though this is a very strong part of the current Affinity deck, this is not the card I would go after if I had to choose something to ban from that deck. Yes, the ability to eat artifacts is very strong. But one well placed Oxidize, and can you say "card advantage"? Modular really helps out the Affinity deck, and this is a perfect fit for it.
In casual constructed there are probably a lot more cool things you can do with this.
In limited it isn't as strong, but it's not hard to be a little bit weaker. It's still a quite powerful card, as it takes your excess artifacts and turns them into a permanent power and toughness boost.
Constructed - 5
Casual - 5
Limited - 4.5


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Annoying.  Ridiculous.  Painful.  Scary.  Un-fun.
Watch for this guy at regionals.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 4

Jeff Zand

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Arcbound Ravager
Everyone knows that the Ravager has become one of the hottest rares from a
small expansion of all time. Considered utterly key to the best constructed
Affinity decks, the Arcbound Ravager has become the most desired card on the
market today. As good as Ravager is, it is hard to see how it would be any
good in any deck outside of Affinity. The phenomenon of this card is similar
to Lin-Sivvi and the Rebel deck archetype several years ago. Once again,
Wizards of the Coast has all but created the most popular deck out of whole
cloth. Between Arcbound Ravager and Skullclamp, WOTC has reduced the
Standard (Type II) constructed format to Affinity versus Everything Else
from now until the time these cards are no longer legal in the format. In
limited, outside of the trade value of the card, Arcbound Ravager is a
guaranteed first pick only in strong Affinity designs. Since all
Mirrodin/Darksteel limited decks involve a good number of artifacts, the
Ravager is clearly a good pick in all current limited decks.
CASUAL:            3.5
LIMITED:             4.0

 Van Zandt

Arcbound Ravager
He's a lot like atog, really,  he doesn't pump for as much, but he keeps the
counters...  his real bonus is the modular bit,  and though he's obviously
very strong in the current environment,  he's not "broken" overall.  In
fact, in limited, the Crusher tends to be better.
constructed 3.5
casual 3
limited 3.5

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Arcbound Ravager


I feel silly reviewing this card. Here! I’ll just make a prediction! “You will see many of these cards played during Regionals. It will grow very big. You will lose much life. You will wish you played main deck Oxidizes.”


Prediction Over.


Constructed:                 5

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        3


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Arcbound Ravager

This guy is so good that with the card skullclamp they are defining the standard format. If you go to regionals you will see this guy a lot. The ability to sack all your artifacts to get bigger is pretty good. The ability to move those counters to other creatures is close to unfair. Many people ar trying to answer the question “how do I beat the ravager deck?” I will tell you the answer my friends Dequan and Zandi are using is to kill everything. Arcbound Ravager is a good card in all the formats and I rate it very high across the board.

Constructed 4

Casual 4

Limited 4


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Arcbound Ravager


It seems pointless to review a card that has a deck named after it in standard.  Humorously enough, there are a lot of people who insist that this card does not actually need to be in the deck any longer; however, this is still the most highly-demanded card of the modern sets nowadays.  While there’s only one deck that this really stands out in, it certainly is the most touted deck in standard nowadays.


Who plays Affinity in any sort of casual game that isn’t playtesting?  Really!


Rare-drafting this guy is always understandable; to boot, he’s certainly quite strong in any deck that manages a whole slew of artifacts and artifact-creatures.  Obviously best with other cheap Arcbound creatures, but he’s absolutely solid the rest of the time.  He will probably be a guaranteed first-pick in any draft where you get to keep the rares.


Constructed:  4.0

Casual:  1.0

Limited:  3.5


Arcbound Ravager is, simply put, amazing. Cards with internal synergy are always great; the ability to add +1/+1 counters and not lose them even if the Ravager dies certainly counts. He also combos well with other Arcbound creatures which can allow the Ravager to grow quickly. Of course it doesn't stop there as other effects like Disciple of the Vault also link up perfectly with this beast. While the body may seem small all this potential for 2 mana is always going to be worth the price.

Constructed - Great for aggressive and streamlined builds that take advantage of the potential interactions - 3.5

Casual - There may be some great casual Arcbound decks and this is one of the best (if not the best) Arcbound creature - 3.0

Limited - You will be playing with artifacts so the Modular ability and sac. ability will come into play. Besides he is a nice cheap body that represents a continuing threat - 3.0


Secret Squirrel on the

Arcbound Ravager

One of the main components in Affinity (hence: RavagerAffinity). Sac artifacts with Disciple in play, and you win pretty quickly. Fun with lots of Arcbound creatures in play too obviously. It is overvalued IMO, but a staple in one of the most powerful decks in the environment.

In Casual, it’s expensive $$$, and it depends on the fun value. I haven’t seen Arcbound popping up in other formats, though they might.

In Limited, yeah, why not? Sac your artifacts for a final swing.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3
Limited: 4

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