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Krosan Tusker 
Onslaught Common

Reviewed April  30, 2004


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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

When Krosan Tusker is found in a limited format, and you're playing green, you play it.  One of the qualities that will set a great card apart from an ordinary card is versatility, and Tusker exudes that.  3 mana, and you can draw a card AND grab a land of ANY COLOR from your deck.  Or if you are later in the game, and you need a big body, he's your man.

But it's his ability to smooth mana while at the same time drawing a card that is its most valuable asset. While there are more likely candidates for mana smoothing in constructed, this common does make the cut in budget decks, some beast decks, and absolutely in limited, where multi colored decks are the rule rather than the exception, and smoothing is a premium ability.

Jonathan mentions a nice combo below, Tusker with Oversold Cemetery, giving you an enormous card advantage, and thinning your deck while your at it. You can do a similar trick with Genesis. A few rounds of that and you'll be sure to pretty much p*ss off your opponent.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3
Limited: 4.5
   Current Price:
Krosan Tusker - Onslaught - $0.19

   Combos Well With:
Oversold Cemetery - Onslaught - $7.40
- Judgment - $4.18

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Krosan Tusker
A great card to have when this first came out. Unfortunately, when Scourge came out, the landcyclers quickly obsolesced this card. The landcyclers are better than this card in about 95% of the situations where you could have either. The only exception would be in a beast deck.
That doesn't make this a bad card, however. In constructed or limited, if you don't have access to the Scourge landcyclers, this is a fine choice.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5


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

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

This card offers two great option to constructed decks.  It lets you search out a basic land to help you along.  It also lets you draw a card.  Neither of those is ever a bad thing.
Casual players love this guy, because of his multiple abilities AND the fact that he is a big bad beast.
You take him in limited, because he is a huge creature to deal with late, or a way to smooth out your mana early.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5

Jeff Zand

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Krosan Tusker
Primarily an awesome limited card, the Krosan Tusker made its way into some
really good constructed decks last year as a triple threat: land search,
cycling and gigantic beast.
CASUAL:              4.0
LIMITED:              4.5

 Van Zandt

Krosan Tusker
One of my favorite new green cards,  it's a very solid piece of card advantage, basically uncounterable, only 3 mana, fixes mana problems, and just happens to be a fatty creature if you need it to, too.
constructed 3.5
casual 3.5
limited 4

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

Krosan Tusker


I truly think this card is one of the most underrated cards out there. It cycles, making it work for things like Astral Slide and Rift. Itís a big beat stick if you want to just cast it, and when it cycles, it fetches you a land. While its no Ancestral Recall, itís very good to cycle you to finishing cards you need in an R/G deck or thinning your deck of land. It also has the benefit of being a beast for those beast decks out there. Its just one of those cards I love.



Constructed:                 4

Casual:                         4

Limited:                        5


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Krosan Tusker

This a really good card for those players out there that like to play multi-color decks. Most cycling cards traditionally would cost two for the cycling and only net you one card. The advantage here with this card is that you get a land with the extra cost first and then you draw the card. Why is that better you may be asking? By searching out the land first your odds of drawing a non land card are better so you can get some of your business spells. The really nice thing about Krosan Tusker is that it comes with a built in back up plan. If you draw him up late game you can always just play him for an extra hitter. If you want to combo him with other cards look to use Oversold Cemetery with him.

Constructed 2.5

Casual 3

Limited 3


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Krosan Tusker


He makes his mark in decks like G/B control, letting you bring him back over and over again with Oversold, allowing you to net huge card advantage by cycling him over and over again.  Eventually, he just gets played as a massive 6/5 beatstick, and you kill your opponent and go have cookies and milk.  Or something.  Anyway, this has seen play in other decks as well, so we have to call him ďpretty good.Ē


I donít know about in random casual decks, but he definitely is a four-of in Prismatic online.  Stabilizing mana and netting extra cards in a massive-deck format is definitely to your advantage.  Since you donít have access to basic land, this really isnít the best use of GG5 in Mental; you probably just want to look at something like Tooth and Nail.


Green slipped away as one of the better draft colors in Onslaught-block once you got near the end of the block.  However, when you were drafting OOL, this was a reasonably high pick, and was always playable if you were in green no matter which sets you were in, though you probably cycled him quite a bit more than you actually put him into play.


Constructed:  3.0 

Casual:  4.0

Limited:  3.5


Secret Squirrel on the

Krosan Tusker

Iíve always liked this card. It gets you a guaranteed land next turn and of course itís cycling so it canít be countered, and you get a free card. 7 for a 6/5 isnít that great, but it makes up for it with cycling. Although I like this a lot, it hasnít showed up all that much due to there being lack of beast decks, and its ability isnít worth splashing it for. It is card advantage though, so itís not bad in limited. I wouldnít mind hard casting this guy either. But his effect is pretty solid..

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4

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