Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day
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Figured I would give
my wife a well deserved day off from doing reviews
and step in for her today.
A nice little old
school card. This was the new "Nekrataal"
when it came out. It was a weak creature
that could slaughter something else. The
trick was, the echo. Most people found a way
to make the echo work in their favor by playing
Oath of Ghouls and fun stuff like
that. Kill your creature, let mine die,
bring it back, kill another creature. Today
you could play it with
Oversold Cemetery, which is
far superior to Oath and just wreck havoc.
Additionally, it was a little cheaper so it could
be cast and bounced (Unsummon) a little easier if you were
going U/B. A nice little cast, kill, block,
bounce, come back and kill again was always pretty
cool. It was even better if your little 1/1
could somehow kill something of theirs.
Getting two for 1 or three for two was
In limited, it's
almost a first pick. Anything that can whack
almost anything is pretty damn good.
Combos Well With:
Ghouls - Exodus - $1.75
Cemetery - Onslaught -
8th Edition - $.19
*game store employee
A better utility
creature for a recusion deck, as it "Nekrataals"
a creature when it comes into play. Goes great
in a Recurring Nightmare deck, and if you can
get it back from the graveyard some other way,
that will work too.
In limited, creature
kill is always good. This was a good reason to
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KILL KILL KILL!
That's pretty much
what this guy does. And because of Echo, he
would do it again, and again, and again. There
were a ton of ways to keep getting this back
into your hand and slowly kill your opponents
team. And in case it matter, it has flying.
Casual players seem
to like this card, just because of all the
tricks you can do with it. I know for sure that
it's a definite high pick in any booster draft.
Also, if I were playing Black it would be a MUST
HAVE in my sealed deck.
5 Time Pro Tour
Level 2 Judge
Like many other creatures from the Urza's block
featuring the Echo mechanic,
Bone Shredder was generally more prized for its
Comes Into Play ability than
for its usefulness as a creature. Paying a black
and two colorless to kill a
creature AND leave a 1/1 flying blocker in play
always seemed like a great
bargain. A turn later, however, when it was time
to pay the creature's
casting cost in your next Upkeep step (Echo),
three mana for a 1/1 flyer
with no further special abilities seemed too
expensive. Therefore, Shredder
didn't get too much play in constructed, except in
combo decks. Always good
in limited, of course.
Not quite as good a creature as Nekrataal, and 2
mana more overall. Still,
it's removal AND a flying creature for limited.
In constructed, it's seen
sideboards of alluren since it's the right cost
and situationally useful.
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Back when I was
tapping the swamps and … no wait, that was
yesterday. The similarities are there! 3 mana, one
colored. Echo. Come Into Play Effects.
And then it ends, as
this guy is nothing but death on two... wings.
Personally, although I have seen this card used
and used it myself, I think it’s a card that very
out of flavor. I mean, exactly how often do you
see a flying 1/1 take out a Shivan Dragon, or
Personal Incarnation, or even a Grey Ogre for that
Or is the flavor of
the card supposed to be that he appears in some
whirlwind of blades (that somehow don’t hurt
artifact or black creatures, the most likely
creature to be made of “bones” which this creature
is supposed to shred), kills something, and then
says “Woo! That was tiring, I’m done!” after which
a Squire pulls out a fly swatter and smacks it out
I think not.
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* gaming for over 15 years
to call this card flying Terror on a stick. He
gets to kill a creature in most cases when he
comes into play and he flies which gives him a
fair amount of worth in my eyes. One small draw
back is that he is just a 1/1 but the echo cost is
manageable. I would pick him early in draft and
would most likely play him in sealed even if I had
to splash him. In casual play he isn’t that bad
but you could also play Necratal if you wanted to
miss out on the echo cost.