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Bone Shredder

Reviewed April  06, 2004

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.6

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* Game Store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Multiple M:TG Pro Tour Appearances

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 things like 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 outstanding.

In limited, it's almost a first pick.  Anything that can whack almost anything is pretty damn good.

Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 4
Current Price: Bone Shredder $0.79
Combos Well With:
Oath of Ghouls - Exodus - $1.75
Oversold Cemetery - Onslaught - $6.12
Unsummon - 8th Edition - $.19

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*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 go black.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5


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

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Bone Shredder
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. 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 4

Jeff Zand

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Bone Shredder
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.
CASUAL:           3.0
LIMITED:          3.5

 Van Zandt

Bone Shredder
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.
Constructed 2.5
Casual 2.5
Limited 3.5

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

Bone Shedder


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 matter!


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 of existence?


I think not.


Constructed:                 2

Casual:                         2

Limited:                        3


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Bone Shredder

I want 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.

Constructed 2.5

Casual 2.5

Limited 3


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