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Academy Rector 
Urza's Destiny Rare

Reviewed August 27, 2004

Constructed: 4.3
Casual: 3.7
Limited: 1.9

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Academy Rector has nothing to do with being a 1/2 creature.  It's all about its ability to retrieve an enchantment from your library.  Whole decks, of which I have no recollection since it was before my time, were built around this ability.

That being said, I'll leave it up to my CotD peers to explain it all. =)  Some of the cards they have suggested include:

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 2.5

   Current Price:
Academy Rector - Urza's Destiny - $8.34

   Combos Well With:
Yawgmoth's Bargain - Urza's Destiny - $3.13
Illusions of Grandeur - Ice Age - $13.50
Necropotence - Ice Age - $6.19
- 8th Edition - $4.64
Recurring Nightmare - Exodus - $8.72

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Academy Rector
An absolutely insane card. The body is no deal. The effect you get when he goes to the graveyard is the effect you want. Get anything from Yawgmoth's Bargain to Illusions of Grandeur to Necropotence to Worship, with many other possibilities.
You do have to be able to remove him from the grave to get the enchantment. If your opponent removes it from the graveyard before the triggered ability resolves *think something like Scrabbling Claws), you won't get to search for an enchantment.
Custom build for a casual deck where you absolutely positively need one specific enchantment.
No good in limited, as you usually don't have a way to sac it, and don't have any real enchantments to grab with this anyway.
Constructed: 5
Casual: 5
Limited: 1

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Academy Rector
While the Rector has very little value in limited play, this four casting
cost Cleric has a pivotal role in several combo decks. Phyrexian Tower taps
and asks you to sacrifice a creature to put one black mana in your mana
pool. Tap the Tower, sacrifice the Rector and bang, instant card-drawing
enchantment like Necropotence or Yawgmoth's Bargain. Add a pair of Big Brass Ones and you have yourself the ability to gain a massive advantage on your opponent.

CASUAL:              4.0
LIMITED:              1.5

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer

Academy Rector


Academy is one of the best tutor cards, ever printed. It may seem expensive at W3, but keep in mind that it not only searches out an enchantment, but it puts it into play, and most enchantments you will search out cost equal or more than that original W3 cost. The card can also attack, and block, sometimes holding off a whole army of creatures when they are afraid of you blocking and seeking out an enchantment with the card.  Its only limitation is that it has to wait to die to fire off its ability, but there’s plenty of ways out there to make sure a creature hits the graveyard.


Constructed:                 5

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        2



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

I've never liked this card. I've always felt that it was under playtested. It's only really used in deck that want to hunt down a combo part. But in those decks, it serves it's purpose well.

I will have to say though that I sell very few of these to the casual player. It's always serious tournament folks looking for it. And as for limited play, well, honestly, I'd never touch it. It's hard to get enough quality enchantments. And overpaying for such a small creature isn't work it usually.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 1.5

 Van Zandt

Academy Rector
He combines a tutor effect with a way to get around casting costs,  and
since both are good attributes to start with,  that makes this guy very
interesting.   All you have to do is off your own man.  Often referred to as
a "moat" because of this...  no-one wants to give you such a potentially
game-altering effect by letting you suicide your 1/2.  Not as amazing in
limited,  but searching up your pacifism effect is still solid,  and if you
did get a broken enchantment, more power to ya.
constructed 3.5
casual 4
limited 3


Secret Squirrel on the

Academy Rector
Another broken card from the Urza block.  This is a very scary card indeed.  Find anyway to get it in play then bury it in the first few turns, and you're opponent will be saying "Good game".   It can fetch anything you need for basically zero mana.  It can be used to fetch Illusions of Grandeur or Yawgmoth's Bargain/Necro.   Other combos include Goblin Bombardment/Enduring Renewal and fetching Recurring Nightmare.  
I'm not sure how well this did in limited.  4 mana to get out, and it's probably unlikely that you drafted a bomb enchantment to go with this.
Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limtied: 2

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