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Reviewed February 17, 2004

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.6
Limited: 2.3

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* game store owner in CA,

Tinker, tamed.  While it's not the same, it's still useful and perhaps .can find it's place in constructed.  In casual, it could be a fun if you have a deck that depends on certain artifacts for a combo or such.  In limited, you really have to a) be playing blue, and b) you have to have an amazing artifact, preferably 2 or more, to make this worth considering. Elsewise, it's just not worth taking up space in your deck.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5
Current Price: $2.88

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

 Tuesday - Reshape

A "fixed" Tinker.

No, wait, let me rephrase that.

A neutered Tinker is more like it.

The whole reason Tinker was played was to avoid having to pay the mana cost of the permanent. With Reshape, you have to pay the converted mana cost, plus UU, plus you have to sacrifice an artifact. All of this lust leads to it being unplayable. Just pay one more, and you can keep the artifact on the board (Fabricate).

Casual players will just play Tinker instead.

In limited, why waste a space to seacrh for the card, when you could have a card that actually does something? Some might say it will help you get to it faster, but then this card is totally dead if you draw your artifact bomb before playing this. I'll stay away, myself.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 1
Limited: 1.5


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

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Well, by now, we are all aware that Tinker was too good.  The problem is that people still like Tinker and want to play it.  WotC's R&D team seems to have given us a balance version of the card.  IS it good? Yeah.  It's it as good as Tinker?  Not even close.
You can definitely play this in limited.  You can use it as a way to force to the artifact that you really need.  Also, In casual play you can use it to go get a Platinum Angel, Lifeline, or a Mindslaver.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3

Jeff Zand

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge


In limited, Reshape is very good, allowing you to sacrifice an artifact you donít need as much anymore for another in your deck that could really break open your game. The limitation of this card requires you to sacrifice an artifact at least as expensive as the card you want to search out of your deck, but itís worth it. The searched card comes into play, not your hand, and is ready to go. As rarely as any spell is ever countered in the current limited formats, there is little danger that you are going to come out on the short side when playing this card. Imagine, late in the game, you could turn a Golem that you arenít attacking with into a Loxodon Warhammer, or Oblivion Stone, or Icy Manipulator. There are a lot of possibilities. Thins your deck too. This card has some future in constructed, too, it seems. This card would have been VERY POWERFUL as an instant.

 Van Zandt


Two blue and x, sac a <cough>artifact land<cough> and tutor an artifact into play... not amazing, but it is a tutor effect. This would be much more interesting if it was at instant speed. As it is, this is worse than fabricate in the vast majority of situations. Will still get your bomb in limited.
constructed 1.9
casual 2
limited 2.5

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



Reshape looks like it had potential. It looks like it has something that you could make work, especially in a block filled with artifacts. That being said, I can't find a way to do it. It will be fun in casual to let you get to the trick you want, and in limited it will have some use to get rid of a useless spell bomb in return for an indestructible guy, but in general the card just falls a bit short.


Casual:             3

Constructed:             1

Limited:             2


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years


Well everybody say hello to the supposed replacement for Tinker. This is a prime example of how Wizards Research and Development tries to fix its mistakes. The real question for this card is will it see play in constructed and I will go out on the short limb and say yes it will. Its not the fastest card in the world but in magic paying the cost to find it and get into play cant be all that bad. In constructed I can see it finding its way into some form of affinity and maybe also control strategy deck. In Limited I donít find it as useful because you really need some kind of game changing artifact to justify playing this card. In casual I would just go out and play tinker instead. Casual players you can get the Tinkers a lot cheaper this card so abuse it at will.

Constructed 2.5
Casual 1.75
Limited 1.25


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances


This spell is so inferior to its grandpappy (Tinker) that the words to describe it just havenít been invented yet. This is absolutely hideous, especially with the dearth of mana-acceleration that exists nowadays. I really donít think this will accomplish much of anything in constructed; Fabricate just seems better to me, if you want to run the artifact deck.

In limited, itís very much the same problem. By the time you get to a point where you can cast this to get an artifact you really want, itís hard to say whether or not youíre still going to be in the game. Rare-draft these, then let them rot in your binder until someone comes looking for them.

In casual, just play Tinker. Or Fabricate. Or Enlightened Tutor. Anything.

Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 1.5
Casual: 1.5

Reshape, like Tinker, is a strong card since not only does it Tutor but it puts a card into play. Having said that, paying X is often a high price to pay but this type of ability is enough to overcome that drawback. I think this is a card that will see play and should see play although the X cost hurts as does its status as a Sorcery.

Constructed - While not a new Tinker this is the balanced version - 3.10

Limited - May be helpful with so many artifacts running around, I might give it a shot - 2.95

Casual - Decent but not critical for a casual environment - 2.75

Chase Reshape

Goodbye Tinker, and fortunately, there will be none like you at your power level. That statement is still true in my book. This wonít dominate Extended like the last Tinker decks did. This may have a place in some stupid Type 1 deck, but otherwise, why would you play it? It definitely isnít the new Tinker, as it doesnít work in Affinity.

In Casual, itís a search card. You might as well play it. Pay 2 to search for your moxes.

In Limited, itís even more pointless. Youíll only have one of these in your deck. Unless you have a bombalishous artifact in your deck, I donít see that much of a point in playing it.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 4

Limited: 2


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