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Soul Collector 

Reviewed January 15, 2004

Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 3.3
Limited: 3.5

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* game store owner (Shuffle and Cut Games,CA)

(This is one of my favorite works by Matthew D. Wilson. I REALLY love it.) A nice 3/4 flyer that can "collect souls" for you. While you won't see her in competitive constructed, this is a fun card in Casual play.  I was going to mention some combos with pingers, but I see Judge Bill beat me to it =). Well, he's right, and you really could make a super fun casual deck around this card. Add in some burn, and it gets really nasty.

In limited, a 3/4 flyer is an auto play if you are going black. She can block a LOT of the other flyers in the field, most of which are 2/2's.  And she just might reap a soul or two for you. =)

Constructed: 2
Limited: 4.25
Casual: 4.25

Current Price: $3

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Sengir Vampire, with morph. The loss of one power hurts significantly, as it can't get 4 toughness creatures now. It also just does not have enough "oomph" to make me want to spend 5-6 mana and a slot in your deck. Black has much better things to do with its mana than this.
In casual, sure, this would be a nice thing to combine with stuff like Viridian Longbow and Pemmin's Aura. You don't have to worry about the creatureless deck in casual either, usually, so this thing has a higher value than in competitive constructed.
In limited, he flies, and he's >2/2. That means he is an auto-include if you are playing black.
Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 4.5


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

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Thursday - Soul Collector
Some people were excited about this card when they first saw it, but I didn't understand them.  To this day, it doesn't make sense.  It's costed really high.  It's slow.  I guess getting control of a creature is good, but at what price?
This card does a lot more for you in Sealed or Draft where you have time to develop your side of the table.  The ability is a lot better under those circumstances.
In casual...well, it's a vampire.  It steals creatures.  It has some kick-ass artwork.  It's gotta be good right?
Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 3
Casual: **5**

 Van Zandt

Soul Collector
If you pretend it's an echo creature, six mana looks like a better investment. Swinging with a 3/4 flier on turn 4 is more important than its
ability- except in limited, where this guy will swing in a different way...
the right block, and she's swinging the advantage heavily in your favor.
Not to mention she's a comparitively fatty flier in the block. In casual, give her a ping ability and start stealing all your opponent's dudes...
every time a big one would die, too, ping it first.
constructed 2.7
limited 3.4
casual 3.3

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge

*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)
 January 15 - Soul Collector

In limited, this guy is one scary morph. He requires a huge commitment to black, but a 3/4 flier is amazing in most limited formats. In constructed, its just not as strong as 3/4 fliers are big, but not fast enough. In all cases, the special ability of the Soul Collector is rarely used and simple doesn't make it worth the one less power I think everyone would REALLY like to see on it.....

Casual: 2

Constructed: 1

Limited: 4

* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years

Thursday- Soul Collector

I personally have never liked creatures that you have double conditions to make their abilities work. So with the collector you have to damage the creature and you have to send it to the grave. If your opponents creature is bigger you don’t get a guy and sometimes they will just elect to not block, if they even can. On the bright side the creature is affordably priced. A 3 / 4 for five mana, that flies with an ability is pretty fair. The morph cost also make him a great combat trick. In limited I wouldn’t have a problem picking this guy early and in constructed he is okay but there are better choices.

Constructed 2.75
Casual 3.25
Limited 3.75


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

 Soul Collector

You’d think that the prerelease card would make a bigger impact, right? Errr…well, maybe not, but this girl can occasionally poke her nose into heavy black decks as a win condition, as well as a pretty neat morph-trick to try to steal an occasional man. She doesn’t really do good enough of a job of either of those, though…she’s too small to deal with the bigger creatures in standard, and a little too expensive to do the job on cheaper guys.

Limited is where this beastie shines. I watched a teammate of mine actually splash this little lady into a U/W deck, and really make her work…somehow. An absolutely amazing trick once, then a massive flying stick from that point on. Draft her high and be happy about it.

Constructed: 2.25
Limited: 4.0

Jeff Zand

4 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Soul Collector

A foil promotional edition of this card was distributed to players at the Scourge pre-releases. This is a very good card in limited play that has never found much of a home in constructed decks. Even without its Morph trick, this card is well-costed for its abilities and seems good enough for constructed to me.




Chase Soul Collector
Oh what a fun card. A 3/4 flier for 3 mana that steals creatures. Fun, fun, fun. In Constructed, you can play with their heads with this card and various other morph cards. But sadly nowadays, you attack with this then next turn they send out a 7/7 Broodstar.
In Casual, it’s a cheap, black flier and it has morph. That’s pretty good.
In Limited, this is awesome. It comes down pretty early for a Scourage card and it flies over most creature types.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4

Soul Collector has great potential as a 3/4 Flyer with an amazingly powerful ability as long as you can trigger it. Morph provides one way to set the trigger but once it play you will have to look for ways to abuse it's power, enchantments to add pinging or maybe the old Lure + Venom. Too bad all of these aren't really worth the effort.
Constructed - Usually good for a 1 shot suprise than just a 3/4 flyer - 2.75
Limited - Much stronger here - 3.10

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