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Yawgmoth Demon 
New for 9th Edition

Reviewed July 28, 2004

Constructed: 2.3
Casual: 3
Limited: 1.8

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

For a short span, I believe this demon will be let loose before Mirrodin and all it's Artifacts cycle out of Type 2. Will all Hell break loose?  We shall see.  6/6 Flying First Strikers are always a kick in the pants, and while this might not work well for limited (try gathering artifacts out of a base set), this could be interesting for a short time in constructed?? I dunno...6 drops rarely make the cut.

In casual, this could be a fun finisher.  Use artifact mana acceleration, and it will only take a couple turns for this guy to do it's lethal damage.  How about with a Nuisance Engine, or any artifact token maker?
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2

   Current Price:
Yawgmoth Demon - Antiquities - $5.21

   Combos Well With:
Nuisance Engine - Mirrodin - $0.39

Judge Bill

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*game store employee

Let me be the first to admit here that the Havoc Demon is the superior card in all formats. So why did I choose the Yawgmoth Demon? One simple reason, really ... it gets another creature onto MTGO. We already have Havoc Demon in Legions, which is a set that is on Magic Online.
Yawgmoth Demon requires artifacts to feed it. By the time 9th Edition comes out, Mirrodin block will be ready to rotate to extended. So there won't be many artifacts to feed it. Thus, a bad card.
In casual, this is the type of card people love to build decks around. It's big, it has flying and First strike, it has 6 toughness, and it has a strange little upkeep cost that you like to build decks around. Fun times.
In limited, I doubt 9th Edition will have enough artifacts for this to matter. Pass it unless you're rare drafting (and only then if there's no playable card in the pack).
Constructed: 1
Casual: 3
Limited: 1

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Yawgmoth Demon


If the schedule is correct, this will come into Standard while Mirrodin-block is still legal.  That being the case, this could have some potential as a huge flier in black artifact decks; itís definitely pretty stout, and sacrificing an artifact an upkeep shouldnít be too severe, what with the abundance of lands and Talismans available; this ignores potential interaction with Genesis Chamber.  Itíll be appealing at least while Mirrodin is legal; I donít know what will happen after that.


All right, heís just silly big, and heís a flier.  Artifacts to sacrifice can be more than a little abundant.  Heís fun, and he gets in there to kill people pretty quickly.  While heís not so great for Mental, I wouldnít mind swinging with this guy any day.


I had actually convinced myself for a while that this was going to see reprint in one of the Mirrodin-block sets; had it been there, it would have been amazing in draft.  Since itíll be in 9th, Iím wagering that itís going to be pretty poor; there arenít going to be enough playable artifacts to really support this realistically, unless you get lucky or are somehow able to force this early (which, considering we donít know the full contents of 9E, is tough to say). 


Constructed:  3.0

Casual:  2.5

Limited:  2.0?


Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Yawgmoth Demon
This card could easily been reprinted in the Mirrodin block, but will
instead be reprinted for the first time in Ninth Edition. In anything but
the current Artifact Block, it's hard to imagine Yawgmoth Demon being too
interesting, but then again, there are typically always artifacts good
enough for constructed play. In a limited format that includes a LOT of
artifacts in the card pool, this card would be irresistible. If the artifact
content in Ninth Edition is anything like that of Eighth Edition, it will
probably be impossible to draft enough artifacts to make Yawgmoth Demon
playable. In short, for constructed and limited play, the return of the
Yawgmoth Demon is simply a year or so too late.
CASUAL:              3.0
LIMITED:              2.5

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

Yawgmoth Demon (vs. Havoc Demon)


I tell ya, I donít understand this one. All I can think is that people are thinking that Ninth Edition will come into play while Mirrodin Block is still legal, so the upkeep of sacrificing an artifact is not too big a deal, because, you know, everyone plays with artifacts right now. I have to admit I would have gone with the Havoc Demon, who seems much more timeless in his playability and power.


Constructed:                 3

Casual:                         4

Limited:                        1



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

This seems to have been the more irrelevant of all the votes held thus far. No one that I spoke with really seemed to care about this vote. Truthfully, everyone agrees that neither of these cards will find their way into many decks. I personally have very little liking for either of them. With that said, I think the proper demon won. Based on their cost, I think Yawgmoth Demon is the most likely to see play. I'm not a huge fan of it, but if I had to choose...well...gimme my Yawgmoth Demon. This vote seems to have meant more to the casual crowd than anyone else.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 2

Secret Squirrel on the

In 8th, the developers decided that they needed to include reminder text for flying and first strike. Image the reminder text on this. *squints to read the rest of the card* 
I remember when we reviewed this card back in December, and were basically all saying that this card is cool and would be nice today.  Well, heís gonna have his chance.  Although he will be able to have lots of Mirrodin artifacts to feed off of, he costs 6.  And unless you already have control of the board, this will be useless, and you will die next turn regardless of how much damage this guy will do.  Still this is nothing to sneeze at and if your opponent canít deal with it, good night.
In limited, itís not easy to tell what the limited environment will be like for 999.  Iím guessing that there wonít be too many artifacts to sac to this guy, so heís probably gonna be hard to play with in limited. 
In casual, Yawgmoth Demon, meet Mirrodinís 1 and 0 cc artifacts.  Mirrodinís 1 and 0 cc artifacts, meet Yawgmoth Demon. =/
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 2
Yawgmoth Demon --

How good does a six casting-cost creature have to be to go in a deck? A 6/6 Flying, First Striking creature seems pretty solid at first glance, but is the drawback worth it? Yawgmoth Demon puts you to the test. First, you will need to be playing a deck with a fair amount of black, and then you will have to have a fair number of artifacts (or a way to recur artifacts) to make him worth anything. Finally, and this is the worst part, you can't really get rid of him if you run out of artifacts. If the Demon said something along the lines of, "If you do not sacrifice an artifact in this way, sacrifice Yawgmoth Demon", I would be more sympathetic. As is, I'm not sure Yawgmoth Demon really should see much play.

In casual play, the Demon could probably see some play, especially with cards like Myr Servitor or Myr Retriever to power him along. In limited, I'm not so sure I would play the Demon -- maybe if I was playing with some Mirrodin Block, so I had a large number of artifacts in my pool.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 1.5

Yawgmoth Demon-
Constructed - This is pretty much a Rust Elemental for BB More, with +2/+2, first strike, and less damage dealt if no sacrifice made. Still not all that great. Regardless I voted for it to have a new card on MTGO. Really not playable, if you need a black beatstick, plenty o' choices above this one.

Casual - If I really wanted to try to build a deck around this, Id chose Rust elemental instead. 2 Colored mana less is pretty good, even if it's smaller.
Limited - For 999, there are definitely not going to be enough artifacts to feed this. Don't even try it, even if you manage to draft 4 artifacts (That's probably the most you'll ever get).
Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 1.5
Limited - 1.5

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