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Reviewed March 19, 2004

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.4

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* game store owner in CA,

Constructed: Affinity... Broodstar...RAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

Casual: Affinity... Broodstar...RAAAARRRRRRRR!

Limited: Lots of Artifacts... Broodstar...RAAAARRR!

Me: Sick...Bleh...sorry for the wimpy review...  =(

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Current Price: Broodstar $8.42

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

A keystone for Mirrodin affinity decks, this can very quickly get out of hand. Unfortunately, it's lost its "finisher" spot to Arcbound Ravager and Disciple of the Vault now that Darksteel is out. It doesn't really fit anywhere else, so it's now a card without a home.
This really isn't a casual card, as it only fits into a semi agressive deck, so while it might be much more effective than in competitive constructed, people might just refuse to play against you.
In Mirrodin limited, you have plenty of artifacts to make this the bomb it is. Play it if you can.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 5


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

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

If we had reviewed this card about three weeks ago I would have rated it a four in constructed play.  Unfortunately, the affinity decks that use this card have all but given up on it and replaced it with faster cards.  So he's stock is falling in tournament play lately.
If you are in blue and playing heavy artifacts, you definitely take this guy.  He is "King Affinity" after all.  Casual guys like this guy, but in most casual games it doesn't seem to last long.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 3

Jeff Zand

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge


In current limited AND constructed formats, Broodstar is the undisputed king of Affinity. Considered a bomb that you almost HAVE to draft whenever you see him, Broodstar is quite a bit better in constructed decks. Many pro players have complained that in limited, Broodstar can end up being only a medium sized flyer, not amazingly valuable for the extra trouble that comes with having to play Affinity.


CASUAL:            4.0

LIMITED:             4.0


 Van Zandt

Well, since he's in with all those spiffy artifacts in his set,  he's got
his uses in block/t2 and limited.  Though while I've seen him own games, 
I've also seen him played as a 7 or 8 mana mediocre flier and die
immediately.  He's much prettier when he's greaves'd up.  I don't expect him
to see much extended play, especially with tinker gone,  but ya never know.
Constructed 2.5
Casual 3.5
limited 3.5

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



Hate this card. Itís not a matter of being jealous from losing to it so often. Its simply too powerful in a dedicated deck. Broodstar should have Affinity, OR power and toughness equal to artifacts, but nor BOTH. It makes the card exponentially better for each artifact in play, instead of slightly better. Once you hit 4 artifacts, the card is more than adequately costed. When you hit 6 artifacts, it is the best-costed card in any format, and in a set where half the cards are artifacts, this is not a difficult thing. I donít think this card is broken, I just think it was a mistake.


Constructed:                 4

Casual:                         1

Limited:                        2


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years

Hey who of us is not afraid of a big bug that looks like its throwing up on people. Its exspensive to cast but not really. It can be huge or it can be small. It made a major showing in constructed when Mirrodin was released and still finds its way into affinity decks from time to time. Broodstar has kind of went to the wayside now that affinity decks are running arcboun ravager. In Limited hes not at strong a card because unless you open it first pack in a draft you cant build around it. In casual play it as good as constructed. itís a keeper.

Constructed 3

Casual 3

Limited 2


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances


Affinity played this guy the first run through standard. Now heís been supplanted by Arcbound Ravager, and the entire archetype has been turned on its head. Still a pretty powerful card, heíll show up now and again, but heís definitely not in the same demand he was when Mirrodin first showed up.

I guess this guy is more for the constructed players than casual; heís still a pretty solid investment for people, however. Heís a little more fun in casual games than, ďSacrifice all my artifacts to my Ravager, take 8 from Disciple, kill you,Ē on turn 4. If you manage to get a Broodstar in play in Mental Magic, you are extra-spiffy and get to have cake.

Affinity as an archetype is still an absolute powerhouse in draft, and this guy still tops the curve in that deck. Draft him high and start looking for Myr Enforcers and artifact lands.

Constructed: 3.5

Casual: 3.5

Limited: 4.0


Secret Squirrel on the


Broodstar is what makes Affinity shine, although I do not believe that this is the main focus of the deck. Star is a finisher. Yes it finishes very quickly, but the Enforcers and Frogmites cause most of the damage. There isnít that much to say about Star that hasnít already been said, itís extremely good in Constructed.

In Casual, meh, itís an expensive ($$$) rare. I would rather make a uncommon/common affinity

In Limited, itís still good. A reason to switch to blue in the early stages of a draft.


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