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Razormane Masticore -
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice
Razormane Masticore unless you discard a card from
At the beginning of your draw step, you may have
Razormane Masticore deal 3 damage to target
Fifth Dawn Rare
Reviewed May 4, 2004
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game store owner in CA,
A colorless 5/5
First Strike for 5 is really solid on its own.
Now add the ability to smack your opponent's
creatures around each upkeep, and it's very very
solid. Now factor in discarding each turn,
and...it's still solid. This guy should do
some significant damage while on the board.
He's big and impressive, so he will probably
appeal to the casual sect also.
In limited, he's
crazy good. There aren't many creatures that can
stand up to a 5/5 first striker, especially early
in the game. If Masticore hits the board
early for you, me thinks your opponent will be
losing some creatures in the attempt to stay
alive. The damage done could easily be
enough that their situation may be unrecoverable.
An absolute first pick, especially because an
artifact fits in any color build.
*game store employee
At first, you could
get rid of any creature if you can enough mana.
You also got the ability to regenerate as an
Then, R&D rightly
decided that effect was way too powerful, but
still wanted to make a Masticore-like creature.
So we get this card.
feel they have failed. And it's all because of
the "Flametongue Kavu effect."
(For those of you
that don't remember, Flametongue Kavu shut out a
lot of creatures because it did 4 damage.)
Since they had to
make it only 3 damage, the effect generated by
this card just isn't powerful enough. If it were
4 damage, I might just play with it.
In casual, just play
the real Masticore instead.
In limited, I think
this can be a real powerhouse. Most of the
creatures in limited are very small, and once
you get past a certain point, you can just throw
away excess lands to this to keep him out. A 5/5
first striker isn't bad either.
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)
Ah, the rumored new
masticore comes to light. This guy is a
powerhouse. Or at least he would be if we weren’t
talking about a format ridiculously full of
artifact removal in both type II and limited.
Still, if he lives
even one turn, he’s likely to kill a creature and
do five damage, and for that reason, he’s still
* Level 1 DCI
*game store employee
* gaming for over 15 years
The supposed replacement for the original
Masticore. Lets do some cost analysis for what you
get. Five generic mana gets you a five power and
five toughness creature. That’s not to bad. At the
beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Razormane
Masticore unless you discard a card from your
hand. Well that is the same drawback as the
original Masticore and we were able to live with
that. At the beginning of your upkeep you may have
Razormane Masticore deal 3 damage to target
creature. Ah, something new has been thrown into
the mix. But the regeneration is gone and that’s
the kicker that will make this guy so less
playable. There are just too many things out there
in Magic right now that destroy artifacts and the
three damage ability is good but no replacement
for regeneration. Still a good card in all formats
but its no replacement for the original Masticore.
* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)
* pro tour player
* Scrye writer since 2002
This is potentially
better than the old Masticore. I know, it's
arguable, but I think it comes down to the
environment. Regardless, that another article
I's a 5/5 for five
mana that first strikes, so that's nothing to
laugh at. However, as a bonus, you get to shoot
a creature for three every turn.
Casual players will
most likely avoid this card because the idea of
discarding is almost as bad as taking damage
from your own cards. :)
In limited, this is
a definite pick
5 Time Pro Tour
Level 2 Judge
This card already has a strike against it in my
book, because when I first
saw the card art I WAS SURE that Masticore, a
powerful and fun card from a
few years ago, was being reprinted. I generally
don't like it when Wizards
reprints cards, but when they do I would like to
see really good cards like
the original Masticore. Razormane Masticore is a
definitely a good card,
though. First of all, a 5/5 for five colorless is
very good, especially in
limited and especially with mana producing Myr,
Talisman and Vedalken
Engineer. This card's ability really says discard
a card from your hand to
deal three damage to a creature. There won't be
many turns when you wouldn't
want to use this ability, so it's hard to look at
the ability as a downside.
Doesn't strike me as a particularly good card in
serious constructed terms.
More expensive. No self-protection. Can't use
its ability on multiple
creatures, AND can't use it before you have to pay
the drawback cost. It'll
still win games in limited, but this is not the
constructed card that the
It shouldn’t be too hard to guess what card
this is quite similar too…. However when I see
this, I just go, “wow, wow, wow, wow”. 3 damage
to a creature, at the cost of discarding a card?
Jeez. Loses regeneration in place of first
strike, but it gains toughness. Masticore was
always highly played. This might be a little too
slow for the current environment, but it sure is
fun. Kill a weenie ever turn, and have a deadly
blocker that kills 5 toughness creatures.
Regeneration is useful, but it’s ok for this
In limited, you take him. You take him. You
take him. I shouldn’t say much else.
Everyone’s been bubbling about this card’s
potential existence for weeks. Now, here he
is…and…well, he’s not so bad. Five for a 5/5 is
pretty decent, and the ability to kill stuff would
be nice in a lot of other environments. However,
it seems like he’s simply too slow against decks
like Ravager and Goblins. There’s not a way to
break the discard effect (like Madness or solid
card-drawing). I think he’s going to be good
enough to find his way into decks here and there,
I just don’t know how many of him or which decks.
Casual play, this guy seems like a real winner. A
lot of fun, he allows you to play the politics
game each upkeep. He certainly provides you
something solid to use in the 5-mana slot in
Mental Magic, if you get far enough into a
I’m going to guess (pretty safely, I think) that
this is a limited bomb. Nothing deals with him in
combat except other bombs, and at least you can
just let him go if the board situation becomes
something untenable (like multiple pro-artifact
guys in play). Be happy to get him early.
Masticore was broken,
Razormane Masticore is just solid. As a 5/5 First
Strike creature he is pretty beefy and he is
almost like casting a FTK every turn. Sure you
lose a card per turn but against other creature
decks it is well worth the cost.
Constructed - Solid
but not equal to the Masticore of old - 4.0
Casual - A solid
addition that will rule the table - 4.0
Limited - Colorless
mana, beef, and removal every turn; sign me up -