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Razormane Masticore - {5}
Artifact Creature

First strike
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Razormane Masticore unless you discard a card from your hand.
At the beginning of your draw step, you may have Razormane Masticore deal 3 damage to target creature.




Razormane Masticore 
Fifth Dawn Rare

Reviewed May 4, 2004

Constructed: 3.1
Casual: 3.3
Limited: 4.1

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

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,'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.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Razormane Masticore
At first, you could get rid of any creature if you can enough mana. You also got the ability to regenerate as an added bonus.
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.
Unfortunately, I 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.
Constructed: 2
Casual: 1
Limited: 4

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

Razormane Masticore


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 worth playing.


Constructed:                 4

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        4


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Razormane Masticore

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.

Constructed 3.5

Casual 3

Limited 3.5


* 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 altogether.
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
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 4.5

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Razormane Masticore
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.
CASUAL:           3.5
LIMITED:            3.5

 Van Zandt

Razormane Masticore
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
original was.
constructed 2
casual 3
limited 4

Secret Squirrel on the

Razeormane Masticore

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 card.

In limited, you take him. You take him. You take him. I shouldn’t say much else.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5
Jonathan Pechon

Razormane Masticore


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 late-game.


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.


Constructed: 3.0

Casual:  4.0

Limited:  4.0


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 - 4.5


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