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Reviewed November xx, 2004

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 2.75

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Monday - Rocket-Powered Turbo Slug
So, we get to do Unhinged for the next couple of weeks. I hope you'll pardon me for not giving competitive constructed ratings for these, as that's an oxymoron for these cards.
Today, we get a 3/1 uncounterable haste creature for 4. Uncounterable, you say? Yep. Because if you put this into play using the "Super Haste" ability, then it never actually goes on the stack. Thus, it can't be countered.
The downside is that you have to pay the mana cost the next turn, or you lose. Be careful of land destruction, as if you don't have the red mana next turn, you'll lose the game. And you lose the game regardless of whether this is in play or not the next turn (if you don't pay the mana cost), so don't think you can just bounce this and get away from paying the mana.
In limited, it has a toughness of 1, and it costs 4. Maybe a nice finisher, but it won't be of any other use otherwise.
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Rocket-Powered Turbo Slug

Unhinged is an awesome set, hilarious and almost playable! When I first heard about this card (sorry, I don't read EVERY single day of my life!) all I had to hear were the words "may attack the turn before you cast it" to be completely sold on the Turbo Slug. Upon further review, Super Haste is really no more than an alternate casting cost attached to Haste with a really nasty downside coming on the next turn. When I review this card, like all the Unhinged cards reviewed this week, I'm going to treat the card in question as though it actually existed as a sanctioned card playable with other cards in regular constructed and limited formats. Having said all that, Rocket-Powered Turbo Slug would be welcome in some of my limited decks but probably not in even my fastest mono red constructed decks. The problem is the size of this card relative to its cost. I think this card SHOULD have been a little more like Ball Lightning, with a power of at least 4 and potentially with Trample. I understand that in constructed, it would be pretty cool to drop two or three of these speedy little invertabrates into play, fully understanding that you must defeat your opponent this turn or lose the game yourself next turn.


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
Rocket-Powered Turbo Slug

Four mana for a 3/1 haste guy is really not too bad to begin with. He's no Lightning Elemental but he's good enough . The super haste ability is pretty neat, but watch out for that Stone Rain losing you the game. My good friend Steve says the real best use of this card is for decks with no red whatsoever, and to just save up and lay down 12 points of damage to win the game flat out and not care about losing next turn. Sounds like a plan to me.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 3


* game store owner

I'm not really feelin' this guy. It's overcosted really, because it dies to everything it seems. The concept is interesting and funny though. Super haste would be a neat ability for a normal magic set. Even in casual games it's not that useful.

Constructed: Why?
Casual: 2
Limited (Un-sets only play): 2
Rocket Powered Turbo Slug --

This card seems decent enough. For 3R a turn from now, you get a 3/1 beater that can attack the turn he comes into play, which is now, not later. Just be careful that you remember his payment next turn; losing the game is never fun, especially when its because you screw up.

In limited, if I'm playing Red, this guy definitely makes the cut. If I'm not playing Red, then I'll use him as a finisher anyways.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 3.5

 Van Zandt

Rocket-Powered Turbo Slug
Decent, but I expected more. It does send for 3 damage on turn 3, but rogue elephant does that on turn 2- and while rogue elephant does stone-rain yourself, Rocket-Powered Turbo Slug can make you lose the game because of a stone rain.
constructed 2.5
casual 3
limited 3

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