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Richard Garfield, Ph. D. 

Reviewed November 26, 2004

Constructed: 3.40
Casual: 3.42
Limited: 2.92

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

Thursday - Richard Garfield, Ph.D.

Mr. Mental Magic himself. Insane in any casual environment, as you get to play any card you want, and build a deck around this.

Not so good in Unhinged limited, as you can only choose cards that are legal in the format you're playing in.

Casual: 5
Limited: 2

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Richard Garfield, Ph.D.
This doctor makes house calls, turning a deck filled with bad spells costing 1U into a deck filled with Time Walk, Arcane Denial, Memory Lapse and other useful spells. I've always like the idea of the game called "Mental Magic" where you can play a card in your hand as any card with the same casting cost EXCEPT the card in your hand. Dr. Garfield saves the day again by fully legitimizing this fun Magic game play concept. The art on this card is SOOOO religous in appearance that Unhinged could instantly be banned by Wal-Mart, but to heck with 'em if they can't take a joke. To make Richard Garfield truly useful, you need to provide him with lots of pens and paper and a nice environment from which he can create amazing gaming ideas. To make Richard Garfield, Ph.D. (the Unhinged card) truly useful, you have to build a deck around him with lots of cards of questionable "face value" but powerful and popular casting costs. It has been pointed out that once you have Richard Garfield, Ph.D. in play, the next Richard Garfield, Ph.D. you play is probably going to be a Morphling. This card would obviously have value in limited play as well, but is pretty expensive for limited and could end up coming into play too late into the game to be extremely valuable.


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

Richard Garfield, P.H.D.

Obviously the fun factor in getting to treat your deck as a mental magic deck is high, but it's powerful as well. That being said, poor Richard is never going to live through a round against any Magic player worth their salt. And heaven forbid you play him in a multi player game, as you will be killed by every other player who jealously realizes that they don't get to play mental magic along with you.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 2


* game store owner

Terrible. It's mental magic. Mostly serious players or older experienced players play mental magic. This is not such a good card for a casual player I don't think. For the most part, he is an overcosted chump blocker. This guy is soooo not as powerful as it should be. He's the creator of the game. He deserves a much more powerful card. I would rather it be overcosted and unplayable and uber-powerful instead of this.

Constructed: Not in this lifetime.
Casual: 1.5
Limited (Un-sets only play): 2
Richard Garfield --

This guy is absolutely sick! He lets you abuse almost every card in the game, as long as have a decent working knowledge of a ton of Magic cards. Mental Magic, if y'all haven't played it, is a fun way to blow time, and you get to play with some completely ridiculous cards. I can't think of a bad thing to say about this card, constructed, casual, *or* limited, so I'll just rate it.

Constructed Rating: 3.5
Casual Rating: 4.0
Limited Rating: 3.5

 Van Zandt

Richard Garfield, Ph.D.
Well, he does have a big enough effect to be worthy of his title.
Hone your mental magic skills and resolve some proxied power 9...
sounds fun.
constructed 4
casual 4
limited 4.5

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