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Champions of Kamigawa

Reviewed September 6, 2004

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4.4
Limited: 2.3

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Hey, Fear should be something involved here, because a bunch of  rats doubling up can be quite scary.  So we finally have a suitable Rat Lord.  While he's a bit expensive for tournament, I can see packs of casual players licking their chops now on this one. Finally, their rat minions have a leader to take them into glorious battle!  But seriously, it's a really nice thing Wizards has done for Rats, and rat lovers everywhere will thank them, I'm sure.  Some of the current Rats and cards that will work with this guy to make a pretty insane deck:

At the moment, most of those little guys are pretty cheap, though I suspect the introduction of Marrow-Gnawer might drive the price up on some of the better Rats in the near future.  Another nice this is Coat of Arms is presently relatively cheap (it was hovering closer to $20 for a while there), so you can really super charge your rodents.

In limited, we'll have to see how many rats come out in the set and block before we'll know the full impact.  If there are a decent amount of commons, this guy might be a viable draft pick.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 3

   Current Price:
Marrow-Gnawer - Champions of Kamigawa - TBA

   Combos Well With:
Relentless Rats - Fifth Dawn - $3.41
Chittering Rats - Darksteel - $0.12
Lab Rats - Stronghold - $0.19
Pestilence Rats
- Ice Age - $0.19
Ravenous Rats - 8th Edition - $0.12
Swarm of Rats
- 8th Edition - $0.39
Coat of Arms - 8th Edition - $7.98

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee


This card is uber-casual. Between Lab Rats, a Volrath's Laboratory making rats, and Relentless Rats, practically a finished deck. Maybe play Bayous for a couple of Overruns, or Coat of Arms.
There aremany ways you can go with this card in casual and make a cool deck. Not so in competitive constructed or limited. I doubt there are enough rats in CoK to make this worth it in sealed.
Constucted: 1.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 1

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

The rats are coming, and Marrow-Gnawer is leading the way. Assuming you
actually HAVE a few rats in play other than the Gnawer, this card can easily
breed an army of rats in no time. That Marrow-Gnawer also gives all rats
fear is only more, uh, fear-some! Interesting as a constructed card, less
interesting in limited unless there are at least three or four playable rat
commons in the set.
CASUAL:           3.0
LIMITED:          2.5

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



This guy is fun! The past few sets have been all about giving rats more and more tools, with Chittering Rats and Restless Rats, and now, we have the rat lord himself, the Marrow-Gnawer. On his own, hes pretty unimpressive; a 2/3 fear for five mana. But in casual, where you can make fun decks like the rat deck, this guy can become an unstoppable force, doubling your army turn after turn. Make sure to not do this in a multi-player game, as nothing makes a bigger target on your forehead than a card that doubles your creature count every turn.


Constructed:                 2

Casual:                         4

Limited:                        1



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

Well, this sure is different. I hope this is a trend for Champions of Kamigawa. This is a legendary creature that's playable. Thank goodness. It's ability is pretty good too in a rat deck. I'm not sure how much I would want this in a sealed or draft deck, but there are definitely a few possibilities in constructed. And casual guys will love this. Relentless rats were already you have a RAT KING!

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 2
Marrow-Gnawer --

As far as Legends go, I can't complain too much about Marrow-Gnawer. He is a bit on the expensive side, especially for his 2/3 body, but he comes equipped with an ability that can be absolutely sick in a Rat deck. Unfortunate, he does *tap* to use this ability, lowering his playability a little bit more. Another downside is that with Mirrodin Block still being in the Standard environment after the rotation, there are a *lot* of artifacts still hanging around, meaning Fear just isn't that effective.

Casual players should absolutely love this card. It goes well in fun theme decks, and it shouldn't be too hard to get ahold of.

Limited players will usually turn their back on Marrow-Gnawer unless they see a lot of rats floating around in the draft, which is entirely possible. I don't think Marrow-Gnawer is a first pick, but I also haven't drafted the set yet, so I could be wrong.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 1.5

 Van Zandt

Well, it does have fear, and assumedly there are enough rats in the set to
make him worthwhile there,  though he requires at least 2 other rats in play
before his sac ability becomes worthwhile.  Too expensive in constructed,
with not enough punch or speed, I think.
constructed 2
casual 3.5
limited 3

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