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Icy Manipulator

Reviewed December 14, 2005

Constructed: 3.2
Casual: 3.43
Limited: 3.5

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* Game Store Owner

Icy Manipulator

I'm going to say something here that might get disagreed with among our staff, but I believe Icy Manipulator is much better than it's given credit for. I think more control decks should seriously consider playing this card. It can slow down the opponent. It can cause problems for them by manipulating their many situation. And honestly, how many times has a control deck been beaten down by the singular creature on the opposing side of the table? I'm not going to say it's a must have in a deck, but it's definitely worth giving some consideration to.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3


Icy Manipulator

Spicey Icy. And it happens to be this month's Friday Night Magic prize! As always, a popular card no matter what the format, and one that's been around since the beginning of time (MTG time, anyhow).

Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 3

Jordan Kronick

Icy Manipulator

My thoughts about Icy can be divided up into four sections. When I first used this card, it was back in the beta/unlimited days. It was especially powerful back then, when untargetability was extremely uncommon and the big finishers were all giant dragons and angels and such. When Ice Age came out, it was perhaps even more powerful, as a lot of the super powerful cards of old had fallen by the wayside. After a long hiatus, it returned to us in Mirrodin, and it was once again proven to be extremely powerful. Again in 9th edition, the same thing happened. In limited formats for any of the four sets that Icy has appeared in, it is one of the top picks. It hasn't really made a splash in constructed since Winter Orb left us, but you never know when tapping something down is going to come back into vogue.

Constructed Rating - 3.2
Casual Rating - 3.8
Limited Rating - 4.5

Paul Hagan

Icy Manipulator

I think this card has begun to slip past people, yet it is still of quality. The four-mana casting cost is a bit rough at times, but since the activation cost is the right price, I still rate Icy Manipulator pretty high. The fact that it hits almost any threat imaginable is good; the fact that it can fit into any deck because it is an artifact makes it great. Don't forget about this card when you are building decks.

For limited play, I'm OK with Icy Manipulator finding its way into almost any of my decks. There are very few limited games where I don't find myself wishing I had one more way to deal with one of my opponents' threats, and Icy Manipulator fits that want nicely.

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