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Bile Urchin 
Betrayers of Kamigawa

Reviewed February 15, 2005

Constructed: 1.50
Casual: 2.00
Limited: 2.67

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

This guy is a nice consistent one drop that I like for the draft format, especially if you are playing U/B and have so many opportunities for Ninjitsu on turn two with him. This also applied to block constructed. In Casual, he has a lot of opportunities to be a good card for Spirit decks since he is so easily recurred with SoulShift. In serious constructed, however, he really doesn't cut the mustard, not being good enough for Enduring Renewal or Alluren.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 3
Limited: 4


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

Bile Urchin - Tuesday
I guess I get to be Mr. Grumpy this week.  I don't like this guy either.  With all the small black creature you have access to, why would you want to play this one.  Make your opponent lose one life, one time, really isn't that good.  In limited play, I *MIGHT* play him to fill a spot, but that's about it.
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 2.5
Bile Urchin --
This card and it's red counterpart, Frostling, make me a bit sad.  I look at them, and I wonder how bad it would be to reintroduce Mogg Fanatic to the Type II environment.  Neither of these creatures seem good enough to make the cut, especially since your opponent knows what the end result of that creature dying will be.  Mogg Fanatic had this drawback to a degree, but at least you, as the owner of that card, had the option of where to place that damage.
In limited, I'm not sure I would play Bile Urchin.  Doing a quick damage to your opponent is decent enough, but I don't think Bile Urchin is worth the slot in your deck -- drawing him late game just seems like it would hurt too much.
Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 1.5
Limited Rating: 2.0
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