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Ogre Marauder  
Betrayers of Kamigawa

Reviewed February 23, 2005

Constructed: 2.40
Casual: 2.60
Limited: 3.60

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

This guy is a limited gem, almost always costing your opponent two cards to get rid of, and if they don't choose to stop him, well, three points a turn coming at his face seems like a pretty good race mechanism to me. He might even make it into block for an ogre deck, which seems to have more than enough things going for it to be amazingly fun if not actually competitive.
Overall this is just one solid guy.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 4


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

2/23  Ogre Marauder

I so badly want Black based creature decks to do well.  And I think this guy is a good fit.  He's also a serious issue.  Casual players may turn their back on a creature like this, but the limited crowd will love it.  This creature is pretty much unblockable unless they lose a guy.  So, worst case scenario, your opponent loses at least one creature (if not two) or it gets through for three damage.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 4
Ogre Marauder --

At first glance, I thought this card was decent, but looking again, I'm pretty sure he is just bad. Yes, he can serve as removal, but the decision is your opponent's, and except in extreme cases (Fact or Fiction), leaving decisions on how your game goes in your opponent's hands doesn't seem like that good of a decision. The fact that he is a 1 toughness doesn't help his case, either.

I might be more open to this card in limited, as good creatures can be hard to come by, and your opponent won't have too good of an idea when their next creature might show up. Is it worth losing two? I wouldn't first-pick him, but it can't hurt to include a copy in your deck.

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


* game store owner
(Shuffle and Cut)

Ogre Marauder

Well, it seems Marauder will take someone with him, one way or another. And quite likely, he will take 2 with him. While his toughness is a measly 1, that's not really his point, is it. He exists for removal, and he can do it well, especially in limited or casual. Your opponent has the choice of probably losing 2 early creatures, or taking 3 a turn for a while...not a nice prospect.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 3.5
Limited - 4


Ogre Marauder is some kind of wonderful – or at least some kind of solid. A 3 power creature for 3 mana is always a good start but the Ogre’s ability is really key. It is almost inevitable that in a ground war the Ogre will trade 2 for 1, which is kind of the whole point behind card advantage. Plus, he is big enough that players will want to make that trade. Sure he may come into play with a target painted on his cardboard behind but if this is what your opponent is forced to burn I think that is some kind of advantage as well.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.0
PEZ: 1.5 (not good enough as an Uncommon)
Limited: 3.0 (not 3.5 because of the double black mana)
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