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Reviewed January 17, 2005

Constructed: 4.38
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 3.37

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This guy is nasty. Always has been, always will be. In Type 2, he dominated the format for nearly 2 years at the dominant deck. In Extended, he's a clear force to be reckoned with. With blue's ability to draw cards and get them in the grave, along with solid board control, this guy can be the lone kill device for the deck. You can't say enough good things about this guy.

In Limited, it's a solid critter that can be large when he needs to be without a problem. You don't really force the colors if you're not going U/B, but I would definately play it if I was going those aleady.

Constructed: 4.5
Limited: 4

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour


You GOTTA LOVE Old Smiley! This card was a hidden gem for its discovery. In some ways, all the Psychatog decks that dominated at least two different constructed formats were simply modern blue/black versions of the original blue/white control decks from the first days of Magic: the Gathering. It is a classic control deck construction principle that the deck contain lots of control elements, that is, cards that so "no" to the opponent's creatures and spells, along with some type of win condition, usually in the form a just a few copies of a single creature card. No creature in Magic ever created better synnergy in control decks than Psychatog.


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

Is there ever a time that this guy isn't good? Even in draft this guy can be a late game powerhouse if you are playing those colors. The only reason I don't like Psychatog is that he encourages bad play in new players. Its ability to "re-use" any card in your graveyard to pump him up makes you more willing to give up permanents or cards in hand with the knowledge that they will help your Psychatog later on. In Type one, this guy is still a powerhouse, especially with Berserk up your sleeve. I would advise against playing him in a multi player format, however, as he's one of those cards that can immediately turn the entire table against you.

Constructed: 5
Casual: 2
Limited: 4


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

 Psychatog - Monday

I hate it. I hate this guy soooo much. So the deck he is in, is pretty damn good. I still hate him.

He's ugly. He looks like a burnt Charlie Brown. He has too many teeth.

And I don't like him.

Not one bit.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5
 Psychatog Ė

Iím not really sure what I can say about the grinning monster that everyone else isnít saying. This creatures is probably the best gold card ever printed, as evidenced by his dominance in Type II, followed by his dominance in Extended and even in Type I. To be fair, you really have to build a deck around Psychatog to make it good, but if you do, it is a mauling. Casual players and limited players may wind up looking at Psychatog and tossing him aside, and that is completely acceptable (assuming your black and blue are horrible in limited, otherwise, play him). Tournament-level players, however, need to always keep this deck in mind when deciding what deck they want to bring to the table.

Constructed Rating: 4.0
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 3.0

 Van Zandt


Now, I'm not going to say that this guy didn't seem like a strong card when it first appeared, because it did. But did I expect it to be as big as it was? No. This guy has proven himself repeatedly in both limited and constructed, both late and early game. As a black creature with indeterminate toughness, he's hard to remove, and the longer the game goes on, the more of a threat he becomes. That's not even including how strong he is if you gear the deck in his favor.

constructed 3.5
casual 3.5
limited 3.5


* game store owner
(Shuffle and Cut)

Here he is!  The single card that reshaped the way you and I and everyone and his brother played for 2 years starting with Odyssey block.  Aptly named, this tog could easily get out of control, and in a single, well-timed turn, wipe you from the face of the earth.  While not unbeatable, Psychatog decks absolutely were the Type 2 "Deck To Beat," the one deck in any (at that time) current environment that any other deck absolutely MUST be able to deal with.  If you want to create a new and innovative deck to play in tournaments, it had better be able to deal with the Deck To Beat, or is pretty much useless, no matter how good it is.
Though passing from Type 2 to Extended can often be a death sentence for many niche cards, the Tog Man has survived the crucible and lives on in Extended.  Still a force to be reckoned with, though not THEE only deck.
Also a fun casual deck, if you're a bit of a control freak.  In limited, interesting, but not tuned as well with the rest of your deck, so not quite the powerhouse that he is in constructed.
Constructed - 4.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 2.5



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