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Beast of Burden
Urza's Legacy

Reviewed November 15, 2005

Constructed: 1.75
Casual: 3
Limited: 2.68

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Beast of Burden

I'm not a huge fan of this card. This is simply gets bigger for the number of creatures in play. It's not something that you can plan on. And when you lose any creature to damage or negative points, it's likely you are going to lost the BoB was all. I wouldn't recommend using this card in any circumstances.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 1.5

Paul Hagan

Beast of Burden

At one point, early on in my Magic-playin' career, I thought this card was good. Then, I saw the light. Yes, it can be huge, especially if you plan your deck around it; however, it has several inherent weaknesses. The first is the additional math you have to do in combat. You need to know exactly how many creatures are about to die during combat and what creature will likely be blocking your Beast of Burden. You also have to deal with the fact that your opponent has some say in how big Beast of Burden will get. Finally, it is an artifact, making it more susceptible to the removal that is typically in your opponent's deck. Overall, not so hot, and I wouldn't recommend playing Beast of Burden in any format.

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


Beast of Burden

More worth it's salt when you and your opponent are playing heavy creature feature decks, of course. Again, a bit slow for tournament play, but still a lot of fun for Casual, and worth considering for limited, especially since it will fit in any color deck.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 3.5
Limited - 4

Jordan Kronick

Beast of Burden

When I came back from a couple years away from Magic, this was one of the first new cards I saw. I was struck both by how powerful it can be and by how elegant and simple it is. Of course, it's a limited powerhouse.
It's never seen much tournament play, but the casual arena is where it really shines. When you're playing a big group game, Beast of Burden is one of the best things running. All it needs is a little help. Flying, trample, fear..
something. Might I recommend Fists of Ironwood from Ravnica? Trample and two more creatures to pump him up. Beast of Burden will be a casual favorite for a long time, I'm sure. And I love the more recent art, too.

Constructed Rating - 2.0
Casual Rating - 4.0
Limited Rating - 3.25

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