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Ravnica: City of Guilds
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Grave-Shell Scarab

Reviewed September 27, 2005

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 3.5

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Jeff Zandi

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Grave-Shell Scarab

This is a great card for limited that absolutely could have a life in constructed play as well. While more of a utility creature in constructed, the Grave-Shell Scarab is a very powerful card for limited. A 4/4 body for five mana is a good deal in Ravnica (what part of the City of Guilds lets you keep pets like this in your apartment?) and the combination of being able to sacrifice him for a new card linked with the ability to return him to your hand later in the game makes this a very valuable limited card for the most popular color combination in the new set.



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Grave-Shell Scarab

I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this card. It is obviously useful. But is costs one more than I would prefer it to cost. It's already a gold card, so it should cost one less. Then again, I could just be greedy. I think you will see a decent amount of this card showing up in tournament play. I don't expect it to be overly dominant though.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 4

Paul Hagan

Grave-Shell Scarab

Much like yesterday's Hunted Lamassu, I'm intrigued by this card. The cost doesn't necessarily match the power and toughness, especially since the extra card you can get off the first ability isn't *stellar*, considering you just lost a five-mana investment. Dredge, however, could swing this card from mediocre to better-than-average.

As with many gold cards, I have to mark this card down a bit for limited. Yes, it can be considered somewhat of a "bomb" rare, but you do need to be in black and green to get it to work for you. Still, you can't ignore the overall quality.

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


Grave-Shell Scarab

A 4/4 for 5 mana is okay in and of itself. But add a couple abilities, and it becomes much more playable. You could get an, albeit expensive, card drawing engine going on by cast/sac/dredgeing it over and over. Or better, cast/attack or block/sac/dredge. While it may be too expensive for this purpose in constructed or even casual, it's something to definitely play if you are going G/b in limited.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 3.5
Limited - 4
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