Well, it's tough to end on a low note for
Fridays, but such is life sometimes. The funny
thing is though, that this card isn't terrible.
The only problem is that there is no room for it
in aggressive Green/Red deck. G/R has so many
good cards as it is. This card is just a victim
of circumstance. There are only so many cards to
go in a deck and eventually something gets cut.
A nice 2 drop for GR if you can manage to get
some damage through. If not, this thing could
just sit there in your hand, especially in
limited. That can get a bit frustrating. It's
fine for casual play.
Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 2.5
A definite force in limited, if only because
it's a common and therefore there's bound to be
plenty of them around. I'd say this is probably
the swingiest of all the Bloodthirst creatures--
it's awful unbloodthirsted, but phenomenal with
the bonus. It's best if you have a good
dependable source of damage established, but
that happens in the later game, and a 3/3
trample is most effective in the early game. I
really can't decide if this card is great or
lousy, which probably means it's so-so.
Why would you pay RG for a 1/1? Usually you
don’t. If your deck loves you, you’re paying RG
for a 3/3 trampler. In Ravnica, 3/3s for two
mana are a bit more common than in the past, but
they’re still something your opponent won’t like
to see. The Mauler should be able to run over
just about any early game threat your opponent
puts in front of it and still manage to nip at a
life point or two in the process. And as an
added bonus, if you really want to hear your
opponent groan, go ahead and throw Wednesday’s
CotD, Moldervine Cloak, on your Mauler turn
three before unleashing him into the Red Zone.
Constructed – 3/5
Limited – 3.5/5
Looks like we’re finishing the week with a
salute to R/G.
What can I say about this guy that my colleagues
haven’t already mentioned? He’s big, he’s scary,
and he’s the thing you know it’s coming down on
turn two but really hope it won’t. This guy is a
Watchwolf with trample that can be backed up by
Skarrg, the Rage Pits if he ever has to face the
puppy. Either that or give him a Moldervine
Cloak and watch your opponent squirm.
He’s still very decent in limited but it’s a bit
trickier to give him Bloodthirst. He will very
rarely drop on turn two but he’s still a 3/3
trampler that won’t be ignored whenever he
decides to come down. He’s not a top, top pick
but he’s up there. If you decide to run a weenie
deck this guy will be one of the major reasons
to do it.
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