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Reviewed October 15, 2007

Constructed: 2.67
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.33

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Being able to turn a creature on the board into a creature in your hand just by sacrificing just screams "Mogg Fanatic turns into Darksteel Colossus". Effectively, this makes any creature you want into Elvish Piper-- once you equip it, your opponent can't even kill the creature without giving you a free creature out of your hand. You could even use to bluff a creature in your hand, thus scaring your opponent out of killing your last creature. And the +2/+2 promises to make any creature into the kind of thing you'd want to kill.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 4


Monday - Deathrender

I have a few problems with this card. First, it costs 4 to play and 2 to equip, and until you get its better effect to go off, you only get a +2/+2 bonus. Second, the bonus to toughness can actually hurt if you want the creature to die, as it could put the creature out of burn range. Third, the creature has to die for this to work. That's cute if you can sacrifice the creature somehow (hello Mogg Fanatic). For all this, you get to put a creature into play, and potentially repeat the cycle over. This would be fun in an aggro deck if it cost a lot less (maybe put a restriction on how expensive or strong the creature you put into play with the effect is?), but if you want to try and drop a large creature, just dump and reanimate it instead. Ditto for casual.

In limited, I wouldn't bother, as it's expensive, doesn't give much of a boost, and the second effect is too conditional.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 2
Limited - 2

David N

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Monday - Deathrender

This card got a lot of play this weekend at the release events. In constructed, I think it is a bit too much mana intensive for the aggro purposes. There are some infinite combo possibilities with this card. In limited, this card is good to give your small creatures a slight boast and possibility to drop your fatty. Now this card will be awesome in casual as this can be a fun way to drop all of your ridiculous johnny type cards.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 5
Limited: 3

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+2/+2 for 4 mana with an equip cost of 2 mana isn't worth it. Luckily, this card's main effect isn't the stat boost but the fact that you can get out your creatures for free.

You could attach this to a Mogg Fanatic then sacrifice it to bring out a Bogardan Hellkite for example. It also creates a loop for infinite damage / mana with Enduring Renewal and Mogg Fanatic / Wild Cantor. Naturally, slow weak combos like those are unplayable in constructed but are great for a Johnny in casual.

In limited, the +2/+2 isn't so bad after all.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Meb9000 10/15


As we continue our Lorwyn reviews on the final week Ravnica is in Standard, we take a look at Deathrender. this new Equipment has the potential to be extremely potent and could even spawn a new generation of renanimator decks. Dethrender's ability allows sacrifice effects to be especially fun, since you can pop any fattie into play from your hand AND give it +2/+2 at will. Mogg Fanatic or Nantuko Husk come to mind. Time will tell if this card can make an impact, especially with its 4 mana cc. Loxodon Warhammer may be a house, but its slow nature has prevented an otherwise awesome card from being used too often.

Constructed: 3.5/5

Limited: 4/5: a potential bomb to be sure. Boosts any of ur guys and pops ur giants into play.

Until Next Time, meb9000

Monday's card is Deathrender from Lorwyn.  It's a bit expensive for Constructed with a 4 casting cost and 2 equip cost for a paltry +2/+2 and an effect that puts creatures into play from your hand if the one equipped is killed, but Extended and Casual could make good use of it.  It works kinda like Elvish Piper for getting your big creatures out, but it comes online a little too slowly.  Still, it laughs at kill cards and makes cards that force sacs better, that is if you have a creature heavy deck.  This seems to me to be a really fun card to try out for Casual but not really good enough for Constructed.

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