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Meddling Mage

Reviewed January 17, 2007

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3.15
Limited: 2.25

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* Game Store Owner

Meddling Mage

This card is a 2/2 for two mana. That's already a reason to play most small creatures. But it gives you the ability to stop just about anything from being played. That's astrong ability on a card. It's REALLY good against combo decks. Stopping one key part of the combo, for even a turn or two, can give you the window of time you need to defeat them.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3


Meddling Mage

This card can be brutally good in any 60-card format-- IF you use it correctly. This card got a lot of use from the pundits up at Pro Tours and teh like, becasue they knew how to metagame and were thus able to correctly name a card that their opponent relied heavily on. In casual playgroups, it might have the same effect since you have probably seen your friends' favorite decks before. In Limited, however, it's a complete dud. Limited decks are too random for this to make an impact. If your opponent draws his bomb game one, and you're playing blue/white anyway, you might sideboard this in, but most often he's just a WU 2/2.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 3
Limited- 1.5

KC MetroGnome

Meddling Mage

Oh Meddling Mage, the pain in the butt of all pains in the butt (wait, that's Pithing Needle now). As a 2/2 for 2, you're ahead of the curve in U/W. You're probably not the beatdown player with this in your deck, but it's still worth noting. There are decks out there that simply roll over to Meddling Mage. Even more decks roll over to it if you've got some counterspell back up to protect it. There's a reason it gets played in so many decks, and there's a reason that Fish Decks love him so much. He's one of two reasons to play W as your fish splash instead of another color (the other being Swords to Plowshares). He's that good.

That said, leave him on the bench in limited unless you need to side him in to protect against some bomb you've seen from your opponent (or unless you need another bear). Limited is just too unpredictable.

Constructed - 4
Casual -3
Limited - 2-


Meddling Mage

Pikula's always been a popular tournament card, and for good reason. The ability to temporarily stop a threat and get a 2/2 body, all for 2 mana, is very strong. Helps you establish control until (or if) they off him. You do have to know what to name, but that is not difficult these days.

In casual, if someone in your group plays an annoying combo deck, use this guy to stop them.

In limited, I'd probably play it if I got it but I wouldn't pick it that high. I'd be more interested in the fact that he's a 2/2 for 2 than his ability.

Constructed - 4
Casual - 3
Limited - 2.5
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