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Unwilling Recruit

Reviewed August 27, 2008

Constructed: 2.67
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 3.40

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Unwilling Recruit

It's like Threaten and Lightning Serpent on the same card.  In can break through Limited stalemates and give you a sudden rush of tempo out of nowhere.  Less useful in Constructed, where opponents tend to be less dependant on creatures and more likely to have answers, but still good for an old-fashioned slap in the face.

Constructed- 2.5

Casual- 3

Limited- 3.5


Wednesday - Unwilling Recruit

A pretty expensive card to be sure, but a handy sideboard or maindeck (probably singleton) card for the red decks being played right now, as they play enough land to support it. This can turn the game around for you, as you steal their blocker and make it more powerful to boot. This card requires triple red, though, so it's not likely to see play outside of a mono red deck.

In limited, I would play this, because you can steal their bomb and make it bigger. It can potentially win the game or turn it strongly in your favor.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 2
Limited - 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Unwilling Recruit
Late-game, Unwilling Recruit is often better than Threaten, packing insult, injury, and finisher all in one package. It's even more effective on creatures with lifelink or trample, and you worry a lot less about blockers (though with any red steal spell, you shouldn't generally care about whether or not the creature will die when it attacks). It also reveals an exciting new area of design space: take two cards, glue their abilities together, add mana cost as appropriate.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5

Wednesday 8-27

Unwilling Recruit


Constructed: It's a different version of Threaten that lets you pump the creature. Its 3 red mana makes it only for red decks. But it can be a surprise way of pushing threw that extra damage for the win.


Casual: This is the surprise card for a red deck in multi-player. I take that creature from player A and attack player B with it hoping they will block it and kill it, hopefully.


Limited: This is an uncommon bomb for any red build. Use it a the right time to steal one of their bombs creatures for the win.


Overall a good card for any format. If you know how to play DC10, it will win the game for you. It did for me several games.


Constructed: 2

Casual: 2

Limited: 3




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