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Earwing Squad

Reviewed January 30, 2008

Constructed: 3.60
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.00

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Earwig Squad

This card exists solely for the purpose of showing off Prowl. If you don't play it for its Prowl cost, it's just a 5/3 for 3BB. Effectively Mass of Ghouls. But with Prowl, it's a 5/3 for only three mana, and you get to go yank three cards out of your opponent's deck. Combo decks will hate that, as will limited decks which probably were hoping to draw a bomb. In a dedicated Rogue deck, it's pretty good. Otherwise, it's filler.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4
Limited- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Earwig Squad

This card has been called the new Cranial Extraction, and the ability is very tempting and can be pretty nasty if you manage to set it off. The extra condition looks problematic, but between Oona's Prowler and Riptide Pilferer, it's easier than ever before. Combo decks won't like you, but it's not always about them.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 2/5

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Earwig Squad

What good cards for this week! Despite it's lame name, it being played with prowl cost is amazing. 3 mana for a 5/3 with the possibility to your opponent's win condition and able to infer your opponent's hand is very efficient. Don't play its retail though unless you're really desperate.

In limited, it's big, and removes bombs. It also has high retail value for rare drafters out there.

Constructed: 3.5/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3.5/5

Wednesday's card is Earwig Squad. On its own, it's a 5/3 Goblin Rogue with a casting cost of 5, but if you dealt combat damage with a Goblin(Skirk Shaman or the new one drop with Fear) or a Rogue(Pestermite perhaps), you can play it for its Prowl cost, a mere 3 mana. If you do play it for its Prowl cost, you get to look at your opponent's library for three cards and remove them from the game. That's a devastating effect, and Rogues are getting some nice cards that revolve around Prowl. This is one of the best ones.


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