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Rustrazor Butcher

Reviewed July 09, 2008

Constructed: 1.50
Casual: 1.60
Limited: 2.75

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Rustrazor Butcher

This guy is good in Limited-- he keeps other creatures at home.  Anything with 2 or less power can't trade with him, and even +1/+0 makes him a serious threat.  Power of Fire turns him into a wither machine.  That said, he doesn't look too great in the Red Zone, and it always feels like a waste putting Fists of the Demigod on it (though Runes of the Deus looks better).

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2
Limited- 3


Wednesday - Rustrazor Butcher

Yet another creature that should see no play in constructed, because it just doesn't really do a lot. It's too slow for a red deck to consider playing. Wither and First Strike are nice, but red has to play faster cards than something that gets in for 1 a turn at 2 mana.

In limited, this is really more like a 2/2 with First Strike due to the Wither, and 2/2 First Strikers for 2 are OK here.

Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 2
Limited - 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Rustrazor Butcher
This is easily one of the most annoying cards in Shadowmoor limited. I can't count the number of times I had to backtrack on my own train of thought regarding attacks when I realized that one of my cheap, efficient creatures wouldn't have enough power to kill it after first strike damage. He even stops creatures "better" than him, like Murderous Redcap and Safehold Elite, from doing their thing. A high pick in any limited format, but there's not really a place for him in constructed now.
Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 1/5
Limited: 3/5

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Rustrazor Butcher
2 mana for a 1/2. Bad. First Strike on a 1 power creature. Bad. Wither makes it a bit better as it'll die only to a 3 power creature, but no one's gonna block this for the 1 damage and attacking with this means you'll be eating more damage the next turn, so this is essentially a blocker and a lot of creatures do that better than this. It's also in a tribe that's aggressive which just makes this worse.
Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 1/5
Limited: 2/5


* Game Store Owner
Rustrazor Butcher - Wednesday

Rustrazor Butcher is an interesting card.  It's definitely a superstar in limited.  It has With and First Strike.  You can do some pretty sick things if you can enchant this guy up right or give him an attack bonus of some sort.  Both abilities are good, but together they can be pretty potent. 

This guy still lacks a bit of power to keep him from making his way into constructed decks.  In limited though, he's a must play card.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 4

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