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Tattermunge Maniac

Reviewed May 13, 2008

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 3.10
Limited: 3.00

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Tattermunge Maniac

I seriously can't believe they printed this.  A 2/1 for 1 in red or green?  Is this why Savannah Lions wasn't in Tenth?  Or was that Goldmeadow Stalwart?  To say nothing of the fact that it's "drawback" is something you probably would've done anyway.  And on top of all that, it's a Goblin and therefore goes into Goblin decks.

In Constructed and Limited, you'll never be disappointed to have it.  In Casual, it goes in Goblin decks.

Constructed- 4

Casual- 3

Limited- 2.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Tattermunge Maniac
Have they still not learned that "must attack each turn" isn't a drawback, or do they just not care? I'm betting on the second one. The Maniac's problem isn't that - it's that lots of one- and two-cost creatures now are just bigger than him. He doesn't like facing Kird Ape, Mogg Fanatic, Wall of Roots, Wren's Run Vanquisher, Epochrasite, Tarmogoyf, or even Elvish Warrior. A card with this level of efficiency, though, will be played anyway. If the opponent, for whatever reason, doesn't have a creature they want to block with, Tattermunge Maniac will put them under a lot of pressure very fast.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
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Tattermunge Maniac

This card will see play and plenty of it.  Since when has a 2/1 for 1 not seen play?  Red and Green have had these options before but not for a while.  The fact it must attack is a small drawback as this only belongs in an aggro deck that wants to get in some damage early.  In limited, not so great.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3
Limited: 2

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Tattermunge Maniac
It's ok, but a 2/1 now isn't as good as a 2/1 used to be because there has been a bit of creature power level creep. It's still quite efficient and so it's an automatic 4 of in Red Deck Wins, but unplayable anywhere else.
In limited, it's still ok, but the chances of it coming out first turn is decreased (because there's less copies) and this thing isn't so hot coming out turn 4 or 5. There's also a lot more -1/-1 counter shenanigans so it's likely to die.
Constructed: 3.5/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2.5/5 


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This guy is definitely NOT a Jackal Pup.  the fact that he has to attack every turn makes him much less useful.  You will rarely ever want to topdeck this guy.  I think you have to play him in some deck just because of his power to cost ratio, but he's not as much of a superstar that people want to say he is.


The other downside is that I have to play 4 of them to make it worthwhile.  I want to draw it early.  But I don't want to see those other copies after turn three.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 2

Limited: 2

Jeff Zandi

 7 Time Pro Tour Veteran

Player since 1994

Level II DCI Judge

Member of the Texas Guildmages

Tattermunge Maniac

This aggressive little 2/1 is a decent choice for mono red or green/red creature decks that want to attack every turn. This little Maniac would be a lot better if it had Haste to go along with the clear downside of having to attack each turn if possible. This card’s one toughness also keeps it from being a bigger hit. Still, a 2/1 for one mana is clearly good. In limited, this card would have been more useful in Lorwyn/Morningtide than in the slower, more creature heavy limited environment of Shadowmoor. In Shadowmoor limited, a 2/1 just isn’t going to deal any damage unless it comes into play in the very first turns of the game. So far, in my experience, the small creature rush strategy has been hard to pull off in Shadowmoor limited formats.


CASUAL:              3.5

LIMITED:             3.0 


Tattermunge Maniac

This card will see a lot of play in constructed. Very similar to Jackal Pup and that was an amazing card. In limited, it is definitely playable. It loses a little ground because of its lack of effectiveness in the late game.

Constructed: 4

Casual: 4

Limited: 3 


Constructed: This little guy can put some fast beats. A one drop that is a 2/1 for green or red is going to be awesome. I would play him in a mono red deck only. Most of the players will not have something to kill it right away and will probably not want to chump bock it with their own one drops. I really would not put it in any of my green and red decks. I usually want Birds or Elves that produce mana early on than a 2/1 that has to attack each turn.


Casual: It will see a lot of fun play in all sorts of green and red decks.


Limited: This little guy is very good for Draft or Sealed deck. First pick on drafts even if it is not my colors. If you open it in your sealed deck pool use it. The one match I lost at the Pre Release he had one in his deck and drop it on turn one against me.


It's a Goblin Warrior...


Constructed: 4

Casual: 3

Limited: 5



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