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Jackal Familiar
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Jackal Familiar

Reviewed August 26, 2009

Constructed: 2.17
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 2.50
Multiplayer: 2.33

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Jackal Familiar

Hearkening back to the immensely powerful Jackal Pup, this card seems unlikely to reach the same lofty heights, at least in the next couple of months. Once Zendikar shakes up Standard (and seriously, how cool were those preview pictures from GenCon we posted last week?), someone will probably try this card along with Hellspark Elemental, Hell's Thunder, and perhaps even Raging Goblin. But even then it may not be backed up by the sheer volume of damage that its ancestor had in the Tempest era. I don't think this card is one to be dismissed, either way.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Miguel Wednesday 8-26-09

Jackal Familiar

Constructed: A 2/2 that needs friends to attack and block. Good doggie...

Casual: Good for new players who have a small collection.

Limited: It's cheap, but there are alot of better creatures to pick up. Not a top pick for me. But maybe I will try and see how many I could draft next time we draft M10, that would be interesting.

Overall not a very good card. Just another common.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Multiplayer: 3
Limited: 2

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Jackal Familiar, a fairly interesting 2/2 for one mana that requires a bit of work to play effectively.

In Constructed the penalty is pretty heavy and I really can't see it being played overly much as without a Hasted partner it can't even attack until turn three if played on the first turn. Many other creatures offer more and can have a supported type as well.

For Casual a few tricks can be added, but otherwise it is again a fairly lackluster card.

With Limited the desire to play the card does increase a bit as your pool of cards is fairly small, but fortunately one of the best cards to use with the Jackal is also in the set. The basic play is to first turn Jackal, second turn Raging Goblin and attack for three. If your opponent doesn't have a creature this is a pretty strong opening. It works even better if you have a Kindled Fury to help deal with an opponent's creature should they try to block one to stop the Jackal from attacking the next turn. All in all a solid choice in limited with support and your other cards in sealed or drafted in booster make all the difference. Not a high pick, but with Raging Goblin in hand not a low pick either.

Finally with Multiplayer this is even weaker than in Constructed and Casual as the number of opponents can easily outlast or remove any of the Jackal's support, leaving it toothless. There are plenty of other cards that can fulfill the role more reliably.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.0

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