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Ethersworn Adjudicator

Reviewed February 10, 2009

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.20
Limited: 4.20

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Ethersworn Adjudicator

A 4/4 flier is enough to disrupt most games of Limited--- too bad it's a mythic rare. Really, Wizards? I thought mythic rare was going to be reserved for cards that felt... I don't know, mythic? Like once-in-a-lifetime cards? This thing looks and feels to me like Esper has a whole army of them.

But I digress. If you don't want to use white and black in your blue decks, it's a 4/4 flier that can untap itself. But if you do, it becomes all that, plus being repeatable creature/enchantment kill. Once you hit turn six or seven and can pay 3WUB each turn, your opponent's army eats it one by one. And since it doesn't come down until turn five anyway....

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 4


Tuesday - Ethersworn Adjudicator

I do question the choice of making this a mythic rare, but I don't question how good this can potentially be. Granted, it is mana intensive, but even if you don't have enough mana to use this guy more than once per turn, repeatable Mortify is still pretty good. Later, when you do have the mana to untap this guy, you have a win condition. I think this may see a little play in control decks, because it is pretty efficiently costed for what you get...just watch out for artifact removal.

In limited, if you're lucky enough to open this, you take it, no questions asked.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ethersworn Adjudicator

In the Alara block, there are a lot of cards that are reasonable in a one- or two-color deck and devastating in a three-color deck. Ethersworn Adjudicator is an excellent example of how to design that type of card. Going from "bad Serra Sphinx" to "flying mechanized artillery" is about the upgrade you expect for two extra colors. In limited, just be glad this guy is mythic and you're not likely to see more than one of him per draft.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5

Tuesday 2-10-09


Ethersworn Adjudicator


Constructed: It's a big flying 4/4 for to much for Standard or Extended. But Block a good Esper deck can do very well with him. Drop some early Etherium Sculptors and Master of Etherium and you have one big dude. And why not throw in one Skill Borrower for fun.


Casual: So far Mythic rares are doing well with the casual players. This dude should see some fun play.


Limited: This is a real bomb for Shards or Conflux only drafts. Sealed I would try very hard to make a Esper deck from my pool of cards. This Mythic rare is a good one for Limited format.


Overall a great card for it's rarity and costs.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 4

Limited: 4





* Game Store Owner
Tuesday - Ethersworn Adjudicator

This is a cool card. Having the ability to just wipe out creatures (possibly two at a time) seems really special. It's a flying 4/4 which is always a bonus as well. As we've seen from recent standard play, five mana isn't that hard to reach these days.

It's definitely a top card in limited play. Most casual groups are likely to gloss over it, because there are so many more efficient ways to off creatures. Eldar Dragon Highlander players might like this guy though.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 4.5

Ethersworn Adjudicator

The reason I picked this card is mostly because it's just a cool card.

A 4/4 flyer for 5cc that has built in removal is extremely cool. In sealed this thing was great for me. In constructed...I think it'd be an extremely fun card to play around with. When you get cards that can generate advantage for free, all by themselves, you can make big things happen.

Thats a concept you learn when you play Yu-Gi-Oh!, and it certainly transfers over to M:TG. Card advantage is key. I love cards with built in removal, card draw or anything else that will gain you card advantage without actually having to cast more cards.

By and large this is a fun creature to play around with. I'll probably make a deck with it and test it out against the casual players at my local.

Constructed: 3/5
Sealed: 3/5

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