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Cosi's Trickster

Reviewed October 29, 2009

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 2.12
Multiplayer: 3.40

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Cosi's Trickster

There are very few ways to make an opponent shuffle their library in Standard, but there are plenty of cards in Standard anyone might run that would cause them to shuffle it themselves. As a 1/1 for one mana with a growth potential to rival that of Quirion Dryad, this could surprise quite often. Merfolk decks with older formats would quite like it.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Cosi's Trickster

This card is a little difficult to assess, at first. It looks pretty aggressive, which is not the attribute people generally associate with blue. On the other hand, it is a Merfolk, which has been a popular theme recently, and in games with two to four opponents with the kinds of "good stuff" decks people often like for multiplayer, things can get out of hand very quickly.

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

Thursday 10-29-09


Cosi's Trickster


Constructed: Reminds me of Wake Thrasher, look good at first, than died, but came back at the end of the standard season again. With people popping fetchlands to get the best of landfall this one could offset that. The +1/+1 are permanent.


Casual & Multiplayer: In a big multiplayer game this Wizard can get really big. Watch out for a random Hexmage.


Limited: Would not count on it growing any during a game. Not a lot of search or shuffling in Zendikar sealed or draft.


Overall a okay card for mainly multiplayer play.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 3

Multiplayer: 4

Limited: 2




Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Cosi's Trickster a 1/1 that gets a +1/+1 counter whenever an opponent shuffles their library. While many effects both beneficial and detrimental involve shuffling I don't see the Trickster making a big impact in most formats. Gaining counters is nice, but being based on shuffling isn't reliable or fast enough to make a serious threat.

For Constructed and Casual this can be an option for the one mana slot in a merfolk deck, though the common Caller of Gales is a cheaper alternative. Unless some kind of recursive shuffling loop is figured out this doesn't really have a home to move into.

With Limited this is a 1/1 for one mana making it worth playing in Sealed when using Blue, but as a rare it is not an incredible first pick in Booster. There are a decent number of shuffle effects in the set and if the pack is weak this isn't a horrible card.

In Multiplayer the higher number of opponents will on average equal more shuffling of decks which adds a bit of value to the Trickster. It still isn't an overly powerful card, but played early and left alone or perhaps given shroud it can be a long term threat.

Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

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