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Vedalken Anatomist
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Vedalken Anatomist
Mirrodin Besieged

Reviewed April 7, 2011

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 2.15
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 1.75

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Vedalken Anatomist

Blue does not get good removal. Luckily it does get good proliferate, so the Anatomist is pretty decent removal for blue. Keeping a creature tapped down for a turn, and putting a counter on it that will inevitably lead to its downfall is a pretty decent deal, though three mana per activation does seem a bit steep. To be worth that much mana to tap down, a creature would have to be pretty big, and that means it'll take extra proliferations to kill.

As for using the Anatomist to untap creatures? I suppose if you've got "must block this turn if able" abilities, or you really want to get an extra use out of a tapper and don't care about the counter.

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

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Vedalken Anatomist
Vedalken Anatomist is the kind of card that's going to get underrated quite often, especially since people may not notice that they can use it to untap their own creatures, and that it starts the insane proliferate games fairly early in the game. At the very least, it solves the Icy Manipulator "problem" of not dealing with things permanently (given enough time, anyway), and the synergy and the combinations make this worth a second look.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Vedalken Anatomist which is a three mana 1/2 with a tap ability that costs three and puts a -1/-1 counter on a target creature.  In addition you may tap or untap that creature which gives it more versatility than simply killing small creatures or weakening larger ones as it can shut down big creatures until they are no longer a threat or potentially untap your own creatures for additional use.  The cost of tapping and paying three mana is a bit high for a Constructed control theme which makes it unlikely to really make an impact there.  Those factors combined with the counter make it a bit too much for most combo concepts as well.
In Limited this is a card that can deal with nearly any threat your opponent has and is one of the top uncommons in the format.  A first pick in Booster if the rare isn't a bomb and definitely a second or third pick when seen in the next packs.  For Sealed it may depend on your Blue pool, but this is worth playing whenever possible.  The difference between formats really shows with this card as the slower pace, lack of removal options, and reliance on a more random assortment of creatures put the Anatomist in a position to control the pace of many
games.   Used defensively or offensively it will win games without ever
directly attacking and the biggest drawback of the mana cost should rarely be an issue.
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 2.0


    Welcome to another card of the day here at Pojo.com. Today we take a look at Vedalken Anatomist from Mirrodin Besieged. The Vedalken anatomist costs two generic and one blue mana. The Vedalken anatomist has a handy ability that allows you to pay two generic and a blue, tap it, and then you put a -1/-1 counter on target creature, you may tap it or untap it.
    I mostly view this as a defensive purpose card. The ability to put a -1/-1 counter on a creature could kill small attackers. If not, you simply choose to tap that creature. When used with proliferate, it could still kill a decent sized creature.
   The drawback is the cost associated with this ability. Three mana is a lot to tap only one creature, or even kill off a single creature. There are many better ways that could spend the mana and get much farther. But, still, in limited play, it may be an option.
Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 1/5
Multiplayer: 1/5

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