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Jarad's Orders
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Jarad's Orders
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed November 30, 2012

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 3.88
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.30

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Jarad's Orders

Oh the combos you can set up! Vengevine in the graveyard and Talara's Batallion in your hand! It's pandemonium out there! Tutors are always powerful, even when you're limited as to what kind of card you can search for. Getting two cards, even if one of them goes to the graveyard, is an excellent deal. You don't even have to let your opponent pick which card you get, like with Fact-or-Fiction-style cards. And as years go by, the graveyard becomes more and more of a resource to be exploited. Even if the card you "bury" is just a mediocre Scavenger, you've still gotten a great deal. Even in Limited, you might not have a combo in mind but getting the best creature out of your deck is huge, especially if you drafted a bomb. You'll undoubtedly have a Scavenger you can fatten it up with as well. 

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 3.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Jarad's Orders
Magic flavor is a lot more mutable than most people realize. This card is basically Gifts Ungiven, but with a different picture and flavor text, it can completely make sense in black and green. Like its famous progenitors - Gifts Ungiven, Fact or Fiction, Moonlight Bargain - it looks like it has a balancing quirk or disadvantage, which in practice turns out to be no such thing. Since it will almost never be played in a deck that doesn't have creatures that can operate from the graveyard, there are times when resolving this says "you lose" almost as much as Fact or Fiction did. And even if you're not playing reanimator, it can still find you a creature that you need most at any given time.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Jarad's Orders which is a four mana Black and Green that has you search your library for up to two creature cards, put one in hand, and the other in the graveyard.  While this is best suited to a Golgari or other graveyard themed deck, it can work with many different cards and combinations to set up combos or improve your position.  With a card that is beneficial while in the graveyard this is a two for one tutor at a reasonable cost that has no major drawbacks aside from the two colors in the casting cost. Overall it may not see widespread play, but in a deck built to utilize it fully it is a very effective card.
In Limited the two colors and effect almost exclude any non-Golgari deck from using it and in that guild's designs it works quite well alongside many of the in set cards.  It is technically splashable by adding one of the colors to another deck and using it just as a one for one into hand tutor, but even one or two graveyard cards in the deck to be searched add value with minimal commitment.  Sealed Golgari decks should include this without a second thought and it can be a first pick for booster, followed with aggressive Green and Black drafting.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

Jarad's Orders
     Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. We are closing out the week looking at Jarad's Orders from Return to Ravnica. Jarad's Orders is a rare green and black sorcery that costs two generic, one green, and one black mana. Jarad's Orders says search your library for up to two creature cards, reveal them, then put one into your hand, the other into your graveyard. Then shuffle your library. 

     Anytime you run a new age Golgari deck, the graveyard is just your biggest resource, so putting key things into it can be a major advantage. Whether it be to reanimate it, or to Scavenge it. Jarad's Orders lets you dig to get the creature you need most, in Golgari likely either a Lotleth Troll or Jarad himself, plus deposit something into the graveyard to Scavenge onto it, likely a Slitherhead or Sewer Shambler. 

     Just such a great card not to use. But I must say that in many situations I almost feel Grisly Salvage is better. But there's no doubting getting what you want where you want is key. 
Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

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