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Corpsejack Menace
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Corpsejack Menace
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed October 24, 2012

Constructed: 3.38
Casual: 3.63
Limited: 4.13
Multiplayer: 3.13

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Corpsejack Menace
If I recall correctly, this is one of the official partial replacements for Doubling Season, which is considered unacceptably degenerate with planeswalkers. (Yes, Doubling Season is considered degenerate by the same people who thought Snapcaster Mage was okay.) Unlike Parallel Lives, which was the same card type as Doubling Season and thus had its "shortcomings" inherently highlighted, Corpsejack Menace does its thing along a slightly different angle and thus feels slightly better as a partial replacement. It still doesn't interact with Thallids' spore counters (which it feels like it should, having the creature type Fungus), but it does good work, especially if you consider with how it fits in with the rest of the Golgari cards in its set.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Corpsejack Menace
Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Corpsejack Menance an interesting 4 drop that provides one half of Doubling Season that boosts the power of scavenge. In standard this card is slow as it relies on scavenge or other ways of putting counters on creatures to be most effective and simply being a 4/4 for four mana may not be enough to push it into the area of competitive play. In modern it also does not do enough against combo decks and is too slow. In legacy and vintage I don’t foresee it making a splash either due to the slow nature of it and its reliance on cards placing counters on creatures. In casual and multiplayer it’s a powerful half of Doubling Season and plays really well with scavenge allowing you to win games of attrition making it a powerful choice for a four drop. In limited its decent if you can draft some scavenge or unleash cards from Rakdos it is also a solid 4/4 for four making it solid. Overall a card with little constructed potential but oodles of casual.
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Corpsejack Menace which is a four mana Black and Green 4/4 that doubles the number of +1/+1 counters when placed on your creatures.  This combos well with many different effects and the cost is reasonable for what would likely be a primarily Green deck with a splash of Black.  In addition to Unleash, Undying, Scavenge, and several Morbid effects there are cards like Increasing Savagery, Primordial Hydra, Hunger of the Howlpack, Blessings of Nature, and Bond Beetle that can flesh out an aggressive build based on Corpsejack Menace.  Overall there is quite a bit of potential if properly supported in a dedicated design, though it is unlikely to gain traction outside of Casual formats.
For Limited a four mana 4/4 is playable and Golgari's colors have quite a few sources of +1/+1 counters in the set.  Cards that are merely decent can become overwhelming as long as this is kept in play and it is well worth a first pick in Booster to be followed with appropriate support.  In Sealed there is no reason not to use this even if your pool is light on sources of +1/+1 as the 4/4 body and even the chance of the effect should produce enough value.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


Corpsejack Menace Card of the Day 

      Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. This time we are looking at the Corpsejack Menace from Return to Ravnica. Corpsejack Menace is a rare black and green creature fungus that costs two generic, one black and one green mana for a 4/4. Corpsejack Menace says whenever a +1/+1 counter would be placed onto a creature you control, twice that many counters are placed on that creature instead.

      Just an awesome creature. Talk about getting what you paid for. A 4/4 for four is a bargain, but then to add in such an awesome ability to boot is a steal in my opinion. When the set was released, we were told how despite people wishing that Doubling Season would return, it would not. Instead they were printing cards that mimicked Doubling Season. They printed two cards that relatively did what Doubling Season did were Corpsejack Menace and Parallel Lives. While these newer cards do nothing for Planeswalkers, they in fact replicate very closely what the Doubling Season could do for tokens and +1/+1 counters. In fact, the nicest thing is, the Corpsejack Menace is better when it comes to the counters, since it would not amplify the -1/-1 counters like the Doubling Season would. It only affects the +1/+1 counters.

     Of course, Corpsejack Menace is amazing in the Guild that he calls home. When you Scavenge with the Corpsejack Menace out, you gain doubled benefits from doing so. A simple zero Scavenge Slitherhead becomes a +2/+2. Then imagine using a Deathbridge Goliath’s Scavenge. It would be ten +1/+1 counters!  

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

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