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Dreg Mangler
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Dreg Mangler
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed October 25, 2012

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.62
Multiplayer: 2.88

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Dreg Mangler
Dreg Mangler is the epitome of a card that's all upside, and in some low-power casual settings you may feel slightly dirty about playing it. There's pretty much no time this card doesn't give you something to do with it - barring something like Leyline of the Void or Ghostly Prison, it advances your strategic position just by existing. You've seen all the scary fourth-turn creatures in recent sets; now imagine them with an additional three +1/+1 counters. Yeah.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Welcome back readers todays card of the day is a powerful zombie that will be attacking opponents life totals for the foreseeable future. In standard this creature is a powerful component in black and green zombie decks as it is highly aggressive early and provides a mediocre late game scavenge boost. Outside of these black and green decks I don’t foresee it seeing much play. In modern it could be viable as a Boggart Ram Gang style creature for black and green decks  but may only see minimal play. In legacy and vintage there is much better creatures to utilize in your deck even aggressive ones. In casual and multiplayer this is a decent early game threat that can be recycled for some counters later allowing you to use all your available mana and cards to good effect. In limited it’s a decent solid beater with an upside making it a high draftable creature for green and black decks. Overall a powerful zombie that should see some standard competitive play in a small niche amount of decks and some play around the kitchen table.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Dreg Mangler which is a three mana Black/Green 3/3 with Haste and a Scavenge cost of five.  The Haste provides an aggressively costed creature that has value in a Black/Green build while the Scavenge allows a bit of late game value during excess mana turns.  It is a decent card that may see some play if Golgari takes root in the metagame and overall should work well as the three mana drop in those builds.
In Limited a three mana 3/3 with Haste is a solid threat that is only enhanced by the middle to late game boost of Scavenge.  One Green and one Black in the three mana cost is easily managed with any draw that doesn't leave out a primary deck color and makes for an automatic inclusion for Golgari sealed.  If the splash is heavy enough this can be added to Rakdos or Selesnya and fits in rather well with the Haste and Unleash mechanics of the former.  In Booster this is a good second or third pick after a Black, Green, or Black/Green rare and with the single color requirements it can be kept even if the later picks spread into a different color.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


       Welcome to the card of the day section of Pojo.com. We are looking at Dreg Mangler from Return to Ravnica today. Dreg Mangler is an uncommon black and green creature plant zombie that costs one generic, one black, and one green mana for a 3/3. Dreg Mangler has haste and Scavenge for three generic, one black, and one green mana.

      Anytime you can get a creature that is a three drop and has haste, there is usually some sort of drawback. Not the case with the Dreg Mangler. Dreg Mangler is probably one of the better uncommons that came out of Return to Ravnica. A three drop haste will likely have a low toughness, die at the end of turn, or some form of other drawback. Dreg Mangler is a solid card in that it is worth the cost. A three drop haste, no drawback, in fact, a benefit. The benefit that the Dreg Mangler brings of course would be it’s Scavenge ability. Sure, five mixed mana for the Scavenge cost is a little on the high side of the scale, but five mana is not that bad at all. It buys you a couple turns where with any luck, you’ve exchanged a couple creatures with your opponent, and now have a solid creature worthy of getting some pumps.

Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

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