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Mercurial Chemister
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Mercurial Chemister
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed October 31, 2012

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 4.17
Multiplayer: 3.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Mercurial Chemister
This is one of those cards where the game text practically yells at you "Hey! My abilities combo with each other! Use them as such!!!" Said combo is actually pretty good, if slightly on the slow side. Once you get it going, though, it can be pretty difficult for an opponent to keep up. The fact that it's adjacent to a block with flashback is just gravy.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Mercurial Chemister which is a five mana Blue/Red 2/3 that taps for a Blue to draw two cards or for a Red to discard a card and deal damage to a creature equal to that card's mana cost.  Both effects are very good, but the casting cost and relatively low toughness for the expense are major drawbacks.  The removal effect is best managed with higher cost cards with some graveyard benefit which is usually outside of Blue/Red and the draw effect will just as likely retrieve burn as a high cost spell.  Burn being more beneficial without Chemister and possibly working as direct damage will leave the second effect as situational.  Overall a five mana creature that will likely be seen as a one and tap for two cards each turn probably won't see many tournaments, but will likely appear in Commander in the Casual scene.
For Limited the benefits of card draw and removal are often stated and this having both puts it as a first pick in nearly any Booster pack.  An Izzet build in Sealed should have no reason not to include this and it even mitigates a slightly higher than average mana curve by being able to use them to burn large threats.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.0


      Happy Halloween from Pojo.com! We are looking at Mercurial Chemister today. Mercurial Chemister is a rare blue and red creature human wizard from Return to Ravnica. Mercurial Chemister costs three generic, one red, and one blue mana and is a 2/3. Mercurial Chemister has two abilities. The first ability is pay one blue mana, tap: draw two cards. The second ability is pay one red mana, tap, discard a card: Mercurail Chemister deals damage to target creature equal to the discarded card's converted mana cost.

      I really like the Mercurial Chemister, despite his outrageous cost. If he were a tad cheaper to play, I think he would see more play time. But honestly, five mana spells are meant to be game changers, and that is what the Chemister does. Paying one blue mana for a two card draw is almost worth it alone. Throw in being able to instant speed nuke a potential threat, say perhaps with a Flashback card for added effect, and you are in a five mana zone card.

      I know people these days prefer the quick and fast things, but some things are worth the wait. If I am running blue and red, and need a five drop, perhaps this and the Hypersonic Dragon are all I would need.

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

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