Usually, the point of using a Master Decoy
variant as opposed to other removal is because
the creature you have in mind as a target is
immune to black's other kill spells, or because
you don't want it to die (think Reveillark).
Rathi Trapper only fulfills one of those two
criteria, so it looks superficially like a
rather poor deal. I don't think it is, though.
Apart from the fact that black has very few ways
to deal with a creature that it doesn't want to
go to the graveyard, the fact that this card is
a Rebel is surprisingly relevant - the Time
Spiral-style Rebel deck in black and white was
and remains a force in casual, and this card
will most likely always be a key part of it.
Plus, it reminds us that Magic is better when
the color pie isn't both rigid and untouchable.
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno
Today's card of the day is Rathi Trapper which
is a two mana 1/2 Black that for one Black mana
can tap to tap target creature. This is an
interesting card as tap target creature effects
are not typically in Black and there are some
thematic cards this can support like Royal
Assassin and Assassinate. Rebels, Rogues, and
Humans all have some support and this can
potentially wind up in tribal decks as well.
Overall this isn't a bad card in the right build
and the reprint may gain it some popularity as
different concepts are tested.
In a Limited format where this is available
it can lock down a threat until a more permanent
removal option becomes available. That alone
makes it a clear addition to any Black deck in
Sealed and the low cost overall keeps it high on
the priority list for Booster draft as well.