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Rathi Trapper
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 Rathi Trapper
- Modern Masters

Reviewed July 8, 2013

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3.25
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.25

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Rathi Trapper

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.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

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.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

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