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Island Fish Jasconius
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Island Fish Jasconius
- 4th Ed.

Reviewed January 21, 2014

Constructed: 1.25
Casual: 1.75
Limited: 2.00
Multiplayer: 1.50

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Island Fish Jasconius

I suspect that the appeal here lies in your own imagination. You imagine what it would be like to actually jump through all these hoops, and swing for the win with your Island Fish with the funny name, and you imagine it'll feel really good because of all the work you had to do to pull it off. But the truth is, you can do better. Okay, you couldn't in monoblue, in the days of Fourth Edition. Blue was kind of all about massive creatures that weren't worth the effort back then, when it wasn't about absurdly undercosted counterspells and living on their opponent's end step. I guess you need to win with something when you've countered every last spell in your opponent's deck, right? Still, these were mainly printed in order to demonstrate how much better Green is than Blue at getting huge creatures. It's only upside is being a 6/8 for seven and having a funny name, and then its entire text box is nothing but one downside after another. If you find yourself the owner of a copy of Island Fish Jasconius, and you have a casual table where the decks are slow enough that you might pull this off, I'd say shuffle it up and cast it once, just so you can say you've done it, and then take it down to the card shop and see what they'll give you for it.

Constructed- 1
Casual- 2
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 1

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Island Fish Jasconius

This guy is a reminder that what some of Wizards' people now refer to as "trope-based design" and basing cards on specific stories is actually as old as Magic itself. Jasconius is a reference to a story from the Arabian Nights just as some of Theros' cards are references to Greek myths, but he's even more explicit about it. Frankly, I kind of like it that way. It's like a TCG version of the Hyborian Age mythos (seriously - take any Conan novel and look up the country names). And in the days of Arabian Nights, nobody pretended that trope-based design was deep enough to fill three gigantic sets.

I also like how they didn't pretend that the fantasy mythoses that the game was based on were anything other than what they were - efreets and djinns are difficult to control and might turn on the summoner, faeries are defenders and champions of nature (ie. green), and fish the size of islands are slow and have to stay in the water. I appreciate that sort of authenticity, even when it doesn't make for powerful gameplay. Technically you could accelerate into Jasconius against another blue deck and go on the offense, but it's probably easier to use Dandan or Serendib Efreet (both of whom were from the same set, by the way . . . awkward). Maybe a Fish theme deck? A voyages of Sinbad theme deck? I haven't tried either myself, but maybe somebody will think of something.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Skid Rambo

Island Fish Jasconius… … I know that this is supposed to be nostalgic while celebrating the 1st rares that we pulled, but I hate this card! Not because it is obviously a bad card , but because I kept getting them!! Nothing irks me more than pulling the same crappy rare! Maybe back in the day, Island Fish Jasconius was not as crappy as it looks now. Yes it was! This island fish has more drawbacks than a product painted in China! It can’t attack unless they control an island. It doesn’t un-tap unless you pay 3 blue mana. Oh, and it is a 6/8 for seven mana. That is at least better than our Basilisk friend from yesterday. Listen, I really want to grade this card with all 1’s but I won’t because I actually like the artwork.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 2
Multiplayer: 2


Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Island Fish Jasconious
Welcome back readers todays card of the day is quite interesting and completely unplayable in every format ever. Having an impressive body and artwork doesn’t mitigate the fact this creature is all downsides. Doesn’t untap unless you invest triple blue mana. It can’t attack someone unless they control an island, finally if you ever do not control an island you lose your big guy. This card has been severely outclassed in every way by almost any creature printed in recent memory as well as several older creatures as well. Its unplayable in every constructed format and I would shy away from it in casual as well there exists too many better cards to bother with one that has so many downsides. In limited depending on the draft format it could be a solid body and a good defender. Overall a card severely outclassed and looking back its just pretty bad and requires too much effort and things to go right.
Constructed: 1.0
Casual: 1.0
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer: 1.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Island Fish Jasconius which is a seven mana Blue 6/8 that doesn't untap during your untap step, can untap for three Blue mana at the beginning of your upkeep, can't attack unless your opponent controls an island, and is sacrificed if you control no islands.  This is a very bad card that requires support to even attack in addition to needing a decent supply of mana to attack more than once.  The lack of evasion or beneficial combat effects are a major drawback as any token can just block it to make the effort used of minimal worth.  There are many better creatures that can be played for this or lower mana cost and there is no serious reason for any deck to include this card.
In a Limited setting this would require a fairly heavy dedication to Blue and is at least a somewhat decent blocker with an ability to attack.  In a weak Sealed pool or an aggressive Blue build with no other choice for the top of the mana curve it is playable, though not very impressive.  It is very likely that there would be a better choice in a pack that would make Jasconius a poor first pick, though if already in Blue it can be an on color choice.  In Fourth Edition only three creatures have enough base power to destroy this in combat, while the number decreases to two in Revised and none can in Arabian Nights.  The chances of playing a Limited in these formats is slim these days, especially Arabian Nights, but the high power and toughness adds some value when there is little that can oppose it.
Constructed: 1.0
Casual: 1.0
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 1.0

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