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Bazaar of Baghdad
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 Bazaar of Baghdad
- Arabian Nights

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2017

Constructed: 4.50
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.00
Multiplayer: 3.00
Commander [EDH]: 3.75

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Bazaar of Baghdad
 
I've never been sure what this card's ability is supposed to suggest about the bazaar it represents. Is the cost of shopping there always higher than you expect? Is the cost of goods there paid for in more than just money? Either way, it's one of early Magic's most iconic cards for a good reason. Nowadays we may consider it "odd" because it doesn't produce mana, but Arabian Nights was the first expansion and until we saw it, it never occurred to anyone that lands could do anything other than produce mana. It's probably not the ideal way to draw cards off-color, but if you need to get cards in your graveyard quickly, there is basically no better way to do so in all of Magic, even taking Wasteland into account. 
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
James H.

Bazaar of Baghdad (3/30)

 

Going back 23 years, we get to Bazaar of Baghdad, one of the weirder cards of Arabian Nights. And considering how weird the set was, that's an accomplishment. It seems bad at first (draw 2, then discard 3), but it's a powerful effect with a ready-made home in Dredge, which wants to load up the graveyard.

 

It's an unusual card, but it's absurd in the one deck it slots into, and it's banned in Legacy for that reason. It's also extremely scarce and expensive, so you're unlikely to encounter one. (I've seen exactly one.) Its effect showed up years later on Magus of the Bazaar from Planar Chaos, if you want to try it out in fun decks.

 

Constructed: 5

Casual: 4

Multiplayer: 3

Commander: 4.5


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