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Master Ritualist

QUOTIDIAN INSTRUCTION*COST - Deplete this card.*EFFECT - Search your deck for a tactic and put it into your hand.

Card Ratings
Limited: 1.9
Constructed: 2.5

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.

Date Reviewed - 10.30.06

doc Today we’re looking at the highest cost Character in the Arcanist trade, Master Ritualist.

What does a 9 cost 2 threshold Character buy you? How about a free tutor for a Tactic every turn. With a simple depletion, you can fish out any Tactic card in your draw pile. There are several cards that tutor and most of them (if not all) are in the Gearsmith trade. Each of them (700160x 31f, Basic Node, Nub Node, I got the Gear!, Invent etc) is a one shot deal (except one which we’ll se later this week). Master Ritualist gives you a tutor a turn as long as you can keep his 1/1/3 self alive. Since he is only a 1 life Character with such a great ability, you can expect him to be the target of the next Hidden Sniper, Scrag, Skewer or even a Brummagem Jewelry to prevent him from depleting.

While I have yet to play in any constructed events, in the 20+ Limited events I’ve played in or judged, I don’t recall ever seeing this card in play. It could end up being an important support piece in a killer combo deck, but I think those that need tutoring will go with Gearsmith.

Limited: 1.5/5
Constructed: 2/5
lgmk Master Ritualist

This is the start of 'nine cost, 1/1/3' week. Have fun.

I like this card best in a multi-trade deck. While it can find useful tactics in Arcanist, I like the tricks it can pull off with a LImited Liability in reaction to anything that would kill it. Or to get a Tactician Vacation. That sort of thing. Also works nicely with Quotidian Misfire. Or Forced Recruitment. Also Sacrophyle Matriculation. Any tactic that you've considered to be 'situational' works well with this. Seeing as you can use it in response to an opponent's action, resolve Master Ritualist, and then play the tactic in response to the original action, it works quite well. And if you don't get a reason to use Master Ritualist during any given turn of the opponent's go ahead and use it in the response to the end of turn to get your most multi-purpose tactic, or just a bomb tactic if you're playing one. Go ahead and pull that Degenerate Molestation. You know you want to.

Of course, mostly that just pertains to constructed. In Limited, things get tricky. There's enough kill out there that this card might not last long. But it can still be worth it to pull that one-of tactic, and in Limited, everything's a one-of tactic. Point being that playing it and getting the, say, Executive Poaching or Irresistible Bribe you needed to get their character out of the way so that you could actually touch them is worth it even if it's instantly destroyed.

The character that this card will be compared to is Servile Centipede. The advantage that this card has over its miniature is that this can 1. Use its ability multiple times. and 2. Be used in response to something.

Constructed 3/5

Limited: 2.3/5

It's still weak in stats and high in cost, and that's hard to redeem.

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