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Pojo's Duel Masters Card of the Day
 

diamond cutter
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  Diamond Cutter

DM2-001


Date Reviewed: 9.20.04


Constructed Average Rating: 4.3
Limited Average Rating: 3.83


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

Fish &
Chips
Fish
Hey everyone! I think Diamond Cutter is one of the best cards in the game. I mean, think about it. you can block, and attack with the same creatures. It's awesome when you combine it with Toel, Vizier of Hope and Logic Cube. There's not much more to say about this card except that if you're running a mono-light deck, you'll want 4 copies of this. I think it'll eventually get banned.

Constructed: 5/5
Limited: 4/5

Chips
Hello everyone! This is Chips with a review of Diamond Cutter. This is a very good card in light but at 5 mana you really can't make use of the "Your creatures don't get summoning sickness" effect this card has. You'll mostly use it for light's blockers to make them able to attack shields. This card is at it's best when used with Toel, Vizier of Hope. It's a very good card

Constructed: 5/5
Limited 4.5/5
 


cecillbill

(Top 4 at
2004 GenCon
Championship)
DIAMOND CUTTER
Diamond Cutter gives a whole new purpose to building a blocker-heavy deck.
With Cutter you're not just plopping down blockers to last until you drop a bomb fattie. You're plopping down blockers so they can transform into your bombs. Diamond Cutter is exactly what the doctor ordered for Light, a civilization that was played largely for giving decks some hit & run cover Pre-Cutter.

PROS:
#1. It removes summoning sickness. Your creatures like it when they are healthy and ready to attack. So do you. You can drop guys like La Ura Giga & Marine Flower on turn 6th with Cutter. That way you bring one more guy to the shield-slaughtering party.

#2. It removes non-attacking restrictions from creatures that cannot attack players or that cannot attack period. This is very good. Makes all that mumbo-jumbo on blocker cards null and void for a turn.

#3. Not expensive. 5 mana is managable. You prolly won't have an ideal Cutter field before turn 5, so it comes just at the right time.

#4. Simply mean when combo'ed with Toel or Holy Awe. Obviously the Awe combo comes when Awe is triggered the turn before. Now there's no blockers to get in the way of shields hits. D-Cut for some shields and then untap your guys with Toel to double as blockers--hey, that should be illegal. Sign my petition!

CONS:
#1. Can only attack players via Cutter's effect. But, who are we kidding? If it were possible to use this puppy to attack players and creatures then it would be e-v-i-l. That restriction's there for a reason, Mr. Cheaterpants.

#2. Diamond Cutter's mostly played in blocker-heavy decks, which are venerable to nasty drops like Paladin and Scarlett Skyterror. But hey, that's because most Light players refuse to think outside of the box! Just kidding.

OVBERALL IMPRESSION:
Sometimes (but not always) when a card has decks made around it that means the card is good. Diamond Cutter helped make mono-Light what it is today--a civilization that can produce answers to a lot of top decks, provided it doesn't get toppled by tons of blocker-hate. Light now has some sneaky ways to go from defensive to offensive in the blink of an eye. Granted, it's no Holy Awe but it does add excitement, glamour and intrigue to Mono-Light.
Okay, maybe just more options.

FORMAT RATINGS:
Constructed: Mono-Light 5/5. Go ahead and think about that Gen Con Indy winning deck. Never say something is impossible.
Constructed Overall: 4/5. Can fit into multiciv decks that run Light.
Limited: 3/5. Should you be able to snag some blockers, why not draft Cutter.
 
Knives101 Well here's the cornerstone of any Mono-Light deck. Want blockers that can attack sheilds? Just throw four Diamond Cutters into your deck. Use the DC. Then recover them from the grave to use agian. Diamond Cutter also gets rid of summoning sickness. One bad thing about decks that are built around this card... Cards that bounce/tap/destroy your blockers all in one fell swoop spell doom. Also you do not have the ability to attack whenever you want. So many times your opponent can just ignore your blockers until they find a way to kill them all. Some opponent's will make the mistake of ignoring blockers for too long. Then along comes the Diamond Cutter along with the six blockers. Boom. Game Over.

Anyway... 4
 

Bill Gill
(aka Pojo)

If you havenít play-tested with a Diamond Cutter deck yet, I highly recommend it.  It can be a lot of fun.  You play with a lot of weenie blockers, Holy Awes, Diamond Cutters, and maybe some Terror Pits.  Toss out some blockers early to hold the enemy at bay.  Then you hope you can shield trigger a holy awe.  Then comes your Diamond Cutter and you can attack with a wad of unblocked weenies.  It takes some patience and skill to play like that. 

Diamond Cutter is a top notch finisher.  A Diamond Cutter deck won the Gen Con Championship in 2004.

Constructed: 4.00

Limited: 3.00 Ė Itís hard to know if you will be playing blockers in limited, but if you do, then Diamond Cutter can be tossed in. 
 

 

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