Pojo's Magic The Gathering
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Torment - Common
2.36 (9 Reviews)
Limited: 2.10 (8 Reviews)
Reviewed February 18, 2002
based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ...
5 is the highest rating.
decent 1/1 due to his ability to move a
potentially important card out of your opponent's
hand. The question is whether you prefer his
ability or having a turn one 1/1.
think the 1B cost keeps him out of most
constructed uses. In limited where your opponent
is likely to have fewer really good cards I think
he makes most cuts. Overall the Fiend is a decent
creature but nothing really spectacular.
is an interesting card. While it has certain
benefits over Ravenous Rats, it has weaknesses, as
well. The Rats have seen play in numerous decks
throughout their existence, and I think Mesmeric
Fiend will see play, too. Expect to see it most in
black weenie decks.
In limited, it's very
useful, as it can counteract the best card they
have in their hand at the time you cast it. If
they try to kill the Fiend, they waste a much
valuable removal method to do so. A solid pick if
you are playing black.
Constructed Rating: 3
Limited Rating: 4
This card just seems
generally weak to me. If I want to make my
opponent discard something, I want them to get rid
of it permanently. Also, I think there are
other cards that are better to play in the two
casting cost slot right now.
I don't think much higher of this card in limited.
I excluded him from my deck in sealed deck
this past weekend. In draft, I only see
myself taking him late in a pack or if I get stuck
with him. Even then, I probably wouldn't
In general, he's weak and his effect isn't all
that great. I would rather take my chances
with an Unhinge.
flying on this card? I guess he's semi superior to
Ravenous Rats cause you get to pick the card, but
essentially every other creature in the set kills
this guy. Maybe if you think of him as a potential
coercion for 2 that could possibly attack, could
possibly just never attack, then it might be good.
I don't think its very solid. Constructed is 1,
Limited is a 2.
didn't they just call it Mesmeric Rat? I'm sure
this guy is PLAYABLE, but I'm not sure he's
good, or as abuseable as Ravenous Rats. In fact,
I'm sure he's not as good, since the card loss
isn't permanent. It does prevent abuse of
flashback or threshold for a while, but when
your creature dies, so does the card economy.
Rat Rating: *squeak*
The thing I like about Mesmeric Fiend over
Ravenous Rats is the improved disruption. Generally,
Rats will get the worst card in the opponents hand
while the Fiend will get the BEST card in the
opponents hand. Yeah it may be only
temporarily but if the opponent has to use another
card to remove the Fiend... it still served a
purpose. Duress, Addle, and now Mesmeric
Fiend make for a whole lot of NASTY hand
disruption Black has access to in Constructed.
Not coherent yet.
Fiend is actually not bad. I've seen better, and
he isn't that great a variant for Duress, but to
tell you the truth, he's still very playable in
constructed. He works well as a supplement to
Duress, making it 8 discard spells in a mono black
deck, or in just about any deck runing heavy
black. His problem is that he's only good in decks
with heavy black, he's second best everwhere else.
So, in Constructed, I give him a 3.5. Useful, but
only in the right deck.
In limited, he's
kind of blah. Discard is like life-gain in draft -
it's not really needed. Thus, he's going to be a
late pick, and an overcosted 1/1. Still, his
effect is useful, but not greatu. In limited, he
gets a 2. Not a last pick, but definitely not
within the first 5 or so picks.
Having a must-counter
at 2 mana is great. Having a must-burn at 2 mana
is better, because if they don't want you to
remove that instant burn they can respond to the ability,
but then you get to take a card permanently. He's
not very good for combat, because you're rarely
willing to let him die, and a 1/1 for 2 isn't very
good anyway, but for disruption he's great. He's
on par with, if not better than, Addle which is a
card I always liked. = 3
I really like the fiend in
Limited since it lets you see your foe's hand and
also get rid of a card out of it. In Constructed,
I would rather have Duress on turn one instead of
this guy on turn two. He's not too terrible,