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Wormfang Manta
Judgment - 

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 1.70 (7 Reviews)
Limited:1.87  (7 Reviews)
Reviewed June 4, 2002

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Fletcher
Peatross

Any flyer with this much power is going to see -some- play. Especially since you get to control the negative impact it has on the game. It allows your opponent to get two turns in a row when it enters play, and you to get two turns in a row when it leaves play. Smacking your opponent to death in possibly 4 turns is rather nice possibility. Now combine this with Vanishing in Extended and you have as many turns as you want. Will this be played? Yes. Will it be good? Maybe. Blue does have a ton of free countermagic to protect it. Maybe Grim Monolith might add for a turn 4 or 5 kill? Constructed a 2, Limited a 3.5


Judge Bill

Another, more minor player in the time that may become known as "combo summer" in extended. This+(Vanishing or Vodalian Illusionist)=One more turn for your opponent this game. (The first extra turn that you get is offset by the turn you lose when he comes into play.) This is possible because Phasing does not trigger comes into play effects, but Phasing does trigger leaves play effects.
 
After November, this combo also leaves for the format that is type 1.
 
In limited, you get a large power, but only one toughness. And allowing your opponent to take an extra turn is almost never a good thing.
 
Constructed: 2
Limited: 1

Doc Mackerel 

Wormfang Manta

Blech. Yes, there will certainly be a great combo in the future involving Wormfang Manta, but until then he's pants. 5UU will mean you tapping all your mana to play him, leaving your offensively-minded opponent 2 turns >without fear of counterspells to do as they choose. 

For the moment, it doesn't go well with any constructed deck. In limited, leaving your opponent 2 turns in a row to attack is generally known as 'suicide'.

>Constructed - 2

>Limited - 2

John Hornberg

Wormfang Manta

Blech. Yes, there will certainly be a great combo in the future involving Wormfang Manta, but until then he's pants. 5UU will mean you tapping all your mana to play him, leaving your offensively-minded opponent 2 turns without fear of counterspells to do as they choose.

For the moment, it doesn't go well with any constructed deck. In limited, leaving your opponent 2 turns in a row to attack is generally known as 'suicide'.

Constructed - 2
Limited - 2


Rob
Lawing

Wormfang Manta
 
Let's see, a 6/1 flyer for 5BB that makes you skip a late game turn (turn 7 or later generally) but you get an extra turn when he leaves play. Lets see how many things are bad about this card: 1) A blue mage has to basically tap out to play him...bad idea for the blue mage, particularly in the current environment (R/G aggro, upheaval/tog, speed black etc) 2) You give up a turn now (this is bad for so many reasons it boggles the mind) 3) It is enormously overcosted (1 toughness for 7) and 4) there are many better ways for a blue mage to wreck things for less cost (see Spelljack, Aboshan, Laquatus blah, blah, blah). So I guess this card goes into my suck rare pile.
 
Rating
Constructed 1
Limited 1.5 (Maybe 2 with some ungodly sort of backup which I haven't thought of yet.)


DeQuan
Watson

Until further notice anything with the word "Wormfang" in the title is only good for funky combo tricks and trick decks.

Constructed: 1.9
Limited: 2.1


Mason
Peatross

Wormfang Manta

I hear Manta, I think of the old Aquaman cartoon and the Black Manta. He sucked. He had to wear a helmet underwater to breathe, which put him at a big disadvantage over Aquaman. This card is at a big disadvantage because of it's toughness and huge casting cost. I do think that it'll be involved in some sort of dumb combo deck to get infinite turns or something. It's really not playable otherwise.

Limited: 1
Constructed: 1
Media tie in: Aquaman!


Aaron
Teare

 


John B
Turpish

 
 

 

 

 

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