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Smother
Onslaught


Reviewed September
5, 2002

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

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Scott
Gerhardt

This Weeks Card Selector: 

My Wife :)

Okay.  This kills most everything, and does it for 3.  Mongrel, 'tog, Finkel, Roar, and many many more.  This card is just stupid good in t2.  

This card kills many things in limited too, and of course gets played because it's removal, but not as good here as t2/

Constructed - 4.5
Limited - 4
Current Price - N/A

Spike

Oh. My. God.

Smother is THE NUTS in the current metagame. You've
heard this a thousand times from as many different
Internet writers, I'm sure, but let me say it one more
time: Assuming R&D doesn't play their usual mind game
and switch the environment after finally printing the
hoser, Smother really is that damn good.

It's easy to write about what Smother kills... A more
telling question would probably be: What DOESN'T it
kill, especially after the Type 2 rotation?

-Phantom Centaur
-Arrogant Wurm
-Blistering Firecat
-Phantom Nishoba
-...

The last one doesn't really count, either. I give this
puppy a 4 in both Limited and Constructed, because
it's not BROKEN in either format... it's just rock-solid.

Andrew
Chapman

This anticipated goodie from Onslaught will be more
useful in older formats than it will be in Standard,
though it shouldn't be a weakling there, either.

In Limited, its removal, it's cheap, and its
effective.  That adds up to a very useful card.

Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 4


Judge Bill

Right now, we have a few permanents that generally can't dealt with by using normal targeted black removal. These include Psychatog (he's black) and Wild Mongrel (they can pitch a card to make him black). To destroy a creature like this, black right now has to splash red (for Terminate).
 
No longer. Now we have a black removal card that will take out most of what's harming you today. This will take out Tog, the Dog, (Roar of the) Wurms, and others. The restriction that it can only hit creatures with converted mana cost 3 or less typically won't come into play much, as most of what's bothering type 2 right now costs that or less. This will probably be able to hit un-morphed creatures too, which is another bonus. (I state this based on the current ruling that face down cards have a mana cost of 0 (504.2).)
 
In limited, there are typically a lot of creatures that cost 3 or less. Throw in the fact that there are a lot of Morph creatures, and you'll probably be able to hit most of the creatures in Onslaught block limited at one time or another.
 
A solid card all around, and a welcome addition to November Type 2.
 
Constructed: 4
Limited: 3.5

John
Hornberg

This card has a lot of potential, and will see play in a lot of decks
because it kills speed.  It would be one better if it was a cantrip, but
that's not something to complain about.  This card is good as a speed
killer, and a way to kill tokens, cards like Spectral Lynx, and such
with ease.  The problem is that all the brutes, such as Mystic Enforcer,
and in Extended Masticore, Morphling, etc all cost 4+.   So, while it is
a good speed killer, it has it's pitfalls.  A 3/5 in Type 2.

In limited, it's in the middle.  Removal, but removal of the small
cards.  It will see play, but isn't a first pick.  A middle pick, and a
3/5 in limited. 
 

 

 

 

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