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Reviewed December 31, 2003
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A rare, flying, first strike 6/6 for 6. You need
to have plenty of artifacts to feed this guy.
(Oh wait a second, what just came out?) Only
legal in type 1, though, and 6 mana is way too
slow there, so this would strictly be limited to
I wasn't playing around this time, so I'll pass
on a limited rating today.
* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)
* pro tour player
* Scrye writer since 2002
Wednesday - Yawgmoth
Boy oh boy, was this card printed in the wrong
era. If this card was legal now, it might be a
much better card. This is a 6/6 flier with first
strike. All of this for a simple six mana.
Having to sacrifice and artifact in this day and
age with the addition of Mirrodin t tournament
play is not a problem. Back in the day, this
wasn't that much of a luxury.
The chance you would have of playing with this
card in limited is not real high. But I can
almost guarantee you that if I was playing
black, I would take this guy. It's pretty good.
An undercosted fat, flier and first striking
creature. Oh yeah, he s also black. Woah!
Antiquities was a weird set and it introduced
many artifacts. Not that they were particularly
good, but there were a handful. By the time you
could cast this, it could be a game finisher.
But, it can really only be used effectively if
you cast it as early as possible (because the
game may be over by turn 7 when it attacks) but
if you cast it on turn 4 via Dark Ritual, its
drawback can be tough to keep up with. However,
with Mirrodin introducing numerous artifacts,
this could be decent in Casual. Splash in some
green mana acceleration, some more green
creatures, and some black removal and you could
a decent fun casual deck.
With that being said, don t you dare play this
in the formats that it is legal (Type 1, Type
1.5). Black has much faster and more effective
creatures. (Negator comes to mind.)
I haven t ever drafted Antiquities and probably
never will but seeing how it s an undercosted
creature that flies, it could really only take
one swing to kill your opponent. So it s a bomb.
Vintage (Type 1/1.5): 1
* Level 1 DCI
*game store employee
* gaming for over 15 years
Okay back in the old days it was not unusual for
the gentleman who work in research and
development to lose their minds and print cards
like this. The drawback may seem to be large but
the Demon only has to get in a few turns of
combat damage and it is all over. If this card
were in standard right now every black deck
would have four of it in the deck. Six mana for
a six power and toughness creature is good, but
a add in flying and first strike it becomes
If you really could play an Antiquities draft, I
would definitely draft this guy early. In a
constructed format this guy can do some serious
Limited: 3 or possibly higher depending on the
Prix Top 8's
Multiple Pro Tour
This beasty was absolute dreck once upon a time.
Then they invented lands that were also
artifacts, and the whole value of this card
changed...well, maybe it would have if those
lands would have come out around 8 years ago. I
could see this guy being somewhat useful in
casual constructed nowadays and that's about it;
with all the new cards in Mirrodin, though, he's
pretty mighty. In limited, evasion guys with
additional abilities are silly-good, but you
need quite a few artifacts to make him work out;
Antiquities provided an abundance of artifacts,
many of which have made reappearances in
Mirrodin. If you know of someone holding an
Antiquities draft and are willing to foot the
bill, please let me know.
Constructed: 3.5 in casual black affinity decks,
1.5 most other places
This creature would have been
an interesting reprint for Mirrodin. In the
kinds of decks that were around when he was
originally printed, his usefulness was very,
very limited. If he was in Mirrodin, I think
he would get a great deal of play.