Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day
pile of crap.
In constructed, there
are MANY better Zombies to play.
limited, this thing is never better than a Serpent
Warrior. Taking damage to swing or chump is
really bad times. It's cost is good, but not
for the result. Maybe make it 2CC and it's
playable. At 3, nothing special and
This guy is poop. He's
nothing more than a 2/2 for 3. If you amplify him,
take about as much damage from him as he can deal
out to others. Why on earth you would play him is
beyond me. I played a guy (sealed deck) that did
more damage to himself with this guy than I did
to him. In limited, you just can't amplify him
enough to make it worthwhile. And if you do
somehow, I'll just chump him with a crappy 1/1
Elf. I take no damage, you take X. Stupid.
Tuesday - Embalmed
Now, this is an
interesting zombie. A 2/2 for 3 isn't that much
to write home about. However, as this comes into
play, you can reveal any number of zombie cards
from your hand, and this will get that many
+1/+1 counters. It also has a very black
drawback of losing life equal to the number of
counters whenever this enters combat. All in
all, nothing amazing, but definitely something
you want to consider when building a zombie
In limited, you play
it, as a 2/2 for 3 is about average, and if you
can amplify it, it's just gravy.
Chock full of tempo-matic love in limited, and
going by my "3 toughness
theory", you play as many as you've got. Not a
bomb, but very very solid.
A bit draw dependent for constructed though.
limited - 3.2
constructed - 2.9
Embalmed Brawler can
be some very decent beats. He can also be a quick
road to a loss if you over Amplify him. Played
right he is great beatdown for a game that is
increasingly Zombie friendly.
Constructed – If you
are playing a Zombie Black build consider him an
aggressive push, for his CC he can be a beast. Not
the most breakout card, however – 2.95
Limited – Not so good
but not awful either, probably not enough Zombies
to make it effective though – 1.85
PEZ – He really shines
here since there are few large Black creatures and
Dark Ritual is playable – 4.10
If Dark Ritual was still in type II I would
consider this guy in a suicide
black but otherwaise I can't see him seeing any
play in constructed. I don't
think he'll see much play in Limited either
because losing life when he
attacks or blocks is just too big a draw back to
make him worth it.
Probably the best costed card
with Amplify printed so far. Embalmed Brawler
might even see a little constructed play.
Brawler's creature type allows it to fit perfectly
into the three slot of a zombie deck where zombie
decks needed something to go along with Nantuko
Husk. Brawler being a three drop also allows you
to play out your creatures at your normal pace and
still have some in hand to power up Amplify. The
drawback is pretty negligible, I don't expect more
than two counters on it normally.
Limited: There are plenty of playable zombies
in the format allowing him to come down pretty
consistently as a 3/3 or 4/4 for three mana. The
biggest drawback in draft is he doesn't come
around until the third pack which might limit his
power a little.
I'm not sure what everyone else thinks about this
guy, but I don't like him. It doesn't offer any
real options for constructed that other zombies
can give you.
In limited, it's an OK body, but the loss of life
from its amplify can be risky. You just have to
play it by ear.