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Reviewed August 5, 2004
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game store owner in CA,
You gotta love the way they used to over explain
things on the older cards. Thank God they
simplified it now. Just know the rules, and
then you don't have to have everything explained
to you. Anyhow, that's all I'm going to say
on the monster. He's interesting, and you
can see some combo potential there. Be sure
to read up on this week's cards in Judge Bill's
article this week.
Frankenstein's Monster -
The Dark - $3.62
*game store employee
For an explanation on some of the rules of
this card please see
A wacky creature, to be sure. For each
creature you remove, you get to add 2 to the
power and toughness of this card (in any
combination you want). A neat little trick,
except that if you bounce this guy, you lose
all the benefits you've gained.
Why not just play something like Living
Death instead? In any format.
Again, I've not played a limited format in
which it's been included, so I can't give it
a rating there.
Prix Top 8's
Multiple Pro Tour
While Frank can put
dead fatties in your boneyard to good use, he’s
especially vulnerable to bounce and can be
really bad if you haven’t managed to get
something into the yard. He can be decent in a
deck focused around him, but there are much
better ways to abuse those circumstances (like
He’s a bit more fun
in casual play; I’d definitely make it a point
to have this around if you happen to be entering
into a Halloween-themed tournament. Other than
that, you’d still be better off reanimating
things than trying to play this guy, unless you
really feel like reciting lines from Young
Frankenstein each time this guy turns
sideways to attack.
Once again, Dark
never really made any sort of impact on draft,
but since there was rather little bounce, this
seems like it should be pretty good in the late
game. Once again, though, you are actually
busting and drafting Dark packs…BLECH.
5 Time Pro Tour
This rare Summon Monster card from The Dark was
never particularly popular.
If this card was reprinted today, it would
probably be made a Sorcery card with a wording
like “when this resolves, remove any number of
creature cards from your graveyard”. This card
is very clumsy to play with, although certainly
very creative. This Monster has never been
reprinted, and I doubt it would ever be. If this
card were available in a future limited format,
it would probably be pretty good, giving you the
potential for a very large creature for a cheap
cost (although you can’t get much from it early
in a game). I’ve never seen this card used in
constructed, I guess it would be some low-mana
deck with lots of small creatures that you can
cast for one, two or three mana, probably a mono
* Level 3 DCI Judge
I really can’t think
of any graveyard oriented creature worse than
this guy. Lhurgoyf? Amazingly better. Mortivore?
Stunningly better. This guy just doesn’t have
what it takes to play with the big boys. But he
will still make it into any Halloween Theme Deck
anyone makes; so let’s give him some credit for
* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)
This is one of the most poorly worded creatures
in the history of Magic I think. You can choose
to give him a +2/+0, +1/+1, or +0/+2 counter for
each creature you remove from the graveyard when
he comes into play. Otherwise, he's an 0/1. He's
double black in the casting cost, which doesn't
help either. Truthfully, you are better off
playing with Sutured Ghoul.
This card amuses me, but only because I can't
quite figure out whether or not it is good. It
seems like you don't want to play it in your
constructed deck unless you are basing your
entire strategy around it, and even then, why
not play Sutured Ghoul? It can be expensive and
unreliable, and you definitely don't want to see
it early. At the same time, for casual play, it
can't be too awful running a creature that can
potentially be a monster (no pun intended) later
in the game, when you have built a large pile of
destroyed creatures in your graveyard. I can't
quite rate this card high for either format, but
I won't dog it, either.
In limited, I might play the Monster, just
because it has potential of being huge later.
His inclusion in my deck, though, depends on
what other black cards I have.
Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 2.5
Well, they've done away with odd types of
counters for only the +1/+1 type,
and this card is probably a good example of why.
A reasonable fatty in
late-game limited, he's fairly sub-par nowadays.
If he could hit your opponent's yard, he'd be
much more interesting.