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Scrounge 
 


Reviewed February 26, 2004

Constructed: 1.3
Casual: 1.3
Limited: 1.7

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Chris
Gerhardt

* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut.com

I think the idea behind this card is to appeal to the kids that like to steal stuff from their opponent...it certainly isn't for any serious purpose, nor would ever be considered for such.  People that are playing good artifacts are probably also playing artifact lands and artifact acceleration, such as talismans, etc.  So they pick the worst artifact from their grave and give it to you. Woohoo. So you payed 3 mana for a land. Nice. Did I say nice?  I meant dumb.

Almost worthless in limited, though you might get lucky.  I personally wouldn't waste my space, unless I had some great artifact removal and I knew my opponent was playing worthwhile stuff.

And not even a casual player would touch this. It misses the main criteria for casual player appeal. Not exciting at all.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 1
Limited: 1.5
Current Price: Scrounge $1.21
 


Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

You get to take an artifact from your opponent's graveyard. This is a very bad thing, because it is too dependent. First, your opponent has to have an artifact in his graveyard. Second, he has to have only good artifacts in his graveyard. No thanks.
 
It might be cool in casual, but probably not.
 
Limited: repeat my constructed comment. Plus the fact their bomb has to get to the graveyard first.
 
Constructed: 1
Casual: 1
Limited: 1
 


DeQuan
Watson

* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Scrounge
 
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Constructed: 1
Limited: 1
Casual: 1
 


Jeff Zand
i

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Level 2 Judge

Scrounge

Hereís some tough love straight from the Zanman: Scrounge is a card that helps a bad player more than it helps a good player. A good player doesnít play this card because the chances are not particularly good that you net anything better than a Myr or a Spellbomb with it. A bad player could get lucky with this card and have it the ONE time that the only artifact in your graveyard is the Icy Manipulator (an example) that he just Shattered. Maybe Iíll get educated about the greatness of this card in the future, but I donít like it for limited at this time. In constructed, you need sure things, and this card doesnít make any guarantees. Could be fun in casual play, from the sideboard maybe.

CONSTRUCTED: 1.5

CASUAL:            1.5

LIMITED:             2.5

 


Andy
 Van Zandt

Scrounge
Sorcery, 3 mana, uncommon, unpredictable effect...  I'm not sure what this
card would be used for that the instant removal that steals a piece of
equipment wouldn't be better at..
constructed 1.8
casual 2.3
limited 2
 

Ray "Monk"
Powers
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Scrounge

 

In limited and constructed, cards like Scrounge are far too situational to be worthwhile, especially in constructed where they may not even have any artifacts in their deck. In limited, it potentially has some use but the odds of getting something really good are pretty slim.

 

In casual, it seems like it will be potentially very fun, but only in large multiplayer games, where you are likely to have a lot of options in what you can pick.

 

Casual:             3

Constructed:             1

Limited:             2

 
Jason
Matthews


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Scrounge

Well if your using this card you probably are scrounging for cards. Oh I kill me with this humor of mine. So lets take a serious look at scrounge or better yet what it takes to play scroung. First your opponent has to be playing artifacts. Second your opponent has to have a artifact in his grave yard. HmmmmÖ.so if you meet those conditions you can maybe get an artifact that he was using but wait it gets worse. He gets to choose the artifact in his grave yard so if he has a lame artifact your going to get that one. No sir I donít like this card in any format.

I try to be positive about cards so Im positive I donít like it. I kill me.

Constructed 1

Casual 1

Limited 1.1

Jonathan
Pechon


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Scrounge

 

For constructed purposes, this card seems so bad itís really distressing.  There are way too many conditions that need to be met for this card to really have any sort of substantial effect on a game.  Letís just call it crap and leave it at that.

 

I keep trying to apply the same logic for limited play, but I keep seeing people casting this and either getting an artifact creature or a Spellbomb.  While thatís not terribly exciting, itís at least occasionally useful.

 

Again, the narrow uses of this card donít make it good for Casual play.  Same for Mental.  Just do other stuff with it.

 

Constructed:  1.25

Limited:  1.75

Casual:  1.25

 

Jason
Chapman
Scrounge is interesting but, to me, this card is always missing something. In a low artifact environment this will often be a watsed car. In a high artifact environment you are most likely to get something very weak. Overall, just not a strong card because the situation will almost never be right.

Constructed - Cheap recursion into play is good, if you can control it - 2.25

Limited - May be a decent deal here with so many artifact critters and important equipment - 2.85

PEZ - Not likely to see play at all - 1.85

Casual - If your play group has lots of artifacts this could be an interesting addition (esp. with discard) - 2.75

 

 

 

 

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