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Treasure Hunter
10th Edition


Reviewed July 17, 2007

Constructed: 1.75
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 2.25

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DeQuan
Watson

* Game Store Owner

Treasure Hunter - Tuesday

Don't be surprised to see this card get some playing time. It can be fit into combo decks to bounce it and reuse artifacts. It might even be in some decks to retrieve a deck defining artifact. It won't be a superstar, but it's likely to be useful.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 1.5

BMoor

Treasure Hunter

I'm actually writing this before Xth hits the streets, so I don't yet know what Treasure Hunter's creature type is. I'm guessing it got made a Human, but I'm even more sure that it's no longer a Townsfolk. What does Wizards have against Townsfolk? It's a perfectly good creature type! Goblin Spelunkers would've made a lot more sense as a Goblin Townsfolk than a Goblin Warrior!
Anyway, Treasure Hunter. The Gravedigger of artifacts. It's good, definitely, to be able to recycle your Chromatic Stars and Mind Stones, but a 2/2 with a comes into play ability seems awfully limited. If there were more Spellbombs around, I'd rate it higher, but I just don't see it as anything more than a way to get an extra card when you really can't do any better.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 2
Limited- 3

Aethereal

Tuesday - Treasure Hunter

10th's replacement for Anarchist in 9th, this would have been an insanely good creature to have in 8th Edition for Mirrodin block, but it was not to be. All things considered, this guy has a decent enough effect and is well costed but doesn't have a place in constructed right now. Perhaps when Lorwyn hits there will be more interesting artifacts to play with.

In casual, this recycles things like Nev's Disk and lots of other fun artifacts. Fun to build a deck around.

In limited, you have to have an artifact in the graveyard (something that sacrifices itself), and it has to be useful to make this worth it. There are not a lot of artifacts in 10th that fit that description.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 4
Limited - 1.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Treasure Hunter

The first thing that I said when I saw that this card was legal in Standard was "Momentary Blink!" The second thing I said was "What artifacts do I need to return to my hand?" If you go back to the Mirrodin set, there's neat stuff like Wayfarer's Bauble and Pyrite Spellbomb. Maybe Treasure Hunter will feature in the new Extended. You could even use it in Standard with cards like Sarcomite Myr, Booby Trap, or Triskelavus, but there are probably better ways to use the Trisk in particular.

In limited, Treasure Hunter can be okay, but not spectacular, in the right card pool. Imagine the look on your opponent's face when they finally manage to get rid of a Razormane Masticore or Loxodon Warhammer and you play one of these guys.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5

Arcane
Treasure Hunter

Constructed: There are a few strong artifacts that are worth recycling right now, but Treasure Hunter just isn’t in the right color for me to make it worth playing in constructed. The best recursive artifact decks are mostly blue to abuse the power of the Academy ruins, or use the tri color (non of which are white) Mishra with cards like booby Trap or Jester’s Scepter.

Casual/Multi: There are always the big splashy artifacts that you’ll want to get back for the kitchen tables games: Oblivion Stone, Mindslaver, Akroma’s Memorial, etc that your opponent’s were hard pressed to solve the firs time around let alone a second or third time. And with the White Bringer and his recursive artifact techniques, the treasure hunter could be a welcome addition to the white artifact decks. White is also the color of “blink” effects which could let you abuse the hunter’s ability more and more.

Limited: There are some really great rare artifacts in 10th edition limited like Platinum Angel, Razormaze Masticore and Loxodon Warhammer and this Hunter, is a great shot at getting these cards back to harass your opponent with all over again. Other than that you’ll probably be returning chromatic stars most often, which isn’t good but isn’t great. It all depends on what you can crack.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5
PsychoAnime

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Treasure Hunter (2W)
Creature - Human

When Treasure Hunter comes into play, you may return target artifact
card from your graveyard to your hand.

There's not much artifact cards right now that you would want to recur
that wouldn't be better off using Academy Ruins. But for some reason
if splashing in blue for Academy Ruins is impossible, let's see what
good stuff this can do recur:

Mindslaver
Triskelavus
Engineered Explosives

All of these are much better when they can be continually recurred, but
Engineered Explosives can still work fine just once. Is running this for
Engineered Explosives worth it? Why I could just run another one in the
first place, seeing as how it's quite rare to run a full 4 copy of it.

In casual, this is more playable as stuff like Jester's Cap & Sceptre
are better to use here.

In limited, there's hardly any worthy artifact and even less ways they
would hit the graveyard in the first place. At worse though, it's still
a 2/2 for 3 so it's still better than Scathe Zombies.

Constructed: 1.5/5
Casual: 2.5/5
Limited: 1.5/5

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