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Magus of the Moon
Future Sight


Reviewed May 03, 2007

Constructed: 3.28
Casual: 2.35
Limited: 2.00

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DeQuan
Watson

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Magus of the Moon - Thursday

I really like this card. I also like Blood Moon. And this gives me a Blood Moon that attacks. I can dig it. Obviously, because it's a creature, killing it is much easier, but that's a risk that's worth taking.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 1.5

BMoor

Magus of the Moon
Well, Blood Moon is seeing a good deal of play in rogue decks as a backlash to all the multicolor tricked out land bases you see today.  This guy and Imperiosaur could go together quite well to screw over those higher-tier decks.  Trouble is, creatures are easier to kill than enchantments, especially if you've just been given access to a good deal of red mana.  Any Blood Moon deck will want these so as to have 8 Blood Moon, but otherwise it's a Grey Ogre who randomly messes with your opponent's mana (or helps yours if your playing Zoetic Cavern or whatnot).

Constructed- 2.8
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 1.5
David Fanany Magus of the Moon

Blood Moon has always been one of my favorite cards, and so Magus of the Moon gets major style points from me. Will he make an impact? Blood Moon didn't die to burn spells, but on the other hand Magus of the Moon can attack, meaning that you don't feel bad about including him maindeck because he still has some use even if your opponent doesn't have non-basic lands. The increased vulnerability may prevent him from having a big impact on the format - some people I playtest with have been joking about sideboarding Sudden Shock in their U/G Tron decks so they can use their Mountain-ized Tron lands to kill the Magus, which is probably not actually going to happen but illustrates the problem.

For casual play, I expect everyone reading this to build a "Gift of the Magi" theme deck with this guy, the Magi of the Arena and Scroll for removal, and maybe Magus of the Jar for draw. Finally, in limited, Magus of the Moon will rarely be more than a Gray Ogre. But Gray Ogres are playable in limited.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 2/5

Arcane
Magus of the Moon

Constructed: If Red based aggro decks have ever had a complaint about using Blood Moon to mess with their opponent’s mana base it was that Blood Moon wasn’t a burn spell, and it wasn’t a creature they could use to swing in. Magus of the Moon attaches a 2/2 body to the mana screwing enchantment giving you not just a way of disrupting your opponent but also a clock. With the million dollar mana bases that are running around in every format right now expect to see this in a lot of main decks and sideboards, and make sure you have a way of dealing with it.

Casual/Multi: this is the illegitimate cousin to land destruction and isn’t all that fun to play against. Most causal gamers like being able to play their spells and hate to sit there with a pile of cards in their hand they can’t play, so if you play this expect to become a target very quickly. On the other side of it, multiplayer games tend to pack a lot more removal and a lot less non basic lands so I wouldn’t expect this to have much of an impact or stay on the table that long.

Limited: With the inclusion of so many new non basic lands in Future Sight (6 in uncommon and 5 rare) added with the storage lands and terramorphic expanses from Time Spiral there are a lot of players that are attempting to stretch themselves into a few more colors. Magus of the Moon can help penalize those players and mess up their strategy. It isn’t a guaranteed strategy and the number of non basics will be inconsistent at best, but this Magus can definitely fill a sideboard niche quite well.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 2
Limited: 3
The Missing Linc Magus of the Moon

This card is getting a lot of hype. Unfortunately, I think the hype won't last very long. Don't get me wrong, this is a solid card. However, what makes blood moon so helpful is that it is an enchantment. Not all decks have much built in enchantment hate. Most have built in creature hate and at 2 toughness it could not last long. However, unless you have an instant or some artifact mana fix that can do it in before the player gets into the next turn phase, this can be a pain in the neck.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 3
Necro
nomikron
Magus of the Moon:

Constructed: We already have the moon itself. I don't really see the point to this card. It's not like its an old, powerful card brought back... it's already in print, and in use. Oh well. It's a grey ogre that messes with mana. Not that bad, I suppose. Sideboard card, though. I prefer the moon enchantment, though, because it is an enchantment, and less susceptible to removal.

Casual: Use it against johnny $500 deck, I suppose.

Limited: It's a grey ogre. That's it.

Constructed: 3.5/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
PsychoAnime Review by PsychoAnime

Is a Blood Moon on a 2/2 better than Blood Moon? It depends.

If you're going aggro, then this is better than Blood Moon. Anywhere else,
Blood Moon is better just because it's harder to be removed. Don't even think
about sideboarding both Blood Moon and this though.... Remember, your sideboard
only has 15 slots.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 1/5, basics run wild here
Limited: 1/5, I'd picked it just so I can use it later in constructed, but it's
not going to do anything

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