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.
Magus of the
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).
Magus of the
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
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.
Magus of the
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
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.
Magus of the
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.
Magus of the
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
Casual: Use it against johnny $500 deck, I
Limited: It's a grey ogre. That's it.
Review by PsychoAnime
Is a Blood Moon on a 2/2 better than Blood Moon?
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.
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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