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Scythe Tiger
Zendikar

Reviewed November 20, 2009

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.00
Multiplayer: 2.30

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BMoor

Scythe Tiger

Don't drop this on turn one, you're just setting your land development back. The sacrifice is a big drawback, unless you're running Knight of the Reliquary or Grim Discovery, but a 3/2 shroud for one mana is nice. Nice enough that you could wait until you've played out your hand, then drop it now that you're set for lands and it won't be outclassed by what your opponent has dropped in the interim (probably). The shroud keeps your opponent from 2-for-1'ing you with a kill spell (getting your creature and your land with one card), but it also stops you from using Giant Growth and the like. This is a tricky card to evaluate, but I think if you can't somehow exploit the land sacrifice, it's just not worth running.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2.25
Limited- 1.75
Multiplayer- 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Scythe Tiger
 
Here's a philosophical question for the weekend: how many drawbacks does this card actually have? For every game you lose because you can't target it with Rancor and don't win fast enough, you'll win one game where your opponent's Echoing Truth or Terror never had a valid target. I like it.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5 
Miguel Friday 11-20-09
 
Scythe Tiger
 
Constructed: A first turn 3/2 is a very good deal even the minor set back of one land. A fast green deck for block should do good.
 
Casual & Multiplayer: Go green deck wins.
 
Limited: Anything with shroud is a good pick. Just getting behind in lands is not safe in limited. There are very few ways to get them back.
 
Overall a good common card.
 
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Multiplayer: 2
Limited: 3
 
Later
Miguel
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Scythe Tiger a 3/2 with Shroud for one mana with the noticeable drawback of sacrificing a land when it comes into play.  The 3/2 is solid, especially early, but the loss of a land is a fairly major penalty depending on the deck.  Getting an impossible to target creature out can be a huge benefit against decks with only targeted removal options, but mass destruction or even decent blocking can stop the tiger cold.  In a deck that is based on fast offense without much to build up to this is a good fit, but the low toughness prevents it from hitting the top tier.
 
With Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this can find homes in certain decks such as a Knight of the Reliquary build as an easy way to get a land into the graveyard.  Suicide Green might show up somehow and make use of it as well, but otherwise mana acceleration and some larger threats may be the way to go.
 
In Limited the loss of a land is problematic, but such a severe threat on the first or second turn is impossible to ignore.  Your style of play really determines the value in Booster and Sealed, but I see this as a higher end choice.  In Sealed the pool is quite limited and if playing Green some kind of speed is likely to be available to help compensate for the sacrifice of a land.  With Booster you can use this for early offense and more importantly prevent an opponent from doing the same. 
Think of your other cards and what can stop Scythe Tiger in the first few turns and if you have little or nothing it should be drafted quite early on.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


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