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Deadly Recluse
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Deadly Recluse
M10

Reviewed September 17, 2009

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 2.25
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 2.25

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BMoor

Deadly Recluse

I remember the fun I used to have with Thornweald Archer in Time Spiral block. Well, this card works even better, since it's a 1/2 and therefore obviously intended for blocking. The Archer usually just snuck in for 2, but this thing can hold off Behemoths and Dragons alike, or kill them in a blaze of glory. It's practically a green Doom Blade without the color restriction, but with a combat restriction.

Constructed- 2.75
Casual- 3.5
Multiplayer- 3.75
Limited- 3.8

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Deadly Recluse

Many cultures have fables or folktales whose moral is something like "for want of a nail, the kingdom fell." Cards like this fill that sort of role for the core set - they may not be spectacular and you may not spend as much time thinking about them as the likes of Baneslayer Angel and Glacial Fortress. But if they weren't there, you'd notice, as anyone who's ever held off a Kalonian Behemoth or Djinn of Wishes with a little spider will tell you.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Deadly Recluse

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is another in a line of deadly spiders. Historically cards similar to Deadly Recluse are highly playable in limited and have little to no impact on constructive formats; Deadly Recluse looks to continue this trend. In standard there are so many more powerful cards to play before this one that it will never find a home in constructed decks, including in eternal and extended format. In casual and constructed this card is highly outclassed and you wouldn’t want to play it unless you had something better in your collection. In limited this card shines as it helps to stop troublesome flyers and makes for a decent card if you’re dedicated to green or if you splash green as your second color. Overall an uninteresting card with mostly limited applications.

Constructed - 1.0
Casual- 1.0
Limited- 3.0
Multiplayer - 1.0
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Deadly Recluse a fun little creature that has the standard spider ability of Reach with the added bonus of Deathtouch. In addition to being the bane of 1/1 flying creatures this is also an excellent target for support effects that increase the toughness or give vigilance.

In Constructed I don't see this card getting played much as it is more defensive in nature, but doesn't quite have the toughness to equal card advantage. It can block for a one to one trade, but with even one more point of toughness it'd be a seriously useful card.

To Casual this can be included as an affordable green option for destruction and blocking flying, but better choices certainly exist.

With Limited this is a very useful card for both abilities and the low cost. Well worth playing in any Green deck and doubly so if Giant Growth, Regenerate, or Oakenform are also in your pool. A decently high pick for Green in Booster Draft and almost an automatic inclusion for any partially Green deck in Sealed.

For Multiplayer the low toughness is even more crippling as being able to stick around to Deathtouch any opposition would require targeted destruction instead of just forcing a one to one creature trade.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 2.0

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