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Clone
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Clone
M11

Reviewed August 10, 2010

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

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BMoor

Clone

It seems like a good idea, since it automatically becomes the best creature on the board-- possibly for cheaper than that creature. If you can bounce it, you could even trade up in theory after it gets outclassed. But here's the problem-- while it'll always be as good as the best creature on the board, it'll never be the best creature on the board. If you copy an opponent's creature, you've managed to close the gap but you still need to overtake him. If you copy one of your own, well, you were probably already winning on board presence. It's a good card, but somehow it's never quite good enough.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 2.75
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Clone
 
Clone can be a difficult card to assess, which may be part of the reason we don't seem to have done it until now! Its most common use has often been its most obvious one: copying creatures like Mulldrifter to double up their comes-into-play abilities. However, it's also been used to destroy legendary creatures, and as part of elaborate and sometimes not so obvious combinations with creatures like Reveillark and Protean Hulk. Try it out, and see what works best for you.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Clone 
 
Welcome back readers today's care of the day has existed since the inception of Magic and has strangely never been reviewed here. In standard its a real niche card most of the time you want to play your own threats not cards that rely on opponents good creatures or other creatures you control, overall it hasn't seen much competitive action in a while. In extended and eternal the same applies, more versatile and powerful shape shifters see play a particular renegade one as well as Volrath's. In casual and multiplayer this is a versatile and popular card, the ability to copy and kill a legendary creature or just copy the biggest threat on the board, provides interesting moments. In limited it can be conditional legendary creature kill or just turn into the biggest threat to swing or deter opponents I wouldn't pick highly but if your in blue.
 
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Clone which for four mana can come into play as a copy of any creature on the battlefield.  This is a very useful, if obviously situational, effect that can be used on your own or an opponent's creature to press an advantage or even the odds respectively.  Good in all formats without really standing out and quite solid when used on a lord card to boost an army or on a large creature with Flying or Trample.
 
For Limited being able to copy the biggest creature in play can be a bargain provided there is something of at least four mana or more in play, which is fairly likely.  Using it to balance an opponent's creature is a temporary measure at best, but combined with some form of removal or enhancement leads to a solid advantage.  Despite being a bit dependent on having a creature available there's almost no situation where this is a bad topdeck, so Clone is a good first pick in draft and an easy inclusion for Sealed.  One Blue in the casting cost makes it easy to play in a deck featuring multiple colors, so your options remain quite open for other colors as needed.
 
In Multiplayer it is almost a sure thing that someone will have something you will want to copy and this is great way to play the table.  An added benefit to using Clone in this format is that unlike playing a new creature the Clone player gains no additional attention from the table for playing something familiar.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.5


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