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Pojo's Magic The Gathering Card of the Day
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Gravedigger
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Gravedigger
M11

Reviewed August 24, 2010

Constructed: 2.67
Casual: 2.87
Limited: 3.33
Multiplayer: 2.90

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BMoor

Gravedigger

Decent in Limited, as it can block and conceivably kill a creature with its 2/2 Zombie body, plus getting a previously dead creature back for another go-round. It's good in a deck with cards that require the discarding of cards or the sacrificing of creatures, but being a 2/2 with no combat-relevant abilities for four mana makes its Zombie body unimpressive. Maybe next core set we'll get Cadaver Imp instead.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 2.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Gravedigger
 
I've always liked cards like Gravedigger. They sit right in the middle of the Magic continuum between the super-simple and the super-complex, and do interesting and sometimes exploitable things. Gravedigger, for example, lets you transmute Dimir Infiltrator twice, burn down two things with Flametongue Kavu's breath weapon, and draw twice from Mulldrifter . . . er . . . twice. An elegant card with more applications than it might seem on first glance.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Gravedigger which is a four mana 2/2 that returns a target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.  The cost is a bit high for the effect, especially compared to the newer Cadaver Imp at three mana as a 1/1 with Flying, but still a bit of card advantage.  It can be used to return a sacrificial creature like Fleshbag Marauder for additional removal and shares the useful zombie type which is an advantage the Imp doe not share.  While not the best card it is playable and has some support, so it could appear in a few recursion or Zombie themed decks depending on the design.
 
For Limited this is a nice shot at card advantage especially later in the game as you get a creature back and a 2/2 on the field off of a single draw.  The single Black in the cost is quite reasonable and makes it playable even in a deck with more than two colors.  For Sealed this is an automatic inclusion alongside any Black removal and in Booster this can be drafted fairly early as card advantage and another shot at a destroyed bomb.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.0


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