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Bazaar Trader
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Bazaar Trader
Zendikar

Reviewed February 5, 2010

Constructed: 1.90
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 1.50
Multiplayer: 2.40

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BMoor

Bazaar Trader

I don't know what you're supposed to give your opponent. Maybe the thing he played Nettlevine Blight on? An Abyssal Persecutor after you're done beating someone around with it? Illusions of Grandeur? There's much more effective ways of doing that.

Constructed- 1.25
Casual- 1.5
Limited- 1
Multiplayer- 1.3

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Bazaar Trader
 
Have you seen the combo including this guy and Mark of Mutiny? How about Illusions of Grandeur? Or Thought Devourer? Maybe Abyssal Persecutor, if you're brave? This effect has been popular among a few players for a very long time, and it's cool to see a new version of it. Being a goblin may turn out to be relevant, too - you never know with cards like this.
 
Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Paul

Magic The gathering Card of The Day: Bazaar Trader

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is an exciting goblin from Worldwake and is a Johnny centric card, the last powerful card that allowed you to give players things you control was Donate. For two mana you get a 1/1 creature that’s a lighting rod for removal. Regardless the creature isn’t impressive it’s the ability we are after. In standard this and already previewed card Abyssal Persecutor make an interesting pair, a combination with cards such as Immortal Coil and Bajuku Bog and Relic of Prognetious make for an interesting combo although it may be more kitchen table style. In extended and eternal formats nothing immediately leaps out as a huge use for this creature but it has “ break me” written in bold letters all over it. In casual and multiplayer the aforementioned Immortal Coil deck could work wonders and any other creature you wouldn’t feel bad to see leave such as Bronze Bombshell. In limited its most often a dead card. Like Amulet of Vigor Bazaar Trader does not spring into existence with a powerful deck type it’s a subtle combo card that will be broken and see a lot of play.

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 1.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today we review what is probably my favorite card in Worldwake, Bazaar Trader. For just two mana the 1/1 Goblin can give control of a creature, land, or artifact to an opponent. The number of combinations that can be had are far too many to be named, but include pretty much anything with a penalty to the controller and the entire Islandwalk/Islandhome themes that Blue has had for years.

For Constructed and Multiplayer this can potentially see some play, but is a bit too much of a gimmick and dependent on specific cards to stand by itself. It may be played in decks that switch Abyssal Persecutor to the opponent for the win or find a particularly broken combination to reach the tournament level. It is still a bit early to predict exactly where this card will go competitively if anywhere.

In Casual this is the kind of card that sets the imagination on fire and will have decks built around it for years to come. Puca's Mischief is often mentioned for deck ideas and this is cheaper, works on lands, has no timing restriction, and doesn't require the opponent to have a permanent with an equal or lesser mana cost. In addition the artwork and flavor are top of the line which makes this one of the best purely fun cards in recent memory.

With Limited there aren't too many situations where you'd have a permanent you want to give to your opponent. Abyssal Persecutor being one example, but running into both rares seems fairly unlikely. Even with that limitation a 1/1 for two is somewhat playable, but this is not a first pick when opening a pack in Booster. I'd be more likely to take an uncommon over this and possibly a common source of removal unless Rare drafting. With Sealed just look at it as another 1/1 Goblin and play it if needed as a creature, but don't expect the ability to come up very often.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 5.0
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer: 2.5


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