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Jack-in-the-Mox
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Jack-in-the-Mox
Unglued

Reviewed April 1, 2010

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BMoor

Jack-In-The-Mox

Having a 1/6 chance of sacrifice and not being able to control that color mana it produces sounds like it would balance the traditionally overpowered Moxen that have haunted the early days of Magic, and the fact that this card has failed to show up in Vintage and Legacy tournaments attests that this is indeed not quite up to the bar that its progenitors set for it. It does do one thing that the other Moxen can't, however-- it gets the song "Pop Goes the Weasel" stuck in your head.

Constructed- &.5
Casual- *.75
Limited- B+
Multiplayer- 3.14159
Elder Dragon Highlander- %$#!
Cube Limited- ;-)
Prismatic- 7.77
Texas Hold 'Em- Alt+F4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Jack-in-the-Mox
 
Since its original release, Jack-in-the-Mox has become a staple in various deck archetypes, including Ire of Kaminari combo, Joker Stompy, and 1-Land Permission. Some opponents have even begun packing Engineered Explosives so they can set it off at zero and in effect get a two-mana Armageddon, or even Persecute Artist (especially since Sligh now plays other Dan Frazier masterpieces like Gray Ogre and Aladdin's Ring). These developments have prevented Jack-in-the-Mox from completely warping Legacy. People who cheat at dice, on the other hand . . .
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Maikeruu
 
Today's card of the day is Jack-in-the-Mox from Unglued in honor of April Fool's day and is a zero mana artifact with a random chance of producing any color of mana or being sacrificed and costing the controller five life.  In an Un-setting this is actually a pretty powerful card as an homage to the ever-powerful Mox quintet from Alpha, but of course can't really be played anywhere else.
 
For Casual (Constructed or Multiplayer) this is a risky, but useful card if playing multiple colors especially Red as it opens up the combo with Goblin Bookie to reroll the one if it happens.  Even without that it is mana acceleration with only a one in six chance of a drawback and works well with anything using colorless mana.
 
If you happen to get into a Limited match with Unglued this might be a good first pick if to leave open the choice for any color or colors later, but overall other cards may be a better or more entertaining choice.  In Sealed this is a bit better as you are more likely to play several colors and this can somewhat support that.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

Paul

Magic the Gathering Card of the day: Jack in the Mox
 
Welcome back readers April fools! Today’s card of the day is an interesting one, Jack in the Mox acts as a combination of each individual mox card and randomly grants you a mana boost. Early in the game regardless of the color this card can accelerate you. The downside of sacrificing it and losing life is a one in six chance not very good, meaning this card can stick around and boost your mana. This card is hard to rate as it won’t see play much except in casual environments. Cheaper money wise then any of the Power nine, Jack in the Mox could be added to everyone’s multiplayer deck and provide mana. Unglued and Unhinged sets are popular with the casual crowd, and having played with them a little bit myself they guarantee a fun time for every player involved. Happy April Fool’s Day everyone!

Constructed: 5
Casual: 5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 5


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