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Kezzerdrix
Tempest

Reviewed April 22, 2011

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.80
Multiplayer: 3.80

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BMoor

Kezzerdrix

A quick trivia point: Kezzerdrix is one of two cards that got featured in a pair of TV commercials for Magic: the Gathering in the 90's, the other card being Orgg. The Powers That Be then wanted Kezzerdrix and Orgg to be put in the Core Set, because that's the product for new players and new players would want to play with the creatures they saw on TV. But the two cards were deemed too complicated for the Core Set, so they designed new cards with no abilities and very similar names and art, to go in the Core Set. And that's why Vizzerdirx and Trained Orgg exist.

But today is Kezzerdrix's day in the sun. Kezzerdrix existed way back when first strike was in Black's portion of the color pie, before they moved it out, and way before Planar Chaos reminded us that once upon a time black got first strike. And a 4/4 with first strike for only four mana is tough to touch-- Kezzerdrix surely made short work of opponents' boards in its heyday, killing most with its 4 power before they had a chance to strike back. Maybe that's why its drawback triggers on your opponent having no creatures-- they knew that it was only a matte of time before Kezzerdirx faced an empty board and its drawback kicked in, making Kezzerdrix lash out at its master.

Even so, Kezzerdrix is well worth the pain, since no creatures on the other side means no blockers, and that means you take 4 while Kezzerdrix swings for 4, plus whatever other attackers you have. And if you can put an Unholy Strength or other power-up on Kezzerdix, your opponent is in for even more pain. 

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Kezzerdrix
 
Not exactly your run-of-the-mill Easter Bunny, is he? As a member of several unique groups - the approximately twenty black creatures with first strike, the rabbit creatures that have appeared in the later rounds of pro Magic events - Kezzerdrix is a classic card and worth playing and appreciating even now. He can still dominate even quite a few modern creatures, and against certain decks, his drawback won't even be a factor much of the time! This is why you have to be nice to small furry animals - you never know who their close relatives are.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Kezzerdrix
 
Welcome back readers our card of the day today is one angry bunny,  Kezzerdrix unlike its blue cousin is actually playable. In standard, extended and eternal this card is still bad though and wont see any play as there are better cheaper creatures. In casual and multiplayer this card  can be a force  to be reckoned with providing a  solid body and  a relevant combat ability for the cost. In multiplayer someone is bound to have a creature so the drawback is practically nonexistent leaving you with large first striker. In limited it’s a solid body for an aggressive deck although with a heavy black commitment it can be a decent creature. Overall a powerful and  useful card in casual and  multiplayer, happy Easter everyone!
 
Constructed:  1.5
Casual: 3.0
Limited:  3.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Kezzerdrix which is a four mana 4/4 with First Strike and a penalty of dealing you four damage if your opponent has no creatures during your upkeep.  This is a solid creature for Black with a reasonable drawback that doesn't cost any card advantage and will likely destroy creatures or deal damage to the opponent, especially if enhanced with some kind of equipment.  Overall an effective card for the cost that can be a threat despite the penalty.
 
In Limited this Tempest rare is often worth the first pick as a large creature with First Strike that should be a major threat to any opponent
as many similar cards in the set has an even larger penalty.    It may
depend on the pack in Booster or your pool in Sealed as the double Black is a concern, but this can be played and an effective force during the middle and end stages of the game.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

     Welcome to the last installment of Easter week’s Card of the Day. Today we look at Kezzerdrix. Kezzerdrix is a black creature that costs two generic and two black mana. Kezzerdrix is a 4/4, and has “At the beginning of your upkeep, if your opponent controls no creatures, Kezzerdrix deals 4 damage to you.”
 
     Well Magic’s version of the Easter bunny is far from the cute and cuddly critters taking theatres by storm in the hit new movie HOP, aren’t they? And I sure would not like the Easter present this rabbit has in store. However, there is always a way of having your cake and eating it too, isn’t there. The greatest inventions in Magic may well have been the Circle of Protections, and the ways that mixing black and white can work so well. The Circle of Protections have long allowed people to do things they may not have been so inclined to do before. Running Kezzerdrix and Lord of the Pit are just a few that come handily to mind. For one mana you need not worry that you are slaughtering your opponents creatures (which is what black does best). Now you have a first striking 4/4 ready to handle your opponents creatures with ease. The simple addition of fear and maybe a way to pump it, such as Shade’s Form gurantee that this Easter bunny is the one receiving the snacks this year.

     I really enjoy the ‘drixes, both Kezzerdrix and Vizzerdrix. They make fun additions to any deck, and make casual play very interesting, and full of humour when one of them lands on the table.

    Hope everyone has a Happy Easter, and if possible, check out Hop, in theatres now. My daughter absolutely loved the movie.
 
Limited: 3/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Constructed: 3/5


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