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Rune-Scarred Demon
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Rune-Scarred Demon
M12

Reviewed July 25, 2011

Constructed: 3.60
Casual: 3.60
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.40

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BMoor

Rune-Scarred Demon

This thing is a 6/6 flyer for seven, that effectively "casts" Diabolic Tutor when you play it. The biggest problem with Diabolic Tutor is that you pay four mana to go get a card, but you haven't actually impacted the board or hindered your opponent-- you just spent an extra card and your fourth turn to go get whatever you'll be doing on your fifth turn. Rune-Scarred Demon will never have that problem, because no matter what you get, you also have a 6/6 flyer as well. Nobody would ever Diabolic Tutor for a Diabolic Tutor, but casting Rune-Scarred Demon to go get a second Rune-Scarred Demon is a perfectly good play, because then you'll have two flying Demonic bodies in the air. In fact, you could build an air force by chaining Rune-Scarred Demons, and still use your last one to fetch whatever you want!

Constructed- 3.75
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 3.75


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Rune-Scarred Demon
 
Regular readers probably remember that there's no bigger fan than me of spell-like effects attached to a creature. Rune-Scarred Demon brings along one of the most powerful spells of all time, but it comes rather late - will the card you search for still matter at seven mana? I wouldn't use him in combo decks, as if you manage to cast him it'll probably be more attractive to just attack than do whatever he searched for. I could see a niche for him in control decks, despite having less of an impact than Grave Titan. You might use him as another layer of inevitability, to search for another finisher, if you think your opponent has Celestial Purge. Time will tell, I suppose.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Paul

 Magic The Gathering Card of the Day: Rune Scarred Demon
 
Welcome back readers as we continue to review the newest core set cards. Today’s card of the day is Rune Scarred Demon a Demonic Tutor stapled to a 6/6 flying creature for the bargain price of seven mana. In standard six mana is the current level of highly playable creatures namely the titans and Wurmcoil Engine. Solely comparing this to existing cards does not a good review make, the ability to tutor for a needed singleton or another backbreaking bomb can be devastating but I currently can’t think of any decks especially those running black that would run this over Grave Titan or even Wurmcoil Engine. In extended the same principle applies although this card could see a small percent of play. In eternal it’s expensive but could see mucho play in Dream Halls style deck. In casual and multiplayer this is a near perfect card a bomb for the kitchen table and EDH games it is a reasonably threatening body and a tutor in one package making its combo potential great with flicker effects or just grabbing relevant cards from your deck. In limited this is a nuclear bomb grabbing another solid threat or much needed spell and being able to fly at opponents for six? Sigh me up. Overall a modestly powerful card that may see competitive but will see casual play forever.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer:  4.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Rune-Scarred Demon which is a seven mana 6/6 Black creature with Flying and has the Demonic Tutor effect of searching your library for any card and adding it to your hand when it comes into
play.   Demonic Tutor has long been restricted or even banned in the few
formats it can be played in and the newer version Diabolic Tutor costs four mana.  This demon having the effect for no added mana cost and no penalty makes it a bargain and card advantage where the Tutors are not. 
The cost for this is a bit high, but with only two Black to deal with it can be used in decks using artifacts or Green for acceleration.  Playing a 6/6 with Flying followed by another major threat on the next turn or preferably something to combo with it will often win games.  Overall this may see some use as part of a combo and could even make it on the tournament scene, though mono-Black will generally use a lower curve.
 
In Limited a large creature, with Flying, card advantage, and no drawback that can be played easily in multicolor decks is about as good as it gets.  An easy first pick in Booster and should always be a serious consideration in Sealed barring a truly unplayable Black pool. 
This will absolutely win games when something useful remains in your library and the slower format should allow it to see play in most games it is drawn.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

     Welcome to a new week of reviews here at Pojo.com. To kick this week off we are looking at Rune-Scarred Demon from M12. Rune-Scarred Demon is a 6/6 flier for five generic and two black mana. The Rune-Scarred Demon also has a built in Diabolic Tutor when it enters the battlefield, allowing you to search your library for a card and put it into your hand, and then shuffle your library.

    While a little over priced, I think this card is fun. Since most demons hurt you, it is nice to see one that helps you in some capacity. Even if it is just searching for a card. I think that the cost could have been reduced to six mana though.

     Still a 6/6 flier in black for seven with any ability that doesn’t involve killing yourself is a good thing. Not anything that will likely be blowing doors off pro play, or a card people are tripping over themselves to get, just a decent card.
 
Limited: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


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