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Psychosis Crawler
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Psychosis Crawler
Mirrodin Besieged

Reviewed March 29, 2011

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 3.67
Multiplayer: 4.25

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BMoor

Psychosis Crawler

The creature that loves for you to draw cards. Every card you draw pumps this up by one and drains all your opponents' life totals by one. Suddenly, Foresee becomes a Shock to everybody's face, and even Temple Bell becomes a viable win condition. And since I'm always recommending more card draw spells in people's decks, I have a feeling this card is going to be quite the powerhouse, as it encourages you to do something that was already pretty powerful-- draw cards.

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

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Psychosis Crawler
 
The interesting thing about Psychosis Crawler is that either of its lines of game text can be built around. The first line makes it a linear, inevitable death machine when combined with effects that continuously increase your hand size (cf. Honden of Seeing Winds); the second gives every deck access to Underworld Dreams, and teaches your friends good if they decide they like Wheel of Fortune-style effects. Overall, an interesting card with lots of potential.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Psychosis Crawler which is a five mana creature that has a power and toughness equal to the number of cards in your hand and each opponent loses one life whenever you draw a card. 
This is an interesting card that can have a deck built around with a serious card drawing theme, but it requires quite a bit of investment of cards in hand and drawn to be worthwhile.  Overall the potential is there, but it works more as a Casual, Multiplayer, or Commander concept than anything likely to make a serious run in current formats.
 
For Limited this can be effective with the right timing, but maintaining cards in hand to keep it in play is a big disadvantage earlier on and can be difficult in the later game barring extra land draws.  In Sealed it is well worth playing if your pool includes multiple draw effects as it can be used in any deck and is a threat even without attacking.  For Booster it is an odd first pick, but viable and any support drafted works to accelerate any other theme from the other packs.  It does make a completely unplayable topdeck and without support is not as impressive as other rares, but the ability to break stalemates and put a clock on any game is a strong benefit on a creature's effect with no activation cost.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

    Welcome to another Card of the Day here at Pojo.com. Today we take a look at Psychosis Crawler from Mirrodin Besieged. Psychosis Crawler costs five generic mana, is an artifact creature, and has power and toughness equal to the number of cards in your hand. It also has “Whenever you draw a card, each opponent loses one life.”

   Psychosis as described by Webster’s Dictionary: fundamental derangement of the mind (as in schizophrenia) characterized by defective or lost contact with reality especially as evidenced by delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized speech and behavior. This description definitely suites the Psychosis Crawler and the reasons are as follows. You must have some form of derangement of the mind to add this card to just any deck, so you build around it, losing contact with reality while doing so. But moreover, you submit your opponent to the delusions of victory, leading them into disorganized speech and behavior. Simply put, this card is nuts!

     The Psychosis Crawler is not something you simply add to a deck, it builds a deck around itself. When run with two other cards from Mirrodin Besieged the Psychosis Crawler can be one of the best cards in the set. If run with Consecrated Sphinx, you deal a lot of pain to your opponent turn after turn. Then, should you happen to target your opponent with a Blue Sun’s Zenith with the Consecrated Sphinx and Psychosis Crawler out and that could be game over. And all of this is in standard. That is some pretty psychotic happenings, wouldn’t you agree?
 
Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5


Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The  Day:  Psychosis Crawler
 
Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is Psychosis Crawler.  For five mana a creature with power and toughness equal to the number of cards in your hand will not be too large in competitive.  In standard, extended and eternal formats its too expensive and has no immediate board impact and by the time you draw a card to cause the loss of life its realistically turn four or later I don’t think this will see competitive play.  In casual and multiplayer I can attest to the power of this card combined with cards such as Blue Sun’s Zenith, Stroke of Genius and Spellbook  effects as well as Consecrated Sphinx, it can be an interesting and powerful combination.  Although it becomes a high priority target for opponents to take out so be sure to pack some protection.  Perhaps a Whispersilk  Cloak?  In limited if you pack enough draw it can race opponents and it’s a beefy colorless creature I don’t know how I would early I  would pick  this but it is powerful.  Overall a powerful casual and multiplayer card that may not see extensive constructed play but is quite interesting.
 
Constructed: 1 .5
Casual:  3.5
Limited:  3.0
Multiplayer:  4.0


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