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Icy Manipulator
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Icy Manipulator
Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas

Reviewed September 21, 2011

Constructed: 2.20
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 2.90

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BMoor

Icy Manipulator

Icy seems to fall a little further from grace with each reprinting. When it first debuted, it was a marvel-- a way for any color to lock down just about anything! But, as removal spells have become more commonplace, and especially as the game has dropped the "tapped artifacts don't turn off" rule, Icy just doesn't sparkle like she used to. It's still a great way to let you keep something off your back if you need to, especially in Limited where one blocker could decide the game, but people just don't rely on it the way they used to. I think the success of similar cards in their respective Limited formats, like Tumble Magnet or Trip Noose, proves that this is a Limited-caliber effect that just doesn't get to crack into 60-card formats much any more.

Constructed- 1.75
Casual- 2
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 1.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Icy Manipulator

Icy Manipulator was a key player in the earliest control archetypes, as it was one of the few repeatable effects that existed in the early sets. Among those, it stood out for being an answer to creatures like Ihsan's Shade that many of the one-shot effects couldn't touch. Nowadays, it's sometimes overlooked, as planeswalkers get a lot of this type of effect, and it was left out of a few sets in favor of flashier effects. Nonetheless, it's still capable of dominating any deck that isn't prepared for it; in a sense, it can actually be harder to deal with than planeswalkers, as you need very specific lines of text to get rid of it.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back reader’s continuing this week’s theme of cards from the latest duel deck, today we have one of the most classic Magic cards Icy Manipulator killing creatures in conjunction with Royal Assassin since the 90’s. In standard this card has not been playable for a long time, tapping down potential blockers and possibly locking down players lands is good but just  not good enough in a world of planeswalkers and  six mana bomb creatures. In extended and modern and eternal formats this is once again severely outclasses I could see it becoming a possible tech addition to decks but that is unlikely it is just a relic of Magic’s past such as Serra Angel. In casual and multiplayer it can still see a small amount of play although it once again is outclassed by a large amount of cards printed since but nothing beats the classics. In limited it is able to pacify a creature or keep them off mana or even a splashed color making it a valuable tool. Overall a historical card in the game that has some practical uses but also has been outclassed.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.0
Limited:  3.0
Multiplayer:  3.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Welcome back reader’s continuing this week’s theme of cards from the latest duel deck, today we have one of the most classic Magic cards Icy Manipulator killing creatures in conjunction with Royal Assassin since the 90’s. In standard this card has not been playable for a long time, tapping down potential blockers and possibly locking down players lands is good but just  not good enough in a world of planeswalkers and  six mana bomb creatures. In extended and modern and eternal formats this is once again severely outclasses I could see it becoming a possible tech addition to decks but that is unlikely it is just a relic of Magic’s past such as Serra Angel. In casual and multiplayer it can still see a small amount of play although it once again is outclassed by a large amount of cards printed since but nothing beats the classics. In limited it is able to pacify a creature or keep them off mana or even a splashed color making it a valuable tool. Overall a historical card in the game that has some practical uses but also has been outclassed.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.0
Limited:  3.0
Multiplayer:  3.5


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