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Master of the Pearl Trident
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Master of the Pearl Trident
Magic 2013

Reviewed July 27, 2012

Constructed: 3.90
Casual: 3.90
Limited: 2.00
Multiplayer: 3.25

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David Fanany

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Master of the Pearl Trident

Sometimes you think you understand something - like when you conclude that Alisa Bosconovitch is just another entry in the never-ending line of cute but implausibly dressed anime girls, or that a certain two-mana Merfolk is a gift for Legacy players. Then, all of a sudden, she has chainsaws on her arms for some reason, and you're on the wrong end a ten-hit juggle combo. In Master of the Pearl Trident's case, the metaphorical chainsaw to the brain came when returnees from Comic-Con Albuquerque reported that there are merfolk on Ravnica now, and the Simic guild is led by one. Yes, I'm as confused as you are on that point, and I really hope there's a good explanation for that, but in the meantime, you might consider stocking up on this guy. If nothing else, he destroys the Merfolk.dec mirror match.

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

Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day:: Master of The Pearl Trident
 
Welcome back readers todays card of the day is the fixed Lord of Atlantis as it only pumps our creatures and not your opponents. In standard I don’t see this seeing a lot of play right now as you don’t have many powerful merfolk to choose from but a two mana lord is quite powerful so with the right support this card can shine. In modern you have access to 8 Lord of Atlantis effects and a lot of powerful merfolk from the past blocks making it a powerful choice for merfolk decks. In legacy I think this will replace Lord of Atlantis as it is all upside or be run alongside Lord of Atlantis as it provides a critical mass of lord effects. In casual and multiplayer this card is decent it comes down early and provides evasion for your team and is obviously good in merfolk tribal decks and merfolk is a popular and well supported tribe. In limited if you can get enough merfolk this can be decent but its heavily dependent on the number of merfolk you can get. Overall this card will see play in legacy and competitively if more merfolk appear and is a solid constructed card overall.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Master of the Pearl Trident which is a two Blue 2/2 that gives other merfolk you control +1/+1 and Islandwalk. 
This is very similar to Lord of Atlantis and both will be played in merfolk decks where they are legal.  This is an efficient and very playable card in a tribal deck and can be supported with cards that turn an opponent's land into an Island.
 
For Limited there aren't many merfolk available and the double Blue casting cost isn't very flexible which makes this, like many lords, quite weak.  In a mono-Blue this can be played, but otherwise it is probably better off in the sidedeck in Sealed and passed over in Booster for removal or a more flexible large creature.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

       Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. To close out the week we are looking at Master or the Pearl Trident. Master of the Pearl Trident is a rare blue creature merfolk that costs two blue mana for a 2/2. Master of the Pearl Trident says that other merfolk you control get +1/+1 and have islandwalk (they are unblockable as long as defending player controls an island).

     Well, obviously if you are running an old school merfolk deck, you are quite happy to see the Master reprinted. In newer formats, I guess you have to look forward to the future, and hope that Return to Ravnica features some good merfolk, because the pool to build from right now is slim. The best guy to combo this with is Talrand, and that really gets you no actual benefits. There are some merfolk to choose from, but nothing of grand significance.

      I guess we will have to wait and see if any grand merfolk get printed soon to make the Master matter, but for now, he is just good in extended and older formats.
 
Limited: 2/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


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