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Maw of the Obzedat
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 Maw of the Obzedat
- Dragon's Maze

Reviewed June 3, 2013

Constructed: 2.67
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 2.50
Multiplayer: 2.67

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Maw of the Obzedat
 
This guy's pretty tricky for a straightforward type of card. He makes all your creatures have another purpose - sacrifice one who was going to die anyway to save others, or sacrifice one that you don't mind dying (Pitchburn Devils, Anger, etc). His mana cost means that he lacks the explosive, "oops I win" potential of cards like Bloodthrone Vampire, but he does have all the same interactions and combo potential. Plus, y'know, Thrull tribal!
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Maw Of Obzedat
 
Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Maw of Obzedat a powerful tool for enhancing token armies and providing a way to seal the game. In standard I think I could see this card as a way to close out games in a token heavy build, you can also sacrifice creatures to protect against damage based sweepers which may provide a niche use for token decks providing a sacrifice engine and pump effect. In modern and legacy and vintage its effect is unimpressive and its mana cost is quite high eliminating it from the competition. In casual and multiplayer this card could see use as a decent body in a deck needing a sacrifice engine and with repeated use this effect ends games rather quickly also  a way for token decks to dominate combat. In limited it’s a powerful effect on a reasonably priced creature but lacks the full support of constructed formats to build around its effect. Overall a solid and powerful card that fulfills a niche and fulfills it well. Also the artwork is just soul suckingly sick.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Maw of Obzedat which is a five mana Black and White 3/3 that allows you to sacrifice a creature to give creatures you control +1/+1 until the end of turn.  This is a great response to removal that can really impact an opponent's ability to address a Black/White token swarm.  Turning a single 1/1 into a bonus for even two other creatures is a benefit, boosting an evasive attacker, or increasing an effect for dealing damage to an opponent are viable uses. 
The mana cost is a little high and without individual cards producing multiple tokens this isn't very efficient which will keep it from seeing play outside of very specialized decks.
 
In Limited the sacrifice of a creature for just +1/+1 is only going to be effective in a few scenarios and combined with the reduction in removal the value of maindecking this is not really there.  This can be safely passed in Booster as a five mana 3/3 and should be sidedecked in Sealed more often than not.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

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