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Jester's Cap
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Jester's Cap
- Ice Age

Reviewed March 31, 2014

Constructed: xx
Casual: xx
Limited: xx
Multiplayer: xx

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BMoor

Jester's Cap

Though this card has long gone out of style
Its effect is especially vile
As you play the intruder
to pre-empt their tutor
With proactive resource denial

When something like this is in tandem
with other mill cards that aren't random
Your opponents lose hope
as you reduce the scope
Of their bombs and their chances to land 'em.

Though at four and two mana to use it,
You must think if you're going to choose it,
If it's not in a deck
built around such effects
then it's dead weight and you ought to lose it.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3
Limited- 2.5
Multiplayer- 2


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Jester's Cap
 
I've always held an appreciation for Jester's Cap. The first one I ever encountered was the Ice Age version, and in a casual environment where people often didn't own more than one or two of their best cards, it was not only devastating but rather transgressive. (Much later, I learned that competitive decks of that era were actually often the same - even Brian Weissman only played two Serra Angels and a Fireball to go with all his Moxes and Counterspells!) Nowadays, people sometimes say that six mana is a lot to pay for a card that doesn't do your laundry when it comes into play,  but don't be fooled - depriving your opponent of the three best cards in their deck at the right time of a game can be the difference between staying on top and getting thrown down.
 
I must also say, even in a period of my hobby when I've been reading up on Abe Sargent's Commander 95 variant, and those crazy but awesome Swedish guys who invented the 93/94 Constructed format, this card got better art in the Ninth Edition than in Ice Age. The guy with the hat is iconic, but the card's high impact and looming menace are better illustrated by that grinning offspring of Harley Quinn and Kefka Palazzo.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
 

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Jester's Cap which is a four mana artifact that for two is tapped and sacrificed to search target player's library and exile three cards.  The cost is a little high for the faster formats, but it is excellent at both learning and disrupting an opponent's strategy by removing key components.  It works well in the sidedeck against combo designs and overall is a decent manipulation card that still sees some play in Modern and Commander.
 
In a Limited format where this is available it can be a serious threat that can pre-remove most of an opponents best cards that remain in their deck.  In particular it can exile the outs that would be the draws needed to handle your own threat, such as removal or a creature that can block evasive.  The potential to be used in response to the current board state and colorless nature makes this a very strong addition to any Sealed deck and top choice in Booster.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


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