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Jester's Mask
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Jester's Mask
- Ice Age

Reviewed April 3, 2014

Constructed: 2.38
Casual: 3.38
Limited: 2.62
Multiplayer: 3.12

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BMoor

Jester's Mask

Not an easy effect's worth to gauge,
as it seems to have lost clout with age.
Not since Tenth with Head Games
has a card done the same
by today's standards this is quite strange.
But how many a game have you lost
when you failed to draw lands for the cost
of the spells in your hand?
Most decks just can't stand
If they can't play the cards they've been tossed.
When the Jester's Mask does its thing,
that's the very same fate it will bring.
Without spells to throw at you
Your opponent's a statue
Maybe that's why this effect's been dwindling?

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


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Jester's Mask
 
As the companion to Jester's Cap, this card was also one of the most famous cards from Ice Age in its day. You'd expect, then, that there was some sort of jester that played an important role in Ice Age's story, but I don't remember there being one. I'll have to read the books again to be sure, but that's too bad, really. While the Mask is perhaps not as generally useful as the Cap, it's certainly equally annoying if you can resolve it, much less repeatedly (Argivian Archaeologist was the go-to card in 1995, but there are additional options nowadays). Ever been given a hand of all lands when you were just getting ready to go to a powerful end-game? Or a hand of five cards that cost four or higher when you only had three lands? Feels pretty bad.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is a powerful artifact that allows you to rearrange the cards in your opponents hand. Forcing them to trade their hand full of threats for a hand full of land drops or useless spells is quite powerful. In competitive formats this card requires six mana to go off the turn you played it making it quite slow for anything competitive. In casual and multiplayer this card is quite powerful as it’s easy to tutor for and can be recurred to hit multiple opponents, it’s quite powerful and can gave you an edge. It’s a powerful artifact that is somewhat slow and has no immediate impact on the board which is one downside. In limited it seems powerful and can devastate opponent’s plans. Overall a somewhat powerful card for casual and limited environment’s.
 
Constructed: 1.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Jester's Mask which is a five mana artifact that comes into play tapped and for one and tapping is sacrificed to take an opponent's hand and library then choose cards from them equal to the hand to become their new hand.  The effect is impressive if the opponent has a decent number of cards, though without an untap effect they have time to empty their hand.  Bounce to hand effects work well alongside this and can maximize the benefit by altering the battlefield in addition to slowing tempo. Supported and played early this can dramatically impact an opponent's game and give you full knowledge of their deck, though it does take noticeable effort to achieve that result.
 
In Limited this is unlikely to be used while an opponent has much in hand they can cast, so the value is a bit more questionable. Fortunate timing or some effects may help, but mainly this will grant deck knowledge and possibly impact a card or two.  Other cards are more likely to have an effect on a game and even with this being colorless it doesn't merit an early Booster draft pick or a slot in most builds in Sealed.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer: 2.5


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