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Rattleclaw Mystic
- Khans of Tarkir

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2014

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 3.83
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.50

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Rattleclaw Mystic

And so, Khans of Trokir Week on Pojo.com begins! If you haven't seen anything about the new set yet and we're your first source, then thank you for your loyalty! Also this is a pretty good card to serve as the first one you see of the new set.

First, you'll notice that it taps for G, R, or U. An odd combination that might get you wondering. Well, as the Mystic implies, Khans of Trokir does indeed have a theme of "enemy color combinations", which makes it a multicolor set.
Second, you'll notice Morph is back! We've seen Morph twice before, and both times it's helped create some pretty tricky game states where you can never be sure just what's currently attacking you. The second time we saw it, it was almost completely localized in Blue. Rattleclaw Mystic is green, but it produces blue mana. Could this mean that this time around, Morph is a green, red, and blue mechanic? I'll spoil it for you: no. There are Morph cards in all five colors in this set.

Third, you see that strange mark behind the rules text that looks like a claw mark? What is that? I'll tell you; it's a watermark. You see, the titular "Khans" of Trokir are the leaders of five different clans. Each clan is represented by a different watermark, and a different color combination, much like the guilds of Ravnica or the Shards of Alara. Rattleclaw Mystic is part of the "Temur" clan. We'll be seeing the other clans over the course of the week.

But as for the card itself, this could be an interesting piece of any Temur deck. It's a solid mana accelerator that can also act as a face-down 2/2, thus bluffing itself to be just about anything. A big part of Morph environments is the dramatic tension between the giant fearsome win conditions that lurk under the 2/2, the measures you need to go through to deal with them before they show their true colors, and the smaller or otherwise nonthreatening creatures that you use to trick the enemy into wasting their resources fighting their own paranoia.

There's also the fact that this is a mana acclerant and color fixer that can be played face down and then turned face-up for colorless mana, making it a solid color fixer for a three-color deck.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 3

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Rattleclaw Mystic which is a two mana Green
2/1 that can tap for Red, Green, or Blue mana plus it can Morph for two mana and when it is turned face up it adds one of each to your mana pool. The Morph to make it a 2/2 for three mana or spending an additional two to get the mana effect is a situational benefit as mana fixing, though the regular tap effect will be used far more often.

Overall this is a solid source of acceleration for Green/Red, Green/Blue, or Red/Green/Blue builds that will see play across formats with Commander builds likely to include it in many decks.

In Limited this is an early game form of acceleration attached to a decent 2/1 body that has no drawbacks to including when using Green.
The added benefit when running Red or Blue in addition to Green makes this one of the top support choices if using two or all three of those colors. An easy inclusion in Sealed and a worthwhile second or third pick in Booster.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

Mattedesa

Deck Garage

Rattleclaw Mystic

At first glance, I thought of this only as a mana fixer for the new color intensive new wedges. After a better look, I saw that not only is it a great fixer, but it's a very potent accelerator as well. Play him morphed when you get to three mana. Next turn, he only takes two to flip over, and produces a gain of 1 immediately. Then, tap him for his mana ability, and assuming you hit your mana drop this turn, you have accellerated into a potent, multicolor six-drop - of which there are many in this set.

Time will only tell if there are enough playable morph creatures to make this confusing at all to opponents, but even if it doesn't, this can ramp your power level up in a big hurry. Just for giggles, throw in an Elvish Mystic turn 1, Generator Servant turn 2, this guy morphed turn 3, flip him turn 4, and play a hasty 9 drop on turn 4! Are there any good 9 drops?

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5
Multiplayer: 4


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Rattleclaw Mystic
 
I've always felt that Druid of the Anima, from way back in Shards of Alara, is an underrated card. Yeah, she obviously isn't part of the "god tier" occupied by Birds of Paradise and Noble Hierarch, thanks to the fact that one extra mana in a cost doesn't always translate to one more turn. But she still gets you to four mana on turn three, and is on-color and on-theme with some of the strongest multicolored creatures we've ever seen. And that's something you can also say about Rattleclaw Mystic. If some of the Temur clan's creatures with very specific mana costs have any chance of hitting the field in Standard, it will probably have a lot to do with this guy. Add this to the fact that his morph ability actually nets you one more mana than it cost to flip him, and you have the makings of a very interesting card.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

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