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Brawn
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 Brawn
- Judgment

Reviewed November 24, 2015

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 4.50
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 3.13

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

If you read enough of Mark Rosewater's articles, you'll find he's rather critical of his own work on the Odyssey block. He says it didn't go over very well with all players because its cards make you play in counterintuitive ways relative to basically every other block; sometimes the right play really is to discard your entire hand to active Wild Mongrel's ability six times, even if it isn't in combat. I actually really like that it makes you play in a unique style. Few sets were able to do that in such a thorough way; Odyssey and Rise of the Eldrazi are among the only ones.
 
I didn't own very many cards from the Odyssey block until after all three sets had been released, so I originally read Brawn as a way to get some sort of compensation for when it was inevitably killed. Of course, it is much more than that, and has if anything improved with time. It's a boon to every creature that everyone ever looked at and sighed, "if only this had trample". If your format also allows Gifts Ungiven or Fact or Fiction, you can get the effect while also drawing cards. It also wasn't bad in the old-style Ichorid Dredge decks, the ones that actually played lands; they could operate on one or two Bayous and Tropical Islands, and thus render opponents basically unable to throw their Llanowar Elves in the way of the onslaught to buy a turn.
 
I love that each of Judgment's Incarnation creatures takes the shape of one of the major races from the Odyssey block. It really helped tie the setting's mythology together on the cards. Perhaps we'll have a new Otaria expansion some day.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Starscream
 
Megatron, you fool!  By killing Brawn you gave Trample to Optimus Prime!

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Today's card of the day is Brawn which is a four mana Green 3/3 with Trample and when it is in your graveyard and you control a forest all creatures you control have Trample.  This is an absolutely fantastic effect to have in Commander or Multiplayer and aside from it potentially being removed instead of destroyed it offers exceptional value for the cost.  An opponent will not want to destroy it, so sacrifice effects can help in setting up other creatures to Trample for higher damage.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5
Commander: 4.5


Armuun
Brawn
 
I am ashamed for wizards they didn't save this name for a split card along with brains. Shame on you.

Trample! Gives things Trample! Trample over for game! Excitement?
 
Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited:4
Multiplayer: 3
EDH: 2...?

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