Card Me: Scavenging Ooze

Scavenging Ooze may not be the prettiest card in Magic: The Gathering, but its sheer power makes up for its appearance.

Scavenging Ooze


Card Name: Scavenging Ooze
Mana Cost: 1Green
Converted Mana Cost: 2
Types: Creature — Ooze
Card Text: Green: Exile target card from a graveyard. If it was a creature card, put a +1/+1 counter on Scavenging Ooze and you gain 1 life.
Flavor Text: In nature, not a single bone or scrap of flesh goes to waste.
P/T: 2 / 2

Aside from being easy to bring out as a two-drop, Scavenging Ooze is prominent in many formats at the moment for both its potential and flexibility as a card.
Being able to exile any card in a target graveyard for a measly Green is quite deadly in itself because it hoses any graveyard-focused deck. However, its secondary effect of gaining a +1/1 counter and an extra life if it eats a creature is what makes this card dangerous.

Early in the game, Scavenging Ooze is still a decent 2/2 fighter, but it easily becomes stronger as a regular game plays out. Later on, there will definitely be plenty of  Green floating around for Scavenging Ooze to trigger multiple uses of its effect. Plus, you can bet a lot of creatures will exist in the graveyards for Scavenging Ooze to munch on.

In other words, having a fed and beefy Scavenging Ooze later in the game (and we’re talking at least 5/5 stats from its effect alone and with extra life gain to boot) is easy for this card to pull off consistently. When you’re hungry for wins, Scavenging Ooze certainly boosts your chances with its appetite for graveyard cards.


3 thoughts on “Card Me: Scavenging Ooze

  1. tarnishedsophia September 26, 2013 / 6:09 am

    You are sooo right about this card. In my store, we’ve had to raise the price of it *twice*, and we still can’t keep it in stock! Never before have I seen my MtG crowd so desperate for an Ooze…


    • Nhan-Fiction September 26, 2013 / 2:11 pm

      People learn to fear the ooze quickly, especially when it becomes a Scavenging Ooze mirror battle. :O


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