Just out of curiosity, who here has played Limited with this set and seen how Scavenge performed there? I have. Sluiceway Scorpion
is quite good. Deadbridge Goliath
is devastating - there are 7 ways to destroy it and 3 ways to exile it in the set, and I believe that only two of them are common. If your opponent does manage to kill it, they better have one of the few ways to block the graveyard ability.
It's not a Constructed ability in most shapes/form, but it's extremely good in situations with "Limited" removal.
Now, leaving aside the question of what it's actually for, it's simply not a good sell. Overload is very sexy because the payoff is ridiculous - return every nonland permanent you don't control to owner's hand at instant speed? Awesome! Build a +X/+X creature at sorcery speed? Yawn.
It's also just outclassed by its contemporaries - Thragtusk
is format-warping, and Deathrite Shaman
is format-defining. If you play scavenge cards you're just giving your opponents extra value when they eat your stuff for fun and profit.
If you wanted scavenge to show up in a tournament, you needed to not print Deathrite Shaman or do twists on Bramblewood Paragon
and Oona's Blackguard
. Even the latter isn't likely to help in the face of the ubiquitous Shaman.