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Varolz, the Scar-Striped says

Each creature card in you graveyard has scavenge. Their scavenge cost is equal to its mana cost.

My question is simple: do I get to choose which side I can scavenge?

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The answer is simple: No. You must choose the card's front face (the face which has the sun symbol in the top-left corner.) In the case of flip cards, you must choose the card's normal characteristics.

Rule reference:

711.2a In every zone other than the battlefield, and also on the battlefield with its front face up, a double-faced card has only the characteristics of the front face.

709.2. In every zone other than the battlefield, and also on the battlefield before the permanent flips, a flip card has only the normal characteristics of the card. Once a permanent is flipped, its normal name, text box, type line, power, and toughness don't apply and the alternative versions of those characteristics apply instead.

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on the plus side, you can scavenge death's shadow and phyrexian dreadnaught to get 13 or 12 respective +1/+1 counters for only 1 mana! –  Patters Apr 17 '13 at 12:08
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