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Plated Seastrider (and Baltimore Prereleases!)

This weekend is the weekend for  the Scars of Mirrodin Prerelease Events and you’re invited for some fun! I’ll be at both Dream Wizard’s Big Regional Prerelease on Saturday and The Amazing Spiral’s Prerelease on Sunday. Joe, BigHeadJoe of the Yo! MTG Taps! podcast will be arriving very late on Saturday then running the show at Amazing Spiral on Sunday.

If you’re in the Baltimore, MD area area please stop on by, join in some Sealed action, challenge me for the chance to win a booster pack, and give me some of the foil commons I’m after.

You know you want to.

And in other news, Scars of Mirrodin isn’t just piles of artifacts despite how easy it would be to see that. There appears to be at least one card in every color that could make it into the next update and today I’m giving you a blue one: Plated Seastrider.

Plated Seastrider, Common from Scars of Mirrodin

You may be confused. Don’t worry: it will become clear in a minute. Let’s talk about something first: think about the most powerfully efficient, aggressive creatures in the game. Now which of these are empirically powerful all alone. And, finally, which of them are blue and common?

I came up with a blank.

Blue doesn’t have access to a sufficient diversity of aggressive, efficient creatures at common. There are a few that are floating around in the cube but the bulk of blue’s power comes at the later parts of the mana curve after aggressive decks have rolled out their troops. The answer, as far as I have determined, is to provide blue suitable defensive creatures that resist such aggressive strategies.

Plated Seastrider reminds me of another card I’m currently seeking: Arabian Nights Giant Tortoise. Wormfang Drake is another. What makes these guys “good” in my cube?

  • Only two mana feels efficient and early enough to matter.
  • Four toughness puts it out of immediate burn range.
  • One power is enough to kill many annoying X/1 creatures.

These high toughness, cheap creatures aren’t the only thing that helps give blue a standing chance but from the preliminary changes I’ve implemented it appears that these creatures are working as intended: sufficient speed bumps in the aggro road.

Not every creature has to be exciting in a vacuum for it to work wonders fulfilling a necessary and highly useful role, and it’s this concept that has me more and more excited.

  1. Sanders
    September 25, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    I have a giant tortoise if you want it buddy.

    • September 26, 2010 at 10:35 PM

      I have an Arabian Nights version on pseudo-order from the store dealer, Chris. He has collected sets of the oldest cards and said he “definitely has at least one of those little buggers.”

      I never knew a 1/4 was a “little bugger” but I now have a great catchphrase to call them.

      Thanks man!

  2. Sanders
    September 27, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    I think mine is Arabian Nights as well. And foil. And Alternate art. Oh and its signed by the artist, who died 6 months ago. But seriously, I think its from Arabian Nights.

    • September 27, 2010 at 10:23 AM

      I need to make a hierarchy of pimp flowchart. That may be a project due soon.
      And indeed, your imaginary version of Giant Tortoise is, by far, significantly more pimp than the regular.

  1. October 10, 2010 at 1:42 AM

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