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.
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.
- 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.