Saturday, October 1, 2011

Card of the Day - October 1st

"I know where you sleep."
Today's card is the Dream Stalker, an annoying little dude from Time Spiral with a lot of powerful interactions. By himself, a 1/5 on turn two at the cost of a land drop is a pretty good way to put a damper on aggressive strategies in the pre-dismember days. Not that it matters, since that's not what he'll be used for.

Oh shi-
A unique and uncommon pauper strategy, but a strong one nonetheless, relies on powerhouse Ninjutsu creatures, like Mistblade Shinobi. The idea is that the the ninja will replace the Stalker and then the Stalker will come down and reset the ninja. The strategy is potent as monoblue with Call to Heel, Sea Gate Oracle, Mulldrifter, and a handful of other cards, but has a great support in white in the form of Momentary Blink and Kor Skyfisher. The former will reset a stalker, Mulldrifter, etc., while the latter serves as a second Dream Stalker while providing an evasive body for the ninja at the same time.

When I first started playing EDH, I had a bad straight blue bounce deck with Linessa, Zephyr Mage, designed to profit as much as possible from bouncing the table and ways to bounce the table as often as possible. Aformentioned staples like Mulldrifter and the Dream Stalker made the cut alongside cards like Thalakos Seer, Cryptic Command, AEthersnipe, Capsize, and Evacuation. It didn't win much and was built more to have a good time (as Commander should be), and that's what it did. And the Stalker let that happen. So a shoutout to this crappy common is well deserved.

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