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Stern Constable
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Stern Constable
- Shadows over Innistrad

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2016

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.8
Multiplayer: 2.4
Commander [EDH]: 2.4

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David Fanany

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Stern Constable
 
In a vacuum, this card asks a bizarrely high price for a removal effect that doesn't even get another creature off the table, nor stop activated abilities and the like. Of course, there are so many Magic cards now that it's hard to assess any of them in a vacuum, and that's even before you remember that madness was one of the featured mechanics in Shadows Over Innistrad. It also occurs to me that the Constable is a one-cost creature and can thus put an Inkwell Leviathan in your graveyard on your second turn. That may or may not turn out to be a reason to use it instead of, say, Merfolk Looter - extra cards are universally beneficial, but slowing down an opposing Tarmogoyf or turning off a Deathrite Shaman is almost as good sometimes.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5 

James H.

Stern Constable (12/7)

 

The ability to hold down an attacking (or blocking) creature is good, and it makes this mean in Limited. Discarding a card may seem like a massive downside, but this is also from the block with Delirium and Madness, both of which benefit from discard (either directly or indirectly). Having a source able to enable these effects is pretty potent, and it makes for a nice play overall.

 

Unfortunately, white has a lot of these effects already, on bodies better than 1/1, and white has the worst card advantage. Outside of Limited, I don't really see this guy having a place.

 

Constructed: 2

Casual: 3

Limited: 3.75

Multiplayer: 1.75

Commander: 1.75


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