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Pojo's Duel Masters Card of the Day

crystal lancer
Image from Wizards Duel Master site

  Crystal Lancer

Evo Crushinators of Doom

Date Reviewed: 5.26.04

Constructed Average Rating: 2
Limited Average Rating: 2.5

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating.

* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut
Crystal Lancer

Hmm! An unblockable 8000 Double Breaker...sweet. BUT... Liquid People suck, plain and simple. So this turns out to not be the bargain it wants to be. Evasion can be amazing, but not if you have to suffer with really badly costed Pre-evolutions in the meantime. By the time you get to drop him, bleh.

In limited, do not play this guy. You would have to play a significant number of Liquid People, which means you will be playing a really bad deck. You might not even get to turn 6 if you try it. Pick something else and pass the Lancer to your left.

Constructed: 2
Limited: 1.5
Meeeee Crystal Lancer-

Now this card is a huge bomb, two automatic, gauranteed shields, with absolutely no drawback. This is too good to be true. I currently play mono-blue, and this guy is my beatstick. Evolves from current "staples" in blue decks. Your one card drawing engine, Aqua Hulcus, now got you two shields be evolving. This guy isn't the new Depthcon like everyone says. This guy is better that Depthcon can ever wish to be. Cheaper, Stronger, evolves from things every blue player plays. Depthcon is more than obsolete. Lancer makes Depthcon seem as though it was never printed. One of the absolute best cards in the game. One of the many resasons I play blue.

Constructed- 5/5

Although Crystal Lancer is quite possibly one of the best bad boys in constructed, he suffers from the same problem as Barkwhip, and all other evolutions, your not really gonna be able to get enough base type creatures to be able to play them effectively. Althought, Lancer can be able to be drafted, in my opinion, because most people will draft any hulcus they can find. Barkwhip really needs a deck based around him to be effective. So in my honest opinion, this makes Crystal Lancer better than Barkwhip, and most other evo's.

Limited- 2/5

Stegyman Crystal Lancer


Crystal Lancer: Water Creature, evolution, 6-Mana, 8000 Attack, Double-Breaker, and it can't be blocked. Do I need to say more? How about it's an uncommon?..

Is this card good? I think it's just okay: not great, but not bad either. What I don't like is the 6-Mana cost, but in a Nature/Water deck that wouldn't matter; in fact, I would strongly suggest to play this card in ONLY Nature/Water because it would get it out a lot faster. But the bad thing is: there really aren't a lot of good "Liquid People" cards to play. Aqua Hulcus is good, and it's only 3-Mana, but the only other good creature is Aqua Sniper and that costs more than Crystal Lancer! Sure, Aqua Knight and Soldier are okay, but I don't see a lot of decklists running them.

Pros: 6-for-8000 Attack, Double Breaker, unblockable

Cons: hardly any good Liquid People creatures

If you can make this card work then by all means, go for it! But I think this card is a LOT better in Limited. It's only an uncommon and you could easily draft the other Liquid People creatures.

Tournament: 2/5

Limited: 3.5/5



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