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  Sapian Tark, Flame Dervish

Card # DM-40

Date Reviewed: 12.14.06

Constructed Average Rating: 3.5
Limited Average Rating: 3.5

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


DRY 1337


Today we get a chance to look at one of the most effective 3 mana wave strikers.  Sapian Tark is beautiful because of its power, low cost, and the fact that it can attack untapped creatures.  What could be better?  Oh yeah… aside from having it NOT be a wave striker.  Ha!


Sapian Tark, Flame Dervish


Cost: 3

Race: Dragonoid


Civilization: Fire


Type: Creature

Rules Text:
Wave striker (While 2 or more other creatures in the battle zone have "wave striker," this creature has its Wave Striker ability.)
Wave Striker This creature gets +4000 power and can attack untapped creatures.

Power: 2000+

After all the wave striker reviews you’ve read this week, I’m sure that you’re all well-versed with the problems surrounding these decks, right?  In other words wave strikers are useless unless you consistently have at least 3 in the battle zone.  Sapian Tark, Flame Dervish works exactly the same way.  It’s a potentially dangerous creature but appears to bee seemingly harmless when it remains at 2000 power for 3 mana.  Naturally you have to be bold when playing with wave strikers.


If anything, Sapian Tark should always be summoned on turn 3.  The reason for this is because you’ll want it to be ready to attack as soon as its effect kicks in, which is turn 4 at the earliest.  Trust me… once Sapian Tark gets its effect, you’ll pretty much decimate any monster your opponent throws at you.  Having 6000 power with the ability to attack untapped creatures seems fairly broken and you’ll be able to pick off each of your opponent’s creatures while you build up your wave striker army.


Overall this creature has an average cost and an incredible effect if you can pull it off.  However your biggest hurdle will be actually keeping at least 3 wave strikers in the battle zone.  For example, if you have 3 wave strikers in the battle zone and at tapped Sapian Tark, once your opponent removes a wave striker, Sapian Tark goes back down to 2000 power and becomes a sitting duck.  It’s a difficult gamble.


The Good:  When you have 3 wave strikers in the battle zone, Sapian Tark will look like a Bazagazeal Jr.


The Bad:  It suffers the drawbacks of wave strikers.


The Ugly:  If this guy is tapped and your wave striker count drops to below 3 then you’re out of luck.



Constructed Rating: 3.5/5 – It’s one of the better wave strikers.  Just keep an eye out on the wave striker count in the battle zone.


Limited Rating: 3.5/5 – It’s fairly useful in limited.  I’d recommend using it.


Please feel free to post your comments, questions, and/or objections on the Message Board and I’ll be more than happy to respond.  Happy dueling!


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