It’s been a while since we’ve taken a look
at a shield trigger creature. Poltalester,
the Spyroid is not only that but also a
blocker. This should be pretty
interesting. Let’s take a look at this rare
but useful combination of effects.
Poltalester, the Spyroid
(When this creature is put
into your hand from your shield zone, you
may summon it for no cost.)
(Whenever an opponent's
creature attacks, you may tap this creature
to stop the attack. Then the 2 creatures
This creature can’t attack players.
Shield trigger creatures are typically
weaker than normal because of their
potentially free cost. However, in
Poltalester’s case it’s even weaker than
what we’re normally accustomed to. Having a
cost of 5 mana for only 2000 power is pretty
sad, but it’s still comparable to other 5
mana creatures such as Corile, Mist Rias,
and Mongrel Man. Usually when the odds are
stacked this way, the creature boasts a very
powerful effect, right?
Unfortunately my opinion is mixed.
Poltalester’s effects are not game-winning
by far, but then again they don’t have to
be. As we’ve seen, shield trigger blockers
are not cheap to begin with. The cheapest
one is Hunter Cluster, which is 4 mana and
comes in at a meager 1000 power. However by
using Poltalester, we add 1 more mana and
get 1000 extra power. The problem that we
also run into is that it can’t attack the
opponent. It’s basically a matter of
picking your poison. Of course, duelists
who love to stall are going to get a huge
kick out of this creature. We’re pretty
fortunate that Poltalester is from the Light
Civilization because when you have support
cards like Pala Olesis on the field, your
opponent is giving you a free 4000 power
blocker. Now we’re getting serious.
My overall opinion is that if you decide to
throw this creature into any deck then it’s
not really going to be too helpful. When
you think about it, you only need to pay 1
mana for a La Ura Giga, Sky Guardian, which
pretty much is the same thing. However, if
you’re developing a strategy around this
creature and would like to stall in general,
then Poltalester is more than worth it. Add
in Petrova and Ikaz, the Spyroid and you’ll
shred your way through everything.
A free blocker that can stand up to
creatures with 2000 power or less.
Even though it’s a blocker, it’s not the
best creature to be top-decking.
Almost everything that this creature can do
can be accomplished with a La Ura Giga, Sky
Guardian for 4 mana less.
3/5 – Poltalester gets a solid 3 out of 5.
It’s not the worst and it’s not the best,
but it’s good for a few surprises. Sure
it’s cool to summon it for free but when you
think about it La Ura Giga, Sky Guardian
(and all other 1 mana blockers) can come out
on the first turn anyway.
3.5/5 – Shield triggers aren’t too common in
limited so this creature will be fairly
desirable. Blockers are also difficult to
draft so this creature will be a very
welcome bonus. Just don’t expect it to stay
on the field for too long.
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!
- DRY 1337