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Varchild's War-Riders 
Alliances Rare

Reviewed December 19, 2002

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Varchild's War-Riders + Subterranean Spirit (a.k.a. the Subbie) = greatness combo. :)  Okay, that's the only real known combo for this guy.  He's fast, but just not big enough to justify the cost. 

In limited, no way.  Giving your opponent mega amounts of critters, no matter the size, is BAD.

Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 1
Current Price: $1.20


Ah, quick Red beatdown. On turn 2, you throw down a 3/4 and let the beats begin. Yeah, your opponent gets a 1/1 token on your upkeep, but since you have Trample AND Rampage, they will still be behind the gun. You will at the very least get a good jump on them, and with the right deck may be able to finish them off. Maybe with a little bit o' Earthquake to rattle their 1/1's off the board....I have to say I like Judge Bill's idea of Lure with this.

In limited, fast big beats are almost never a bad idea. But just make sure the rest of your deck follows the aggressive fast beats theme, or you could eventually get overrun by 1/1's.

Constructed - 3

Limited - 3

Judge Bill

Another card with a severe upkeep. Giving an opponent 1/1's isn't something that would generally help you. But use cards like Lure and Caltrops, and you have a high potential for abuse, since the Caltrops will stop them from attacking, and the Lure will force them to block, making the War Riders huge (due to rampage) and killing your the tokens, so the upkeep problem really isn't a problem.
This also has some minor political influences in multiplayer, but since I don't play multiplayer much, I'll stop here.
Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 1

 Van Zandt

Varchild's War-riders
Well, it's 2 mana for a 3/4, but you ensure your opponent can always block
with at least 1 critter, meaning at best a constant 2 points of damage,
while giving him a horde of other creatures to smash your face with. Good
if you want your opponent to have creatures, and lots of 'em.
constructed- 2
limited- 1.5

Danny Tatro

    This thing is really powerful for only 1R. I had a lot of good ideas using this card... 2nd turn Varchild's War-Riders, 3rd turn plague spitter... but when this was ext legal so was force of will. =(

     Still I think its a very under looked card. The fact that it makes a little combo in itself is neat, and its really beefy for early game. Maybe use engineered plague... I dunno but you have to always have a 2 card combo with this card. And most good tourney cards nowadays aren't card combos, but more like good synenergy. (The rock for example, or G/U madness.)

     In limited its more questionable... play it wait 2 turns then let it die maybe? Nah.... not worth your time here...

     Sealed it might be better... but still no where near enough to play effectively.

Constructed: 3.5 -Hey, in the right deck, its definitely a 3.5 =D
Limited: 1
Sealed: 1

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