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Ambassador Laquatus

Ambassador Laquatus

Torment - Rare
1UU - Creatre Merfolk Legend - 1/3

3: Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.79 (7 Reviews)
Limited: 3.47 (6 Reviews)
Reviewed February 12, 2002

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



I can't decide if this is a millstone that attacks or a threshold enabler. I guess he's both, especially in Limited. Get you threshold, then work on decking your opponent. The fact that it's not a "tap" effect must end the game very quickly if they can't remove him. As for constructed, Legends rarely make it to the big time, especially when they don't tap to deal damage.
Fishy rating: Tunarific!
Limited rating: 3
Constructed Rating: 1

John B

In type 2 and Odessey block, you'll give your opponent threshold and possibly some flashback cards, and you probably still won't deck them in time.  In extended, you'll trigger your opponent's Gaea's Blessing.  You could use it on yourself, but there's better ways to fill your graveyard.  2


With the advent of threshold getting cards into the graveyard early has become a source of strength for many decks. The Ambassador not only helps attain threshold earlier but could be combined with various blue card drawers to mill away unneeded cards such as extra lands. He also functions offensively as a millstone for your opponent. I have seen many games, particularly in limited where decking an opponent became an unplanned road to victory. This card will see play in both constructed and limited.
Limited 4.5
Constructed 3.5 until the broken combo with this guy emerges.


Ambassador Laquatus is an interesting card in a few
ways.  First of all, it continues WotC's attempts at
making decking a viable strategy.  Secondly, being a
creature, it can kill you 2 ways, each completely
seperate in this case.  If Traumatize hasn't stepped
up the level of Millstone decks, then no creature
(which can easily be killed) is going to do it either.

In Limited, he provides a solid body with a moderate
ability.  I would still definately think of using a
better creature.


The ambassadar is a very interesting card.  In some ways it is VERY fragile.  However, in others, it can be very potent.  The casting cost seems about fair for this card.

Unfortunately, I don't see it getting a ton of use.  

In limited this card is worth taking.  With your opponents only having 40 cards, it's a strong possibility that you can deck them.

Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 2.9


Fletcher is taking some time off for some personal family issues.


Limited ***
Constructed **

Laquatus gives us control players the "deck you" option for Odyssey Block.  It does what it does very effectively considering there is no Tap symbol in the activation cost.  This means you could "mill" away tons of cards all in one turn later in games if you have access to alot of mana.  While this ability may seem superior to the traditional Millstone... Laquatus is much more fragile since it's a creature and thus easier for the opponent to deal with than an Artifact.

I'd think seriously about using this in Limited if I was heavy into Blue.  Early on Laquatus can help me achieve Threshold and later on could quickly deck the opponent who's running only a 40 card deck!


Ambassador Broken.  In limited, take it.  They only have 40 cards and very limited removal.  This guy resolving turns the game into a race.  The ability to block bears while doing some serious damage to your opponent's library.  This thing is Millstone on crack.
In constructed, you build around this guy the same way you built around Millstone.  You needed 4 Millstones because it taps, this guy only needs to be on the board in quantity 1.  A couple counters, drop him on turn 5, and we're off to the races.  I think Blue has a weapon of incredible speed.  Once it resolves, it's all instant speed decking - none of this tap out on turn 5 crap.

Limited - 5
Constructed - 4.5


Ambassador Laquatus is another one of my favorite cards, and he's had a lot
of hype around him.  Still, I think that will die down, because the current
deck with him, while potent, can be out performed by Psychatog and Enforcer
decks.  Still, he's a good card, that turns Millstone almost into an
obsilete pile of dung.  Thus, I give it a 4.

In limited, it's kind of iffy.  Sure, decking your opponent would be nice,
but in limited, there's too much nasty Threshold for him to be a high pick. 
Still, he's a decent wall for small creatures, and he is fairly cheap.  Yet,
his lack of being an offensive card damage wise hurts him in limited, thus,
I give him a 2.5.


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