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Tradewind Rider

Tradewind Rider

Tempest - Rare
3U - Creature Spirit - 1/4

Tap, Tap two creatures you control:  Return target permanent to owner's hand

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 4.33 (8 Reviews)
Limited: 4.69 (7 Reviews)
Reviewed February 15, 2002

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



A great card from what many believe was the best major expansion ever issued by WOTC. Back when Tempest was T2 legal the Rider was a staple card in a number of decks including Aluren, Blue Beats, Living Death, and a few more I am too old to think of right now. He still appears frequently in Extended primarily due to his ability to bounce any permanent. He is also the grandfather of creatures with bouncing abilities like Waterfront Bouncer. He was likewise a great card in limited and just thinking about it makes me want to play a Tempest block draft...ah the memories. While I'm on memory lane I believe a Canadian once won a GP in Texas based on this card. Props to you Mr. Krakower, wherever you are !

Rating (Note these are based on old school formats)

Constructed 4.5
Limited 4.5


Tradewind Rider saw play in a few decks a while ago in
extended, but its use has been rare as of late (but
not non existant).  It requires a good few creatures
in play to be truly effective, and it's uses are
fairly one-sided.  Meaning, this only goes in decks
made to abuse it.

In limited, if one were to draft sets that far back,
Tradewind Rider should be huge, and a major reason to
play blue.

Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 5


I love this card :)

Too bad I can't find many ways to use him :(

He's even got amazing art.  In constructed he only seems to be good for a few days out of the year.  Hard to find space for him and make him work all the time.

In limited though, I would love to open this bomb rare.  It could definitely be good for turning the tide of a match.  Lots of neat combats tricks you could do to break stalemates.

Old School Rating: 4.3
Constructed: 2.6
Limited: 4.3


Way back during Grand Prix Austin I busted Tradewind Rider in my first pack.
  John Matson was sitting up at the front tables signing cards and I called
a judge up to take it up to him and have it signed.  I then played with it
and he was a bomb.  The question is, do you take a Rolling Thunder or this
guy?  Money or no?  Top 8 or no?  In Limited, an obvious 5.  In Constructed,
more decks than I'd like to talk about have this guy in them,
Tradewind-Prison, Tradewind-Awakening, etc.  Also a 5.  I hate playing
against it though.


Tradewind Rider is one of my all time favorite cards, from probably the best set ever released - Tempest. So much variety, so much fun for everyone - and the chase rares were worth chasing! In one qualifier in Nawlins, I opened up 2 of these bad boys, while the person next to me opened 2 Cursed Scrolls. We did the Beatdown Dance together and both made the top 8. I got Jeff Taylor in Tradewind Lock, he discarded a Rootbreaker Wurm, and I Reanimated it. He died shortly thereafter. I had 4 signed, doodled on by the artist Asian Tradewinds back when I collected, and I used those puppies in just about every deck I played.
Bounce Rating: "I'll tap my ophidian, my wall of roots, and my Tradewind and return that"
Limited Rating: 5
Constructed Rating: 5


Limited ****
Constructed *****

God this card was a blast!  At only 3U, a vanila 1/4 flier isn't bad at
all.  The Rider really shines tho' due to his fantastic special ability.
With all the 187 effects out there Tradewind is one of the few cards EVER
to encourage a blue mage to play loads of creatures!  Bouncing your Uktabi
Orangutan turn after turn to blow up opposing Cursed Scrolls is the nuts.
Tradewind even works wonders bouncing your opponents permanents...
Armaggedon with an active Tradewind is one heckuva soft lock!  =)


Tradewind helped give mono-blue one of it's first great non-Stasis archetypes.  In addition, it fit in so many other decks, that it became one of the most abused creatures of it's time.  It seems many people have forgotten it's greatness at this point, but don't think for a second that he couldn't still be dominant even in today's Extended environment.

Constructed: 4.5
Limited: 5.0


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John B

Unbelievably great.  This guy can slow almost any kind of deck, and do it during the opponent's end phase so that he's open for blocking.  Blocking fliers as well as non-, and with a respectable toughness of four, that is.  Entire decks have been built around him, and for good reason, but he fits into other decks as well.


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