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Nemesis - Rare
Limited: 3.98 (* Reviews)
Reviewed July 19, 2002
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Flowstone Overseer is my favorite card of all time.
Not because it's
good or anything, but because it was one of the
first cards I got when I
started. It has a lot of sentimental value to me,
and that's why I
wanted to review it.
From a players stand point, he is not all that
bad. He isn't really
playable in constructed, because his casting cost
his kind of hard to
play, and he is extremely red heavy, at times when
he was outshined by
Masticore, and ignored because Mono red aside from
Bridges was near
impossible. On the up side, his ability could be
helpful for you by
pumping up your creatures, and bad because it could
kill your opponents
In constructed, Masticore does everything this
guy does and a lot more,
and for an easier casting cost. A 2 in constructed.
In limited, this guy was a bomb. You took him
even if you weren't
playing red, because he was removal, and he helped
your creatures as
well when needed. In limited, a 4.
|I'm a little
biased. I played this guy at the Masques
Block PT at NY2000. His removal ability is
awesome, but against any deck BUT red, this guy
can tap a couple and deal more damage with an
attacking critter. He plays some ugly tricks
with the opponent. Not horrid in T2 when he
was legal, and ridiculous in block.
In limited, only draft this guy if you like
winning, because that's all he does in limited -
help you win.
Limited - 4.5
Current Price - $1.20
On its face this appears to be a solid
creature, a 4/4 for 5 with a decent ability.
But the problem has always been the RRR part
of the casting cost. This really hurt the
playability in any type of multi-colored
deck. The 5 cost makes him too slow for the
classic mono red decks like Sligh or Random
Ass Burn. So while he could have been a
decent creature with an alteration to the
colored mana requirement, instead he is just
another overcosted rare fatty. He is solid
in limited for decks with a heavy red
Constructed-1.5 (Where does he fit ?)
A good creature,
which can kill off most anything your
opponent plays (given enough red mana).
However, it's 5 mana for this. When you hit
5 mana, you want to be casting something
that takes control of the game by itself
immediately, and not over a feww turns.
given you had enough red, this guy was
great. Again, you want to be heavy red if
you're playing him, however, as it takes 3
red mana to cast him and 2 red to use his
This card is
odd. It doesn't match it's color very well, but
that's fairly irrelevant. This card is very much
like Masticore, except without that nasty upkeep,
but you have to be playing heavy (usually mono)
red to justify him.
Once he's on the table he's
very difficult to get rid of, and pretty soon all
your creatures are in the graveyard. Nasty, Nasty
stuff. Another Team Qualifier this weekend. Leland
is out of commission, so Fletcher and I have
picked up an old friend to play with us. Cheer us
on this weekend!
An absolute beating in either mono-red control or aggression,
Flowstone Overseer suffers from one drawback...
lack of "splashability".
(I think I just made up a new word... you heard it
here first kids!)
Anyway, with a whopping RRR in your casting cost
Overseer is not gonna make it into any multi-color
decks at all... especially when you consider his
special ability requires an even greater
commitment to Red!! A rather large drawback
considering the near total lack of mono-color
decks in constructed these days. This is
even a factor in Limited as you almost NEVER see a
mono-color deck in either draft or sealed.
Flowstone Overseer had
so much potential that never saw much use. With an
ability that could be used to kill creatures or
increase the damage taken by your unblocked
creatures, this guy packs quite a heavy punch. A
hefty red casting cost limits his use, and there
always ended up being something more consistent
to use in its place. I wouldn't mind seeing this
guy around today. He might be able to give Tog
decks the fits.
In limited, this guy is
huge, but requires you to play heavy red. Luckily,
red was decent in this block.
bomb-diggidy-bomb in limited, its only real use in
constructed was for a fifth Masticore-type
creature in Ponza or a semi-horrible replacement
once Masticore rotated out. A 4 in Limited, a 2.5