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Stronghold Rare

Reviewed July 16, 2003

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Intruder Alarm

Constructed: 2
Limited: 1.75
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Intruder Alarm has combo written all over it, though I just can't think of what that combo would be. I wasn't playing during Tempest block, so I don't know how it was abused then, if it was.


Okay, I asked Scott about how it was used then. He said there was some combo using Urza cards. It involved Cloud of Faeries, a pinger (something that taps to deal one damage to a player), and repeatedly bouncing and replaying a creature. Intruder alarm repeatedly untapped the pinger and you could ping the opponent to death. Interesting.

In limited, you really eliminate most any combo potential, so the card becomes almost pointless and not worth a slot.

Constructed: 2
Limited: 1.5

Judge Bill

Intruder Alarm
An interesting comboish card. I once had the deck built back when it was in Stronghold that had it, Tradewind Rider, Deranged Hermit, and Priest of Titania. Good times.
Unfortunately, though, there's not that much that can abuse this card these days. It seems like an interesting card to be able to attack and play defense (by casting a creature after combat), but it is symmetrical, and it's costing you the card.
Same problems in limited. You'll typically have much better.
Constructed: 2
Limited: 1.5


Intruder Alarm

I really, I'm talking really, think this is a fun card >>> Intruder Alarm +
Voice of the Woods
This is a great combo to build a deck around. Tap five elves, a 7/7
elemental is put into play, which triggers the Alarm, into untapping all
creatures, then you can go ahead and make another elemental, producing an
infinite number of them!

Intruder Alarm
Casual Rating: 3.6
Combo Deck: 5 (duh, it's needed)

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