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Gempalm Strider 
Legions Uncommon

Reviewed March 20, 2003

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Gempalm Strider - 

Constructed: 3
Limited: 3
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Gempalm Strider - This is a nice, versatile card. At the least, he's a 2/2 Grizzly Bear. End game, in a well-constructed Elf deck, he's a mini Overrun, and at instant uncounterable speed. Goodness.

In limited, his Bear-ness is decent enough to consider him for inclusion. As I stated yesterday, it's not easy to get a good tribal deck going in limited, but if you can get at least 7 to 9 or 10 Elves, Gempalm Strider may be a good thing. If not, he's just okay then. A 2/2 for 1G, so faster than a morpher, but lacking the mystique. Still, getting him out a turn earlier than a morph gives you some tempo, pretty important in a green beats deck.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 3

Judge Bill

Gempalm Strider
I don't really like this card. Don't get me wrong, but I think there are a lot better things to so with your 4 mana if you want to "save" creatures. I could be wrong, but I don't see this getting much play.
In limited, unless you've got 5+ elves you're playing, this is pretty much a dead card. So I'd avoid it here too.
Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 2

 Van Zandt

Gempalm Strider
well, you want to cycle him, and he's a bit pricey to do that, but he does
gain you card advantage.  and he's an elf grizzly bear, which isn't
constructed 3.1
limited 3.2


Gempalm Strider is nice as a bear with a decent cycle ability. Not amazing but useful for Elf decks.


Constructed Elf decks may very well use him but the cycle cost is a bit high 2.85


Limited Not nearly as good in constructed but there are a lot of elves out there right now 2.30


PEZ Not nearly good enough for an Uncommon slot but playable 1.95

Gempalm Strider

I know what most of you are thinking, why another damn elf right? Just
build a fun elf ball deck and you'll know why we're reviewing two elfs, two
days in a row... the deck's just fun to play. ^_^This one's your average
bear with a pretty decent effect for later in the game, for four mana you
get to draw a card and pump your elves, what more could you ask for...
besides trample?

In limited his ability is only good if you got a bunch of elves and if you
then you get a 2/2 for two mana while your opponent's paying 3 for a morph
creature. Granted he's not great but he's not awful either.

Constructed 2

Limited 2.5
Scott Sager Gempalm Strider

Obviously only playable in Elf-ball, but it is outstanding at it's roll there.  A 2/2 for 2cc and an uncounterable boost for your army of elves that replaces itself.

Limited:  It's a 2/2 for 2cc which makes it playable, but the cycling ability is just too expensive for it only boosting elves.

Constructed:  2 (4 in Elf-ball)

Limited:  3.5 (as a creature)

Danny Tatro

Gempalm Strider

     Hey, its the second card in a row thats in my block deck! This guy is nothing real in constructed, but hes not too horrible. But you won't ever see him see play so there! =P
Possibly a elf block deck card or sumtin?
     in limited hes much better cause hes a bear. Also if you draft lots of elves- no one will see this coming, and he can net you major board and card advantage. Great in the right situation, otheriwse hes a expensive-cycling bear, and bears in this format are good.

Constructed: 1
Limted: 3.0


Gempalm Strider

Doesn't he look like he's peddling pot?  I mean he's
even holding some green out for you.  I can imagine
him saying "Hey, want some of this cool stuff I got
from Krosa?"  Now back to the card.  He cycles for
just too much, He's nice in limited if you play elves


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