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Suq'Ata Lancer 
Visions Common

Reviewed August 3, 2004

Constructed: 2.7
Casual: 2.6
Limited: 3.3

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Um...yeah...flanking.  Okay, that is before my time.  I'm going to hope that one of our other reviewers will take a moment and explain that for us all.  *ahem*  Yeah, this is what happens when you let a reader make the picks for CotD...  ;)  ... kinda irrelevant stuff this week.

Uh, without flanking, this is just a grey ogre with haste.  Not bad, but I'm sure the whole flanking thing comes into play here somehow.  *shrug*  Either way, I can't imagine this card would have much impact on any environment. *yawn*
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 2.5

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Suq'Ata Lancer - Visions - $0.37

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Suq'Ata Lancer
Mirage block brought with it the ability called Flanking. Flanking was
underappreciated at first, but was recognized as a very powerful combat
ability soon enough. When a creature without flanking blocks a creature with
flanking, the non-flanking blocker receives a -1/-1 until end of turn. That
means that 1/1 non-flankers that block the Lancer go to the graveyard
without dealing any damage. Suq'Ata Lancer was extra cool because it had
haste, even though they didn't call it that then. As a powerful common,
Suq'Ata Lancer was awesome in limited play. In constructed, he was a part of
quite a few aggressive decks, mono red as well as red/green.
CASUAL:              3.5
LIMITED:              4.0

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer

Suq'Ata Lancer


Ah, the guy that made Grey Ogre the worst card ever. The Lancer was the must have draft card for the Mi/Vi/Wl format. He was an amazing tempo play, being able to attack in to someone else three drop on turn three and either hit for two, or take out their three drop if they blocked, since so few creatures had a three toughness in that format for a three drop. This guy was a staple in the format, and only recently, with Wizards pushing more and more towards stronger creatures, has he fallen out of memory as one of the best of his time.


Constructed:                 3

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        5



* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

Suq'Ata Lancer - Tuesday

This is a great card. I always liked flanking. This was probably the best of the flanking creatures. this is largely due to the fact that it has haste. This guy was reasonably hard to stop. In casual play, it's good, but highly underrated. It also only an average creature in limited play.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 2
Suq'Ata Lancer --

This card isn't over-the-top amazing, but it is a solid creature for its cost. A 2/2 with haste is nothing to scoff at, and when you add Flanking to the mix, the creature becomes a viable threat. I wouldn't play the Lancer in Type I, just because his quality isn't quite up to snuff with good red threats like Ball Lightning or Mogg Fanatic. In limited or casual, however, the Lancer will always get my consideration. His Flanking ability can knock out many other creatures in the early game, or at least provide enough advantage to swing the game in your favor. Casual games especially don't like guys to start swinging early, and combined a few more early threats, the Lancer becomes a force to be reckoned with.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 3.5

 Van Zandt

Suq'Ata Lancer
Flanking should make a comeback,  and this guy saw some play,  but he's not
amazing.  A good filler creature.
constructed 2.5
casual 3
limited 3 

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