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Cavern Harpy

Reviewed August 30, 2005

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.16
Limited: 3.15

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Jeff Zandi

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Cavern Harpy

First of all, "Cavern Harpy" is NOT appropriate slang for your girlfriend, no matter WHAT company you happen to find yourself in. Now that we have THAT

out of the way, let's talk about one of Invasion block's top creatures. The Harpy was a very high pick in Invasion block limited drafts because you could use it to return blue or black creatures to your hand that had beneficial coming into play effects. More recently, in constructed, Cavern Harpy was the linchpin of the Aluren deck, which used Cavern Harpy to create

a repeating (not necessarily infinite) combo. Anyway, the Harpy has more than proven itself in both constructed and limited.

Tim Stoltzfus Cavern Harpy

Carvern Harpy is the perfect example of how a seemingly harmless card can go horribly awry. When mixed with Aluren from Tempest, Cavern Harpy created an engine that allowed for infinite life gain, card drawing, and/or life loss for your opponent. While it is a key cog in the Aluren deck, outside of that, Cavern Harpy isn’t terribly good in tournament play overall. In limited, this is an excellent addition to most U/B decks, acting as an excellent blocker and a way to abuse comes-into-play effects.

Constructed – 3
Casual – 2
Limited –3


Cavern Harpy

This guy saw a lot of play doing tricks for their owners. Play the Harpy, bounce a creature with some nice come-into-play ability and replay it. Then bring back Harpy to your hand, rinse and repeat. It's a nice cost of only 2 mana, and it flies to boot. Its return ability is also well-costed at only 1 life. A good bargain if you want to construct a circus around him. And add to that he can evade death for a cost of 1 life...this guy is good times.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 4
Limited - 3
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