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Lurking Informant

Reviewed December 09, 2005

Constructed: 2.33
Casual: 2.66
Limited: 3

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Jeff Zandi

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Lurking Informant

At first, I thought this creature might not be worth the effort in Ravnica limited, but I have learned since that this is a very useful card. In limited, you need this guy. You might want to mill your opponent, you might want to improve the quality of your next draw by using this card on yourself, you might even just want to block a 1/1 from time to time. In constructed, this card seems a little weak, but I wouldn't be surprised if he was important in Ravnica block constructed decks.


Paul Hagan

Lurking Informant --

I swear, when I first looked at this card, I felt like I was seeing one too many mana symbols. Two mana for a 1/2 is usually subpar unless it contains a useful ability. A-ha! Lurking Informant has a useful ability, right? All you have to do is turn him sideways...AND PAY TWO MANA? WHY? The ability is so amazing that it warrants a two mana cost, especially since Millstone could accomplish almost double the same effect for the same cost. Yes, I realize that sometimes you might want to leave that top card there, but usually only if it is going to be a land. If Lurking Informant's activated ability had cost one colorless mana, I might have given him more consideration. As is, keep him away from any serious decks.

In limited, mill strategies tend to be a bit more effective since you are playing with twenty fewer cards than you normally would be. Lurking Informant also helps hunt for those one or two bomb cards that your opponent might have pulled. I think he is worth consideration in Limited, but hardly a first pick.

Constructed Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 1.5
Limited Rating: 2.0


Lurking Informant
Very irritating to play against. For only 2 mana, it will often draw a destruction spell out of your opponent's hand, which is one less for them to play against your better creatures. In limited, this is the card your opponent does NOT want to see you play if their mana draw is bad, either screwed or flooded. In those cases, you can use Informant to further hurt their draw, setting them way back as you continue to set up your side of the board. A nice combo with Wizened Snitches.
Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 3
Limited - 3.5
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