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Stalking Yeti
Cold Snap

Reviewed August 21, 2006

Constructed: 2.375
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.875

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Jeff Zandi

 5 Time Pro Tour

Stalking Yeti

My favorite red creature from Coldsnap. Well, maybe my SECOND favorite after Rimescale Dragon! This card may be just slightly less powerful than Flametongue Kavu (the card Stalking Yeti most closely resembles) but Stalking Yeti is a clear first pick in Coldsnap booster drafts. Stalking Yeti's biggest shortcoming is its casting cost. With a double mana intensity casting cost of 2RR, this Yeti will be tramping across a lot fewer constructed decks than if its casting cost was 3R like Flametongue Kavu.



Stalking Yeti

Well, it's 3 damage to a creature for 3R. Usually you can get it to be a 3/3 too, if there's a creature with power 2 or less out you'd like to hit with 3 damage. Then, if you've got snow mana, you can stack damage and bounce it back to you hand, ready to do it all over again. It's pretty good, being removal and a creature, and potentially reusable removal, but it doesn't really stack up to Cackling Flames, Char, or Galvanic Arc, so there's little hope for it in Constructed. In Limited, it's good, but mind instant-speed pumpers like Resize. The Yeti loves having them, but hates an opponent who has them.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 3
Limited- 3.5


Stalking Yeti

AWESOME in limited play! If you have the mana to support this guy, it's absolutely a must in your deck. Coldsnap is a little short on destruction, so something that can be used as recurring destruction is awesome in draft or sealed!

Maybe something to be considered for Casual play, too.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 4

Aburame Shino

Stalking Yeti

After a couple weeks off due to work and a trip to Gen Con, I'm finally ready to return to the Card of the Day, starting off with one of the few cards I actually like out of the set.

Stalking Yeti has one of the trickiest and most lethal abilities in Coldsnap limited, which is the ability for it to gun down opposing creatures every time you summon it. This gives you a chance to shoot opposing Zombie Mushers (providing they're out of Snow mana) and other small powerhouse creatures upon summoning. Also, you can also use the ability multiple times, if you use your snow mana to return it to your hand for another shooting. It also has a decent sized body for its cost, with it being a 3/3 for 4 mana.

The only thing I don't like about this card is that it doesn't have that strong of an ability in most constructed areas. I can see it being used in a format where there's a lot of small aggro decks running around, but that's it. In control heavy tournaments this is not an optimal decision.

Constructed: 3 - Only if you've got a weenie-heavy format.
Casual: 3 - It's a cool card with a cool ability.
Limited: 4 - Recurrable shooting is amazing, and it has a nice sized body to boot.


* Game Store Owner

I like this card a lot. It doesn't even require you to have snow lands. Obviously, you will need them though if you want to return him to your hand. I do like the fact that late in the game he can be multi purposed. I don't think he will see a ton of play, but he will be great in the few decks he shows up in.

Constructed: 2.5

Casual: 3

Limited: 3.5
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