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Karplusan Wolverine
Cold Snap

Reviewed August 24, 2006

Constructed: 2.3
Casual: 2.6
Limited: 2.83

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Karplusan Wolverine

In Coldsnap booster draft, Skred is a very important removal spell for red.
To play it optimally, you need a lot of snow permanents in play. This is just one more reason to play Karplusan Wolverine. This tiny little wolverine is a great 1/1 in general, but his usefulness differs in constructed versus limited play. In limited, Karplusan Wolverine is a creature you only play one or two of in your deck. As decent and efficient as Karplusan Wolverine is, he doesn't bring the big damage and will be squeezed out of a lot of Coldsnap booster draft decks. At first glance, Coldsnap booster draft may look like a format that could be run over with speedy decks featuring twenty really fast, cheap to cast creatures. It is not. There is a limit to how many small creatures you should play in Coldsnap limited formats, which can cause the Karplusan Wolverine to be left out in the cold sometimes. In constructed play, this little critter can give a fast start to all kinds of aggressive decks.



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Karplusan Wolverine

This card is marginal at best. I only see myself playing this in limited. And even then, it's likely only to get played if I am trying to round out some lower casting cost spots and I'm short on my card count.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 2


Karplusan Wolverine

A 1/1 for R is nothing exciting. It needs a good ability to be worth squat. Is this a good ability? Well, it doesn't do anything until it attacks, and your opponent blocks it. And with 1 toughness, that usually means it only triggers once, and then the creature dies. So what do you get? One damage to a creature. So it can take down a bear, or ping another 1/1 on its way out. Effectively, it's half Jackal Pup, half Mogg Fanatic, and not really either. It's passable if you're looking for a one-drop to smooth your mana curve, but it's not the best one-drop in any format it's legal in.

Constructed- 2
Limited- 3.5
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