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Hoverguard Sweepers
Fifth Dawn

Reviewed June 28, 2006

Constructed: 1.45
Casual: 2.25
Limited: 2.75

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Hoverguard Sweepers

Oh my goodness. I know there are thousands of people that are very upset they opened this card as a rare. It's almost no value in constructed formats. Now, if I was in a sealed or draft event and opened this guy I'd be extremely happy. But unfortunately, this card is ONLY good in limited. It's cost is too prohibitive otherwise for what you can get.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 1
Limited: 3


Hoverguard Sweepers
For a converted mana cost of eight, a creature needs to really swing the game in your favor.  This one does, essentially representing three creatures of advantage for you-- you gain one, and they lose two.  Granted, they could replay the creatures you bounce, but even then a 5/6 flier tends to make quick work of opponents in a matter of a few turns.  Plus, if you have 6UU, chances are you can play a counter spell to stop at least one of the creatures.
I can't see this ever making it big in Constructed since games are usually over by Turn Eight, but still it's a good card anywhere else.
Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 2.5


Hoverguard Sweepers

While it's WAY expensive to use in constructed formats, this is one card you will see popping up a lot (and to happy players) in one particular format - emphasis on "popping up". It's Momir Basic. If you haven't played Momir Basic, here's the scoop:

Momir Magic is a format based on using the Momir Vig Avatar and a
deck consisting of nothing but else bu 60 basic land cards.
Tha avatar's ability is: PayX, discard a card, make a random creatrure of converted cost X. Of course, this only works well on MTGO, as picking a random card in a real paper card game would be frustrating and time consuming, I'm sure.

So, knowing that, you LOVE to see the otherwise dubious Hoverguard Sweepers show up in Momir Basic, as it essentially means "Destoy 2 target creatures," as all creatures in the format are tokens. Of course, when you bounce a token, it goes **poofta**.

Otherwise, the card is poopy. But try Momir Basic sometime...it's pretty funny, especially when your opponent taps 7 and randomly gets a Phage. =)

Price check: $0.99

Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 1.5
Limited - 1.5

The Antman

Hoverguard Sweepers- Rare- Fifth Dawn

While this thing was utter crap in constructed, it was a bomb in limited. The ability to bring your opponet back two turns attached to a 5/6 flyer and totally swing games. Probably the best thing about this card, is that you can bounce a opponets creature and hoverguard sweepers over and over again if needed.

constructed- 1/5 way too expensive for a mediocre effect
limited- 4/5 a 5/6 flyer is nothing to scoff at, inspecially when it bounces 2 other creatures
casual- 3/5 I can see people here liking it
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