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Shivan Wumpus
Planar Chaos

Reviewed April 12, 2007

Constructed: 3.22
Casual: 2.78
Limited: 3.00

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Shivan Wumpus - Thursday

This card got better being Red. This is largely due to so much land destruction being found in Red. It fits right in. It can also be an aggressive creature to play early that's problematic for control decks. It's not overpowered, but it's definitely useful.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3


Shivan Wumpus

Red has "destroy target land" for one less than this. Why does it cost one more mana to get "sacrifice a land and I skip my next draw"? Most players will sacrifice a land knowing that they can draw more while you can't. If they let it come into play, it's because they have a kill spell. Or a bounce spell, meaning they can make you replay it and maybe choose to sacrifice the land then. This is just ike the black "punisher spells" in that by giving the opponent a choice, you're guaranteed to get the effect you didn't want. Just play Stone Rain.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 2
Limited- 2


Thursday - Shivan Wumpus

And now a timeshifted version of Argothian Wurm. He's worth playing a few copies of in LD decks, because that's really what he is: a 4 cc repeatable LD spell. If they let him resolve, then that's fine too, as you just got a very undercosted body. Just don't play him in the Magnivore version.

In casual, no one likes LD, and they'll just probably let this resolve and Banish it next turn or something.

In limited, a 6/6 trampler is really nice, but I think it'll slow you down too much. Not bad, but not great.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 2.5

-David N

Shivan Wumpus

Argothian Wurm in red. This is a great card in land destruction decks. Either this guy hits the board as a 6/6 trampler for 4 or they loose a land either way you win. A must have in any LD deck.

Constructed: 5
Casual: 3
Limited: 5
David Fanany
Shivan Wumpus

Don't underestimate that drawback: skipping your draw step is huge, especially late game when your opponent may have lots of lands and you need an actual answer. But early in the game, after you've hit one or two of your opponent's lands with Stone Rain or Cryoclasm? That's the kind of situation where it's relatively okay to let your opponent decide what happens with your card: either he loses yet another land and can't play yet more spells, or he invites massive wumpus beatings. It's not recommended so much for limited play, though; there's not too much land destruction in Time Spiral block, and you won't be able to reliably avoid having your next draw step locked out.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5

PsychoAnime I like this card. On turn 4, your opponent can't kill it, so they sac a land.
Next turn, you play this again. Your opponent, now having 1 less land, is
still unable to kill it. So they sac another land. As we can see, when this
is played early, your opponent is pretty much messed up.

The bad thing about this is it becomes a horrible draw in mid or late game
when your opponent has many many lands and won't hesitate to sacrifice a land.
This essentially becomes an overcosted land destruction spell.

In multiplayer, this card obviously is very bad.

Constructed: 2.5/5, I could see this work in an aggressive deck, but your
opponent could let this stay in play then Wrath it away.

Casual: 3/5, big baddie, except it's prety bad in multiplayer.

Limited: 3/5, it will probably win a game or two when drawn early.

Constructed: Land Destruction decks love this card. It gives them a win/win situation: either you get to destroy a land or you get an undercosted 6/6 with trample. That’s what I call a deal. On top of that, even if they do sacrifice a land to stop the Wumpus from coming out, they’re only doing it for a turn. If you have to talk about downsides (you naysayer, you) then there are a few. It does suffer from Browbeat syndrome meaning that your opponent does get to choose which effect goes off; the bonus being that both abilities of the card are really amazing. The other downside is that the later the game goes the worse he gets. Late game when both players have built up lots of mana odds are your opponent will just keep tossing a land to put him back on top of your library (esp if they’re winning the game). Still an amazing card.

Casual/Multi: Not so great for the kitchen table. Most casual players hate Land D and will shun (read: destroy) any player at the table who gets between them and their precious, precious mana. Having played with Argothian Wurm (from which this is Timeshifted) I can tell you that you really have to get this out on turns four, five or six. After that there’s almost always going to be a player who has the extra land to Time Ebb, and you’ll be stuck redrawing it every time you try and play it. Yes it’s a beatstick here, and yes it can do great things for red aggro decks, I would just avoid the land destruction option in this format.

Limited: This card is a beast. Too bad there’s no beast tribal support in Time Spiral block. (Lousy Rebels, I always knew you were the favorite!) Regardless this card is a powerhouse that will win games. It’s undercosted, has fat stats and trample. If this comes out early enough your opponent will probably lose the game. Even if they sacrifice a land, they won’t be able to do it every turn, which means eventually they have to deal with it (and with no land you’d be surprised how hard that is). Only loses some points b/c again the later the game goes the more likely that your opponent is going to choose the option that doesn’t help you.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 4.5
The Missing Linc Shivan Wumpus

For anyone who has not played against this beatstick, expect to soon. A must for the red/white land D decks that I think will increase in popularity in the type 2 world. Yes, they may put him back on your library initially, but how long can they keep that up. If you get the lead on land D then they will more than likely opt for the beating hoping to get the creature destruction spell. The only thing to decide is how many should go into the deck. Constructed rating is lower only because it fits into a narrow range of decks.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Shivan Wumpus:

I like this card. I really do. Timeshifted argothian wurm, if I recall correctly.

Constructed: It is either a recurring 4 mana stone rain or a 6/6 beatstick. Not too shabby.

Casual: One on one? Read above. Multiplayer? Don't, just don't. Sure, it'd be a stone rain, but, the one time it does actually go through, it's because someone drew into a STP to deal with it...

Limited: Same as above, except that you'd usually only have one, and drawn late game, it's not that great.

Constructed: 3.5/5
Casual: 3.5/5 - 1/5 (for multi) - 2.25 Average
Limited: 2.5/5

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