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Karplusan Strider
10th Edition

Reviewed July 11, 2007

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 2.00
Limited: 3.30

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Jeff Zandi

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Player since 1994

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Karplusan Strider

Nothing is funnier to me personally than when Wizards of the Coast reprints cards whose original printing is less than a year old. Of course, since Karplusan Strider is REALLY from Coldsnap, “the long lost expansion to Ice Age”, I guess this card is actually ten-plus years old. In reality, Karplusan Strider is just an okay card. Decent enough in limited, Strider has not found a home in any constructed decks since it first appeared last Summer, and with good reason. Karplusan Strider is too narrow for constructed, and just good enough for limited:



Karplusan Strider
I'd really just rather have a creature with protection from blue and black, frankly. But protection is too complicated to go into the core set at common, so we get this. Well, I guess it's still pretty hard for a blue or black mage to kill this. Blue can still counter it, but black's targeted removal looks pretty useless. And blue can't even bounce it, so once it hits the table, it's a happy time. Trouble is, it's still just a 3/4-- very nice in Limited even if you're not playing against House Dimir, but Constructed tends to ask a little more of it's creatures. In Constructed it's sideboard food.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 2 (Yeti Tribal?)
Limited- 3.5


Wednesday - Karplusan Strider

A replacement for Anaconda and River Bear. This is better than both of those in every format except limited, but this guy is not that impressive when you consider Troll Ascetic is in Tenth. The 3/4 body is certainly nicer than the Ascetic's 3/2, but the Ascetic regenerates. Therefore, skip this unless you're on a budget and can't afford Troll Ascetics. That goes for casual, too.

In limited, solid but not as good as his predecessors. Still, he can't be Banished (well, ok, in Tenth's case, Deathmarked) or bounced, and that plus the decent P/T will go a long way towards helping you seal up the game.

Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 2
Limited - 3

David N

Wednesday - Karplusan Strider

I didn't really play much coldsnap so I've never seen this guy in action. He looks like he has some potential but he doesn't have pro red which is the color of removal. But it does have 4 toughness so it should be safe from most burn spells. Nothing special here. Might see some played in draft.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Karplusan Strider

When I look at a card like Karplusan Strider, I usually feel kind of sad that Ravenous Baloth or even Erhnam Djinn didn't win the Selecting Tenth Edition vote against Troll Ascetic. It reminds me that green has an overload of three-drops but is about to lose its best four-drops (Giant Solifuge and Loxodon Hierarch). Still, Karplusan Strider is far from a bad card. There are black removal spells running around everywhere in Standard - Sudden Death, Slaughter Pact, and soon Terror - and especially limited. In constructed play, the Strider is a sideboard card at best; in limited, it can be a powerhouse. I still remember playing in Coldsnap drafts, facing players with three copies of Chill to the Bone and a Soul Spike in their deck, casting Karplusan Strider, and winning easily.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 4/5

Karpulsan Strider

Constructed: Didn’t make that big a splash when it came out last summer in Coldsnap and other than the fact that I do feel it makes a good fit to represent the enemy color interactions (along with cryoclasm, deathmark, luminesce and flashfreeze) for the core set it just doesn’t pop for the tournament scene. Can’t be the target of blue or black spells is nice, but I’d rather just go for the full on protection or untargetability offered by the Scragnoth or Quagnoth even if you’re paying more mana.

Casual/Multi: A pretty good budget card. It last through some of the most common targeted removal, evading black creature kill, blue bounce and surviving most burn with 4 toughness. Combine that with a relatively cheap casting cost (though for 4 mana green usually gets 4/4s) and it comes up with a few points, but there are definitely going to be games you wish it had full on protection.

Limited: Going to be really hard for your opponent to answer this as I said earlier it’s dodging the best sources of creature removal, of which there aren’t that many to begin with. The colors you’ll probably have to watch out for with this are going to be green (with giant growths) and white (with pacifism). Other than that it’s going to overrun a good 50% of the creatures your opponents play.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
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Karplusan Strider

I like this simply costed ground pounder in draft or sealed. It won't see play in constructed. 4 is a reasonable cost for a 3/4 and excepting red, blue and black have the most commonly seen removal right now.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 3

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
It's a Yeti! I'm pretty sure there's a lot of stuff better than this
though. It's a 3/4 for 4 mana with a very weak version of shroud. Not

In casual, who wants to use a Yeti? It's all about Dragons! The
shroud for blue and black is not that useful too, as people will
catch up to your plans and simply plan for it.

In limited, this is decent. 4 toughness is prety hard to burn down
and it does stop black spot removal, well, except for Nekrataal.

Constructed: 1/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5

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