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Stigma Lasher

Reviewed August 29, 2008

Constructed: 3.40
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 2.50

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Stigma Lasher

A must have for monored burn decks.  An aggressively costed body and an ability that completely and finally answers burn decks' biggest nemesis: life gain.  Oh, what's that?  Loxodon Warhammer?  Good luck with that.

Constructed- 4

Casual- 4

Limited- 2.5


Friday - Stigma Lasher

What a great card for red decks. Besides having wither, it prevents your opponent from ever gaining life again if it hits, which is good, as RDW type decks are engineered to deal 20-22 damage quickly, and not more. Wither means he won't be a rather slow (for red) vanilla 2/2 for 2 after he lands his important ability. If you're playing RDW, this should probably be in your deck.

In limited, not as useful, as life gain is not important here. I'd side him and bring him in if you see a big guy with lifelink or something.

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 5 (when used against annoying lifegain decks, but after that probably a 2)
Limited - 2.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Stigma Lasher
A general principle of aggressive decks is that a disruptive ability is usually better on a creature who can advance your objective of reducing the other guy's life total than on any other kind of permanent, hence the popularity (for those types of decks) of True Believer and Dark Confidant over Ivory Mask and Phyrexian Arena. If Stigma Lasher had a static ability like Sulfuric Vortex, single copies would be selling for $10. As printed, the opponent has a chance to get rid of him before he destroys them, so I rate him as merely solid rather than game-breaking. This is a card you always want to see if you expect to face Kitchen Finks and Primal Command, and he finally gives red a density of threats like it hasn't had for years.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5

Friday 8-29

Stigma Lasher


Constructed: This little dude is awesome against life gain decks. If you can get one hit in than you are set. Red decks always had a problem with the life gain. If life gain is not in your opponent's deck than he is just a 2/2 for 2 that has wither, which is still pretty good.


Casual: Another elemental to add to the elemental population. Stopping some form gaining life can be fun.


Limited: For a red deck or red with a splash of other color(s) this card is okay. There is not alot of life gain in Eventide or Shadowmoor Limited, but there are some sliver bullet life gain cards that you have to deal with and this little guy will shut them down if he hits.


Overall a cool card that is cheap but easily removed.


Constructed: 3

Casual: 3

Limited: 2

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