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Great Sable Stag

Reviewed Aug 3, 2009

Constructed: 3.87
Casual: 3.33
Limited: 3.67
Multiplayer: 3.17

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Great Sable Stag

It's a little funny that this card came into existence purely because WOTC decided Faeries was too strong. But this is still a strong card. Faeries isn't the only deck in the format that plays blue or black, you know.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 2.5
Multiplayer- 3
Limited- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Great Sable Stag

I remember way back when the Seventh Edition was current, it had a player's guide on Wizards of the Coast's website with comments on all the cards. Things like Compost got a comment at the end along the lines of "Color hosers are basically useless if your opponent isn't playing that color." Great Sable Stag makes a liar of whoever wrote that, although that was eight years ago and things change pretty fast around in this game. Play him early, play him often.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is the latest in a line of cards designed to punish Blue/Black fairy decks, Great Sable Stag. In a primarily Green build this is a serious threat to a Fairy player or other Blue or Black based themes. The power of it is pretty obvious, but even a three mana 3/3 isn't too bad in a pinch.

Constructed is where you'll run into this most often as the fae have been such a popular decktype. As a sidedeck tool it works very well, but the deck has to support a decent level of Green mana of course.

Casual may seem some fae, but not to the degree that Constructed deals with. Worth playing if you regularly face someone that runs Blue or Black to encourage some variety.

Limited this is a tricky card to look at. The double Green in the cost is a weakness, but it is immune to many forms of kill available in the format. Red and White of course offer answers to the Stag, but often you'll see it last a while.

Multiplayer is also a good home for the Stag as someone will likely play the colors it has Protection from and it isn't a big enough threat on the field to anyone else to warrant destroying. It is the type of card that can cause others to form a temporary alliance over, but otherwise can buy some time for your deck to develop.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5
Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Great Stable Stag

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is one that has had a profound impact on the standard metagame, Great Stable Stag. For three mana you get an uncounterable 3/3 creature that has protection from both blue and black. Stable Stag laughs in the face of black spot removal, scoffs at Cryptic Command, and runs over Bitterblossom tokens. A proven competitor in the standard tournament scene, its performance at worlds highlighted its ability to take on control oriented decks and still leave through typical sweeper cards such as Infest, Volcanic Fallout, and Firespout. In extended there’s a wide variety of control decks and an uncounterable creature is a valuable commodity to have. In casual and multiplayer uncounterability and protection from two of five colors could be fantastic depending on your play groups. In limited it’s a guaranteed threat hitting the board that is resistant to most removal spells and cards that are pseudo-removal in blue. A great card that is showing its impact on Magic. Overall one the final creatures to help curb the fairy menace before standard rotation.

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 3.0
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 3.0

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