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Plated Geopede

Reviewed September 9, 2009

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 2.25

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Plated Geopede

When it comes to first strike, 3/3's have always been the gold standard. Kitsune Blademaster and Ballynock Cohort tore up their respective Limited formats because you needed 4 toughness just to block it, and most 4-toughness creatures are 0/4 and 1/4 Walls-- hardly a threat. The 3/4's didn't start hitting the board until much later in the game, and by then you've swung a few times and maybe ate a few chumps. Well, this thing drops a full turn earlier than those creatures, and is a 3/3 first strike as long as you make your land drops. Granted, during opponents' turns it's a 1/1 barring Sakura-Tribe-worthy shenanigans. But were you going to hold this back to block?

Constructed- 2.25
Casual- 2.5
Multiplayer- 2.5
Limited- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Plated Geopede

I am not a big fan of centipedes. Oh, don't get me wrong, I respect their right to live in my yard, but I would really prefer that they stay out of my way - they have a tendency to walk straight towards me and over my shoes if I let them. I am, however, a fan of their cousin from Zendikar. Yeah, you need lands for him to fight at maximum power . . . but you were playing lands anyway, probably quite a few considering Siege-Gang Commander is in the same color. Yes, I'm a fan. As long as he's walking over other people, and not me!

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
The Missing Linc

-Balding for just over 5 years
-Playing MTG for just over 10

Plated Geopede

Love the name. Wish I loved the card. Ok, so I am a big fan of land based fun. My 42 land deck is constantly coming out of the closet for revamping. The Landfall ability has me excited. However, this little fellow needs some support cards. Enter in Azusa, Manabond, Fastbond, etc... With those cards, we might have something. Without him, the best you can ask for is a 3/3 first strike on turn 3 and only on your turn. Not horrible. Just not wowing me.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3
Limited: 3
Multiplayer: 2
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno Today's card of the day is Plated Geopede a 1/1 First Strike with an ability that may seem to be only useful on offense. Keep in mind that it is whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, so anything that can be activated on your opponent's turn can give you a 3/3 First Strike on the block. Landfall seems to promote a higher ratio of lands in your deck and does have the nice benefit of making lands potentially useful draws in the later stages of the game. This also encourages more strategy in when to play the lands you draw, which is something that is rarely seen outside of holding a land as a bluff.

In Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this seems like a mediocre card with some potential that needs quite a bit of support to function more reliably. It depends on how important Landfall becomes of course, but I don't expect this to find too many homes in upcoming decks.

With Limited too many cards are unknown for the format, but it certainly has potential. First Strike is handy and there is already a possible
14/1 with Trample revealed, so something like this can stop that threat without even getting killed in the process. Certainly useful for that if nothing else and a low cost creature is not a bad pick. Not a high choice in draft, but worth taking if it is in your color.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.5

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