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Scrapdiver Serpent
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Scrapdiver Serpent
Scars of Mirrodin

Reviewed November 30, 2010

Constructed: 1.90
Casual: 2.00
Limited: 3.90
Multiplayer: 2.00

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Scrapdiver Serpent

In Limited, your opponent is all but guaranteed to have an artifact. A 5/5 that can't be blocked tends to win games right quick. In Standard, your opponent is less likely to have an artifact and more likely to have a kill spell that can take out a 5/5, but this could still do some damage, especially if you run Jinxed Idol. Plenty of Mirrodin artifacts see play, and there's Basilisk Collar and Everflowing Chalice as well.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 4.25
Multiplayer- 3

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Scrapdiver Serpent
There is arguably no phrase in the game of Magic more exciting than "is unblockable." Granted, Scrapdiver Serpent has a whole bunch of other words after them; but hey, we're back on Mirrodin now. It's not like the whole point of that world is that it's full of artifacts, right? In limited games, the fact that it's common means that you may pick it up alongside a Darksteel Axe or even Sword of Body and Mind, at which point things just get ridiculous.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5 

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is an interesting way to punish players playing artifacts albeit expensively. In standard an unblockable 5/5 creature that requires an opponent to have an artifact won’t see much constructed play. In extended and eternal it is even more unlikely this card will see play. In casual and multiplayer this may be a dead card more often than not making this a poor choice. In limited this card can actually see play artifacts are everywhere and this creature can end games quickly. Overall a short review for a simple card that won’t have much of an impact.
Constructed: 1.0
Casual: 1.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 1.0
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Scrapdiver Serpent which is a seven mana 5/5 which is unblockable if the opponent controls an artifact.  While the format may skew a bit more towards playing artifacts with the Mirrodin block starting this is still not a very impressive card with the cost at the high end of the spectrum, reliance on the opponent playing specific cards, and no other built in effects.  Blue has other evasion options that can come into play earlier or be more reliable in other situations compared to this serpent.  Overall a card that just isn't likely to see much play in constructed formats.
For Limited the outlook is much better as a 5/5 body is quite sturdy, almost every battlefield should have an artifact in play, and unblockable is a very effective ability to have.  The two Blue in the cost is negligible in a cost of seven and this should be drafted quite early as one of the bigger threats in the format.
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 2.0

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