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Stormtide Leviathan
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 Stormtide Leviathon
- M13

Reviewed January 9, 2013

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 4.67
Limited: 4.17
Multiplayer: 3.88

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Stormtide Leviathan

This is pretty much the perfect Timmy card. Huge? Check. Cool abilities? Check. Totally shuts down your opponent? It's unblockable as long as the defending player controls a land, so check. Hard to kill? Well, it has eight toughness and can't be blocked, so kind of check. Opponent must kill it in two turns (give or take) or lose? Check.

Multiplayer puts a new wrinkle on this. When this hits, nobody can attack anybody without a flyer or islandwalker. That means the guy with the army of Squirrel tokens is now useless because he can't swing with them and can't use them to block any creature that can still attack. It also means you've got an unblockable 8/8 and nobody else does, so they'll all want to gang up on you, but they may not be able to actually attack you. They'll be digging for a kill spell no doubt, but you could easily take out somebody before someone finds one. The question is: once the Leviathan dies, does the rest of the table decide "threat dispatched" and go back to what they were doing, or do they gang up on you in the hopes of taking you out before you drop a second one?

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 3.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Stormtide Leviathan

I have a soft spot for all the old-school Magic cards that depicted sea monsters, even the ones with crippling disadvantages. Since people first started telling stories, the sea has been viewed as an alien realm on our very doorstep, teeming with mysteries and forces beyond our ability to comprehend. In my opinion, it took until Stormtide Leviathan for that aspect of the sea to be truly expressed in a Magic card, and I welcome it. Yeah, it's expensive, but it can basically take over a game if you can protect it from certain undercosted removal spells that won't be named (and you should be able to - you're in blue, right?). It's criminally underrated as a reanimation target, too, as it basically turns off the main pre-sideboard answer to such strategies (namely, race race race).
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 5/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5 
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Stormtide Leviathan which is an eight mana
8/8 Blue with Islandwalk that makes all lands Islands in addition to their other types and prevents creatures without Flying or Islandwalk from attacking.  This is a very powerful card to use as a finisher in a stall and control theme and the theme works well against the primary drawback of cost and typical removal options. With minimal support this can easily win a game in two attacks and it definitely has the potential to be seen in some competitive builds as well as many Casual ones.
For Limited this is a very impressive, if unsplashable, bomb that will win games with relative ease once it hits the field.  An amazing topdeck that shuts down most offensives and puts a clock on the opponent in a single move.  A clear no pass first pick in Booster, but with the three Blue in the cost requires a fairly solid pool in Sealed to be part of a reliable design.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

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