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Imposing Sovereign
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Imposing Sovereign
- M14

Reviewed September 17, 2013

Constructed: 3.88
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 2.88

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Imposing Sovereign

This card seems to have been custom-built for Gatecrash-style Boros decks. If you're playing a deck where most of your creatures are relatively small and tend to be all about attacking, you fear any creature that's good at blocking (and a few that aren't). And while this card only addresses one aspect of opposing defenses, it's an important one: surprisingly many control decks figure they can tap out for their Thragtusk or Mnemonic Wall and buy themselves a turn or so, to the point where they stake games on it. Come to think of it, it's pretty good against Blur Sliver and similar effects - when you can't beat "2/1 White Creatures.dec" either by being bigger or by being faster, you may have kind of a problem.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Imposing Sovereign a powerful aggressive human creature. With Innistrad soon rotating human tribal may not be the most important affiliation but this cards effect can be devastating it allows you to slow down opponent’s aggressive starts and allow you to push through for more damage. As it costs two mana it hits the board early enough to make a difference and also can deal some early damage as well. In standard this slots nicely into a multitude of decks and has a powerful effect. In modern and eternal formats this card could see some fluctuating main deck and sideboard play depending on how needed an effect like this is as it can slow down some combo kills and pave the way for aggressive decks to run away with a match up. In casual and multiplayer there is value in it being a human and it can allow you to make opponents more susceptible to your creatures but also has a built in annoyance factor and it is unlikely in multiplayer that you would be able to kill multiple people through combat damage. In limited it’s a solid aggressive creature that can help you rule the combat phase. Overall a powerful card that has a lot of constructed applications and possibly moderate success elsewhere.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Imposing Sovereign which is a two mana 2/1 White that has all creatures your opponents control enter play tapped.
This is a very powerful effect most recently seen on the enchantment Blind Obedience which makes this equal cost creature more directly aggressive as well as more vulnerable. In heavily creature based decks the 2/1 works well, though the lack of a type aside from human reduces the support pool, and it will definitely see frequent play which will only increase when Blind Obedience rotates out.

In Limited this is a very effective card that even as a two mana 2/1 wouldn't be terrible, but effectively negating Haste and stalling out blockers is a very strong benefit. A strong first pick in Booster for either an aggressive or control style of play and an automatic inclusion for any Sealed running White.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


Haste? Not so fast.
Need that last minute blocker? Not so fast.
Stop! Sovereign Time!

This card's low casting cost makes it an easy early game drop that can help delay your opponents forces. An easy first pick in draft, especially with Blur Sliver floating around.

This card is slightly worse than Blind Obedience because its a creature. This style of card really hurts red decks, and red decks just love to kill creatures with 1 toughness, however they have no defense against enchantments.

Fun Fact: Playing against this card (and Blind Obedience) with things like Spark Elemental, Hellspark Elemental, and Ball Lightning is NOT fun.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
Multiplayer: 4

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