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Pheres-Band Tromper
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 Pheres-Band Tromper
- Born of the Gods

Reviewed March 3, 2014

Constructed: 2.13
Casual: 2.45
Limited: 3.63
Multiplayer: 2.25

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Pheres-Band Tromper

This is an Inspired card that's really only Inspired to do one thing: attack. A true green card, I suppose. I do like the fact that this slowly scales itself up to match the kinds of creatures that you'd expect to see at that phase of the game, but here's the thing-- it hits the board turn four, swings for three turn five, and then untaps turn six to become a 4/4. Inspired takes two turns to get rolling under normal circumstances, so the Tromper isn't really keeping pace. I'd like him a whole lot more if he had trample, or better yet, haste. Even "1G: Regenerate" would have made him a whole lot more threatening, as it would severely limit your opponent's ability to just kill it and would give it a defensive option.

That said, he's decent at his one job in Limited. If your opponent can't block and kill the 3/3, then he isn't likely to be able to deal with the 4/4 that swings next turn, or the 5/5, or so on. Your opponent really has to have an answer for this guy fast, because he just gets harder and harder to kill and his clock keeps speeding up. Tromper is therefore an "all-or-nothing" card-- either he's amazing and puts the game away in short order because your opponent didn't have an answer at the right time, or he dies almost immediately, or he sees a board state he can't profitably attack into and just sits there until it's time to go out like a chump.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 2.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Pheres-Band Tromper

You can see this creature as one that grows at a pretty decent rate - although most of the time, it will need to do so by surviving combat, and as a 3/3 with no other abilities, that's not necessarily a given. Even so, I'd recommend at least considering the Tromper for certain kinds of casual decks - if you have an interaction of some kind that allows it to repeatedly tap and untap in the same turn, it can operate as a finisher of sorts.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Pheres-Band Tromper which is a four mana Green 3/3 with Inspired that gives it a +1/+1 counter whenever it becomes untapped. While this can get fairly big and there are ways to get extra untap and tap effects to speed it up, Green has many other creature options that can do more for the same cost or less. An unsupported Tromper takes three whole turns to surpass a simple Rumbling Baloth as a 4/4 for four at as a common, let alone comparing it to a rare like Deadbridge Goliath. Currently the Inspired mechanic and working extra untaps have little support in Green with Burst of Strength and Savage Surge being the primary ones. Other creatures offer more synergy at that point of the mana curve and overall there is little to no reason to include this card in any deck, competitive or otherwise.

In Limited a four mana 3/3 that gets larger after every turn it attacks is quite playable and with only a single Green in the casting cost is an easy inclusion for any deck using Green in Sealed or as a second or third pick in Booster. There's no drawback here and the reduced number of options leaves this as a serious threat in the format. It doesn't take long, even if blocked, for this to become very difficult to deal with and can potentially win games.

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

Skid Rambo

Pheres-Band Tromper sounds like a strange musical instrument. It is not a musical instrument, but Pheres-Band Tromper is a great Limited card. I honestly like the new “Inspire” ability that was brought to us by Born of the Gods. Inspire rewards players for doing what they’ve always done with creatures, tap or attack with them! Standard play is now being flooded with combat tricks and creature removal. This is both good and bad for cards like Pheres-Band Tromper. I like this card because of its cool name, but it is just a Draft card at best.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2

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