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Silumgar Sorcerer
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 Silumgar Sorcerer
- Dragons of Tarkir

Reviewed April 7, 2015

Constructed: 3.88
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Silumgar Sorcerer
You rarely see a card with this number of abilities, in any color or set, and that's why I find Silumgar Sorcerer to be perhaps the scariest creature with the exploit ability. It's interesting to note the number of recent creatures that are essentially "modal", capable of performing different jobs at different times, and this one illustrates that as well. If you just need to counter a creature spell right now, he can exploit himself (not everyone notices that the first time). If you want to trigger a death effect or ability of some kind, you can use him for that, exploiting either himself or someone else, with or without a spell to counter. You can use him as an emergency blocker or a surprise end-of-turn attacker when there's nothing else you need him to do. I'm impressed they managed to fit so many modes and roles in a deck into so few words of rules text.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Silumgar Sorcerer which is a three mana Blue
2/1 with Flying, Flash, and Exploit that when it comes into play you can sacrifice a creature to counter target creature spell. This is at worst a three mana Essence Scatter that can also be an instant speed 2/1 evasive creature if countermagic isn't needed. With a token or other expendable creature available this is fairly aggressive and can be an excellent response to a combat trick power up to counter it and possibly trade with the 2/1 netting a two for two exchange.  Overall it is playable and might be popular with more aggressive Blue control players as it is versatile and a good end of turn play to use unspent mana.
In Limited this is a three mana 2/1 evasive with Flash which is enough to be a second or third pick after a Blue rare in most Booster drafts. 
The double Blue prevents splashing somewhat, but with a strong Blue pool in Sealed this is an easy inclusion that can counter a big threat, be a surprise blocker, or apply pressure at most stages of a game.
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


Deck Garage
Silumgar Sorcerer
There are a lot of things going on on this little 2/1 uncommon creature. The best case scenario, of course, is countering your opponent’s creature spell by exploiting a creature of yours that has a graveyard trigger, then having an evasive 2 power creature to attack with the next turn. That’s quite a turnaround for three mana. The temptation is to hold out for such as situation, but don’t neglect to consider the lesser, but still valuable options. Sometimes, you have no other creatures, but playing the sorcerer and exploiting it to itself to counter a nasty creature is still a viable option. Other times, flashing it in without utilizing the exploit just for the flying creature is a solid way to go, depending on the game state. Good players recognize cards that give them many play options for flexibility, and that’s exactly what this card does. It might not be as splashy as some other cards, but it’s solid.
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 2.5

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