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Cryptic Cruiser
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Cryptic Cruiser
- Battle for Zendikar

Reviewed October 9, 2015

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 2.25
Limited: 3.25
Multiplayer: 2.75
Commander [EDH]: 2.75

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Cryptic Cruiser
This is probably one of the weaker effects among Battle for Zendikar's cards that ask you to return an opponent's card from exile. The effect only lasts for one turn, and so for maximum benefit you'll probably need to wait until your opponent has a number of exiled cards, by which time they may have something stronger than the Cruiser itself. However, one factor to keep in mind is that there are very few ways for an opponent to return their own cards from exile, Wishes being the most prominent. If you can hold on until your opponent has a reasonable number of exiled cards and suitable targets in play, this card can sometimes give you a little extra combat advantage.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Cryptic Cruiser which is a three and one Blue
3/3 with Devoid that for three and return from exile to opponent's grave taps a target creature.  The extra requirement on top of the three mana cost makes this a bit cumbersome even if the effect can be repeated as mana allows.  There is too much setup required to make this work well when options like Disciple of the Ring or Dauntless River Marshal and Kytheon's Irregulars with White can do it more efficiently.  This is unlikely to see much play outside of a dedicated eldrazi Devoid and Ingest build.
In Limited this can have some potential in locking down an opponent's top threats and for that it is worth considering, if multiple exile effects can be drafted.  A possible second or third pick in Booster with an eye on future picks being required and an easy inclusion for Sealed when running Blue and even a little support.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.5
EDH/Commander: 2.5

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