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Stromkirk Occultist
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 Stromkirk Occultist
- Eldritch Moon

Reviewed July 26, 2016

Constructed: 3.67
Casual: 3.88
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 3.13
Commander [EDH: 3.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Stromkirk Occultist
Have I mentioned before how much I like this red variant on the Ophidian ability? I'll mention it now. It's the main attraction going on with Stromkirk Occultist (and trample gives this card a style of threat that even the original Ophidian doesn't have), and it doesn't just broaden our minds about the color pie, being surprisingly effective in decks with a low-ish mana curve. Madness is often just a bonus in this specific case, but it does draw your attention to other reasons to make use of the mechanic, ranging from Fiery Temper to Call the Bloodline, and there's not really any reason the Occultist would be bad in a theme deck of that type.
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
James H.

Stromkirk Occultist

The effect of Stromkirk Occultist lets it slot into mid-range red decks nicely. Trample means that it has a pretty good chance of getting damage in there, and a 3/2 is high enough to get through in the early game.

The effect is a very cleanly red effect, its equivalent of drawing cards. A turn 3 Occultist, if unanswered, can help you curve into the better spells. Madness is mostly ancillary, since paying 1 less (while good) is tempered by a dearth of cheap discard outlets in this Standard. I think she has a home in B/R Vampires, potentially, but she’s more of a role player than a powerhouse.

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.25
Commander: 3

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