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card gains 1 strength and 1 life for each
face-down resource your opponent controls.
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5
scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.
Date Reviewed - 11.27.06
||Today we look
at the Rare Arcanist Character Land Shark.
Adding yet another Covert Character to the Arcanist
stable, this 4 cost 3 threshold Character has been
the subject of a small debate among The Spoils
players. It’s stats as printed are 0/0/3. As we all
know, any character who’s life equals 0 goes to the
discard pile. So how is it that this card will see
any play? “This card gains 1 strength and 1 life for
each face-down resource your opponent controls.”
This is of course where the debate arises. How many
face-down cards do you normally see played as
resources? I’d bet not very many, and certainly not
enough to warrant giving this guy a slot in your
deck, never mind in quads. Right?
I am of the opposite opinion. While players are
still getting a grip on the Resource management
aspect of this game, it is true, Land Shark will
hardly ever be a threat. As more people build
constructed decks around low threshold cards to try
and be as consistent and efficient as possible, you
will see more and more face-down resources.
Mark my words, Land Shark will be a keeper.
Before I close on this card, I’ve got to mention the
flavor text. While this one isn’t nearly as funny as
others, it will certainly make you sit back and
think “ewwwww!”. I leave you to check it out
I already see a fair amount of face-downs in limited
so I’d take this guy as at least useful. In current
constructed, he’ll take a back seat to most (if not
all) of his brother Covert Arcanists. 6+ months from
now, you’ll see…and you’ll say you heard it from Doc
here at Pojo!
Today we look at one of my favorite cards in the
whole set, Land Shark. First off let me say that
before I knew of this cards existence I was running
2 copies of the dreaded Octopod. While it was a fun
card it quickly became too hard to keep on the field
do to its late game setup. I mean 4 threshold is
simply awful in a deck like mine. Then along came
1st Edition and with it the Land Shark. It only cost
4 and has a nice little threshold of 3 which is
definity better. His stats are 0/0/3, but he gains
+1/+1/+0 for each face down card your opponent
controls, so he can get big in a hurry and to top it
all off he's freaking Covert.
Now the Shark is a card that can make or break a
game for you. If your playing against a nooby and
they have 20 resources in there deck then you'll
have to come up with some tricks in order to get
some facedown or he will sit uselessly in your hand.
OR if you facing a top eight clone deck of the Dual
Rage rush deck I faced last week then you will
quickly see the look of absolute terror on there
face as they watch you summon a 9/9/3 Covert hairy
Right now most people aren't playing many face
downs, but the good players are. So in effect, if
your facing newbies then this may not be the card
for you, but if your taking on players that are
getting the hang of things then Land Shark may
become a valued ally. I cant say enough good things
about this card. He may not be the best thing since
sliced bread, but 3 sets from now when they come out
with "Your opponent must lay one card face down as a
resource" cards, you will watch this card climb to
$100.00 on ebay as its playability goes through the
Sealed- 1 / 5
Draft- 1.5 / 5
CON- 4.5 / 5 ( I run two boys and girls)
||Land Shark is
an interesting card to say the least. It gets its
only stats based on your opponent's face down
resources. I can see several ways for this to be
optimized. One, which is someone difficult to pull
off due to thresholds, would be to play Emergency
Obfuscation and lay all the face down resources you
can. A better way would be to cause your opponent to
discard cards out the wazoo. They'll then have
limited choices as to what to lay as a resource.
Better yet, cause them to discard specifically
targeting resources. This is hard as some cards say
that you can't target resources with them, but for
those that don't...
You can use Spastic Tentacles to help out if you can
discard the resource.
In the end, this card is very good against some
decks, and terrible against others. I'd find a way
to search for it, and then only play a few copies.
In the bad match-ups, it will find itself face down.
Sealed: 1/5 It's so much easier to run off face up
resources only here.
Constructed: 2/5 It needs far too much support for a
not outstanding effect.
Art/Flavor: 5/5 My eyes started to tear in fear.