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Samuel Gristwalter

Unique Samuel No damage can be inflicted to your faction.

Card Ratings
Limited: 3.66
Constructed: 4.33

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale 1 being the worst.
3 ... average. 5 is the highest rating.

Date Reviewed - 11.28.06

doc Today we have what is arguably the best new card in First Edition. The Rare Banker Character Samuel Gristwalter.

Never mind his threshold of 4. Or his strength of 0. Or his speed of 1.

While this Character is in play, “No damage can be inflicted to your faction.”

Ok, now close your mouth and put your eyes back in your head. 

I can’t count how many times I heard “Oh My God!” echo around the Anaheim Convention center during GenCon SoCal, but I can tell you that most of them were from players in one of the many The Spoils sealed tournaments when they opened this fat cat. Two people were actually lucky enough to get 2 out of their Competition pack and 2 boosters!

This card really needs no explanation other than it only protects against damage, not influence loss ala Blanching Butcher, Concealed Goon, Mafia Lawyer, Humiliating Torture Apparatus, Dragon’s Strategy etc. And, it’s worth noting that his life of 3 puts him out of the [instant kill] reach of almost every direct damage card/effect the Warlords could throw at him: Target Practice, Shriever Attack, Rabid Sarume, Hidden Sniper, Flaming Barduse. Only Bask Bile and a somewhat expensive Skewer can do him in. But believe you me, Samuel will become an instant target and priority of your opponent as soon as he hits the field!

In limited you’ll be forced to hold your best poker face when you draw him. In constructed where you can plan to tutor for him and/or use recursion to get him back, he’s going to be Da Man!

Limited: 4.5/5
Constructed: 5/
lgmk This card is amazing. It stops you from taking damage. It does not stop you from losing influence to your own Banker cards like Blanching Butcher, nor from taking damage from Humiliating Torture Apparatus.

It's as good as Ferret when it comes to attracting kill cards.

Many people who were at GenCon are swearing by this card now. Or at it, depends on which side of the table they were on, really. It won games. It won money. And its a Banker. Three cheers.

Now for me to focus slightly. It's benefits in Sealed should be obvious. In Constructed it lets you do whatever dastardly plan you have without blocking and without taking damage. I can see this in a Covert based deck.... hmm....

5/5 Sealed
4/5 Constructed
Samuel Grizwalter

Today we look at one of the Unique characters that Greed has to offer, the slightly less sexy Sam G. This guy has mafia lawyer written all over him. While Bankers have a few lawyers that can take the fall for you like Pettifogger, or get you some more advantage like Ms. Winterbottom, Sammy gets you off the hook with no drawbacks at all, he doesn't even die himself.

His effect simply put will not allow your faction to take damage as long as he exist on the field, essentially making you indestructible as long as you can keep him there. He's very much like magic's "Worship" combo rolled into one card. Now he only cost 4 but his threshold is a rough 4 as well. So he wont be seeing much action till later in the game but that's when you want him anyway.

I don't like many Bankers but this is one that's growing on me. Give him a try he may surprise you, even if he's not as nice to look at as his female counterpart.

Sealed- 3.5 / 5
Draft- 4 / 5
CON- 4/ 5

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