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Exploding Sock Puppet

 

Card Ratings
Limited: 4.00
Constructed: 4.25

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


Date Reviewed - 04.24.0
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doc After our long weekend we bring you the common Gearsmith tactic Exploding Sock Puppet!

For a cost of 2 with the lowest threshold possible, this tactic is one of the very few cards that can be considered a counter card. Not only that, your opponent is not allowed to respond to it so even if they have a Tactician Vacation (the only counter to tactic cards) your kill is assured.

Character destruction is one of the most sought after aspects in any deck. Sometimes your removal is based on a characters life or strength and sometimes cost. Fewer cards still will remove a character regardless of any stat. The only catch is you have to wait until they “try” to use an ability. Here’s the part you do have to be careful of; not every ability is an ability you can respond to. An ability that is a trigger (Bloodcurdling Bulldozer or a “when this card comes into play” card for example) can’t be responded to at all, so ESP has its limitations. You won’t be able to smack down a Dock Sentinel or Union Leader (in sealed of course) but good old Pluck or Rudo or even OLHPB trying to hide are toast!

In limited any removal is good removal, but you’re more likely to find a use for ESP in draft over sealed. In constructed you’ve always got more options for removal cards and with Jacques Trap and Slingerang also filling this roll, ESP may not be your first choice depending on your meta.

Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 3.5.5
Ian Spiegel Exploding Sock Puppet

Exploding Sock Puppet is one of the new Gearsmith tactics introduced in Part Two, and a homage to the creative designers prior projects. At two cost and only one Elitism threshold, this card is almost an immediate "in" in all limited and constructed decks.

This card says that the opponent cannot respond to this card, and it can only be played in response to a character's ability. This is referring to an ability that says "Cost" and then has an "Effect," such as Erotic Assassin. Exploding Sock Puppet stops the ability, and destroys the character that it was used on.

This card is good against Erotic Assassin, One Legged Hopping Pogo Bear (at times,) Schrpoingmajig, and countless other cards that will undoubtedly be making appearances in your local meta.

Limited: 4
Construced: 5

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