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Pojo's Duel Masters Card of the Day

la_byle_seeker_of_the_winds
Image from Wizards Duel Master site
 

  La Byle,
Seeker of the Winds

DM05
Card #1



Date Reviewed: 03.07.05

Constructed Average Rating: 3.15
Limited Average Rating: 4


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

 
Lee Sandow

After missing yet ANOTHER review because of how busy I’ve been, I have returned to my review duties.  I was away at a College visit this Saturday; so don’t expect a report from me.  Someone at GQ had better have saved me some trade stuff, though…  Rants aside, today we get to review an ‘underrated’ card.  Actually, I have a LOT of respect for this card. 

 

La Byle, Seeker of the Winds

Cost:  7

Civilization:  Light

Card Type:  Creature
Race:  Mecha Thunder

  • Blocker (When an opponent’s creature attacks, you may tap this creature to stop the attack. Then the 2 creatures battle.)
  • Whenever this creature blocks, untap it after battles.

Flavor Text:  “Breeze? Nah. Gust? Nah. Tornado? Aw, yeah.”

Power: 5000

Mana Generated: 1

Rarity:  Very Rare

Card Number:  1/55

 

I had the pleasure of pulling this guy in a draft one time, and I must say, he’s a BEAST.  Let’s review why.

 

Civilization/Race:  Like the majority of good blockers, he’s a light creature.  He’s also a Mecha Thunder, which at this point means jack squat.  He has no support cards for his race, and no evolutions.  He also has a lot  ENEMIES, but we’ll get to that later.

 

Cost:  Seven mana is getting in the ‘you better be good’ range.  It’s affordable, especially in a mana accel deck, but there are a lot of other things you could be doing for the same amount of mana.  As with all high-cost creatures, I’ll say his power and abilities had better balance it out.

 

Power:  5000 power for seven mana is lacking, especially when compared to blockers like Syforce or Gran Gure (7000 and 9000 respectively).  However, this is one instance where I’m not really going to gripe about his low power level.  He can’t be Tornado Flamed, Searing Waved, Burst Shotted, or Crimson Hammered, so I’m not going to complain too much.  He’s great for dealing with small to midrange power creatures.  If your opponent has a small army of them on the field, this guy will stop them IN THEIR TRACKS.  This is thanks to his ability, which we shall review now.

 

Abilities:  La Byle’s saving grace is his ability.  He’s a blocker, whoop-dee-do.  Whenever he blocks one of your opponent’s attacks, you are allowed to untap him.  Then you can block again, and untap again.  Thus, he can block EVERY ONE OF YOUR OPPONENT’S ATTACKS, assuming your opponent doesn’t have a creature strong enough to kill him.  Combine this guy’s ability with a Slime Veil, and just watch the magic unfold. 

 

Ok, now that I’ve reviewed these stats, let’s see how they stack up. 

 

Constructed overview:  He’s a much more playable version of Spiral Grass.  If your opponent only has small creatures on the field, they will be hesitant to attack because they’re worried you’ll just block every strike.  It’s a pity this guy doesn’t have just 1000 more power.  He’d be a sexy beast if he did.  As is, cards like Valdios and Barkwhip can effectively rip through him, leaving you screwed.  Also, he isn’t able to block the ever-popular Crystal Lancer, thanks to the unblockable ability.  This also brings up a bad point.  Blocker hate is still fairly popular, and Crystal Paladin and Scarlet Skyterror will rip this guy a new one.  Still, as far as blockers go, this guy’s pretty good.  Give him a try; you might be surprised.  3.5/5

 

Limited overview:  Godly.  This guy can keep your opponent at bay for a LONG time, and whenever this guy fancies, he can swing for a shield.  He’s got a good amount of power, and blockers are scarce in Survivors.  There’s also no blocker-hate in this format, thus making him better.  You seriously can’t go wrong with him here.  If you get him and don’t play him, I will personally drive to wherever you live and throw rocks at you.  Then I’ll TP your house with Sniper Mosquitoes and Seamines.  I’m NOT kidding.  5/5

 

Anyone know a card shop in Milledgeville, GA?

 
Knives101 La Byle, Seeker of the Winds

La Byle has some uses. He's one of two "Infiblock" creatures that can block as many times as needed. This is good, because it means that your opponent can attack as many times as he wants, but he still won't take any sheilds.
Seems like a nice plan, but this card has some major drawbacks. Your opponent can easily get around this guy via, Slayers, Corile, Death Smoke, Terror Pit, Barkwhip, Unblockables, Chaos Worm, Twin Cannon, Spiral Gate, etc, etc, etc. La Byle costs seven mana, which is extremely costly for only five thousand power. Unless you are running mana gain cards such as Bronze Arm Tribe you will find yourself having to slowly build up that seven mana.
Getting to seven mana without mana gain often requires mana'ing cards that would have seen play. La Byle can attack which makes it more than just a lame blocker. Overall this guy is way too easy for opponent's to deal with.
However when combined with Nature cards, and other big creatures such as Gran Gure, this thing could be really useful.

Rating: 3
 
Nimbly

Today, we review La Byle, Seeker of the Winds: the light very rare card out of Survivors.

 

La Byle, Seeker of the Winds

Civilization: Light

Type: Mecha Thunder

Cost: 7

Power: 5000

Ability: Blocker

If this monster blocks, untap it.

 

Ah, I was wondering when we’d review this card…Meet La Byle, the creature from the seventh circle of hell. Oh, holy crap how I hate this card. I swear, if I could hire a hitman to take out this guy, there is no amount of money keepin’ me away. Look at my tourny report decks and you’ll see that…rush monsters barely lick this guy’s boot. *sigh*…

 

The Positive Side

 

Here, we have the juiced-up version of the more unplayable Spiral Grass. If you’re a fan of that card, then this one will only be better for you.

 

Just listen to the effect. “When this monster blocks, untap it after it battles…”

It sends chills down my spine. Those cards forced to attack fall down, so say so long to Braid Claws and Titans. Small attackers have no chance against it. Think of it like this, this thing is the Great Wall of China, and Braid claws and titans and brawlers and stuff like that are a bunch of ants. Now, I’m no scientologist or anything, but I’m pretty sure that ants can’t take down a wall, even in a group.

 

I’ve run into this thing way too much. Most of the time, they have this on the field in conjunction with the ever popular Alcadeias, Lord of Spirits. So not only will it block the hell out of you, you really can’t kill it…One of the main reasons why I splashed the Holy Awes in my deck since it’s really the only card that will take care of them.

 

And on top of that, it can attack! Holy high hell…just what yellow needs, another potential attacker. It’s really the perfect card to finish off the job, since you really want to make sure that the attack is the best time for it, cause if you miss, then it’s not blockin’ next turn now is it?

 

So, the card is amazing against the rush decks, and it’s pretty good against other things.

 

The Negative Side

 

Now I get to say whatever the hell I can about this card. It must be my birthday…

 

Seriously, though, I’ll try to remain unbiased. The card does have its negative points. In comparison to the other blockers of the entire light family, it doesn’t have an amazing attack power. The average power for the light blocker is its mana cost times 1000 and add 1000 more. So a 4 cost blocker has 5000 power, (Dia Nork). So 7 for 5000 does not sound that appetizing when you get a Gran Gure for 6 for 9000, which is amazing in itself.

 

Another problem, obviously, would be its mana cost. We all know that any mana over 6 will encounter problems with the 3 staples (Pit, Snare, Awe), so that always is a negative. The thing costs more than Alcadeias, which is really hard to believe as Alcadeias is crazy and, in comparison, La Byle is just small potatoes.

 

I’m not gonna talk about how it ownz red rush decks. That’s not how I roll, man. I will talk about how it falls to the new survivors and many of the blue cards in the game. One word…Unblockability. Yes, this one small trait can mean hell for a blocker deck. A well played survivor deck can get out the Spikestrike Ichthys Q, a Gigaling Q, a Ballus Q and a Gallia Zohl Q, which means complete control over your opponent. Blocking, destruction, untapability and unblockability makes one hella strong combo. La Byle, Gran Gure, Szubs Kin, Dia Nork, and all those got nothing on them.

 

Personally, the fear with this card is the thought of a slayer or something coming at you at full speed. That’d be nice to stop your opponent, if your using red. Play a bunch of small monsters then go Creeping Plague so this thing can’t happen, assuming that there is no Alcadeias out there, which there will probably be since it’s first priority in an Alcadeias-Abuse Deck.

 

Finally, let’s go with “What else can you use”

- Alcadeias?

- Gran Gure?

- One of the 3 staples?

- Lots of smaller blockers?

 

Well, in comparison, there aren’t not much that can be better played than this card, but, of course, it all depends on timing of the move, so what can you do?...

 

The Limited Side

 

Holy Crap, would this be crazy in limited. In limited, the threat of a critical blade, death smoke, terror pit, or something like that goes six feet under, so the thing will probably last longer. This also will take out those cheap attackers that you see a lot in limited, so bust this thing out and you basically got the game in the bag. Now lasting until turn 7 is the other problem…

 

The Recap

 

Here’s the + and – list

 

Pluses

+ Crazy against rush decks late in the game

+ Untaps for surviving the battle

+ 5000 isn’t that horrible…

 

Minuses

- The mana-to-power ratio is off in comparison to light decks

- The cost is fairly high…7 isn’t bad, but isn’t really that low

- 5000 isn’t that good…

- Weak to slayers. (But really what isn’t)

- It sucks when you see it on the opposite side.

 

Constructed- 3/5- If you use Alcadeias, then this guy will take care of the rest of the late game attackers. However, that’s why you loaded you’re A-A Decks with blockers already, right?

Limited- 4/5- If you can get it out, it’s amazing. Just try to last to turn 7, which you probably will and don’t forget to load up on the small attackers and blockers for early support.

Art- 3/5- Should I stay inside, or bring a wind breaker or 2…or 8…

 

Ok, that’s it for the satanic La Byle, Seeker of the Winds. If anyone has any questions, comments, complaints, or concerns, E-Mail me at:

pt_1bc_2@yahoo.com

Later Days…

 


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