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Pojo's Duel Masters Card of the Day

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Image from Wizards Duel Master site

  Hazaria, Duke of Thorns
Blastplosion

Card # DM-27


Date Reviewed: 11.01.06

Constructed Average Rating: 2.8
Limited Average Rating: 4.5


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

 

DRY 1337

 

 

Today we take a look at one of the coolest-looking cards in the Blastosplosion set. I must admit that I haven’t been too devoted to Wave Strikers but Hazaria is definitely worth a shot.

Hazaria, Duke of Thorns
Cost: 4
Race: Dark Lord
Civilization: Darkness
Type: Creature
Rules Text:

Wave striker (While 2 or more other creatures in the battle zone have "wave striker," this creature has its ability.)
When you put this creature into the battle zone, your opponent chooses one of his creatures and destroys it.

Power: 2000

Wave strikers are somewhat complicated but when used properly can offer devastating results. However the biggest drawback is that unless you have at least 2 other wave strikers in the battle zone the creatures are pretty much useless. In noting this we can see that Hazaria’s power is pretty weak for a 4 mana creature. It’s only a meager 2000 power. Again, it’s not the best but let’s hope that there are at least 2 other wave striker creatures in the battle zone.

Fortunately when we’re able to actually use this creature’s effect, we’re in for a treat. When this creature is summoned with at least two other wave strikers on the field, your opponent has to choose a creature on his/her side of the field and destroy it. This effect is huge because it’s like a Proclamation of Death with a body. Your opponent loses a creature while you gain one.

On top of that, this 4 mana wave striker is advantageous because no matter how you look at it turn 4 is the earliest turn for using wave striker abilities (when you’re the only one using wave strikers). On top of that all of your other wave strikers get to use their effects. It will add insult to injury when your opponent has to destroy one of his/her creatures and on top of that the 3 mana wave strikers get their 4,000 power boost. You can then use creatures like Sapian Tark to take out one of your opponent’s untapped creatures. This is why turn 4 is key.

The Good: A turn 4 kill and power boost to the 3 mana wave strikers.

The Bad: It suffers the drawbacks of wave strikers.

The Ugly: Unless you can use Hazaria’s ability it’s worthless.

Constructed Rating: 2.8/5 – It’s a good effect but unless there are other wave strikers in the battle zone you can’t really do anything. On top of that, with all of the creature hate you may run into these types of complications. The combos you can pull off will be amazing but personally I’d go with Proclamation.

Limited Rating: 4.5/5 – This creature thrives in limited. Try not to pass this one up.

Please feel free to post your comments, questions, and/or objections on the Message Board and I’ll be more than happy to respond. Happy dueling!
 

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