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Pojo's Duel Masters Card of the Day

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Image from Wizards Duel Master site

  Engbelt, the Spyroid
Blastplosion

Card # DM-9


Date Reviewed: 11.14.06

Constructed Average Rating: 3.75
Limited Average Rating: 3.75


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

 

DRY 1337

 

 

Today’s card is certainly a treat since we seldom get a chance to review blockers.  Blockers are comparable to offensive linemen in (American) football in that they put a stop to all threats while the big guys get the glory.  Fortunately, Engbelt is one of the bigger blockers and is sure to impress a few players

 

Engbelt, the Spyroid

 

Cost: 4

Race: Soltrooper

Civilization: Light

Type: Creature

Rules Text:

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Blocker  Blocker (Whenever an opponent's creature attacks, you may tap this creature to stop the attack. Then the 2 creatures battle.)

·         This creature can’t attack players.

 

Power: 5500

Engbelt is obviously a solid choice when it comes to light’s blocker selection.  For only 4 mana you get a very robust 5500 power blocker.  We all know that blockers generally come with extra power to make up for the fact that they cannot break shields, but Engbelt breaks the mold and puts out an additional 500 power.  The 500 power bonus may not seem like much but when you consider that this 4 mana blocker can wipe out almost all creatures with power 5000 or less and still stay alive, it really does count.

 

For so long Dia Nork, Moonlight Guardian was considered the premier 4 mana blocker for the light civilization but now the new guy is here to steal the show.  On top of that, Engbelt is a common, which makes Dia Nork seem even more obsolete.  Of course Dia Nork has the potential to be evolved into a Guardian Evolution, but who in their right mind would actually evolve such a great 5000 power blocker?  There are a lot of 1 to 3 mana guardians better suited for evolving.  If you need a powerhouse to block for you or to upgrade your deck then definitely give Engbelt, the Spyroid a shot.

 

The Good:  A unique blocker with 5500 power for only four mana.  It’s also perfect for destroying other creatures.

 

The Bad:  Turn 4 creatures typically have effects with more pizzazz, but we just need to keep in mind that this is just a basic blocker.

 

The Ugly:  There’s nothing ugly about a creature this solid.

 

Constructed Rating: 3.5/5 –  Engbelt isn’t really a must-have in all strategies, but we have to consider that it’s the best in the business.  A blocker with a superior power to mana ratio and no drawbacks?  It’s definitely caught my eye.

 

Limited Rating: 4/5 – Blockers are a rare commodity in limited.  Engbelt will surely frustrate those who think they have the upper hand.

 

 

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!
 

Doc
Name: Engbelt, the Spydroid
Cost: 4
Race: Soltrooper
Civilization: Light
Type: Creature
Rules Text:
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Blocker Blocker (Whenever an opponent's creature attacks, you may tap this creature to stop the attack. Then the 2 creatures battle.)
This creature can't attack players.
Flavor Text:
"I caught a jumbo jet in my web once. It was mighty tasty."
Power: 5500
Mana Number: 1
Artist: Akifumi Yamamoto
Rarity: C
Collector Number: 9
 
Name: 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 Right-click here to download pictures. To help protect your privacy, Outlook prevented automatic download of this picture from the Internet.
Wave Striker ability.)
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Wave Striker When you put this creature into the battle zone, your opponent chooses one of his creatures and destroys it.
Flavor Text:
"Darling! I got you some roses!"
Power: 2000
Mana Number: 1
Artist: Hisashi Momose
Rarity: R
Collector Number: 27
 
Its a 2 for 1 special
 
Like I said, were reviewing 2 cards today. One is a Light blacker, Engbelt the Spydroid, and the other is a Darkness wave striker, Hazaria, Duke of Thorns, both from the Blastplosion set.
First up, Engbelt is a new breed, soltrooper, and is a blocker(as is most light creatures).
The mana to power ratio is 4:5500, which edges out many of the 4 mana blockers that don't have some weird effect that causes them to die once they blocked an attack. As for the Duke, all the players at the local shop HATE wave strikers. One kid played them in a tournament and he was being torn into by these people. Anyway, his effect allows your opponent to destroy 1 creature whenever you summon another creature. Creature destruction is always good no matter who you are, but if an effect needs 2 creatures to activate, than I'd rather just put them in the binder. 
 
Engbelt's Pros: Good M2P ratio 4:55K is good for a blocker
                     Blocker
                     That's pretty much it
 
Engbelt's cons: Not many, this creature is good in any decks with blockers and light cards.
 
Hazaria's Pros: Effect, creature destruction is always good(as long as it's not your own)
 
Hazaria's Cons: Wave striker, one attack on another striker and you lose Hazaria's effect
                        M2P ratio, 4:2K isn't bad, but it's not good either
                        Flavor text, I know no one cares about flavor texts, but this is just stupid.
 
Engbelt's art: 3/5
Hazaria's art: 4/5, the thousands of thousands of thorns do look cool
 
Engbelt's Overall Rating: 4/5
Hazaria's Overall Rating: 2/5, his effect gives him 1 extra point.
 
See ya guys, or girls, next time
 

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