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Pojo's Duel Masters Card of the Day

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Image from Wizards Duel Master site

  Ikaz, the Spyroid
Blastplosion

Card # DM-17


Date Reviewed: 11.16.06

Constructed Average Rating: 5
Limited Average Rating: 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 review the greatest of all Soltroopers.  Ikaz, the Spyroid has been surprisingly ignored by a community that is so set in its ways.  Perhaps the reason is because duelists are too accustomed with what they’re used to and have not yet explored the new races.  Nevertheless, it’s time to unveil the sleeper.

 

Ikaz, the Spyroid

 

Cost: 4

Race: Soltrooper

Civilization: Light

Type: Creature

Rules Text:

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

·         Whenever this creature blocks, choose one of your creatures in the battle zone. Untap it after the battle.

·         This creature can’t attack players.

 

Power: 4000

At first glance Ikaz looks like a failed attempt to revitalize our dying interest in blockers.  However, even at first glance the creature still looks fairly solid.  Having a cost of 4 mana for 4000 power is not very ideal for a blocker but it’s still manageable.  It’s like paying 4 mana for any other 4000 power creature, which can block instead of attack players.  Keep in mind that the Light Civilization is fairly self-sufficient and it’s capable of powering itself up, blocking, drawing cards, etc.  Like I said, it’s not the greatest power but it’s still manageable.

 

Now on to the best part…  Whenever Ikaz blocks we get to choose a creature in the battle zone and untap it after the battle.  It’s pretty bizarre wording but let’s first break it down by looking for restrictions and/or drawbacks…  Hmmm, no restrictions and no drawbacks.  What does this mean?  It means that we are not restricted from choosing to untap Ikaz after it blocks.  Just think of how beautiful this effect is.  Unless your opponent can kill Ikaz you can block forever with your beefy 4000 power creature.  It should almost make us want to take our Spiral Grasses (which we don’t really use anyway) and desecrate them in every way appropriate.

 

Let’s take it a step further and consider support cards like Pala Olesis and Petrova.  Once you get Ikaz juiced up with these two bauties and are able to keep Ikaz on the field, you’ve pretty much got the game locked up.  It’s so evil.  But why stop there?  We can cast a Slime Veil and have our opponent’s creatures march to their doom.  A Light/Darkness deck would be perfect for this card because Ikaz will surely draw a lot of hate.  Darkness will offer the graveyard recursion that we need.  Alas one of my favorite strategies has been blown.  Enjoy. J

 

The Good:  It a friggin’ wall!

 

The Bad:  It can’t attack players but us light duelists are always able to manage.

 

The Ugly:  It’s a rare from the Shattered Rainbow set so it will tough getting multiple copies.

 

Constructed Rating: 5/5 –  Yes, it’s perfect!!!  Just lock the game and let your other creatures take over

 

Limited Rating: 5/5 – Holy crap!  Two perfect scores!  Blockers are a very desirable commodity in limited and this creature will not let you down.

 

 

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!

- DRY 1337

 


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