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Pojo's Duel Masters Card of the Day

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Image from Wizards Duel Master site

  Baira, the Hidden Lunatic
Blastplosion

Card # DM-24


Date Reviewed: 10.24.06

Constructed Average Rating: 3.25
Limited Average Rating: 3


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

 

DRY 1337

 

 

Today we look at a card that is somewhat typical of the Darkness civilization.  Darkness is all about destruction, whether it’s happening on your opponent’s side of the field or yours.  This card does a little of both.

 

Baira, the Hidden Lunatic

 

Cost: 3

 

Race: Pandora’s Box

 

Civilization: Darkness

 

Type: Creature

 

Rules Text:

·         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.

·         When this creature battles, destroy it after the battle.

 

Power: 5000

 

The first card we think of when we look at Baira, the Hidden Lunatic is Bloody Squito.  Of course Baira is 3 mana for a 5000 power blocker, which is just as incredible as Bloody Squito’s 2 mana for 4000 power.  Nevertheless Baira definitely serves a special purpose.  The problem with Bloody Squito is that even though it can take out most low level creatures, it still struggles against low-cost evolutions.  Most of these evolutions (i.e. Barkwhip, Crystal Spinslicer, Diamondia, Larba Geer, etc.) come equipped with 5000 power and they really give blockers a hard time.  However, now that darkness comes out with its own decent 5000 power blocker, it pretty much evens the field.

 

So let’s talk about the effects.  First we see that it can’t attack.  Ok, so that’s really nothing new for blockers.  However, just like Bloody Squito it dies after it battles.  I can’t say that this effect is particularly great but let’s just look at the creature’s overall purpose...  We’re pretty much going for creature kill.  The fact that this creature dies after a battle pretty much defines its purpose of protecting a shield and killing anything that is 5000 power or less. 

 

Still think this is a bad card?  Well then let’s compare it to destruction spells that are around 3 mana and target anything that is 5000 or less.  Why a spell?  Because once you use this creature’s effect the creature goes away (just like a spell).  As far as spells the only card that comes close is Spastic Missile, which costs 3 mana and kills anything 3000 or less (so weak!).   Volcanic Arrows does a decent job at 2 mana but we need to lose a shield in the process.  Again, the BIGGEST advantage that you have with Baira is that you can use its effect when it matters most (during your opponent’s turn before he/she breaks a shield).  Think of it as casting a spell and saving its effect for when it matters most.

 

Want to make your opponent suffer even more?  Then combine Baira, Bloody Squito, and Morbid Medicine (you know where I’m going with this).  Heck, let’s just add Slime Veil as well and completely lock the field while you set up a fun little combo.  Mongrel Man compliments this card very well.

 

The Good:  Protect a shield and wipe out anything with power 5000 or more!

 

The Bad:  It dies.

 

The Ugly:  A lot of people underestimate this type of card and become reckless.  Cast a Morbid medicine and your opponents will pretty much soil themselves.

 

 

Constructed Rating: 4.5/5 – This creature so deserves a 5 but it’s still not as good a Messa Bahna.  The reason why it’s rated so high is because people still underestimate it and end up making mistakes.

 

Limited Rating: 4/5 – Blockers are always welcome in limited.

 

 

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!

 

Oversoul

 

Name: Baira, the Hidden Lunatic
Cost: 3
Race: Pandora's Box
Civilization: Darkness
Type: Creature
Rules Text:
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BlockerBlocker (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.
When this creature battles, destroy it after the battle.
Flavor Text:
It further blurs the fuzzy line between weird and freaky.
Power: 5000
Mana Number: 1
Artist: Mikumo
Rarity: C
Collector Number: 24

<.< yet another short review for me. this card sucks, it's a one turn blocker, and yet it's one of the only worthwhile blockers mana to power ratio-wise. there's Dark Clown, which is above this, Bloody Squito, which is one of the best dark blockers ever, and then there's Acid Reflux which would be my third pick for a dark blocker. if you really like Pandora's Boxes, (which most of them aren't that great with the exception of Kejila.) then use this, being it's the only blocker for the Boxes.

 

2/5 card

3/5 art

 


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