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Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day

Stasis
5th Edition

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 3.34 (8 Reviews)
Limited: 1.86  (7 Reviews)
Reviewed April 22, 2002

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
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Fletcher
Peatross

The original goofy card art, this artist was never asked to do another piece
if I remember correctly.  The card itself is amazing, can totally dominate a
game, and can almost win all by itself.  It does have to have support, but I
don't see a card with this power level getting printed again.  In limited,
it is a permanent 'trick' that can catch your opponent in a really bad
place.  I'd probably draft it and play it, but not too highly. Constructed
4.5, Limited 3.5


Mason
Peatross

Stasis's artist never got to do another card. I wonder why? If this isn't
hands down the worst card art on a Magic Card, I'll swallow my shorts. Well,
I'll chew them first. Maybe a little bouilliabaise on it. On the other hand,
Stasis is a VERY powerful card, and when it's legal, you can always expect
someone to be trying to ruin their chances at Regionals with it.

Art Rating: Worst ever, hands down.
Constructed Rating: 4
Limited Rating: 2


DeQuan
Watson

Ok, some people like this card, but I personally do not.  I think it does something to the game of MAgic that doesn't really need to be done.  However, I am guilty of playing it in a deck a long time ago.

Anyway, it seems to only have any real use in constructed.  In limited, you'd be hard pressed to find cards that were good enough to play along with it.


constructed: 1.5
Limited: 1.0


Scott
Gerhardt

In my opinion, the best deck in extended no one is playing.  I actually ran across one at GP-Vegas in day 2.  I might have lost to it if he hadn't been at one, dropped Back to Basics, and then "paid" for the enchantment (one blue - he had just let Stasis go) and mana burned.  I have a high opinion of this card, because I think it can just catch people sleeping, and you can win.  

In limited, it's a decent stall tactic if you're losing - maybe get a turn or 2 to rebuild and keep the guys off you, though it can be very problematic if they get to untap first, which usually happens.

The art....pure crap.  Sorry Ms. Jones, but thank goodness this was your only contribution to the game.  Could you imagine something like this on Morphling? *shudder*

Constructed - 4
Limited - 2
Current Price - $3.00


Judge Bill
I've had a friend say that if someone really wants to learn how to play this game, they should play a Stasis deck. I would happen to agree, with all the complexities a Stasis deck has (in whatever form).
 
Just don't play it in limited.
 
Constructed: 3.2
Limited: 1 (lower if I could)

 

Doctor
Mackerel

You should only look at Ersatz Gnomes if you're playing mono-colour and
you're expecting MAJOR worries with protection from your colour. Otherwise
you've got a little 1/1 for 3 mana.

In constructed, you just about might sideboard a few if you know that the
environment is built to hose your colour. As for limited, he will have very
few uses, but perhaps as flimsy insurance if you draft mono-colour. In both
formats, he's still pretty bad.

Constructed - 1.5
Limited - 1.5

John
Turpish

A very narrow card, you won't see Stasis played in many decks that aren't specifically designed to abuse it.  Those decks, however, are pretty good.
4


Andrew Chapman

Old Magic cards don't die....  they just untap less
often!  Seriously though, this is just a great old
card that refuses to die.  All of its good
counterparts came several sets later in Masques block,
and now it has a full arsenal of great cards.

In Limited this card just doesn't have the tools
needed to take advantage f it, and it winds up being a
way to stall the game, and that's about it.

Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 2


Rob
Lawing

Well the original Stasis card had some goofy cartoon art for sure. It looked like 2 cartoon Egyptians gods standing around to me. This card made up part of one the most annoying decks of all time. In various orientations it combined with bounce spells, Kismet, and mana acceleration to kill its opponent with either 1 creature or by decking them with Howling Mine. It was a troublesome deck to play against and won some tournaments but it was never quite good enough for the big time.
 
In Limited the card is useless as it requires to many specific types of spells to make it useful.
 
Rating
Constructed 2
Limited 1 cus I can't give zero
 

 

 

 

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