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Flowstone Overseer
Nemesis - Rare

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.63 (* Reviews)
Limited: 3.98 (* Reviews)
Reviewed July 19, 2002

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John
Hornberg

This Week's Card Selector

Flowstone Overseer is my favorite card of all time. Not because it's
good or anything, but because it was one of the first cards I got when I
started. It has a lot of sentimental value to me, and that's why I
wanted to review it.

From a players stand point, he is not all that bad. He isn't really
playable in constructed, because his casting cost his kind of hard to
play, and he is extremely red heavy, at times when he was outshined by
Masticore, and ignored because Mono red aside from Bridges was near
impossible. On the up side, his ability could be helpful for you by
pumping up your creatures, and bad because it could kill your opponents
creatures.

In constructed, Masticore does everything this guy does and a lot more,
and for an easier casting cost. A 2 in constructed.

In limited, this guy was a bomb. You took him even if you weren't
playing red, because he was removal, and he helped your creatures as
well when needed. In limited, a 4.


Scott
Gerhardt

 

I'm a little biased.  I played this guy at the Masques Block PT at NY2000.  His removal ability is awesome, but against any deck BUT red, this guy can tap a couple and deal more damage with an attacking critter.  He plays some ugly tricks with the opponent.  Not horrid in T2 when he was legal, and ridiculous in block.

In limited, only draft this guy if you like winning, because that's all he does in limited - help you win.

Constructed - 3.5
Limited - 4.5
Current Price - $1.20


Rob
Lawing

 

On its face this appears to be a solid creature, a 4/4 for 5 with a decent ability. But the problem has always been the RRR part of the casting cost. This really hurt the playability in any type of multi-colored deck. The 5 cost makes him too slow for the classic mono red decks like Sligh or Random Ass Burn. So while he could have been a decent creature with an alteration to the colored mana requirement, instead he is just another overcosted rare fatty. He is solid in limited for decks with a heavy red component.
 
Rating
Constructed-1.5 (Where does he fit ?)
Limited-3


Judge Bill

A good creature, which can kill off most anything your opponent plays (given enough red mana). However, it's 5 mana for this. When you hit 5 mana, you want to be casting something that takes control of the game by itself immediately, and not over a feww turns.
 
In limited, given you had enough red, this guy was great. Again, you want to be heavy red if you're playing him, however, as it takes 3 red mana to cast him and 2 red to use his ability once.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 3.8

Doctor
Mackerel

 


DeQuan
Watson

 


Mason
Peatross

This card is odd. It doesn't match it's color very well, but that's fairly irrelevant. This card is very much like Masticore, except without that nasty upkeep, but you have to be playing heavy (usually mono) red to justify him. 

Once he's on the table he's very difficult to get rid of, and pretty soon all your creatures are in the graveyard. Nasty, Nasty stuff. Another Team Qualifier this weekend. Leland is out of commission, so Fletcher and I have picked up an old friend to play with us. Cheer us on this weekend!

Limited: 5

Constructed: 3


Aaron
Teare

Limited ***
Constructed ***

An absolute beating in either mono-red control or aggression, Flowstone Overseer suffers from one drawback... lack of "splashability".

(I think I just made up a new word... you heard it here first kids!)

Anyway, with a whopping RRR in your casting cost Overseer is not gonna make it into any multi-color decks at all... especially when you consider his special ability requires an even greater commitment to Red!!  A rather large drawback considering the near total lack of mono-color decks in constructed these days.  This is even a factor in Limited as you almost NEVER see a mono-color deck in either draft or sealed.


Andrew Chapman

Flowstone Overseer had so much potential that never saw much use. With an ability that could be used to kill creatures or increase the damage taken by your unblocked creatures, this guy packs quite a heavy punch. A hefty red casting cost limits his use, and there always ended up being something more consistent  to use in its place. I wouldn't mind seeing this guy around today. He might be able to give Tog decks the fits.

In limited, this guy is huge, but requires you to play heavy red. Luckily, red was decent in this block.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 4.5


Fletcher
Peatross

A bomb-diggidy-bomb in limited, its only real use in constructed was for a fifth Masticore-type creature in Ponza or a semi-horrible replacement once Masticore rotated out. A 4 in Limited, a 2.5 in Constructed
 

 

 

 

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