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Gempalm Strider 
Legions Uncommon


Reviewed March 20, 2003

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Scott
Gerhardt

Gempalm Strider - 

Constructed: 3
Limited: 3
Current Price:
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Chris
Gerhardt

Gempalm Strider - This is a nice, versatile card. At the least, he's a 2/2 Grizzly Bear. End game, in a well-constructed Elf deck, he's a mini Overrun, and at instant uncounterable speed. Goodness.

In limited, his Bear-ness is decent enough to consider him for inclusion. As I stated yesterday, it's not easy to get a good tribal deck going in limited, but if you can get at least 7 to 9 or 10 Elves, Gempalm Strider may be a good thing. If not, he's just okay then. A 2/2 for 1G, so faster than a morpher, but lacking the mystique. Still, getting him out a turn earlier than a morph gives you some tempo, pretty important in a green beats deck.

Constructed: 3
Limited: 3


Judge Bill

Gempalm Strider
 
I don't really like this card. Don't get me wrong, but I think there are a lot better things to so with your 4 mana if you want to "save" creatures. I could be wrong, but I don't see this getting much play.
 
In limited, unless you've got 5+ elves you're playing, this is pretty much a dead card. So I'd avoid it here too.
 
Constructed: 1.5
Limited: 2


Andy
 Van Zandt

Gempalm Strider
well, you want to cycle him, and he's a bit pricey to do that, but he does
gain you card advantage.  and he's an elf grizzly bear, which isn't
horrible.
constructed 3.1
limited 3.2


Jason
Chapman

Gempalm Strider is nice as a bear with a decent cycle ability. Not amazing but useful for Elf decks.

 

Constructed Elf decks may very well use him but the cycle cost is a bit high 2.85

 

Limited Not nearly as good in constructed but there are a lot of elves out there right now 2.30

 

PEZ Not nearly good enough for an Uncommon slot but playable 1.95


IQ
Gempalm Strider

I know what most of you are thinking, why another damn elf right? Just
build a fun elf ball deck and you'll know why we're reviewing two elfs, two
days in a row... the deck's just fun to play. ^_^This one's your average
bear with a pretty decent effect for later in the game, for four mana you
get to draw a card and pump your elves, what more could you ask for...
besides trample?

In limited his ability is only good if you got a bunch of elves and if you
then you get a 2/2 for two mana while your opponent's paying 3 for a morph
creature. Granted he's not great but he's not awful either.

Constructed 2

Limited 2.5
Scott Sager Gempalm Strider

Obviously only playable in Elf-ball, but it is outstanding at it's roll there.  A 2/2 for 2cc and an uncounterable boost for your army of elves that replaces itself.

Limited:  It's a 2/2 for 2cc which makes it playable, but the cycling ability is just too expensive for it only boosting elves.

Constructed:  2 (4 in Elf-ball)

Limited:  3.5 (as a creature)

Danny Tatro

Gempalm Strider

     Hey, its the second card in a row thats in my block deck! This guy is nothing real in constructed, but hes not too horrible. But you won't ever see him see play so there! =P
Possibly a elf block deck card or sumtin?
     in limited hes much better cause hes a bear. Also if you draft lots of elves- no one will see this coming, and he can net you major board and card advantage. Great in the right situation, otheriwse hes a expensive-cycling bear, and bears in this format are good.

Constructed: 1
Limted: 3.0


Brett
Livingston

Gempalm Strider

Doesn't he look like he's peddling pot?  I mean he's
even holding some green out for you.  I can imagine
him saying "Hey, want some of this cool stuff I got
from Krosa?"  Now back to the card.  He cycles for
just too much, He's nice in limited if you play elves
but...

Contructed:2
Limited:4
 

 

 

 

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