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Heartseeker 
 


Reviewed February 27, 2004

Constructed: 1.48
Casual: 3.08
Limited: 3.73

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1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
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Chris
Gerhardt

* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut.com

This card has proven to be fairly popular with the Casual and Timmy crowd. It won't cut the mustard in competitive constructed due to its high casting and use costs.  But for the casual player, 5 colorless mana to destroy target creature is pretty appealing. And it has a use otherwise with it's +2/+1 additive, so it's not completely wasted while it's sitting there

In limited, this thing is amazing.  Reusable creature destruction is extremely valuable. While it's not first pick in a draft, it is a high pick. And colorless, so it fits in any deck.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5
Current Price: Heartseeker $2.31


Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

In constructed, it costs 9 mana, and requires a creature to attach to to be effective. Then, it requires your opponent to be playing creatures to kill. Third, this usually won't come online until at minimum turn 4. Any creature decks will have you dead (or very close to dead) by the 4th turn. So this falls short on a lot of levels.
 
In casual, this would be ok, as games usually last a long enough time for this to be effective.
 
Limited play is where this really shines. You will usually have time to equip and play the ability. This is a must include in limited.
 
Constructed: 1
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5


DeQuan
Watson

* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Heartseeker
 
As far as equipment goes, this card has almost no value to a good constructed player.  It costs too much to cast.  It costs too much to equip.  You have to tap a creature to use its ability.  Yeah, it's nice to be able to kill a creature freely, but not at this cost. 
 
I would definitely play this card in limited.  This card should be an early pick in any draft. 
 
I honestly have no idea if a casual player would really enjoy playing this card.  Other cards like Visara, the Dreadful or Royal Assassin are a bit better for doing the job.  But I guess this IS an option if you aren't playing black.
 
Constructed: 1.2
Limited: 4
Casual: 2


Jeff Zand
i

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Level 2 Judge

Heartseeker

Everything is great about this card except for what it costs to play and what it costs to equip. That could be a big problem in draft where pace is pretty important these days. Certainly good enough to play EVERY TIME in sealed deck, simply tapping a creature equipped with Heartseeker to destroy target creature is an ability that may be too powerful to do without in booster draft despite itís appetite for mana. Not valuable in constructed, thanks to its costs.

CONSTRUCTED: 1.5

CASUAL:            2.5

LIMITED:            4.0

 


Andy
 Van Zandt

Heartseeker
Repeated creature kill in limited is good, and this can even manage more
than one per turn.  Plus the bonus of creature stats add-ons,  and it's not
7 mana a turn.  In constructed, it may even see play as colorless creature
removal.
constructed 2.5
casual 3.4
limited 4.2
 

Ray "Monk"
Powers
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Heartseeker

 

Theoretically, anything that says, "destroy target creature" has got to be good, right? Well, in constructed, the equip cost makes it far too slow to be worthwhile. Just one activation of equipping that is responded to a creature kill spell on the guy you are trying to equip to, and your loss of tempo is already so great you may not recover.

 

In limited, you have to be wary of the same thing. But limited is slower, and you can draft a slow control deck that may make this card work for you, if you can live that long.

 

In Casual, this card will be great in multiplayer, if it sticks around. I expect it to get destroyed the first time you try to equip it.

 

Casual:             3         

Constructed:             1

Limited:             3

Jason
Matthews


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Heartseeker

Wow, I donít know about most people but I feel fine about paying 5 mana and taping a creature to kill another persons creatures. In draft this card can control a game at times. In casual play I wouldnít mind playing this card at all. In constructed your opponents usually have better options to answer this card so I value it less. It can be expensive but the pay off is pretty good.

Constructed 2.75
Casual 3
Limited 4

Jonathan
Pechon


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Heartseeker

 

This card is absurdly slow and expensive for constructed play.  However, it does give any deck with creatures a way to kill stuff outright, so maybe thisíll see some play in block out of a sideboard or two.

 

If it wasnít absolutely obvious to folks, this card is absolutely nuts in limited.  Being able to kill stuff over and over again is really good no matter how slow it is; at least itís better than Altar of Shadows.

 

This is at least a little better than Spellbinder in casual play; I can see this actually being a fair amount of fun in group games.  In Mental, itís expensive equipment; avoid it like the plague.

 

Constructed:  2.0

Limited:  4.5

Casual:  3.0


Jason
Chapman
Heartseeker seems to be a card that is just too expensive to see serious play. While the ability to kill a creature (or even 2 or 3) every turn is good 5 mana is very expensive for this type of ability. At least the card isn't a total loss since it provides creature pump as well.

Constructed - Likely too slow but not awful - 2.85

Limited - Removal is great, may be worth it - 3.10

Casual - This card would be great in the slower creature heavy casual format - 3.25

Chase Heartseeker

This is a weird card. I think it will only be used in Casual as itís 9 mana that only gives the person +2/+1. Itís other ability is good as it can hit all creatures, except indestructible, but it really says: 5, tap. That is simply too expensive for any Constructed deck.

In Casual, great! No creature is safe on their side of the board! Block, then tap to destroy possibly two creatures at once.

In Limited, itís also too expensive. 4th turn, 0 mana. 5th turn, 0 mana. 6th turn, 1 mana, and a tapped creature that doesnít deal damage. You see what Iím getting at. You wonít be able to keep up its cost. Itís fun, sure, but not for competitive decks.

Constructed: 1.9
Casual: 4
Limited: 1.5

 

 

 

 

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