This guy looks like a gimmicky card at first,
but he could be a real threat. It's possible
that late in the game you could be getting a 5/5
flier for BB. That's nothing to sneak at. It's
good enough that it might even make appearances
in multiple formats. More than anything, it's a
creature gives you a shot at playing black in
How early could you get this into play? With a
Gemstone Caverns and an Exhume, you can put a
Golgari Grave-Troll into your graveyard on your
opponent's turn and replace your very first draw
with Dredge 6. Then you play a Swamp, and remove
all 6 cards in your graveyard to get a 5/5 flier
on turn 1. There's a reason Exhume is banned in
every freakin' format. This might be too, if
someone can break it. Psychatog/Ichorid decks in
Extended have pioneered filling your graveyard
fast, so tose techniques could be used for a
fast 5/5. In Standard, this may go into Dredge
decks, or maybe a few cheap instants and
sorceries will help this out on turn 5. I guess
mono-black control could ride this to victory.
In casual it might be a force, and in Limited
it's a finisher that will usually cost about 5
or 6 mana. all around, not bad at all.
This is a very interesting card. It's not
exactly cheap, but it provides a very tempting
way to reduce the cost you pay. Considering that
even with the rise in graveyard-centered
strategies, including dredge and flashback, most
cards are still basically useless when they
reach your graveyard, it's also mostly
pain-free. Tombstalker is very effective in
limited, and I think it will be just as
effective in constructed if a suitable black
control deck appears.
This has the potential to be a very powerful
constructed card. While 8 may be a high price to
pay for a 5/5 flyer. I think most will likely
shoot for getting this out early through dredge
mechanics, a sacrifice heavy deck, or other
single card means. Heck, this even goes great in
a reanimator deck. If you are not getting that
reanimator spell but have this guy handy, well a
5/5 on an early turn can be a nuisance that must
be gotten rid of. I like it.
Now this is one of the cards that I'm excited
about in future sight. Lets' break it down by
Constructed: It's a cheap body, usually. It's
very good here, in my opinoin. 5/5 for
potentially as low as BB is worth a look at.
Casual: Same as above.
Limited: Same as above, but, I'd even pay the 8
for it here.
Before I start
with this card, I want to make a correction for
my review on
Imperiosaur. I stated Indrik Stomphowler had the
same stats but it's actually a
4/4 whereas Imperiosaur is a 5/5. This obviously
makes Imperiosaur better than
I thought but I still think it's only going to
be played for casual.
If Tombstalker is played with 5 mana, then you
got yourself a good deal. This
means you got to have 3 cards in your graveyard.
In standard, I could see that happening but not
as often as I would like it
to be. Careful Consideration could
signlehandedly dump 3 cards into the
graveyard but to play Tomstalker next turn,
you'll need UU and BB. That's a
heavy mana commitment. G/B Dredge can get this
out pretty quickly so maybe it
can find a home there.
In extended, fetchlands can make this faster but
it'll still be pretty slow
compared to the current decks being played. I
still think someone will use this
In casual, getting 3 cards in the graveyard
isn't hard at all and I'm pretty
sure a 5/5 flier that can come out early has to
appeal to someone. Discard
spells on turn 1, 2, 3 and 4 followed by this on
turn 5 could easily seal a
In limited, this is big, although getting it
cheap can be hard.
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