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Stenchskipper
Morningtide


Reviewed February 14, 2008

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 3.50

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BMoor

Stenchskipper

It's a 6/5 flyer. Goblin decks usually get no good fliers, so a 6/5 flier for a mere four mana is a gift from above. Granted it's not a Goblin itself, but that didn't hold back Clickslither, now did it?

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Stenchskipper

This creature is ridiculously efficient, especially for black. That, unfortunately, isn't enough to guarantee it'll see play in constructed, as many goblin decks are quite linear in that they demand that all or almost all the creatures be goblins. In a non-goblin deck, the distortion necessary to fit it in will weaken the deck considerably. In limited, though, there are not only a lot of good goblins but also a lot of good changelings, and if you have a couple of them, there's not much of a reason not to play Stenchskipper - it will dominate a lot of games.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5

Arcane
Stenchskipper

Constructed: I’m never a fan of creatures that are dependant on other cards being in play to do their thing for constructed purposes. It’s almost like giving your opponent an inherent advantage by saying “I built my deck with inconsistent cards, you have a better chance of winning just by sitting across from me.” Having said that goblins haven’t had many decent flying support over the years and I’m sure they’re a chance that it could see some play. There are much better creatures right now for black that are stronger with evasion. Stick to those.

Casual: So you have a goblin deck, why not just add an elemental? The why is because goblins don’t play friendly with others. They usually care about swarming their opponents with lots of cheap, hasty creatures to aggro rush the opponents into the ground with fun/unfun creatures (opinions differ) like the lackey, matron, ringleader, warchief, etc. They tend to want to waste a turn paying 4 man for a creature that isn’t even swinging. The see-saw nature of casual with wrath effects coming from X number of players at the table make cards like this some of the worst topdecks. Having said that, it can trade with most dragons and angels in the game; so if those are prevalent in your group it could be worth the risk to leap to the skies.

Limited: I’m not a great fan of goblins in Lorwyn block limited. They’re innate sacrifice subtheme leads to poor card management sometimes and tend to give your opponents a bit more of an advantage because you’re eliminating your own creatures and they don’t have to. This card is just asking to be two for oned by your opponent’s well timing removal spell, but does present a serious threat and if the board has stalemated the odds of having a few goblins on the field to make sure it gets a few swings in is more likely. A nice bonus to goblin decks, but unless I had a deck full of changelings I wouldn’t run it in just any black limited deck.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 2
Limited: 2.5
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Stenchskipper

Great name. A fourth turn 6/5 flyer is nothing to shake a stick at. I think this might be the sleeper hit for goblin based decks. However, without a goblin in play, we have a dead card. Thus, this card, like yesterdays, won't see much play beyond block where goblins often get swept off the board with a pyroclasm or the like. If you get enough goblins in your limited deck, this could win you a game.

Constructed: 3 for block, 2 otherwise
Casual: 3
Limited: 4

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