There are very few ways to make an opponent
shuffle their library in Standard, but there are
plenty of cards in Standard anyone might run
that would cause them to shuffle it themselves.
As a 1/1 for one mana with a growth potential to
rival that of Quirion Dryad, this could surprise
quite often. Merfolk decks with older formats
would quite like it.
This card is a little difficult to assess, at
first. It looks pretty aggressive, which is not
the attribute people generally associate with
blue. On the other hand, it is a Merfolk, which
has been a popular theme recently, and in games
with two to four opponents with the kinds of
"good stuff" decks people often like for
multiplayer, things can get out of hand very
Reminds me of Wake Thrasher, look good at first,
than died, but came back at the end of the
standard season again. With people popping
fetchlands to get the best of landfall this one
could offset that. The +1/+1 are permanent.
In a big multiplayer game this Wizard can get
really big. Watch out for a random Hexmage.
Would not count on it growing any during a game.
Not a lot of search or shuffling in Zendikar
sealed or draft.
Overall a okay card for mainly multiplayer play.
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno
Today's card of the day is Cosi's Trickster a 1/1
that gets a +1/+1 counter whenever an opponent
shuffles their library. While many effects both
beneficial and detrimental involve shuffling I
don't see the Trickster making a big impact in
most formats. Gaining counters is nice, but
being based on shuffling isn't reliable or fast
enough to make a serious threat.
For Constructed and Casual this can be an option
for the one mana slot in a merfolk deck, though
the common Caller of Gales is a cheaper
alternative. Unless some kind of recursive
shuffling loop is figured out this doesn't
really have a home to move into.
With Limited this is a 1/1 for one mana making
it worth playing in Sealed when using Blue, but
as a rare it is not an incredible first pick in
Booster. There are a decent number of shuffle
effects in the set and if the pack is weak this
isn't a horrible card.
In Multiplayer the higher number of opponents
will on average equal more shuffling of decks
which adds a bit of value to the Trickster. It
still isn't an overly powerful card, but played
early and left alone or perhaps given shroud it
can be a long term threat.