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Giant Spider
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Giant Spider
M11

Reviewed August 20, 2010

Constructed: 2.17
Casual: 2.67
Limited: 3.13
Multiplayer: 2.75

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BMoor

Giant Spider

Knowing that green is supposed to have better creatures than blue, looking at Giant Spider next to Azure Drake seems strange. But of course, opponent's fliers have always been green's biggest weakness, and Giant Spider can hold off both Azure Drake and Assault Griffin like a champ. And if you need an attacker, well, Giant Spider may not be the best, but it'll handle that job a lot better than Sporecap Spider or Traproot Kami.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 2.75
Multiplayer- 2.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Giant Spider
 
We began this week with Azure Drake, and it's fitting that we end it with Giant Spider, a green creature that does much the same thing. It's also one of the last two "survivors," cards that have been printed in every core set since Limited Edition Alpha. These days it doesn't get much table time in high-level constructed play, but it's still pretty good at blocking things. Creatures like this have often been part of green decks' defense against flying creatures, and may become more important in Standard since Windstorm has not appeared in M11.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Giant Spider one of the last cards to be in ever core set and a 2/4 with Reach for four mana.  Nothing spectacular, but the basis for pretty much every other spider card to come along since.  The cost isn't the best for what you get, but Green can be a little vulnerable to Flying and this offers some protection.  Sporecap Spider is a three mana 1/5 with less offense and a better defense which may suit your needs better depending on what you are looking for, but costing only three mana is certainly an advantage.  Both work well with Swarmyard in older formats as they have colorless in the casting cost and being able to regenerate them for the block can stall out even larger attackers.  Aside from keeping a three power or lower Flying creature from dealing damage there isn't much else going for this in constructed, so it shouldn't see much play.
 
In Limited there are plenty of Flying threats in Blue, White, and even Black so having something to defend against them is important.  Giant Spider may not seem like much, but it can be a big help against a middle game threat and should be drafted after a few key cards in Booster as insurance against the aerial common and uncommons.  The bigger rares and mythics can then receive the attention of any removal you may have.  For Sealed the choices may force you to run a Spider or two anyway, but it isn't a horrible card in the format and the toughness makes it difficult for Red and most creatures to get past.  If the casting cost was a bit lower it'd be ideal, but as it stands it remains playable and one of the better responses to cheap Flying opposition.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5


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