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Skittering Invasion
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Skittering Invasion
Rise of the Eldrazi

Reviewed June 14, 2010

Constructed: 2.30
Casual: 3.40
Limited: 3.20
Multiplayer: 3.25

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BMoor

Skittering Invasion

At first glance, this looks pretty cool. Five Eldrazi Spawn tokens on command, and any color can produce them. This is especially handy when you realize that all cards that make Eldrazi Spawn tokens besides this one and Spawnsire of Ulamog are red, green, or black-- white and blue don't get any cards that make them.

Then you realize that you're spending seven mana to get only five mana worth of tokens, and you start questioning the worth of this card. Why would I want five tokens when I could just spend the seven mana on whatever I would sacrifice the tokens to pay for? This is especially egregious when you realize that practically all lands provide colored mana, which is generally more useful than colorless mana.

But then again, you realize that your tokens can be sacrificed next turn, after you untap the lands you tapped for the Invasion, at which point you'll have 12 mana on turn eight-- enough to hardcast It that Betrays. Or, you could keep your Eldrazi Spawn tokens for purposes of attacking and blocking, especially if you've got a Broodwarden or a Marshal's Anthem on the board.

Constructed- 2.25
Casual- 3
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 3.5


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Skittering Invasion

Mind-breaking Lovecraftian horror comes in all sizes, from the continent-spanning wake of Emrakul down to the travel-sized Nest Invader. Somewhere in the middle is Skittering Invasion, which you can look at as the colorless Spectral Procession, or perhaps a one-step accelerant from seven mana to twelve (Kozilek's mana cost!). I like it.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Skittering Invasion

Welcome back readers today's card of the day is Skittering Invasion a highly costed colorless Eldrazi spell from Rise of The Eldrazi, providing a possible five mana for an investment of seven mana is not extraordinarily bad and provides a supply of chump blockers. In standard most of the current Eldrazi focused decks are packed to the max with powerful cards, I dont see this card making an impact due to its expense and often time lackluster game effects. In extended and eternal this card wont see play due to the mana cost and obvious power level of cards. In casual and multiplayer I can see this working. Its feasible to get to seven mana a lot quicker in multiplayer and casual games and the chump blockers could prove entirely useful as well as more mana accelerator for various abilities. Not to mention combine this Grave Pact for an insane amount of fun. In limited it could be playable as it is colorless and can fuel bombs and clog your field to win wars of attrition. Overall a decent card for casual and limited but unexciting in a competitive sense.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 3.0
Limited : 2.5
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Skittering Invasion which is a seven mana colorless spell that puts five Eldrazi Spawn tokens into play. There is quite a bit of combo potential with creatures or tokens coming into play effects or being sacrificed or sent to the graveyard. Either option has use in the right deck and five blockers from one card can be a decent stalling mechanism in a pinch while the colorless aspect allows any deck to run this if desired. Eldrazi support such as Eldrazi Temple or Eye of Ugin, token support like Rhys the Redeemed or Doubling Season, or sacrifice options like Grave Pact or Blade of the Bloodchief all add to the versatility of this card. Without support the cost is a little high on the curve and the tokens can not deal damage themselves, but it may see some justified play alongside specific themes.

For Limited the slower format and variety of Eldrazi options make this an impressive uncommon that can accelerate into an Eldrazi on or before the eighth turn. An excellent pick in Booster after a colorless rare and being colorless can easily be included in any Sealed build. Token or sacrifice support are both available in set as well, so there should be no shortage of options when this enters your hand.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5


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