If you've read the novels that came with
Mirrodin block, you know Geth here has really
gotten ahead since then. And you get that joke.
More importantly, Geth here is an amazing
finisher. As if the 5 power and functional fear
weren't enough, Geth can steal artifacts and
creatures out of opponent's graveyards and mill
them in one fell swoop, thus fattening their
graveyards for future plundering. Just remember,
your target's CMC must be exactly X (no
overpaying just to mill more), and it must
already be in the graveyard before the milling
occurs (no dumping mana into Geth and hoping to
flip a match). Thus, even if your opponent finds
an answer to Geth, he must them cope with the
various artifacts and creatures of his that you
have recruited from his graveyard.
Really, Geth's only weakness is his competition.
In the same set, we have Carnifex Demon and
Skythiryx the Blight Dragon, among others. Both
of those can end a game faster than Geth, and
that's not even getting into artifact beasts
like Wurmcoil Engine or Steel Hellkite. What
deck wants Geth but doesn't do just as well to
run any of those? Not to say that slowly
usurping an opponent's graveyard and beating him
with his own scraps isn't fun, of course.
I was always a little curious what Geth looked
like, having read all the flavor text with his
name in it from the first Mirrodin block. Now
that we've seen him in person, I'm impressed by
how his activated ability has synergy with,
well, with itself. The only unfortunate thing is
that the ability doesn't work against
creatureless decks, like Jace Beleren's does.
Despite this, Geth delivers exactly the intrigue
and exciting gameplay you would expect from
Phyrexia's number one servant.
Today's card of the day is Geth, Lord of the
Vault which is a six mana
5/5 with Intimidate and a nice reanimation
effect with a little library destruction to help
support it. Being a zombie doesn't hurt
and it may see a little play in the right deck,
but the higher cost might not be too appealing
outside of control and discard themes.
In Limited this is pretty much the definition of
a bomb with a 5/5 body, somewhat limited evasion
in an artifact heavy format, library
destruction, and most importantly the ability to
take creatures from your opponent's graveyard.
Absolutely a first pick in Booster draft and
unless your Black pool is very weak in Sealed
the kind of card that drives the color choice