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Blisterstick Shaman
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Blisterstick Shaman
Mirrodin Besieged

Reviewed March 21, 2011

Constructed: 2.25
Casual: 2.25
Limited: 2.60
Multiplayer: 2.25

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BMoor

Blisterstick Shaman

The similarities to Sparkmage Apprentice are profound enough to make me wonder if we'll be seeing this in M12 in Sparkmage Apprentice's place. The only difference is that the Shaman pays one mana more for one additional point of power... and the Goblin subtype, allowing it to benefit from Goblin tribal abilities like Goblin Warchief et al. 

Sparkmage Apprentice's biggest downside was its 1/1 body. Sure, it's a passable kill spell in a format where 1-toughness creatures aren't hard to find and are usually worth playing, but a 1/1 creature is not going to make a big impression in combat. Most likely it's just going to ping a creature dead, then chump block. It might possibly swing for one if the X/1 it killed was your opponent's last creature and they don't draw a new one, but it's still a pretty underwhelming body. Blisterstick Shaman is still a little small considering what you paid, but at least a 2/1 has a larger selection of creatures with which it can trade, and attacking for 2 just feels more justified than attacking for 1. And remember-- attacking is the part that you get to do more than once, so if Sparkmage and Blisterstick each get to attack more than once, then Blisterstick will have dealt more damage. IF they survive the first attack.

Constructed- 1.75
Casual- 2
Limited- 2.75
Multiplayer- 1.75


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Blisterstick Shaman
 
I used to be a fan of Sparkmage Apprentice, particularly her new art in M10. If you were too, you'll probably like Blisterstick Shaman too. The fact that it's a Goblin will make it occasionally more relevant than its ancestor, although I suspect it won't quite be at the level needed for adoption by Goblin-themed decks with older cards (Gempalm Incinerator is still one of the best creatures ever printed, even by the standards of recent sets). Nonetheless, this card is a solid role-player in limited decks and possibly in casual.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Blisterstick Shaman which is a three mana 2/1 goblin that deals one damage to target creature or player when it comes into play.  The effect and creatures types are both decent, but for the cost this is a little overpriced and isn't likely to see much if any play in Constructed formats.  Goblin or burn decks have other options for either effect, but this is an unlikely combination of burn on a goblin that remains in play after dealing the damage.  Aside from that other goblins and direct damage do the jobs far better, so getting both in one probably isn't worth it in this situation.
 
In Limited the cost is a bit high, but a single red and a 2/1 with one damage isn't bad when several creatures only have one toughness.  When playing Red in Sealed this should be played unless your mana curve is too heavy around three and you can't afford it.  For Booster this can be drafted as early as third or fourth pick if the pack is weak and should work well in any deck as a surprisingly effective card.
 
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

     Hello and welcome to another card of the day here at Pojo.com. Today we are taking a look at Blisterstick Shaman. The Blisterstick Shaman costs one red and two generic mana. It is a 2/1 that when it comes into play it deals one damage to target creature or player.

    Let me first say that I have always been a fan of comes into play, or enters the battlefield abilities just for how easily they can be exploited. For instance, a nice standard combo to run with the Blisterstick Shaman is Splinter Twin and Mimic Vat. Of course, it requires two of the Blisterstick Shaman as well. Put the Splinter Twin on the first one played, that way you can spit out a hasty copy every turn. Then once Mimic Vat is out, play the second, using the one damage to target itself, which will send it to the graveyard, then, imprint it on the Mimic Vat. Now, you can drop two Hasty Blisterstick Shamans a turn, sending at least 6 damage a turn down field. I think that makes this a very playable common that could easily be broken, if given the right circumstances.

    And of course there certainly are other ways of breaking this card, this was just an easy fun way of doing it in standard.
 
Limited: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


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