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Stitched Drake
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Stitched Drake
Innistrad

Reviewed November 7, 2011

Constructed: 3.38
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.38

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BMoor

Stitched Drake

Of all the blue Zombies in Innistrad with the "stitch together" alternate cost, Stitched Drake is probably the one you most want to play. Sure, Skaab Ruinator whispers pulse-quickening parables of turn-three 5/6 flyers in Spike's ears, and Skaab Goliath makes the battlefield tremble in its great and terrible wake, but by only needing one creature card to exile, Stitched Drake stands the greatest chance of actually getting to see play as soon as you have the mana for it. Add to that the fact that it's a 3/4 flyer and can thus swoop in for early evasive beats and this will easily strike fear into your opponents' hearts. Skaab Goliath's additional cost is easier to swallow due to its higher mana cost, and thus it's a good finisher, but it's the Drake who'll get your opponents bloodied and battered, ready for the Goliath to sign the death warrant.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Stitched Drake
 
We're moving down the rarity scale to start this week, but absolutely not down the fun scale. Anyone who suggests otherwise isn't your friend, and neither is anyone who doesn't like Stitched Drake. As blue creatures go, it's scary efficient. Actually, as any creatures go, it's scary efficient, and it's got one of those not-really-a-disadvantage disadvantages - ever played with Careful Study, or Viscera Seer? Stitched Drake would be a good card anyway, but things like that just make it easy. I'm tempted to recall the Standard decks from a couple of seasons ago with 34 creatures in them, and while it isn't as powerful an incentive as Rhox War Monk to play blue in creature decks, Stitched Drake definitely deserves a look at the very least.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Stitched Drake
 
Welcome back readers todays card of the day is Stitched Drake a powerful three drop creature. In standard this doesn’t look like it will see an extended amount of play in archetypes it is interesting but the Ruinator is a more powerful zombie making this card suboptimal, I am not ruling out this card seeing play just not at the moment. In extended and modern formats this card is once again suboptimal in formats dominated by powerful creatures and archetypes it just isn't powerful enough to warrant a slot in competitive decks. In eternal formats legacy and vintage this is inadequate even more so than other formats. In casual this is an interesting choice for self mill style deck and the flying body is nothing to sneeze at as it can hold back some aggressive creatures and swing for damage. In multiplayer it is severely outclassed but as it can drop on turn three or earlier it is certainly powerful and can be fitted into decks meant to abuse it. In limited this is common?! It is amazing and a card to prioritize all synergetic Skaab zombies with as the payoff is definitely worth it. Overall a powerful early card that becomes easily outclassed and doesn’t have a home in tournament play right now.
 
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card is Stitched Drake which is a three mana 3/4 with Flying that also requires a creature to be exiled from the graveyard as a casting cost.  Blue has gotten several cards recently to support a self-milling strategy and this is an excellent third turn play in a build based on that.  Blue, Blue/Black, or Blue/Red aggro can also use this effectively if any creatures with a casting cost of one or two mana that sacrifice themselves are played.  Overall this is a very efficient creature and will undoubtedly be seeing tournament play while Innistrad is in rotation.
 
For Limited where the format is dominated by creatures this is a strong choice for inclusion in a primarily Blue deck and should be a consideration when choosing colors in Sealed.  As a common it is quite possible to have multiple copies and drafting a few smaller creatures to assist in early play can make this Flying creature with four toughness a very serious threat.  Zombie support is also present in the set which can make Blue/Black or Blue/Red tempting, but having enough Islands to cast this early is important.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shulttis

      Welcome to a new week of card of the day reviews here at Pojo.com. Today we are looking at the Stitched Drake from Innistrad. Stitched Drake is a 3/4 blue creature drake for two blue and one generic mana. The Stitched Drake has flying and as an additional cost to cast it you must remove a creature card from your graveyard.

     Anytime you can get a 3/4 flier for only three mana, even if there is a drawback, it is usually a good thing. The fact that you have the ability to mill yourself, or even sacrifice off other creatures means that the additional cost here isn’t all that much of a drawback.

      With the fact that it can be so easy to get out, and then pump, it should be an easy pick up anytime you can. Removing smaller sacrificial creatures can mean getting early air advantage, and that translates to wins.

      A very good blue card, but mainly in limited.  

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


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