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Stormbound Geist
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Stormbound Geist
Dark Ascension

Reviewed March 27, 2012

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3.37
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 3.37

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BMoor

Stormbound Geist

Decently-priced creatures with flying are always worthwhile inclusions in any deck-- the fact that this Spirit can't block nonfliers doesn't really matter, because you'll usually want to attack with it anyway unless your opponent has an untapped Dragon or something. Undying is useful here, even though it's unlikely that Stormbound Geist will ever tangle with another creature in combat, as it will dissuade opponents from using removal on, and allow it to "survive" Pyroclasm- and Hurricane-style effects. To be honest, I'm not sure it'll catch on outside of Limited, unless there's a UW Spirits aggro deck to be built.

Constructed- 2.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Stormbound Geist

The "can only block creatures with flying" drawback is often overestimated. When you have an aggressively costed evasive creature (in blue, no less) why would you need to block? To wit, Rishadan Airship (the ancestor of Skywinder Drake) and Cloud Sprite have both made appearances at Worlds. Stormbound Geist is perhaps even stronger than those cards, and it's even on-color and on-theme with a powerful tribe (Angel of Flight Alabaster says hi). Ironically, the awesome Drogskol Captain kind of decreases the need for any of his comrades to have undying, but it certainly doesn't hurt.

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

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Stormbound Geist which is a three mana Blue
2/2 with Flying, Undying, and can only block creatures with Flying. 
This is a fairly aggressive and removal resistant creature that is affordable for decks with a decent supply of Blue mana.  Not being able to block most creatures is a noticeable drawback, but a deck with this should be looking for more attacking than defending and in general it is a flaw that can be avoided.  Overall this is a strong card in the right build that can keep pressure on an opponent as a 2/2 or 3/3 with evasion and will likely see at least some play at the tournament level.
 
In Limited a three mana 2/2 Flying with Undying is a bargain and noticeable threat to an opponent's life points that can be very difficult to remove, particularly if Undying is activated.  The format favors evasion heavily which should encourage usage in Sealed despite the double Blue as it is still valuable in the later stages of the game.  A creature like this is also a high priority in Booster and should be drafted early, alongside removal and bombs.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

     Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. Today we are looking at Strombound Geist from Dark Ascension. Stormbound Geist is a 2/2 common blue creature spirit that costs two blue mana and one generic mana. Stormbound Geist has flying and can only block creatures with flying, and also has Undying.

      Not a big fan of the Stormbound Geist. The blocking restriction is the main killer for me. I hate being told what my spells can and cannot do, and enabling me to block something on the ground is simply annoying! Granted, we would be swinging for two damage every turn, unless something kills it, then it is three, but it is still inconvenient in the event of a damage race to be forced into an attack situation.
 
Limited: 3/5
Casual: 2/5
Constructed: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


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