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Heirs of Stromkirk
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Heirs of Stromkirk
Avacyn Restored

Reviewed May 22, 2012

Constructed: 2.67
Casual: 2.90
Limited: 2.75
Multiplayer: 2.25

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Heirs of Stromkirk

Red doesn't get as much evasion as the other colors, but it does get "target creature can't block" effects. Heirs of Stromkirk here is a 2/2 that gets bigger every time it gets through unblocked, and it can only be blocked by red creature or artifact creatures. Red is pretty good at destroying artifact creatures, and when was the last time you saw a red creature hang back to block? The Heirs shouldn't have much trouble getting +1/+1 counters-- if it can live long enough. A 2/2 for four mana without haste isn't very impressive. There are plenty of more powerful red Vampires in Innistrad block before you have to fall back on this one.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 1.5
Limited- 2
Multiplayer- 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Heirs of Stromkirk
 
Creatures with "saboteur" abilities are always strong contenders, and ones with evasive abilities are even better. The cost and stats on Heirs of Stromkirk mean that it probably won't be taking over any faster environments (compare Shadowmage Infiltrator or Thieving Magpie - ridiculous!), but it can still be a strong play under the right circumstances. Benefitting from Vampire-related tribal synergy is nothing to laugh at, and the Heirs very quickly get out of range of any direct damage-based kill spells and benefit greatly from equipment. Plus, things get pretty ridiculous in combination with Curse of Stalked Prey and Volt Charge.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Heirs of Stromkirk which is a four mana Red
2/2 with Intimidate and gains a +1/+1 counter whenever it deals combat damage to a player.  Combining evasion with a built in increase in power has the potential to win games given enough time and can readily be supported as part of a vampire theme.  The cost is reasonable for what you get, but a little high for Red and needing time to power up into a bigger threat is a concern when compared to other options.  Overall this is a technically strong card that just isn't fast enough in a color that is often forced to race other designs or work around control and removal themes.
 
For Limited this is a potentially dangerous common that is somewhat weakened by the double Red in the casting cost and artifact creatures likely being played by any opponent that has them available.  There are only nine examples in the block, but every one of them can destroy a 2/2 without being destroyed in turn.  Removal is always a priority in Limited which takes on an extra support role when running Heirs as dealing with Red or Artifact creatures can enable this card to win games.  A deck in Sealed with a Red theme should generally run this if
the mana curve isn't too heavy around the four mark.   Booster should
consider this a decent middle of the pack pick when in color, but as it takes three turns to reach nine damage and doesn't work well as a topdeck other cards may take priority.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

      Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. Today we are looking at Heirs of Stromkirk from Avacyn Restored. Heirs of Stromkirk is a common red creature vampire that costs two generic and two red mana for a 2/2. Heirs of Stromkirk has intimidate and says whenever Heirs of Stromirk deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.

      There have been a lot of Vampires that gain +1/+1 counters when dealing combat damage to a player throughout the Innistrad block. Heirs of Stromkirk is yet another. And I must say, I believe it to be one of the worst. Four mana for just a 2/2 with Intimidate. Nothing to really get excited about. I would much rather use cards such as Markov Blademaster and Stromkirk Noble than the Heirs of Stromkirk. It just doesn’t live up to much hype. And in a decently running Vamp deck, your fourth turn drops are likely either Olivia Voldaren or Falkenrath Aristocrat. I just feel very let down by the Heirs of Stromkirk.
 
Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 2/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


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