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Void Stalker
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Void Stalker
- M2013

Reviewed September 12, 2012

Constructed: 3.13
Casual: 3.88
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.40

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BMoor

Void Stalker

I always thought Blue was supposed to be down there with Green when it comes to creature removal. This is actually a much better "kill spell" than you might guess. For one, being a 2/1 for two lets it swing if your opponent has nothing to kill. It can also block one creature and remove another-- the blocked creature won't get damage dealt to it, but you get to at least stave it off for a turn. But really, this ability is more powerful because it's in Blue. Not only is it not competing with Doom Blade, Pacifism, and Searing Spear in Blue, but it's also in the same color as card draw (to find the Stalker again) and mill (to more permanently get rid of its target)

Constructed- 3
Casual- 3.5
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 4


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Void Stalker
 
I don't play Commander, but I have it on good authority that this card was very much welcomed in that community. That surprised me a little, in a way - considering that even "conventional" decks can result in hand strain, you'd think people wouldn't want to be encouraged to keep shuffling 100-card decks over and over again - but this card's game text certainly is desirable. If you think of it as a way to almost exile a creature, without regard to color or stats and without giving the opponent anything except a new card on top of their library, it looks almost undercosted.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Void Stalker which is a two mana Blue 2/1 that for three and tapping puts it and a target creature on top of their owners' libraries then shuffles them. This is a fairly aggressive card for Blue as it can work offensively when the effect isn't viable, but supported with blink or bounce it can be a reusable removal that is difficult to deal with. Of special note is the dire threat to generals in Commander formats as it does not exile or send to the graveyard.
Overall it is likely that some Blue or Blue/White control themes will run this with support to reuse it, but it will definitely be played in Commander and may become a staple of the format.

For Limited this is easily playable as removal and the 2/1 for two is effective enough when drawn early or an open field is available. The likelihood of using it more than once is fairly low, but almost any removal is good in the format and this is no exception. A first pick in Booster that can be run in a multicolor deck if solid Blue choices aren't available in later packs and also splashable in Sealed with only the single Blue in both casting and activation costs.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

      Welcome to another great card of the day review here at Pojo.com. Today we are looking at the Void Stalker from M13. Void Stalker is a rare blue creature elemental that costs one generic and one blue mana and is a 2/1. Void Stalker's ability is pay two generic and one blue mana, tap: put Void Stalker and target creature on top of their owners libraries, then shuffle those libraries.
 
      While not the most overpowered rare ever printed, it does have a certain flair about it. Graveyard manipulation is so common that sometimes abilities like the Void Stalker or Terminus are better than a destroy effect. Not to mention it can remove an indestructible creature from your path. The only drawback really is losing your own Void Stalker in the process. I guess just don't pull that trigger unless you are left with no other choices.

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


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