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 Gridlock
- Gatecrash

Reviewed March 14, 2013

Constructed: 2.83
Casual: 3.17
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.17

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BMoor

Gridlock

Hey, Gigadrowse is kind of back! Only you can't target lands anymore, and you tap one fewer permanent for the same mana. The upside is that you could only spend blue mana on Gigadrowse, where Gridlock's "XU" cost will take any mana as long as one of it is blue. In a multicolor-themed block, that's a pretty good upside. And even though Gigadrowse was part of a multicolor-themed block too, its intense color requirements didn't stop it from being the lynchpin in many decks, not all of them monoblue. I see good things here.

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


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Gridlock
 
So, Gridlock brings the most-used mode of Cryptic Command, but demands that you pay extra to scale it up? Well, that may not be a terrible thing in the bigger picture - Cryptic Command is really, really, really powerful, a fact which is one of two things keeping that entire cycle out of the core set (the second being the word "fear" on Profane Command, in case you were curious). It's not always easy to justify such an expenditure of mana in constructed, although I wouldn't entirely rule it out either. Regardless, don't ever feel bad about picking this highly in draft.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5 
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Gridlock which is a Blue and X instant that taps X target non-land permanents.  This is a card that will primarily be used to tap down all or most of an opponent's creatures before an attack, either their potential alpha strike, or your own. In that scenario it can save or win the game barring outside influences, though the save would only be temporary.  Defensively this is nowhere near the power level of Aetherize and only costs less when used on one or two creatures.  The same is true when comparing this against Blustersquall either offensively or defensively as for anything over two creatures it would cost the same plus gets around Hexproof and Shroud.  Offensively it is decent effect for an aggressive Blue deck not based on evasion or otherwise preventing blockers which is kind of an odd design.  Overall this isn't a bad card, just not one that has enough power or a real role to make a big impact particularly with similar choices available.
 
In Limited this can help stall a turn or open up an attack for non-evasive creatures, far more likely in the format, and casting it for just two or three mana is both likely and effective.  An easy inclusion as a flexible choice in any Sealed deck with Blue and a reasonable early pick in Booster.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.5


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