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Bloodsoaked Champion
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Bloodsoaked Champion
- Khans of Tarkir

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2014

Constructed: 3.67
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 2.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Bloodsoaked Champion
 
Bloodsoaked Champion has a name and concept that could almost have been in Theros, and ability text that is attractive for many aggressive black decks. It's neither as universal or as versatile as some of the legends of black's aggressive cards, and really needs to be cast early in the game to do much at all, but in the right decks it will do a ton of damage and require specific cards to be dealt with for good. Mardu's higher-than-expected (well, for me anyway) number of cards involving tokens also give you a way to ensure that its raid ability is "on" more frequently than it might look at first glance.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 1/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Bloodsoaked Champion which is a one mana Black 2/1 that can't block and has Raid for two mana that returns it from the graveyard to the battlefield if you attacked with a creature that turn.  This is very much like Bloodghast and will definitely be a popular addition to Black decks going forward.  A one mana 2/1, even with the drawback, is useful in Black and the easily triggered return to play effect is well worth the two mana cost each activation.  This will see a great deal of play across formats, including the competitive levels.
 
In Limited nearly any one mana creature is useful and a 2/1 for that cost that can return from the grave is an automatic inclusion whenever using the color in Sealed.  For Booster it is a strong and efficient first pick, even with the drawback and trigger condition.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

Mattedesa

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Bloodsoaked Champion
 
This latest version of the black creature that comes back from the graveyard over and over again. Usually, these have been pretty popular, most recently with Gravecrawler. As a 2/1 for 1, he fits in aggressive decks very well. The 1 toughness means he will die easily, but if he dies in combat, you can bring him back second main phase for 2 mana. 
 
I played a game just the other day that showed the strength and weakness of the Champion. My opponent played a Bloodsoaked Champion on turn 1. Turn 2, he attacked with it, (I had no blockers yet) then second main phase, he played 2 more Champions! I was able to get a couple small blockers, but he was able to keep getting his creatures back turn after turn. He had me all the way down to 4 life before I was able to get enough creatures big enough to hold off his attacks. At that point, he was unable to find any larger creatures, and my creatures quickly overran him. The point to the story is that Bloodsoaked Champion is a great early game creature, but its inability to block and its small size means it will get quickly outclassed. 
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 2.5


Baneful

I like this card! Stats of 2/1 is a great value for a 1-drop. It's self-revival ability makes up for the blocking restriction. Of course it costs mana, but it gives you something to do in turns which you play conservatively.

This card reminds me a lot of Gravecrawler.


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