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Bident of Thassa
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Bident of Thassa
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Reviewed Nov. 21, 2014

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 3.43

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Bident of Thassa

The first ability is why we're all here. Get your creatures in there for damage, be it with flying, protection from X, or just having more attackers than they have blockers, and you'll get to draw extra cards to ensure you have the resources to keep doing it. The Bident itself offers a means of clearing blockers... by forcing them all to tap out attacking you. This is far from ideal, as it means you need to have Walls to protect yourself or end up eating the damage, and it won't even clear blockers that have vigilance, were cast post-combat, or can untap themselves somehow. But you don't have to get every one of your creatures through for this to be a draw engine. Even one little 1/1 flyer sneaking in there will do it. More attackers getting through is just better, for all the usual reasons.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4.75

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Bident of Thassa
 
Anybody - game designers, tabletop RPG players, amateur historians, whatever - who says that polearms "aren't badass" needs to go play Assassin's Creed: Unity, equip Arno with a sword staff or bident, and get in some fights. I'll wait.
 
Everybody back yet? Good. Considering the bident was a weapon of surprising subtlety, capable of pinning enemies' weapons to the ground or prising them out of their hands, Thassa's is suitably tricky. Chances are, most decks are playing it to turn all their creatures into Thieving Magpies, which can be devastating, and won't want to make their opponent attack them. Then again, you can use it to set up certain combat-related abilities like Void Stalker, which are undeniably powerful but sometimes just sit there because the opponent doesn't want to attack when they see it. That may often be more relevant in limited, but it's not nothing.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Bident of Thassa which is a four mana Blue enchantment artifact that is Legendary with whenever a creature you control deals combat to a player you may draw a card and for two mana it can be tapped to force opposing creatures to attack that turn if able. 

While the effects are decent, they only support each other in a few situations and designing a deck to take full advantage of the the tap effect can be a bit trying.  Overall it is not a bad card and the draw effect is quite nice with Blue's evasive creatures, so it can see some play across current formats.
 
In Limited this is a little on the weak side with the double Blue and situational second effect, though the card draw is useful if triggered a few times.  In Sealed it can be played when using Blue anyway, but isn't compelling enough to force the color.  In Booster it is a mediocre first pick for the possible card advantage, so removal or strong creatures are likely the better choice in most packs.
 
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

Mattedesa

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Bident of Thassa
 
I really wanted the Bident to be good. It's decent in the blue devotion deck as it has lots of creatures and likes the two blue mana symbols, but there are so many ways to draw cards in blue, that it just doesn't stand above the rest. It does help keep pressure on if you can get creatures through, but blue isn't necessarily the best color for that. I'd rather play a basic draw spell and get 2 or 3 guaranteed cards for the mana instead of spending 4 on this in the hopes of getting a creature or two through for damage. If this were any other color, it would probably be much more popular.
 
In limited, however, any way to draw more cards is worth picking pretty highly. 
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.0


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