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Mardu Shadowspear
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 Mardu Shadowspear
- Fate Reforged

Reviewed March 11, 2015

Constructed: 3.33
Casual: 3.33
Limited: 3.17
Multiplayer: 3.50

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Mardu Shadowspear
 
Much like yesterday's card of the day, Mardu Shadowspear offers a repeatable effect that can mess up your opponent's timing and sometimes requires specific types of answers. The costs involved are cheaper and thus the effects are commensurately smaller than Mardu Strike Leader, but that also provides the option of a much earlier play and something that looks almost like a modal creature. That sort of thing could end up having a role to play in various formats, especially if people continue building around Chief of the Edge and Chief of the Scale as much as they have been so far.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readers today's card of the day is Mardu Shadowspear an aggressive one drop. Similar to the Zendikar vampire Pulse Tracker this creature makes each opponent lose 1 life when it attacks. In addition this creature has Dash as a two drop you can grant it haste and have it safetly return to your hand. In standard I see this card playing some role in aggressive black decks, its a human which can be relevant and its a warrior which is becoming more and more relevant, its aggressive and left unchecked can force your opponents to lose a ton of life. In other competitive formats this card is not quite as good so I don't foresee it seeing any play whatsoever. In casual and multiplayer this is great for warrior tribal and in multiplayer it scales well allowing you to hit an open player while keeping the damage up on everybody making it quite a powerful card. In limited its a solid aggressive body for decks wanting to utilize raid or warriors. Overall a powerful aggressive creature which will play some roles in competative formats and around kitchen tables.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Mardu Shadowspear which is a one mana Black
1/1 with Dash for two and causes each each opponent to lose one life whenever it attacks.  This is a great early game play in Multiplayer and is quite solid one on one as well.  The Dash option is less useful as this can potentially be cast turn one and attack at the same time as it would if cast with Dash on the second turn. Overall this will see play in aggressive Black builds and likely be popular in Commander and Multiplayer builds.
 
In Limited this is a very reasonable second or third pick in Booster as nearly any 1/1 for one is worthwhile in the format and this causes an extra loss of life each attack.  Any Black deck in Sealed should include this and if drawn later in the game using Dash can potentially keep it from being removed, if it can attack unopposed.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


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