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Stormchaser Mage
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Stormchaser Mage
- Oath of Gatewatch

Reviewed March 7, 2016

Constructed: 3.33
Casual: 3.33
Limited: 3.88
Multiplayer: 3.00
Commander [EDH]: 3.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Stormchaser Mage
 
When you run across a creature like this whose text box is a keyword mashup, it's a pretty good bet that it was pushed for either limited or constructed. I think there's a role for this particular creature in both. The Izzet-colored spell deck is pretty well-established in casual play (and to a certain extent in tournaments, too), and this card is an interesting alternative or complement to Young Pyromancer - the Pyromancer goes wide and builds up your side of the table for a long game, while the Stormchaser goes big and can hit explosively or even kill in one attack, depending on the contents of your hand. It seems like they might have a hard time coexisting, but imagine controlling one of each and a hand full of Shocks and Sleights of Hand. How many answers does your opponent really have short of Wrath of God - and depending on what you draw off those cantrips, will even that help?
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5

BMoor

Stormchaser Mage

Flying and haste are a deceptively powerful combination, allowing you to surprise your opponent with extra damage he wasn't planning to have to take. The Stormchaser only hits for 1 normally, but at a mere two mana, a 1/3 flyer is a good bargain. Prowess gives it the capability to hit harder (or withstand burn that would've killed it) as long as you've got cheap spells to back it up. Typically this comes in the form of burn or counterspells, but any cheap spell (preferably instant) will do the job. Remember, "noncreature spell" includes artifacts and enchantments! Suddenly, you have a reason to play that stuff during precombat main phase!

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


Armuun

Stormchaser Mage
 
So, they sort of reprinted monastery swiftspear but with flying, tacked on an extra toughness and made it a two drop. Did they forget they created swiftspear last block? 
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.5
EDH: 2.5


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