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Geist of Saint Traft
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 Geist of Saint Traft
- Duel Decks: Blessed vs. Cursed

Reviewed May 23, 2016

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.25
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 4.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Geist of Saint Traft
 
This week's cards all come from the Blessed vs. Cursed duel decks, and most of them also come from the original Innistrad block. It's remarkable how well the two Innistrad sets combine - the setting was clearly one that Wizards of the Coast put a lot of effort into designing, and this is a great time for fans of the gothic horror world.
 
Ironically considering how beloved Innistrad is, Geist of Saint Traft drew some anger from players in his run in Standard. Not as much as Invisible Stalker - at least he can be blocked - but attacking as a 6/6 and being hard to get off the table is something that people often want to inflict on others but not face themselves. That's not entirely fair to him, of course - he's actually templated very cleverly, so that he works with everything from Drogskol Captain to Angel's Tomb. There's really so much more to him than forum arguments about hexproof.
 
(For the record, Invisible Stalker shouldn't have gotten so much hate either. It's basically the same card as Silhana Ledgewalker, who was considered just fine in her time. Don't start on "she gets chumped by fliers", either - how many decks can afford to throw their flying creatures in her way turn after turn?)
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5


Armuun

So, the new duel deck set is out, and, well, this is why anyone will buy one. Geist is still effectively a 6/6 for 3 mana, with hexproof to boot. It's 2/2 status doesn't exactly set the world on fire, but hitting your opponent for 4 is worth the risk.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 3
Commander [EDH]: 4


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