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My gut-reaction is that this will soon be blue's best one-drop. You just can't beat a 3/2 flier on turn 2, especially since the control cards running alongside this are mostly in the 2-3 cmc range.
Posted By: Tempted_Johnny (9/22/2011 9:24:21 PM)
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I like its flavor - it hasn't found a creature card to use in his experiments, so instead he will use himself. Also, The Fly reference is quite fitting for Innistrad's theme of putting classic sci-fi movies in its blue cards (Invisible Stalker - The Invisible Man, Civilized Scholar - Dr. Jekkyl and Mr. Hyde, and so forth).
None of these beats Grave Bramble's Plants vs. Zombies reference, though.
Flavor aside, out of Illusion tribal it seems better than Phantasmal Bear. However, Illusion tribal is the kind of deck most likely to want a blue agressive 1-drop.
Posted By: Lash_of_Dragonbreath (9/25/2011 4:51:09 PM)
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i could see why they wouldn't ban this, think about it, in three months we loose ponder, mana leak, vapor snag, and all of those phyrexian mana cards. those are what made delver work, shure we still have snapcaster mage, runechanter's pike, Geist of Saint Traft and Invisible Stalker but guess what? all of them (including delver) need instants and sorceries and that is what we'll be loosing when SoM and M12 rotate. once rotation happens we won't be complaining about it not being banned, we'll be beging for beter spells in RtR to make delver good again (wich i honestly hope doesn't happen)
Posted By: KnexWiz (7/2/2012 5:23:24 PM)
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So everyone plays Delver like this: Turn 1 Delver, Turn 2 Flip and attack for 3. When I play delver its - Turn 1 Delver, turn 2 Land, Turn 3 Land, Turn 4 Creature, Turn 5 dead. Talk about luck (or Ponder - but even without ponder this human is an insect on turn two when I'm facing one).
Posted By: BLKND (5/16/2012 1:44:47 PM)
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I could see this being incredibly powerful in a sort of izzet aggro control type deck. Use this along with reckless waif/phantasmal bear as beaters and then control with burn spells and mana leaks.
Posted By: ShadyBabs (9/24/2011 9:28:14 PM)
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damn this is seeing legacy play
Posted By: pedrodyl (10/24/2011 10:53:39 PM)
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The reason Ratchet Bomb was printed as {2} was so blue players who run this wouldn't get depression.
Posted By: j_mindfingerpainter (4/3/2012 4:18:58 PM)
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Highly efficient one drop. Seriously, a 3/2 flier turn two? For {U}? That's just crazy. Slap a Runechanter's Pike on it and go to town.
Posted By: ParishInquisitor (8/23/2012 11:49:30 AM)
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What started as "maybe playable" has become a staple in virtually all formats. Teams up with Snapcaster Mage and Geist of Saint Traft in standard. Throw in Tarmogoyf for modern. In Pauper it pairs with faeries, and ninjas. Vintage even, goes with Gush.
http://bopmtg.net/blog/dominator-of-formats
Posted By: badmalloc (4/7/2012 7:27:16 AM)
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Doesn't really matter what kind of blue you're running. EVERY deck needs creatures to PMD against early creatures even if creatures are not the main kill mechanism of the deck. Later on maybe there's other ways to deal with creatures but early on a 1 drop that becomes a 3/2 flier for free? Every deck running mono blue should have four of these and every deck running blue/whatever should think about running four of these. Even in mill and control decks this is a beautiful back up win plan and an absolutely beastly surprise in G/U with Rancor and Overrun.
Posted By: Lord_Padriac (8/12/2012 6:06:21 AM)
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Blue magic is reactive, calculated, and methodical. Its strength lies in patience and intelligence. Blue mages work behind the scenes, scheming and stealing secrets. They control their environments completely before making a move. Blue spells and abilities focus on prediction and illusion. Blue is also the color of technology and artifice. At their best, blue mages are inventive and progressive. At their worst, they are manipulative and treacherous.

yeah right...

outside Standard, blue has the best of all colors. It is more aggressive than red, more defensive than white, comparable removal to black, and more mana efficient than green.

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I'm Salty
Posted By: DmitryM (3/11/2014 5:28:37 PM)
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Why does blue have a common 1-drop 3/2 flyer again?
Posted By: EGarrett01 (11/27/2013 10:51:56 AM)
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I once had a game against this in a U/G deck. Opponent dropped it turn 1, revealed Titanic Growth and swung for 7 in the air. Nothing I could do about it.
Posted By: Zeritanos (11/16/2013 8:51:42 PM)
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Best flavor text ever.
Posted By: SidewinderX7 (9/25/2013 2:49:59 AM)
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In response to his upkeep trigger, cast Brainstorm and set up your library so he flips.
Posted By: lilwolf2005 (7/23/2013 2:34:56 PM)
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Blue's best one-drop most of the time; and the game's best one-drop fairly often! It's not often you run into 1-drops that have entire deck archtypes built after *them*

The thing is; you don't have to with this guy. Brainstorm and Halimar Depths are enough to set both him and Augur of Bolas up reliably to generate card advantage and protect yourself/trade with the best 1-2 drops in the *game.*

This is probably the most aggressive creature in the game, especially at {1}; sit him next to Serendib Efreet and you have impressive power going downrange very early on.
Posted By: blurrymadness (6/16/2013 11:11:05 PM)
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Dis mah boi Jeff Goldblum.
Posted By: Iam_IronMan (5/18/2013 7:53:15 PM)
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If not for Thragtusk, this would have been without a doubt the worst mistake the dev team has made in recent history. A 3/2 flier for 1? Yes, it's conditional, but it's up often enough that on turn 2 you're beating with a way-above-curve evasive creature. A 2/x non-evasive creature on turn 1 - that's fine. Even if it's something annoyingly difficult to try and get rid of permanently, like Gravecrawler. But a 3/2 that can't even be traded with by the majority of non-OP one drops due to its evasive? Yeah... no.

For the record, every single TWO power flying creature for 1 mana has a pretty decent drawback. The least of all being Oona's Gatewarden (defender, so it's pretty much designed to just trade with an attacker), and War Falcon (needs a knight or soldier to be able to attack). So a - yes, admittedly conditional - 3/2 flier has no drawback, yet all the other 2/1 fliers have quite decent drawbacks. Did they not notice this when they concocted this insanity?
Posted By: JaxsonBateman (4/26/2013 7:47:07 AM)
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Doesn't he look like Avacyn's Pilgrim?
Posted By: Subtle_Kay (3/29/2013 11:54:17 AM)
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FEED MEEEEE..... FEEEEEEEEEED MEEEEeeeee...
Posted By: nloock90 (2/10/2013 8:47:10 PM)
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