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Good old Steve. Still one of the best mana-fixers. And he REALLY should get a reprint. He's weaker under the new rules, so what's stopping you, Wizards? The "Sakura" in his name? Then make him into a "new" bland fantasy card, like you did with may others for M2010. No, I'm serious. Rampant Growth just ain't cutting it for me...
Posted By: True_Mumin (6/30/2009 7:04:56 AM)


i likee
Posted By: Esprel (2/24/2010 4:41:54 PM)


Kryplixx, the ability to sit there and chump block and then go get a land makes Sakura amazing. He's acceleration when you need it, and an easy blocker when you can wait.
Posted By: DnD20 (7/23/2009 8:57:25 AM)


I for one will be rather disappointed if all of Zendikar block goes by without a functional reprint of this guy.

And why the hell is his rating below 5.0?
There is no excuse for that.
Posted By: HairlessThoctar (1/21/2010 12:11:08 AM)


Hey, I'm not the only person that calls him Steve. Neat.
Posted By: Exuberance (2/5/2010 12:24:08 PM)


One of the best card designs in magic. Simple, yet effective beyond belief. Even with the new rules this makes Rampant Growth look like crap.
Posted By: kroen (8/13/2009 1:53:00 AM)


What new ruling killed this guy?
Posted By: SuicidalTendancies (6/4/2010 7:56:01 PM)


One of the cards that WOULD have made landfall, but alas...a swing and a miss.
Posted By: spectermonger (5/17/2010 12:35:32 PM)


YES! The chump blocker variant of Rampant Growth! So much better and so much more flavorful.
Posted By: Evermint (7/1/2010 9:38:48 AM)


Actually, I think the new ruling (with combat damage no longer using the stack) made a functional reprint of this card possible. It's still strictly better than Rampant Growth, and Rampant Growth has been Standard-playable from time to time.

@ Kryplixx Say you're playing against aggro. You go first, and they drop a Kird Ape on the first turn. You cast the STE, who blocked the Kird Ape and then got sacrificed for a land. The STE ends up saving you 2 damage, so it's sort of like Rampant Growth + 2 life, which is already a good upgrade from just Rampant Growth.

Back when combat damage was stacked, STE did even more. Say you're playing aggro, you control a pair of Mogg Fanatics and they have an STE. What do you do? Usually you either attack with both, wait til damage on stack, then pop the dying Mogg for 1 more player damage; or you use a burn spell on the STE and swing in with both Moggs. In either case they're getting ... (see all)
Posted By: Gabriel422 (2/1/2011 6:53:34 PM)