Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New Card - Silverclaw Griffin

We continue mulling through the newly released, complete Dark Ascension visual spoiler here with card number 94 of 158:

First Impression

What a terrible card. 5 mana for a 3/2 first strike, flier just doesn't cut it in any set. It's not even fit into one of the main 5 tribes of Innistrad. The only up side I see is that in limited, it stacks up nicely against Gallows Warden (as long as you don't have any other spirits). It has 3 power and first strike in a block where many common and uncommon creatures have 3 or less toughness. So in a vacuum, I'd take it over both Gallows Warden and Thraben Purebloods.

(a.k.a. More limited jank.)

Deck Ideas

There has never been a "griffin set," but there has always been a smattering of Griffin tribal cards throughout the history of Magic. I decided to head over to the Gatherer and see if a Griffin tribal deck was possible and these are the cards that the Gatherer spit out back to me: Mtenda Griffin is very poor and Griffin Rider is decent, but it isn't a griffin itself. Zuberi is a lord, but it's also legendary and has a converted mana cost of 5. Out of the four cards listed above, Griffin Cayon looks to be the best, but it's not nearly enough to hold a tribal deck together.

Long story short: The griffin tribe has a long way to go.

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