DLCR: Battering Krasis

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Todays DGM card to rate is...

Battering Krasis

 
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5.0: First pick no matter what.  I will always play this card.
4.5: Splashable and first pick worthy.
4.0: First pick pack 1.
3.5: Early pick though not always a first pick.
3.0: Solid early/mid pick.
2.5: Solid pick in color.
2.0: Should generally make the deck if in this color.
1.5: Decent filler.
1.0: 23rd card if you have to.
0.5: This card will sometimes be sideboarded in.
0.0: I will never put this card into my deck (main deck or after sideboarding).


This card is ok.  It's not as good as I originally thought it was though due to it costing 3 mana.  The problem is it doesn't evolve anything when it comes down.  It doesn't help out a turn 2 Shambleshark.  If this was 2 mana it would be really good.  At 3 it's still good it's just not as good as I hoped it would be.

2.5

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2.5. Solid, but not great.
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2.5 because it evolves so little, but it can become beastly. 

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I'm going to say 2.0 for this one. The extra 1 mana over Shambleshark is a pretty big deal, since I don't expect to get a lot of value from the trample outside of a Bloodrush scenario.
I'm going to say 2.0 for this one. The extra 1 mana over Shambleshark is a pretty big deal, since I don't expect to get a lot of value from the trample outside of a Bloodrush scenario.

Bloodrush is where he really shines I think, but yeah costing three mana and with only one toughness he isn't amazing. I think I would go up to 2.5, I really like Trample in limited.

2.5. He fits the format very nicely. He can trade early against aggressive decks (unlike cards like Crocanura or Cloudfin Raptor) and his back end is small enough that all the 2/4s in the format will quickly make him a sizeable attacker, where trample really shines. I've been nothing but happy to have this card so far.
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Better or worse in a simic deck than Frilled Oculus??
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one of the worst evolve creatures in the set. he ruins the fast simic deck curve for what, trample, last time i checked my simic deck didnt need a non curving baby trampler.
Better or worse in a simic deck than Frilled Oculus??



Much worse. Also much worse than Shambleshark. Worse than all of the Simic in Gatecrash.
Got to be better than Anemones!
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Better or worse in a simic deck than Frilled Oculus??



Much worse. Also much worse than Shambleshark. Worse than all of the Simic in Gatecrash.



That 4/2 merfolk for 6 would like to remind you it has effectively cornered the horrible simic market. I forget what it was even called--staggering merfolk or something?

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That 4/2 merfolk for 6 would like to remind you it has effectively cornered the horrible simic market. I forget what it was even called--staggering merfolk or something?



Indeed, I guess there were bad Simic cards in Gatecrash, but the Simic cards I drafted, Cloudfins, Shamblesharks, Elusive Krasis, Drakewing Krasis, Croconauas, Frilled Oculus, Metropolis Sprite... were all better than this one. I think I might prefer Disciple of the Old Ways to this one, even in pure Simic. But I suppose that depends on how relevant 2 CMC 2/2s are in this format.
That 4/2 merfolk for 6 would like to remind you it has effectively cornered the horrible simic market. I forget what it was even called--staggering merfolk or something?



Indeed, I guess there were bad Simic cards in Gatecrash, but the Simic cards I drafted, Cloudfins, Shamblesharks, Elusive Krasis, Drakewing Krasis, Croconauas, Frilled Oculus, Metropolis Sprite... were all better than this one. I think I might prefer Disciple of the Old Ways to this one, even in pure Simic. But I suppose that depends on how relevant 2 CMC 2/2s are in this format.



I don't really see this as a simic card, as see it as a bloodrush target. But yeah, you're not saying it directly, but Simic needs to curve out, and this is behind curve and thus creature 20 or so for a Simic deck.

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Yeah, all of the other Simic Evolvers become ahead of curve at the point you evolve them once. This one requires an evolution to be on-curve. So I expect to see this mainly in Bloodrush themed decks, where it makes a hell of a bluff. Block me, and I might grow large enough to kill the blocker, deal trample damage, and still survive. Don't block me and I will grow large enough to be a legitimate threat over time.
I think people are forgetting that there really isn't going to be a Simic deck to "curve out" anymore. The days of T1 raptor/T2 Shamble/T3 Croc etc etc etc are pretty much over. As such, this guy being a slower on the curve isn't a deal breaker.

He's not immediately aggressive, but he is going to be at least a 3/2 trample for 3, which is not bad at all. I had multiple games during the prerelease where he as initially ignored in favour of more immediate threats, and ended up at a 5/4. Trample + Evolve + combat tricks was very handy.

2.5 
Most of the simic evolve creatures have higher toughness than power, so it's good to get some that are the other way around so they can help each other. Plus it can be hard to get perfect mana to cast the shark on turn 2. It's not great (for one more mana in red you can get a version of this already evolved three times) but good at what it is.
I think people are forgetting that there really isn't going to be a Simic deck to "curve out" anymore. The days of T1 raptor/T2 Shamble/T3 Croc etc etc etc are pretty much over. As such, this guy being a slower on the curve isn't a deal breaker.

He's not immediately aggressive, but he is going to be at least a 3/2 trample for 3, which is not bad at all. I had multiple games during the prerelease where he as initially ignored in favour of more immediate threats, and ended up at a 5/4. Trample + Evolve + combat tricks was very handy.

2.5 



Yes. This is much like Tithe Drinker. Worse than its counterparts in GTC, but good enough now that we only get one pack of GTC evolvers. And decks will be three-color, so Shark loses a bit of value.

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I think people are forgetting that there really isn't going to be a Simic deck to "curve out" anymore. The days of T1 raptor/T2 Shamble/T3 Croc etc etc etc are pretty much over. As such, this guy being a slower on the curve isn't a deal breaker.

He's not immediately aggressive, but he is going to be at least a 3/2 trample for 3, which is not bad at all. I had multiple games during the prerelease where he as initially ignored in favour of more immediate threats, and ended up at a 5/4. Trample + Evolve + combat tricks was very handy.

2.5 



This. Being one color, light commitment, easy to evolve and with a good ability makes this a lot better than it looks. Sure, in straight-up Simic it's worse than Shambleshark, it's easily playable with the large creatures and tricks of Selesnya and Gruul or the Scavenge from Golgari.
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Gatecrash wasn't as fast as people said it was. DGM-GC-RTR won't be as slow as people say it is.

I found Carmen Sandiego before you were born unless you're Zlehtnoba.

Gate... crash... wasnt... fast...?

*/nam flashbacks to the hordes of Boros decks*
Gate... crash... wasnt... fast...?

*/nam flashbacks to the hordes of Boros decks*




I'm with you.  I remember a Naya build that was killing with Bloodrush and Boros Charm by turn five some times.

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Not gonna lie, I loved this card when it was spoiled, but after 6 prerelease events, 24 matches in total, I have failed to see it be very valuable to any of my decks or my opponent's.

It's below-curve starting p/t hurts in alongside other Simic cards. On turn 3, a 2/1 is unlikely to trigger an evolve. Sure, it grows easily, but it takes way too long for the Trample keyword to be worth anything - it either hangs back as a sub-par blocker, waiting to be hit by removal, or it attacks and is insta-blocked and traded with. That's a nice quality to have in a 3-drop monocolor common, I admit, but I feel that this will be an overvalued common for a long time. Still worth a 2.
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