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Meet Green’s New Midrange Powerhouse – Cemetery Prowler

Cemetery Prowler follows a proud green tradition of powerful and useful midrange creatures. Scavenging Ooze, Courser of Kruphix and Tireless Tracker were all among my favorite cards when they were legal in Standard, and I’m hoping that Cemetery Prowler will prove to be also.

 

 

 

In fact, in this Preview Highlight, I’m going to look at Cemetery Prowler not just through the lens of Standard play, but possibly for older formats as well.

The first thing that stands out are solid stats, including that fourth point of toughness, which allows it to survive everything from Lightning Bolt to the recently spoiled Abrade to Crippling Fear. Vigilance is also helpful when it comes to planeswalker battles, or blocking red and white weenie creatures.

I’ve always valued incidental graveyard hate (see: Scavenging Ooze), and it seems to grow more and more important as time marches on. I’m happy to see more cards like Cemetery Prowler, which help out against graveyard decks, but are strong enough to main deck on their other merits.

Exiling a card immediately is great, since it doesn’t give your opponent any window to answer the Prowler or use up their flashback spells. And with each turn that Prowler sits on the battlefield, it gets to eat up more of the opponent’s graveyard. 

Finally, let’s take a look at the cost reduction ability. At face value, you can use this for a convenient burst of mana, like exiling a creature and curving into turn four Goldspan DragonHowever, if you want to go more advanced, you can certainly build your deck to maximize it. And while I’ve so far highlighted Cemetery Prowler hating on the opponent’s graveyard, it’s also possible to intentionally set up a card to target in your own graveyard.

The “for each card type” clause is interesting for cards with multiple types. Walking Ballista comes to mind as a Modern-playable card which can have its cost reduced by two (note that you can achieve this either by exiling an artifact creature outright, or by exiling an artifact and a creature with two separate triggers).

 

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I’ve also noticed a trend – most obviously in Modern Horizons 2 – towards the color green gaining a storm combo subtheme. Cemetery Prowler isn’t quite an obvious nod to storm combo. However, I could certainly envision scenarios where the mana reduction clause could be used to set up some game-winning turns. 

Wherever and however you choose to use Cemetery Prowler, I predict that it will serve you well!

 

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