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Popping Off with Poppet Stitcher – Preview Highlight

One of the strongest looking cards from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt is Poppet Stitcher. 

 

 

 

For three mana, only one of which is blue, you get a 2/3 that lets you make a 2/2 Zombie token with decayed every time you cast an instant or sorcery. “Decayed” means the token can’t block and if you attack with it, you have to sacrifice it at the end of combat. 

Now that would mean the tokens aren’t of too much use, because blue isn’t usually a very aggressive color, so it’s more interested in blocking rather than dealing two damage with each of the tokens once. 

 

The good news is that if you have three or more tokens in your upkeep, you can transform Poppet Stitcher into Poppet Factory, which says that your creature tokens are 3/3s with no abilities, meaning no more “decayed.”

 

Monastery Mentor

This card reminds me of Monastery Mentor, which is a very strong card in the eternal formats and every now and then you can see it in the sideboard of some Modern control decks. 

Poppet Stitcher will best fit in a deck that runs mostly instants and sorceries and it’ll be one of its few main win conditions. Ideally, you’ll have a deck filled with cards like Opt and Shock. You can probably see why Mentor is so good in the older formats where you can play cards like Brainstorm and Gitaxian Probe

It looks like it best fits into an Izzet or Dimir deck, so set’s take a look at how much support Stitcher will have in Standard after rotation. 

 

This is the perfect support card. It’ll help you find it and once you have it in play, you want every cheap cantrip like this one to dig deeper into your deck while making free tokens. 

 

Expressive Iteration

This card is already one of the best cards printed in Standard or Historic in quite a while and I have no doubts it will be one of the top cards post rotation. 

 

This is a reasonable way to dig deeper into your deck, though limited to instants and sorceries.

 

Good, cheap removal will pair nicely with Stitcher, protecting yourself while giving you free tokens. 

 

Spikefield Hazard // Spikefield Cave

This is almost a free instant you can run in your deck without really having to dedicate any nonland slots to it. It’ll be excellent if there are some good one-toughness creatures like Llanowar Elves, but even without it it’s usually a fine playable. 

There are other decent playables like Dragon’s Fire, Tormenting Voice, Negate, Cinderclasm or Demon Bolt, all of which will depend on what the metagame looks like. If it’s full of creatures, then running some burn main seems very reasonable. 

 

DemilichArclight PhoenixFaithless Looting

In Historic, Stitcher should fit nicely in a deck like Izzet Phoenix. Demilich hasn’t really lived up to it’s potential, so perhaps Stitcher is what the deck needs. You already have a tons of instants and sorceries to bring back your Arclight Phoenixes and thanks to all the card selection spells, it should be easy to find it. If you don’t need it, you can simply ditch it to Faithless Looting

Strong buildaround cards like Poppet Stitcher are always important to keep an eye on because it can easily end up being the strongest card out of the new set. I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being the case!

 

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