Draft Priority: 3
Stack Status: 2
Marginal… if we’re begin honest.
My fondness for Gigapede is essentially boundless. Having long been a card-carrying member of the Deadly Insect fanclub (I shit you not, I carried one around forever in my wallet related to a draft victory on the Insect’s back), of course I’m going to be all-in on a Giga version of one of my favourite creatures. It’s no Weatherseed Treefolk, but it’s up there in my favourite cards and I built decks using this guy in all kinds of ways. From Madness to renimation enabling and everything else you can think of a scrub Magic player tries at some point, you know me and Deadly Insert were posted up in the lab with a pen and a pad tryina get this damn label off.
In Type 4, where card advantage is at a premium, even Main Phase is a turning point and individual cards are explosively powerful, Gigapede kind of gets left behind. It pains me to say it. This card just can’t make the cut in smaller-sized stacks, though. Is it good? Sure. Given a little support it can be crazy as your opponents try to tear out their hair to find a way to kill it without blocking. But that’s only rarely the case, and people don’t often find it’s worthwhile to use (very slow) the recursion ability.
In short, my and Gigapede are still bros, and he gets plenty of play in 60-card formats where my Gigapede/Tortured Existence deck is literally the strongest deck in Magic history. But in Type 4, he’s part of an expanded roster.
Overall: Two and a half reviews that feel like betrayals out of five