Artifact Creature - Leviathan (Rare)
Islandwalk, trample, shroud "Into it's maw went the seventh sea, never to be seen again while the world remains." -Esper Fable 7/11
Somehow... expecting this to be more.
Nine mana, won't be targeted so removing it is a pain but has so many workarounds...
The 7 power just isn't enough. Islandwalk stops stupid slow Blue board positions, sure, sure.
But it doesn't really work. You have to use the artifact nature, somehow.
Draw cards equal to the power of target creature you control. An avatar he sculpts of wisdom and strength.
I'm always glad to see green draw spells, although this one doesn't impress me all that much. At five mana you want to be finding your big dudes, not relying on having them already in play.
This is true but think more along the lines of having a few mana accels in play for said big creatures. Realistically I could see drawing five maybe even six cards on turn five or six with this... that's got more power then it sounds...
I actually really like the Leviathan. It's one of the few with no real drawback. And for nine mana you get a 7/11 (lol) with trample, that's unblockable a fifth of the time and is immune to spot removal. It's fat ass staves of global burn and combat damage, too, so only mass sweepers can kill it (though that also includes artifact-only sweepers, too, obviously). It's really not incredibly terrible. It's exactly the kind of fat blue ought to get. Not terribly aggressive or efficient, but noticeable and tough to deal with when it lands. Reminds me a bit of a grounded Simic Sky Swallower in its own way.
And speaking of the Leviathan, not only is he could but I was a bit "dur" and forgot the artifact creature clause... hello Etherium Sculptor. I think this guy will fit nicely into my fiance's budget Esper deck... not to put it down, but I don't think this Inkwell will be a chase rare by any means...
I also like the Leviathan alot. I don't have to sacrifice five billion Islands to get it to untap and attack, and with Inkwell Leviathan, when I use Aquitect's Will on my opponents land, instead of enabling my beatstick to attack, it enables my beatstick's unblockability. If anything, the drawback on the card is the artifact type, but shroud removes almost all of the removal for it. No one I know runs Hurkyl's Recall or Shatterstorm, it survives Scourglass, it survives Infest, Spout, Clasm, etc. Wrathing it away is really the only option.
Oh, and how fun will it be to Tinker this guy out in a casual game?