Quote from Poster formerly known as Phitt77 »The last thing a control deck wants is to give you card advantage.
Quote from Poster formerly known as Phitt77 »A true wincon like Striped Riverwinder is much more reliable than nickle and diming with the few utility creatures you may have in your deck. It's not only about being faster, it's about reliability...
Quote from VariSami »...But winning through combat damage is not *reliant* on specific cards, and a resilient giant beater can stabilise your board and be effectively impossible to remove to give you inevitability.
Quote from Poster formerly known as Phitt77 »Tidal Whale is a lot worse than Striped Riverwinder in reanimator and as a control finisher due to the lack of resilience (plus you can't discard it t1 in reanimator) so the only place for it would be a slow midrange deck and in that case it's not even clearly better than Riverwinder. Pass.