Even though looked down upon, he is very effective. His somewhat low rarity and his occurrence in an earlier set makes him easy to obtain either from a pack or a trade. In addition he has two elements and ok energy. Making him able to stand up a bit and be able to deal decent elemental damage; but without any Mugic counters he definitely screams out “I need supporting creatures.”
Strategies and game play:
His ability is very good unless you are facing Danian or fellow Overworlder decks. Having a Tarterek Psi overloader can boast his wisdom. If you wait for the opponent to play a good attack first, feeling that his creature’s wisdom is higher then yours and he is safe from Viqtarr’s ability; play Tarterek’s ability, and prevent that damage. Also having attacks such as Out Freeze and Mineral Mayhem will help you negate your opponents first attack (try having location that give Viqtarr initiative). Since most Mipedians aren’t usually high in these stats, a very good anti Mipedian deck can have Viqtarr with defender and Arbeid. This way you negate the strike first, and then if they are saving any powerful attacks, reduce it to 5 with Arbeid. Even if they have an attack like Before the Storm, Viqtarr’s ability will just kick in again.
Ways to counteract it:
Except from the obvious of having high courage and/or wisdom creatures there aren’t many ways. Mipedian strike decks can have Trills of Diminution. You can still respond to this with Arbeid.
Anti strike decks
Useless against consistent low damage decks, burn decks, and by himself: decks with high courage and wisdom.
Artwork and aesthetics:
He is in a dense forest in what seems to be a blizzard. You can tell its cold by his breath vapor coming out of his mouth in what seems to be him doing an intimidating yell. He has cool markings and a sash that holds a huge hammer-weapon. Even though only a hand appears he seems to be fighting Karraba a fellow Overworlder. Some feed back would be appreciated on who that could be.
The balance of this card is excellent and even though underused has great potential. 9/10