Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day
This thing is a friggin' beatstick. They
MUST deal with it. If not, it will overwhelm
them and they will die. The cost is DEFINITELY
nice, and people in both limited and constructed
will have to deal with this monster. Expect
most every green deck to be playing this
guy. Heck, maybe expect some blue decks to
splash it in because they're bored.
Blue had too many abilities. So they decided to weaken blue by giving xome of its abilities to other colors. Red got temprary stealing of creatures. And green got this, the "Ophidian" ability.
And it fits perfectly, as you can think of the card you get as a boon from nature. This care is aggressively costed, and will see play in many decks. Behind Birds of Paradise, this will be one of the first cards you think of inserting in most decks that have green.
And it has morph. So even if you're not playing green in limited, you may still play this anyway, as it is a creature that any color can put face down.
I see Hystrodon as an excellent creature for all
formats. The fact that she has trample along
with her ability to allow you to draw a card
when she does damage is amazingly strong. It
seems funny that when R&D told us the
Ophidian ability was now in the green piece of
the pie, no one I talked to anticipated that we
would first see it on a trampler. Even better is
the fact that the card drawing helps to cure one
of green and green + X color's biggest
drawbacks, that is the fact that it runs out of
gas without a way to draw up some more bullets.
Don't worry about it's 5 casting cost as it is
apparent that Onslaught is a little slower than
OTJ because it appears that their are 1) plenty
of mana accelerators in green and 2) the format,
as mentioned before, is slow enough to allow you
to play good 5 or 6 casting cost spells of
is an interesting card. It gives green card
drawing with having having to play a combo based
deck or an enchantress deck. The main beef I
have with this card, is that it is costed one more
than I would like for it to cost. If it were
costed one less, it would make more sense to me,
especially with it being a rare.
It does have a reasonable morph cost though.
A good green
creature. While he allows one to draw a card
whenever he deals combat damage, he still must
do the combat damage. It should be good at least
for one draw (while morphing from face down as a
suprise). It will work really well in green/red
decks where you can burn away your opponent's
creatures. This card should see some good play.
I think this has to be the top card of the set.
Ophidian has birthed a child, and its name is
Hystrodon. The morph is awesome for just 1GG, but
it is not bad either as a hard caster, for 4G. And
what makes this card even better is the fact it
trample! the power and toughness is perfect (1
higher and the card would be near broken). I see
this card being plaed in all formats, specially in
Constructed Rating: 5/5
Limited Rating: 4.5/5