Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day
If it weren't for it's
landcycling ability, Shorline Ranger wouldn't even
be a "mighta-been"...it'd be a "never was". BUT...landcycling
makes this card stand out just enough. It's kind
of like Renewed Faith. Without the cycling
ability, Renewed Faith is crap, pure and simple.
Add the cycling ability with the bonus 2 life
gain, and it's a main deck card in the highly
played Mirari's Wake & Astral Slide decks. When
cycling was first introduced, it seemed
interesting, but not highly significant to many.
But time and wisdom have proved otherwise. There
may be a chance that landcycling may be subject to
a similar fate. It's good, but just how good
remains to be seen.
In limited, this guy
is a flyer with a large arse. It can evade and be
hard to get rid of. It's cost is a bit steep, but
then again, it's a mana smoother if you see it too
early to play outright, so definitely worth at
least considering if you need the blue.
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OK, on to the chaff.
He flies, so he's not that horrible, but paying
6 for a 3/4 flier is not generally something I
want to do in constructed. If I want to pay 6
for a flier, I'll take a 5/6, thanks.
In limited, he
flies, and he smooths out your mana curve, so
Constructed - 1.25
Limited - 3
I've heard people say that 6 mana is too much for
a 3/4 flier, even in
limited. Not only are these people wrong when
they're talking about
Onslaught block limited, but they're especially
wrong when referring to this
guy. Landcycling is simply too good. Draft three
of these guys and play
them with one rush of knowledge and one island in
your otherwise mono-green
draft deck, for example. He is too expensive in
constructed though, but may
still see play just for the islandcycling ability.
This guy is really good for a common, and
his alternate cost is a huge bonus.
In constructed he has island cycling... uhhh...
thats about it.