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Noble Templar 
Scourge Common


Reviewed May 13, 2003

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Scott
Gerhardt

Noble Templar

Constructed: 2
Limited: 4
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Chris
Gerhardt

Noble Templar may be a bit costly for constructed, though perhaps a deck could find a way to abuse land cycling cards as deck thinners or to assure constant land drops. This may actually become a factor in block, where it seems that huge, high costed creatures are what it's all about.

In limited, its a strong wall with teeth if you get it late. If you get it early, no worries, since you can cycle it to get a Plains. Nice. I honestly think that land-cycling will turn out to be more useful than generally believed.

Constructed: 2.0 (with added potential in Block format)
Limited: 4


Judge Bill

Noble Templar
 
So, in the early game, this card gets you a land, or, in the late game, you get a 3/6 beater? No thanks, if I wanted to search out land from my library, I'd play green. And if I wanted to play white, my mana curve would stop at 4.
 
In limited, it's a mediocre body. Let this come to you late, because no one should be picking it early. Better yet, don't play it at all.
 
(Oh, they wanted me to review the X-cycling ability in this set, where you cycle to search your library for a land. I don't like it one bit. It may have been a natural evolution of cycling, but R&D can have it back, thanks.)
 
Constructed: 1
Limited: 1.5


Jason
Chapman

Landcycling is simply amazing! First the creatures we have seen so far are all pretty beefy and also pack decent abilities. Even better though is the ability to fetch land. This thins your deck, smoothes your mana drops, moves you toward threshold  - yeah, landcycling is a great ability!

 

Constructed – With better access to multi-lands, these cards don’t shine as much here but they can still be really useful – 2.75

 

Limited – Any card that can fix mana issues is critical as are strong creatures – 4.10

 

PEZ – These cards may make multi-color decks playable and, of the cards seen so far, are my choice for best of the set – 4.75


Andy
 Van Zandt

Noble Templar
In limited he's the right size to be quite a decent threat, since he can run
offense and defense... now if he'd just fly.  Aside from that, krosan tusker
is an amazing card, and while land cycling isn't quite as broken,  it's a
very interesting ability, good for splashing colors, thinning decks, etc.
limited 3.3
constructed 3.1
Scott Sager
Noble Templar
 
Landcycling lets you know exactly what you get when you cycle and two mana is perfect for what it does.  As for the creature portion of this card...no.
 
Limited: The landcycling allows you to splash a color and/or smooth out your curve.  If you need a big defensive body this will work, expensive though.
 
Constructed:  4
Limited:  4.5


John
Hornberg

Noble Templar

Noble Templar for a creature is exceedingly average.  It's expensive for
only being a glorified wall, and the fact that it doesn't tap to attack
doesn't mean much, if anything, anymore.  There are better in constructed
for your 6 mana.

However, its cycle ability is a new and somewhat improved approach to the
ability that hasn't been seen before.  While white doesn't completely
benefit from having something like this, especially since it has
Land-Tax-On-A-Stick in this format (Weathered Wayfarer), similar abilities
like Islandcycle, Swampcycle, and so forth, can be incredibly useful in the
right deck.  This ability allows you to either get a land from your deck so
that you don't draw it later, or to get a land for you when you really need
one.

In limited, you would play Noble Templar because it is a decent sized body,
and it can get a land for you.  The fact that it its Cycle ability is
colorless  means that you can use white as a splash color in your deck, and
cycle this to get one of the few Plains you would be playing.

Constructed - 1.5/5.0 (An exceedingly poor creature, with a cycle ability
that's interesting, but better off for colors other than white.)
Limited - 3.0/5.0 (Essentially, a wall that can beat for 3 if you want it
to, or can be cycled to get a white mana.  A somewhat useful card.)

Danny Tatro

Noble Templar

       In constructed it cycles, nuff said.

       In limited its nice big creature for white. With the plainscycling, it can leave your hand if you don't need it, and nets you a land. As long as your not already mana flooded, the ability could save your life turn 2 when you need the crucial turn 3 land drop to play morphs.

Constructed: 2.0
Limited: 3.0
 

 

 

 

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