Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day
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
(with added potential in Block format)
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.)
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!
better access to multi-lands, these cards dont
shine as much here but they can still be really
Limited Any card
that can fix mana issues is critical as are strong
PEZ These cards may
make multi-color decks playable and, of the cards
seen so far, are my choice for best of the set
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.)
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.