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Library of Alexandria 
Arabian Nights


Reviewed January 23, 2004

Constructed: 4.7
Casual: 4.4
Limited: 3.2

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating

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Chris
Gerhardt

* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut.com

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... card draw wins games.  Library affectively keeps your hand size up, and rewards you for doing so, and helps you keep it that way. Library is awesome and highly sought after. Often though of as the 10th card of the Power 9 set, it can easily demand prices of $100 and up, depending on condition. And, oh yeah, Card Draw is good in casual too, though I don't know how casual a $100 card is.

And if any of you would like to sponsor me in an Arabian Nights limited event, please feel free. ;)

And speaking of limited events... Take a peek at the Darksteel Rares. The full spoiler is out and circulating, and I had to set up my eBay auctions, so feel free to check out the fun stuff.  There are some pretty fun casual cards, including a huge 11/11, a counterspell that can't be countered, a Dragon, an Angel, a savage beating, a 6/6 Golem that gets bigger every turn, and a 4/5 Legend that can turn any permanent into an artifact and then steal it. Check the Rare List here!  But if you don't want to know before Saturday, don't peek! ;)

Constructed: 5
Casual: 5
Limited: 4.8
Current Price: $Lotsa


Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

A little story before my review: When I get the cards for the week, I go to the Card of the Day page to see if they have already been reviewed. If they have, I'll cut and paste the review, along with a little touch-up if my opinion has changed for some reason. (See Wednesday's review, which is a repeat of a review we did on 25 Feb 03. That is a little more new material than you'd typically see, since it didn't come up the first time I hit "Find.")
 
So I see we reviewed this only 2 months ago, and click the link to the review.
 
One problem: The review was on a Monday.
 
Back during that time, I got really lax on turning in my reviews until Tuesday, with my first article of the week. So I haven't reviewed this yet. Oh well, time to start.
 
Lesse, as the 10th card of the "Power 10," this really shines during the early game. Drop it turn one using a control deck, and it is like your own personal Howling Mine. Not for use in every deck, of course, but if you expect to have a full hand most of the time, you'll want to play this.
 
I won't even bother with casual or limited ratings. Hardly anyone pays $100+ for a card for a casual deck, and I doubt I ever get the chance to play Arabian Nights limited.
 
Constructed - 4
Casual - N/A
Limited - N/A


DeQuan
Watson

* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Library of Alexandria
 
I know that some people are going to send me hate mail, but I can't rate this card any better than a four I think.  It's a good card.  It's a staple in LOTS of type one decks.  But it is a bit situational, and it doesn't generate a game winning effect on its own.  Good, but not great. 
 
In casual play, this card doesn't seem to have a whole lot of value at all honestly. Of all the different ideas for fun decks I can think of, I don't see The Great Library making its way onto any of those decklists.
 
In limited play, I would play the card if my deck was slow, to help me run through cards.  But otherwise I wouldn't.  Truth be told though, it's from Arabian Nights, so I don't think that drafting with the library is going to be an issue any time soon.
 
Constructed: 4
Casual: 1.3
Limited: 1.3


Andy
 Van Zandt

Library of Alexandria
Right, uncounterable ways to draw cards with no mana cost associated?  Sign
me up.
Constructed 4.9
Casual 4.7
Limited 4.7
 

Ray "Monk"
Powers
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

Library of Alexandria

 

Ah, the mother of all card draw engines. I know, Ancestral and Howling Mine and such came first, but Library was the glue that held the early control decks together, keeping their hands filled with counters and ready to smash the face of any agro player. A joy to have in any game, its only loss of worth being in limited only if you drew it late game.

 

Casual: 1

Constructed: 5

Limited: 4

 
Jason
Matthews


* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Library of Alexandria

I was really happy when I saw that we were going to review a card that is as good as the Library but I then I ran into a problem. When a card is as good as this what can you really say that isn’t painfully obvious. This card is on of the best lands ever printed. It came to life in a time when research and development was even close to what it is today. Imagine if you can what it was like to actually have the ability to have four of these in a deck. I get chills just thinking of all the cards you could draw with this. If you take away the mana ability this card would still be awesome. If it came into play tapped and you lost a life every time you tapped it, yes it would still be awesome. If you can get it for your deck, you just have to play it. Pro Tour player Mike Long once said it best when he used the phrase “SUM GOOD” andaths this card in a nut shell.

Constructed 5
Casual 5
Limited 5
 

Jonathan
Pechon


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Library of Alexandria

If you don’t know that this card is good in any non-aggressive deck, you haven’t been playing Magic long enough. “Tap one land, draw one card,” without any sort of real expenditure of a card is so far above the modern power-curve that it’s ridiculous. Being able to do it over and over again in this way is just broken. We’ll probably never see a card of this power again.

I’ve never played this card in limited; I don’t think there are many that have, unless you count Mental Magic or draft from a Big Box (ask about those if you don’t know what they are and are interested). Staying at seven cards after the early game isn’t terribly easy, and can lead you to falling too far behind to be able to survive. Get it active, though, and it shouldn’t be possible to lose.

See my above remarks regarding constructed for casual play. They still apply here.

Constructed: 5.0
Limited: 4.0
Casual: 5.0


Jeff Zand
i

4 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Level 2 Judge

Library of Alexandria
It feels funny to review one of the most amazing cards of Magic's past. This
card is a lock for the Magic: The Gathering Hall of Fame. This card is so
broken, that even though I've been playing Magic from the VERY START, I
don't even remember a time when this card was not restricted. This card is
so good it belongs in every deck in every format where it is allowed.  Of
course, that's only Type I/Classic. Just for you guys that never got to
enjoy this card in a deck of your very own, here's how it goes: You drop
this land on turn one. If you have seven cards in hand, tap it to draw a
card, then play one of your zero casting cost cards. This is Type I, trust
me, you have some of these! If not, wait until your opponent's turn and then
tap the Library and get your card. If you have six cards, wait until you
draw a seventh card, then, before you play a land or another card, you tap
the Library and get another card. It's just endless. It was always fun to
figure when you were ready to STOP using the card's effect because you were
drawing TOO MANY cards or because you needed to empty your hand. I'm
babbling a little because reviewing Library of Alexandria, to me, is like J
Lo asking you to get something out of the back pocket of her shorts.
CONSTRUCTED: 5.0
LIMITED: 4.5
CASUAL: 4.5 

Jason
Chapman
Library of Alexandria is one of the strongest cards ever made although abusing it is not always apparent. Control decks or other decks with strong card drawing potential make it very dangerous. Before being banned in PEZ this card was critical to the success of Wall decks that included Quicksilver Dagger.

Constructed - A very powerful card in the right deck - 4.35

Limited - Not open to abuse here - 2.00

Casual - Can be a lot of fun if used in unforseen ways - 4.00

Chase Library of Alexandria

Here’s a lesson that I learned when I played with this card: whenever I had LoA in my opening hand, I won the game. Ta dah!

In Casual, it’s good but I wouldn’t want to pay $100 for a card that I probably won’t use.

In Limited…… ya know, I just came back from an AN draft……. I’m broke.

Constructed: 9999999999999
Casual: 1 (just because of availability)
Limited: does it really matter?

Spooks
Library of Alexander
 
Once mroe, let me point out to you that I am a n00b.  I havent understood this card, despite the fac that I have known about it even longer than I have played magic!  (I owned the microprose computer game since it came out).  Sure, its card drawing, but , you can't use the cards if you wanna keep on using the ability!  So I don't get it.  Don't worry, once again, I am sure my fellow reviewers will save face for me again by explaining to everyone how it works!
 
Constructed rating - ?  No clue. 
 
Limited rating - 100. Pick it.  It's worth a lot!
 
Much hype over silly card rating - 100
Danny Tatro
Library of Alexandria
 
    If the power 9 was to have another slot added to it to make it the power 10, this would most likely be the 10th part of the power. A great card all in all, you can't ask for a much better land. This thing has seen a ton of constructed play in type 1.
 
 In limited this probably wouldn't be as good, since you dont keep 7 cards in hand constantly. However if drafting "keep what you pick style" I'd definetly celebrate opening this thing, and take it windmill slam style.
 
Constructed: 5
Casual: 5
Limited: 1.5 
 

 

 

 

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