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Wayfarer's Bauble 
Fifth Dawn Common


Reviewed June 4, 2004

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.1
Limited: 3.6

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Chris
Gerhardt

* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

For splashing or for acceleration, this is a great 2 drop.  I'm sure this will see play in block, and it might find its way into some constructed deck also, as it is very solid for its mana cost.

In casual, I bet it will see some play as it is one of the best 2 drop accelerators available.  Casual players love to muscle out their fatties early, and this also gives them color options in the process. With a Birds of Paradise turn 1, Bauble gives you a 6 drop on turn 3, easily with 5 colors.  This means good times for the 5 color mages and their 6 drop imaginations.

In limited, Bauble makes the excellent category for acceleration and color smoothing.  Get your Skyreach Manta 5/5 flyer out on turn 3 -Yikes!  Again, being a 2 drop pushes up its rating in this format.  It's an artifact, which makes it versatile enough to fit in any deck, making it generally superior to green smoothing/acceleration. You won't see these floating around the draft table late, so if you think it will be important to your deck, pick it up when you can after your grab the pack bomb.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4
  
   Current Price:
Wayfarer's Bauble - Fifth Dawn - $0.20

   Combos Well With:
Birds of Paradise - 4th Edition - $12.66
Skyreach Manta - Fifth Dawn - $0.20
 


Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

A great way to splash a color into your deck. If you run one of the basic land, you can just go get it with this. This will become active on turn 2, just like Rampant Growth, but it costs a mana the turn previous. If you run Auriok Salvagers, you get to thin your library, Thawing Glaciers style. A potent combo in limited or casual, but less so in constructed. This may see some constructed play, but the deck that would use Rampant Growth needs it to be a spell for Storm (Mind's Desire), so it would have to find a previously uninhabited home first.
 
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4
 

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

Wayfarerís Bauble

 

I must admit, I am a fan of the new Barbed Sextant. Any thing that provides mana fixing AND acceleration for any color, not to mention deck thinning, canít be all bad. Admittedly 3 total seems a bit costly for what this card does, but if you have very few early drops, a turn one bauble, turn two activate gives you a thinner deck and one extra mana come turn three, which seems like a good idea to me. This card is no first pick, but itís a solid choice and well worth playing to fill out a draft slot.

 

Constructed:   2

Casual:   3

Limited:   4

 
Jonathan
Pechon


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Wayfarerís Bauble

 

Iím definitely in favor of seeing this card in constructed; it seems to fit into so many decks that can use colorless methods of acceleration.  Iím not looking for absurd combos with the white creatures in Fifth Dawn, I just want to see decks able to grab an extra basic land for turns three or four, while thinning the deck out.  Itís going to take so waiting to see if this makes the cut, but I think that some decks will eventually snatch this up.

 

This is a pretty solid card for group games and the like, providing your deck with additional methods to sneak those additional lands into play without having to worry about overwhelming speed.  I really think that Prismatic is going to see this turn into a near-guaranteed four-of in a lot of different decks.  Mental Magic can ignore this, simply due to the lack of basic land.

 

Somehow, this is another card that I have simply missed over and over again in draft; this tells me that I must be undervaluing it so far, which is probably the case.  I definitely believe that you can pick this anywhere from fourth pick on down; it serviceably acts as a Myr in any deck.  Look reasonably high for it.

 

Constructed:  2.5

Casual:  3.0

Limited:  3.5

 


DeQuan
Watson

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

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

I'm not sure what the appeal to this card is.  Obviously it's draft worthy.  But as far as constructed and casual play are concerned I might pass on this card in a lot of cases.  It's a slower version of Rampant Growth.  The only real benefit to this card is that you can still get the Rampant Growth effect without playing green.
 
Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 3
 


Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Level 2 Judge

Wayfarerís Bauble

This card gets my Card of the Week award as the best card of this weekís reviewed color-enabler cards from Fifth Dawn. This card is an easy to cast, easy to use Rampant Growth that every deck can and should use. This card is good in your deck if you want access to all five colors or even if your deck is mono colored. In limited decks, this card is a must play. However, it is up to the limited player to determine how high to draft this card. The overall power of this card is fairly low, so there is no reason to draft it high. Just be glad to draft it and put it in your deck when you see one late in a draft. This card has serious possibilities or some kind of constructed, certainly in casual play, not as good for Affinity decks as Chromatic Sphere, however.

CONSTRUCTED: 2.0

CASUAL:              3.0

LIMITED:             3.5

 
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Wayfarerís Bauble

Now we get to the real mana acceleration. This is the stuff that actually takes lands out of your deck, as opposed to temporary mana. Of course, the other problem with this card is what I stated on Monday with what the problem was with Sunburst in limited: Singles of basic lands are dangerous and you canít rely on them to optimize Sunburst. With this, you get a land for the small price of 3 mana. This will work perfectly in combination with any multi color mana accelerator. Thins your deck, itís a common, you get it tapped but itís in play, so you might as well be able to use it right away, itís colorless, and you get any basic land you want. Perfect for both constructed and limited. I have nothing more to say about this card.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3 
Limited: 4
 

Jason
Chapman
Wayfarer's Bauble is simply great. It can get you a turn up on your mana drops and find any color of land you need. Braidwood Sextant was good but this card is probably better, especially in decks with slightly higher land counts.

Constructed - There are better ways to smooth you colors - 2.0

Casual - A good card to fetch land if you aren't playing a Green base - 2.5

Limited - Having the right lands is so important to winning - 3.0

PEZ - Sometimes PEZ decks need a little help getting the right lands without duals - 2.5
 

 

 

 

 

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