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Dawn's Reflection 
Fifth Dawn Common


Reviewed May 25, 2004

Constructed: 2.2
Casual: 3.2
Limited: 3.1

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1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
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Chris
Gerhardt

* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Dawn's Reflection is a really decent mana accelerator for a slower environment. For those of you that aren't sure, when you tap the mana that this is attached to, it produces THREE mana total, two of them the color of your choice. Besides acceleration, it gives you the ability to HIGHLY smooth your mana, and makes 5 color decks realistic. Though it might have a difficult time currently, we'll have to see what happens when Kamigawa hits the scene in 4 months.

In the meantime, Reflection turns out to be an exceptional card for Casual players that want to build viable 5 color or multi color decks that are going after fat.  If either are your goal, it's something to consider.

In limited... omg... I played a couple drafts this weekend at the Pre-Release.  Reflection was a perfect fit in several Sunburst decks.  Yes, Virginia, Sunburst is viable in DRAFT (though probably not so much in Sealed Deck).  If you can draft a few, along with some Sylvok Explorers and Wayfarer's Baubles, you will be well on your way to being able to playing any Sunburst or multicolor card you'd like.  You still go with a base of 2 main colors, maybe three, Green obviously being one of them, and then add some Sunburst items, and voila! If you get enough Sylvok Explorers in your deck, you can easily get this down turn 3 and by turn 4 have 7 mana available.  I did it all draft long. I tell you, throwing down fat 5/5 Skyreach Mantas and 6/6 Sawtooth Threshers starting turn four is hella fun. But I don't think my opponent's were having much fun. =/

Constructed: 2
Casual: 4
Limited: 4
  
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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Dawn's Reflection
 
A super Fertile Ground. It costs twice as much, and gives you twice as much mana as Fertile Ground does. The mana can be of two different colors, so it is a great sunburst help. Unfortunately, it does too little to see inclusion in a constructed deck (serious or casual). Serious players will play Joiner Adept, Birds of Paradise and City of Brass, while casual plaers will just play Crystal Quarry instead.
 
In limited, it's mana fixing, and sunburst enabling. The fact that so many cards in this set want 5 colors of mana would make me want to play this.
 
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 4
 

Ray "Monk"
Powers
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)
Dawn's Reflection
 
Fertile Ground times two, that's what we have here. Its a bit high costed as a Mana acceleration tool, but as a mana fixer its a wonderful tool. It helps clear up multicolored draft decks, is great for Type Dan Gray, five color, and for starburst in any format. I can see this card getting a lot of play in casual formats, and just being an overall good utility card to have in Magic.
 

Constructed:                 2

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        3

 
Jeff Zandi
Ordinarily, this enchantment would be too expensive to think about playing in limited formats. However, there are many advantages to having access to a lot of different colors of mana in Fifth Dawn, and this card can solve a lot of mana problems. No matter what, this is still a slow card, taking away from you the very important turn four (turn three if you're lucky). In the current limited formats, this card definately has a place. Don't know about playing more than one in your deck though. It's good, but not great. In constructed play, this card looks rather casual, although I could imagine it as part of a Sunburst-friendly Mirrodin block constructed deck.

 

CONSTRUCTED: 2.0
CASUAL:               3.0
LIMITED:                3.5

 

Jonathan
Pechon


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Dawnís Reflection

 

While this doesnít bring a lot to constructed play, at first glance, I can see potential for it if the environment slows down a bit, performing a very similar purpose as Explosive Vegetation did during Onslaught-block.  Itís marginal at best for the moment, but weíll see how this might work out in block-constructed.  Standard, access to Fertile Ground and Rampant Growth keep this on the second tier, at best.

 

This is just another way to diversify color in group games and the like, though probably inferior to the large numbers of other cards (like Veggies) that do similar things.  It is superior to Undergrowth, which saw play in decks that included Earthcraft.  Again ,for Mental, you have better options with this mana cost.

 

The power of sunburst in draft has already been made clear to me; Iíd definitely consider this card for any deck with a high curve or with more than one card with sunburst.  Itís acceleration to fat or a way to do absurd things with sunburst; it is slow, but it does bring quite a bit to the table.  Donít pick it ahead of really good creatures, but donít let it slide.

 

Constructed:  2.5

Casual:  2.5

Limited:  3.0

 


DeQuan
Watson

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

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Dawn's Reflection
 
For making mana, this card is pretty crazy. I'd expect this card to be great within the casual player community.  Not only that, it fits in perfectly with the theme of this set by being able to produce any mana you need. 
 
The casting cost is a bit prohibitive, but that definitely won't stop a lot of players and decks from making use of this card.  In limited play, I'd probably pass on this card unless I had some high casting cost cards that I was worried about having to cast.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2
 

Jason
Chapman
Dawn's Reflection is expensive for any mana boosting/color fixing enchantment. By the time it hits the table, mana acceleration for most decks isn't needed. Likewise, well constructed decks should have been able to stabilize their color mix by this point as well. Even with a 2 mana boost I simply cannot justify playing this card instead of low cost alternatives.

Constructed - May see some play but lower cost options are simply better - 2.0

Casual - Longer games and more mana intensive decks may make this card a decent choice - 2.5

Limited - If you are forced into 3 colors it may be needed and may help with Sunburst - 2.5

 
 

 

 

 

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