I try desperately NOT to play this card in
limited, which is bad news for the Leafcaller
because I LOVE green in limited this year. The
problem is that Leafcaller is simply a mana
color fixer and doesn't produce mana itself. In
most limited decks, you can find enough BETTER
mana fixers that you don't want to waste any
slots on Orochi Leafcaller. Cards like Kodama's
Reach, Sakura-Tribe Elder and the green Baku
from Betrayers are all better ways to help your
mana base than Leafcaller. All that having been
said, you CAN play Orochi Leafcaller as a last
resort to help you reach your colored mana
requirements. In a limited deck, even in limited
strategies based on snakes, Orochi Leafcaller
will be just about the weakest card in your
In constructed, this card actually gets worse.
In any constructed format, there are simply
better ways to get the job done than to include
this weak card.
Ugh. In any format, if Birds of Paradise are an
option, please play them over Orochi Leafcaller.
He isn't even good in a Snake Deck, since you
should only be in one or two colors! With a
lackluster ability and an average size for his
cost, Orochi Leafcaller does nothing to draw
attention to itself, and should likely stay in
your stack of extras, be it in constructed or
In limited, I might consider Orochi Leafcaller
if I had a horrific-looking sealed deck or a
horrible draft and I needed to fix my mana, but
otherwise, he gets to hang out in sideboard.
A nice idea, but generally not useful. In
constructed, you just aren't going to see this
guy. There are much better ways to smooth your
mana, and Leafcaller gains you no mana advantage
with its smoothing in the amount of mana. I
never see it being played in draft, either. It's
just not good enough.
Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 1.5
Limited - 1.5
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