This card looks like a bomb for limited play,
but after playing with it, I would have to say
this card is iffy at best. Yup, a 5/5 flyer is
hard to beat. However, giving your opponent a
4/4 creature resistant to some removal is A LOT
worse than the 1/1 tokens that other cards in
Ravnica give to the enemy. If you play Lammasu
and then your 5/5 flyer is very quickly dealt
with by your opponent, you will have lost a lot
of card and board advantage.
All that having been said, I don't know quite
how to say NO to a 5/5 flyer for four mana. Just
be careful with this big bird. For constructed,
I think this card has less value. Giving your
opponent a big creature for free is way too
risky in constructed, where the advantage of
gaining a 5/5 flyer on turn four is less of a
potential game breaker.
I think my White Weenie deck might play a copy
or two of this card. It's really neat. You get a
large flier for a very low cost. It seems to be
good in multiple formats. I'd expect casual guys
to turn away from this card, because casual
players don't generally like anything that gives
their opponent's a creature.
I'm a bit intrigued by this card. Normally, I'm
firmly against creatures that give your opponent
a definite benefit, but for some reason, I'm not
as concerned about a 4/4 token. It may be the
fact that the Horror token doesn't fly while
your Lamassu does. Don't get me wrong: this card
probably won't see much tournament play, but I
can't really call it horrible.
For limited play, I'm a bit more impressed with
Hunted Lamassu. A large creature with an evasion
ability for little mana is rarely bad, and I
don't think this card is an exception.
One of the better bargains of the Hunted pack,
imho. Yes, your opponent gets a 4/4 ground
pounder, but you have a 5/5 flyer...which equals
4 turns to a kill in most cases. As long as you
have some chumps to stop the Horror, it's good
times. I've played it in sealed, and was never
sorry for the trade. As for constructed, that
may be something else. It is within the realm of
reasonable constructed casting cost, but it
would have to find a niche in a deck to get
played. The Hunteds were quite popular in my
Constructed - 3
Casual - 4
Limited - 4.5
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