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Ronom Unicorn
Coldsnap


Reviewed November 14, 2007

Constructed: 2.90
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 2.50

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Jeff Zandi

 7 Time Pro Tour Veteran

Player since 1994

Level II DCI Judge

Ronom Unicorn
 

This little guy is fun to play and extremely useful at times. In limited or constructed, you can often use a 2/2 for two mana that can be useful in combat and useful to destroy the occasional annoying enchantment. On the other hand, the Unicorn is nothing amazing, just a hard working guy in the middle of you deck.


CONSTRUCTED: 3.0

CASUAL:            3.0

LIMITED:            3.0

BMoor

Ronom Unicorn

When it comes to situational effects like destroying enchantments in sideboardless formats (like casual), there's three schools of thought. One, include them and risk drawing a dead card. Two, cut them for more useful cards and risk randomly losing to Worship or whatever. And three, run creatures that can do them, so you have access to the effect but can still attack and block if you don't need it. That's what Ronom Unicorn is for-- players who don't want to roll over and die in the face of Faerie Tauntings, but don't want to topdeck a Naturalize when they needed a blocker.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual-4
Limited- 3

Aethereal

Wednesday - Ronom Unicorn

A handy piece of white enchantment removal that doubles as a good card for white weenie. Even in that deck, though, I wouldn't maindeck this; instead, keep it in the side deck for when you need it, as there are better maindeck candidates for the white weenie deck. Like yesterday's card, this guy basically speaks for himself.

In limited, decent if you're white, but not that great. He'll probably be a 2/2 for 2 more often than he will be an enchantment removal spell.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 2.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ronom Unicorn

I was a big fan of Kami of Ancient Law before Kamigawa rotated out of Standard, so I'm a big fan of Ronom Unicorn now. The disadvantage to these creatures compared to, say, Cloudchaser Kestrel is that they can be removed before the opponent plays the big enchantment, but the advantage they have is that their ability doesn't trigger immediately, and so won't be wasted if the opponent never has the enchantment. It's not being played much right now with Standard's emphasis on control decks, but it's a solid creature that we probably haven't heard the last of.

Also, I like unicorns.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 2/5

Arcane
Ronom Unicorn

Constructed: Anyone that saw the coverage of the last Extended Pro Tour should be aware of the rush the on hand dealers had keeping up with the demand for this and its estranged Kawigawa cousin the Koala (Kami of Ancient Law). Many said that they could have sold playsets of the card for $20-30. Why the demand? Well the extended Meta was being defined by the Enduring Ideal deck chock full of its power enchantments that can quickly lock a game up. The Ronom offers a means of both swinging into your opponent and popping off for its effect as long as it is suddenly surprised by a split second card. The versatility of being a threat and the source of an effect is a sure sign of a tournament worthy card (look at cards like Eternal Witness, Dark Confidant or Meddling Mage). Only time will tell if the Extended scene shifts once again to require them in such high quantities, but in a meta where there are few problem artifacts and more enchantments that you’re worried about you may wish to consider this card in your white sideboard instead of disenchant.

Casual: I prefer the Kami here as there is just more support in casual for Spirits, like soulshift and spirtcraft triggers and it dodges one of the best pieces of casual removal that exists, Rend Flesh. If you don’t have access to old Kamigawa cards this is still a great card to keep in your deck for the fact that it is a Bear and will help you deal with problem enchantments that for some reason a plethora of casual decks just refuse to provide an answer to (red and black decks are excused from this).

Limited: There really weren’t any great or powerful enchantments that you had to worry about in Coldsnap limited, though I’m sure if you were drafting the full Ice Age block there are a few others that might garner attention (the major ones I can think of being Necropotence, the COPs, Counterbalance, Frozen solid, Lure, to name a few). It’ll probably stay in your sideboard though unless you’re starved for 2 drops.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2
Necro
nomikron

MTG Rules Advisor
Ronom Unicorn:

This guy has his uses. Sideboard this in any weeny or creature-based deck that runs white. 2/2 for 1c that has a sac ability is pretty solid.

There's quite a few decks that I've seen that use white creature bases that run this guy in the sideboard, Boros being one of the big ones.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3.5/5
PsychoAnime

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Ronom Unicorn

It's a 2 mana for a 2/2, but it's effect is rather hard to use because there's nothing to kill short of Oblivion Ring. It's going to be a 2/2 most of the time and that hardly cuts it in today Standard with numerous 1 mana 2/2 and 2 mana 3/3.

In casual, there's still not much use unless someone happens to be enchantment heavy, which is more likely here but still does not occur all that often.

In limited, it's a good early drop but there's next to nothing to kill here short of Hibernation's End and Frozen Solid so it's mostly a Bear here.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 2/5
Limited: 3/5
Meb9000 11/14

Ronom Unicorn

Today, we look at the estranged, four-legged cousin of Kami of Ancient Law, Ronom Unicorn.

On its own, it is a basic and efficient weenie that white has had tons of of over the years. The ability is really metagame dependent, but it could be of use in Lorwyn Standard, since Oblivion Ring, Militia's Pride, Forced Frution, etc. are getting to be popular. The effect is typically to simple to warrant inclusion in decks, since one could use Evoke creatures for a cheaper cost (see Wispmare), or just use more powerful options. Unicorn is still decent in the sideboard, though.

Constructed: 2/5
Coldsnap Limited: 1/5

Swordmaster13
Wednesday's card is Ronom Unicorn from Coldsnap.  For 2 mana, you get a 2/2 that kills enchantments.  Not wholly impressive, really.  White has plenty of enchantment kill, but he is cheap and can trigger sac effects. 
 
Limited:2/5
Constructed:2/5

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