This has three uses.
One, a surprise blocker. Two, being played
at end of turn to wear a Steel of the Godhead
and swing immediately for a much bigger life
swing than the opponent would have counted on.
And three, to be the one drop in a monoblue
aggro deck. Yes, they exist.
Thursday - Zealous Guardian
A pretty minor combat trick, this basically says
for 1 mana you can surprise an attacker with 1
toughness, or block for an extra point of damage
that might take out a guy. Like all the cards
this week so far, pretty worthless in
constructed, because blue is better off playing
Faeries and white has faster cards than this.
In limited, a 23rd card if I ever saw one, and
not even a great 23rd card.
Constructed - 1
Casual - 1
Limited - 1.5
Elegant design like this card gets a lot of
points in my book, but that doesn't guarantee a
place in constructed - or even limited - decks.
Unfortunately, Zealous Guardian doesn't have
quite enough bang for its buck, so to speak, to
break into 60-card formats. Even in limited, it
finds itself outclassed quite soon,
as Shadowmoor seems to have an embarrassment of
riches in the two- and three-cost parts of the
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1 mana for a 1/1? It Better have a great
ability, or maybe just some sort of evasion to
make it playable. Flash? Ok, it sucks. Maybe in
Eventide it can combo with Bloom Tender but I
don't see that deck being that great since Bloom
Tender dies so easily.
Limited: 1.5/5, +0.5 because it can be enchanted
well with Steel of the Godheaad.
The good news is this guy is a Kithkin. He also
can be played any time due to Flash. Otherwise
he's a pretty unimpressive one drop. He has no
real relevant abilities. And there are at least
three better Kithkin in the one-drop slot. This
little guy is going to be relegated to the
sideline permanently I'd imagine.
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