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Ant Queen
M2010

Reviewed June 29, 2009

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 3.75

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BMoor

Ant Queen

This is a classic example of a big creature that gives you some insurance against your opponent's inevitable kill spell. If your opponent doesn't have the Terror in hand as soon as this big bug hits the table, then for every turn he or she doesn't draw it, you get to put more and more Insect tokens out. Hopefully, by the time your opponent manages to kill the Queen, you'll have the consolation prize of a bunch of tokens to keep beating down with. I expect this card to be of significant use both in Limited and in Constructed, due to the Naya 5-power cards from Alara block.

Constructed- 3
Casual- 4
Multiplayer- 4.5
Limited- I withhold judgment until we've seen M2010 Limited action.

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ant Queen

Her expansion symbol may say M10, but surely this Queen belongs spiritually to Naya or Jund? I'm sure she could take Pale Recluse in a SimAnt-style duel. While she doesn't offer quite the Timmy-impressive stats of Verdant Force or Living Hive, she compensates by giving you tokens on demand - Terror isn't enough, Scavenger Drake gets stronger, and Heartbeat of Spring just gets ridiculous.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Miguel

Monday

6-29-09

 

Ant Queen

 

Constructed: A 5/5 for 5 mana is fairly good. I like the ability. Will the ants come marching in one by one?

 

Casual & Multiplayer: To bad there is not a 'Ant' creature type. But insects should be fun too. Give them poison and watch everybody run for a can of Raid.

 

Limited: Having a way to generate creatures is real good for limited. She got the stats for a solid pick and if there is Overrun reprinted than just build up an army a go. Hope Pyroclasm is in M10.

 

Overall a good creature with a nice ability.

 

Constructed: 3

Casual: 4

Multiplayer: 4

Limited: 4

 

Later

Miguel

Paul Magic The Gathering COTD: Ant Queen

Welcome back readers today we review Ant Queen, the well she is the Queen of ants. For five mana two of it requiring two green mana for a 5/5 body. The icing on the cake so to speak is the fact you can generate a smaller army of 1/1 green ant tokens at instant speed! I was ready to dismiss this card as having a mana intensive token ability that was redundant, due to the fact the tokens are easily removed by Maelstrom Pulse, Volcanic Fallout, and Infest. Upon closer examination I realized it can generate tokens at instant speed allowing for more versatile play applications. The ability to create blockers on a whim for the small investment of two mana could allow you to put the pressure on your opponents while swinging with Ant Queen’s big body. In current constructed formats Ant Queen doesn’t quite reach the bar of playable creatures that would find a home in tournament caliber decks. The ability to make tokens would be relevant if there were not cards in the format that creates more useful tokens with a smaller or even no price tag attached. In casual and multiplayer the lack of pump to its own tokens and the lack of trample or other relevant abilities may hinder its playability but the able to create a scuttling insect army shouldn’t be overlooked. In limited a decently sized body that can create more creatures could prove a valuable investment that could result in your army overrunning your opponent. A card with a small amount of potential Ant Queen just falls short of becoming a relevant threat in all but kitchen table games.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 2.0
Multiplayer- 2.5

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