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Lotus Cobra
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Lotus Cobra
Zendikar

Reviewed November 17, 2009

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 4.10
Limited: 4.30
Multiplayer: 3.90

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BMoor

Lotus Cobra

It may not look like much from here, but one fetchland, Terramorphic Expanse, or- heaven forbid- Harrow later, you just hardcast Cruel Ultimatum on turn five. This little snake earns his ridiculous price tag by generating explosive amounts of mana incredibly soon.

Constructed- 4.5
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.95
Multiplayer- 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Lotus Cobra
 
In my opinion, the "Iconic Mythic Rare from Zendikar" title would go to either Sorin Markov or this card. Sorin may have the planeswalker thing going, but the Cobra is probably more on-theme: good with other landfall cards, good with Harrow and Misty Rainforest, good with Seshiro the Anointed if you want. Play it early, play it often.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Miguel Tuesday 11-17-09
 
Lotus Cobra
 
Constructed: I have been running 4 in a green red beatdown deck. It has help out when it or lands show up. I have not put in any  sac lands yet to see if it will run better. It took about 2 weeks after Zendikar came out to get 4 copies of this card. I got 2 from a Fat Pack, and one was a  foil.
 
Casual & Multiplayer: You would think it could help out some of those big green decks that have these huge monsters in them. But nobody seems interested yet.
 
Limited: This is just another Birds for help fixing mana in a 2 or more color deck. It also helps generates mana for bigger spells sooner. I would still pick it for use and hate draft it. Sealed if the green had some good stuff or use it for support color.
 
Overall a great card that was a little overhype.
 
Constructed: 4
Casual: 3
Multiplayer: 3
Limited: 4
 
Later
Miguel
Paul

Magic The Gathering COTD: Lotus Cobra

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is a powerful mythic rare from Zendikar, Lotus Cobra a two drop that can help you remarkably ramp your mana and beatdown when necessary. In standard Lotus Cobra is the epitome of green and green/black decks that need to ramp into mana, combined with Ob Nixilis rock style decks can carve a niche into the metagame. The power of the cobra is self explanatory the powerful mana ability and body make it a sought after card. In extended I’m sure it will find a niche home ramping mana in a variety of decks. In eternal formats I doubt it will make much of an impact but it has potential. In casual and multiplayer it allows you to drop your threats faster than your opponents putting you ahead in the race to be the last man standing. In limited it’s a money rare pick but can also hold its own worth going green for your second color and can set you up to dominate opponents by dropping threats early. Overall a powerful card that green decks must have a reason not to play.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer : 4.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is the extremely useful Lotus Cobra paying homage to the original Black Lotus is a tough act to follow, but this card delivers.  Every land entering the battlefield under your control adds an additional mana to your pool and with mana burn removed this is never a bad thing.  Note that there is no major benefit to playing this as soon as you have two mana as the effect won't kick in until your next land drop.  Instead play something else and on the following turn play the cobra then a land for maximum impact.
 
For Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this is a fantastic source of acceleration.  It requires no additional upkeep and triggers off of any land even those played from effects like Harrow.  The only weakness of the card is it is a two mana 2/1 and is quite vulnerable to almost every removal option.
 
With Limited this is absolutely a first pick in Booster as acceleration and a source of any color mana is critical to the format.  In Sealed if you have this play Green as support and whatever other color(s) are appropriate.  There is no reason not to run this card when drafted and there are several easily obtained support options.  Aside from an open attack you will generally want to avoid using this snake for offense and may instead look for fellow snake River Boa as backup and a fun mini-theme especially if running a Green and White deck.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5


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