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Loam Lion
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Loam Lion
Worldwake

Reviewed February 15, 2010

Constructed: 3.90
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 3.40
Multiplayer: 2.75

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BMoor

Loam Lion

It's the white Kird Ape! I honestly believe that this card will revitalize GW aggro in standard, and Naya-colored aggro in Extended (although Extended already has a Zoo variant in those colors). Of course Standard doesn't have any dual lands with land types, so it'll never be a 2/3 on turn one, but in Standard, does that matter?

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 3
Limited- 3
Multiplayer- 2.5


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Loam Lion

There are people who are going to tell you this card is only good where you can play Temple Garden. They are the same people who tell you that Lightning Bolt is worth playing just about everywhere. They are probably the same people who are going to be surprised when someone plays a basic Forest on their second turn and attacks fearlessly past creatures like Kor Firewalker,Silver Knight, and Paladin en-Vec, who don't fear the Lion's Arabian Nights ancestor but can't do a thing about the new kid in town. Don't be one of those people.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Loam Lion 

Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is a color shifted Kird Ape from Worldwake, Loam Lion. With the upcoming rotation of ninth edition Kird Ape needed an understudy and Loam Lion fits the role perfectly. With identical stats to Kird Ape but being white, Loam Lion gets +1/+2 if you control a forest. In standard this card could easily fit into Naya builds providing an early attacker beside Wild Nactl and fetch able with Ranger of Eos, allowing Naya players to have a powerful early aggressive one drops followed by solid removal and may help Naya catch up with Jund. In extended and eternal formats this is where this card shines as a compliment and or replacement to Kird ape it helps to solidify Zoo style decks early power, with yet another powerful one drop. Wild Nactl, Kird Ape, and Loam lion along with powerhouse cards like Lighting Helix and Tarmogoyf can insure the continued existence and competitive nature of Zoo decks. In casual and multiplayer if you’re running the correct color combination and have a way to fetch certain lands and fix your mana, Loam Lion presents an powerful creature that will more than likely make your build as it can hold off a majority of other one and two drops. In limited if you are heavily in green and white you should pick this card heavily if you’re in white in considering a second color this card can help influence your decision. In sealed if you have the card pool to support this definitely think of using it.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Loam Lion which is basically White's Kird Ape. Kird Ape was a fantastic card and Loam Lion is no different especially as there are many decks that work on a White/Green theme.
Naturally both land types or effects that count as both are needed for maximum value, but it is hard to beat a 2/3 for one mana.

In Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer unless running a strict adherence to a creature type there's no real reason not to play Loam Lion if your lands are the correct types. Domain, Landfall, and others can easily manage to be attacking with a 2/3 on the second turn which is worth a few slots from the dinner table up to tournament level play.

For Limited this is the kind of creature you pick up shortly after your first choice in White or Green to support a White/Green build. The two colors tend to work together well in the format and this card only encourages that longstanding relationship. Not a first pick in Booster as it would lock you into two colors, but as the second and third packs come around if there isn't a removal or bomb available this is a worthwhile choice.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0


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