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Arrogant Bloodlord
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Arrogant Bloodlord
Rise of the Eldrazi

Reviewed June 10, 2010

Constructed: 2.70
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 2.70
Multiplayer: 2.50

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BMoor

Arrogant Bloodlord

This Bloodlord is too arrogant for its own good. There are far too many creatures with power one or less that see play. Practically every deck can generate a 1/1 or a 0/1 token, if it isn't already running Noble Hierarch or Enclave Cryptologist or Blood Seeker, and that hands them a free way to kill the Bloodlord by sacrificing their much-cheaper creature. If it had flying, or deathtouch (to kill 1-/5+ creatures like Valakut Fireboar or Wall of Denial), or even haste, it might be worth a consideration. But since it dies to any creature that does not have exactly 2 or exactly 3 points of power, it is of little use.

Constructed- 2
Casual- 2.5
Limited- 1.75
Multiplayer- 1.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Arrogant Bloodlord
 
This is a funny card, reminding me as it does of Iwamori of the Open Fist. Not in any practical manner, but the concept of someone who only wants to fight people he believes are as strong as him is rather interesting. There's a lot less tension involved with Arrogant Bloodlord than there was with another similar card (Phyrexian Negator), as I'm not sure how often his drawback actually comes up in practice (Wall of Omens notwithstanding). Even if you considered his disadvantage to be more important than me, he'd still be another vampire for the Nocturnus deck, meaning that we're sure to see him somewhere sometime.
 
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Arrogant Bloodlord
 
Welcome back readers today's card of the day is a powerful three drop in black from Rise of the Eldrazi. A 4/4 for three mana is a good deal the only drawback is the whole 1 power or less clause. With Eldrazi spawn in the same set this card can be humbled by the lowliest creature. In standard mono black aggro has taken a backseat to control builds but I could picture this guy possibly making an appearance in some aggressive vampire builds, he is no Vampire Nighthawk but a possible addition and companion perhaps. In extended and eternal possible in a suicide black build although there are far more efficient creatures. In casual and multiplayer at worse he is a good wall that cant block 1/1's but he holds back Savannah Lions and Kird Apes all day long. The 4/4 body is impressive and allows you to alternate between aggressive attacks and holding back to block. In  limited it seems like it would be bad with Eldrazi spwan but I gave it a test run and its a solid creature and a good early pick if your heavy into black.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Arrogant Bloodlord which is a 4/4 for three mana, but with a flavor rich drawback that allows the weakest creatures to be an Achilles' heel for it.  An excellent blocker, barring power reduction trickery, but a bit limited offensively.  If the Bloodlord is given flying or Intimidate it can really shine, though it is still quite solid for Black and in the already strong vampire decks.  An excellent choice to play alongside Infest unless your opponent happens to have creatures with three power available.
 
In Limited the sheer number of Eldrazi spawn tokens and Defenders with low power are a big hindrance, but Bloodlord can be played defensively until the time is right for an attack.  For Booster draft this can be selected after bombs and removal alongside other creatures as for Black this is a solid choice.  With Sealed the double Black mana cost hurts noticeably and it may not see play until the fourth turn or later.  That is a bit less of an issue than with some other creatures as the opening turns of a game are a bit more likely to provide one mana 1/1 creatures.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


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