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Lodestone Golem
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Lodestone Golem
Worldwake

Reviewed March 10, 2010

Constructed: 3.25
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 3.15
Multiplayer: 3.25

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BMoor

Lodestone Golem

The extra tax on nonartifact spells is going to make this guy awesome in any deck that expects to go up against Storm decks or other combo-style decks, or any deck that is designed to maximize its mana every turn (which a good deck should be). The 5/3 body for 4 mana? Very nice, but almost feels... extra. Like the ability is what you're really here for, the swinging for 5 a mere lagniappe. And when attacking for 5 feels like an added little bonus, you know you're looking at a keeper. Esper decks may be on the comeback.

Constructed- 3
Casual 3.5
Limited- 4
Multiplayer- 3.75


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Lodestone Golem

I wonder how, since lodestone is naturally magnetized, a golem made of it manages to drive away other spells. Must be added during manufacturing. I think much of the attraction of this card lies not with the fact that it's essentially an upgrade of Juggernaut (when did you ever want to block with a 5/3 artifact creature, anyway?) but with the fact that on the shard of Esper, he doesn't prevent you from playing many colored cards.

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

Paul

Magic The Gathering Card of the Day: Lodestone Golem
 
Welcome back readers today’s card of the day is Lodestone Golem a powerful artifact creature from Worldwake for four mana you get a 5/3 body that makes nonartifact spells cost 1 more to cast. Dies to removal isn’t an argument but Lighting Bolt has once again reeled its ugly head. In standard right now there are few decks that utilize a fair amount of artifacts, there are emerging deck types in standard that utilize a fair amount of artifacts that look to be powerful. With Rise of The Eldrazi we may also see some powerful new artifacts as of now this card could be a solid card in standard but not a powerhouse yet. In extended and eternal this card seems to slow for affinity although it could see it panning out interestingly, in eternal almost no chance in hell I believe. In casual and multiplayer if you’re making an artifact deck less powerful then Affinity it could be a solid addition as it punishes everyone around the table and can slow the game down to your advantage.  In limited if you draft heavy artifacts this could be an additional pick, drafting a lot of solid artifacts may pose a problem though.

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer: 2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Lodestone Golem which seems like it would be right at home with the Affinity or Esper decks of previous sets.  A 5/3 for four mana isn't bad and when played alongside Etherium Sculptor you gain the advantage of lowered cost for your spells while your opponent is paying more.  While vulnerable to a decent number of removal spells, including Lightning Bolt, the effect and popularity of artifact decks will maintain Lodestone Golem's presence in constructed formats for a long time.
 
In Constructed, Casual, and Multiplayer this is a good support card to an artifact deck that is also attached to a fairly solid creature-based threat.  In Extended this is excellent with Affinity and even works with Thorn of Amethyst to really make your opponent pay for their spells. 

Playing Master of Etherium can shore up the slightly underwhelming toughness and would likely be played in an artifact based deck anyway.
 
For Limited the lower number of available artifacts puts you in the same position as your opponent, but with a 5/3 creature in play.  Certainly playable by the middle stages of the game and any negative impact should be relatively minimal, but it may stall your opponent an additional turn before playing their higher casting cost spells.  Unfortunately this format encourages a heavier than average number of lands, so the effect may not be much of a factor.  As a colorless card it can be played in any deck which gives it value in Sealed and makes for a cautious first pick in Booster that can be used regardless of future color choices.
 
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.0


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