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Pojo's Magic The Gathering Card of the Day
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Leonin Skyhunter
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Leonin Skyhunter
Mirrodin Besieged

Reviewed April 11, 2011

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.00

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Leonin Skyhunter

Simple, yet potent. A 2/2 flyer for two white mana. The pinnacle of the White Weenie archetype, blending low cost, efficient body, and combat-effective ability. Dropping this on turn two and following up with either an Equipment, a Glorious Anthem effect, or even just a three-drop and swinging ensures an aggressive start that will have an opponent reeling for defense.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 3
Limited- 3.75
Multiplayer- 3


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Leonin Skyhunter
 
After enough years following Magic, it's not too surprising if all the creatures that cost two white mana and have some additional ability start to run together. Leonin Skyhunter, though, stands out even among that illustrious (and ever-growing) subset by virtue of having a combat-evading ability rather than an in-combat ability. It may not command the price tag of Knight of the White Orchid, or be as spectacular as Knight of Meadowgrain, but you'll appreciate it when it carries a sword or a warhammer over the top of an opponent's defenses.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


Paul
Magic The Gathering Card of The Day: Leonin Skyhunter

Welcome back readers today's card of the day is a rather unexciting Mirrodin reprint. A 2/2 flyer for two mana is average weenie range and evasion is nice. In standard this could see play in a possibly Knight archetype although one has yet to emerge it is a possibility. In extended and eternal I don't think this will see much play as it is a weenie although there are better options such as kithkins and other cheap creatures with better effects. In  casual and multiplayer it is all right it can hit early and it can chump block large flying dragons and angels later in the game. In limited its evasive and requires a heavy commitment to white although it is good. Overall an unexciting but necessary card for formats.
 
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Leonin Skyhunter which is a two mana 2/2 White creature with Flying that is quite effective for purely White creature decks as an early evasive threat.  This also adds quite a bit of value to Knight Exemplar as a turn three play and is a viable alternative to the soldier theme for White.
 
For Limited almost anything with Flying is good and a two mana 2/2 is very well priced, but the double White in the cost can prevent it from reliably seeing play on the second turn in decks with more than one color.  If you can field White with artifacts or very little of the second color this makes an excellent early game damage dealer and target for any equipments you may have.  If you are going for mono-White it is a solid second or third pick in Booster and automatic inclusion in Sealed.  The more colors you add the weaker it becomes, but as a flying creature with a toughness of two it is still playable even if it hits the battlefield in the later stages of the game.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

    Welcome to another week of Card of the Day’s here at Pojo.com. Kicking off this week is the Leonin Skyhunter. The Leonin Skyhunter costs two white mana and is a 2/2 flier. Now that is a deal!

    Not super over powered so much so that decks crumble at his mention, but certainly a staple in many white based decks just due to the speed at which you get a decently powered flier. I would almost always draft this guy when passed him simply because in that kind of scenario what can really go up against him? And with all the creature boosts out there, this guy can certainly win a game for you in no time flat. When combined with almost any equipment or decent aura, this guy can quickly alter your opponents game plan.

    All in all al very good card, whatever rarity it is given. For reference, this card has been an uncommon in all of it’s printings except for Mirrodin Besieged, where it appears as a common. Even in the Dual Deck: Knights vs. Dragons, which released only months after Mirrodin Besieged, it was escalated back up to an uncommon. Kind of funny, don’t you think?
 
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


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