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Kessig Wolf Run
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Countdown: Top 10 MTG Cards of 2011 -
#3
Kessig Wolf Run

Innistrad

Reviewed December 4, 2012

Constructed: 4.40
Casual: 4.40
Limited: 4.40
Multiplayer: 3.25

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BMoor

Kessig Wolf Run

I'm not sure how to feel about this card. It's the lynchpin of Wolf Run Ramp, which is currently one of the best decks in Standard. The deck wouldn't exist without Wolf Run, but would it exist without the other key cards in it? Primeval Titan, to search up those Wolf Runs and ramp your mana? Inkmoth Nexus, to deliver a +X/+0 infectious blow? I personally am of the opinion that if Primeval Titan is not reprinted in M13, Kessig Wolf Run will be relegated to the sidelines. We already know when Inkmoth Nexus is leaving Standard, and it surely won't be back. Invisible Stalker might work as well, but it needs to deal 20 instead of 10 and it pushes the deck into a third color. There's no denying that this is a good card, especially in high mana decks, but i think some people are overvaluing it. Then again, cards don't exist in a vacuum. Kessig Wolf Run may not be as good without the Titan or the Nexus, but that's irrelevant because the Titan and Nexus do indeed exist. The only format I can think of where Wolf Run exists and Titan and Nexus don't is Limited, and even there, the Werewolves in the format benefit greatly from an offensive-minded mana sink.

Constructed- 4.25
Casual- 4.5
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Kessig Wolf Run
 
Back during the Ravnica era, my favorite Standard deck was Gruul and my favorite land in the deck was Skarrg, the Rage Pits. Sure, Stomping Ground had the amazing art on its side, and later Treetop Village came to show that Urza's Saga deserves to be remembered for more than just broken cards, but "Oops, Silhana Ledgewalker has trample now" effectively won a ridiculous number of games for just two mana. Kessig Wolf Run is like Skarrg on Red Bull. The biggest problem a lot of aggro decks have is too much mana and not enough threats. Kessig Wolf Run makes there be no such thing as too much mana any more - worth it plus.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's number three card of 2011 is Kessel Wolf Run which is a land that taps for one mana and can tap for X, Red, and Green to give a creature +X/+0 and Trample.  Being a repeatable instant speed source of Trample that is quite difficult to remove makes this a very useful card for a deck with larger creatures and both colors of mana available.  The small drawback of not producing colored mana shouldn't be an issue if Green's acceleration is used to search lands and that combines well with the X in the cost.  Overall an excellent addition to a Green/Red build and will definitely be seeing play in a variety of builds.
 
For Limited formats this is a decent if somewhat limiting first pick in Booster as it forces you into two colors from the start and is difficult to pick in later packs unless you already have both colors chosen.  Even with those concerns the reliable source of Trample and tapping for mana makes it worth using whenever possible and splashing the other color should be easy in Sealed.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

 

      Welcome back to the Top 10 cards of 2011 here at Pojo.com! We are looking at Kessig Wolf Run from Innistrad today. Kessig Wolf Run is a rare land that taps to add generic mana, or pay X, one red, one green mana, tap it, target creature gets +X/+0 and gains trample until end of turn.

      Hands down one of the best rare lands from the set, if not in a long time. The fact that it is uncounterable pumping, and gives the creature trample are super valuable. Used on a creature with infect, it could be devastating.

     The Kessig Wolf Run explains itself why it is as good as it is. How many times have pump spells been countered? No more. How often do we wish our pump spells could just grant trample? Done The Kessig Wolf Run is a very impact card no matter how applied.
 
Limited: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


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