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Gilded Lotus
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Gilded Lotus
Magic 2013

Reviewed August 7, 2012

Constructed: 3.07
Casual: 3.57
Limited: 3.88
Multiplayer: 2.87

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BMoor

Gilded Lotus

Like Dreamstone Hedron, this is mana acceleration that is itself as expensive as most things you'd want to accelerate to. It'll get you nine mana on turn six. That's good in Casual, and other slower formats where you haven't necessarily lost the game already by then. The fact that it's colorless and can produce mana of any color is very nice too. Nicol Bolas would like it!

Really, mana rocks like these are only as useful as the stuff they're casting. If Return to Ravnica gives us plenty of solid stuff with tricky mana costs (at the same time as it pushes a good deal of artifact destruction out of Standard) and doesnt also release a glut of solid mana fixers/accelerators, then people may use this to cast it all. Until then, I don't see it catching on.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 3
Limited - 3
Multiplayer - 2.5 

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Gilded Lotus
 
A lot of things change, but one thing that probably never will is the mechanical representation of cards with the word "lotus" in their name. I wonder if there's a disadvantage to that; maintaining tradition is good, but lotuses represent more than one thing in mythology. We last reviewed Gilded Lotus in 2003, which is not to say that it hasn't been a factor in the intervening years: the only-one-color restriction is surprisingly easy to work around, and taking its caster from five mana to nine gets scarier every time you think about it - for reference, nine is exactly what an entwined Tooth and Nail costs, and there are exactly three black mana in Cruel Ultimatum's mana cost. Really, this is a card you'll never be sad to own, because it only gets better as more Magic sets, with more things to cast, are released.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Gilded Lotus which is a five mana artifact that taps for three mana of any one color.  This is a solid acceleration tool, particularly in an artifact driven design, and will definitely see play now that it has returned to the Standard and Extended formats. 

Multiplayer decks in particular will likely see this appear in many decks as the slower format and frequency of high casting cost or X effects increase the potential advantage to be gained.
 
For Limited this is an excellent first pick in a pack of Booster as it can accelerate into bombs or effect costs and can fit in any deck with a typical to format mana curve.  Few decks in Sealed won't benefit in some way from using this as it can correct color shortages in addition to acceleration and has nearly no drawback. Gilded Lotus effectively costs two mana to play one card that on later turns works as three land drops which gains an effective card advantage.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

        Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day. We are looking at Guilded Lotus today. Guilded Lotus is a rare artifact that costs five generic mana. Guilded Lotus taps to give you three mana of any one color to you mana pool.

       Guilded Lotus is a great rare, but honestly, once you have five mana, unless you are preparing to drop something like Nicol Bolas, you should have already had the mana you should need. Many decks these days operate with low based casting costs. It means that the speed of the deck is stable, and you win with what you have instead of relying on overpriced cards to do so.

      Some people still prefer big boom cards though, and the Guilded Lotus certainly helps the go off. It is some fast mana acceleration, granting you a free three for five, and then eight or nine on the following turn. And when combined with another card reprinted in M13, Clock of Omens, it could be even more mana.

       A very good card, but it comes down to how and why you are using it.
 
Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 2/5


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