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Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
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Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Dark Ascension

Reviewed FEB 2, 2012

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 3.60
Limited: 3.60
Multiplayer: 3.40

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BMoor

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

I knew a girl named Thalia once. It's always a little weird when legendary creatures share a first name with people you know. I did quite the double take when reading Ella Minnow Pea and discovering that Elspeth is a real girl's name, not something the folks in Magic creative made up. I honestly had never heard the name before that.

Back on topic, this is an excellent card for any aggressive white strategy. Two power with first strike for two mana is a time-honored tradition in White, and Thalia upholds it well while slowing down anything your opponent might do other than play more creatures. Thalia would make a fine commander of any white aggro EDH deck, as you'd be guaranteed a two-drop and you'd snag your opponents' early plans, buying you precious time to get in for extra general damage. I feel like that deck would also run Lodestone Golem.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 4
Limited- 3.5
Multiplayer- 4.25 

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
 
While I can't help but think that blocking noncreature spells seems like another of green's rightful areas of the color pie that white has been given, it's hard to complain about what Thalia offers to constructed decks. Being a mana cheaper than Glowrider makes her a real contender for formats with older cards, and first strike makes her relevant against other creatures. Standard has a lot of creature-related decks right now, but control invariably becomes more popular at the end of the season; when it does, there's going to be a real problem revolving around a creature that attacks before they're set up and makes Doom Blade cost what it should have in the first place.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day is an interesting new legendary creature with a powerful impact on the game. In standard it’s a 2/1 first strike with only a semi relevant ability as storm doesent exist in standard the best you can do is just punish people who run an absurdly high amount of spells in their decks which isn’t that bad I feel this will see niche play in standard and be a highly competitive card. In extended and modern there exists a subset of decks that want to cast a lot of spells of the non-creature variety and this puts a hurting on them making it harder for them to combo out. In legacy is where I suspect this card to see a fair amount of play, in the same vein ad Ethersworn Cannonist hate cards like this are certainly powerful especially since storm decks are a real threat. In vintage im not sure but it could see fringe play. In casual and multiplayer this is a new commander so that is always a positive this one encourages you to build lots of creatures, otherwise most multiplayer and casual players love creatures making this a slight annoyance and not a back breaking card like in other formats. In limited it’s a splashable 2/1 first strike which is solid it also is a human which is extremely relevant. Overall a power hate card that serves its purposes well and provides early beats and can hold down the ground.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Thalia, Guardian of Thraben which is a two mana legendary White 2/1 human soldier with First Strike that adds one to the mana cost of non-creatures.  This is a card that will see play across formats as a new staple to White, human, and soldier decks by hindering the threat of control and other spell heavy themes.  Having one toughness and Legendary status in addition to increasing the cost of some of your spells are noticeable drawbacks, but those are drastically mitigated by having First Strike to protect it in battle and the likely bigger impact on an opponent's tempo.  Overall this is a major addition to White and will see serious play for a very long time.
 
In Limited the format is generally creature heavy and has a higher average casting cost of spells, leaving excessive mana in the later stages of a game.  Thalia entering play early enough can keep an opponent from casting many spells in a timely manner in relation to the unmodified mana cost.  Even without the effect a two mana 2/1 with First Strike and supported types is playable throughout the game.  An easy first pick in Booster and barring a pool with few playable creatures a worthwhile addition to any Sealed with or splashing White.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

     Welcome to the card of the day section here at Pojo.com! Today we continue looking at Dark Ascension with a review of Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is a rare 2/1 legendary human soldier that costs one generic and one white mana. Thalia, Guradian of Thraben has first strike and says that non-creature spells cost one more generic mana to cast.

     Definitely a great rare, if you are running a creature based deck. While thalia is a human soldier, I find her particularly useful running in a green/white werewolf deck. Since non-creature spells with cost more, it will limit the amount of things your opponents will be able to do, more than limiting you, especially on your turn. Counterspells will all costs one more mana, maybe then they won’t have enough mana to counter one of your creatures.

     While not as equally good as what this card is similar to, Grand Arbiter Augustine IV, she gives that kind of ability back to standard play.
 
Limited: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5


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