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Champion of Lambholt
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Champion of Lambholt
Avacyn Restored

Reviewed June 20, 2012

Constructed: 4.00
Casual: 4.33
Limited: 4.15
Multiplayer: 3.67

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Champion of Lambholt
 
I've never understood why green didn't get more abilities that allowed its creatures to evade combat altogether (as opposed to ones like trample). Fantasy is full of characters like Robin Hood and Treebeard who wait in forests where you can't see them, leap out, and attack when you least expect. And have you ever tried to find an animal that didn't want you to see it? Hint: it's hard. As it happens, Champion of Lambholt is a good start to that. Heck, it's a good start, middle, and part of the end of that. As a solid and more permanent Keldon Warlord variant, it would be more than playable enough. When you not only add the "overpower" ability, but extend it to your other creatures, things get pretty ridiculous. The fact that the ability checks her power but applies it to all creatures you control looks pretty standard but ends up being ridiculous: it's not like your opponent's Saproling can now jump in front of your Kalonian Behemoth instead of her. It can't even trade with part of your herd of Squirrel tokens, with or without Gaea's Anthem. Yeah.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Champion of Lambholt which is a three mana Green 1/1 that prevents creatures with power less than it from blocking creatures you control and whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control Champion gets a +1/+1 counter. This is a card with a great deal of potential power that doesn't even need direct support to function as simple token generation is enough to enable both benefits.  Hexproof and single target or mass power increase effects are likely options for speed or stability in a primarily swarm themed build.  Overall this is an interesting card to base a deck around and can even be played without much modification to existing designs, making Champion a likely frequent factor in Green token decks.
 
For Limited maintaining this alongside creatures entering play and lower power creatures on the battlefield to attack can be somewhat problematic.  The double Green doesn't help much for getting this into play early and it is a very bad topdeck.  Even with those issues it has potential to become very efficient with even two 2/2 or 1/1 creatures played after it.  A 3/3 and two unblockable creatures for three mana is a bargain and possible with even a moderately positive draw.  For that it is worth a first pick in Booster and inclusion in primarily Green decks in Sealed, though it isn't as well suited to splashing or pools with a larger average creature size.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 4.0

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

       Welcome to the card of the day section here at Pojo.com! Today we are looking at Champion of Lambholt from Avacyn Restored. Champion of Lambholt is a rare green creature human warrior that costs one generic and two green mana for a 1/1. Champion of Lambholt has the ability that creatures with power less than its cannot block creatures you control. Champion of Lambholt also has the ability that whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Champion of Lambholt.
      Devastating card. Simple as that. Never has there really been something that can accomplish what this card can. Once even Giant Growth or Titanic Growth hit the Champion of Lambholt, there is little that can stop you, and that is if no creatures have made it onto the battlefield since. Soulbonding Champion of Lambholt with Wolfir Silverheart is like having MC Hammer’s “Can’t Touch This” begin playing for your battlefield, because they won’t likely be able to block anything you control after that!
      Simply amazing in token producing decks as well. A friend of mine uses it in his Saproling deck, and there is nothing worse than seeing little 1/1’s heading your way, yet being helpless to stop them.
 
Limited: 5/5
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5


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