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Eyes in the Skies
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Eyes in the Skies
- Return to Ravnica

Reviewed November 14, 2012

Constructed: 2.38
Casual: 2.88
Limited: 3.63
Multiplayer: 2.38

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Eyes in the Skies
 
With all my excessive gushing about Charms and the like, you'd think that I wouldn't like a guild like Selesnya that seems like it does relatively fewer things. But if you're going to do fewer things, you should do them well, and nobody could argue that Selesnya does tokens well. Eyes in the Skies compares pretty well to the cards it riffs on (cf. Raise the Alarm, Spectral Procession) despite its cost ratio for one simple reason: there are times when you get not three birds but two birds plus an elephant or a wurm or an Eternal Witness (cf. Cackling Counterpart). Oh, and did I mention that Doubling Season is still a thing?
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readers todays card of the day probably has the best named of any Selesnya card in in the set. In standard making this is trumped by Lingering Souls who not having the populate mechanic sees much more play and provide a powerful option this card is just not what you want when opponents are dropping Jaces and Thragtusks. In modern this card is also several outclassed and populate just isn’t the best thing to do. In casual and multiplayer this card pales in comparison to the other populate cards but still can provide a small useful flying creature and a density of populate cards for a casual selesyna deck but its not one of the top proliferate choices but has some use. In limited its decent giving you flying bodies and populate a playable card. Overall a card with small applications in various formats and unexciting.
 
Constructed: 1.0
Casual: 2.0
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2.0

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Eyes in the Skies which is a four mana White instant that puts a 1/1 White bird token with Flying into play then Populates.  While this isn't overly impressive by itself, at best an instant speed set of blockers with Flying or additional evasive attackers on the following turn, Populate does offer other options in a token build that can be copied instead.  The problem is that historically four mana for two tokens often comes with another effect that is not dependent on what is in play.  As recently as Dark Ascension there is Lingering Souls which is cheaper by one and has Flashback for two, though with Black mana.  Eyes in the Skies isn't a bad card, just one that works best in a fairly dedicated design and is average by itself with a mana cost just slightly too high to stand out.  Overall it may see some play, though not as much had it been three mana instead.
 
In Limited where Populate and tokens can be a dangerous deck design, particularly when the Grove of the Guardian is included.  Tokens and evasion are huge benefits in the format and two from one card, in the worst case scenario, still makes this an automatic inclusion in any Sealed deck using White mana.  The single colored symbol in the cost allows flexibility and it works well as an early pick in Booster after major bombs.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 2.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming
     Welcome to another day here at the Pojo.com card of the day section. We are looking at Eyes in the Skies from Return to Ravnica. Eyes in the Skies is a common white instant that costs three generic and one white mana. Eyes in the Skies says put a 1/1 white bird creature token with Flying onto the battlefield, and then Populate. 
     While not the best card ever printed, I find that it is very good. You can get a pair of 1/1 Fliers, or a 1/1 Flier and Populate a token you've already made. This comes in handy when you need to stall a Flying attacker, and then bolster your attack force for next turn. 
     Outside of that, Eyes in the Skies is what it is. 
 
Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

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