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Ascended Lawmage
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 Ascended Lawmage
- Dragon's Maze

Reviewed June 26, 2013

Constructed: 3.17
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 3.25

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BMoor

Ascended Lawmage

This is an incredibly hard creature to stop once it starts. Can't be targeted, difficult to block, hits hard enough to make the enemy sweat. So far, most people seem to be sticking to their Invisible Stalkers, but I have no doubt once Innistrad rotates, this is what will be suiting up with Unflinching Courage and steamrolling people.

So why hasn't it already caught on? It's bigger than the Stalker and it hits harder... but it costs four mana, it's in two colors instead of one (not that anyone cares with all the shocklands these days) and it CAN be blocked, albeit with difficulty. Still, if you've been on the receiving end of a suited-up Stalker, you'll be glad that it's getting replaced by something a little slower.

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

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Ascended Lawmage
 
I find it hilarious that one of the Azorius guild's visual cues is ribbons made of magic covered in runes. It reminds me of those political cartoons where they would draw bills and the like coming out of people's mouths. Whether or not Ascended Lawmage is good at filibustering, it's an excellent creature to carry auras around, and I can't believe how often I've been saying that recently. While it feels weird that the designers avoided pushing auras for so many years and now are doing it so aggressively, I suggest you take advantage of it. Those who have trouble justifying the price tags on Geist of Saint Traft or Bruna should play this card instead: you'll find it does many of the same things.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readers this review will be short and sweet. In standard and all other competitive formats this card does not have the goods. Hexproof is a powerful ability and coupled with evasion it’s a solid card but not powerful enough to see play in top decks. In casual and multiplayer this card is a nice evasive creature that can dodge removal and hold equipment nicely. In limited it’s a nice evasive clock that opponents cannot interact easily with outside of combat making it a powerful pick. Overall a solid card for casual and limited but lacks that extra oomph to put it on the radar.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Ascended Lawmage which is a four mana White and Blue 3/2 with Flying and Hexproof. The reasonable mana cost for a decent power attached to evasion and Hexproof makes this an excellent addition to an aura deck, though the relatively low toughness is a drawback otherwise. Overall this is a strong card that should become more popular as Standard shifts to being more focused on the Return to Ravnica block.

In Limited this is a bomb threat that can be a first pick in Booster and greatly benefits from aggressively supporting it with auras or other enhancements. Evasion with Hexproof to nullify most removal options puts it into the upper tier of creatures and an opponent requires both a method to block and a combat trick to reliably deal with it. Every Sealed with one of the colors should consider splashing the other and it is an obvious choice to run in Azorius decks.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.0


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