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Blood Baron of Vizkopa
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Blood Baron of Vizkopa
- Dragon's Maze

Reviewed May 14, 2013

Constructed: 3.90
Casual: 4.00
Limited: 4.67
Multiplayer: 4.20

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Blood Baron of Vizkopa

Creatures with protection from a color are only as good as the color they have protection from. The Baron has protection from two colors, in a multicolor format. Only three out of ten guilds (Izzet, Gruul, Simic) have nothing to fear from this card. Better yet, white and black are the two colors best at throwing kill spells around, which makes Blood Baron almost impossible to kill without a red burn spell or a big green blocker.

If you can get your life totals sufficiently far apart, then the Blood Baron becomes something far more fearsome. Is it worth mentioning that the second ability triggers when your opponent is at 10 or less, and turns the Baron into a 10/10 flyer? Big enough to kill the opponent in one shot? That's really just win-more, honestly, but it's still a decent creature even when you're not win-moreing.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.5
Multiplayer- 4.25 


David Fanany

Player since 1995

Blood Baron of Vizkopa

Admit it: a lot of you are playing this card in decks just to try and live the dream of one-hit-killing somebody out of nowhere. Well, that probably happens less often than you'd might like, as opponents have an unfortunate tendency to attack back and such. Does that mean we're wrong to try this card? Not even close. What was the last creature that performed equally on both offense and defense and was immune to the "Doom Blade lol" strawman that still hounds Baneslayer Angel?

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 4/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Blood Baron of Vizkopa which is a five mana White and Black 4/4 vampire with Lifelink, protection from White and Black, plus gets +6/+6 and Flying while you have thirty or more life and an opponent has ten or less. The last effect is can shorten the game by two attacks by itself, which isn't bad in a vacuum and is likely to at least partially occur relatively often. The real standout points are the
5/5 body with two very relevant protections with a bonus of Lifelink.
Getting past a very popular combination, either Orzhov or Black/White tokens, and many removal options gives this enough potential to appear in multiple formats. Multiplayer in particular, but Constructed could easily run this as a finisher or sideboard response.

In Limited this is an easy first pick on the way to an Orzhov build and can seriously threaten seven of the ten guilds. There's no real drawback to a five mana 4/4 with Lifelink either and if the final effect is enabled the game is likely to be over.

Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 5.0
Multiplayer: 4.5

John
Shultis
Phoenix
Gaming

      Welcome to the Pojo.com card of the day section. Today we are looking at the Blood Baron of Vozkopa from Dragon's Maze. Blood Baron of Vizkopa is a mythic rare white and black creature vampire that costs three generic, one white, and one black mana for a 4/4/ Blood Baron of Vizkopa has lifelink, protection from white, and protection from black. Blood Baron also says that if you have 30 or more life, and an opponent has 10 or less life, it gets +6/+6 and has flying. 

     Definitely a good card, but the main question I ask is in what format does the Blood Baron of Vizkopa truly belong? It is an ok card in normal formats, such as Standard and Modern. But as far as limited play, I don't know how useful it would really be. Sure, you are likely to run up against people running these colors, but then again, you won't. 

     Another thing that makes Blood Baron of Vizkopa a good card is he is out of range for most killl spells used right now. Simple kill spells like Dreadbore can't even look at him, and things like Searing Spear are not strong enough to handle him alone. 

     I think that just the Blood Baron of Vizkopa's basic abilities are what will help him see play, not so much his secondary ability. Even in formats such as Commander or Multiplayer variants, getting that secondary ability to trigger will be a lot of work. 

Limited: 4/5
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5


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