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Chord of Calling
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 Chord of Calling
- M15

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

Constructed: 3.83
Casual: 4.17
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 4.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Chord of Calling
 
It really doesn't feel like Chord of Calling was last printed almost ten years ago. It's been around in casual play in massive numbers, and with good reason. The strategy of packing your deck with all sorts of answer creatures and comes-into-play abilities is quite difficult to deal with (but note Hushwing Gryff from M15), but even using it to get an extra elf to attack or block with on demand is a solid deal.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Chord of Calling which is a three Green mana and X instant with Convoke that allows you to search your library for a creature with converted mana cost of X or lower and put it into the battlefield.  This is a powerful effect as an instant and is an excellent play during or after the combat step on the opponent's turn, though a decent supply of mana and/or creatures is needed for more than a minimal benefit.  A token or elf swarm deck using mana acceleration with some heavy hitters or support are likely the top choices for this as the three Green mana in the cost require a solid baseline to reliably cast.  Overall this is a strong if somewhat specialized card that will see some play at any level or format where Green can fill the battlefield with creatures or mana sources.
 
In Limited this is more likely to be cast with lands providing the majority of the mana and is still worthwhile as a Flash speed creature of your choice from the deck.  Whether used in combat to produce a surprise blocker or at the end of the opponent's turn it is a strong addition to any Green build.  A solid first pick in Booster as it is a useful topdeck and can be played at nearly any stage of the game for some benefit.  In Sealed it is an automatic inclusion when using Green as the primary color, though it is difficult to manage when the deck isn't using a majority of Forests or Green creatures.
 
Constructed: 4.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.0

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Chord of Calling
 
A lot has been made of this reprint, as Chord was a popular Modern card already. Now in standard, will it have a big impact? Possibly.
 
The X in the cost makes it unlikely that you're going to use this to search out your big expensive monsters, so it's probably more of a way to find your combo pieces. The triple green in the deck means that you have to have heavy green in your deck to play this reliably. 
 
I can imagine partnering this card with yesterday's COTD: Nissa Worldwaker. Play Nissa on turn 3 or 4 (thanks to acceleration), then untap next turn, tap all your forests, untap them with Nissa, then tap them again for Chord of Calling that can search out your 6 drop of choice. 
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 4

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