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Courser of Kruphix
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Top 10 Cards of 2014

#1 - Courser of Kruphix
- Born of the Gods

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2014

Constructed: 4.25
Casual: 3.75
Limited: 4.00
Multiplayer: 4.00

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Courser of Kruphix
 
Much like yesterday's discussion of fetchlands, Courser of Kruphix falls very much into the category of enabler, rather than the card that "actually does things". Of course, enabling is actually a "thing" too, and I have seen few cards better at it than Courser of Kruphix. His addition improves basically every strategy from aggressive midrange decks to the slowest and most grinding control decks since Stasis. The fact that there are no traditional aggro creatures really capable of beating him in the Theros block has enhanced his impact, but make no mistake: this card would be a monster anywhere, any time, and deserves to be at the top of our list.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

The number one card of the year is Courser of Kruphix which is a three mana Green 2/4 enchantment creature that has you play with the top card of your library revealed, allows you to play the top card if it is a land, and whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control you gain one life.  The final effect is pretty trivial outside of a combination with effects that trigger from gaining life and the first clause is often as much a benefit to your opponent as it is to you.  The ability to play a land when it is on top of your library is beneficial even if you have a land in hand and at the cost of three mana for a solid 2/4 it is a strong addition to a Green acceleration build. 
Overall it isn't a great deal of raw power, but adds some library management to Green attached to a fairly durable body which should make it relatively popular for certain builds.
 
In Limited the double Green is a drawback, but the added benefit of some library control alongside the four toughness body overcomes that enough to make it a valuable addition.  A reasonable if unremarkable first pick in Booster that works well enough in Sealed when playing predominantly Green.
 
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

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Courser of Kruphix
 
At the Born of the Gods pre-release, I was fortunate enough to get two of these guys - one of them foil. I traded for a second foil after the tournament, and pulled a fourth one next week in a prize. Since then, they've been in nearly every deck I run that has green. But what's so good about him?
 
Card advantage. Green doesn't draw cards very well, and an extra card off the top of your library gets you one card closer to the power cards in your deck.
 
Blocking. A four toughness creature for three mana is pretty strong. Combined with the 2 power, it gives a headache to fast aggressive creature strategies.
 
Land drops. With the courser out, you are much less likely to miss a land drop. Green likes to win with big creatures, and you need your land to come out dependably to get your fatties on the table.
 
Life gain. It's a small thing, but it changes fetch lands from -1 life to +1 life. Even a couple life can be a big hurdle for some aggressive opponents to overcome. Get multiple coursers on the field to rack up the life in a hurry.
 
Devotion. Green devotion is a pretty strong strategy, and the courser has two of the right mana symbol.
 
Courser doesn't win you games on his own back very often, but he's about the best support card you can ask for. Win conditions change with the latest fad, but all the things courser does to help you get there makes him the #1 card for 2014. Expect to see him for years to come.
 
Constructed: 5.0
Casual: 4.0
Limited: 4.5
Multiplayer: 4.5

BMoor Had this at #2 on his list

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