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Courser of Kruphix
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Courser of Kruphix
- Born of the Gods

Reviewed February 5, 2014

Constructed: 2.88
Casual: 3.17
Limited: 3.17
Multiplayer: 2.67

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Courser of Kruphix
 
Did you notice that there are more cards of this type in recent sets compared to ones like Rampant Growth or Farseek? It's true that shuffling your library all the time can be a pain, and there are also a number of ways for unscrupulous players to take advantage of having an excuse to touch their library. (There should really be a rule about touching your library when you don't have a card that tells you to.) In any event, Courser of Kruphix is pretty good at giving you extra lands, or at least should be in the right deck. It's not quite as much of an accelerant as some previous similar cards, but the life bonus can be relevant in certain situations; and of course, you can combine it with other extra land cards for even more of both.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5 
Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day 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


Skid Rambo

Courser of Kruphix can help your deck play the land that it needs… Is showing opponents your next card a big drawback? I guess that depends on if you care. I personally don’t like letting my opponents see my next card, because it could help them way more than it could help me. I really like getting a chance to play a land from the top-deck but how often will you really get to do this? Think about it. You can’t use Courser of Kruphix to play an “extra” land. So, you are hoping that this card helps you get lands when you need them. There are plenty of green cards out there that can help you get lands. Maybe if Courser of Kruphix had some sort of Scry ability, then I could see an actual land advantage. I’m sure that this creature is great in Limited play, but unless a I missed something Courser of Kruphix is a Casual card at best.
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 2


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