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Meletis Astronomer
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 Meletis Astronomer
- Born of the Gods

Reviewed March 14, 2014

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 3.17
Limited: 2.42
Multiplayer: 2.42

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BMoor

Meletis Astronomer

Remember, this week was Skid Rambo's theme week, so if you're going to play along at home, make your guesses now before you scroll down to read his review-- I'm assuming that's where the answer will be given.

At first reading, the Astronomer looks amazing because it'll keep feeding you a steady supply of enchantments-- some of whom may also be creatures. In practice, not so much. Since the Astronomer only shows you three cards, you need a pretty high concentration of enchantments to keep the effect from "whiffing". And getting the effect in the first place requires aiming your combat tricks, buff Auras, and other targeted spells at a 1/3 with no combat abilities, when you'd almost certainly rather aim them at creatures who are actually good in combat and can use them efficiently. Unless the third Theros set shows us a whole host of spells that you aim at your own creatures for reasons other than combat, the Astronomer is always going to be a pretty low-priority target. Maybe there's a place for this in a "Heroic control" deck that triggers Heroic with spells like Fate Foretold and Triton Tactics... and I don't know what else. I'd rather run Omenspeaker if I need a cheap blue blocker that helps me draw what I need, and Battlewise Hoplite if I need a target for my Auras and tricks.

Constructed- 1.5
Casual- 2
Limited- 1.5
Multiplayer- 2

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Meletis Astronomer

Considering how many Greek myths end with their main character being immortalized as a constellation, you'd think that there would have been more references to that in the Theros block. Seriously, this was the closest we could find. It's also funny to think about Meletis Astronomer in the context of said Theros block's gameplay: to get additional Auras, you need to have an Aura to cast on it in the first place. Fortunately, the cards with bestow do inflate your numbers somewhat, and with some careful deckbuilding you can pull off the trick surprisingly often. I'm not sure how well the Astronomer fits into Aura decks in larger card pools, since there are other things you need to be enchanting as well (Kor Spiritdancer), and other cards that have a similar but more immediate or powerful function (er . . . Kor Spiritdancer), but it may find a place there too.

Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 2/5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Meletis Astronomer which is a two mana Blue
1/3 with the Heroic ability of having you look at top three cards of your library, may reveal an enchantment from them and add it to your hand, then put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order. 

This is a decent card in an aura deck that uses a large number of low cost auras to build up a major threat in short order. Hexproof as an effect is practically mandatory when running this as a theme while enchantress based draw effects would also be beneficial.  Similar to a Wombat deck in design, but faster and less likely to run out of tempo. 

Overall another useful addition to the increasingly viable aura themes and adds support to the evasive options in Blue that aren't always available in the typical White and Green aura designs.
 
In Limited there are multiple enchantments, including creatures, that this can add to your hand which can of course be played to produce another trigger.  The base creature is fairly weak, with a decent toughness for the cost, so the primary benefit is of course the card advantage.  For that it makes a strong second or third pick in Booster, definitely a quick on color choice later, and an easy inclusion for Sealed when running Blue.
 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Multiplayer: 3.5


Skid Rambo

Meletis Astronomer is the final piece in a Standard Aura deck. This guy is just one of the cards that can keep the Aura engine going. Throw in some cards like Triton Fortune Hunter, Auramancer and Righteous Authority to put cards into your hand. Don’t forget to use the cards that we reviewed this week! Meletis Astronomer works perfectly with Bestow creatures and cards like Triton Tactics. I like to experiment with cards like Meletis Astronomer and Hero of Iroas just to see if I can win with them. UW has a fun new face, in my mind at least. Ascended Lawmage, Daxos of Meletis and Brimaz King Of Oreskos would love to be part of the Aura machine. I can’t forget cards like Gift of Orzhova and Gift of Immortality. Overall, Meletis Astronomer can be an Enchantment drawing machine in a Constructed deck but it is almost useless in a Limited format.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 1.5
Multiplayer: 2


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