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Avatar of the Resolute
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Avatar of the Resolute
- Dragons of Tarkir

Reviewed April 21, 2015

Constructed: 3.17
Casual: 3.67
Limited: 3.50
Multiplayer: 3.33

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Avatar of the Resolute
 
I do have a soft spot for creatures that start off cheap and get insanely large. You wouldn't necessarily guess it because I use Tarmogoyf quite infrequently, but that's more because he got rather overexposed in the late 2000s! Since Avatar of the Resolute is at its most effective in a deck that makes heavy use of outlast and similar abilities, it won't always feel as necessary, since it's not out of the question that every creature in your deck might also grow to be an insane threat. On the other hand, it's an ideal candidate to receive bonuses from things like Abzan Falconer, and since outlast abilities need to be used in lieu of attacking, it could be wise to include a creature that's free to attack whenever it can.
 
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5

Paul

Welcome back readers today's card of the day is a +1/+1 counter based powerhouse. For the low price of two green mana you receive a 3/2 creature with Reach and Trample two solid abilities on an aggressive two drop. This creature has the opportunity to be larger if you have a bunch of creatures with counters on them. This card I feel is a solid early drop with some relevant abilities but can scale quite well into the later game. In order to make the most of it you need a way to spread counter son creatures meaning its a very niche card in order to make it really worth it you need at least one or two creatures with counters which can be easily achievable, the question is it worth it? In standard I see this as a very niche card the drawback or potential upside not quite being worth it to try and go all in on the  counter gimmick. In modern the same concept applies and this card is serious underpowered compared to other cheap creatures being outclassed outside of niche decks. In eternal formats same concept this card is just too slow and reliant on other conditions to even come close to powerful.  In casual and multiplayer this card is fantastic for decks that rely on putting counters on multiple creatures and synergizes nicely with the Abzan counter lord cards. In limited its a solid aggressive option with a possibility to build around it to increase the power a solid creature. Overall a very niche card with some potential upsides.
 
Constructed: 2.0
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5
Multiplayer: 2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Avatar of the Resolute which is a two mana
3/2 Green with Reach, Trample, and it enters the battlefield with a
+1/+1 counter for each other creature you control with a +1/+1 counter. 
This is a strictly better Garruk's Companion and blows away Swordwise Centaur.  The addition of Reach gives it some defensive value to supplement the offensive threat, but the potential value in a deck using Bolster or +1/+1 counters in general really boost the appeal of the Avatar.  This will be a popular choice for mono-Green and may break into Green/White themes to be a low cost potential finisher.
 
In Limited this is a solid first pick in Booster even with the double Green as it can be supported with Bolster or other cards to reach the levels of bomb rares at a fraction of the mana cost.  The variety of effects adds value in nearly any situation and aside from not being easily splashable it should fit in well with any Sealed deck using a reasonable number of Green mana sources.
 
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 4.5


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