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Lotus Petal
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 Lotus Petal
- Tempest

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2016

Constructed: 5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4.67
Multiplayer: 4.50
Commander [EDH]: 4.38

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Lotus Petal
 
For every card that's gained a reputation as being utterly broken, there's a relatively fair way to use it. Lotus Petal is an excellent example: it's pretty ridiculous in storm decks, where you get plus one to your spell count for a cost of, in effect, negative one mana, but merely overpowered in creature decks where it's more like a land that doesn't use up your allotment for the turn. I understand why it has to be banned and restricted in tournament settings, but there are safe ways to introduce it to more casual settings. I'd still probably restrict it in casual constructed, but it can help decks that are genuinely fun, and that's not something that can be said about every tournament card.
 
Constructed: 5/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 5/5
Multiplayer: 5/5
EDH/Commander: 5/5
James H.

Lotus Petal is remarkably straightforward…and remarkably broken. It turns out that free mana is one of the hardest mechanics to balance, and even one colored mana for zero cost makes for a bad time for your opponent. It's also an integral card in Storm, powering the deck to even faster kills than ever thought of. (Lotus Petal lets the deck try to go off on turn 2 or 3, if not 1.)

 

The little Tempest common is unlikely to see a reprint anytime soon, no matter its rarity: free mana in this form will break whatever format it's a part of. It's only seen one printing since its original appearance: a From the Vault: Exiled printing, and it's probably not changing anytime soon.

 

Constructed: 5

Casual: 5

Limited: 4.25

Multiplayer: 4

Commander: 3.75


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