Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Mirrodin Besieged EDH Set Review: Part 2
A damn fine Knight, 3/1 Battle cry for 1W is a bargain. Still not good enough for EDH, as this guy basically just attacks and that's all. He's to small to be a relevant threat in EDH, which is a common problem with most White creatures in this block.
This one has a very high “wow” factor, which makes it hard to rate objectively. It’s probably not EDH-worthy, but it is a possible strategy to run this along with a handful of other Battle-cry creatures in a token deck to make alpha strikes a bit easier. Not entirely unplayable, perhaps, but for the most part it would seem out of place in EDH.
I’m not a big fan or Journey to Nowhere or O-Ring in EDH – removal that dies to other removal is usually pretty bad, and can come back to bite you in the ass later on. This guy is both MORE fragile, and LESS versatile, so he seems downright terrible to me. You should have no trouble finding something better. That said, if you don’t play him as removal, instead abusing him as a repeatable “blink” for your own ETBF-effect Artifacts, he might be okay… if you can find a way to do so.
Nice! It's too bad White Weenie isn't actually a viable strategy in EDH, or this guy might be an all-star. But, such is not the case, and this guy is just too damn small to make an impact.
Another issue is that it only counts creatures actually killed by this card, so if your opponent has a sac outlet – say, Dimir House Guard or something – they can just sac all their men in response to considerably shrink your resulting Horror token.
Still, in EDH it’s often possible to follow up a Wrath effect with a creature in the same turn. This just packs it all into one card – it clears the board AND helps you rebuild. For six mana, it’s not a bad investment, and if you can still drop another creature, that puts you in a very enviable position. One of the best EDH cards in the set, for sure.
Okay, by itself, this thing is a 4/4 Flying Lifelinker. Not bad, but for six mana including a heavy triple White investment, you kinda want more, don’t you? Compare this to Baneslayer and it just looks downright horrid. Maybe that’s not fair, though – many cards look bad next to BSA. Okay, compare it to bargain-bin all-star Battlegrace Angel – it still looks pretty bad, doesn’t it?
IT’S CATURDAY! POST SOME FUCKING CATS!
A fine card in it's own right, this will be played more for the fact that it makes kitties than anything else. Custom-made lolcat tokens will be the next big thing, I assume.