Sunday, November 13, 2011

Random Card of the Day #2

Random Card of the Day #2:

Trained Armodon - 1GG
Creature - Elephant

Initial thoughts:

Generally a very bland card. What people call a "vanilla" creature. Typically vanilla creatures never see play, unless it beats the so-called mana curve of vanilla creatures. A 1 cost 1/1 won't see a lot of play, it's basically a waste of a card compared to any two-drop. If you make the 1-drop Raging Goblin though, a 1 cost 1/1 haste is much better. Maybe not strong enough to be in Standard, but still a card to be dealt with on kitchentop Magic.

Two-drops have been defined in the past as Grizzly Bears. "The bear minimum of playability" as others have a deemed it. Pun intended. When you get to three cost drops, sometimes you have to consider you may not have a third land drop on the third turn, so three-drops should be a little more powerful than a vanilla 3/3. In addition, Trained Armodon is more mana intensive than other without being more powerful. For example a mana intensive vanilla creature that did see play was Leatherback Baloth.

A pretty crappy card. I could see it being played in Limited, but probably as a 5th or 6th pick.
Limited: 3/5
Constructed: 2/5

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