Monday, January 2, 2012

RCotD #52

Random Card of the Day #52:

Irini Sengir - 2BB
Legendary Creature - Vampire Dwarf
Green enchantment spells and white enchantment spells cost {2} more to cast.

Initial thoughts:

Vampire Dwarf? Oh man, that's so funny. Anyways not exactly what I would expect from a Legendary creature, which I already find odd that she was printed as an uncommon. Almost all Legendary creatures now are Mythic with the exception of Melira, Sylvok Outcast. (I probably missed others but this one comes to mind first.)

She's probably only legendary for the lore. I wonder if she's the "Lord" of Sengir Vampire. Also, almost all legendary creatures now are really strong, or fulfill a very good niche. Like Melira was designed to be anti-infect. However this card's niche is anti-enchantment. Normally I'd be inclined to like this card because, well, black doesn't really have a reliable way to deal with enchantments. Unlike Naturalize or Disenchant (perhaps Revoke Existence) black really only has Gate to Phyrexia to get rid of artifacts, and to get rid of enchantments you need to splash green. Even the "black Oblivion Ring"--Oubliette--targets only creatures and still doesn't get rid of the enchantments. I guess it's a small price to pay for the best removal. Erm... actually just good removal. The best removal still goes to white. (Disregarding sacrifice effects.)

Another thing to point out about this card is it doesn't deal with enchantments already on the field. If your opponent has a turn 4 Moat you are basically done for. That's the disadvantage of playing one color--you can't reliably deal with everything. I suppose you could go colorless and always put in an Oblivion Stone or Spine of Ish Sah.

Anyways, it's a pretty nifty card but then again, it's only a sideboard, and this is definitely not in the top 25 black sideboards. 2/5

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