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CardShark Content - Beatdown Bedford Crenshaw (10/18/2005)

Continuing on with the Ravnica reviews, we are looking at the rest of the non-monocolored Guild cards in Ravnica, looking at each guild as a whole. And we will look at the artifacts and lands as well. Let’s start, shall we? We have a LONG way to go.

BOROS

Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran
Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran
Agrus Kos, Wojek VeteranSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
190
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran attacks, attacking red creatures get +2/+0 and attacking white creatures get +0/+2 until end of turn.

Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
These cards have never been useful, as they are easily killed before the attack. It’s a win more card. That said, it’s the best of the kind so far.

Boros Swiftblade
Boros Swiftblade
Boros SwiftbladeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
193
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Double strike

Limited: C+ Constructed: B- Overall: B-
It’s good with equipment, so I suspect it might find itself regularly played in Raksha Vanguard decks. With the lack of equipment in formats without Mirrodin, I don’t think this will work in Type 2 but just might be a very good creature in Extended.

Brightflame
Brightflame
BrightflameSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Radiance — Brightflame deals X damage to target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it. You gain life equal to the damage dealt this way.

Limited: C+ Constructed: D+ Overall: C-
It’ll take 5 mana for it to do any good; I’ll stick to Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
, thanks.

Firemane Angel
Firemane Angel
Firemane AngelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
205
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, first strike At the beginning of your upkeep, if Firemane Angel is in your graveyard or in play, you may gain 1 life. 6RRWW: Return Firemane Angel from your graveyard to play. Play this ability only during your upkeep.

Limited: B Constructed: C+ Overall: B-
It’s pretty, and it’s a solid addition to any Limited deck, but the life gain is marginal and the reanimate ability is too expensive.

Flame-kin Zealot
Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C-
It’s a one shot effect of marginal use, as with 4cc it will normally be the only creature you have that could actually use haste. There are far better cards that do similar things.

Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Lightning HelixSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.

Limited: B Constructed: A- Overall: B+
A nice answer to the card Absorb
Absorb
AbsorbSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Counter target spell. You gain 3 life.
from Invasion; an excellent excuse to splash white in Sligh decks. This + Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.
are all the white cards Red really needs in Extended, except maybe including Pacifism
Pacifism
PacifismSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack or block.
as well.

Rally the Righteous
Rally the Righteous
Rally the RighteousSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
222
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Radiance — Untap target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it. Those creatures get +2/+0 until end of turn.

Limited: B- Constructed: B- Overall: B-
This might be good in the previously mentioned R/w Sligh deck, as it can make a small Goblin horse into a real threat. I think I’m liking it.

Razia's Purification
Razia's Purification
Razia's PurificationSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
224
Artist:
Shishizaru
Text:
Each player chooses three permanents he or she controls, then sacrifices the rest.

Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
This block’s Wrath effect, although it reminds me more of Cataclysm
Cataclysm
CataclysmSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Each player chooses from the permanents he or she controls an artifact, a creature, an enchantment, and a land and sacrifices the rest.
. If your deck includes Dragons, then this card might be a solid addition. That said, I am not sold on this card.

Razia, Boros Archangel
Razia, Boros Archangel
Razia, Boros ArchangelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
8
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
223
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
6
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, vigilance, haste T: The next 3 damage that would be dealt to target creature you control this turn is dealt to another target creature instead.

Limited: B- Constructed: C Overall: B-
I wish Boros could have been given playable Angels. I like hotness in artwork, but I want playability and 8cc isn’t it, even with Seething Song
Seething Song
Seething SongSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Add RRRRR to your mana pool.
around.

Searing Meditation
Searing Meditation
Searing MeditationSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Whenever you gain life, you may pay 2. If you do, Searing Meditation deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

Limited: C+ Constructed: B+ Overall: A-
I definitely see a deck being built around this card. This is a great addition to the world of Magic. This is only hampered by the fact that in Limited you’ll probably not have enough life gain to make use of it.

Skyknight Legionnaire
Skyknight Legionnaire
Skyknight LegionnaireSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
232
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying, haste

Limited: B Constructed: C+ Overall: B-
This was a popular card at prereleases, where the quick evasion often won games for Boros players. That said, I don’t see this card being strong enough for Constructed.

Sunhome Enforcer
Sunhome Enforcer
Sunhome EnforcerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
233
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Sunhome Enforcer deals combat damage, you gain that much life. 1R: Sunhome Enforcer gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
R&D were probably thinking of Wildfire Emissary
Wildfire Emissary
Wildfire EmissarySet: Mirage
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Efreet
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Protection from white 1R: +1/+0 until end of turn
when they came up with this card. I kind of like this card, with Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
IExpbms= and Firebreathing
Firebreathing
FirebreathingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
R: +1/+0
attached, but I will still emote for the W.E.

Thundersong Trumpeter
Thundersong Trumpeter
Thundersong TrumpeterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature can’t attack or block this turn.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C+ Overall: C
It’s not a Goblin and it’s a weak white weenie; I don’t see thing being used.

Boros Guildmage
Boros Guildmage
Boros GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
242
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) 1R: Target creature gains haste until end of turn. 1W: Target creature gains first strike until end of turn.

Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
See Slum Sligh 1. As a white creature it’s OK, but there are better ways to gain Vigilance
Vigilance
VigilanceSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Enchanted creature has vigilance. (Attacking doesn't cause it to tap.)
.

Boros Recruit
Boros Recruit
Boros RecruitSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) First strike

Limited: C+ Constructed: B Overall: B+
See Slum Sligh 1. It’s a Tundra
Tundra
TundraSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
T: Add either U or W to your mana pool.Counts as both islands and plains and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.
Wolf that can be stopped by Silver Knight
Silver Knight
Silver KnightSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike.
Protection from red.
s, Paladin En-Vecs, and COP:Reds in white decks.

Master Warcraft
Master Warcraft
Master WarcraftSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
12
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
250
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) Play Master Warcraft only before attackers are declared. You choose which creatures attack this turn. You choose how each creature blocks this turn.

Limited: B+ Constructed: B- Overall: B
See Slum Sligh 1. It’s not what WW needs.

Sunforger
Sunforger
SunforgerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
272
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Equipped creature gets +4/+0. RW, Unattach Sunforger: Search your library for a red or white instant card with converted mana cost 4 or less and play that card without paying its mana cost. Then shuffle your library. Equip 3

Limited: B- Constructed: B+ Overall: B+
Great equipment to put on an evader, and a great way to tutor out your burn. A bit slow, but is marginally playable.

Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
Sunhome, Fortress of the LegionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
282
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 2RW, T: Target creature gains double strike until end of turn.

Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: B-
Unless you are playing Dragons, it’s not worth the price.

Conclusions on Boros: If you’ve read my article “Boros’ & Golgari’s Predecessors”, you will know that the R/W cards in Ravnica are an improvement to previous R/W cards, but that’s not saying much. (And if you haven’t read that article, shame on you. Immediately go to http://www.cardshark.com/content/view_article.asp?article_id=3835, rate it a 5, and then come back here to finish up. Besides, the article will help you on the next section.)


GOLGARI

Bloodbond March
Bloodbond March
Bloodbond MarchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Whenever a creature spell is played, each player returns all cards with the same name as that spell from his or her graveyard to play.

Limited: C- Constructed: B Overall: B
I think there is some fun to be had with this card and Bile Urchin
Bile Urchin
Bile UrchinSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Bile Urchin Target player loses 1 life.
. This card and creatures with sacrifice abilities could make for a strong deck.

Dark Heart of the Wood
Dark Heart of the Wood
Dark Heart of the WoodSet: The Dark
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
You may sacrifice a forest to gain 3 life.Counts as both a black card and a green card.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C+
Don’t be left out of the DARK about this card. It wasn’t used then; it’s not going to be used now. But I do love seeing old school cards returning.

Drooling Groodion
Drooling Groodion
Drooling GroodionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
204
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
2BG, Sacrifice a creature: Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Another target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C- Overall: C-
6 mana, and 4 to activate, for this? Yuck!

Golgari Germination
Golgari Germination
Golgari GerminationSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
209
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Whenever a nontoken creature you control is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C
Sorry
Sorry
SorrySet: Unglued
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Before playing any spell, if a copy of that spell card is in any graveyard, the spell's caster may say Sorry. If he or she does not, any other player may counter the spell by saying Sorry as it is cast.If any player says Sorry at any other time, Sorry deals 2 damage to that player.
, I’m not a sap for saprolings. Maybe after a few more sets get published, but not yet.

Golgari Rotwurm
Golgari Rotwurm
Golgari RotwurmSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Wurm
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
B, Sacrifice a creature: Target player loses 1 life.

Limited: B Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
Someone used this against me at the prerelease, and it was pretty effective. Not constructed worthy, but a nice little bomb in Limited.

Grave-Shell Scar
Scar
ScarSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
ab
Limited: B Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
A cheap dredge price helps this card, especially in Limited. And a 4/4 for 5cc in Limited is quite tolerable.

Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.

Limited: A Constructed: A Overall: A-
Rock decks will love this, as will any other deck that uses B/G. Cheap creature destruction is always good, and Extended will love having the option to blow up an artifact as well.

Savra, Queen of the Golgari
Savra, Queen of the Golgari
Savra, Queen of the GolgariSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
225
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you sacrifice a black creature, you may pay 2 life. If you do, each other player sacrifices a creature. Whenever you sacrifice a green creature, you may gain 2 life.

Limited: C+ Constructed: B- Overall: B-
Add this to that Bile Urchin
Bile Urchin
Bile UrchinSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Bile Urchin Target player loses 1 life.
combo I talked about before.

Shambling Shell
Shambling Shell
Shambling ShellSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
230
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Shambling Shell: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature. Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly three cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C+
A decent mid-range ground-pounder in Limited, especially with the sac ability.

Sisters of Stone Death
Sisters of Stone Death
Sisters of Stone DeathSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
8
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Gorgon
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
7
Toughness:
5
Text:
G: Target creature blocks Sisters of Stone Death this turn if able. BG: Remove from the game target creature blocking or blocked by Sisters of Stone Death. 2B: Put a creature card removed from the game with Sisters of Stone Death into play under your control.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: B-
Great abilities, but on an expensive card. But with Elves, and Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.
on MTGO, and I see this card being a cult favorite.

Vulturous Zombie
Vulturous Zombie
Vulturous ZombieSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
238
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever a card is put into an opponent’s graveyard from anywhere, put a +1/+1 counter on Vulturous Zombie.

Limited: B+ Constructed: B Overall: B+
Black never has problem putting cards in opponent’s graveyards. Once more dual lands are published, this can easily be a finisher in a U/B/G deck. Rather nifty.

Woodwraith Corrupter
Woodwraith Corrupter
Woodwraith CorrupterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
240
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
3
Toughness:
6
Text:
1BG, T: Target Forest becomes a 4/4 black and green Elemental Horror creature. It’s still a land.

Limited: B+ Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
It is a solid way to end a stalemate in Limited, but is too slow in Constructed, although by making 4/4s, the possibility is always there.

Woodwraith Strangler
Woodwraith Strangler
Woodwraith StranglerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
241
Artist:
Pat Lee
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Remove a creature card in your graveyard from the game: Regenerate Woodwraith Strangler.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C
Cheap regeneration, but with a guild that relies on a full graveyard, why would you want this?

Gaze of the Gorgon
Gaze of the Gorgon
Gaze of the GorgonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
8
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
246
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
(B/G can be paid with either B or G.) Regenerate target creature. At end of combat, destroy all creatures that blocked or were blocked by that creature this turn.

Limited: B+ Constructed: C+ Overall: B-
The way this can provide a nasty surprise to your Limited opponent after he group blocks your fattie is priceless. Enjoy.

Gleancrawler
Gleancrawler
GleancrawlerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
18
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
(B/G can be paid with either B or G.) Trample At the end of your turn, return to your hand all creature cards in your graveyard that were put into your graveyard from play this turn.

Limited: A Constructed: B Overall: B+
So, are you not liking Force of Nature
Force of Nature
Force of NatureSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Force
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
8
Toughness:
8
Text:
TrampleYou must pay GGGG during your upkeep or Force of Nature does 8 damage to you. You may still attack with Force of Nature even if you failed to pay the upkeep.
? Well then, you should like this. Awesome fatty.

Golgari Guildmage
Golgari Guildmage
Golgari GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
248
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(B/G can be paid with either B or G.) 4B, Sacrifice a creature: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. 4G: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C- Overall: C
Overly expensive ability, and green doesn’t need any more 2/2 for 2cc, and Black needs impressive ones, and this isn’t impressive.

Plague Boiler
Plague Boiler
Plague BoilerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
269
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a plague counter on Plague Boiler. 1BG: Put a plague counter on Plague Boiler or remove a plague counter from it. When Plague Boiler has three or more plague counters on it, sacrifice it. If you do, destroy all nonland permanents.

Limited: B- Constructed: B- Overall: C+
Makes for a nice combo with Woodwraith Corrupter
Woodwraith Corrupter
Woodwraith CorrupterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
240
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
3
Toughness:
6
Text:
1BG, T: Target Forest becomes a 4/4 black and green Elemental Horror creature. It’s still a land.
, and Type 2 wants a replacement for Oblivion Stone
Oblivion Stone
Oblivion StoneSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
4, T: Put a fate counter on target permanent. 5, T, Sacrifice Oblivion Stone: Destroy each nonland permanent without a fate counter on it, then remove all fate counters from all permanents.
, but it isn’t as splashable in every deck the way the Stone was, which hurts this card’s desirability.

Svogthos, the Restless Tomb
Svogthos, the Restless Tomb
Svogthos, the Restless TombSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
283
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 3BG: Until end of turn, Svogthos, the Restless Tomb becomes a black and green Plant Zombie creature with “This creature’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of creature cards in your graveyard.” It’s still a land.

Limited: B Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
It’s great against countermagic, but the activation cost is just too high to be good in Constructed.

Conclusions on Golgari: People are swearing that this guild will be a killer in Type 2, but I think it’s overhyped. Still, there are plenty of additions for Extended Rock decks to enjoy and be forceful in the new neutered Extended.


SELESNYA

Autochthon Wurm
Autochthon Wurm
Autochthon WurmSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
15
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
191
Artist:
Michael Phillippi
Power:
9
Toughness:
14
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Trample

Limited: C- Constructed: C Overall: C-
G/W is just going to be too quick to use this card, unless that is a Selesnya Ernham Vanguard deck in our future.

Chorus of the Conclave
Chorus of the Conclave
Chorus of the ConclaveSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
8
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
195
Artist:
Brian Despain
Power:
3
Toughness:
8
Text:
Forestwalk As an additional cost to play creature spells, you may pay any amount of mana. If you do, that creature comes into play with that many additional +1/+1 counters on it.

Limited: C Constructed: C- Overall: C
A little too expensive to see play; this would have made a great card to base a Vanguard avatar on.

Congregation at Dawn
Congregation at Dawn
Congregation at DawnSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Search your library for up to three creature cards and reveal them. Shuffle your library, then put those cards on top of it in any order.

Limited: B Constructed: B+ Overall: B-
As long as you are not playing against the Dimir, you should find this card quite useful.

Glare of Subdual
Glare of Subdual
Glare of SubdualSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
207
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Tap an untapped creature you control: Tap target artifact or creature.

Limited: B- Constructed: B- Overall: C
With Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
s, this will prove annoying.

Guardian of Vitu-Ghazi
Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: C
A lack of trample will keep this card from being used.

Loxodon Hierarch
Loxodon Hierarch
Loxodon HierarchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
214
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Loxodon Hierarch comes into play, you gain 4 life. GW, Sacrifice Loxodon Hierarch: Regenerate each creature you control.

Limited: B- Constructed: B- Overall: B
A 4/4 for 4cc with no drawback is good. Add to it two strong abilities, and we are looking at a card that every Selesnya sage will want.

Phytohydra
Phytohydra
PhytohydraSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant Hydra
Rarity:
R
Number:
218
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If damage would be dealt to Phytohydra, put that many +1/+1 counters on it instead.

Limited: B Constructed: C+ Overall: B-
An excellent chumpblocker for Limited, it will screw red although black will just laugh at it.

Pollenbright Wings
Pollenbright Wings
Pollenbright WingsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
219
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature has flying. Whenever enchanted creature deals combat damage to a player, put that many 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C- Overall: C-
I like having the fatty guild have a flight giver, but that 6cc cost is just too much on an Aura.

Seeds of Strength
Seeds of Strength
Seeds of StrengthSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
227
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C-
Sort of reminds me of Bounty of the Hunt
Bounty of the Hunt
Bounty of the HuntSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
You may remove a green card in your hand from the game instead of paying Bounty of the Hunt's casting cost.Put three +1/+1 counters, distributed any way you choose, on any number of target creatures. Remove these counters at end of turn.
, which was an OK card. I still think Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.
is better, as I don’t see the division ability being that useful.

Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya EvangelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, T, Tap an untapped creature you control: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.

Limited: C Constructed: C Overall: C
If you want Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
s, there are faster ways.

Selesnya Sagittars
Selesnya Sagittars
Selesnya SagittarsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Archer
Rarity:
U
Number:
229
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
Selesnya Sagittars can block as though it had flying. Selesnya Sagittars can block an additional creature.

Limited: B- Constructed: C Overall: C
A great blocker for Limited, but great blockers are not seen in Constructed.

Tolsimir Wolfblood
Tolsimir Wolfblood
Tolsimir WolfbloodSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
236
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Other green creatures you control get +1/+1. Other white creatures you control get +1/+1. T: Put a legendary 2/2 green and white Wolf creature token named Voja into play.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C+
If the wolf it made wasn’t legendary, it would be sweet. But Kaysa
Kaysa
KaysaSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
All green creatures you control get +1/+1.
saw little play, and this improved version will see only a little more.

Watchwolf
Watchwolf
WatchwolfSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
U
Number:
239
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3

Limited: B- Constructed: B Overall: A-
An undercosted 3/3 with no drawback is sweet, but is there a place for this card? I gave it an A- because of the cool art being used on this cool card.

Centaur Safeguard
Centaur Safeguard
Centaur SafeguardSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
244
Artist:
Glenn Fabry
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
(G/W can be paid with either G or W.) When Centaur Safeguard is put into a graveyard from play, you may gain 3 life.

Limited: C- Constructed: C- Overall: C-
It’s a future Healing Salve
Healing Salve
Healing SalveSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Gain 3 life, or prevent up to 3 damage from being dealt to a single target.
on a weak body. I’d rather have a strong body any day.

Privileged Position
Privileged Position
Privileged PositionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
17
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
251
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
(G/W can be paid with either G or W.) Other permanents you control can’t be the targets of spells or abilities your opponents control.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C
Steely Resolve
Steely Resolve
Steely ResolveSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
286
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
As Steely Resolve comes into play, choose a creature type. Creatures of the chosen type can't be the targets of spells or abilities.
was underplayed, and I don’t see this expensive version played either.

Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(G/W can be paid with either G or W.) 3G: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. 3W: Creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.

Limited: C Constructed: C Overall: C
Overcosted abilities, and neither green or white need more 2/2s for 2, so it’s a disappointing card.

Crown of Convergence
Crown of Convergence
Crown of ConvergenceSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
258
Artist:
Jen Page
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. As long as the top card of your library is a creature card, creatures you control that share a color with that card get +1/+1. GW: Put the top card of your library on the bottom of your library.

Limited: C Constructed: C- Overall: C
Marginally useful, but will it be useful enough to compensate for your opponent knowing your deck, especially a Dimir deck? Not likely.

Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree
Vitu-Ghazi, the City-Tree
Vitu-Ghazi, the City-TreeSet: Duel Decks Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
37
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
{T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {2}{G}{W}, {T}: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token onto the battlefield.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C- Overall: C-
Why bother?

Conclusion on Selesnya: You may have noticed I didn’t exactly go in great detail with the Selesnya. This is for a good reason…IT’S BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING!!! You get some decent critters, but the Convoke ability slows down what should be a speedy color combo.


ARTIFACTS

Bottled Cloister
Bottled Cloister
Bottled CloisterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
256
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
At the beginning of each opponent’s upkeep, remove your hand from the game face down. At the beginning of your upkeep, return all cards removed from the game with Bottled Cloister to your hand, then draw a card.

Limited: C Constructed: C- Overall: C
It’s anti-discard tech, but I think I’d just as soon keep my hand in my hand. Donating it to an opponent with a Wisdom or Counter deck might be amusing, though, and it does allow you to draw an extra card for free.

Cloudstone Curio
Cloudstone Curio
Cloudstone CurioSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
257
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Whenever a nonartifact permanent comes into play under your control, you may return another permanent you control that shares a permanent type with it to its owner’s hand.

Limited: C- Constructed: C Overall: B
Actually, this isn’t that bad of a card. In a casual deck with Sparkmage Apprentice
Sparkmage Apprentice
Sparkmage ApprenticeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
144
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Sparkmage Apprentice comes into play, it deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, it can give solid destruction as your Sparkmages can keep returning each other. As a result, it’s almost an improved Reckless Embermage
Reckless Embermage
Reckless EmbermageSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
201
Artist:
Tom Kyffin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1R: Reckless Embermage deals 1 damage to target creature or player and 1 damage to itself.
.

Cyclopean Snare
Cyclopean Snare
Cyclopean SnareSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
259
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Text:
3, T: Tap target creature, then return Cyclopean Snare to its owner’s hand.

Limited: C- Constructed: D+ Overall: C-
5 mana to tap a creature? I don’t think so. People don’t even use Icy Manipulator
Icy Manipulator
Icy ManipulatorSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
1, T: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
s anymore.

Glass Golem
Glass Golem
Glass GolemSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
261
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
2

Limited: C- Constructed: C- Overall: D+
Fragile as glass too, which makes it not worth the cost.

Grifter's Blade
Grifter's Blade
Grifter's BladeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
263
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
You may play Grifter’s Blade any time you could play an instant. As Grifter’s Blade comes into play, choose a creature you control it could be attached to. If you do, it comes into play attached to that creature. Equipped creature gets +1/+1. Equip 1

Limited: B- Constructed: C Overall: C
A nice surprise in Limited decks, but not quite good enough for Constructed.

Junktroller
Junktroller
JunktrollerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
264
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) T: Put target card in a graveyard on the bottom of its owner’s library.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C
It’s not a bad blocker in Limited, and a fair way to deal with the Dimir in Limited. Note that I kept saying LIMITED.

Leashling
Leashling
LeashlingSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
265
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Put a card in your hand on top of your library: Return Leashling to its owner’s hand.

Limited: C- Constructed: D+ Overall: D+
You want to bounce this!?!?

Nullstone Gargoyle
Nullstone Gargoyle
Nullstone GargoyleSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
9
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Gargoyle
Rarity:
R
Number:
266
Artist:
Glenn Fabry
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying Whenever the first noncreature spell of a turn is played, counter that spell.

Limited: D+ Constructed: C- Overall: C-
Too expensive and too likely to bite you as well. Just stick to blue if you want to counter stuff.

Pariah
Pariah
PariahSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Jon J Muth
Text:
Redirect to enchanted creature all damage dealt to you.
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Limited: C+ Constructed: C+ Overall: B
Lots of fun equipped onto a Mogg Maniac
Mogg Maniac
Mogg ManiacSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Mogg Maniac is dealt damage, it deals an equal amount of damage to target opponent.
or Belltower Sphinx
Belltower Sphinx
Belltower SphinxSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sphinx
Rarity:
U
Number:
38
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying Whenever a source deals damage to Belltower Sphinx, that source’s controller puts that many cards from the top of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
or a way to cover your concerns on a surprise Lure
Lure
LureSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
All creatures able to block enchanted creature do so.
creature. Not bad.

Peregrine Mask
Peregrine Mask
Peregrine MaskSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
268
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Equipped creature has defender, flying, and first strike. Equip 2

Limited: C Constructed: C- Overall: C-
Only for chumpblockers.

Spectral Searchlight
Spectral Searchlight
Spectral SearchlightSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
271
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
T: Choose a player. That player adds one mana of any color he or she chooses to his or her mana pool.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
Used correctly, it can also damage your opponent due to mana burn. But this little trick just isn’t enough to make it constructed worthy.

Terrarion
Terrarion
TerrarionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
273
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Terrarion comes into play tapped. 2, T, Sacrifice Terrarion: Add two mana of any combination of colors to your mana pool. When Terrarion is put into a graveyard from play, draw a card.

Limited: B- Constructed: B- Overall: B-
People who liked spellbombs will like this as well. This is an Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Bauble for slower decks, and the Bauble was a great card.

Voyager Staff
Voyager Staff
Voyager StaffSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
274
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
2, Sacrifice Voyager Staff: Remove target creature from the game. Return that creature to play under its owner’s control at end of turn.

Limited: C- Constructed: C- Overall: C-
It’s great against Phage, but that’s its only real merit.

Conclusion on Artifacts: It’s not Mirrodin, and there’s nothing comparable to Jitte, but the artifacts in the set are pretty decent.


BOUNCELANDS
Limited: C+ Constructed: C- Overall: C
The Visions
Visions
VisionsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
Look at the top five cards of any library. You may then shuffle that library.
ones never saw use, and these improvements probably won’t either, unless there is some great card printed in the future that is worded “Whenever a land you control is returned to its owner’s hand”, which would be neat.

NOODLES (“New Duals”) [Editor’s note: These are apparently also known as Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
lands in some circles, including other articles here on Cardshark]
Limited: B+ Constructed: A Overall: A
Far superior to the taplands of Invasion and 8th Edition, these should all go for big bucks, especially those that are the same colors as the more powerful guilds.

SIGNETS
Limited: C Constructed: C- Overall: C
These are useful only in slower guilds that are desperate for any increased mana production, meaning U/W, W/B, and B/U.


Wow, what a lengthy article. If you are still reading this, thanks. After review, I think Dimir has the strongest non-monocolored cards in Ravnica. There is some decent stuff, but Ravnica is no Tempest.


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