War of the Spark Limited Quiz

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Wardscale Crocodile
Average Picked At: 9.53
Total Times Picked: 38
Average Last Seen At: 7.62
Total Times Seen 644
Pro Rating: 2.0
Pro Comment: Hexproof on a common is pretty nice. I mean sure, it can die in combat pretty easily, but because it has hexproof you can make sure that it only dies in combat when it is beneficial for you—like killing a creature with 5 toughness. Then, there is the usual upside that Hexproof creatures bring – risky spells, like Fight cards, or auras and the like become a lot better, because you know your opponent won’t be able to easily 2-for-1 you.
Teyo, the Shieldmage
Average Picked At: 7.55
Total Times Picked: 22
Average Last Seen At: 5.73
Total Times Seen 194
Pro Rating: 2.0
Pro Comment: Basically, you are paying 3 for a 0/3 wall, and maybe he makes you a second one too. With most of these walkers, if you get to use their ability the second time, they sound pretty good. In this case? Not so much. 3 mana for two 0/3s is something, but not anything special. It isn’t like 0/3s are even that hard to bust through in the long run.
Jace's Triumph
Average Picked At: 5.24
Total Times Picked: 29
Average Last Seen At: 4.48
Total Times Seen 121
Pro Rating: 2.0
Pro Comment: This is mostly just Divination. Having a Jace is possible, but not super likely. Divination is always a pretty decent card, and that’s what this is.
Casualties of War
Average Picked At: 1.93
Total Times Picked: 15
Average Last Seen At: 2.35
Total Times Seen 33
Pro Rating: 4.0
Pro Comment: So, 6 mana to destroy 5 permanents is a pretty awesome deal. Obviously, that’s not always what this will do. I would guess on average, you probably get to destroy somewhere between 2 and 3 permanents with it, and yeah – if you’re just getting a creature and a land you’re not exactly pumped about it, but that’s not the worst deal for 6 mana. Once you add a third permanent you’re feeling pretty good, and if you do 4 or more? Well, you’re really in business.
Giant Growth
Average Picked At: 10.64
Total Times Picked: 56
Average Last Seen At: 8.51
Total Times Seen 720
Pro Rating: 2.0
Pro Comment: We don’t see combat tricks like this very often anymore. A single mana giving such a massive P/T boost is great, and will make a creature capable of winning almost any combat. The opportunity cost of leaving up one Green mana is really low, and the upside here is very high. It is still a combat trick, so it has some issues of being situational and easy to get blown out on.
Niv-Mizzet Reborn
Average Picked At: 3.00
Total Times Picked: 3
Average Last Seen At: 2.67
Total Times Seen 13
Pro Rating: 1.0
Pro Comment: This is a super cool card, and seems like a pretty wacky commander for EDH, but in Limited? It looks pretty difficult to produce 5 different colors of mana in a single deck in this set. On top of that, you then have to make sure you have enough gold cards that he can draw you some, which yeah – he looks at top 10 so you don’t need that many – but you want a few at least. I just don’t think the mana cost is doable often enough for this to be very good.
Leyline Prowler
Average Picked At: 4.03
Total Times Picked: 30
Average Last Seen At: 3.66
Total Times Seen 140
Pro Rating: 4.0
Pro Comment: A 3-mana 2/3 with Lifelink and Deathtouch is something I'd already be in on. Those are two great keyword abilities -- being able to trade with anything and gain you life is a good deal, and obviously it stonewalls smaller creatures. Then, they made it so that this not only ramps but also fixes your mana! This is a really great uncommon.
Honor the God-Pharaoh
Average Picked At: 8.33
Total Times Picked: 83
Average Last Seen At: 7.44
Total Times Seen 659
Pro Rating: 2.0
Pro Comment: Tormenting Voice + Amass isn’t too bad. You get to add to the board while improving card quality, and that seems fine.
Snarespinner
Average Picked At: 8.10
Total Times Picked: 73
Average Last Seen At: 7.75
Total Times Seen 652
Pro Rating: 1.5
Pro Comment: This blocks fliers really well for a two-drop, but it isn’t that great at anything else.
Aven Eternal
Average Picked At: 4.26
Total Times Picked: 100
Average Last Seen At: 3.62
Total Times Seen 313
Pro Rating: 3.5
Pro Comment: 3-mana 2/2 flyers tend to be playable if that’s all they are. Adding Amass here is great, and will give you a great deal whether you put a counter on an Army already in play or you make a token.
Lazotep Reaver
Average Picked At: 5.27
Total Times Picked: 118
Average Last Seen At: 5.09
Total Times Seen 442
Pro Rating: 3.0
Pro Comment: This is a nice two drop. Two mana for 2/3 of stats divided across two bodies is a great deal, and it stays relevant all game long.
Nahiri, Storm of Stone
Average Picked At: 3.56
Total Times Picked: 41
Average Last Seen At: 3.19
Total Times Seen 111
Pro Rating: 3.0
Pro Comment: Her static ability is nice, since it can enable so many attacks that weren't possible otherwise -- first strike can be a real game changer. But her value comes from the fact that she's also a reasonable removal spell. For 4 mana, she can take down tapped creatures with up to SIX toughness. And sure, killing something that is tapped usually means it hit you first, and that's never great, but when it comes with the additional upside of perhaps being able to kill 2 or 3 creatures, and First Strike for your team, that’s not too bad.
Karn, the Great Creator
Average Picked At: 2.63
Total Times Picked: 8
Average Last Seen At: 2.58
Total Times Seen 34
Pro Rating: 0.0
Pro Comment: This Karn is unplayable in this Limited format. This set just does not have enough artifacts in it to make this artifact build around planeswalker worthwhile. I think he was printed more with constructed formats in mind, because his ability to make your opponent’s artifacts unable to use activated abilities, and the ability to do what Karn does – that is, animate an artifact – or to let you grab an Artifact from your sideboard – just doesn’t seem worth the payoff here.
Demolish
Average Picked At: 13.13
Total Times Picked: 67
Average Last Seen At: 10.96
Total Times Seen 960
Pro Rating: 0.0
Pro Comment: I always try to give this a sideboard grade, but the reality is – you will never side this in in this set. There aren’t enough artifacts or problem lands, so most of the time this reads “Pay 4 mana, discard this and do almost nothing.”
God-Eternal Rhonas
Average Picked At: 1.38
Total Times Picked: 8
Average Last Seen At: 1.38
Total Times Seen 8
Pro Rating: 4.5
Pro Comment: Deathtouch on a 5/5 is kind of underwhelming, but Rhonas makes up for that with a powerful ETB ability that doubles the Power of all your creatures! That’s often going to be enough to enable attacks you just didn’t have before. Like all the gods, if he does get killed he can just come back and use that ETB Ability again! There are times where you don’t have enough of a board to feel great about this, but most of the time it is just as powerful as it sounds.
Burning Prophet
Average Picked At: 6.76
Total Times Picked: 93
Average Last Seen At: 6.39
Total Times Seen 504
Pro Rating: 2.0
Pro Comment: I love scrying, and I always love the UR spell deck, and this does both! Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t incredible at all – but this is pretty close to Prowess, and a 2-mana 1/3 with Prowess is usually a solid, if unexciting, card.
Liliana's Triumph
Average Picked At: 6.70
Total Times Picked: 20
Average Last Seen At: 5.26
Total Times Seen 145
Pro Rating: 2.5
Pro Comment: Most edict effects we see are kind of lame in Limited. This is because your opponent always gets to make the choice on something like this, and frequently it won’t’ be very impactful, especially in the late game. But when you make it Instant speed and only two mana, you’re getting into some attractive territory. Being an Instant can make it so that you can cast it in response to a creature coming into play, and sometimes that’s the best thing to do, so that you have a better chance of making your opponent lose their best creature. Liliana is a Mythic Rare, so you won’t often be getting that part of the card to work.
Oath of Kaya
Average Picked At: 2.87
Total Times Picked: 15
Average Last Seen At: 3.06
Total Times Seen 39
Pro Rating: 3.5
Pro Comment: An enchantment that costs 3 that does 3 to anything and gains you 3 is already a very good card, but this has planeswalker synergy too! Every other time we’ve seen an Oath in a Limited format, the Planeswalkers were all at rare, so the planeswalker part of the card never really came up. But in this set? Well, it is safe to say that you’ll be able to trigger the planeswalker clause on this card at least 1-2 times a draft, giving you some nice additional value.
Massacre Girl
Average Picked At: 1.50
Total Times Picked: 20
Average Last Seen At: 1.48
Total Times Seen 27
Pro Rating: 5.0
Pro Comment: Up front, worth saying a 5-mana 4/4 menace on its own is usually at least a C, maybe a C+ in some formats. But she does wayyy more than that. As her name implies, she comes down and massacres stuff. How much stuff? Well, it depends. Basically, if there is the right distribution of toughness on the table, she can wipe the entire board, as she just keeps triggering her “Whenever a creature dies this turn” effect every time one thing dies, so if a 1/1 dies, it happens again, and now all X/2s die, and then it happens again, and so forth. Also worth noting, that the things don’t have to be killed by her ETB ability, if you have the mana to also play a removal spell, and you were just short of being able to wipe all your opponent’s creatures, you can still make it happen. In general, I think she is amazing – she isn’t THAT far from being a 5-mana 4/4 with Menace that wipes the whole board. I think in plenty of situations she will take down a couple of small creatures, but even if that’s all, you’re looking at a really strong card. The solid stats attached to that ability are what really sells me on her.
Guild Globe
Average Picked At: 7.22
Total Times Picked: 85
Average Last Seen At: 6.74
Total Times Seen 565
Pro Rating: 1.5
Pro Comment: This replaces itself and gives you some fixing. If you’re interested in splashing something this can help you do it.
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