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Creatures are the backbone of any limited deck. So being able to evaluate creatures is key. One of the best ways to do this is the vanilla test. I.e. look at the creature as if it was just a vanilla creature with no abilities first, and just compare the mana cost power and toughness. For example here are some creatures which are basically the bench mark for the vanilla test.
Now after determining whether a creature passes or fails the vanilla test, then you go to the text box. If a creatures passed the vanilla test, then you're just looking for any downside in the text box. If there isn't one it's a good creature. For example, Selesnya Sentry from RtR passes the vanilla test for a 3 drop and even though it's regenerate ability is very expensive, it's never a downside so you'll play it in limited. Compare to Demonic Taskmaster from AVR, which blows away the vanilla test but has a huge downside.
If a creature failed the vanilla test, then you're looking in the textbox for something really awesome. The best example of this is Royal Assassin .
Yes. Redirect essentially lets you pick what the targets are going to be.
An example would be if the Runeclaw Bear and Llanowar Elves were targeted in that order, but your opponent has Phantasmal Image and Phantasmal Bear out, you can use Redirect on Arc Trail to declare both Phantasmal creatures as the new targets.
114.6e When changing targets or choosing new targets for a spell or ability, only the final set of targets is evaluated to determine whether the change is legal.Example: Arc Trail is a sorcery that reads "Arc Trail deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 1 damage to another target creature or player." The current targets of Arc Trail are Runeclaw Bear and Llanowar Elves, in that order. You cast Redirect, an instant that reads "You may choose new targets for target spell," targeting Arc Trail. You can change the first target to Llanowar Elves and change the second target to Runeclaw Bear.
Thanks for all the suggestions! I have to agree over Runeclaw Bear , it just looks cooler. And that is an awesome idea... Yogi bear deck? Mind=blown. Unfortunately i don't know any applicable rangers for this deck that would bring it down. I'm not going to add Steely Resolve on account that i don'y think they need shroud, and also it works against Alpha Status which i have decided to put in. Caller of the Hunt doesn't need to be in here, and i can't really say where Mirri's Guile would fit in.
Thanks again for all the ideas! it's all appreciated. :D
I'd go with Runeclaw Bear over Balduvian Bears . The art and flavor text are just better. I love the rest of the bears though. Grizzly is the classic, bear cub is too damned cute, and forest bear gets a nod in the "omg wtf is up with that art?" category.
I looked up the rulings on Xenograft and my understanding is that, unfortunately for me, Xenograft will not trigger the enter the battlefield effects of the chosen type. The example in the ruling is of a case where if you had Bramblewood Paragon on the battlefield as well as a Xenograft chosen for "warriors", in casting a Runeclaw Bear , the bear would not enter with a +1/+1 counter on it. Unless there is a different operation at work, it seems to me I would not get the ally enters the battlefield benefit from any card given an ally type from Xenograft alone. :(
|Power / Toughness||2/2|
|Avg. draft pick||8.46|
|Avg. cube pick||13.57|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|2012 Core Set||Common|
|2011 Core Set||Common|
|2010 Core Set||Common|