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Shards of Alara Multicolored January 7, 2009

Posted by Norm in Shards of Alara.
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Part of my Shards of Alara exploration, here is my review of selected multicolored cards, found on the full visual spoiler.

I wanted to get this out before the official Conflux spoilers start rolling in. This is going to be a really hard section to pare down because some of the best cards in Shards are multi colored. So while I will probably leave out a lot of great and well played cards here are my top 5.

Broodmate Dragon
I didn’t write about the mulitcolored dragons in my previous dragons post, but one of my top cards in Shards of Alara is Broodmate Dragon.  From my glorious day at the Kyoto PTQ to random casual games this guy is by far a game changer. I don’t need to state the obvious here so I won’t go on about how good this guy is. Honestly I don’t know how you could make a better dragon. He is very hard to kill and he comes with a flying friend. If we break it down you are getting a single 4/4 flyer for three mana. Huge deal, Walmart couldn’t do better. Hellkite Overlord is also really good but he costs two more and while he will definitely win you the game those extra few turns while you are waiting for enough mana might do you in.  

Kresh the Bloodbraided
“Hello I am going to sit here quietly and become a giant 10/10.” While I have personally under utilized this guy I do have one casual deck where he is included. My plan is to build around persist and devour creatures. Which works but not that great. However I just realized that evoke would also be another great creature type to include in a deck with Kresh. 

Naya Charm
I think that this is one of the best charms in Shards. I have won many games by tapping all of my opponent’s creatures and swinging through for lethal.  I’ve never used the first ability however but returning a specific card back to my hand is also very good. The only drawback is the casting cost. As you could have this in your hand early but not have the mana. 

Godsire has an outrageous casting cost and too bad this creature hasn’t seen more competitive play because he is super cool. Putting other 8/8s into play is no small cheese. Maybe with a dramatic entrance this vigilance smasher can rock your world. When I saw Godsire for the first time at the Prerelease I was immediately smitten. 

Stoic Angel
I first started using this angel after reading Mike Flores’s Deckade with his Winter Orb deck. I thought that I could recreate something similar and I did create one of the most annoying decks ever with Stoic Angel and Ethersworn Canonist. I could have made it better but since I’m not a control player in general and I have no reflecting pool or cryptic command so it wasn’t as efficient as all that. (I’ll have to write a post about that deck soon). 

Now it is time for this posts poll. What do you prefer, or not prefer out of this reviews selection.



1. Michael Rawdon - January 8, 2009

Broodmate Dragon might be the best multicolored card in the set, but it does have a lot of competition. I’m not sure any other Shards card I’ve played in my casual game has gotten people to swear, though. 🙂

Sprouting Thrinax is quite nifty, of course. I, too, thought of doing a Devour/Persist deck, but Devour is really happier with lots of tokens to consume rather than a few Persist creatures, so I built the deck around the Thrinax and Necrogenesis instead. That said, the notion of using Cauldron Haze to give your Sprouting Thrinax Persist makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

2. Norm - January 8, 2009

That devour/persist deck also ran Predator Dragon. I’ll have to go back and experiment with Cauldron Haze and Sprouting Thrinax.

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