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For a WhiteBlueBlackRedGreen deck using the rare lands from Ravnica, like Temple Garden, this is very handy because you're not looking for a Basic Forest or Plains.
Posted By: Etregan (11/29/2009 4:33:17 AM)
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I don't think this is at all bad in a {G}{W} deck.
To add to what Etregan was saying you could also find many (7 to be exact) dual lands which produce {W} or {G} such as Tropical Island, not to mention some random cards like Dryad Arbor, Murmuring Bosk, Sapseep Forest, and Mistveil Plains.
By the way, just to clarify, there are shock lands in each of Ravnica's sets that are useful with this card, not just Ravnica. (the sets in the block are Ravnica, Dissension, and Guildpact)
There are 22 different lands this card could fetch in total.
Posted By: TreeTrunkMaster (12/17/2009 1:46:52 PM)
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@ ong312:
That's pretty complex for a common, and this particular design would have to be even wordier since you have to shuffle and — if you used white — reveal the extra land:

SORCERY
Search your library for a land card, reveal that card and put it into your hand. If :W: was spent to cast CARD NAME, you may search your library for an additional land card, reveal it, and put that card into your hand. If :G: was spent to cast CARD NAME, put a land from your hand onto the battlefield tapped. Do both if :W: and :G: were spent. Then shuffle your library.

All the Shadowmoor/Eventide cards of this style are uncommon, and for good reason: they're all three-way if-else branches. This is more complex, since it has fixed effects before and after the branch. You could eliminate the shuffling after by turning the white effect into an "instead" clause, but that's even longer since it repeats the shuffling:

SORCERY
Search your library for a land card, reveal that card and put ... (see all)
Posted By: GatesDA (8/1/2011 1:01:34 PM)
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I feel kinda sorry for the development team for cards like this that apparently took a lot of work to
make but no one ever thought about using outside limited. That said, I'd totally pick it up in limited of I were in W/G. Minor mana fixing, minor deck thinning (one card can make a difference in a 40-card deck if you have few win conditions) and possibly boosting Safehold Duo isn't that bad.

@Cheza:
Dude, I've seen a bunch of your comments in cards like M12 Oblivion Ring, and it seems like any sort of effect or ability that remotely fits a control strategy should be blue to you.
Exile effects? According to you, they' should be shifted from white to blue.
Land Destruction? Again, you want it in blue.
Land tutoring? Blue...
Blue can't have everything. And that also wouldn't make sense flavorfully. Blue isn't exactly "the control color." Blue is supposed to be "the manipulation color" or "the subtle color".
Straight up exiling or blowing ... (see all)
Posted By: Lash_of_Dragonbreath (3/9/2012 10:40:28 PM)
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@ong312: Firespout is the opposite of an elegant hybrid card. It's a fairly elegant mirror card, certainly, but hybrid cards are meant to be an effect that both colours get access to. It's like saying Tattermunge Witch is a great hybrid card. The Witch cycle and the Firespout cycle always felt to me like cheating padding to get the numbers up. Neither of them is playable to full effect in a mono-red deck or a mono-green deck.

I think you're right to say "You need to know how to blend cards", but I think it seems like the Shadowmoor and Eventide design and development teams know that rather better than random posters on the internet. Which is of course as it should be: for us this is a hobby, but for them it's their 9-to-5 job, and one they're passionate about.
Posted By: alextfish (8/2/2011 1:21:29 AM)
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Aaron’s Random Card Comment of the Day #60, 2/7/11

In retrospect, doing two heavy hybrid-mana sets (Shadowmoor and Eventide) was more difficult than I had hoped. I anticipated there being ample design space in that mechanic for that many cards but let’s face it: the color pie isn’t compelling because of all the overlap. Doing as many hybrid cards as we did forced us to make a bunch that were overpowered, underpowered, or blurred or outright broke the color pie. There just wasn’t that much elegant to be had.

Take this card as an example. There is some overlap in green and white when it comes to searching up lands--green does it all the time in all sorts of ways, and white gets it in tiny drops whenever we get the urge to riff off of the old card Land Tax (white has several different “catch up” mechanics). The problem is that the colors' ability to search lands are at such disparate power levels that any hybrid card that is even remotely at... (see all)
Posted By: Aaron_Forsythe (2/7/2011 11:40:38 PM)
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Its greatest application would be in a Gloryscale Viashino deck, I think, if you have room for it.
Posted By: Kryptnyt (2/28/2011 9:09:29 PM)
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@Aaron Forsythe

To make good hybrids, you need to know how to blend the cards... If this card said:


SORCERY
Search your library for a land card, reveal that card and put it into your hand. If :W: was spent to cast CARD NAME, you may search your library for an additional land and put that card into your hand. If :G: was spent to cast CARD NAME, put a land from your hand onto the battlefield tapped. Do both if :W: and :G: were spent.

It would be very elegant and playable. You know where you get good Hybrid design that plays up what each color does? FIRESPROUT. You do one thing for each color or something AWESOME if you spent both colors. 1W for two lands is like a better Gift of Estates. 1G for a a land into hand and getting to play an additional land this turn is like a better Explore or Rampant Growth. :W::G: for BOTH is like a better Cultivate or Mini Knight of the Reliquary/Primeval Titan.

I am not meaning to be rude, but maybe it's just deciding which cards to blend that got lo... (see all)
Posted By: ong312 (7/31/2011 11:55:41 PM)
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white mana accel, pretty much a white lay of the land, green gots better though so with green I probally wouldnt play it unless using explore
Posted By: Aradimar (7/2/2010 8:03:29 PM)
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this is great with landfall in a casual deck
Posted By: vsasntore (8/16/2010 8:06:30 PM)
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