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I'd like to see a Duel Decks: Noble Hierarch vs Deathrite Shaman.
Posted By: Gcrudaplaneswalker (10/27/2012 12:38:13 AM)


Not only can she attack for the same amount as Llanowar Elves, but she also contributes to your attack even if she's not the one attacking (like, if you're using her for mana, as you almost always will).

My only complaint is that she can't go into an EDH deck if you're only running two of her three colors.
Posted By: sonorhC (7/27/2011 5:47:29 PM)


This card might be the most well-rounded one-drop creature EVER. Borderline broken and insanely useful in many situations. Can't think of a reason not to play it in a deck that's even green and only one of the other colors. 5 stars hands down!
Posted By: mrbgddy (7/22/2011 7:26:19 PM)


@ TheWrathofShane: Actually prices are determined by five things:

How awesome the card is
How many people think the card is awesome
The rarity of the card
What formats the card is legal in
How long the card has been out

Even if the card is legal in all formats, is brand new, is rare (or even mythic), and is awesome, it doesn't necessarily make it expensive if no one else likes the card. Torpor Orb for example. It did a fair amount of stuff in Standard sideboards and TONS in Modern sideboards. But because not many people bought playsets, it was ~1.95 when it was legal in Standard.
Posted By: j_mindfingerpainter (9/16/2012 9:25:05 AM)



I totally agree with you. Getting a mana base for Simic is annoyingly expensive. When birds are the only 1 drop ramp you can use, thats $10 out the door right there. Add in 4 Hinterland Harbor and thats another $10. It adds up quickly when you are looking to spend around $50 on a deck.

I'm fine with Spike's having their top-tier, $50 cards, I just wish there were some slightly more specialized cards for budget players that wouldn't set them behind in tempo. We don't need flying and any color of mana or exalted or any of those fancy things, we just want to be able to reliably drop a color intensive 3 drop turn 2.
Posted By: jonrds (3/7/2014 8:39:04 PM)


She indeed is better than Birds in a right deck. It's also great how you don't really need to be playing a deck centered around exalted to make the most of her abilities. You don't even have to be playing aggro strategy. I use her in a mana ramp/control build and she makes everything work so much better. Power, speed, versatility - Noble Hierarch has it all. 5/5
Posted By: True_Mumin (10/29/2009 4:57:45 PM)


I don't get what the designers were thinking, "Hey lets make a birds like creatures but for only one shard",
"sounds cool, I think bant would fit best"
"but it needs something to fit the shard's theme, Exalted would work well"
"Yeah! and because it's a mana fixer we could make her a 0/1 so she can't be used for offence like Llanowar Elves, there, perfectly balanced"
"oh wait..."
Yeah I don't get it.

Try havaing to face a second one on turn 2 and be hit my a 2/3 birds of bant, very annoying.
Posted By: Kurraga (7/10/2010 3:08:16 AM)


You play it first turn
2nd turn: I don't care, aim for Ardent Plea to get two more exalted
3rd turn: Rafiq of the Many
4th Turn: Finest Hour, attack with Rafiq, he'll deal 42 damage. You win
Posted By: Talshor (7/8/2009 12:47:22 AM)


Nah it's 42 I think. Because there's 2 combat phases, if attacks alone twice, it will get twice as many exalted bonuses. For the first combat phase 3/3+5 exalted makes for an 8/8 double strike (16 damage), and in the second combat phase an 8/8 double strike+5 more exalted means 13/13 double strike (26 damage), which totals for 42 damage.
Posted By: Gomorrah (1/29/2010 6:57:59 PM)


understanding that MTG creates cards to be played within their block, This is literally the most key card a Bant deck could want. In a bant deck everything must be exalted, plus she taps for mana! On the first turn no less!!! this means you're playing a giltspire avenger second turn, rafiq of the many third turn, and a battlegrace angel the fourth. if you cannot win with that combination then you should be ashamed...
Posted By: BenKHS (4/19/2009 8:51:59 AM)


Gatherer works better in the Companion app!