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This could work in the right deck. I'm willing to give it a spin in my merfolk islandwalk deck.
Posted By: Vedalken_Arbiter (4/15/2010 10:43:23 PM)


@Telecaster & Lmprm13
it actually does work with Training Grounds. But it only reduces the leveling cost to 1, as
Activated abilities of creatures you control cost up to 2 less to activate
Posted By: Sprogoel (4/18/2010 11:46:40 AM)


@WrathofAnima - Telecaster was right, Training Grounds can't reduce the cost to less than 1 mana.

Seems interesting. The evasion makes it good in long games and the cost isn't too high.

EDIT - Sprogoel, thanks for correcting me. YOU CAN USE TRAINING GROUNDS BUT IT WILL REDUCE IT TO 1 INSTEAD. Sorry for my mistake...
Posted By: Lmpm13 (4/19/2010 7:05:41 AM)


wow, thanks for the clarification! that just made Training Grounds one of my favorite cards of all time! =)
Posted By: Telecaster (4/21/2010 1:22:12 AM)


Beast in Limited, and may see Constructed play.

Riding a Calcite Snapper
Posted By: coyotemoon722 (4/23/2010 12:42:47 PM)


For my islandwalk deck, I'm torn between this or Serpent of the Endless Sea. The only reason it's a decision is that I run Rite of Replication to great effect, and that's useless with these guys. But High Tide is so exploitable!
Posted By: blindthrall (4/27/2010 12:21:21 PM)


Early game wall into lategame beatdown with evasion. I'll play it.
Posted By: Pramxnim (4/15/2010 11:35:31 PM)


@Telecaster - Yes, you can. Level up is an activated ability, look at the reminder text.

Anywho, this card was freaking awesome at pre-release and I'll admit I underestimated it when it was spoiled. It won't see much play outside of ROE limited, but I've seen it win boosters, so I'm happy with it. Early game wall, late game killer.
Posted By: WrathofAnima (4/18/2010 6:52:08 AM)


Don't ever underestimate this thing. This and Time of Heroes makes it go from a harmless 0/3 into a near-impregnable 2/8 fortress for a mere 2 mana. And it will live in Limited long enough to become a nearly-unstoppable 8/8. At the very least, it trades with Ulamog's Crusher, which is more important than most would think it is.

Plus, well...shameless plugin of Venerated Teacher XD
Posted By: DonRoyale (4/17/2010 8:37:39 AM)


Not to start a huge debate but yes u can defiantly use training grounds with this card. I did it today in the pre-release and it works wonders. 4.5/5
Posted By: xhillx (4/18/2010 11:19:12 AM)