Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day
Egg, Darkwater Egg, Shadowblood Egg, Sunfire Egg,
and Skycloud Egg
Odyssey - uncommon
1 - Artifact
(Mossfire Egg -
2,T, Sacrifice Mossfire Egg: Add RG to your mana
pool. Draw a card)
Reviewed January 10, 2002
based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ...
5 is the highest rating.
|All of the
Eggs are excellent cantrips and usually make the
cut in any limited deck. Just because they cycle
essentially I think they are a 3-4.
That's a very high rating
but they usually do exactly what they are supposed
to. Draw you another card, thin your deck by one.
I don't think they have a place in Constructed. A
2 or 1.
an "eh" card at best, man do Artifacts
suck lately!! Why weren't these printed in
Invasion where they would've been semi-playable
with all those Gold cards?! The cantrip
effect means its not bad as it can help achieve
Threshold... I really can't think of anything else
nice to say about these.
The eggs are decent in
limited as a mana smoother, and also as a
cantrip. They are especially good in sealed
and some funky drafts where you
need to go 3+ colors, and one of them is a splash
In constructed their uses seem to be yet unproven.
I think they will see
use in block constructed where mana smoothing can
often be an issue, and
obtaining threshold will be a must. Outside
of that, there are usually
better cards for the job.
Block Constructed: 3.5
Type 2: 2.0
What order do I think the eggs go in?
Honestly, I can't really rate them
until Torment comes out and we see the color
schemes in the decks, since
that's the only format they are good in.
All the eggs are
topped by one card - Chromatic Sphere. While the
eggs provide you with two mana, it's still two
mana to activate, and in a sense are more for
decks of the two mana that they produce. Chromatic
Sphere is the same thing, produces one mana of any
color, activates for one, and does the same thing.
It's more for splashing colors, or helping with
getting specific kinds of mana when needed. Plus,
it's great cantrip.
So, in this order, this is
what all the Odyssey eggs get - Extended - 1, Type
II - 1, Block - 1.5, Egg Rating (Yes I stole it
for this one time! Sorry, Mason!) - Rather rotten.
In limited, it really
depends, these cards on the first pack are
absolutely useless, because your not sure what
your playing, or you shouldn't know exactly by
then. Despite it's cantrip, it's still a late pick
because it is bad cantrip. It's no better than
filter lands in draft, so I give all of them 1's,
and I'd say that these cards will go no earlier
than, say, 12th pick, and that's a rarity at best.
A late pick that deserves to be there.
I like my eggs
scrambled, not all mossy and fiery. That being
said, mana fixers can work if you're playing in
limited and you need a 23rd card. This isn't
always a maindeck card, but it's decent. It's hard
to find use for this in constructed, though.
Best eggs: Shadowblood,
Eh: Sunfire, Skycloud.
Egg rating - Cracked
Limited rating - 2
Constructed Rating - 0
Honestly I see
all the eggs as an inferior version of Chromatic
Sphere. Chromatic Sphere saw play in Invasion
Block Constructed, but mostly because it was in
three and four color decks which should be less
common in Odessey block, since this block isn't
centered on multi-color strategies. They're color
fixing and deck thinning, so they increase
consistency, but due to the one mana casting cost
I would usually rather have my color fixing come
from non-basic lands. One could argue that Shivan
Oasis and similar uncommon Inasion
"duel" lands essentially cost one mana,
as they come into play tapped, but they also begin
color fixing regardless of whether another land is
forthcoming. Later in the game an egg will be
better than a comes-into-play-tapped land, because
it can essentially be cycled for 3. Something to
consider, though, is that it can't give you GG or
RR, while Shivan Oasis, Brushland can. In Odessey
block you might consider using one or two in your
two color deck, if one of those colors isn't bla
Sungrass, Darkwater, and
Shadowblood Eggs - 2
Mossfire Egg - 1 (The extra
mana requirement hurts even more in decks where
early plays are crucial)
Skycloud Egg - 1 (In any
format other than block there's plenty of mana
fixers for an allied color combination, and with
these colors you should have plenty of time to
draw into one.)
Limited: *** (3
Constructed: **^ (2 1/2 Stars)
In Limited, the Eggs serve
two purposes-to smooth your mana and thin your
deck. They have the same basic template as
Chromatic Sphere as well-1 for 1 trade on mana and
a "cantrip" effect. I believe that
Mossfire and Sungrass Eggs are the best ones due
to the lack of card drawing in those two color
combos. In Constructed, I don't see the Eggs being
used much except in Block Constructed, maybe.
I have to
say that this is the easiest review that I have
had to do on a card yet. These eggs
are great in limited, simply for the ability to
smooth out your mana and get you another card.
As far as constructed goes, they are just plain
bad. There are hundreds of other cards that
can help smooth out your mana, so these shouldn't
ever really be an option.