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Savannah Lions

Savannah Lions
W, Summon Lions 2/1
Alpha - 4th Edition.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 4.21 (7 Reviews)
Limited: 3.49 (7 Reviews)
Reviewed March 4, 2002

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.



Savannah Lions were a conventional 1 drop for a color that USED TO have some speed to it. A solid attacker with no drawbacks, Magic wasn't as fancy as it is now.

It was a staple in almost every white deck of its time.

In limited, it would be just as good, but perhaps not a high pick as it influences the game very little on its own.

Constructed: 4
Limited: 3


Well, with last week behind us, we start a week of hopefully decent cards.  The first being Savannah Lions.  This is the original 2/1 for 1 mana.  This card saw a solid bit of play in its day.  Unfortunately, now it only gets around rarely in type one.  There is nothing wrong with this card at all.  Funny thing is, it was originally a rare.  It also allowed white to have some a speedy once caster, which it's not used to having.

In limited, I wouldn't imagine this card to be a big deal.  It is a 2/1 for one, but I wouldn't consider it to be an early pick.  Besides, at this point, any draft that these lions are in would be an expensive one, pack wise :)

Constructed: 4.0
Limited: 2.4


A 2/1 creature for one mana with absolutely no drawback. Obviously a staple in WW until its leaving the format. A very solid 4 in both formats, as its far above the 'average' in its ability vs cost.


What needs to be said about one of the most efficient cards ever printed? This card was underrated by me when I first saw it - mostly because it was only a 2/1 and I thought weenies sucked. Then I saw PT Jank (or the Richmond Gun) and I was completely sold. First turn beats are very solid.
Kitty Kitty ranking: Bang Bang
Limited Rating: 3
Constructed Rating: 4


Limited ****
Constructed *****

1 mana for a 2/1 with zero drawbacks. You do the math!!

Also factor in Savanah Lion is white (the defensive color) and you'd quickly see that Savanah Lion is one of the best white creatures EVER in constructed environments. The ultimate white weenie and definitely worthy of bomb designation.

Not necessarily a bomb in limited but terribly efficient none the less. What more can you ask for in a 1 drop?! It's not gonna change the outcome of a game in the later stages but can deal a whole ton of damage if drawn in your opening hand.


Limited:***^(3 1/2 Stars)
Constructed:****(4 Stars)

I have always like Savannah Lions. They were great in the original White Weenie decks and the PT Jank decks of yore. In limited, they can get a few quick beats in before your opponent has anything to block with that they don't need. In constructed, they are a Jackal Pup with no bad sides. How can you go wrong there?

Rob Lawing

How many of you remember the day when there were  creatures with 2 power for 1 mana with no drawbacks ? Not many. Well they used to exsist and this one was the best of them all. He was a staple of all white decks and many other decks that ran white like the great Ernhamgeddon deck. WOTC dropped him as too powerful before 5th edition and then went on to print lots of less powerful cards like Morphling, Tolarian Academy, Nercropotence, and Memory Jar. How I long for the simpler times.
Constructed 4.5
Limited 4.5 





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