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Grand Coliseum 
Onslaught Common

Reviewed October 24, 2002

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Judge Bill

The block City of Brass. Also, it is one of the easiest costs to pay in quite a while for a City of Brass variant. U/W will probably use this, as the coming into play tapped doesn't hurt them much the first turn. However, U/G will use City of Brass, as they need the mana the first turn. The full impact of this card won't be seen for about 6 months, as this is a card that will see play in block.
In limited, it's a reasonable mana fixer. Play it.
Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 5


This is quite simply the new City of Brass. There are two differences between the 2 cards and which one is better depends strictly on the differences. Difference one- City does not come into play tapped and G Coliseum does. This makes the new card significantly slower in doling out it's benefits. Difference 2- GCol can tap for colorless without damaging you, City's damage occurs whenever tapped. So if you need the alternate colors only occasionally then G Col may be better but if you need the mana quicker and can take a few pings you should probably use the City. Both cards are quite good and there will always be a need for multi-color land.
Constructed 4
Limited 3 (not less useful but less likely to be needed)
--- Rob Lawing


Finally, a good alternative to city of brass. Tarnished citadel was another land that allowed you to tap for colourless mana to avoid the damage, but if you wanted coloured mana you got hit for 3. This new version is much better in that its only drawback over CoB is it comes into play tapped.

This does not mean that it is necessarily any better than CoB 'cos if you need mana as soon as you play the land then Grand coliseum is not the card for you.
However in slower decks (or decks that don't do anything on turn 1) the coliseum will be a great card. A 4 in constructed.

Great in limited as it will solve a load of mana problems. A 4.5 in limited.

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