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Viridian Shaman 
Mirrodin Uncommon

Reviewed October 28, 2003

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Viridian Shaman is 2 for 1 card advantage. If you are not playing artifacts yourself, or if the rest of the environment is artifact heavy, it's main deck playable. Otherwise, a nice economical sideboard card for green.

In limited, it's amazing in such an artifact laden environment. You will find a use for it against your opponent in Mirrodin limited, almost guaranteed.

Constructed: 3.25
Limited: 4.25
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Judge Bill

The new Uktabi Orangutan. This is also an elf, which is a big bonus in the days where tribes matter. It all depends on the amount of artifacts in the environment. If there are a lot, you play this. If there are some, it all depends on whether you have any. If you don't, then this should receive strong consideration. If you play artifacts, put this in the board, because if you're the only one who has artifacts, you'll have to blow one of yours up.
In limited, this is amazing. Lots of artifacts to blow up, and a warm body to boot.
Constructed: 3
Limited: 4.75

 Van Zandt

Viridian Shaman
I suppose it's debatable whether cantripping removal or removal + gray ogre
is better.  In any case,  this card was good when it was printed before, 
and this time it's an elf to boot.  roughly equivalent to a nekrataal in
limited,  and she serves her function admirably in constructed.
constructed 3.1
limited 3.8


Viridian Shaman
Artifact removal without the mana burn.  I like it.
What really irks me about green in Mirrodin, is that more often than not, you need to pay 3 mana and 3 life to remove a troublesome artifact.  Only once have I used the mana that I got from deconstruct, and that was to pump the flying beatstick I liek to call clockwork dragon.  (Which I eventually had to sacrifce to my molder slug...oops)  Viridian shaman allows you to destroy naughty artifacts.  Combine her with Wirewood Symbiote, and you can bring the beat down on artifact decks.
Constucted - she be a grey ogre ( a 3 CC 2/2) with a sometimes useful ability.  Stick her in the sideboard unless playing tribal.
Limited - she be a grey ogre with an oftentimes useful abiltiy.  Maindeck stuff.  (remembr, creatures are the key to limited games)
Constructed rating - 3
Limited rating - 4
Too tired to think of additional rating - 5


Viridian Shaman

Well, the best thing about this card is the great artwork, Scott Fischer did
a wonderful job. This is more of a sb card, since paying 3 for a 2/2 elf
is'nt that great, when you could get a 2/3 for GG with the Elvish Warrior.
And since this is more of a sideboard card vs decks where you want to
destroy artifacts, naturalize would be a better choice because it is cheaper
and an instant.

Viridian Shaman
Casual Rating: 4
Art Rating: 5
Shylo Elliott Ah, the new version of Uktabi Orangutan. This card is useful in green decks as it puts the pressure on slower, artifact decks with a one-two punch of a 2/2 body and a devastating CIP effect. However, like yesterday's Annul, it's just a Gray Ogre as long as your opponent doesn't have artifacts, and it's an overcosted 2/2 with a drawback if you control an artifact of your own. This card is great in Mirrodin limited, and it combos well with Crystal Shard if your opponent is piling on the artifacts.
Mirrodin Constructed: 5
Type 2: 4
Mirrodin Limited: 4

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