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Avalanche Riders 
Urza's Legacy Uncommon

Reviewed January 08, 2004

Constructed: 3.47
Limited: 3.25

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* game store owner (Shuffle and Cut Games,CA)

Another card that exudes card economy. This one destroys a land and sends 2 damage screaming in some direction. A nice add to a land destruction deck. You can pay the echo if you have nothing better to do with your mana the next turn, or if you do have something better to do, you just let it's already done its dirty deeds =).

Not too bad in limited either. As most limited decks play 2 to 3 land colors, this is really nice against the 3 color decks. At the least it sets your opponent back a turn on mana. Nice add.

Constructed: 3.25
Limited: 3.25
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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Thursday - Avalanche Riders
Ah yes, the first invitational card. It was one heck of a card too in its day, as you both got to destroy a land and attack for 2 before you had to pay the echo. Throw in some creature recursion, and this becomes downright deadly. Not for multiplayer use though, as there are too many people to worry about blowing up only one land.
In limited, all I have to say is: this is in the same set as a cycle of man-lands.
Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 4.25


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

* pro tour player

* Scrye writer since 2002

Thursday - Avalanche Riders
This card has all kinds of neat constructed uses.  You can play it in a landkill deck to simply kill land.  You can use it's haste and landkill ability to supplement an aggressive and efficient red deck strategy.  You can let it come into play, kill a land and not pay the echo, so that you can bring it back out of the graveyard and reuse its effect. 
It doesn't offer nears as much strategy in limited play unfortunately.  It's an overcosted 2/2 creature for the most part.  The fact that it has echo doesn't make it a big star either.
Constructed: 4.2
Limited: 2

 Van Zandt

Avalanche Riders

Card advantage in limited, and a big threat against 3+ color decks. In constructed, it's often a shock+stone rain, because 4 mana twice usually wrecks your own tempo too much, except in land destruction decks.

constructed 3
limited 3.1

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)

January 8 - Avalanche Riders


Ah the days of recurring Avalanche Riders infinitely with Oath of  Ghouls. I miss those days. I mean what could be better than shocking your opponent and destroying their mana base? Doing it every turn of course! In limited even, this card was ridiculously powerful in tempo advantage. Its not like you HAD to pay the echo after all, and in many cases it was better not to. Did I mention I love recurring this card with Oath of Ghouls? Ok, just checking.


Constructed:             5

Limited:             4



* Level 1 DCI Judge

*game store employee

* gaming for over 15 years
Thursday - Avalanche Riders

If you like land destruction decks this your man. When this card was legal all the decks running land destruction played it. Yes the echo made him expensive but heck most of the time people just donít pay it. In constructed he is a no brainer. In limited heís great also. He slows your opponent down and give you a great card advantage. This is my card of the week.

Constructed 4.5

Limited 4


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

 Avalanche Riders

This guy managed to see play in a whole slew of different decks: Survival/Oath decks recurred him in order to lock down your lands, Ponza played him as an additional LD spell/man, and Angry No-Hermit (or Son of Hermit, depending on who you talked to) used him with Plow Under to maintain control of the game. Any way you look at it, Darwin Kastleís Invitational card was definitely one that helped create and strengthen numerous archetypes while it was tournament-legal.

In limited, this was just another reasonably solid guy that helped stunt your opponentís mana and kept him off balance. Not too flashy, but in multiples it could end up being crippling. If you drafted him, you probably played him.

Constructed: 4.0
Limited: 3.0

Jeff Zand

4 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Avalanche Riders

It was tremendously exciting to see the first card commemorating a Duelist Invitational champion and Darwin Kastle was large and in charge in this cardís artwork. Whatís more, however, this card was very good. In constructed or limited, this card always felt like a bargain for 3R, in part because it also had Haste. In limited you would sometimes pay the Echo cost (same as original casting cost) the next turn, in constructed land destruction decks, you more often did not.



Avalanche Riders    

            If he was a beast or goblin, he could be decent but alas, he has to carry on whiteís creature type.  8 mana for a 2/2, hasty, stone rain.  Not exactly the greatest.  I think he might have seen some play to get rid of Rishadan Ports but otherwise he seems out of flavor.

            In Limited, haste is good and LD slows them down.  It looks better here.

Constructed: 1.5

Limited: 3

Jason Chapman Avalanche Riders rock and will always rock. In any type of land destruction deck, even if LD is used as a sub-theme, the Riders are as well costed as many of the current Land Destruction spells running around. The additional 2/2 hasted effect is just an added bonus. All around the card is solid in respect to cost as well as effect.

Constructed - LD and Ponza will almost always find slots for these bad boys - 4.25

Limited - LD isn't as good here but it can deny a color and these guys are always there as an extra body - 4.20

PEZ - The cost is a little high for most PEZ decks and the effect is weak for the Uncommon slot - 2.50

Danny Tatro Avalanche Riders

A player made card. Very good in general, but it hasn't seen play in a long time. Recently some "Red Deck Wins" builds have featured this guy, but not much more can be said about him.

In limited hes ok, but a 2/2 haster for 4 with echo isn't a bargain, and the LD isn't all that amazing unless you go first and you play it turn 4. Which even then its just 4 mana LD. The echo just doesn't cut it.

Constructed: 2
Limited: 1.5

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