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Fifth Dawn Common
Reviewed June 3, 2004
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game store owner in CA,
card. It gives you some acceleration, and it
*might* give you a greater range of colors, but
that is a mighty big might. It's very unreliable,
so you just go with the acceleration in
constructed. Unfortunately, this isn't good
enough to get you through a tournament.
In casual, you can
get away with it some as it's more of a fun card.
Five color mages might use it as an early drop
that potentially smoothes their mana and gives
them a bit of a speed burst.
In limited, this guy
is pretty good. Acceleration with legs is always
nice, and if you're doing the sunburst thing,
Explorer is very handy. Whether or not you pick it
depends on how green you are, and how multicolor
or Sunburst you are.
Fifth Dawn - $0.22
*game store employee
Fellwar Stone on legs. The
last time this was tried, We had Quirion
Explorer. At least he was an elf. Since this is
not an elf, the one home this might have had is
Casual players will just use
Quirion Explorer, cause it's an elf.
Constructed players will just
use Birds of Paradise.
Limited players will hope
they don't have to fall back on this for
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
*Game Store Owner (Gamer's Edge)
Ah, the human Fellwar
Stone. Slightly worse because of summoning
sickness, slightly better because he can swing for
one in a pinch. If I was playing green, I think I
play him over a Myr. He gives more mana choices,
while being less susceptible to the removal in the
block. All in all, the only thing making him great
is that heís not an elf.
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Why, oh way, arenít
you an ELF? Being a Druid makes this guy
absolutely poor in terms of playability; it just
makes him weak tribally. Also, access to
Talismans makes him inferior, simply because he
can die to every piece of removal under the sun.
Better luck next time with this guy, Vine Trellis
is still the 2-mana accelerator of choice.
Heís kinda fun for
casual play, but like I said, his lack of useful
creature type makes him sorta boring. Feh. G1 is
far better used in Mental Magic on Naturalize and
other, similar effects, rather than this thing.
It sure was nice to
see Quirion Explorer return to limited play,
especially in a format that seems as amenable to
three or more colors as this one is. Itís nice to
see green get a Myr-like creature in this format;
it needed one pretty badly, and it alone gives
green some real strength in the final pack; the
fact that it makes off-color mana makes it
superior to a Myr in almost every way.
* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)
This is easily the
weakest of the cards we have looked at this
week. It is a 2/1 creature for two mana though,
with an interesting ability. I would recommend
treating them like Myr creature and taking them
just for the mana ability. Just don't rely on
it giving you a bunch of different colors.
Sometimes it will, sometimes it won't. You just
can't rely on your opponent to give you what you
5 Time Pro Tour
Level 2 Judge
The Sylvok Explorer
may be a Human Druid, but his lineage is
DEFINITELY elvish. This card follows a long line
of green creatures for one or two mana that can be
tapped for mana. Like the Fellwar Stone of long
ago, the Explorer only taps for mana that your
opponentís lands can be tapped for. (Hint: if your
opponent has no land, you canít tap for mana) In
limited, you take this guy as high as you would
take a Myr or even a Talisman. Of course, by the
time you get to the Fifth Dawn pack in booster
drafts, you will know if you are playing green.
The Explorer is only for decks that has green as a
first or second color. Splashing for cards like
Sylvok Explorer will ultimately disappoint you. In
constructed, this cardís ability is too iffy to
make him useful, even in the Sunburst deck.
Blah, I don't like Thursdays. I don't really
like today's card either. My reaction: UmmÖ
no. One word.. Birds. In Constructed at least.
Limited, itís not that bad, as most players will
be hoping to take advantage of Sunburst anyway.
Plus itís a common, so you should be able to
pick up one or two of these if you run out of
other mana fixers. Itís also not too bad in
limited because itís also a creature, so it can
chump block if your opponentís colors donít fit
with your deck.
In Constructed, I wouldnít rely on the lands
that your opponent plays to help your mana base.
Sylvok Explorer has
potential to be a big boon if your opponent is
playing a color you need. If not, you still get
some mana which has to be worth something. A lot
depends on the differences between your decks.
Constructed - It will
almost always be better to go with a card that
always produces the color you need - 2.0
Casual - If you
know what your friends are playing you may as well
know what color the Explorer will produce - 2.5
Limited - A great
way to access additional colored mana and it will
almost always be useful - 4.0
PEZ - Most decks
are monocolored so you options are more limited
here than in any other format - 2.0