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Raksha Golden Cub 
Fifth Dawn Rare

Reviewed May 13, 2004

Constructed: 2.2
Casual: 3.8
Limited: 3

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Nice abilities!  Bad mana cost.  So for 7 mana you get a 5/6 non-tapping double striker. Like I said, nice abilities, but in Type 2, 7 mana ain't happening, man.

Now casual may be a different story, I guess it depends on how many Cat fans we have out there.  I know people build casual theme decks a lot, so why not? The card is amazing, and if you can combine it with a few of the decent Cats that have hit the scene lately, this could be a fun theme deck.  Try Jareth, Leonin Titan, Leonin Abunas, Skyhunter Patrol Skyhunter Cub, and Taj-Nar Swordsmith for starters.

In limited, this kitty is the cat's meow.  5/6 non-tapping double strikers are evil incarnate in limited, and you just pick and play this if you're going White.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4
   Current Price:
Raksha Golden Cub - Fifth Dawn - TBA

   Combos Well With:
Jareth, Leonin Titan - Onslaught - $0.00
Leonin Abunas - Mirrodin - $0.00
Skyhunter Patrol - Mirrodin - $0.00
Skyhunter Cub
- Mirrodin - $0.00
Taj-Nar Swordsmith - Mirrodin - $0.00


Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Whatever happened to white being the good "weenie" color, anyway? This guy costs 7 mana, and forces you to be tribe dependent to make full use of this card. If I'm playing white, I'm either (a) playing creatures that cost at most 3, or (b) playing it solely for stuff like Wrath, Pulse, Decree, and the like. This fits into neither deck.
In limited, this may fit into the white equipment deck nicely. All of the creatures that currently make up the core of that deck are cats. Time will tell if this fits in.
I'm sure many people will build a casual cat deck with this guy. It's inevitable, and given the slow speed of casual, it'll probably be quite effective. =
Constructed: 1
Casual: 4
Limited: 4

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

Raksha Golden Cub


While Bringer of the Dawn may have been over costed, at least it had an alternate casting cost. Raksha does not give us that option. I donít remember ever paying seven mana for a three power, four toughness creature, and I donít plan on starting now. Even including the fact that it doesnít tap to attack, its too expensive for what it does, and its ability to pump up other cats is too narrow to play for everyone but the most focused of casual players.


Constructed:                 1

Casual:                         2

Limited:                        1


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Raksha Golden Cub


Wow, this guy is surprisingly small for costing so freakiní much.  Things that cost seven had better do a lot more work on winning you the game right then and there, rather than providing conditional improvements to your creatures.  On the plus side, that playset of Shikari and other Leonin guys that you drew on to look like the cast of Cats will come in handy from now on.


This makes playing equipment a little more fun in casual games, I think.  Who doesnít want to get smashed by a horde of cat-monsters?  Terrifying, Iím sureÖoh, and this is well worth avoiding for Mental.


I really donít think that this gives you enough to be considered a play in draft.  Ever.  Seven for a 3/4 is a really steep cost that doesnít do much of anything unless you have at least 2-3 more cards in your deck that work with it and are in play.


Constructed:  1.5

Casual:  2.5

Limited:  1.5



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


This card is great.  It's reasonably sized.  It doesn't tap to attack.  It gives your other creatures +2/+2 and DOUBLE STRIKE! 
It costs seven mana.
It's not that good.
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 2.5

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Raksha Golden Cub
This card has BLOCK CONSTRUCTED written all over it. Maybe mono white
beatdown has a chance in Mirrodin Block Constructed. The seven mana casting
cost makes it iffy for limited, since in order to have this card be GOOD,
you will need a lot of mana and equipment available. For constructed decks
with lots of Cats in them, the Golden Cub COULD shower a lot of pain on your
opponents. You're in for a lot of good times with this card.
CASUAL:            3.5
LIMITED:             3.5

Secret Squirrel on the

Raksha Golden Cub

Gee there are a lot of cats around.  Well even so, this dog is top cat (?!).
Bonesplitters and clamps make the "when this is equiped" a playable
mechanic.  Double strike is nothing to sneeze at especially with the 4 extra
damage.  7 mana isn't fun to pay for a seemy weenie deck.  Though once this
hits, it would be a good finisher.

In limited, depends on if you're willing to pick up a bunch of cats and 7
mana.  I would be reluctant to pick this as it limits you to white though it
is a nice creature and its effect is powerful.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 2.5

Raksha Golden Cub is another really over priced card. While the ability is insanely powerful, if a bit narrow, I just can't see this as a powerful enough ability for a 7 cost creature. It also just doesn't fit into White's two traditional builds - Control and Weenie.

Constructed - Doesn't have speed but needs other creatures for full effect, where does it fit? - 2.5

Limited - Got cats? May be worth it as a bomb even alone but . . . - 2.5

Casual - Theme decks could find an interesting push - 3.0


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