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Joiner Adept 
Fifth Dawn Rare

Reviewed May 14, 2004

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 3.8

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Wow...this card has the potential to change the face of the current environment. Here comes 5 color Green again.  As long as green is your base, Joiner Adept gives you the ability to play any number of colors, or to really take advantage of the new Sunburst ability.  It's downfall is that it's fragile with only 1 toughness, and can be easily dealt with.  For that reason, I don't see it becoming mainstream on its own.  But if Fifth Dawn gives us more similar multicolor support, it might end up as a part of a deck engine that thrives on multicolor mana capabilities. Time will tell.

In limited, if you're playing green and any other number of colors, you absolutely play this. It smoothes your mana, and also allows you to splash Sunburst cards more easily.

In casual, yet another abusive Spike card, sure to see play in some crazy 5 color deck.  Fun stuff!  

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4
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Joiner Adept - Fifth Dawn - TBA

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

Fifth Dawn's answer to five color play. This turns all of your lands into 5 color machines. A necessary must play for limited, a very decent addition to Birds of Paradise (or maybe even a replacement) for Standard, MBC's 5 color maker, and a card that will probably be well loved by casual players. A high rating all around.
Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5

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

Joiner Adept


Dan Gray, inventor of Type Dan Gray, has proclaimed this card his favorite new card for Type Dan Gray. Since it’s a five color format, and this appears to be a five color set, I can understand his joy, and think even more “good stuff” is coming down the pike for us Type Dan Gray Fans. This card though, is just good all around. For two mana it has two power and one toughness, making it a great aggro drop, and it fixes your mana as long as it’s alive. In limited and constructed it fits the two drop style amazingly, being able to swing for two, or staying back as a mana fixer for multi color decks. In Casual play, it acts as the best mana fixer out there for so cheap, and will likely be the biggest lightning rod to hit Casual play in a long time.


Constructed:                 4

Casual:                         4

Limited:                        4


2 Grand Prix Top 8's

Multiple Pro Tour appearances

Joiner Adept

Being a 2/1 for two at least keeps this reasonable, due to it being reasonably aggressive.  I can really say that I have no clue whether this card will be good or not; it’s simply going to depend on what is in the rest of the set, i.e. whether they make the five-color mechanic good enough.  If they do, then you’re looking at a possible resurgence of three-or-more color green decks…though this thing really is fragile.   I wouldn’t put a whole lot of money on this guy, but here’s hoping, at least.


You guys at the wacky group tables like stuff that lets you play lots of colors.  Maybe this’ll look to replace stuff like Pulse of Llanowar in decks that want to run four or five colors.  It’s irrelevant for Mental, though it might be useful in Prismatic, if you run an extremely heavy green base.


It’s a reasonably aggressive creature in a draft deck, and it allows you to splash colors a bit more easily.  Since we’re going to be down to a single pack of Myrs, we’re just not going to see a whole lot of those jumping in front of this guy during combat.  He’s not a high pick, but he’s decent enough for a middle-of-the-pack selection.


Constructed:  2.0

Casual:  3.0

Limited:  2.5


I would trade for these like a mdman when they first come out.  They are going to be great in constructed formats of all kinds.  Also, all those casual players with their five color decks and sliver decks are going to love this creature.  Get 4 as fast as you can as they will trade extremely well.
Constructed: 4
Casual: 5
Limited: 3

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

Joiner Adept
Now you're talking! While I have enjoyed reviewing new Fifth Dawn cards this
week, none of which I had seen anywhere before this week, I hadn't really
seen a good card for limited or constructed. This HOT little Elf Druid does
everything you want a good two casting green card to do. She has a power of
two, she fixes mana problems, and she's an Elf. This card goes in every
green deck in limited, and probably every Elf deck in constructed formats.
For Fifth Dawn limited play, Joiner Adept can make your dreams of Five Color
Magic come true, an important feature for getting the most out of many of
the cards in Fifth Dawn.

CASUAL:            4.0
LIMITED:             4.0

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Joiner Adept

I like this card.  It's 2 power for 2 which just gets rarer and rarer.  It
also gives you a choice of any color mana at no other cost (than paying its
cc) which is odd.  It's also an elf, which doesn't make that much difference
as most elf decks are 1 color anyway.  Though the more I think about it, the
more you can guess how this ability doesn't belong on this card.  With 1
toughness it is at the mercy of any burn spell and it's effect is only
temorary (while this card is in play) so unlike a fetch land, once it's gone
it's gone.  With this logic, one sees that this doesn't fit in too many
decks.  By the time it's useful, any of the millions of weenie kills will be
used.  It would have been more useful if it had more toughness, but then it
would cost more.

I guess it's not that bad in limited, but multiple color decks would have to
have more smoothers.. and as this is rare, you can't count on getting

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 3

Joiner Adept is great. Any 2/1 for 2 is a good start especially with an ability that doesn't require the Adept to tap. Also introducing a great cheap mana fixer in a set with sunburst and you have a great card for all time. In some ways he is as good as Birds of Paradise.

Constructed - An amazing color fixer in a nice cheap body - 4.0

Limited - A great pick since you need multiple colors - 4.5

Casual - A cheap way to access all the mana colors needed - 4.0


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