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Molten Sentry

Reviewed November 29, 2005

Constructed: 2
Casual: 1.83
Limited: 2.4

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Jeff Zandi

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Molten Sentry

Nope. Can't play this. In the world of Ravnica booster draft, you simply cannot pin your hopes on a card that will produce a 2/5 wall as often as it creates a 5/2 hastey monster. In constructed, the only chance this card would have is in a very aggressive mono red deck, the kind of deck that would rather splash double black spells than to play a four casting cost card that creates a non-attacking creature half the time. Many times, with coin flip cards, guys like me MISS THE POINT by accentuating the problems of the negative prospect, in this case, when you get TAILS and a 2/5 Defender.

Frenetic Efreet was great BACK IN THE DAY because fifty percent of the time, he DIDN'T die to the creature he was blocking in combat. With coin flip cards, you want to make sure you have considered how good the card CAN be when the flip goes your way. In the case of Molten Sentry, the upside just isn't that amazing. Sure, you would love a 5/2 man with haste, but it's not a gamebreaker, possibly more of a Lava Axe-type card with a considerable drawback. This card would have been very nice if the 2/5 creature was at least NOT a wall and/or if the 5/2 hasty man had TRAMPLE.



* Game Store Owner

Molten Sentry

This card isn't completely terrible. The problem though, is that you have no idea what he's going to be. You can't plan on attacking with him, but at the same time, he may not be that big beefy blocker that you need him to be a key moment. He's got a mana cost that's easy to pay and deal with, but his unpredictability is an issue.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2

Paul Hagan

Molten Sentry --

Whenever I saw coin in this card's text, I was relatively certain that this card was going to get a two or lower. Sure enough, upon finishing reading the card, I'm absolutely certain. The best case scenario is that you are getting a 5/2 haste creature for four mana -- acceptable, but nothing special. However, you could also wind up with a 2/5 defender for four mana, which is, um, horrid. I hate giving up consistency, but I really hate giving it up whenever there isn't much of a chance of anything great happening.

Constructed Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 1.5
Limited Rating: 2.0


Molten Sentry

Um...the number of times I have seen Molten Sentry played in a limited deck = 0. The number of times I have seen Molten Sentry played in ANY deck = 0.

Constructed - 1
Casual - 1
Limited - 1

Phoenix Tamer

Molten Sentry

Well... i'm not really sure about this card to tell you the truth. It's not my favorite, and i don't think it'll see (if any) Casual play. It probably proves its worth in Limited where it is alright, it might prove its worth in Constructed, but i doubt it. Overall, not a very good card, it's not valuable in really anyway, more in likely just another "card in the binder"



Jordan Kronick

Molten Sentry - The first thing to notice here is that this is a rare coinflip card. That puts it into the category of "goofy red rares", in almost every case. I'm not sure that's entirely true here. This may be the closest thing to an effective coinfliping creature since Mijae Djinn. That doesn't really save it though. Mijae Djinn was something that you knew would attack eventually. Molten Sentry might end up being an expensive wall. Still, I think even a 2/5 has merits in some formats. The Sentry is a solid pick in RRR drafting, where red's creatures are often quite fragile. It can either be the attacker you want it to be or the blocker you might need. The degree of uncertainty moves it down the pick ladder, but don't ignore it completely.

Constructed Rating - 1.25
Casual Rating - 2.5
Limited Rating 2.6
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