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Selesnya Guildmage

Reviewed October 1, 2005

Constructed: 2.87
Casual: 3.62
Limited: 3.62

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Selesnya Guildmage

This Guildmage rocks. Believe me, I know, I've been spending every Tuesday night for the past ten years in a room FULL of Guildmages! In limited, this card is totally fine for white decks not playing green as well as green decks not playing white. However, in limited decks playing green AND white, Selesnya Guildmage pays very large dividends. There are lot of ways in this set to make a 1/1 green token creature each turn, but there are no other cards that also give you a way to make them bigger. Friend, pro tour veteran and future Guildmage Trent Boneau called this card a tiny version of Kamahl, Fist of Krosa from Onslaught. This card is a good example of a card that is as good in limited as it is BAD for constructed. In constructed, you simply have lots of better ways to do any of the things that this card can do.



* Game Store Owner

Selesnya Guildmage

This card isn't super flashy or anything, but it can help get the job done. Interestingly, it fits in White Weenie or Mono-green, due to the guildmana in it's cost. Both of the abilities are a little expensive to activate, so that might be what holds this card back. On the flispside, both abilities are really good. One makes creatures and one gives all of your creatures a bonus. In limited, I would absolutely play this card. In constructed, I'd likely only include a copy or two in a deck.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4

Paul Hagan

Selesnya Guildmage

OK, I've got good news and bad news about this card. The good news? No matter what colors you managed to draw, you can still play this card as a bear -- a 2/2 for 2. The bad news? Both of its abilities are mediocre. You can either pay four for an expensive Saproling token or you can pay four for an expensive pump. Neat concept, but I don't really see this card making too much of an impact in any deck in which it is featured.

Constructed Rating: 2.5
Casual Rating: 3.0 (go, Elf Decks, go!)
Limited Rating: 2.5


Selesnya Guildmage

One of the guilds that I will play everytime. The great thing about the Guilds is you get the advantage of 2 color abilities for the cost of only one of those colors. They are very splashable, and often versatile, making them a no brainer to play. Selesnya is no exception. Its no tap abilities are excellent and make the card worth playing.

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 4.5
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