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Lyzolda, the Blood Witch

Reviewed April 25, 2006

Constructed: 3.8
Casual: 3.8
Limited: 3.66

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Jordan Kronick

Lyzolda, the Blood Witch

At lot seems to have been made of Lyzolda's future as a constructed powerhouse. I have to say that I'm not convinced. For all her power and speed, I just keep coming back to her casting cost and her toughness. On the one hand, her 3 casting cost is quite cheap. However, three mana is a tricky number. Even playing first, your opponent has two mana available to them. And two mana is enough for about a thousand ways of countering or destroying a 3/1 creature. I think Lyzolda may find a place, but she's not going to become a huge legendary powerhouse like some of the things we've seen out of Kamigawa block. As for limited, she's obviously very good. There are some decks which will be nearly shut down by repetitive burn. Then again, some decks will be packed to the gills with Electrolyze, Pyromatics and Darkblast. And she's going to be taking a lot of that in the next few months.

Constructed Rating - 2.9
Casual Rating - 3.4
Limited Rating - 4.0


Lyzolda, the Blood Witch
If you're going with the Red/Black builds that are supposed to be pretty solid with the Dissension set, then Lyzolda is pretty damn good. Damage on the stack, and your creature is about to die, you pay 2 and either do to damage to creature or player, or draw a card, or BOTH. Very evil. One thing that Red beats and burn can always use is more cards in hand, and Lyzolda gives you a way to accomplish that.
Very solid, in any format. 
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Lyzolda, the Blood Witch
Basically, she lets you sacrifice a creature to either draw a card, or kill a creature of theirs. If you know anything about card advantage, you know killing your opponent's card is equivalent to getting a card yourself. So often your sacrifice will result in the equivalent of two cards gain. Remember the last card we had that let you sacrifice a creature to get two cards? It was called Skullclamp. It was banned after about two months because it completely broke every format wide open. Well, this time you can do it at instant speed, in colors where creatures are expected to die frequently, for one more mana. She's also a 3/1 for 1RB, which could either make her even more powerful (at least Skullclamp needed another creature out to be any good) or less powerful (Darkblast anyone?). I suppose only time will tell, but keep your eyes on this crazy witch.
Constructed- 4
Limited- 4
Casual- 4


* Game Store Owner

Lyzolda, the Blood Witch

This card is neat, because it fits a couple of different deck types. And its one of the few cheap and efficient ways that Black and (more importantly) Red have that allows them card drawing. She is gold. She is easy to kill. However, those drawbacks are worth it.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 4.5
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